Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Abstract Pastel

On the easel right now... a test piece for something I want to do quite large. I'm experimenting with methods of doing pastels that don't need to be framed. Science experiments, you might say. I think I came up with something that will work last night.

This is a piece based on one of my photographs of grass and sage in the desert. It's about 12" square now as a test but the piece I plan to do will be 30" x 30".
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Monday, February 04, 2013

Side Effects from Flower Essence Therapy?

Are there any side effects I should be aware of if I use your Mama Love flower essence aromatherapy products?

Not typically... but anyone can become allergic to practically anything so if you have a reaction that you don't like I always recommend you take a break! Maybe you need to use it less often. Maybe it would be best to use a different approach to your healing issues altogether. But generally speaking, there should be no side effects!

Except possibly this one:

I made myself a custom formula combining the key ingredients in Doing New Things with Confidence and Manifesting Life Purpose because I was feeling very stuck in my career and, consequently, in my life a few months ago. I made my custom formula without essential oils so I could add it safely to my drinking water and took sips from my water bottle through the day for a month. I had a dramatic improvement in my feeling of self-esteem. I actually noticed I was holding my head higher and walking with my shoulders back. And then I had the following reaction:

I became very pissed off about things I had been tolerating without comment before! I was suddenly having thoughts like "How dare they treat me like this!! Can't they see how valuable I am here? I'm going to write down why I'm valuable and ask for a raise!" And then I did.

I have not heard whether I'll be receiving a raise on the day job yet but it occurs to me that a taste of the same attitude -- head up, shoulders back, knowing that what Paul and I do is valuable -- would make a big difference in anything we decide to do. How could you fail to manifest your life purpose like that?

Okay, that's not a side effect -- that's the very effect I was wanting. But I certainly did not expect to be pissed off enough to demand a little more respect at my day job. That was a side effect -- and a wake-up -- to exactly how deeply my lapse in self-esteem might be affecting my day to day experiences.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Hogwarts Style Potions or Real Life Herbal Remedies?

The Love Potion
The Love Potion (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If you had to explain the power in plants and flowers for healing and emotional well-being would you use the cultural icon of wizards, sorcery and modern day film fantasy to do it?

When I was a kid I loved to read Grimm’s Fairy Tales and watch Disney movies with witches who made potions and sorcerers who could do anything. Hogwarts wasn’t invented yet but the iconography of a wizard’s cabinet filled with Gillyweed to help you breathe under water or a Calming Draught to recover from shock or trauma was very much part of my early childhood upbringing. I remember pretending to make healing potions in the woods near my house with plants and roots I chose based on the very little information I had been exposed to at the time. That was fantasy but I also took a summer class with a science teacher who introduced me to real medicinal plants in that very same locale.

When I read my first Harry Potter books what I enjoyed most was the contrast between Wizards and Muggles. What healer, psychic or herbalist hasn’t experienced that? I get so sick of having people try to invalidate my experience by claiming “it doesn’t exist”, deriding me for my “beliefs” (repeated easily replicated experiments and too many life experiences to count), or actually being afraid of me! To have that depicted on the big screen was worth the price of admission alone.

 And yet the movies are fantasy. The depiction of healing potions is for the most part ridiculous fun. I know there’s a market for witches’ potions and brews and I’d probably make a lot more money if I made potion playthings for teenage vampire lovers and goth girls to drink or dressed my products in Victorian steampunk garb right now. But by relegating my work specifically to that realm I’d be playing along with the very mindset that wants to say traditional healing isn’t real or wants to label it “for entertainment purposes only” (as spiritual counselors in Arizona are often forced to do).

I use everything I know in the creation of my healing Mama Love formulas—flower essence therapy, aromatherapy, Reiki, spiritual counseling, mind/body healing.  I don’t make a potion for breathing under water but I do have a “Calming Draught”:  Support for Troubled Times. I also have a “Draught of Peace”: Releasing Worry and Fear. I kind of do feel like I’m still creating magic potions in the woods. Some of my customers even call my best work magic! But I approach my healing like a scientist, backing up my intuition and intention with research, study and lots of great results.