When Ben Sheehan finished walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in the summer 0f 2009, heâ€™d been following arrows across Spain for 600 miles.
There at the end of his Camino in the waters of Fisterra, he saw one last arrow made of ocean froth, pointing towards Ireland.
This summer Ben followed that arrow and went to Ireland.
On his walkabout, he visited Omey Island again and also new northern territory .
Before he left, I asked him to make Flower Essences from some of our most popular Irish Flower Essences, shoving photos of Flowers at him with a lot of comments in the margins like, â€œWe are DESPERATE for this one.â€ He exceeded all my expectations by returning from Ireland with many new Irish Flower Essences as well as new stock for all our original Irish Flower Essences. He also took some incredible photos of longtime Essence friends including this one of Kidney Vetch.
and this one of Wild Fuschia
Here are descriptions and photos of the new Flower Essences Ben brought back for us. See Benâ€™s blog post, back a few posts, for his humorous description of his trip!
First new Flower Essence? This unidentified Flower which we are calling, ‘Bofin Unusual.
â€˜BOFIN UNUSUAL This one helps us assimilate unusual, outside our ken past life skills, unexpected circumstances or people that have unexpectedly come ashore into our lives. The vibrational shifts of the summer of 2010 are bringing forward unexpected tools of support. This one helps us to assimilate these gifts into our lives even when the people, talents and skills arrive out of the blue.
Ben made the Essence from a Flower that had seeded itself on the waterâ€™s edge on Inishbofin, an island of the west coast of Ireland. The Flower grew with abandon in a spot all but devoid of soil indicating the way things can arrive and make camp in our lives even when there seem to be no support systems in place to sustain the new arrivals. Our cousin Roisin said this was not a common Flower either in Ireland or on Inishbofin. Having searched my many English and Irish Wildflower books, I suspect this Flower is not native to Europe but came ashore from parts unknown.
The Angels tell me that vibrational shifts on the planet do not happen in a steady stream but more in leaps forward followed by periods of assimilation. This particular leap in the summer of 2010 leaves us in need of some new tools of adaptation, and the Angels encourage us to be open to gifts out of the blue. This Essence will help us assimilate these gifts and will also help us when we remember long forgotten skills and people. The Angels explain that due to the shifts in the vibration beginning in the summer of 2010, we are experiencing time differently and bumping more often into our â€œpast lifeâ€ experiences. This can be all for the good if we have a handle on this phenomenon and understand it is a dynamic meant to help us evolve. I can imagine these bumps will be quite frightening for those who do not believe in past lives, and the Angels said this Flower Essence would help these folks ease into this belief structure in the face of their own heartfelt experiences
Here our cousin Roisin gives Ben the tour of her home island Inishbofin. In this shot, she’s just about to get him to jump into the icy waters of the North Atlantic for a bracing swim.
After his time with cousins in co. Galway, the Elementals took Ben north to the Giant’s Causeway.
GIANTâ€™S CAUSEWAY (in Dragonâ€™s Teeth Tetragonolobus maritimus) This Flower Essence comes from a place of great significance, an ancient celtic crossroad of maritime travel known as the Giantâ€™s Causeway. Its distinctive rock formations give us its name, but the Angels explain that it is actually the placeâ€™s capacity to move energy that serves us in this Essence. I enjoy that the Elementals grounded the vibration of the place in a Flower called Dragonâ€™s Teeth, a name wonderfully evocative of the way this Flower Essence helps us form a bridge between modern times and ancient wisdom as well as form a bridge from our present day vibration to the expanding possibilities of the future AND THEN MOVE ACROSS IT.
This is one of a couple of Essences that the Angels said were particularly important right now as we reach across a gap from our present vibrations to where we must be in the near future. The Angels have described the current times as a big improvisation in which they are doing everything they can to support us in the uncharted waters of the higher vibrations being grounded on earth. They note that this Essence is one of the tools of support they offer us right now to help us take this vibrational journey. I AM manifest light.
Another view of the Giant’s Causeway and also the Dragon’s Teeth Flower used to make the Flower Essence at this spot.
GREAT WILLOWHERB Epilobium hirsutum This one helps us keep an open heart in despairing times and be a vessel for hope and optimism during difficult transitions. It is helpful for healers and those who serve others with their efforts to stay cheerful and optimistic even in the face of significant challenges. The Angels have said this is another Essence that will speak specifically to many healers who are helping all of us across this next vibrational shift.
I AM a light and free heart.
HAREBELL FROM DOGâ€™S BAY Campanula rotundifolia Perseverance. Support to rise up with strength and determination when our efforts seem against all odds and bound to fail. This one helps us tough it out and prevail no matter the outcome. I AM the courage to persevere.
SEA ROCKET Cakile maritime Like so many seaside Flowers, this one grows in inhospitable terrain. As a Flower Essence it helps us get the most from whatever nutrition and light energy our environment and diet offer us and helps us make the most of what is available to us. Again, this is a particularly good Essence for this time as one of the challenges for us as we make this vibrational shift is to have a physical body that can contain the higher vibration. One of the wisest Flower Essence practitioners I know noted that this Essence was particularly important for the animals right now who are in a deep struggle to bridge the vibrational gap that I have been speaking of. An immediate flurry of shivers up my body when she told me this made me know she had hit the nail on the head with her insight, so please consider giving this to your animals right now. I AM the wise and efficient use of the resources given me.
SPIDDAL (grounded in Birdsfoot Trefoil Lotus corniculatus) During his travels in Ireland, Ben let the Elementals take him where they wanted him to go which didnâ€™t mean it was always a place he wanted to go. As he explained it, â€œWhile I wandered the rocky beach in Spiddal, I had an uneasy feeling and was not sure any flowers I collected would offer beneficial vibrations. Upon returning to New Hampshire, I had a fitful night of weird dreams in which I was driving towards Spiddal where I was to be burned at the stake for unclear reasons. These dreams clarified my uneasiness in Spiddal and offered an explanation for the flowers that I had picked during my strange night in this little coastal town. Somehow I had tapped into a past life experience, and the flowers of that rocky beach understood how to navigate such a jarring and inexplicable sentiment.â€
When I asked the Angels about the Essence Ben made in Spiddal, they explained that it would help people take back personal power lost through traumatic past life experiences especially violent deaths. They also explained that working with this Essence would help soften the negative impact traumatic past life experiences have on our current situation. They mentioned that past life aftershocks including a dislike of anything around oneâ€™s neck due to having been hung, a fear of heights due to having been thrown off cliffs, issues around burns resulting from being burned alive as some of the multitude of lingering issues such traumatic past life experiences leave within us. Spiddal is about seeing and physically holding these situations in detached overview and from an empowered place. Not only will this help us release inexplicable anxieties caused by these traumas and thus stop leaking life force energy around these issues, but it will help us be more present in the now.
I AM released from any lingering damage from all painful experiences.
THISTLE FROM OMEY Cirsium The protective energies of Thistle get an Irish twist, specifically offering support to close down energy leaks caused by people passing out of our lives for any reason.
I am going to ask Ben to post the photo of the arrow in the surf off Fisterra. I don’t seem to have it here in my computer. For now, I will close with one other photo from his trip. On his way to Galway, Ben stopped to visit the Autograph Tree from Coole Park. This tree has offered solace to so many of us these last few years. How glad I was Ben could go and thank her in person.