Yielding time

It’s Imbolc and my garden is yielding flint. Rock is floating, resting on the soil that is sighing with its first breath… this time, so much is resting on the small signs. Life is here, it is happening and taking shape. That flint, heavy and cool in hand, is seeking the light. Flint, out of which we make weapons, with which we build shelters, by which we summon fire; is rising.

This moment, this year is like no other I remember, I have always hungrily awaited the brave blossoms and sweet tubers, succulent and vulnerable… And yet, I am harvesting flint. Strength, indomitability, promise that that which is emerging from the deepest part of our earth, ourselves, will be seen, will lend its gifts to the season of promise and of new beginnings. The darkness of deepest winter is behind us, despair and folding in, chaos in the dark. It is from this slumbering time which we must rise, upward, always focused on the Light. Resolute and propelled by the dark and secret earth, we move in trust. Faith informs action, ignited by the awareness that we must move forward; there is no going back. Though our creations are as yet undetermined, they are our own and we have an opportunity to shape our future.

Brigid is Mistress of the Forge and so she calls us to forge anew, to create a way of healing and new life. We live in uncertain times and life is demanding our presence, not as passive onlookers but as participants. The urge for new life is quickening and we have choices to make, weighty ones. What will we dedicate our energies to? What will we fashion from these gifts of earth and fire? imbolc-flint

Brigid’s Belly is Buckling!

There’s fire within and once again the stirring of the season is making the yearning for life known to us all. Brigid is tending the forge and though the crust is cool and the winds can be bitter, the life within is palpable.

New shoots, true signs that our season of slumber is drawing to a close; dark nights are receding and we are being coaxed into the light. Dreams hover ever more closely to the surface and we are gently ushered into wakefulness – potent and potential in the coming year.

It feels different than before, this year feels more pliable somehow, more elastic, promising change and growth in unexpected ways. Every new year has it’s unique promise and this one speaks to a sense of movement, quickening.

What withered husks must be shed in order for the fires of new life and inspiration to shine forth? We are urged now to begin those tentative steps toward the realization of un-manifest dreams.

Brigid guides us surely as she holds sway over the arts of healing, poetry and smith craft. Letting go of and surrendering that which no longer serves us, reveals a new level of vulnerability and of strength. It is a true kind of healing that reaches beyond mere restoration, moving us forward fearlessly into new versions of ourselves; a whole-r sense of who we are. The poet, echoing the voice of the mystic, seeing and revealing what is to become before it has found its final form. The words you choose conjure your next creation into being and you are being urged to listen muse and be inspired. Conversations with Spirit find their expression in many forms and most surely by the pen of the poet. What whispering have you been privy to in your wintery repose?

And now the final piece (they always come in threes!) The forge is fired and the hammer is calling for your hand… you are entering ‘the fashioning time’, wielding, wrestling, gripping and hammering the material of life into it’s new rightful expression.

Each of us is charged to renew our resolve, stir from our sleep and listen heart-fully to the yearnings of a creative spirit. It is no small thing to pledge yourself to creation, it will call upon all your resources and yes, you will  be changed!

Blessed Imbolc, may the fires burn brightly and light your way!New shoots

Plutonium, Poetry and Purple – A New Face of Homoeopathy

Arsenic for your gripe tummy? Mercury for your mouth ulcer? Belladonna for your headache? Alas, we are not slumbering. Our ailments are becoming more and more sophisticated and complex as we move into the 21st century and our cures are evolving to match them. This is the bad news.

Based on the premise that Like cures Like, homeopathy was conceived about 200 years ago in the mind of German physician Samuel Hahnemann. Homeopaths prescribe remedies not because of their ‘active ingredients’ but because the symptoms these remedies can cause in a healthy person are the same symptoms that may be cured in one who is ill. Rather than just taking an isolated body part or disease diagnosis upon which to base a prescription, the ‘symptom’ picture is a carefully collected amalgam of the WHOLE of the person’s state – a snapshot of the person at that point in time. It is with this picture in mind that the homeopath then sets to work to discover the remedy that matches the symptoms of the person in front of them. Known as the “similimum,” this remedy serves to cancel out the original symptoms in the person.

Now, this is where the controversy really heats up! Arsenic? Belladonna? Mercury? When is a poison not a poison? The answer lies not in the question of substance but rather, in the quantity of the substance. Conventional wisdom–or at least our consumer culture–would have us believe that more is better. Not so with homeopathy, where less is often enough. In fact, through trial and error Hahnemann and subsequent generations of homeopaths have discovered that not only have its remedies been repeatedly proved and cures effected, but the tenets upon which the science and art were founded have also been proven to hold true.

The ‘twist’ in terms of homoeopathic application is partly found in the preparation of the remedies. Hahnemann was all too aware of the dangers of giving crude mercury or arsenic to people (though it was a usual practice of the day). Through rigorous methodology, he contrived to experiment and see just how dilute a substance might be in order to retain its efficacy and annul the potential for poisoning. He observed unexpected and yet reliably repeatable outcomes. Not only was the efficacy and value of the remedy maintained when the raw material was diluted and shaken repeatedly (succussed) but the depth and action of the remedy was exponentially enhanced. He deduced over time and much practice that the relative strength or “potency” and value of the remedy are not based on the amount, but on matching the frequency or resonant field of the substance with the individual. The issue of medication thus became one more of quality than quantity. Homeopathy is a relational therapy based on matching the remedy with the patient rather than assuming that the medicine has an independent action of its own. This was, and to some extent is still today, a radical departure from what we like to think of as pure ‘objective science.’

Two hundred years of history and empirical evidence have not diminished the validity of the concept of Like cures like. Environmental toxicity, electro-magnetic pollution, hormones recycled into our water systems and microwave radiation emitted by the ubiquitous cell phone are all features of the new normal. The pace of life and the stress of meeting all the appetites of our modern world within tight schedules and tighter budgets are increasing. Is homoeopathy still a relevant therapeutic modality?

Ill health may be characterized by burn-out, sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, disconnection from self, auto-immune disorders, ever increasing rates of heart disease, cancers and chronic non-specific yet debilitating illnesses. There is a growing disparity between our picture perfect world and just feeling as though we can survive. People in communities, most particularly large urban centres, are suffering from a loss of sense of purpose and lack of connection to nature and natural cycles. The media and internet give us access to a wider world, beckoning us into an age of information overload and over stimulation that often alienates us from the here and now. This is the bad news.

Before we fold up our shop fronts and withdraw from all that our evolution has led us to, it’s important to remember that, within the vast expanse of our material, emotional, mental and spiritual realities, remedies already exist for our dis-eases. The last 20 years in particular have seen a remarkable resurgence in homeopathic provings–the process by which the healing potential or ‘symptom picture’ of a substance is derived. Today there are more than 6000 remedies in the homoeopathic pharmacopeia (and more are being proved or ‘discovered’ every day) made from all manner of substances. The frontiers of imagination are visited and homoeopaths are returning from these explorations with whole new tool kits to match our new reality. Not only found in the animal, mineral and vegetable kingdoms of the past; today we also have remedies garnered from more and less intangible sources including Berlin Wall, the colour Purple, and even elements such as Plutonium! Recitations of poems have been made into remedies found to ‘match’ and ‘cure’ a range of symptoms as abstract and diverse as a sense of schism or fracturing in the personality to more concrete circumstances such as infertility, ovarian problems and symptoms associated with menopause. Plutonium, normally associated with bombs and nuclear power production, finds its curative profile met in conditions such as learning disabilities, dyspraxia, leukemia, lymphomas, skin lesions and burning pains often associated in conventional terms with radiation sickness. The proving of the colour Purple yields symptoms such as heart disease and suicidal tendencies to specific ailments such as glandular dysfunctions affecting the thyroid.

The evidence of cured cases suggests that we are provided with all that we require to recognise and meet the demands of our evolving world. Homoeopathy is essentially a relational based discipline; it mediates the person with the substance in order to affect a cure. Homoeopathy, which moves us towards a more conscious engagement with our relationships to ourselves and the world around us, provides a potential stepping stone when we get stuck or blocked on our course. This is the good news.


Marlow has been a healer and homoeopath for over 20 years, during which time she has studied and incorporated many different tools into her practice, including astrology, Shamanic healing, hands-on healing, vibrational essences, guided meditation and healing  journeys.
Marlow gained a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and English Literature, a Licentiate of College of Homoeopathy, and is a  Member of the Alliance of Registered Homoeopaths and the the Guild of Homoeopaths.
Following her studies with the Guild, Marlow created and ‘proved’ two new remedies.  She has taught and practised in Canada, the UK and Russia.
The profound wisdom of the body is the keystone of Marlow’s work. She is able to hold sacred space while guiding you to recognize and act upon your own innate ‘knowingness’.
Nurturing a continuing interest in ceremony and the use of ritual, Marlow offers workshops in Creating Sacred Space to enable people to develop their own personal approach to ceremony.
Marlow currently lives in Roberts Creek, Canada and is available to consult with in person, by Skype or by telephone.