Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Centaury Bach Flower Essence for the Ability to Set Healthy Boundaries

Centaury Bach Flower Remedy is for people who try so hard to be kind and helpful that they neglect themselves in the process. People take advantage of their good nature, expecting that they're always step up to the plate. They'll even compliment them on how great they are and how nice it is to be able to depend on people, etc., etc. And that just makes it even harder to refuse. But eventually the person who needs Centaury will feel exhausted and resentful as they do too much for others and have no time or energy left for what truly would fill their hearts!

Centaury helps people serve from a place of strength and purpose while regaining the ability to set limits and say "no." I offer Reiki infused dosage strength bottles and sprays of Centaury in my Etsy shop.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Walnut Bach Flower Essence for Handling Change and Protection from Outside Influence

Walnut Flower Essence Droppers and Sprays
Change is hard for a lot of us. As a Libra, decision-making can be fraught with anxiety. Should I do this or that? I want to make the best decision but I too often see the value in both sides. But what makes making choices that will ultimately require a change even more difficult for me is when I think my choice will either let someone down or make them think less of me. I feel the impact of outside opinions and influence way too strongly! And it doesn't even matter if that influence is coming from someone I don't know. It's worse when I feel like I have to fight public opinion as it is expressed on television or social media. And we've become a society that is screaming our polarized, sometimes bullying opinions at each other on a daily basis.

That's where Walnut flower essence can be very helpful. I recommend it for any major life change, positive or negative, because all major transitions can be a time of increased stress and vulnerability. Even if no present day outside opinions are threatening to pull us off our course, past history can have an equally damaging effect. Perhaps we made a serious mistake or experienced changes that caused great challenge or pain. It can be difficult to leave the past behind and try again. Walnut can help with that kind of influence as well. 

I just added Reiki infused dosage strength dropper bottles and sprays of Walnut Flower Essence to my Etsy shop.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Aspen Flower Essence for Facing Fear of the Unknown

A lot of people on my Facebook friends list have been expressing their grief, loss and pain about Trump, Congress, and politics in Washington in terms of overwhelming trauma. People have been at a loss to cope with feelings of impending doom, wishing they could hide, attempting to tune out the news, hide away from their fears... but not really succeeding.

The daily pain of bad news about what is being destroyed and what horrible thing might happen next is putting a lot of people in a state of free-floating anxiety about the future. We're all waiting for the proverbial other shoe to drop but we don't know if that will be impeachment, a constitutional crisis of another sort or all-out nuclear war! If you have a specific fear about the future you can plan for it. If you live in California and know your community may be vulnerable to forest fires, you pack yourself a grab-and-go bag to leave by the door and practice how you might make your escape. 

But what do you do about a future you can't predict? How do you calm yourself in the age of Trump and Republican unwillingness to band together for the sake of the country and take action?

Well, you could demand change—write, call, badger, take to the streets and protest! And I strongly recommend taking some form of action to move into a place of empowerment with others rather than simply trembling in your bed.

But, okay, you've done that—a lot—and you're worn down now and need some sort of relief.

I still recommend action but, I get it, a lot of us have entered the world of free-floating anxiety hell!

I just put Reiki infused dosage bottles and sprays of Aspen Bach Flower Essence in my Etsy shop. Maybe if you get some sleep tonight, you'll be up to calling or writing to your Congresspeople in the morning!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Should You Use Mama Love Flower Essence Aromatherapy Oils or the Unscented Droppers or Sprays?

I got this question today: I don't know what to order—spray, oil or essence. Which is more powerful?

My answer:
It depends on your experience with flower essences versus essential oils. Flower essences have no scent, can be very powerful on their own OR very subtle with their effect accumulating over time. I find them amazing so they are the heart of what I do. 

All my products start with me designing a flower essence formula. If I create an oil then I choose essential oils that will provide similar effects to add in. The reason I do this is 1) a lot of people don't know about flower essences but do feel comfortable with aromatherapy and 2) some people find the effect of flower essences too subtle and don't tend to have the patience for step by step accumulation over time.

The oils give you the quick effect of aromatherapy whether the flower essences affect you powerfully at first or not -- and that's hard to predict! If you like how the oils make you feel, then I figure you'll stick with it to get the full-on longer-lasting effect of the flower essences.

The oils, however,  are not more powerful than the unscented products. They're more accessible and some people LOVE them and wouldn't think of using anything else. But I have a significant and very much growing group of people who only use the dropper bottles and unscented sprays. 

I'd say to experiment! Try what you are drawn to and think you would like most.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Using Wild Oat Flower Essence When You Already Think You Know What You Want To Do (But Don't Feel Motivated)

Wild Oat Flower Essence
Last night I added Reiki infused dosage bottles and sprays of Wild Oat flower essence to my shop. And, as is sometimes my habit when I'm attracted to a particular essence, I wondered what it might do for me. But I was also thinking that was foolish—I know what I think I want to be doing: Art! And flower essences. And... too many things. But I'm not having trouble choosing (she thought). I just don't have time to do it all and have a day job and have fun with my partner and just relax and watch funny movies after a hard day at the day job, etc.

Somehow with all of that inner conflict for how to use my time I had lost motivation for art (even though I want to be doing it). Oh, and did I mention that I have too many styles of art and types of media that I want to do? (Not a Wild Oat problem at all -- HA!)

But I had started a new painting. There's nothing wrong with it . . . but (sigh) I'm afraid it might be a little boring. For the viewer. Of course, that's me at the moment . . . but early in the painting process I often think that . . .

So I took Wild Oat Flower Flower Essence and felt . . . nothing.

I watched a movie with Paul, had a relaxing evening, went to bed really late after dropping off to sleep on the couch, and as soon as my head hit the pillow I was wide awake. I tossed and turned for an hour but all I could think about is how I want to be doing oil pastel paintings!

But I had talked myself out of doing that years ago. I have very little experience with it. Of course, I still have that expensive box of Senneliers I bought years ago but there were reasons I let go of that . . . weren't there? I couldn't think of any that made sense anymore. Except, OMG, try to get proficient at ANOTHER art form?!!!

But I did buy that box. And the thought of working with them would not leave me alone last night. I actually got up at 4 am and looked up my favorite oil pastel artists online and watched youtube videos on how to do one technique after another. Of course, this is what I want to try next. I could do this art form sitting in the living room with my sweetie while watching TV together if I want—no more conflict there.  I could layer colors more easily in the way I want with this. I could explore getting oil paint looks, I could draw and paint at the same time. (It might be a horrible mess and waste of materials, she glumly thought.) But I want to do it! I always wanted to do it! Stop talking me out of things!

So I said yes to myself and finally fell asleep.

And now that's the game plan. Thanks, Wild Oat!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Path in the Woods Painting, Lady Slippers on the Path

Lady Slippers on the Path, © 2015 Sheryl Karas
TV synchronicity! I was just about to post about this painting featuring Lady Slippers—which is about life purpose and walking your path with spiritual integrity—when a commercial said "Follow your path and you'll be unstoppable!"

Well, I intend that this is true because I am currently following the path of artist again and I want that to be a success!

The original of this particular piece sold to Chico Breast Care Center where it hangs in the lobby next to the admissions desk. (Pretty cool—I'm still excited about that!) But several people have expressed interest in buying this one so I'm making prints on stretched canvas in a variety of sizes available in my new Etsy art shop.