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Flower Essences that Embody the Spirit of Christmas, PDF Download

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  I have a real fascination with the folklore of plants and have written quite a lot in this blog and elsewhere on the intersection of flower essences and ancient folk wisdom. I think ancient people, who were so much more in touch with the natural world than we are today, were able to capture the essence of what those plants had to teach in their folklore and often in the names they gave the plants themselves.  Every year at Christmas time I share blog posts I have written about the flower essences that embody the spirit of Christmas.  I've gone into depth into what some of the spiritual connections are for three of the flower essence plants most associated with the celebration of Christmas either by use or by name: Pine, Holly, and Star of Bethlehem. You can still find them here by writing the names of those essences in the search bar associated with this blog.  But this year I also decided to create a compilation of those articles and make them available as an inexpensive  PDF Do

Be Your Biggest Self with Sunflower Flower Essence

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Earlier today I was talking with Paul about my family history as a Russian Jewish-American who was brought up with older family members who believed in the "evil eye." My grandmother believed in that, for sure, and stories were told about the old country Jews swinging a chicken around and spitting three times to ward off this curse. My parents were "modern" and didn't want their children to grow up with this and yet they were so thoroughly steeped in this mindset that they inadvertently passed it on anyway.  "Kenahora," my father would say whenever he praised someone or spoke of someone trying to achieve great things or wanting something good to happen or if if he was worried about something bad happening. It means "no evil eye" or "may the evil eye stay away" and is spoken to counteract any compliment or wish given for someone else so the evil eye won't try to ruin their happiness. The evil eye typically comes through the envy

Lady's Slipper—the Most Popular Flower Essence in My Shop

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There has been a surprising run on Lady's Slipper flower essence in my shop in recent weeks. This flower essence is not usually so popular but I think it's a fitting one for people to use at times like heading into the new year, when people naturally start to think about what they want to create in their lives. Lady's Slipper is for integrating spiritual purpose with daily work. It's for grounded spirituality and is also a help for a number of first chakra issues like nervous exhaustion and lack of interest in sex. But most of all it's for being able to hear and act on your inner callings.  Especially during the holidays—but really any time of year—it is easy to be overwhelmed with the demands of your job, your family, your "shoulds," and inner and outside expectations. Lady's Slipper is also known as The Queen. She calls you to come back to yourself and find the power to remember who you are and what you stand for, and to bring that out into the worl

Star Tulip Flower Essence Scented Spray

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Star Tulip flower essence has gained tremendously in popularity in my Etsy shop recently. That always happens when people are worried about what's happening in the world, especially if financial well-being is involved. This flower is also known as Pussy Ears which does gives some clues as to what it does. It helps you listen with great sensitivity to subtle influences. It's a helpful tool for quieting down and opening up enough to be aware of your inner guidance. I think this one might be particularly nice as a scented spray. Choose from my list of essential oils in this listing I just added to my shop.

Bridging Differences for the Highest Benefit for All Concerned with Flower Essences That Can Help

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Image by  Gerd Altmann  from  Pixabay   I’ve been writing lately about the importance of making choices that are in the benefit of all concerned. That doesn’t ALWAYS mean what you think it means. It doesn't mean a perfect solution from everybody's individual point of view. It usually means that a compromise is made—but it’s doable, it’s acceptable because it actually does feel like the best choice under the circumstances. And that's very different from a "winner take all" point of view. Let’s get specific. Let’s talk about the pandemic mask controversy. Stop! Don’t throw something at your screen! Take a breath and come back in a bit. I’m NOT going to tell you what to do.   Instead I’m going to say that everyone on both sides of this controversy thinks they are absolutely right because of more reasons than I want to get into. Suffice it to say, that some people think they can't or shouldn't have to wear a mask and refuse to be made to and other people feel

Healing Our Relationship to Personal Reality

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Image by  John Hain  from  Pixabay When we were young, a few short years ago, a lot of us were working with the tools of "making your own reality." "Manifestation" was a big buzzword that I have used myself and worked with extensively. For me, this isn't really just a belief system—I have way too much lived experience (and stacks of journals documenting the results) to even bother recording the experiences anymore. The problem is, though, that those tools were taught in the context of personal individual spiritual growth and personal, mostly financial, well-being. For the most part (not true for everyone), we weren't talking much about manifesting a better reality for our communities or a better reality for our species. Almost all of the teachings have been about how to create a better life experience for our own lives. Which is a great place to begin. There's not much harm that can happen when you intend that you manifest a bathroom plunger when you'

Mama Love Flower Essence Aromatherapy for Your Christmas Stockings

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The most popular items in my shop are unscented flower essence dropper bottles and sprays, so many people don't realize that my business started—many years ago—with products that combine flower essences with aromatherapy! Back then, most people knew what aromatherapy was but would look blankly at me when I talked about flower essences or else assumed it was the same thing. So I created a line of dram-sized oil products that used flower essences as a base but then added the power of aromatherapy to make them accessible to a wider audience. I figured that if I could create formulas for common issues and chose essential oils to complement the essences, and then infused the end product with Reiki, I couldn't go wrong! And that was correct (after I put effort into designing my packaging). I got my start selling wholesale to retail stores like the Phoenix Shop at Nepenthe in Big Sur, and I still sell a small selection of my original oils there. I expanded to small shops throughout C