What My Jade Coleus Plant Has Taught Me

I was given this plant a couple of years ago at a metaphysical store when purchasing crystals, me and the owner were talking and the conversation of nightmares came up. I told her that I had a lot of them and they were making it harder and harder to stay focused and awake during the day. She turned to the other shop owner and asked him “go get a coleus from upstairs”. At this point I had no idea what that even was, a couple of minutes later the person came back and put this small pot on the counter. The woman then told me to keep this plant in my room and the nightmares will begin to vanish. I asked her how much she wanted for the plant, but she just shook her head and said that I could have it (along with some basil tea), apparently she had loads of these plants upstairs. She also gave me a brief summary on how to look after it. I thanked her and took my tea, crystals and plant home with me. The interesting thing was when I got the plant home, I didn’t seem to have nightmares, and when they did come they were only brief and didn’t wake me at all 🙂

I brought a pot so the water could drain into it and began researching into the plant and how to look after it. Luckily it was a easy plant to take care of, since I had never looked after a indoor plant before. So after watering it I noticed that the little stem of a plant began to grow. Then I got attuned to reiki in which we had to use a plant case study for part of the course; this fitted in perfectly since I had a plant to use, and it was safe to say it began to grow fast with the extra help and needed a bigger plant pot XD.

Okay so I know what your thinking….”how does this have anything to do with what you have learnt from this plant?” The answer, everything. You see when I first got this plant it was a small thing, one might go as far as saying it was fragile and vulnerable. But with love and care it began to grow into something beautiful and strong. It was given support (in the form of bamboo sticks) so it could lean on them for help as it grew, then eventually I could take them away as it was able to stand on it’s own. The sticks were then moved to other parts of the plant which needed help. It even got some crystals put in with it 😀

PlantThis is when it occurred to me, this plant, this essence of nature, was similar to how we ourselves as humans are. We do not require support in order to live, but when we are given it, it allows us to grow with a “shoulder” to lean on until we can stand tall on our own. I noticed when I was having some bad weeks and almost forgot to look after the plant, it didn’t die, but with the lack of support and care it looked “tired” and “weak”. It was a perfect reflection of how I was feeling. So when I was feeling better I began to care for the plant once again and it has made a almost full recovery from that small amount of support. It made me realize how important for anything in life to have support, not having something doing everything for them, but instead, be there for when it is beginning to “wilt”.

When caring for the plant I noticed how it dropped the dead leaves from it so it could “concentrate” on the parts of it which were still flourishing. Again I drew a similarity from the plant to human society. People, like plants, can drop their “dead leaves” or things which do not longer serve them on their own. However there are parts which they need more help in getting rid of; if it has been buried deep down and therefore anything after that part of the stem begins to slowly become sick, and sometimes it takes another person to intervene and help cut away that “sickness”; and once they do, they begin to live a better way of life.

Thanks for reading, and apologies for rambling haha XD

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