Tulsi is known as the Queen of Herbs, is highly sacred in India, and is repeatedly called an adaptogen. In essence Tulsi is about raising consciousness, for rising the kundalini. She helps us keep moving and growing our awareness with ease and flow.
However, before kundalini can rise and be mastered, there needs to be a basic level of balance in the body first – an overall relative balance of masculine and feminine energies working together; and a balance within the three heaters (in Chinese medicine) or doshas (in Ayurveda).
Tulsi works with wherever you are at
She really works on a very broad, general level. Whatever needs doing first, that’s where Tulsi will go to work – whether it’s balancing the masculine with the feminine, or if its building up your fire energies, or if they are both already sorted, she will commence on raising the kundalini and supporting you to master it. She’ll help you through the next gateway on your journey.
Tulsi can be a great support for anyone going through kundalini shifts, for those with symptoms from kundalini rising or stuck; or alternatively, for those that need a growth spurt (a bit of awareness raising) in their lives!
Besides working with the three heaters, and on the very general level of keeping things moving throughout the body (liver); Tulsi seems to also focus on the endocrine glands – hypothalamus, thyroid, adrenals, reproductive organs.
Behind all this, Tulsi builds or balances our inner fire (Three heaters or three dosha balancing). Fire is consciousness. It warms and alights our creative forces. The more fire/consciousness/presence we experience, the more we build and strengthen our inner fire. Yet fire also burns. It burns away what no longer serves.
Tulsi has a cleansing, purifying action that clears stagnation and moves stuck or sluggish energy. Movement is important. She likes to dance, to keep energy moving which raises consciousness. Think of a Tulsi plant that is buzzing with bees, there is a constant hum to her energy. This movement clears away the old so we have the space to expand and grow, to move through new gateways into expanded states of being.
But it is the fire that purifies and strengthens the fire of love within us, it builds our love light within, from the core of our being. The more we burn away and create space, the more the white light of spirit can shine through us.
When I asked why Tulsi now? The answer was something akin to it’s time for a mass raising of consciousness on the planet and that she supports that. As a Queen, she evoked the feeling of knowing our sovereignty, being self assured but not in an arrogant way. She knows her place as leader, yet also that this is a big responsibility and not to be belittled either. Healthy Ego.
“What the world needs now, is love, sweet love.”
Tulsi showed us that she heals wounds of separation, she helps us own that we are the creators of these feelings, and that we can change them at any moment. She helps us see through the illusions of separation, to burn through the boundaries that make us think we’re separate. Tulsi reminds us we are all one – a myriad of incarnations living and burning away our karma, all working as part of a unified whole. So to love everyone and remember compassion. Everyone is on their right path.
She helps us see the bigger picture, to acknowledge ourselves and others as sacred and holy just the way we are. That every being is at the perfect place for them right now, so to let go judgments and stop trying to play guru (negative Jupiter). After all, how do we know what’s right for another?
Judgment stems from this illusion of separation. If we sit in presence with our judgments, they will burn through us and clarify the truth. The truth that each of us is master of ourselves and doing the best we can under the circumstances we have and that we are all playing a divine part of the whole picture. Tulsi helps us remember that and stay in all-encompassing love.
Tulsi builds relationship. She heals through interconnecting the many levels of any beings. She is all about Interrelationship. She enlivens and lights up connective pathways – within the nervous system, between each other, between us and the gods, between us and nature. She awakens these pathways, helps us remember and reconnect to them. On a BIG level.
Venus plants will to some extent do this, but being ruled by Jupiter, she helps us on a more grandiose scale. She is the Queen. When we pay respect to the queen, to the earth, to each other, the relationship then abundantly and with so much love holds and cares for us in reciprocation.
Tulsi taught about sacredness and the importance of healthy worship/devotion (worship in the sense of celebration and honoring). Through this, she bestows her abundance on us. This is Tulsi. Honor her and she will gift you.
Tulsi supports you to expand and to raise your consciousness
Whether that means integrating your feminine and masculine, balancing the fire and water energies in your psyche, or to be a master of your energy channels, Tulsi will start where you are right now.
Her energy is pure all encompassing love. Though sometimes the lessons may appear strong, the intention behind this growth is pure love. She comes from a place of no judgment.
She will teach you to realize yourself as a unique and divine individual that has a very vital part to play within the whole picture. And that all others beings (seen and unseen) are also this. That we are all exactly where we are meant to be right now, so to trust that and move forwards from there. She will help you see beyond the illusion of separation, and from this place we can only have compassion and love for ourselves and all other beings. This deep respect fosters a deeper working together, of interrelationship with all beings.
And so may the medicine of Tulsi spread far and wide!
This article first appeared at the authors blog @WildFlowerWalker and is used with permission.
Heidi Wedd runs various circles and online courses in shamanic herbalism, herbal alchemy, plant spirit communication and flower codes. Author of ‘Wild Flower Walker: A Pilgrimage to Nature on the Bibbulmun Track’, she is passionate about reawakening and deepening our innate connection with Nature. Her history is deeply embedded with plants, herbalism, homeopathy and midwifery. www.wildflowerwalker.com