Green Hope Farm News Autumn Equinox 2023

Sunflower in this year’s Dhuni Fire garden

Welcome dear friends! As always I am so happy to share our Flower Essences with you! They offer wonderful support as we make the transition to a New Earth.  As energetic role models, Flower Essences bring us specific wisdom for healing the challenges we face right now. They also help us experience our inseparable oneness with Divinity and connect us more deeply with the Divine helpers here to support us during this time of major transition. 

This fall, in addition to our Flower Essences in stock, we introduce a set of six Green Hope Farm Flower Essences called Balancing our Inner Elements By balancing the elements of Air, Water, Fire and Earth within us, we help the planet as well as our own inner climate to find balance in these times. Here is a brief description of the Flower Essences in this set. This is followed by a longer discussion and more news from the farm for those looking for more information.

The Dhuni Fire garden

The Dhuni Fire– Creating the Dhuni Fire Flower Essence was our main focus at the farm this season. This project involved growing a powerful garden mandala which became this Essence. The Dhuni Fire invokes a fire of love and purification that helps us release our burdens and everything else that runs interference on us experiencing in full our true eternal self. The Dhuni Fire helps us with the balanced use of the FIRE element.

HorehoundHorehound helps us breathe during this time of fire and smoke and helps us work constructively with the fire element.  It also helps us tangibly feel the companionship and support of the Divine beings at our sides as we head towards a New Earth. Horehound helps us with the balanced use of the AIR, FIRE and EARTH elements.

Bladder Campion– Too much water and too much sorrow can leave us feeling like soggy dishrags. Bladder Campion shares a model of emotional buoyancy in watery times. It also shows us a way of balance and restraint during inner and outer firestorms, supporting us to pause and breathe deeply during difficulties. Finally it helps us sort and release heavy emotions in the aftermath of the transitions and challenges confronting all of us. Bladder Campion helps us with the balanced use of the AIR, WATER, FIRE and EARTH elements.

Bouncing Bet– Feeling downtrodden and bewildered during these times? Bouncing Bet, an indomitable “roadside weed” shows us how to bounce back into an experience of joy, confident we matter and are deeply loved.  Bouncing Bet helps us with the balanced use of the AIR and EARTH elements.

Japanese Anemone– Circumstances don’t have to define our reactions. Japanese Anemone helps us find causeless cheerfulness and openhearted delight even as the winds of change toss us about. Japanese Anemone helps us with the balanced use of the AIR and EARTH elements.

Sunflower– Like kryptonite for Superman, Sunflower Essence ignites a fire within us so we know we are the superheroes in our life. Firmly planted in this identity, we can co-create new kinds of community, confident these models of selfless service and inspired creativity will catch fire and birth a New Earth. Sunflower helps us with the balanced use of the FIRE element.

Sunflowers joined other Flower friends in this year’s Dhuni Fire garden


It’s hard to miss that because of humankind’s choices, the four elements of our beloved Earth are out of balance. Floods in our region have been a constant this year, and the air has been thick with smoke from Canadian wildfires.  Green Hope Farm friends all over Earth report similar elemental imbalances in their worlds.  As Gaia and the Elementals heroically work to heal the planet and rebalance the four elements of Air, Water, Fire and Earth, we can support them by balancing these elements within ourselves.

In this news from the farm, the Angels and Elementals explain how their new offering of a set of six Flower Essences called Balancing our Inner Elements will help us as well as Earth.  They note that even if you chose not to get this set, the practice of balancing your inner Elements helps everyone and everything. This set can be used in tandem with our Flower Essence Gaia Knows Best which supports Earth to experience and manifest its healed self.  When we combine balancing ourselves with support for Gaia, we help more than we can imagine. 


The Angels want to begin with a discussion of this year’s Venus Garden and the Flower Essence made from this garden called the Dhuni Fire.  The Venus Garden is the energetic engine of the farm. Its garden mandala, designed by the Angels, changes from year to year, always building energies that support us in profound ways.  Some years the Angels do not tell me the name or theme of the Venus Garden until I make a combination Flower Essence from all its Flowers at the Autumn Equinox.  Sometimes I figure out the theme because of what happens at the farm during the growing season.  This year they told me in January that the name of the garden was The Dhuni Fire.  What I knew about dhuni fires could have fit on the head of a pin.  I vaguely recalled that dhuni fires were a traditional Hindu fire of purification.  I also knew that once a month, Meher Baba had a dhuni fire at his home in India.  I had no idea what dhuni fires were meant to burn.

Getting ready to plant the Dhuni Fire Garden

In early June, still uncertain what a dhuni fire was, I planted the garden mandala as designed by the Angels with seedlings I had grown in the greenhouse. From the beginning, the garden was extraordinarily vibrant and beautiful.  This was in stark contrast to a summer of extreme weather in which skies were gray with smoke and ash from wildfires in Canada.  Day after day the sunlight was strangely muted as if we were underwater, and our eyes and lungs burned. The immense fires burned without ceasing. Rain also fell almost continuously, yet these deluges were unable to clear the skies of smoke. 

The Dhuni Fire garden was a counterpoint to the fires.  Could we embrace its fire of sacred love and purification and find a new balance of the fire element that didn’t involve burning forests?  The garden said, “YES.”  It shared a vibration of sacred love that could revitalize us and the Earth without the destruction of actual fire. It offered itself as a healing balm to those of us feeling burnt by life and a vibrational model for a shift from the destruction of the fire element raging across the planet to a more constructive, life affirming one.

Many colors of Nicotiana graced this garden

To back up a moment, what was the design of this garden and what did the garden look like? The design was a spiral beginning in the center with fiery red Flowers.  Flame colored Torch Flowers, rusty red Sunflowers, scarlet Castor Bean Flowers and statuesque Lion’s Ears soared into space from the heart of the garden.  As the spiral began its outward journey, many shades of pink Nicotianas, red Zinnias and Rubenza Cosmos swirled to meet a sea of orange and yellow Zinnias and Marigolds, salmon pink Four O’Clocks, and a “short” variety of golden Sunflowers, one of which grew to fifteen feet tall. The Queen Orange Zinnias had a particular radiance, mellowing the fiery tones without dulling the display.  The outer rim of the spiral was white Flowers including a vibrant display of Mehera Marigolds, Chamomile, white Nicotianas, Daturas and white Snapdragons. The Flowers mixed in unexpected ways and each day brought surprising new combinations. While the rest of the gardens showed signs of stress from too much water, too much smoke and too little sunlight, this garden had a vitality like nothing I had seen in a long time.  Each morning I circled this garden in silent wonder.

Surprising combinations in the Dhuni Fire garden

A very tall birch pole set in the center had streamers coming from the top of the pole out to the edges of the garden.  This gave the garden an under the big top feeling.  The way the streamers embraced the entire garden communicated that everything in this garden belonged and was part of a whole.  The spiral might take us outwards to a higher vibration as embodied by the Meheras, but the fire at the center of the garden was a necessary part of the journey.  

The Rubenza Cosmos mix with Sunflowers and Nicotianas

Sometimes we walk in the valleys, and there is no view.  This garden was a moment on a snow capped peak. Expansive. Exhilarating. Inspiring. It shouted, “Hang in there. Keep going. We’re with you. It’s going to be infinitely better than you can imagine.”  The Dhuni Fire’s unwinding from flame colored Flowers to the pure love vibration of the radiant Meheras Marigolds demonstrated that engaging in right use of the fire element is its own orderly process, leading us purposely to a new and wonderful experience of self.  As a Flower Essence, it now offers us an energetic role model for our way forward to this more unburdened and enlightened experience of self. Here’s what the Angels had to say about the necessity of this sacred fire and what needs to be tossed into the flames:

“You exist in completeness as one with Divinity.  Earth is your stage set for bringing this truth from the unconscious to consciousness.  When you know who you are, you are awake from a slumber in unreality.  Earth is the school where you awake and understand the unreality of everything else but your true self.  Illusion is what you release and burn.  These illusions are stored in your subconscious, and they run interference on you consciously realizing your true self. Burning these illusions is your way forward.

Many of your illusions suggest you need to collect things or experiences or become something more to be whole.  These are the kind of illusions you need to throw in the Dhuni Fire.  There is nothing to gather on your way to God realization. Instead you let everything go but your true identity.  There is nothing to fix because nothing is broken.  There is no need to become anything, because you already are everything. 

Energetic “alarm clocks” to awaken you to this truth come in many forms.  God realized spiritual teachers are a kind of alarm clock.  They know how to wake you up. To love them and follow their guidance helps stir you from sleep.  Flower Essences bring another kind of wake-up call with this Dhuni Fire Essence offering you a poke in the ribs.  The Dhuni Fire Essence provides you a vibrational energy that spirals you out of illusion towards your eternal self.  It offers you a map to grasp reality and abandon illusion. If you are footsore and weary of this spiritual journey, despairing and confused, The Dhuni Fire Essence picks you up, revives your sense of purpose and speeds you on your way with a clearer sense of direction and the solace of knowing you are loved and not alone in this journey.  This Essence and its garden offer a keyhole which expands and blooms in your consciousness, bringing the very vibration you need in order to let go, let illusions burn and rise up to know yourself.  

A dhuni fire is a fire of divine love, awakening you to all you are. Come, let The Dhuni Fire help you lay down the unreal and experience your true self.”

a spontaneous bouquet
Late season Torch Flowers towered over the garden much to the delight of the Bumblebees

This New Angel Set

With The Dhuni Fire Essence included, the Angels created a set of six Flower Essences called Balancing Our Inner Elements.  This summer I frequently asked the Angels and Elementals which Flower Essences would support us during these times.  While they quipped, “Which wouldn’t?” noting that there are so many Flower Essences ready and able to support us right now, they also led me by the nose to several Flowers they wanted me to add to our Flower Essence collection, explaining that the time had come for these Flowers to be part of our repertoire and specifically part of this set.

This set works to balance the elements of Air, Water, Fire and Earth within each of us, much as these elements work to find a new balance on the planet too.  Each Flower Essence in the set helps us manage too much or too little of an element or elements as well as find a more evolved balance of the elements within us. Here are the other five.


HorehoundMarrubium vulgare 

The first new Flower Essence the Angels called me to make this season was the traditional herb Horehound.  Our smoky summer had just begun, and once Horehound Flower Essence was ready, the Angels asked me to write a blog about how Horehound as well as Breathe Flower Essence supported our breathing, specifically helping our lungs manage smoke from fires like the wildfires in Canada. This was just the beginning of my learning about Horehound and the element of fire. 

The Angels spoke about the necessity of fire and the energy of purification which fire brings.  They explained that the fire element plays a vital part in the release of everything we don’t need, even when we think we need it. I asked if this meant that the planetary fires were necessary. The Angels clarified that working with the sacred fire is inner work involving a release of inner stumbling blocks on the spiritual path.  They noted that when we work with the sacred fire of love using tools such as The Dhuni Fire Essence, the purification process does not have to involve actual fires.  They shared that on a planetary basis, if we collectively attend to our inner work, there is no need for planetary fires. When I asked whether enough people would attend to this task, they reminded me of the hundredth monkey and said that very few people were needed to light a fire of love that would heal the planet.  

Horehound with its deeply textured leaves

Continuing on, they explained that working with the sacred fire of purification involves anchoring in our Divinity then letting go, confident the right things will be released.  The Angels noted that Horehound helps us trust this process is an orderly and wise one and also helps us physically manage the process.   They explained, “Horehound supports you to let go even when you’ve been enculturated to hold on for dear life.  It is a sweet and gentle friend that eases you through the release process, tenderly supporting you whether the fires of purification in your life come gently or with great speed.” The Angels closed by saying, “We are tremendously interested in helping you grow spiritually, but it may be hard for you to tangibly feel our support.  Horehound gives you a sensation of this support, sort of like a vibrational texture which is easier to grasp.  Horehound also anchors you in the calming, cleansing breath.  This anchoring also makes it easier for us to link to you.  We are here for you, and we are grateful for how Horehound connects you more deeply with us so you can feel supported through this time of transition.”       

I AM the healing breath releasing me into the fullness of who I really am.

Bladder Campion

Bladder CampionSilene vulgaris

Bladder Campion helps us balance all four elements.  It helps us breathe more deeply, literally taking in more air. In this way, it balances the Air element.  Bladder Campion also knows how to preserve its energy during heated situations so that it lives to flower another day.  While each blossom wilts in the heat of the day, these very same Flowers revive to full beauty in the cool of the evening then blossom again the next morning.  In this way, Bladder Campion supports us to manage the Fire element, demonstrating how to conserve our energy during fiery times. It helps us resist the temptation to meet fire with fire, making it an excellent ally for those working to manage their anger and other fiery emotions.

Bladder Campion also offers us a vibration of buoyancy during times when it can feel very hard to stay afloat.  It is a master of water, helping us experience and process our watery emotions but not get swamped by them.  Think of Bladder Campion as a life raft for times when the watery world of sorrows and worries try to swamp you.  Bladder Campion can help you float through these watery times to a new balance of the Water element and to a place of sure footing again.

Bladder Campion’s Earth element gift is an energetic sorting function that grounds and stabilizes.  If you have experienced a literal flood, an inner flood of emotion or a firestorm of challenges and heated situations, you may know how much sorting must be done afterwards. It may feel like your inner landscape is one big slush pile.  This Essence not only helps you sort things out so you complete the release of any emotions that might otherwise bog you down, but it also supports you to have the energy to do this work.  Its Flower signature reflects this energy of empowerment, calm, buoyancy and the discernment necessary for sorting and release.  

I AM the master of air, water, fire and earth.

Bladder Campion
Bouncing Bet

Bouncing BetSaponaria officinalis  

This summer, wildflower Bouncing Bet seemed to be everywhere I went. I recognized her as an old friend from childhood.  When she spoke to me, I remembered how much I loved this sparkling and delightful Flower.  During one visit this summer, Bet made it clear that now was her moment to become a mainstay in our collection. This flooded me with joy, but then, joy is one of her gifts.  Bouncing Bet explains;

“I help you live from your indomitable spirit as you go through this time of cleansing and rebirth.  Working with the Earth and Air elements, I am here to lift you up if you have felt downtrodden and unseen. I remind you that you are always seen by Divinity.  You are always loved.  I thrive in disturbed waste ground and neglected places. You can too. Yes, maybe humankind neglects some of us, but I know that nothing in this world is truly neglected or unloved.  Everything is a beloved part of the whole. 

When circumstances temporarily get you down, I remind you how to bounce back to unsullied joy.  I know we will soon find ourselves in a world that is very much worth the growing pains.  Yes, there will be more growing pains, but I am part of an immense collective of energies that will help you navigate these shifts with optimism, confidence and yes, joy.  

You may have been told that bubbling up into joy is a ridiculous response to these times and the challenges you face.  I help you know joy is a wise response and one that will set you free to do your work in the world unburdened and serene. And how wonderful that your efforts at bouncing back to joy bring joy to others too. 

 I AM able to bounce back to joy no matter the circumstances.

Bouncing Bet
Japanese Anemone

Japanese AnemoneAnemone hupehensis

Japanese Anemone sweeps us into causeless cheerfulness.  While we find ourselves in a collective situation in which there may seem little to feel cheerful about, Japanese Anemone knows that good cheer is the antidote.  It helps heal our collective situation, because it radically shifts our personal vibrations upward which upgrades those in our immediate lives as well.  Much as we live in the illusion of separation, we are actually one energy system, and as we lift up our vibration into love and good cheer, it automatically affects the whole. 

Japanese Anemone has a structure of wide open and branching dusky pink Flowers which dance on the wind.  One of its nicknames is Windflower, and no surprise there.  It is beloved of Bumblebees and will often have three Bumblebees nose first in the abundant golden pollen of a single Flower.  Long Flower wands rising above the garden combined with an ability to handle any wind reflect Japanese Anemone’s vibrational gifts that help us rise above circumstances and be fearlessly open hearted, generous and of good cheer no matter what blows into our world.

The Angels note, “In our efforts to support you in the balancing of the elements of Air, Water, Fire and Earth, we selected Japanese Anemone to help bring a perspective, detachment and clarity of vision that support you to not dig in and get too earthbound or heavy.  As the saying goes, “You are a spiritual being having a physical experience not visa versa.” We want you to be able to feel this truth and take it to heart as you navigate this time.

You each made the wonderful choice to be here during this shift in Ages. This time offers unrivaled opportunities for remembering who you are and helping others wake up to themselves as well.  Go forward with brave and open hearts.  You are not alone.  You are loved. You are safe and you will always be.  We are here for you in each instant, and you need only ask for us to give you more support.”  

I AM causeless cheerfulness. 

Another view of Japanese Anemone
Bumblebees enjoying the pollen
Sunflowers in the Dhuni Fire Garden
One of many flame colored Sunflowers in the Dhuni Fire Garden

SunflowerHelianthus annuus  Our beloved Flower Essence friend Sunflower joins this set of six.  In a summer without much sun, Sunflower called us to be our own inner Suns. While some plants struggled with this dearth of sunlight, the Sunflowers glowed with radiant inner light. In September, a particularly vibrant, extremely tall Sunflower in the Dhuni Garden began to lean way out from the garden towards the Green Hope Farm office as if to reach out and embrace us all.  Covered in blossoms fifteen feet up and unlike any Sunflower we had seen, we wondered how this plant had arrived in the garden and treasured its loving embrace of us. For a week we watched it reach further and further out across the space towards human community. It simply did not care that reaching out might bring its own end.  And one evening, during a downpour in a summer of downpours, this glorious Sunflower snapped off in total willingness to give all to the cause.  

Our giant Sunflower friend before the big lean.

Sunflower reminds us we are the superheroes in this tale.   We too can work together and reach beyond ourselves to give our all.  Sunflowers know no limit and ask us to embody this as well.  New models of community and an expansive experience of self are the harvest of the Dhuni Fire. Sunflower helps us know we can inhabit these new roles rising from the ashes.  Why is this so? When you burn up all unreality, what remains is both nothing and everything.  Yes, in one sense there is nothing left of the illusions we once carried, but in another sense, you are now everything.  The Sunflower helps us inhabit the everything of our eternal self.  

I AM God, a chalice of perfect wisdom power and love in perfect balance and action.

These Essences can be bought as a set or as individual Flower Essences.


I want to thank the wonderful Green Hope Farm community for your precious love.  How we appreciate and treasure your love, your sharing and your many kindnesses.  Together with you, this journey, no matter how arduous, is a blessing and a joy.   Thank you dear ones!

I would also like to thank the Elementals most especially Gaia.  Elementals manifest all form and then maintain it to the best of their abilities. There is an Elemental holding in form everything in creation.  Some have big jobs like Gaia who holds Earth in form, and some have smaller but deeply significant jobs like holding a blossoming Flower in form or keeping an air molecule at its best.  This summer I thought often of the air Elementals, working to clear the air in a world so filled with smoke and other pollution.  It was a job without ceasing.  As I write this we are experiencing another deluge of rain, and I think of the water Elementals too, processing so much of our energetic and literal garbage in the waters.  Elementals hold stage set Earth in form for our learning with tireless dedication and love.  I thank them for their immense efforts, persistence, patience with us humans and humor.  Thank you Elementals!