Anonymous asked this question on 2/23/2000:
We're told to ask permission from a tree or plant before, say, taking a branch from it for a tool or a spell. I understand that, but...how do you know if you've been *given* permission? Or if permission is denied?
hagatha gave this response on 2/23/2000:
Plants and animals deserve our respect. This is why we ask first. As to how you know, that depends on how "aware" you are of your surroundings.
Have you ever taken a walk in the woods and felt like your feet were finding every hole? Like every root was trying to trip you up? Or a general feeling of unease? Conversely, have you ever bent over to smell a rose and it not only pleases you but makes you feel almost giddy or energized? That is what I mean by being "aware".
Not every plant gives its permission every time, because sometimes what you ask is to great. Or if the plant is sick or ill-suited to your purpose, it will deny you where the one next to it will not. I generally explain aloud what I am trying to accomplish and what I need. Then I will run my hand(s) over different plants or trees until I find one that feels welcoming. For me it is almost like a tingle in my palm. Other friends have described it as a feeling of warmth from that plant.
Afterwards, give thanks and leave a gift. I usually pour a bit of water to help nourish the plant.
If you want to increase your awareness, try meditating outdoors. Listen to the sounds, and then go beneath them. With practice you will learn to hear and feel the undercurrent. When you can feel that, you will have no problems knowing if the plant in questions is willing to give you what you need.
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