Each ridge of the red belted conk represents a year of growth. Each of these carries stories of its experiences through rain or drought, predators, pathogens and winds along with the inherent wisdom passed from the host tree as its mycelium consumes the wood. The resilience of this polypore mushroom is powerful medicine, building our own resilience (with its immuno-modulating properties) as well as showing me how it can reconnect / remind us of the resilience we've inherited from our ancestors. Following the mycelial threads down our family trees tapping into generations of grit, grounded power and brilliance that have brought us to this point in time.
Simply sitting with one of these beings while out in the woods, smelling its distinct earthy sourness and touching its multi-hued bands of growth can bring one into connection with the gifts we hold from our ancestors. Close the eyes and open your heart, allowing oneself to be pulled in and down into the timeless world where our ancestral resilience resides. Sense into your body where this connection resides, trust where you are drawn to. Feel this place of power, ask questions as to its nature. Send gratitude to these beings that have been here before us, for all they have endured, for all that are, for all that they share.
The spiraling road ahead of us looms heavy on the horizon as massive changes to Gaia and all life forms are underway. We have the support of our ancestors that have done the necessary work to consciously evolve, as well as the support of these wise fungal beings if we are willing to listen with our hearts and act accordingly.