blackberry thorns

I love blackberries. I was really happy to see them start to grow in my garden from the neighbour’s. Little did I realise at the time how easily they can spread. Now I am trying to contain them!

While pruning some overgrown branches a few days ago I got a thorn in my finger. I noticed it much later, at night time and tried to remove it. But it was not easy with one hand. I remembered to use some magnesium sulphate and asked my daughter to help. She tried with a pair of tweezers, a needle, some tea tree oil but it would not budge. So I decided to leave it for the next day and try again in daylight. The next morning I asked my husband to help. I was trying to squeeze the finger from all possible angles but it was not working. Interestingly each time I squeezed the finger, some fluid would ooze out from where the splinter was. Eventually after a lot of squeezing and poking – it seemed to slide out on its own. I could see that it was the tip of a thorn.

Initially I was amazed at how easily it slid out. It suddenly dawned on me that this is how life works. When I am being squeezed by life and experiencing discomfort, the emotions that come up are there to facilitate a wound/pain to be released. I had heard that fluids represent emotions. But I did not really understand it. This experience helped me to see how emotions can help release a wound that I may have. It helped me to see the need to honour my emotions, allow myself to feel them and not tell myself that I should not be feeling this way.

When I am being squeezed by life, I may not be able to see the wound or understand why I am feeling emotional. This realisation strengthens me and allows me to feel the emotions that come up from time to time.

With deep gratitude for my Reiki practice that helps me with the strength and wisdom to navigate life from this perspective.

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