In this tumultuous time, many of us want to help alleviate the Earth’s hurt, but think we aren’t good enough to make a difference. This book dissolves that fear to whisper in your ear “Self-compassion is a force of ecological healing.”
Far from seeing us as an ecological burden, the Earth is continually encouraging us to see our goodness— because it is only through self-acceptance that we can claim our part in catalyzing true healing in the world.
From the manatee-calm springs of wild Florida to the flower-dotted coves of the most biodiverse mountains in the world, this book is an encounter with the benevolence of the living world— and a nature therapy session for the soul.
I am in awe of how one small book can hold so much wisdom. Every paragraph is beautifully written, and more importantly, so deeply meaningful. Filled with plant wisdom, stories, and insights into the world of nature, we are led on a life affirming and joyous journey through the seasons with nature as our faithful guide. This is a book meant to read, then read again, and to share with others.
Herbalist & Author of Medicinal Herbs: A Beginners Guide
It’s not unusual for books about eco-consciousness to leave the reader stranded somewhere between helplessness and despair. What a refreshing relief, then, to find a book that guides us toward mutual healing for both ourselves and the Earth through the seemingly simple act of cultivating a deep and abiding relationship with the landscape around us.
author of the Wild Wisdom series
This revelatory treasure of a book guides readers on a healing journey back to the earth wisdom available to us all--whether in a fleck of mountain mica or the geological memory of ancient meteoric encounters. With her wide-ranging experience and elegant writing, Asia Suler helps us all to recover an intimate, loving and generous relationship with the natural world. This is a book I will return to and pass along, urging my friends to read it now.
author of Take Back the Magic and co-author with Clark Strand of The Way of the Rose
Read Asia Suler's lovely book and your world will tilt. You'll not only see that the world is your mirror but that the world is looking at you [...] A beloved herbalist and earth keeper, Asia Suler now reveals herself as an enchanting poet of consciousness who rouses us to heal our lives by telling better stories about them.
bestselling author of Conscious Dreaming, The Secret History of Dreaming and Dreaming the Soul Back Home.
Asia Suler's writing is very literally medicinal: her words bear the healing properties of the earth. This is a book to live by, a book to bring you back home. Part personal healing journey, part prose poem in praise of the living world, and part wisdom-teaching, Mirrors in the Earth is the wildly compassionate, fiercely loving map we all need in these times, to guide us back to our innate and joyful wholeness.
Sylvia V. Linsteadt
author of Our Lady of the Dark Country
Mirrors in the Earth is a poetic and heartfelt exploration of our healing journey as humans towards self-acceptance, overcoming our trauma, and most importantly, remembering that the first place towards healing the Earth begins with ourselves. Asia artfully guides the reader on the pathway to reigniting our memory that we are a part of the Earth and the Earth is a part of us, and that healing is the most important work we can be doing at this time.
author of Evolutionary Herbalism
Asia Suler is a writer, teacher, earth intuitive and ecological philosopher who lives in the folds of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
She is the founder of One Willow Apothecaries, an Appalachian-grown company that offers handcrafted herbal medicines and educational experiences in herbalism, animism, ancestral healing and earth-centered personal growth. Asia has guided over 20,000 students in 70+ countries through her immersive online programs. With her writings and teachings, Asia helps people embrace their own unique medicine through a joyful engagement with the natural world.
There are many reasons someone might start believing they are not good. A sense of inner defect can expand malignantly with overt oppression, abuse, bullying, or neglect, but it can also grow subtly, fed from a million covert sources—from religious upbringings to social media. Most of us have had experiences in life that left us questioning our basic goodness, from not fitting in at school or failing to get affirmation from a parent, to experiencing a troll on social media or losing our jobs. For those of us who care deeply about social issues or the environment, simply looking at the reality of human-precipitated injustice can cause us to doubt not only our own virtue, but the basic goodness of humankind. At the center of many movements for repair is an implicit pessimism—an unspoken belief that humans, by our very nature, inevitably cause disharmony.
Even though I had come so far with my healing—from New York City to Appalachia, to the other side of chronic pain and down those first steps on my path as a teacher—looking into the mirror of that mica, I glimpsed the seed of my hurt. I saw the part of me that believed I was unworthy, unlovable, deficient, and hopelessly flawed—and I felt deep tenderness for this newly exposed piece of myself. I recognized with a shock how this belief in my own unworthiness was at the heart of all the hurt I experienced in my life, including my willingness to accept abuse, isolation, and overwhelm. I also recognized that I wasn’t alone.
Whether we realize it or not, many of us spend much of our lives thinking we aren’t enough. Underneath so many of the hardships we experience as humans is this erroneous belief. On a deep and very private level, we doubt our goodness, and that quiet worry is the very conclusion that has evicted us from our belonging—first to ourselves, and then to the Earth.
Before mirrored glass was invented, the only way we could catch a glimpse of our own image was through the natural world—calm waters, mica flakes, the onyx in someone else’s eyes. Though today we have mirrors, cameras, and selfies, we still lack the ability to see who we truly are. With nature, however, there remains a place where it’s possible to come into direct, caring contact with our soul. We need only look into the benevolent mirror of the Earth.
In healthy parenting, part of a caregiver’s role is to mirror their child. When children first begin to have an emotional experience of themselves as individuals, a parent’s job is to reflect these feelings, along with the child’s innate goodness, back to them so they can build self-worth along with necessary life skills. Many of us didn’t experience enough of this early phase of healthy reflection. But no matter what our family of origin was like, we all continue to have access to this essential source of nurturance, because nature is the parent-mirror that will never forsake us.
On a very tangible level, nature is our lifelong caregiver. It is the source from which our lives are made possible, a mirror here to help us when we have lost sight of ourselves. Whenever we peek out from our hard places and hiding spaces, nature will reflect back to us the depth of our goodness—not because the denizens of nature are objects onto which we project ourselves, or because the more-than-human world lacks its own personalities and sentience, but because the beings of the natural world are our kin, our elders, and our teachers. As Potawatomi author and botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer recounts in her book Braiding Sweetgrass, “In some Native languages, the term for plants translates to ‘those who take care of us.’” We are the youngest children of creation. When we see ourselves in the wider world, we remember who we are.
Asia Suler’s heart shines forth as she guides and inspires the reader to look inside themselves and into the mirror of Nature to deepen their compassion for themselves. Suler shares stories of her personal transformation, including the painful parts, with clarity, warmth, and vulnerability. This beautiful book ultimately invites the reader to see and experience how our individual healing brings healing to our world. Mirrors in the Earth is offered as an antidote for despair; it is grounded in ecology and the author’s love of the world.
Robin Rose Bennett
author of Healing Magic
I could *feel* these stories. It was intimately familiar, almost as if I was reading about my own life [...] a blessed transmission— when I allow myself to see my true reflection [...] the world will emerge in loving response. That's what I can do for this Earth— love myself enough to become a part of it. An elixir for the heart, made by all of the living things in nature. If you seek to heal the land, awaken sacred spaces, or regenerate nature, this book will bring you to the origin of your connection with the world. This is the place to start.
founder of the Upper Clarity School of Stone Medicine
Asia Suler lays a cloak of pine boughs upon your shoulders, takes your hand, and guides you to an inner sanctum of spring ephemerals, ancient moonlit groves, and resurrecting webs of mycelium. You’ll emerge transformed, your pockets full of jade-green insights about the natural world, and your heart gleaming with the truth of your wildness and earthy-soft goodness. Asia has created a keepsake, one that will serve as an intrepid and tender guide for the ages.
author of The Healing Garden
Asia Suler’s exquisite ability to create rich and vibrant images with her metaphors placed me in the center of my belonging which felt like a homecoming. Sometimes raw, but always tender and honest, Asia Suler’s experiences are like a beacon lighting the way to the reflecting pool where nature serves not only as a mirror but as a benevolent teacher. This book is a gem you will want to read over and over as each time brings another polishing of Earth’s mirrors.
herbalist, teacher, and author of Plant Spirit Healing
Asia’s words are comforting and instructive in equal measure. Even in the darkest of times, her work has a way of illuminating the inner landscape and revealing to us a path where before there was none. Miraculously, she offers us not just stories, but spells, which weave their way through our world and leave our lives so much brighter than before. The book you hold within your hands is a true treasure whose gifts will live within you and guide you on your way long after you’ve turned the final page.
herbalist and writer
As someone who was projected onto more than mirrored as a child, it was so validating to hear Asia Suler speak about nature as our eternal mirror. She offers a unique glimpse into the journey that allowed this divine truth to move from being just an idea into something that is tangible, personal, and real for her. This book awakens us to the remembrance that a relationship with nature is both personal and universal at the same time.
Maryam Hasnaa At-Tauhidi
founder of New Earth Mystery School and Resonance Apothecary
Mirrors in the Earth is a book of hope in times that feel hopeless, a nature-blessed call to healing and sacred action. Asia’s gentle spirit shows us the way to transform and align ourselves, not separate from the world, but in service with the world. You will emerge from the ceremony of this book rewoven into the tapestry of nature, and deeply allied with our mutual healing.
author of Warrior Goddess Training