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Adventures in the Sugar Bush

It seems like everyone’s covid time is strange but in different ways.  Take for instance, my daily life compared to that of my husband’s.

 Jim teaches middle school students. From 8 to 3 he herds all the young people in his charge into some semblance of socially distanced order. His students wear masks and sit at desks set in straight lines and separated by the requisite six feet. Whereas in year’s past he stayed in his classroom and students travelled from one room to the next, this year all his students stay in their homeroom seats while he moves from classroom to classroom.

He has a big cart he hauls around the building, but some things are impossible to move.  Right now his classes are learning about the Lewis and Clark expedition. This means he had to make an enormous map of the expedition route for each of the classrooms he travels to instead of just one for his classroom.

Jim thinks it is harder for his kids to stay in place than for him to be moving.  This enforced sitting around is driving his charges bananas, and he is very sympathetic with their plight. You can’t teach middle school students for thirty years without noticing they like to move, jostle each other, talk nonstop and never sit in orderly rows.

Recess would seem to suggest a break in the routine but not so much. We have so much snow that even recess is a challenge. The kids wade through snowdrifts to get to designated areas where they are still not supposed to jostle each other.  None of these constraints come naturally to any of us and most especially not to middle school students. For Jim, policing all this separation while wearing a mask has required a well evolved sense of humor and a constantly strained voice.

Meanwhile, I see few people. I do not spend much time in the office when the staff is there. Everyone in the office is masked and socially distancing and the addition of me crowds the space. Instead I do my jobs in off hours when the room is empty. Outside, I am also on my own.  

Take for example this week. As maple sugaring season begins, life finds me in the sugar bush with just my hand drill, sap buckets, taps, hammer, boots with crampons and of course, Sheba.

Here’s how my solo tapping went yesterday. Right off the bat I tried to navigate a deep snowdrift of icy, crusty packed snow. Immediately one foot sunk in snow up to the top of my leg while the other stayed level with the top of the drift. This was a surprisingly hard position from which to fight my way free.

As I considered my situation, I recalled my grandfather’s favorite expression, “When you fall through the ice with your snowshoes, your troubles she just begun.” I mused on this quote for a while wondering if my grandfather had ever actually worn a pair of snowshoes. After all, he grew up in Montclair, NJ. I also considered rather belatedly that the sensible choice of snowshoes would have improved my situation and perhaps prevented the predicament I was in, because I actually had snowshoes and knew how to use them. Fat lot of good this was doing me with them on the front porch and me alone in a sugarbush.

Well, not entirely alone. There was Sheba, somewhere or other. Like a bullet train, she glanced at one legged me then took off at top speed towards the deep woods. Squirrel sightings do that to her. At the time I consoled myself that she wouldn’t have been much help anyways being about the size of a loaf of bread. But misery does love company, and I was feeling a bit miserable as I discovered muscles in my leg above ground that I never knew I had.

So how challenging was my predicament?  Let’s just say that when I eventually got home to share my story with Elizabeth, she told me a tale of someone being buried alive in an avalanche, and I felt I could better understood how this could happen than when I awoke that morning. 

Slowly, slowly I worked my leg up and out, but it was a struggle. Did I mention the Anglo Saxon swear words I used? Another thing I pondered: If you swear in the woods and nobody is there, do you make any noise? This is something we may never know. 

Anyways, once free I had a very happy morning. First I stomped down paths from maple tree to maple tree to make later sap collection easier. Then I visited with each maple tree friend. Before I drilled a hole, I asked each tree’s permission to tap and also asked the tree to help me choose where I should tap. I had arranged to have the whole morning to tap the trees, and I found myself taking my ease with each hole I drilled and each tree I tapped. Yes, there was some tree hugging.

After this bizarre year, I found myself particularly grateful for the company of these trees. I have been tapping them for 25 years, but never before did I do it as the solo person. Usually we tap trees in a clutch of family. Jim does most of the hole drilling, and someone else, usually me, hands him a tap to hammer in and bucket to hang. We go from tree to tree with him the “muscles from Brussels”.  Other accompanying family members suffer to drill a tree for the photo op but then tend to do things like sunbathe in the snow or climb a tree or two.  It’s all very festive and noisy. 

This year was very quiet.  Well except for the seven minutes of cursing in the snowdrift.  I felt the presence of the trees more acutely, and this was good. In the maples’ palpable company, I thought a lot about how covid had slowed me down so that I noticed things like this more.  I also appreciated that I felt relaxed at the very slow pace of my tapping.  The snow stomping to weave a trail from tree to tree took a long time and the drilling even longer. With the hand drill I have to lean my whole body weight into the drill to get it to work and even then it goes at a snail’s pace.  Office goddess Vicki noted that her family uses an electric drill for their maple sugar operation. This moves the job along much faster and probably means fewer sore muscles too, but this year it was okay that it took what an impatient me would have described as “forever.”

 At least for yesterday morning, a more patient me prevailed.  I suspect the constraint of covid helped me find this patience. Will I have it any other day? Well, who knows…. Let’s recall that my last blog was titled “Stir Crazy,” and my mood on that day was one of wanting to get in a car and drive anywhere to do anything. But yesterday was a bit of maple magic moment …. the kind of magic moment that was a heck of a lot easier for me to experience alone in a sugarbush than for Jim in a sea of squirming, blurting, mask wearing preteens.

All in all, I returned to the farm with both legs and a grateful heart.

Tools of the trade: Hand drill, Sheba and Jim’s favorite hammer ( don’t tell him I borrowed it)
Tree climbing in full swing during a previous sugaring season
How we usually employ Jim (note that during this sugaring season there is virtually no snow)
One of my favorite maple sugaring photos because of the rings formed by a falling drop
A few years back with the “muscles from Brussels” and Sheba. She’s the constant.

Stir Crazy

As snow, sleet and icy rain falls here and across much of the country, the term “stir crazy” comes to mind.

We’ve had a lot of snow at the farm. Unwilling to let this keep us from the woods, Elizabeth and I have punched a two mile loop on our favorite trail. This loop has helped to keep us from going stir crazy. We awoke at dawn today, examined the new precipitation and resolved to punch a path again once it stops snowing at the end of the work day.

With the phrase “stir crazy” ringing in my head, I decided to research where this phrase comes from.  As best I can gather, “stir” comes from the Romani word for prison “sturiben”. Beginning in the 19th century, “stir” became a slang word for Newgate prison, a notorious horror of a London prison with “stir crazy” being a state of succumbing to prison-induced insanity.

By the mid 1850’s the English referred to being “in stir“ or “out of stir” to indicate being in or out of jail with additional terms like “stir crazy” and “stir hustler” ( one who has mastered the art of incarceration). Eventually these terms spread to North America while “stir crazy” morphed into a term indicating a general feeling of confinement.

This definition brought me up short, reminding me of how many people have faced and continue to face much more confining situations than what I face right now.

I have always read a lot of books but never more so than during this time of covid. In between tracking down new reads, I have dipped back into many of my childhood favorites. I just reread Witch of Blackbird Pond, This is the story of a young woman, Kit, who was born and raised in Barbados but must take shelter with her aunt and uncle in rigidly puritanical Wethersfield, CT in the 1680’s when her grandfather guardian dies.

 Adjusting to life in puritan New England would drive anyone stir crazy. Everything Kit says, does or wears is sinful according to her uncle and the prevailing culture. By necessity, she succumbs to a life of sitting silently by the hearth, sewing with her cousins night and day. The one break in routine is the weekly trip to church, an outing in which a shivering congregation is verbally abused for eight hours by the local minister. The grim humorlessness of her life is broken only when, taking a break from weeding her uncle’s onions, she discovers a shunned and branded Quaker woman living in isolation near Blackbird Pond.  Her friendship with this woman eventually gets Kit tried as a witch. Since its YA fiction, she and the magnificent “witch” manage to avoid death and Kit also miraculously succeeds in escaping the drudgery of her life at her uncle’s house by marrying a young Saybrook, CT sea captain whom she met onboard ship on her way to Wethersfield.

Another YA fiction I reread was by this same enlightened author, Elizabeth George Speare. Calico Captive opens in nearby Charlestown, NH. The book is based on the true story of settlers taken captive by Abenaki Native Americans in 1754 and marched to Montreal where they were sold into slavery. One of the things I love about this book is that Speare takes her readers on a journey  from the prevailing culture of 1957 when the book was written to a much deeper understanding, empathy and respect for Native Americans.  Her heroine, Miriam, has many of the prejudices of her day (ones that lingered into 1957 and beyond). Kit’s eyes are opened in fits and starts to another world view and so too the reader’s eyes.

And that is exactly why I am so grateful for books right now. Most evenings find me with hot tea laced with Flower Essences and a book cracked open on my lap.  Books are helping me feel expansive in a contracted situation. We all need that, so I hope books are there for you too!  And if you have suggestions for what I should read next, send an email. I am all ears (with eyes wide open to new world views).

My current world view as Sheba and I begin to prune the apple and pear trees

Flower Essences, Community and Group Dynamics on New Earth

On her youtube channel, astrologer Pam Gregory eloquently describes tomorrow’s new moon in relationship to the Aquarian Age we now enter. She notes that six planets are currently in Aquarius including a conjunction between beneficent planets Jupiter and Venus. Pam explains that the last time there were this many planets in Aquarius was 1962 when seeds were sown both for now and also the 60’s with its forays into communal living.

Since listening to her talk on youtube, I have been thinking about how our reboot of that 60’s community energy could be about us creating even more harmonious community.

One of our former staff goddess, Patricia, lived in the commune Wooden Shoes in the 60’s. From her report and that of others I have talked to, the success and failure of the endeavor seemed to rise and fall on some very down to earth things.  Dirty dishes to be exact.

Nothing seems to have been more of a problem than people who did not do their dishes. Or take out the garbage.

Not doing your own dishes or being responsible for your own garbage is such a good example of a basic dilemma in groups. You can have a group of people in which most everyone is taking care of their own personal challenges in a way respectful to the group as a whole and you can have one or two who are not doing this and the entire group is deeply affected by these few individuals.  In understanding that each of us come to group settings wounded, how do we both manifest compassion yet also not allow people to have a hall pass on dumping their garbage on others?

The patriarchal model is being smashed apart right now and a good thing too. In patriarchy, top down authority was the norm. This meant we often experienced the sometimes desperate and mostly unsuccessful efforts of a leader to control group dynamic by any means.

Knowing full well this must have been a pattern I incarnated with, I found myself in a family of origin in which my leadership job was to cheer up the entire family with my happy disposition. I can think of many similar situations in my life in which I tried to drag a resistant group from anger, pessimism, fear and resistance towards something more open hearted and happy. After all, if I got the cheerleader job when I was a toddler, it had to be my job in every group dynamic, didn’t it? I can’t think of many instances in which this remotely worked, and I am grateful for the light bulb moment when I realized how this job assignment and my misunderstandings about it had colored so many of my group interactions to the detriment of all.

Let’s face it, most of us have been in group situations in which one or more persons are making it a hell for everyone else with all efforts to shift the dynamic floundering as we all fall into the dynamics of that first group we were in, our family of origin.

As Uranus squares Saturn and continues to dismantle patriarchy all year, I can think of very few top down structures that serve any positive end or should survive. In school structures, elders are needed to model for young people a way to harmoniously exist in a group. And bless them for this largely thankless work. But as the rest goes, good riddance.  This leaves me with the question, how do we exist in groups where there is no top down authority?

Going back to Pam’s video, she talks about quantum physics and the way that matter coalesces around frequency.  This reminds me of why Flower Essences are so powerful a tool in group dynamics as well as for individual use.  Flower Essences are all about raising frequency. As Pam points out, when you raise the frequency what manifests is of this higher vibration.

Many of you may recall the story of how the Green Hope Farm staff came to meditate together as a daily practice. It was 1993. We had put up 25 posters welcoming visitors to the gardens. Instead of the sprinkle of people we expected, up to a hundred people arrived each day.  There were four of us working in the gardens and all of us had a lot of other things going on. Overwhelmed, we found ourselves in a group dynamic of arguing about priorities. It was a situation in which we couldn’t possibly get everything done, but the arguing didn’t help.

The Angels suggested we meditate before we discussed anything, and they had us do our daily meditation in the Eight Garden where the 5D vibration of great light and harmony was grounded.  This combination of a high vibration space and a meditation where we temporarily laid down our ego transformed our group discussions and work together. Our fighting dialed down to practically nonexistent, and we arrived at priorities harmoniously. This was a very, very good thing because four people handling the maintenance of many gardens and hundreds of visitors was a very tall task.

Remembering this gave me insight into supporting group harmony as we go forward into this new paradigm of Aquarian co-creative creation.

Getting the support of 5th dimensional frequencies via Flower Essences or in some other way is very helpful. To mention again what Pam says, “matter coalesces around frequency.” This mean sitting in a room spritzed with high vibration Flower Essences and collectively seeking an intention to raise our vibrations is a very powerful way to manifest a group working in harmony.

For those who don’t welcome the higher frequency, it will be uncomfortable to be in the vibration and they will either make the inner adjustment to raise their vibration into harmony with the higher vibration of the group or they will leave the group. No top down authority is needed or coercion of any sort.

This has been such a good truth for me to remember as my initial life training was that everyone had to be on the happiness train and it was my job, by any means, to try and get everyone onboard. What relief to let people make their own choices and not take responsibility for what these are.

Here are some possible Flower Essences to spritz in group settings. Remember Flower Essences never take away anyone’s free will about anything.  They are information about higher frequencies people can choose to tune to should they want to do so. People will either welcome the vibration or make their own choice to stay in lower frequencies, and it is not anyone’s responsibility but their own whatever they choose.

I am trying to keep this list short so as not to overwhelm you with choices, but a lot of Essences want to be mentioned. I have held it to 7, but if you get a prompting to go in a completely different direction, trust it, because so many other Flower Essences want to help with this shift in group dynamics on the planet!

Arbor Garden– The original Essence in our collection for feeling oneness and harmony with those here in incarnation and those who have passed across the veil. It remains one of our most loved remedies.

The Eight Garden– We have created the Eight Garden mandala twice to keep stocked in this Essence as it is a tremendous support for releasing low vibration ego garbage and bringing in the higher frequencies. It is particuarly effective as it holds a very strong energy supporting release as well as manifestation. And again, this was the garden we sat in when we worked on our group dynamics in 1993.

Purple Allamanda– Wow!  What a time to welcome a new Flower Essence but today, Purple Allamanda, a dynamo from St John that has sat quietly on the shelves for several years, announces its time has come. It tells me its I AM affirmation says it best, I AM unity consciousness, but do read what else it shares at this link.

Carouby de Maussane Pea A wonderful group harmonizer, this Pea Essence helps us participate in community as our most loving self. This is the part of ourselves that knows everyone is our spiritual equal, and we are all doing the best we can. When we have temporarily lost our way into competitiveness or backbiting, this Essence returns us to this gentler view.

Orange Lantana– This gem from Taiwan helps us experience groups as a blessing and delight like a wonderful night gathered around a campfire sharing from our souls.

Sweet Pea– Long beloved for its ability to help us get a good night’s sleep, Sweet Pea also has great strengths in supporting us to find a harmonious thread of connection with ANY group we find ourselves in.

Angelica– I have been thinking a lot about this plant as it’s blossom resembles Wild Parsley which is in the spotlight as a possible cure for covid. Here I mention Angelica for its great unifying energy which helps us know we are Divinity in a sea of Divinity with all of us equal because we are one.

Congratulations!

 Today I want to say, “Congratulations!”

Congratulations because we are getting through this time. I am proud of us, navigating this enormous collective lesson together. There has been so much new to deal with, all in a framework of confining circumstances.  Some of these circumstances are rubbing off our sharp edges in a good way. Some of these circumstances are just wearing us down. What will remain awaits to be seen, but I am hopeful that we will be a kinder, more loving and open-hearted collective at the end of this. 

I am hopeful that isolation has helped us weary of polarizing each other in useless arguments and name calling. I am hopeful when we meet up again face to face we will glory in each other’s faces and not so much dwell on our differences. I am hopeful we will be so grateful for the chance to visit that we’ll not be so hell bent on finding the things we disagree about.

I see signs this edge rubbing has helped us already to find better manners and our best selves. The scene at my grocery store has gone from toilet paper free-for-all to love fest.  As I walked the aisles this morning, I heard many sweet exchanges between customers and staff.  The air hummed with a feeling of gratitude for something vaguely normal like pushing a cart through a grocery store with only four hundred reminders what six feet distance actually is.

One sign said it was the distance between one moose antler and another. Hmmmm  A fun fact but not exactly how I measure this distance, even after forty years in moose country!  

In any case, when we get to see only a few people in any given week, it’s hard to miss how precious everyone is regardless of their differences or maybe even because of them.

I am feeling grateful for pretty much everything these days, and it’s seems like you are too. What a gift to feel more gratitude for the simple things we took for granted a year ago. 

Lizzie and I take a walk very early every morning. Recently it’s been more of a snow stomping as we work to maintain a path through the deep snow of our woodland route. We always run into the same neighbors at the same place on our loop. I knew these neighbors to say hello to before the pandemic. We still don’t know each other well, but now we greet each other as old friends. Neighbors have become more precious than ever.  

And the mail! I greet the mail with a similar whoop of joy.  I have always loved letters. In the office we have always poured over your missives and read them aloud to each other. BUT NOW, we read them, then reread them, then hang them up to read again.  Small pleasures have become such big ones. I am not sure I will ever move through the world without a gratitude for everything. I hope not.

One letter came from a beloved in LA. Not only has her family experienced big economic challenges and extremely confining circumstances, but she went through her own perilous experience which she shared with us in a matter of fact manner that reflected her imperishable faith in life.

As an octogenarian, her hips are not as spry as her agile and expansive mind. She fell, far from her phone and could not get up. She knew a relative was coming to visit in a couple of days, and she knew she would have to lie there and just be until then. Three days it was.  This woman’s spiritual practice has long inspired me, but here in this hour, she reached deep into herself and proceeded through her days on the floor with calm, fearlessness, attention to all that was good in the world.  She kept her mind on the Light and the Light kept focused on her.

When I read her letter, I had to read it over and over. What a story. What an example to us all. When the going got beyond tough, she dug deep into herself and just kept going.  Not with self-pity or despair, but with a decision to reach into her inner resources and use them all. And she did. And she prevailed. I felt such a rush of gladness she was safe and such a rush of awe at the grace with which she moved through this experience.

And I feel that way about all of us. Who amongst us would have invited a pandemic into their lives? Nonetheless, we made peace with this uninvited guest and made the best of it. Yes, I hope the uninvited guest is packing bags to go, but won’t we all have gained some gifts from this time, not just war wounds? Won’t we all have stories to tell about the time of Covid? Won’t we all feel bonded by sharing this time together? Won’t we all have learned so very much about how much the chance to love each other matters? I think so.

As I finish this, I recall the Rumi poem, The Guesthouse

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

a joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they are a crowd of sorrows

who violently sweep your house

empty of all its furniture,

still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out

for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,

meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes,

because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond.

Flower Essences for Covid Cabin Fever

I thought it might be helpful to offer Flower Essence suggestions for our life circumstances during the pandemic, especially as this chapter of life on earth stretches on. Before I begin, I want to note that we still have a mix, Timely Virus Mix, for support to keep virus free or cope with the virus if you do get it.

I have divided my suggestions into categories- Let me know if I missed something!

One other thing. You’ll notice I chose photos from the Camino throughout this blog. This is because the Camino and the reality of spiritual journey is so relevant during this time of pandemic. In truth, we are still on the Camino even when we are not literally walking a trail!”

Support to be as resilient and flexible as possible

So many plans cancelled or changed. So many jobs and relationships in flux. This has been a time requiring us to be very flexible and resilient in the face of innumerable setbacks and disappointments.  Here are some Flower Essences to help us find our most resilient self.

Common Ragwort– Helps us not get stuck in resistance but find our resilience to face necessary change. This is especially helpful when the change is extreme and alien. Ring any bells?

Watch Your Back– Okay, bear with me a moment because this doesn’t initially seem to have much to do with flexibility and resilience, but this combination includes all our Palm Essences, all of which embody and offer a vibration of great flexibility and resilience. Just think how Palms bend in hurricane winds yet live to see another day.

Coltsfoot– Another one that seems more connected to other concerns like regaining flexibility after an orthopedic injury, however this one also helps us have a flexible attitude towards change.

Red Rugosa Rose– This one helps us ride stormy seas with resilience, grace, humor even panache.

Support for feelings of claustrophobia

On the Camino there are places on the trail that are called God forsaken places, stretches that feel so spiritually heavy that pilgrims must work hard to keep going through these dark places. Here are some Flower Essence suggestions if this stretch of your spiritual journey has felt like a God forsaken place or simply a place of claustrophobic smallness.

Bramble from Scotland– This one helps us arise from a dark place and move towards a place of greater light, even if the journey right now can only be an inner journey not literal.

Omey Island– This combination remedy, made on the sacred tidal island of Omey Island, Connemara, Ireland, helps us accept the natural flow of life including times when we are cut off from each other as when a tide cuts an island off from the mainland. It helps us to feel whole even as our lives have been pared down by circumstances beyond our control. It helps us know we are spiritual beings having a physical experience not visa versa. It helps us rest in an understanding that this time serves us spiritually and therefore it’s okay to accommodate it peacefully.  Pilgrims created the Camino with no intention of including God forsaken places, but these places arose none the less as part of the spiritual journey.  Omey Island helps us know these places have their gifts.

Boundless– Support from this Venus Garden variation to feel the Boundless glory of our souls even when physical limitations are present.

Ruby Moon Hyacinth Bean– Helps us experience our spiritual freedom no matter the circumstances.

Specific support if we miss traveling

One of the essential gifts of Flower Essences is that they bring us the healing vibration of other geographical locations when we can’t go to these places ourselves. Consider dipping into collections from places you’d like to visit.  This gives your energy system the same information as if you had actually visited. Yes, it’s not the same as actually being in the place, but right now these global offerings are very expansive and balancing to us.  We have Flower Essences from Bermuda, Ireland, Spain, Costa Rica, Chile, Patagonia, Crete, India, Sicily, Greece, Taiwan, Japan, Scotland, St John USVI, as well as from various places in the US.

Help so our currently restricted daily life to feel more joyful and fun

Mazarife- This Camino beloved supports us to create an oasis of joy during bleak stretches in our lives.

Daisy– If we have been scattered or discontent, Daisy helps us find a cheerful, happy state of being, one that feels very centered and grounded and where we feel confident in our right to be happy.

Gratitude– Because counting our blessings always helps.

Don’t Worry-Bee Happy– Rising above the clouds of worry to feel the buzz of eternal joy.

Globe Mallow– Support to feel a robust appreciation of the everyday as well as experience even the most humdrum and constrained day as sacred.

The Fairy Rose– Because we all need a bit of dolphin magic and play.

FJ Grootendorst Rose– Offers us that most happy summer feeling.

Bramble– This Bramble from Ireland helps us experience the half glass full even amidst circumstances that are extremely challenging.

Allspice– Helps us heighten our senses and therefore experience the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Acceptance of what is

In addition to Omey Island, there are other Flower Essences that help us find acceptance with what is. Interestingly, many of them are from the ever-evolving Venus Garden at Green Hope Farm which each season offers us support for a big picture situation we are all going through.

Equanimity– This Venus Garden variation holds a template for equanimity. Equanimity is the state of being calm, composed, even tempered especially in difficult situations. Equanimity is the ability to remain poised and in balance even when pressed by painful experiences of failure and loss. It is not so much not caring, as being able to care in a calm and emotionally balanced way.

Love it and Leave It– This Venus Garden gem brings us to an experience of our immutable Divine real self. It does this by loosening our focus on the unreal and helping us focus on love. It does this by encouraging detachment and an unshakeable knowledge that all things of this world are momentary and passing. This knowledge releases us from the futility of trying to control outcomes. It releases us to genuinely enjoy whatever is happening without thinking it defines us. It releases us into true happiness as we realize nothing defines us but our Creator. This detachment leaves us free to focus on what IS unchangeable, and it isn’t fame or fortune. Focused love on Divinity is our way through the momentary and passing to the absolute and eternal.

Loving What Is- Help to put the heart ahead of the mind, because when the heart leads and the mind supports the heart, we find purpose and acceptance even in extreme circumstances. When the mind leads, it’s not so good.

Maple– Maple helps us cultivate the middle road, a balanced and calm view of things and acceptance of what is.

Redwood– What does the ancient Redwood know? This too shall pass.

Flower from the Gardens of Taormina– Trusting the path in front of us even as things fall apart.

Support to use this time out to recharge for new breakthroughs

A golfer swings his club backwards before forwards and both directions serve the trajectory of the ball.  We are in a pause, a space that sometimes feels like a going backwards, but as things begin to go forward again, we’re going to see more clearly how this “time out” served us.

Zucchini– This one encourages us to use any downtime we have been given to recharge without guilt.

Desert Garden– Supports us to receive nourishment in inhospitable, harsh situations that seem to offer no hope of sustenance.

The Gate Beautiful– The backswing takes us temporarily back into tired old tales of three dimensional life, the forward swing takes us into the vibrant fifth dimension. This Venus Garden gem from 2020 powers our forward swing on into the beautiful fifth dimension.

Support to find our creative voice in this time

There is a scene in Apollo 11 when Houston mission control realizes that there won’t be enough oxygen to get the astronauts home unless the astronauts build a filtration system up in space.  Someone at mission control assembles all the random gear that the astronauts have available to make the system- things like socks and duck tape- and gets a group to build a filtration system that they can teach the astronauts to build in space. This saves the astronauts lives.  Sometimes I think constraints are the mother of invention just as much as necessity.

When I taught photography before Green Hope Farm was born, one assignment I gave my students was to take photographs of one building at the school using a kind of film that only printed in black and white with no gray.  The narrowness of this assignment made it the one that brought out the best in the students.  When the dust settles post covid, we are going to see a flood of new creations, creations born in spite of and sometimes because of the constraints we have all experienced. Here are some Flower Essences to support you to be part of this flood of creativity.

La Rioja– This Essence from the Camino collection supports us to find our unique creative voice.

Wild Iris– Reaching for the stars, we can choose to birth healing creations from the heart of our souls. This one helps us align to our most sublime creativity.

Lady’s Mantle– Sheltering our creative efforts so we can give birth to them when the time is right.

Clivia– Supports tangible results from our create efforts.

Partridgeberry– Support for a creative project to bear fruit especially those created in partnership (for me, this partnership has been with Angels and Elementals so this doesn’t have to be a partnership with another human).

The Eight Garden– Helps us get in the flow of the expanding light energy so we can bring our creative dreams into form in the most seamless way possible.

Support to navigate the losses

Change brings loss and this shift has brought a lot of it. As we pause to mourn the dead and the things we have seen leave our life, these Essences may help.

Grief & Loss– This Flower Essence combo is a steadfast friend in times of grief and loss. I can’t recommend it too highly.

Grief & Loss Rose Trio– Three generous and loving Roses offer a trio to tender support for us in our suffering.

Phoenix Rising– Supports in us the energy of rebirth from the ashes.

Arbor Garden– Humming with a vibration beyond the earth illusion of separation, this one helps us to feel the unity of life and abiding reality of oneness.

Support to feel hope, trust and our connection to source amidst the chaos

Gorse– Helps us have a steadiness of hope and optimism even in situations in which we are being battered by the winds of change or find ourselves in an environment of pessimism. It is an excellent ally when a feeling of all is lost is prevalent because Gorse knows all is never lost.

Eyes of Mary– This one helps us see the situation as Angels do, offering us an overview that is deeply relaxing, inspiring and hopeful.

Red Mangrove– Helps us feel anchored in eternal realities as temporal ones shift or fall away. This small and tenacious tree, rooted at the ocean shoreline, is one of the few trees that withstands hurricane winds. As an Essence it helps us know the truth that we are safe and firmly anchored in our Creator even when the waves rock and roll us or when all the other things we have looked to for stability and safe anchorage are crumbling away. It’s also a great energy for new creations as Mangroves serve as the nurseries for much new ocean life.

Yellow Water Lily– Helps us feel deeply rooted to source no matter the tumult, no matter the storm blowing on the surface of our lives.

Effort and Grace– Our efforts matter, not the outcome. That is what we can bring to the table right now. Grace matters too, and it comes to us with abundance and generosity when we least expect it. This Venus Garden combo shares a magical mix of effort and grace that encourages us to keep going in the mess of human life, knowing our efforts elevate and sweeten grace just as grace elevates and sweetens our efforts.

Creeping Daisy– Fills us to the brim with the knowledge that Spirit is, always has been, and always will be loyal to us.

Support with our next steps after this time

The Angels wanted to end with this topic, noting that the Camino collection which figures prominently below, is a particularly appropriate group for this concern.

Queen of the Night– This night blooming Flower and vibrational beacon of light illuminates where we are and helps us navigate forward across any terrain we are hesitant to cross. Her light literally unknots and dissolves complications. It is focused and wise.

The Way Forward– Made from many Flowers along a 500 mile stretch of the Camino, this Camino gem helps us find the next step wherever we are on our path.

Belorado– Another Camino beloved, this one helps us have faith in the emptiness before the dawning of the next chapter when we will find more community.

Puente la Reina– A Camino friend that helps us to lighten our energetic load, be clear about whom to travel forward with and who can actually support our growth.

Manjarin– Another from the Camino, this one supports us to see below the surface of any situation and break down the existing worldview so we can be energetically discerning about gifts and red herrings.

Trabadelo– A beloved Camino friend, this one helps us find the courage to let old patterns go even as we don’t know what our life will look like without them.

O’Cebreiro– Also from the Camino, this one helps us find the strength to leave behind people and places that you have loved but are not part of your growth as a soul (another for this is The Letting Go Flower).

Santiago– Another beloved Camino Essence. This one is for moments of false endings when the spiritual journey is ongoing.

Fisterra– The final Camino one suggested by the Angels. this one offers support when the soul is at the end of a long process of laying down major paradigms of this or other lives.

Rebirth!