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UNDER THE NEW MOON: DECOLONIZING, GROWTH, MANIFESTING

Mimi Young

Sometimes, my own fears and irrational habits surprise myself. I have internalized oppression of general Chinese/Taiwanese culture (not to mention cultural purging that modern China has experienced) and Christian patriarchy; being a female in a white-centric worldview also adds nuanced complexity. So many painful and limiting layers. So much living small and self-oppression. But I'm hopeful. I think the first step is awareness, then release, and lots and lots of patience and self-love. I find using shamanic and ritual-based practices effective in identifying the limitations as well as work through them. (For those who know me and my work, I’m all about integrating the spiritual with practical, everyday life. Spirituality without real-life application is lip service).

I did a powerful New Moon ritual last month and invited spirits allies I have a relationship with, and my deceased grandfather (who had escaped China during a tumultuous and pivotal time and fled to Taiwan to seek political freedom) to surround me with support. It was as much of a spell to commit to personal growth as well as a surrender of me being comfortable enough to walk with my demons and call them my friends. You’d think my personal and professional work shamanically journeying would make me more open to Spirit, but this lesson of trust, trust, trust, is something I am still learning how to do.

I then wrote down some goals - all of which were completely impossible to achieve in my rational mind. They were (in my mind) lofty goals - some likely would take a year to achieve. I had deliberately put down ambitious goals because it was a challenge to live big - to show up in a way where I am not downplaying who I am, where I can embrace where I came from. What's incredible is that I just reviewed my goals these past couple of days (as I prepare for a New Moon ritual tomorrow), and all but 2 goals (there were 8) - have manifested - shifts in how I relate to work, to my relationships, to my health. I am overwhelmed with breathless awe and inexplicable gratitude. I am also pinching myself ever so often wondering why I waited so long to show up fully. What was I so afraid of? How can I call those demons ‘bad’, when the devil’s work in whispering lies is to invite us to explore our greatest truths? Releasing duality, layer by layer, is so liberating. As I let go of what I cling to, my hands are freed to invite new, prosperous, and loving realities in.

Happy New Moon, beloved tribe.
 

Mimi Young
founder + plant spirit medicine practitioner

For those in the Vancouver area, I would love to see/meet you at an upcoming Ceremonie Workshop!
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Image credits: Me, taken by Heather Pennell of The Essence Oracle

MORE READS FOR THE AWAKENED

Mimi Young

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A blessed Solstice and approaching Yule! This year especially, I am experiencing resonance to Crone's calling for deep rest, play, and nourishment during this middle winter season. What better way than to spend time outdoors in the cold or cozied up with a pot of tea and a good book. These past few weeks, there hasn't been a day where I haven't received requests for my recommendation for a book on [insert mystic/wellness topic]. Though I am a believer that there is no greater truth than our own personal understanding gained through experience, there exists published bodies of work that can assist us as we walk down our life's winding path. Books (printed or audio) can function as confirming friends and compassionate teachers.

It's been over a year since I last published a post on my recommended readings. Again, the titles below are not in any way comprehensive nor complete. Note they may not necessarily be new/recent publications. They are simply a list of helpful, even challenging books that have stretched and nourished me in one way or another. I also have included, a brief (though likely limited) summary accompanying each title.

The Beauty Chef Cookbook by Carla Oates ...because healthful eating can be pleasurable and nourishing to all our senses. The most practical and most frequently used cookbook in my home for a while now.

Pussy: A Reclamation by Regena Thomashauer ...because we all need to radically self-celebrate.

Human Tuning: Sound Healing with Tuning Forks by John Beaulieu ...because everything is vibration.

Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés ...because Jungian psychology, stories and images, and the power of the rewilding are pure medicine. Give yourself time to digest her words.

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand ...because it's time to shift many of our restrictive paradigms towards money and embrace that money is good.

Material Girl, Mystical World: The Now Age Guide to a High-Vibe Life by Ruby Warrington ...because she is a distant sister from another mister and total IT girl of mysticism and spirituality. Bonus is that Ruby doesn't take herself too seriously. (While you're at it, give her a follow on Insta and tell her I sent ya!)

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuvai Noah Harari ...because it's valuable to shift out of our individuality and see our species as a collective over time.

The Fourth Trimester by Kimberly Ann Johnson ...because the notion of a woman's body bouncing back overnight after birthing a baby is a harmful, bullshit ideal.

A Year with Rumi: Daily Readings by Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi, Coleman Barks ...because a few, simply strung words can transport you to another world.

Crystals: The Modern Guide to Crystal Healing by Yulia Van Doren ...because we all have a skeptical friend who is now drawn to crystals. This is an excellent intro book, written by the modern queen of crystals.

Love Is In The Earth: The Crystal and Mineral Encyclopedia by Melody ...because some of us want to get deeper into with stones and glossing summaries aren't enough. My personal fave for a resource book.

I love Dick by Chris Kraus ...because through her feminist humour, she faces her own narcissism and experiences transformation with only imagination as the conduit.

Gene Keys by Richard Rudd ...because it's always helpful to gain insight on our life's path. This book requires a fair amount of study commitment to experience its full benefits and is not for the faint of heart.

The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf ...because ...just because.

Please check your local bookstore for these reads. We also recommend Abe Books in the US and Banyen Books in Canada.

 

A blessed and restorative Solstice and Yule season!

Big love,

Mimi Young
founder + plant spirit medicine practitioner

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HOW DID I BECOME A SHAMANIC PRACTITIONER?

Mimi Young

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Many have asked me this question, or how did I choose to be involved with plant spirit medicine. As someone who has remained out of the public's eye, and has stayed quietly behind the Ceremonie brand, I am also beginning to become more visible, adding a distinct personal element to my work that didn't exist before. We learn so much from stories, including our own, and so I share it here:

It's has been a long journey that involves evolving through archetypes to develop an ever-increasing understanding of myself and the worlds (seen and unseen) around me. I come from a home where my mother is a devout evangelical Christian and my father, an equally devout atheist. The paradigm I was raised in was black and white - be it if it was rooted in science and the rational, or religious conditioning and tenets. Deep down, I had always connected with spirits and mysticism - my first friends, as a young child, were the great Cedar tree spirits - Grandma Tree and Grandpa Tree, as I had called them (and still do). I also spoke to fruits and vegetables (I even named a doll Celery). The rational world crept in, pressing me and I naturally lost touch with these allies for some time and became well versed and articulate in more widely-accepted world views. It can be easy to look back at those times as conforming, asleep, or a victim of patriarchy, but I also see those decades as preparatory, as many myths and archetypes that exist in Judeo-Christian were taken from older, pagan practices. In my own story, I simply learned them in chronologically reversed order, as many people today do.

After I gave birth to my first son, the Wild Woman stirred within. Some call her Lilith, some Kali, some gave her the generic name of Witch. I called her Jezebel. She frightened me. She asked all the right questions and didn't care that she didn't have a tidy answer. She was raw, brave, wildly intelligent, could smell lies from miles away, was fiercely loyal to her loved ones, and I was scared  to death to even entertain a cup of tea with her. I was secretly afraid that she would somehow seduce some sense into me and I would lose full control of who I am. I knew that she, as the Destroyer, would kill me. 

Simultaneously, my husband and I were wanting a second child, but had difficulty conceiving and keeping the pregnancies. The timing wasn't right.

The pangs for the shadow and unknown, like contractions, only became stronger. I began re-experiencing manifestations of clair-olfaction, sometimes also known as clair sentience (an intuitive gift I have had since my late teens, but had tried my best to ignore it and suppress it), the ability to smell things that aren't physically there, and then associating them with distinct messages from the spirit world. And it was a dark walk in the desert, for I had no teacher in the form of books or workshops. I searched for teachers who have this gift, but none came on my path. So I had no choice but to listen to Jezebel. She said spend time outdoors everyday. She said look for omens and symbols. She told me about Tarot, and I committed to learning the Tarot language, a visual tongue through which spirit allies can speak to me with clarity and precision. By then, we had stopped attending church, and were promptly ostracized for doing so. We kept two couple friends from that network of well over a hundred. They were the only ones who wanted to remain in our lives. (I later released this disappointment and remarkably, I am filled with so much love - even as I write this portion of my story). And so in many ways, certain things died within me - limiting, outworn beliefs, victimhood, the need to be perfect, and like a snake, I shed and emerged. I begun to understand that the Wild Woman is my greatest protector, advocator, and mother. 

Fast forward a bit and I became pregnant again. At week 15, I began hemorrhaging, which only stopped when I reclined in bed. The first day of the bleeding, I heard the doorbell ring. When I opened the door, no one was there, but when I looked up, a large Great Blue Heron flew across me and into the expansive sky. I knew that the baby would live, despite any complications. The midwife sent me for a few medical tests and science couldn't tell me why it was happening. The instruction was to remain in bed rest until the baby reached full term. 

I am a very active person, and to ask me to lie in bed for two days with the flu is a monumental task as it is. To be on bed rest for over 5 months was a demand that challenged me in a way that I had never experienced. The idea of being removed from the physical world was enormously difficult for a type A person like me to 'endure', though by week 2, I had sufficiently wrestled with this internally, that I finally said, "Oh, all right!!!! I'll start meditating, again." So meditating I began - longer and longer sessions each day. I would break them up with an online course on aromatics and skin (essential oils, plant extracts, and other natural compounds in the context of skincare), but I did meditate roughly for 5 hours a day on bed rest. It was an immensely productive and transformative use of time. I now see this as the Universe's gift to me.

One day, during a meditation, I traveled somewhere and met some talking creatures. They said some interesting and truthful things. When I came out of the trance, I knew that something remarkable had happened. I met ancient, powerful friends. I didn't yet possess the language, but I had journeyed to the Lower World and spoke with some spirit allies. It was my first shamanic experience, and though I tried, I didn't know how to return to that realm.

My second son, Kyo, was born in the spring of 2015. The name 'Kyo' means synergy. Back on my feet and enjoying mothering my newborn and 7 year old, I had banked so much energy while off my feet, that I had the momentum to create something that can be best summarized by the Ace of  Wands coupled with the Queen (Mother) of Pentacles. I created a toning oil to help rid water retention and toxins from being immobile for so long, and the moms around me noticed, and asked if they could buy bottles to use it as cellulite oil for themselves. And so Ceremonie was born (then called Trimaran Botanicals, renamed last year). I would begin working with essential oils and enter into a conscious trance and basically was channeling their energies and personalities, and coupled it with my own trained knowledge, began formulating. It was truly alchemical. In the certified aromatherapy world, blends are termed 'synergy'. It is wondrous how Kyo helped me birth this.

While this was happening, I asked the Universe, almost as a joke (because I didn't believe it would happen), for a shaman to show up in my life to teach me. I knew it was highly unrealistic to travel extensively to Peru with two babes (and a mortgage) in tow, so I had asked Jezebel to send  someone here in greater Vancouver where I live. And she did, one week later. My formal teacher was a female shamanic practitioner, named Leona De Lang Boom. She is a second generation modern shamanic practitioner. She began when she was 18 years old, and her mother still practises it. Their specialty is in past life work and have taught me how to work with psychopomps (a spirit/creature/angels that are travel companions to afterlife as well as former lives). What's absolutely incredible is when I met mine for the first time, I fell so in love with him. He's a red crown crane, and is adorable yet strong. I didn't know it at the time, but later learned that many psychopomps are cranes. 

Ceremonie began as a clean beauty label that is focused on shamanic skin and aura care. I make the products in ritual (a blend of trance work, shamanism, hedgewitch magick, crystal therapy and moon cycles). About a year ago, I also began offering Shamanic Beauty Sessions, which are shamanic readings in the context of beauty, as well as general shamanic readings. My greatest passion, though, are my conversations (online and offline) with my clients and other members in my tribe. This sisterhood of women (mostly women, but some men, as well), ignites me to never compromise on my deepest truth, to love myself with as much vigour as a Mother Wolf, and to see the incorruptible good in others (AND THEN TELL THEM!!!). In fact, later this week, I will be offering my first spirituality/plant spirit medicine workshop series at Nectar Juicery (a wellness hub here in Vancouver, Canada), titled 'Walking The Fragrant Path: Integrating Essential Oils with Crystals, Chakras, Mantras and More'. What a wild ride, this gift called life, stranger than fiction, and wondrously beautiful. 

 

A spirited Samhain to everyone,


Mimi Young
founder + plant spirit medicine practitioner

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SPONTANEITY AS MEDICINE

Mimi Young

“Full spontaneity is a guarantee of honest expression of the nature and the style of the freely functioning organism, and of its uniqueness. Both words, spontaneity and expressiveness, imply honesty, naturalness, truthfulness, lack of guile, non-imitativeness, etc., because they also imply a non-instrumental nature of the behavior, a lack of wilful ‘trying’, a lack of effortful striving or straining, a lack of interference with the flow of the impulses and the free ‘radioactive’ expression of the deep person.” -- Abraham Maslow

The excerpt above is a reminder of how the spontaneous is creative, beautiful, authentic, magical, inspiring, wildly romantic, simple, graceful, and dare I say, healing? I hold the intention for us to grow together, individually and collectively, and embrace the spontaneous as an integral part of higher consciousness. The plant allies leave us with this potently simple mantra, “I allow.”  

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BOTANICAL SPOTLIGHT: ROSE

Mimi Young

Nothing comes close to the warmth, the richness, and the sheer romance of the rose. There are 250+ species and many thousands more of hybrids of rose. Rose damascena and Rosa centifolia are the two most common varietals for extraction into what we know as rose absolute and rose otto.

In Bulgaria and Turkey, among the fine, artisanal farmers and distillers, the rose blossoms of Rosa damascena bloom mid spring, and are harvested by hand in the time-honoured way, of being nipped just below the calyx. Collection of the flower take place early morning, while the dew is still on the petals. Like fine tea leaf collection, these details affect the beneficial compounds and the subtleties in scent. Roughly 4000 kilograms of rose petals yield 1 kilogram of oil.

Rose distillate (the hydrophilic component) and oil (the lypophic) softens, hydrates, and offers a gentle toning function that helps to strengthen the collagen-elastic network in all skin types, with dry, mature, and sensitive types benefitting the most. Rose also contains vulnerary (cell regenerative) compounds, making it suited to aging, sun-damaged, and skin with broken capillaries. Given that Trimaran Botanicals offers a ceremonial and shamanic experience to beauty, rose is also chosen to support the spirit. Rose, vibrating the highest in energetic frequency in the plant kingdom, is invaluable for assisting in the balance of anxiety, upheaval, shock, resentment, lack of trust, lack of self-love, and other emotional toxicity. Anointing a drop of pure rose otto (rose oil distilled solvent-free) on the sternum (the heart chakra), along with mantra work, can deeply soothe the heartbroken.

I’ll end by sharing the latest mantra Rose, the plant spirit, offers; recite it while using our Hydrosol (Facial Toner) and/or Facial Serum Concentrate for dry/mature/sensitive skin types,

“Tenderly, I see. Tenderly, I speak. Tenderly, I do. Tenderly, I am.”

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WHY CEREMONIAL SKINCARE?

Mimi Young

I feel that nowadays even though we have the internet on our phones - I mean we can’t even leave our house or go the washroom without our phones - we like to think we are connected. But I’m not so sure if we are - I think we have been afforded convenience to the point that instant gratification is perceived as a human right - but I think we are more disconnected than ever, especially with ourselves. I hope that Trimaran Botanicals is something that people can experience with themselves, to continue their own self dialogue, to come home to themselves, so that they can then truly connect back outside of themselves from a “whole” holistic place.

And how and where to start? Start small. Choose a shamanically made product and its accompanying mantra, and begin honouring the inner self while manifesting the outer.

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PSYCHEDELICS AND SPIRITUALITY

Mimi Young

What is at first a cup of sorrow becomes at last immortal wine.
— Gita

On letting go… The spirits spoke today, and being our plant allies, they insist that I share. Though speaking collectively, Jasmine, the flower associated with the Divine Feminine, acts as the voice for this particular, uplifting message,

"What you see presently is but a glimmer of an eternal, ever expanding landscape, and for this reason, your current picture is both temporary and mercurial. We invite to approach any disappointment, rejection, abandonment, betrayal and isolation as a limiting belief rather than a mere feeling. These judgments keep you trapped in a story of loss that does not serve your highest interest. You plant allies and animal spirits invite you to make room for the joyful unknown and to courageously speak love to your cells so that the negative beliefs can be identified, healthily processed and laid to rest."

And so I will end today's post with this mantra,
"I love myself when I hate myself."

We approach beauty differently. Vegan, toxin-free, filler-free is a given and a basic, human right. We integrate the spirit with the skin so that beauty AND well-being is tangibly experienced. To book a personalized skincare consultation and shamanic reading session, please email Mimi at journey@trimaranbotanicals.com.

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A WONDROUS THOUGHT

Mimi Young

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The force that operates in the ever-expansive Universe is also the same force that is in each of us. What a wondrous thought.


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SPIRITUAL READS FOR PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

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Working shamanically with clients who are seeking balance in their skin and in their heart-of-hearts, the most common request I get is a recommended reading list. I am reluctant to share a top 5 or 10 - it seems too definitive, elitist even - but having reflected on my own path and which written pieces have served as a beacon while disoriented, searching, or simply wanting to expand my personal portfolio of reference material. There is no greater truth than our own personal truths discovered through experience; nothing should ever replace that, but certain published work can be as instrumental as a thick coat on a long, trek through gusty, snowy terrain, as nurturing as an understanding shoulder when we are heartbroken, or as satisfying as a second helping of a favourite dessert. Books and other resources are external confirmations, letting us know that we are part of a collective, that the most personal within is also the most universal.

The recommended readings below are not in any way comprehensive or complete. They simply are a lovely list of helpful books. I also added, in a rather limited fashion, a summary to each title.

How to Become An Adult by David Richo ...because (functional) adulting can be hard.

Journey of Souls by Michael Newton ...because we all wonder what happens after we die.

Power Vs Force by David R Hawkins and Teddy Carney ...because there is a distinct difference between power and force, and how vibration affects everything.

Banished Knowledge: Facing Childhood Injuries by Alice Miller ...because we all have something to grieve and release.

Plant Spirit Medicine by Eliot Cowan ...because plant spirits are real!

The Field and The Intention Experiment by Lynne McTaggart ...because intentions are more powerful than you realize.

Healing Wise by Susun Weed ...because the future is female and because common, local herbs are our allies.

The Anatomy of the Spirit by Carolyn Myss … because the spirit and the physical body are one.

The Archival Revival by Terence McKenna ...because… just because!

Best Tarot Practises by Marcia Masino ...because Tarot is a useful tool for exploration and self-discovery.

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown ...because we all need to learn how to share and be vulnerable.

Animal Speak by Ted Andrews ...because animal medicine is a real thing.

Please also check your local bookstore for these reads. We recommend Abe Books in the US and Banyen Books in Canada. 

We would be so honoured to support and help integrate while you walk on your life’s path. If you feel called to receive a Shamanic Reading because you are seeking balance in the physical, emotional, or etheric self and desire clarity, encouragement, insight, and self-compassion, or even are simply curious, we invite you to book a Shamanic Reading

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DARK MATTER MADE LIGHT

Mimi Young

"What is at first a cup of sorrow becomes at last immortal wine." Gita

On letting go… The spirits spoke today, and being our plant allies, they insist that I share. Though speaking collectively, Jasmine, the flower associated with the Divine Feminine, acts as the voice for this particular, uplifting message,

"What you see presently is but a glimmer of an eternal, ever expanding landscape, and for this reason, your current picture is both temporary and mercurial. We invite to approach any disappointment, rejection, abandonment, betrayal and isolation as a limiting belief rather than a mere feeling. These judgments keep you trapped in a story of loss that does not serve your highest interest. You plant allies and animal spirits invite you to make room for the joyful unknown and to courageously speak love to your cells so that the negative beliefs can be identified, healthily processed and laid to rest."

And so I will end this mantra on this February 14th:
"I love myself when I hate myself."

We approach beauty differently. Vegan, toxin-free, filler-free is a given and a basic, human right. We integrate the spirit with the skin so that beauty AND well-being is tangibly experienced. To book a personalized skincare consultation and shamanic reading session, please email Mimi at journey@trimaranbotanicals.com. We also invite you to join our tribe on Instagram.