She placed what felt like a round flat smooth stone on my heart.
In response to its penetrating, smoothening, deepening warmth,
my heart spread out and widened in concentric circles.
I saw a taproot extend from its chambers and plunge into the ground.
Nourished by this taproot, my heart has increased capacity
to feel, comprehend, encompass, understand.
She placed her hands above my head, tickling my short hair
as she gently felt for an opening into my cranium
as if lifting layers of wet leaves with a fine rake.
She saw the hands of her spirit guides extend
through her own hands, reach into my brain
and shrink the tumor.
When the session was over, I reached up to touch
the large, round, flat stone lying on my heart
and was astonished to find instead
a tiny, jagged chip of blue-green malachite.
Walking outside in this austere and vast valley,
I realized that something has turned.
The baby is no longer stuck in breech position.
She has turned and her head has entered the birth canal.
No doubt there’s still a long hard labor ahead,
but she is coming. Nothing can stop her
and together we can midwife her into being.
Let the taproot of your heart plant itself deep into the ground
and know that a new way of being is already on its way.