Land Healing is probably the most fulfilling aspect of psychic work I do. Each time I finish a Land Healing, a tsunami of gratitude washes over me and surrounds me like the best hug I’ve ever received. Land Healing can be as simple as thanking the space you are occupying or as elaborate as a huge festival.
Last year a friend suggested healing the area around the Thea Foss Waterway in Tacoma, WA. That sounded nice and close, but I had other areas that I was drawn to work on first–like Penn Cove. Since I see the Waterway most days, the thought of conducting a land healing there has stuck with me ever since. A couple months ago I decided to go ahead and plan an event for my friends and I. The first of two scheduled healings on this area occurred this past weekend.
We met at Fireman’s Park, which is downtown Tacoma and looks over the Thea Foss Waterway with a great view of the Murray Morgan Bridge. This area is categorized as a Superfund Site, and has been since 1983. A Superfund site is any land in the United States that has been contaminated by hazardous waste and identified by the EPA as a candidate for cleanup because it poses a risk to human health and/or the environment. When I asked my Spirit Guides why I was called here, I was told it was because this area has been pillaged and taken advantage of for so long; even though there are efforts in the process of cleaning up the surface, the land also needs some energetic clearing and healing from all the trauma it has experienced and been subjected to since the influx of settlers arrived to the area in the 1800’s. I was drawn to the bridge itself as the focal point because it is an easily recognizable landmark in this area.
After my friends and I walked the park and decided that we wanted to work near each other during the healing, we set up an altar in the middle of a stone circle. The altar is for gifts to the land. This time I was guided to bring a piece of coral from the Caribbean Sea, a piece of a worn shell, a chunk of fossilized sand, and some sage to burn. My friends brought the penny and the goddess keychain. We asked for the support and blessings of the Land, Water, and the Overseer of the area. (Overseers are like the energetic gatekeepers of an area and can be either trees/plants or Spirits not physically attached to the land.) Then we got to work.
Once I had tuned into the land I was guided to work with the Water Spirit of Commencement Bay. This spirit let me know that it wants to heal, and it appreciates the efforts of restoration. However, the area is struggling to heal due to the constant flux of global shipping traffic that flows through the area every single day. The Port of Tacoma sits right on the bay, and massive container ships come and go every day from all over the world. The Water Spirit asked for some protection from what was being brought in by all of these ships. So I created a golden net across the whole bay with the intention that it “catch” any energy that is not in alignment with Tacoma’s best and highest good. After that was finished I was guided to then Ho’oponopono all of the Spirits and things that had been caused harm or trauma during and/or after the development of the industrial area. Ho’oponopono means to make right and is an ancient Hawaiian prayer encompassing the four following phrases: “I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you.” The generations of the Puyallup and Tahoma Native American tribes; the generations of fish and sea life; the land, water, and shores of Commencement Bay; Chief Joseph and the Spirit of Mt. Tahoma (aka Rainier); all of the trees, plants, and animals of the area; and the water that has flowed in, out, and through the waterways of the area were all acknowledged, shown appreciation, asked forgiveness, and sent unconditional love. These spirits were all so appreciative of this simple act; it made me realize I can do this as I’m driving through this beautiful area on any given day.
The messages I received from the Spirits and Land of the area were all around a balanced give and take. The land and waters want to sustain us humans, but want to be appreciated and acknowledged as we do so. This land is begging for attention and love. It really appreciates that the area around the Murray Morgan Bridge is being turned into a place where people enjoy themselves, compared to when it was once a bustling industrial area. It sends thanks to the people and groups that are working towards its restoration. It wants to be enjoyed for its beauty and resources, but not recklessly used up as it has been in the past. Like I shared in the beginning, the feeling of gratitude and appreciation that washes over me after working on the land like this is extremely moving, fulfilling, and inspiring and I encourage anyone who is drawn to this work to do what you can to heal the land around you.
What I learned during this Land Healing felt vast and unexpected. I learned that I can use simple techniques to enact great healing. I learned that I am supposed to be doing this type of work consistently and not just once every few months (as I’ve been doing). I learned that I don’t need to go far outside my front door to find areas of the Land that want to be healed. I learned (again) that a few people can make a big difference. As we were leaving it looked to me like the park and the bridge were sparkling. Even though I personally didn’t work on the bridge, one of my friends did so and healed what was ready to be healed that day. I look forward to returning to this area very soon and send much appreciation to all who were involved in creating this amazing experience.