Healin We @GullahGeechee from Roots to Rest
by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com)
Over the decades, I have traveled to many places in the world and met some powerfilled Black women. Many of the elders that I have had a chance to embrace on other islands such as St. Thomas, St. Croix, Trinidad, and Barbados held an energy that still envelops my body and soul when I think of the moments with them that seem to be frozen in time. We looked into each others eyes and deep into each others souls to see things that words cannot effectively convey.
These women all held my hands in theirs and transferred energy that protected, healed, and uplifted simultaneously. Each of these hands had pronounced veins that seemed to mimic the roots of the herbs that they had gathered from beneath the well rooted trees in the wilderness of the islands along mountainsides. I reflected on our flat land of the Lowcountry and the journey into the woods and around the yards with my mother whose hands are like theirs and can touch that which can nourish you in a way that is unforgettable and sustaining.
GAWD dun smile pun disya ooman! Tenk GAWD fa de healin e bring!
The hard work that a day brings working on and living from the land is balanced by eating naturally, consuming the herbs passed down for generations, and getting peacefilled rest on a regular basis. This level of balance seems to only be found when we unplug and sit beneath a swaying tree in an island breeze. However, many people are now finding themselves seeking balance in a world that has spoken the word “zoom” so frequently over the past few months that everyone and everything has sped up. “Are we going too fast to hear what GOD is saying?,” I find myself continuing to ask as I keep my balance in the midst of everyone zooming around me.
I decided to reach out to two Gullah/Geechee women that I have a great deal of respect for and pride in. I have watched them take honest steps on their healing journeys and seen them expand the healing road to include many others. Since they use electronic mediums to convey how to heal, I decided to zoom in with them on healing in the Gullah/Geechee Nation and how they are continuing that tradition. This resulted in two powerfilled dialogues with Khetnu Nefer of A Soulful Touch Wellness (www.ASoulfulTouch.com) and Olubusola Abeena of Naturally Geechee (www.NaturallyGeechee.com). Both of them are rooted and steeped in Gullah/Geechee traditions of the Sea Islands given that their families are from Johns Island in Charleston County, SC. Disya ooman da Gullah/Geechee frum de root fa tru!
The lessons that they learned from their elders and on their personal healing journeys evolved into not only daily living practices, but also products that they have found have increased in sales due to the coronavirus pandemic causing people to fully examine that which they take into their bodies. I am seeking to see where people are taking their bodies in the midst of the rapid and stressful pace caused by working at home while taking care of family members and being concerned if the person that stands near you could be carrying a hidden danger to your health. So, we distance from touch which is the very thing that we believe is healing when done by the right hands. Yes, those hands that can touch the root and bring forth that which will sustain you and carry you through.
In the midst of this journey, I can reflect and give thanks for the embraces that I’ve had and how that power and healing energy is still carrying me. At the end of the day, I can rest knowing that we have another generation of Gullah/Geechee healin ooman wha gwine carry on disya ting. Tenk GAWD fa de healin we roots bring!
Tune in to Gullah/Geechee TV (GGTV) to hear the “Zooming in on Sustainability” episodes “Healing @GullahGeechee”
and “Being Naturally Geechee”
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