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Lessons From the Rose of Jericho or Resurrection Plant

Updated on January 11, 2019
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Rose of Jericho or Resurrection Plant or Dinosaur plant

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Rose of Jericho: A Plant With Many Names

There are many plants out there that are very popular for having beautiful flowers, nice smells and appealing appearances. As a keen gardener, I am always fascinated by plants that have an interesting story and background. The Rose of Jericho, or the Resurrection Plant as it is sometimes called, is intriguing and the story has led to many beliefs and superstitions surrounding this plant. It is a living fossil, and as a result has earned the nickname of Dinosaur Plant.

Only a few of them have grown enormous popularity for their great legends and symbolize significant meanings at the same time. One of those is the, at first look, unspectacular Rose of Jericho, also called the Resurrection Plant. Other names include:

  • Mary’s Rose
  • Palestinian Tumbleweed
  • Stone Flower and many other names.

What is a Resurrection Plant?

A Resurrection Plant is any of various small plants which curl up when dry and spread their branches or become green again when watered, including several lycopods (genus Selaginella)

It can survive for years without water, rolling around the desert until the rain falls and then it opens up, producing these green fronds.

Why is the Rose of Jericho So Wildly Exciting and Exotic?

The Rose of Jericho plant, also known as The Resurrection Plant, is known for its magic and ability to come back to life. When it’s “dead” it looks like a brown, dried up ball of twigs and tumbleweed. When placed in water it slowly begins to open and turn green in color. What was once brown and dry is now green and moist.

Many people search for this unique plant because it comes with religious legends. The Rose of Jericho symbolizes many significant meanings that has made it very popular in the world. Therefore, this resurrection plant is widely used in many different rituals and traditions practiced by not only Catholic followers, but also by the people who practice Santeria and Hoodoo.

Rose of Jericho is used to “resurrect” any aspect of your life; from finances to love. The plant may be kept in a bowl of water around the home. The water it sits in can be used to anoint magical tools, be added to spiritual baths and floor washes, as well as to wipe down the front door of home and or business to bring prosperity. The water where the plant sits is believed to hold powerful magic.
Why not give it a try?

Keep a Rose of Jericho in your home and/or business for prosperity, good fortune and protection.

Lessons From The Resurrection Plant

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1. Your Dreams Cannot Live Without Being Watered. Water Your Dreams Daily.

The Resurrection Plant , also called the Rose of Jericho is that crispy, brown bundle you see there in the previous photograph. As the name suggests, this plant species miraculously returns from the "dead* with the simple addition of water . This resurrection plant is far from dead. It is only in a state of dormancy. Once water is added, it slowly begins to uncurl its fronds and to appear alive again.

It reminds me that my goals and dreams are living things that need to be watered in order to thrive...time for them to come out of dormancy.
All the Resurrection Plant needs is to get a little water to be activated again. Isn't that so much like our goals and dreams that we allow to lie dormant? All they need is a little water, a little TLC to be activated.

(For amplification, I also placed a clear quartz point in the center as it's opening.
That is just one lesson that this plant can teach us.
What lessons have you learned from the resurrection plant?
What dreams do you have that you need to water, to get out of a dormant state?

What glorious possibilities of eternal renewal lie within you?

20 Minutes After Adding Water, The Resurrection Plant Is Waking Up.

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Energy grows where Energy goes!

12 Hours After Adding Water

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2. Everything Happens In Its Own time.

I've read where some plants open fully after just a few hours, and others after a few days. This plant has taught me that "Nature does not hurry. Yet everything is accomplished." Lao Tsu

The seasons do not push one another. Everything happens in its own time. So don't rush things. When the time is right, it'll happen.

3. Life is Unfolding as it Should

The Rose of Jericho grows in the desert, sucks up all the water, and then when there is nothing left to drink, rolls up inside itself and blows around the desert until it stumbles upon another body of water. When it comes upon an unsuspecting shore or a small desert puddle, it un-tucks its roots, and begins sucking up the moisture, drawing in life!

It reminds me of a song I heard frequently on the radio: Desiderata

The first words are:

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

The Chorus continues with:

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.


The life you are living is specifically designed to awaken you back into life. You are right where you need to be in your own unfolding.


Desiderata

Be Careful Of Who You Keep Company With.

4. Optimize Your Environment.

The Resurrection Plant is able to blow around from place to place until it finds some water and then "resurrects." This is called desiccation tolerance. It's not able to grow unless it finds the ideal conditions, one with moisture. Then, and only then, will it begin to "resurrect."

It is believed that our environment has the greatest impact on our ability to change our lives. ....that changing ourselves begins with changing our lives. Yes, the Resurrection Plant certainly teaches us that changing the environment helps to improve the situation. However, I also believe that it teaches us that optimizing our environment to make better choices can make a large impact on our actions.

There may be little water or much water in the next location that the plant lands. It doesn't leave the little water in search for somewhere that has more, but utilizes the water available to improve its situation.

“I appeal to all who belong to the generation of the 21st century to be determined to create a happier, more peaceful world. Use your intelligence in a positive way, to cultivate the warm-heartedness that can be the catalyst of constructive change. When the education system encourages only materialistic goals with little concern for universal human values, cultivating warm-heartedness can make all the difference.” – The Dalai Lama

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5. Stretch and Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

As I watched my Resurrection Plant gradually open, it reminded me that sometimes we need to stretch out and get out of our comfort zones.

One of the ways that the Resurrection Plant does this is by aggressively challenging its comfort zone. Each time it rolls around, eventually it has to stop when it gets to a place of moisture. It's a new place, but it starts to stretch out its roots and fronds in a new and unfamiliar place. There is not time to think about fear, as the fronds keep expanding into the new environment. It is the same for us.

We should never stop expanding our comfort zone. Even if you arrive at your stated goal it’s important to keep pushing those boundaries.

Look for new challenges. Find stuff that you would never imagined you would do. Like teaching a class on the subject that once filled you fear. Or you could work on a related skill.


6. Wake Up and Shift Your Perspective.

I don't know how long my Rose of Jericho or Resurrection plant was dormant for before I watered it, but it is sure waking up now, stretching out its fronds as it absorbs the water.

What's the lesson? No matter how long we've been asleep, the time has come for us to wake up, to absorb the message of alignment, and spiritual awakening that we may have been ignoring.

A shift in perspective can change your physical position and thus alter your point of view in a literal and sensory way, or it may change the way you think about or define the problem at hand.

7. We All Need Spiritual Guidance: The Legends Associated With the Rose of Jericho

All through Christ’s life on earth the little Rose of Jericho continued to flourish, but when He died upon the Cross all these flowers withered and died away at the same time. But three days later, our Lord rose again from the tomb, and at the same time the Roses of Jericho came to life, and blossomed as a sign of the joy of the earth because Christ had risen. Because of these happenings the Rose of Jericho has ever since been known as the Resurrection flower.

Another legend being entwined to this rose also tells a story that took place when Jesus Christ prayed to God for forty days in the desert. At the given time, it is being told that the tumble weed, known as the Rose of Jericho, had been blown away by the Spirits of the Four Winds sent by God. There was not one single day that Jesus Christ could have in the desert without the existence of this sacred Rose of Jericho. In the early morning time, Jesus collected a small amount of water, as he put his fingers to quench his thirst. This process was possible as the Rose of Jericho managed to collect the moisture during the dawn. For accompanying Jesus for forty days in the desert, he decided to give this rose a blessing and considered this plant as a magical charm of sustaining life through hardship and resurrection.

Life can feel like a struggle at times, but you always have help along the way.


There is a Dream Inside Each Of Us Ready to be Born.

I discovered a baby resurrection plant on the mother plant, and I was so excited!!
I discovered a baby resurrection plant on the mother plant, and I was so excited!! | Source

8. There is a Dream Inside Each Of Us Ready to be Born.

As I examined my Resurrection plant during it's unfolding, I realized that there was a smaller one attached to the much larger specimen.
During its life cycle a spore/seed must have germinated (I'm not sure how these plants propagate) and done so right next to the mom, and now I'm blessed with two resurrection plants.
As I meditated on the message, this is what I got.
We are all pregnant with a vision, our dream, and we need to give birth to that dream. Just like a baby it starts out small. Maybe it's just a ping in your stomach. You feel the dream growing, just like a baby. As time goes by your dream has grown so big, you're in pain and ready to give birth. Just like the birth of a baby, labor will be intense.
Here's what to keep focused on during that time. Pursuing your dream can be a bumpy ride.

Know what your dream looks like. You've grown this "baby" and nurtured it for a long time and the world is waiting to benefit from your labor of love.

During the process, focus on he dream and not the pain. The pain is temporary.
Don't forget the excitement you had when you first visualized your goal.

It's okay to ask for some help, and relief. Have a support team, a mentor. They will share the burdens and joys of your dreams.
What dreams are growing inside of you, just dying to be born?
Have you encountered any bumps on your journey to your dreams?

9. Release the Tension and Stress

The resilient Resurrection plants, when they encounter drought (the stress situation), put in place an arsenal of stress-response mechanisms to minimize tissue damage and ensure survival during drought.

Most plants can withstand water deprivation to some extent by closing their stomata, but if water loss exceeds 40% of their relative content, cellular damage is irreparable and the plant eventually succumbs to death.

One of the easiest ways to reduce stress is simply to drink a glass of water, as we are reminded by the Resurrection plant.

A Dormant Resurrection Plant

10. We Need To Rest.

When all the moisture has been used up at a particular location, the Resurrection Plant will once again lose its green color, curl up into a ball, and eventually tumble around, or simply rest in the same location until the next rainfall or until it finds the next water location.

Like the Resurrection plant, we all need to rest. Rest prevents burnout. Not only is it written in the Bible that we are to rest, but rest also helps to fuel our ministry. We can't serve from an empty, un-rested vessel.

Think of the dormant phase o the Resurrection plant as a mini vacation. So many of us are working long hours, avoiding vacations, battling stress, illness and constant pressure. However, rest is an essential part of doing our best work, and should be a priority.

BONUS: Just Be You!

There are a variety of Rose of Jericho or Resurrection plant. Rose of Jericho, also called Resurrection plant, either of two species of unrelated plants known for their ability to survive dessication. The true rose of Jericho (Anastatica hierochuntica) is native to western Asia and is the only species of the genus Anastatica of the mustard family (Brassicaceae).

False rose of Jericho, or resurrection fern (Selaginella lepidophylla), is native to the Chihuahuan Desert of the United States and Mexico and is a member of the spike moss family (Selaginellaceae). During dry weather its stems curl into a tight ball and the plant enters a period of dormancy. It too can become a tumbleweed, but unlike the true rose of Jericho, S. lepidophylla can revive in the presence of moisture even if its roots have been disrupted. The plant is green and fernlike in appearance and reproduces by spores, and it is often sold as the curiosity.

Although there are so many similarities, each plant is unique, reminding us to be our own unique selves.

The Life Cycle of a Resurrection Plant

How to care for one

The Rose of Jericho is typically kept on shallow water with only its roots in water. If you’d like to keep fully submerged in water you must help the plant adapt. To to this by keeping the plant completely under water and changing her water every 2-3 days. Until she adapts the water will be cloudy, sometimes it’ll have a fishy odor as well. Change the water, clean her container and thoroughly rinse her with cold water every 2-3 days. Eventually she’ll adapt and the water won’t smell anymore and you won’t need to change the as often. Maybe once a week.

How is the Rose of Jericho or Resurrection Plant Used?

Visit a Rose of Jericho Farm

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    • Rachel L Alba profile image

      Rachel L Alba 

      7 days ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Gina, This really is an interesting plant. I had one that looked just like it and couldn't find a name for it. I think it was that plant. It did dry up and turn brown but I didn't know anything about it so I threw it out. If I had just watered it then, I might have found out that it would revive it's self. Thank you for this information. I'll keep my eye out for another one.

      Blessings to you.

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