Last night was quite the event in our house. Jessica (who recently changed her name to Camitza) shared an inspiration about a month or two ago of our home hosting nights in which local people could get together and offer their healing practices to each other. As we were all discussing the logistics of ways this could work, and not work well, it eventually became evident to her that we needed to do a practice run. So last night, we did just this. We began by cleaning the house beautifully, making big pots of soup and tea and a pot of chocolate, and gathering together in a circle to share what we wanted to offer to the group, stories about our respective teachers and inspirituers, and how we envisioned our night of healing ritual working. After this initial circle, we moved to the living room, where we had built a cozy fire in our big woodstove, and Camitza had set up two beds on the floor covered with beautiful quilts. She had lit at least a dozen candles all over the kitchen and living room, smudged with an owl wing. Mattaiah started the circle for us with a powerful reading called “The Tribe of Healers” from the Nasarene Path of the Essene Way. I followed him by sharing the story of The Gifting Bones, which is a divination system from the canyon that Wolf received in a beautiful dream, after a valued supporter of ours finally asked for something in return for all the help he had gifted to us. We then shared the medicine of the Bones in a circle, Camitza and I working together to explain the significance of each bone for each person. Then, two of us laid down upon the beds to receive the healing arts bestowed upon them. We moved in a fluid, intuitive rhythm, every one of us feeling out where our gifts were most needed, artful, timely, or useful. Mattiaih blessed us all with his throat singing, annointed us with essential oils, and did interesting things with stones, crystals and tuning forks. At one point he spoke to us in what I assumed was Hebrew, but found out later was… well, not, exactly! Monica laid plants upon us, and sang beautiful plant songs, sometimes with Camitza and I joining in in layered harmonies. Music and Jules practiced Reiki. Thadeus and Jessica performed the intense art of cupping upon our backs, and I laid steaming, lavender-scented cloths upon our faces, backs, feet, and hands. All of us gifted each other with some form of of massage, as well.
It was well after 2 am by the time Jessica was done with her deep tissue massage on me, and everyone else had drifted away towards their beds. We sat down at the kitchen table by candlelight, and savored this delicious soup made by me and Thadeus, accompanied by some perfect tea concocted by Monica.
Healer’s Night Soup
The ingredients are simple, the flavor is transportive!
diced Unrefined coconut oil, about 4 tablespoons total
about 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (I used Napa Valley’s Pomegranate Balsamic)
1 small cabbage, cut into 2” pieces 1/2-1 head broccoli, stems peeled and sliced, florets cut not too small
about 1 lb. carrots, scrubbed, peeled only if the peels seem bitter, and sliced
about 2 cups garbanzo beans, preferably sprouted overnight before cooking for two hours (but canned will work in a pinch)
1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes 3 tablespoons miso ( I used Westbrae Brown Rice Mellow Miso)
5-6 cloves garlic, sautéed lightly in 1 teaspoon coconut oil
1-2 tablespoons Thai Kitchen Green Chile Curry Paste (or your favorite curry paste, homemade, or not)
Sauté the onions in 1-2 tablespoons of the coconut oil in a large skillet, over medium heat– preferably cast iron, until they are very slightly browned but still a bit crispy. Scoop out the onions into a large soup pot, and fill the pot about half full with water. Add the carrots, tomatoes, garbanzo beans, and bring the contents of the pot to a boil. While this is happening, add the cabbage, broccoli, balsamic vinegar, and salt to the pan with another 2 or 3 tablespoons of the coconut oil, and stir occasionally until the vegetables are all wilted yet still have some chew to them. Turn off the pan. Once the carrots are just cooked, turn off the heat and serve the soup, with generous amounts of the balsamic stir-fried vegetables spooned on top. Enjoy!