Even though Marguerite lives a few towns away, her reputation proceeded her. I heard descriptions such as; “brilliant herbalist”, “gifted nurse”, “priceless teacher”, “wonderful and genuine person” and “knows everything about plants and nature” before our introduction. I have gotten to know Marguerite over the last few years and I will say those words are honestly just the beginning. Marguerite and I have become good friends as we bonded over book writing, healing, nature, consciousness and knowing so many mutual inspirational people. Going on a walk with Marguerite is so wonderful as she can point out plants and give a wealth of information on what each is used for. Recently I have begun using Marguerite and Peter Coates “Music of the Plants” CD in my healing sessions with clients with amazing results. Yes, the music really does come from the plants – another wonderful awareness Marguerite has brought into many lives! Every time I spend time with Marguerite I leave feeling love, happy, hopeful and inspired. It is my absolute pleasure to introduce you to Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower so you can also be inspired by her work and her beautiful and aligned spirit!
AIM Spotlight for Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower
1) Please tell us a quote that you aim to live by- whether it be your own or from someone else that has inspired you.
“I’m the Lorax! Guardian of the forest. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.” – from the movie The Lorax
There are many quotes I live by Jenny but I guess the one that resonates most with me at this point in time is this one (above). I believe we all must consider plants as our saving grace on this beautiful green globe we live on. Every day. Not just on Earth Day. And this starts by us just taking a little time to listen in to the voice of Nature. Even if we don’t know what that means or how to get started. This one fact of not knowing is a great starting point. Inquiry is so great at opening up doors for us to know more. And, there is so much to learn from this day forward and so many new friends to get acquainted with in the realm of Nature.
2) Tell us about a moment when one of your greatest shifts occurred in your life or in one of your clients’ lives.
Spring time for me, is about tending to garden needs which I relish and honor. As I so look forward to being in that dynamic relationship role with all garden beings. So my moment of one of my greatest clarity shifts was on a particular spring day some years ago. And I was to get quite an education about, ‘just who we are all in cooperation with’, in the Nature realm.
First let me say this, as I enter the gardens I say hello to all who is there merely by the joy I feel in my heart. This is all we all need to do, really. No words are necessary. Just feeling the joy while out there. I also send out thoughts of honor and respect that reminds me to be considerate of all that is, in my garden scape. And then, I also ask for permission to walk its paths because even though it was I who created those paths, they no longer belong just to me, it now belongs to all of us, Nature and me. This also reminds me that I am Nature too.
And so when I enter these gardens, I surrender to what needs to be done. This helps me listen to what is needed, not to what I think is needed. You know?
So on this one particular sunny cool day, I noticed that the raised beds needed attention to get readied for sowing seeds in a few days. I got my tools and sat down next to the sun warmed wooden boxes and began removing leaves to uncover soil. Slowly and methodically I worked. Maybe a little too quickly or maybe not, but definitely before the next stroke of my hand, I stopped because my eye caught the movement of a tiny rolling white egg which belonged to a garden Wolf Spider. For all my life, I’ve always kept my distance with Spider, giving her a wide berth of respect and space no matter how large or how small she was. Yet on this day, though this spider was initially running away from me, stopped and turned around and looked right at me and appeared to say to me ‘give me my egg’ or maybe she said ‘that’s my family there’ or maybe even, ‘I need my egg’. Whatever it was, I knew that she wanted her egg. She was looking at me, then at her egg and then back at me again. Yes. She was.
Well I did not doubt any of it, what I was hearing or maybe feeling or having a sense of it all. In a realm that maybe we’re only starting to understand, again.
I followed my gut and did what I thought was being asked of me. There was no concern that it was dangerous in any way. So I slowly moved my hand over and gently picked up the white egg, holding it carefully between my two fingers and showing it to her, first from a distance so that she could see what I was doing. She walked a little closer to me. I advanced slowly with my hand too, towards her. She did not run away. Gradually we both advanced closer and closer to each other. My hand slowly approached her with my fingers holding her egg. Cautiously she came to my fingers, reached up and clamped on to her egg, I didn’t put it down on the ground, I gave it to her! She let me hand it to her! Spider picked the egg right out from my fingers!!! Using her front legs. She then scurried away. She did not try to bite me. I don’t think she was fearful of me. And I just followed and trusted my gut.
To me, this was about knowing us, knowing our place in the garden. In Nature. We are from that same mold, some where’s in our distant eons of connections. Mothers. Nature mothers. I understood her. I knew she understood me. Both givers of life. Both here with a purpose. Both dynamic forces of Nature, Nature beings in mutual relationship.
3) Please let us know and describe one to three things that you are passionate about in what you do – (for work or for play or both)
What I enjoy most in life is communing with plants and Nature on all levels. In the rain, sun or snow. Levels in which I walk alone or with friends or groups to hike, harvest or harmonize with plants to tree beings to bringing children to adults to the plants for the purpose of re-developing and remembering how we once were on a daily basis or groups to hike, harvest or harmonize with plants to tree beings to bringing children to adults to the plants for the purpose of re-developing and remembering how we once were on a daily basis sustainability. Yes, humans must consider its mortality if sustainability is not in our daily focus.
So having a hands-on nature oriented experience is one of the best ways to bring people to the plants, young and old. Walking a woodland path translates volumes to our human senses. We come to know Nature, at a gut level, as a dynamic and an interactive evolving landscape that is fully implicated in our own human design. And yes, yes, this is the place to imagine, Nature supports clarity, creative expression, is calming, soothing, and enriches ones mind through heart-coherence.
As we walk and explore each plant, tree, mushroom or lichen, or whatever idea may come up related to Nature, a dialogue emerges which demonstrates my spider story. And that story, to me and then others represents how we are all in deep union and cooperation with the Nature that surrounds us, at all times … and by finally recognizing this and knowing this in every moment of every day enriches the whole. Only positive environmental eco-mindedness can come from this awareness.
And having educational discussions in how plants influence us to their innate intelligence and their ability to communicate with humans. The latter is demonstrated through plant sounds and metaforms created by sacred geometry. This latter segment often evoke’s an ecotheologian construct in honoring of our spiritual interrelationship with Nature. Listening to these liberated plant sounds and metaforms via a specialized equipment imprint’s our heart and psyche in unique ways towards wanting a human-plant relationship.
My work, is then done.
4) If you could give one piece of advice, one action to take, or one tool to empower people right now what would that be?
Give yourself permission to daydream and imagine in the outdoors. This is an immeasurable tool for greatness.
5) If you were to offer one of your services or products that best represents what you do, what would it be and how can the readers find out more?
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Love the connection to nature. I love to create landscapes and design gardens which then transforms into ecosystems of their own. It gives to joy to enjoy nature often as I can
Hi Heliberto, Thank you for reading and commenting. I, too love nature and it’s beauty and intelligence. That is wonderful that you create gardens! I feel so relaxed when I am amongst flowers and trees! Wishing you all the best. Gratefully, Jenny
Beautiful sharing! Thank you! xoxo
Thank you so much for visiting and reading Natasha. Sending much love for the new year! <3
I LOVE this interview and I am so excited to meet Marguerite – thank you for sharing her light with us, Jenny!
Hi Reba, I am excited for you and Marguerite to meet as well. You are both such beautiful souls! Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Sending you much love for the new year! <3
Mother Earth and Nature give us so much that it is only right that we should respect them too, Jenny. One of the best stress busters I know is to spend time in nature with other living beings and simply absorb our existence.
Thank you for sharing Marguerite’s perspective with your readers.
Hi Vatsala, I am in total agreement with you. Feeling that connection with Mother Earth and all living beings and being out amongst nature is my number one way to destress and not only destress but leave feeling connected, love and whole. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. Wishing you all the best for the new year Vatsala! <3
Beautiful interview. I love Marguerite’s passion and connection to Mother Nature. It is a great reminder to me for these winter months to embrace it as it is. Good job on educating children to spend time with the nature.
Hi Jonita, Thank you. I love Marguerite’s connection and sharing about Mother Nature as well. Teaching kids and even adults the power of this connection is truly priceless. I am very grateful for your visit and comment. Wishing you all the best for the new year! <3
“Knowing our place in the garden.” Isn’t that just the best method for living! And I just love the spider story. Love Marguerite’s energy!
Hi Susan, So nice to have you here and I agree – Marguerite’s energy is beautiful and that spider story is amazing. The garden and nature are always there – and I do find when I make the time daily to appreciate nature – life sure flows a whole lot easier! The messages we can receive from Mother Nature are priceless! Thanks so much for commenting. Best wishes for a very happy new year! <3
Very nice interview. I especially liked the spider egg story.
Thank you Sabra for being here. I loved the story as well and am so happy you enjoyed the interview. Marguerite is very inspiring in her connection to nature and her teachings and we can all use some inspiration these days! It was such a pleasure to have her here. Thank you so much for commenting. Wishing you all the best for the new year!
Loved this interview and all the wisdom on plants and our fellow creatures. I also like to do my visioning in nature ^-^
Thanks so much Julia for visiting. Nature is my favorite space too to meditate, relax and regroup. It is amazing what even 5 minutes amongst the trees, grass or flowers can do! Wishing you all the best for the new year! <3
Greetings Jenny and all, on this blistery snowy day. I’m so grateful and happy that so many enjoyed Spider and her innate connection with us humans. If we listen, they will teach us, as the saying goes for United Plant Savers. However the same goes for all organisms big and small. All living systems. It is such a pleasure to hear so many abide in the light of Nature. Receive our recharge from this outdoor place. And at the same time, reciprocate by just showing up and being there. We live in such a time where the creative principle must align now, for the good of all of Nature. It is an empowering as well as humbling connection, be it human, animal or insect. Goodness gracious me, I was taken to my knees after Spider guided me to work with her in this way. Dandelion has done the same, as has Deer, Chip Monk, Maple Tree, YellowDock, Night Blooming Cereus and others are speaking through to us via our heart chakra, our gut mind and our senses. Showing us how to be with each other, in love and appreciation and while we are in the outdoors. Healing ourselves to heal the planet. On another level, I remember interviewing an elder farmer friend, Clarence H. up the road from me 10 yrs ago. About how it was like growing up (back in the early 1900’s) and being with Nature. He talked of playing outdoors for hours after helping with chores. How he and his brother walked the woods, eating wild plants and berries. I told him that I was curious about this because these days this could be a very dangerous thing to do. Picking the wrong plant could make one sick or worse. I asked him how he knew what was edible and what wasn’t. That, if his mother or father showed him. He thought about this for some time and then said, “no one showed us, … we just knew”. I have thought about this statement for a long time. And through my reading, inquiry and research I’ve come to the conclusion that this type of information, like physiological traits, could be passed on down through to us through our genes. Or maybe, we actually could hear mom talk about the wild edibles while in her womb. Either way, Clarence knew and we all should too. At least a little. Love he Earth. Care for the plants and planet beings.
Marguerite, It is so beautiful to have your energy here. Thank you for sharing your stories which do embrace us and Mother Earth, our connection and the intelligence between us. Wise words – thank you for kicking off Aligned and Inspired Mondays. I am very grateful for your responses and even more grateful to have you in my life as a good friend! I am looking forward to many more walks and talks together. Much Love <3
Love this! Thank you for sharing such an extraordinary person!
Marianne! It is so lovely to have you here. Marguerite is indeed an extraordinary person as are you! Thanks so much for reading and commenting! Sending so much love to you for 2017 and beyond!