Taiwan Collection Blog Series — Bleeding Heart Vine

This blog begins a series of blogs that Sarah will be doing on our new Taiwan Collection of Flower Essences. We hope this will be a fun way to become more acquainted with the essences, especially those which seem obscure or inaccessible!

Before I begin, I wanted to share a little bit about some of the collection’s themes and some particularities about Taiwan.

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The 12-pointed sun from the flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

This collection is very much about breaking down the barriers of human-constructed concepts, such as those that separate us by race and language, to reveal a truer truth beyond words and translation. In bringing together information about this collection each flower had a Latin name, English name, and Chinese name. To see each flower through the lens of these various labels was illuminating and allowed us to uncover meanings that are clearly informed by, but ultimately transcend ideas of culture, geography, and society.

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Flower Map of Taiwan

Taiwan is a contested piece of land located off the coast of mainland China in the East China Sea. Taiwan was ruled by the Japanese for a period of 50 years from 1895-1945, before the Kuomintang (Chinese Nationalist Party) fled there during the Chinese civil war in the 40’s and 50’s. The island continues to be a politically tense region as the debate with China over the sovereignty of Taiwan rages on. As I am writing this blog there is a story in the news of escalating tension between the Taiwanese and the Chinese over military activity in the troubled waters between them. This seems to be the case on a weekly basis. All of these complicated dynamics are coexisting on this land, and I haven’t even mentioned the issue of Taiwanese aborigines. These peoples are the original inhabitants of the island and have a language (part of the Austronesian group that encompasses Madagascar, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Hawaii) and culture that is completely distinct from the rest of East Asia.

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On Keelung Mountain by the sea, looking back at the village of JiuFen

As many of you may know, we have often been called to make flower essences from island-inhabiting flowers. The Taiwan Collection is another piece in this island puzzle and the Flower Essences in this collection hold a unique wisdom from the land and people that have developed alongside the floral kingdom there. There is some feeling on the farm that right now is an important time for information coming from the East. I suggest that you take a look at Molly’s earlier blogs here and here.  Also, Himalayan Balsam may be of particular help in opening ourselves up to these essences, especially if they seem strange or different to us. The fear and illusion of difference melt away to reveal the more universal truth of unity and love.

Take, for instance, Bleeding Heart Vine.

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Bleeding Heart Vine — ?????

I AM full even when I feel empty.

~~Clearing, cleansing, release~~

The affirmation of this essence reminds me of the often paradoxical nature of our lived experience. We are in this world but not of it, apparently diverse but actually one, and we are full even when we feel empty. One way that I interpret this affirmation is that we are filled with and surrounded by love, even when we feel our most hopeless and wretched.

When identifying this flower, I was equally fascinated by its English and Chinese names. In English, ‘bleeding heart’ is suggestive of emotional release. The cathartic theme of this essence is echoed in the Chinese name which includes the phrase “spitting dragon.” The Chinese word ‘to spit’ can also mean ‘to vomit’. When looking at the flower, you can clearly see where this name has come from. Winged red petals extend from fuscia calyxes, further projecting their stamen in what appears to be a projectile vomit of sorts! Thinking of vomiting as a metaphor, I think, reveals something of what this flower has to teach us. Personally, I dread vomiting. Even talking about it is unpleasant and can bring on the much despised gag reflex. But actually, when our bodies have the impulse to throw up, it is because they have detected something virulent within us that we would be better off by getting out of our system.

Prolonging this purge leads only to more discomfort and is not in our best interest. We often experience great relief after we let our bodies do this cleansing work, despite how visceral and unpleasant we feel in the moment.

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Bleeding Heart Vine cluster

Bleeding Heart Vine can be thought of as the antidote to denial. In the short term, denial seems a happy and favorable alternative to experiencing painful emotions. But, in the long term, it becomes a suffocating constraint that prevents any and all progress and evolution. Contrarily, catharsis is extremely difficult in the moment, but it allows us to move on and cease to be dictated to by our unfelt emotions.

Being able to feel and experience our emotions in balance is a skill that this essences can help us with. Failing to process our emotions leaves us feeling boxed-in by them, while living in a constant stream of extreme emotion is equally restrictive. Either way, this essence embodies a refusal to be fenced in, especially by our own emotional or etheric baggage.

This permission to feel, experience, and express (as in, to extract) our emotions in a healthy way is not often emphasized to us. In fact, there is much kowtowing* to the act of ignoring, suppressing, and outright denying our emotions. Bleeding Heart Vine helps to move us beyond these stagnating habits. We would love to hear from you about your experience with this essence, or other questions you may have about our new Flower Friends from Taiwan!

Until next time,

xo Sarah

 

*self-debasing acquiescence, rigid obedience (Keep your eyes out for a blog on this concept coming soon!)

A Blog of Encouragement & Hope

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Dear Friends,

Much high vibrational light energy pours into our planet, and this light wants to flow through us!

What is the point of all this light? It’s here to help us let go of everything we don’t need. It peels away all that no longer serves us. Think of it as cleansing us of all personality detritus so our eternal selves can shine.

Yes, yes, I know! It’s difficult to let go, even of stuff we don’t need. Thembi’s ability to let her entire household burn to the ground then calmly look to a new life with faith, joy, optimism and a sense of humor is something I can only aspire to.

Additionally, it is challenging to remain nonreactive to all that the light stirs up and releases in ourselves and others. Like scum that comes to the top of a soup pot when the soup comes to a simmer, the stuff rising up within us just needs to be removed from the soup without a lot of judgment.

This time last year the Angels designed a garden that would result in the Flower Essence mix Equanimity.

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This Angelic planning gives me hope. The process of removing the scum from the soup pot is a yucky process, and the more cool, calm collected and kind we can be about it the better. The Angels forethought to help us create an Essence for staying cool, calm, collected and kind reminds me that the Flowers and the Angels are ever with us in their unconditional support. They know what we need before we even know we need it!

As the soup scum rises for all humanity, we see mixed results.  Some use the incoming light to purify their soup and shine their light while others remain bogged down, electrically overheating and short circuiting.

The Angels frequently remind me that we can never know who will blossom suddenly, take to the light and let go into a full expression of their eternal selves. It seems best not to peg anyone into a corner as a Flower that will never bloom. We will all bloom someday!

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Like reality TV, the drama of those electrically short circuiting can be compelling, but this drama is a red herring for many reasons. Our work is not to process how others are reacting to all this incoming light but to focus on letting the light enter our electrical systems and flow through us unimpeded. This is our way to release everything that needs to be released.

In this information age, we often get shamed for not paying attention to what is going on around us. I would respond to that by saying worldly affairs are not what is going on around us but a result of what is going on within us. The light is what is going on, not the scum that is being released from the soup.

I say, if it feels like too much to pay attention to all the “news”, its okay to not to tune in. If we focus on becoming our most light filled selves, the rest will take care of itself. Out of a felt experience of being light, we will illuminate the world. Our own self is the place where we have the most impact and will make the biggest difference.

To put it another way, (as I so often do) overwhelming ourselves with data about how others are reacting to the incoming light is not job one. Whenever I forget this, the Angels remind me to focus more on grounding this light than on examining anyone else’s soup scum.

When I mentioned to a friend this Angelic guidance, this friend felt concerned the Angels’ advice meant abandoning our responsibilities to others. I wasn’t sure how to answer this concern. Then another friend chimed in by noting that grounding the light energy first in ourselves before addressing the upheavals around us was like the directive on airplane flights to put the oxygen mask on ourselves first before helping those around us. This was a very helpful analogy.

Before I leave the topic of the drama around us, I want to mention an explanation I received in guidance during a stretch when my personal life had exploded. I was reminded that if any of us walked into the middle of an open heart surgery, it would look like a disaster with the promise of a dire outcome ahead- Chest cavity CUT OPEN! Blood! Clamps! Tubes! People with robes spattered with God knows what! You know what I mean…

Yet the appearance is not the reality. Surgery has a process and takes us in a healing direction. Things appear worse than they were before the surgery began, but this is not so. We find ourselves in dramatic times. We are mid-surgery. It looks like a mess, but the surgery is not over.

In addition to the frequent Angelic guidance to focus on grounding the incoming high vibration energy and not much else, the Angels also suggest we slow down and not just a little bit but a lot.

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In the quiet of a much slower pace, we can better intuit how to manage all the electrical changes we are navigating, as well as figure out how to more smoothly engage with the world. We also need space and unstructured time so our overtaxed electrical systems can recover between downloads of incoming light.

Like most processes in nature, the incoming light energy does not arrive in one steady flow but in waves. The more we can rest and restore ourselves between light baths, the easier it is to welcome the energy and let it flow through us completely.

The Angels also suggest we release set plans and habits and embrace the practice of improvisation.

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In less dynamic eras, patterns and habits could remain the same for long periods of time. However everything is currently in a state of rapid change. This means that holding fast to schedules, routines, habits and patterns that used to work may not serve us. When we stay open to going with the flow, unexpected plot changes can be more easily managed and solutions better than anything we have tried before can be presented to us and embraced.

The fact is that the light pouring into us encourages improvisation and makes holding fast to stuck patterns very difficult. Letting go and going with the flow is our way forward.

In addition to letting go, we need more time in our hearts, the one place that is grounded in the immutable and eternal. It’s a place of solace and rest from the change process and a place where we can access comfort, reassurance and guidance from the indivisible Divinity that is our true identity.

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Flower Essences are the pure vibrational wisdom of Flowers. They have been freed of everything that does not serve. They are the pure light, the Essence that remains after being washed clean. This is one reason why they are such good role models for us right now, as we too are called to shed old layers, release everything that no longer serves our light and be the shining light we are.

As always with Flower Essences, there are no wrong Essences to work with. They all offer wisdom. So trust your own sense of which Essences are calling to you. The Heart Gardeners All blog from last December offered suggestions for these times. Here are some other Flower Essences that have cropped up frequently in the last few weeks.  The waves of interest in these Flower Essence friends reminds us that we all know what we need and we all are working on this project together!

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Calceolaria– This Patagonian gem offers support to weather the storm of difficult times. It does so by helping us anchor in the immense reservoir of pure knowing and pure compassion within us.

Flower from the Gardens of Taormina– This beloved Flower Essence from Sicily helps us accept what is and isn’t meant to be. It also helps us have confidence that the divine order of our situation will be more apparent as we move forward.

The Letting Go Flower– Another Flower Essence friend from Sicily, this beloved Essence helps us release what no longer serves even when what needs to be released are old ties and relationships that we once held dear.

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The Water Lily Trio– These three Flowers grow in the emotional matrix of water.  They remain rooted to what is eternal and let everything else wash over them.  They support us to be cleansed and then illuminate our shining, eternal core self.

Celandine– This Flower Essence has been flying out of here since the New Year.  It’s wonderful for all aspects of communication including cell to cell communication. It has a very distinct clarifying wisdom which is much needed right now.

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Chilean Firebush– Holy Cow is this one ever relevant!  I am so glad your ordering choices of late called it to my attention- It’s all about helping us let go of mental loops and limitations, stuck ideas and anything that interferes with our experience of expansive infinite intelligence!  Yahoo!

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Bleeding Heart Vine– This has proven the most popular of the Taiwan Flower Essences so far and no wonder as it helps expedite the release process of all negativity! Don’t be surprised if you get a serious nudge to work with this one.  It is a WONDER!

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Alex Mackenzie Rose -The Flower Essence to reach for when we need to find the courage of our convictions.

Water Hyacinth– Helps us experience all emotions as helpful information to be understood and released. An enormous support for accepting what is and how we feel about it with kindness towards ourselves.

Redwood-In a nutshell, this Flower Essence offers us the gift of perspective.

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Musk Thistle– Like the smoothing of ruffled feathers, Musk Thistle moves through our subtle bodies to restore order after any big emotional, mental or spiritual release in the physical body.

 

Thembi

Over the holidays, Thembi’s house burned to the ground. She and her husband, Charles, their four sons and several other young men from Zimbabwe who were staying with Thembi’s family got out of the house in time, but all their material possessions were lost.

You may remember Thembi from earlier blogs I wrote about her or from her recipe in the Green Hope Farm cookbook.  She worked here at the farm for four years after arriving from Zimbabwe as a political refuge. Her husband, Charles, a soccer coach for the Zimbabwe national team, found himself unexpectedly seeking asylum in the US when he was put on Mugabe’s hit list. When he took refuge in the US, Thembi found herself single parenting her four boys in Harare. It took Thembi three years of arduous effort to get herself and her children to the US to join Charles.

How Thembi got her children and herself out of Zimbabwe is a tale of determination and courage. After years of challenges including many bus rides back and forth to South Africa to get food for the children, she finally managed to get all the paperwork to join Charles in the US. During what was supposed to be a last trip to the US embassy to get things finalized, all her documents were stolen inside the embassy. It looked like all was lost, then Thembi made the US officials look at their camera recordings of her showing her paperwork at the first embassy checkpoint. Even when it was agreed that the crime had been committed on US property, Thembi was on her own to get new documents.

When Thembi first stepped on US soil, it was July 4th. She would want you to know that she arrived in heels. This was probably the last time in her life in rural New Hampshire when heels were a good idea.

During Thembi’s four years working at the farm she taught us a lot about going with the flow and seeing life as an adventure. Her deep faith matched her sunny optimism and enormous heart, while her infectious sense of humor and her funny stories of life in Harare took us to another world, truly.

It was an enormous change to leave her familiar African world of family, friends and the bustle of the city to live in the wilds of New Hampshire, but she did it with zest. Her house adjoined the playing fields of Kimball Union Academy where her husband worked, and her boys, soccer players all, took to this life of green grass at their doorstep. Thembi rolled with the whole country thing even as she preferred concrete to turf. She even managed to impart her sense of style to the many layers of clothing needed to keep warm during New Hampshire winters.

After her years at the farm, Thembi got herself enrolled in college and begin a job that worked better for her schedule as a student. We were very sad to see her leave the farm but also awed by her continuing determination to live her dreams in a new country.

As Thembi navigated the aftermath of the house fire, I was reminded again of her indomitable spirit. She greeted everyone who came to help with genuine concern about how they were doing. As we sat at a neighbor’s kitchen table only hours after the fire, Thembi wanted to know all about everyone at the farm and laughed with delight at various tidbits of good news. She literally had no shoes or clothing beyond her pajamas, yet she celebrated our lives without a thought to herself. As the days passed, it became clear that her optimism and general go with the flow attitude wasn’t just shock. Thembi has the gift of accepting what is AND embracing it. Day after day!

I do not know if her equanimity is because she already lost her country, her friends, her family and all her material possessions when she left Zimbabwe. I can imagine that someone who had lost so much already could react to more loss with bitterness, but there is not a shred of this in Thembi.   She is calm about beginning again. She isn’t grimly determined but instead sees it all as the next adventure of her life.

Thembi is anchored in a profound sense of being taken care of by a caring universe even in the midst of this traumatic circumstance. I am sure it took a great effort to find this anchoring, but now it flows from her like a river.

Yes, there is much for her to organize for all her boys, but it is just stuff and they will figure it out. She is moving on and embracing what lies ahead with the same open-hearted optimism, faith and sense of humor that helped her create a new life in America. In the aftermath of the fire, she gives her optimism and love of life to all who enter her orbit. She gives from a place of riches far beyond material things. It is awesome to witness and I thank her for her example with all my heart.

Here are a few photos I have of Thembi.

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Her grandmother lived on a farm in the country so Thembi always loved being part of farm activities like harvesting  wild ramps in the spring.

 

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Here is Thembi at her bon voyage party at the farm.

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Thembi is always ready to chat over a cup of tea.

Heart Gardeners All

Every morning here at the farm, there is a race to the mail pile. Staff goddesses arrive a few minutes early in hopes they can snag the pile before someone else does.

We love our mail! Your cards, letters, photos, art, funny and heartfelt stories lift us up and make us laugh. Sometimes we cry right along with you, grateful you have trusted us with your sorrows as well as your joys.

Whichever lucky goddess snagged the mail shares the news and leaves the cards on the big office kitchen table for the rest of us to read too. Email news is savored too. When you send your news on email, it gets read out or we hover around the computer screen to catch up. We ooh and ahh over photos of your beloveds be they canine, feline, equine, feathered or human.

I shouldn’t leave out the rabbit news and photos here. We love this too!

We are grateful for every being that has gotten to work with Green Hope Farm Flower Essences and grateful to hear from you about how it’s gone.

Sometimes it is hard to believe that Green Hope Farm has been here for 30 years, a milestone we are going to celebrate with you in 2017.

Sometimes it is hard NOT to believe this. We get cards from you and discover your children who were frolicking like young colts just a minute ago are now parents of their own children. That happened to me too! A precious new mother was sharing her birth story with us on email this morning, and I realized the birth story I was sharing back with her was for Ben who is 35!

I feel very lucky about being part of this virtual village. And grateful too because I am a part of it thanks to all of you. Someone described the work of loving kindness as a kind of heart gardening with each of us heart gardeners. I want to thank each of you for your heart gardening.

As the staff will tell you, I love every last card you send and every last thoughtful enclosure. These sharing from you fill the office and literally hang from the rafters! Sometimes I am a little disorganized with my thanks. I just want to make sure you all know we appreciate your love! And I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the blessings you have showered on us in this year and all the years we have been here.

Love, Molly

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Healing the Wounds of Patriarchy One Flower at a Time

A lovely Flower Essence practitioner from Australia asked for Flower Essence suggestions for a series of concerns yesterday. Her questions and the Essences that came forward to suggest themselves reminded me that the balancing of masculine and feminine energies and healing the wounds of patriarchy is a global concern.

I am just going to let her questions unfold as they did in her email as the questions took me on a journey. I hope they will take you on this journey too!

Q: What suggestions do you have for core soul issue of feeling like one doesn’t fit in/belong here on earth

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A: Psychillis Macconnellaie from St John is good for this as it helps us graft our life to new or uncomfortable terrain. We also have a combination remedy called Home Away from Home made from all the Flowering plants in our greenhouse- Greenhouse plants have to come to terms with living away from their native habitats as well as removed from the soil they naturally belong in, so this Essence brings much wisdom to the topic of how to thrive in a place that is not home. You might also consider Rosa Mundi – I absolutely love this Rose for this issue. Its I AM affirmation is. ” I AM in this world but not of this world.”

Q: Suggestions for non-acceptance of incarnation, resistance to fully embracing incarnation, not really wanting to “be here”, superficial involvement in life

A: Clematis is the traditional remedy suggested for this, and it does help people awake from daydreaming through life. Here are some other thoughts- Carry Less offers support to remove the sort of filter that we may be seeing through that leaves us feeling life is not worth investing in. Morning Glory has such an enormous expansive energy that helps us open up to embrace life. Belerephon of the Open Door has a magical and mysterious way of ushering us through doors to new places where we feel engaged and reborn. White Flower from Druid is another powerhouse of rebirth that connects to our lives in a new way.

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My last suggestion may be the most important. It is so vital right now for us to feel connected to our lives. Being fully present is the only way we can take our lives forward. Our Grounding mix with its many Tree Flower Essences helps us to feel our roots while also expressing ourselves in the world. It is a wonderful ally.

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If it’s been too painful to stay connected to our day to day life, one other individual Tree Essence, Redwood, helps us be fully present but take the long view that.  “this too shall pass.”

A: Suggestions for self-sabotaging and self-limiting behavior patterns (subconsciously not TRULY wanting to get well)– linked to above issue (I believe this is also the core issue of some people’s restrictive eating disorders).

Q: All Ego Contracts Null & Void is the first one that comes to mind. It’s a combination of many Essences that help us break free of old outgrown ideas of what we should or should not do.

Many times the ego contracts come from expectations from authority figures such as parents, but often we have internalized these contracts and made them our own. The ego contracts we most need to break are the ones we have with ourselves.

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I also like Carry Less for this, as this issue can again be about the filters of perception we carry around with us such as, “With all my flaws, I deserve ill health.” I see this as a wound of patriarchy. Patriarchy suggests the goal is being perfect. The territory beyond patriarchy, the territory of a balanced masculine and feminine, dismantles this goal orientation as well as notions that perfection is what life is about.

Q: Suggestions for paralyzing fear that true self will be “exposed” or “found out” by others (even if there are no wrongdoings or wrong-beings in this lifetime).

A: This is the issue coming up for all of us and most particularly womankind. When I first made The Sacred Feminine combination remedy, I was stunned by the Angels’ description. It is so visceral and immediate. It calls us to let go and let the birth of a new humanity happen NOW and in the VESSEL of our own bodies. It is a call to embody our truth and live it. Yes we have fears, but we have to let the Divine Feminine be born in each of us anyways!

THE BIRTH IS UNDERWAY! Why not embrace it!

Needless to say, this remedy is all about supporting us to get into the delivery room and let our purpose be born in all its wild beauty.

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Fragrant Ladies Tresses and The Way Forward are also good because they release this sense that paralysis will prevail. It won’t! These two Essences help us experience that there IS a way forward. We may well have no idea how the Divine Feminine will balance out what has been, but it is good to feel with every fiber of our beings that the BALANCING IS UNDER WAY!

Q: Suggestions for profound fear of the loss of, removal of or harm to loved ones as a result of the aforementioned “exposure”

A: If this has a past life component, Spiddal is great for taking back personal power lost in previous lives. Carry Less also helps to release these past life filters that the old plot line will necessarily be repeated, but Spiddal and also Inishbofin help us to step forward with a new sense of personal power that we and a new plot line can and will prevail.

Chinese Knotweed, a new one from Taiwan, helps with this fear of loss- Here is the beginning of the description of this new friend, “Chinese Knotweed supports determination to follow God’s plan with detachment from all worldly ideas, material infatuations or fear of loss. Her Flower Essence represents complete trust in the divine plan and detachment from all else. She helps us to find crystal clarity that Love is to be honoured above all else.”

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Closed Blossom Melastoma from Taiwan is another that helps us anchor in the reality beyond the surface dramas so we can experience that inner certainty that we can never lose what is ours: our eternal self and our oneness with all Divinity.

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Looking at this question from a pragmatic angle, if there is an external force of harm at work, Indian Rhododendron from Taiwan and also Rattlesnake Master help remove the toxic forces that threaten- I like how Eight Saints from Taiwan connects us more clearly to the mighty forces at our sides-

The last one that feels important to mention is Sky Flower from Taiwan. It reminds us of the forces of universal order at work. As the Sky Flower description says, “Sky Flower dispels misrepresentations from people or situations with the understanding that, under Heaven, all is plainly clear. She stops us from kowtowing to false faces, freeing us to go where the messages take us without fear and doubt. We will overcome.”

One of the things I have noticed over the years is that the Angels always lead us to make Flower Essences that will be particularly appropriate for the time in which they are created. For example, Equanimity, this year’s Venus Garden remedy feels extremely relevant for right now. This is true about the Taiwan Essences too.

When GHF friends come to us, searching for specific Essences for specific situations, I look to this new collection for appropriate Essences and keep finding them there!

Q: Suggestions for spiritual superiority – disdain for humanity and all of its wrongdoings and downfalls, errors and imperfections.

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A: The Camino collection is so good for this as these Essences remind us we are all on the journey together- Rabanal and Galicia are specifically helpful as Rabanal helps us hold the stories and suffering of those around us with particular tenderness while Galicia helps us be compassionate when we are amongst people who don’t experience the journey in the same way as we do.

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If this spiritual superiority is an East-West issue then I would look to the new Himalayan Balsam Essence. This opens the door for us to embrace an eastern point of view about our shared planetary home. This is a helpful one to work with first if the Taiwanese Essences feel alien, as this new beloved helps us find the oneness in east and west.

Q: Suggestions for general superiority/speaking ‘down’ to people/ belief that others are useless and idiots and only you are capable.

A: This is the way I frame this in my own mind; This attitude springs from a misunderstanding that we can be better or worse than any one else. The truth is that we are all one and therefore all equal. This idea of superiority/ inferiority is perhaps the worst legacy of patriarchy.

In my experience, this mindset is often a result of growing up in families with black and white patriarchal ideas about spiritual perfection. Both the person who feels worthless and the person who feels superior are equally wounded by this patriarchal values system as both have lost the bead on the truth that we are all infinitely of value!  As it’s a patriarchal wound, I look to Wound Healing to help.

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Right now, the new Cacao Essence is also coming up for people for this issue. The Flowers from this tree are all identical and spring right from the mother trunk. This energy in the Flower Essence reminds us all that “We come from the mother and to her we will return.”

Rosemary Essence addresses this mindset differently. It encourages us to feel physically part of humanity and embrace our physicality as physicality diminishes the hold intellectual ideas of superiority have on us. When was the last time any of us were on the dance floor dancing up a storm while simultaneously thinking about how intellectually superior we were from everyone else. IT JUST DOESN’T HAPPEN when we are fully engaged in our bodies.

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Soon we will experience ourselves as divinity in physical form. When we live in this territory of the sacred feminine, we will experience our oneness quite literally and will be set free from tired old ideas of separation and otherness.

Last thought about this question- One that is helpful for a number of the last few concerns is Bo He from Taiwan- It addresses issues of kowtowing to elders by adhering to their values. It helps us leave this kowtowing behind.

Q: Suggestions for obsession with maintaining a completely pure body/fear of contaminating body – eating only pure foods, no contact with chemicals, constant detoxification & cleansing of body – (orthorexia) – an essence other than Crab Apple??

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A: Many of the Taiwan ones speak to eating disorders- Bleeding Heart Vine for one- This remedy helps us vomit up any mindset that cripples us with confining patterns or a sense of ourselves as bad. This is an Essence helping us towards immense freedom.

Little Ironweed also from Taiwan helps us find that place of deep release so we can proceed forward with a sense of trust in self and in the Divinity within us.

Ixora from Bermuda offers wonderful support. It helps girls and all womankind know that we own our own bodies and don’t have to establish sovereignty by attacking our own bodies to assume control of them- OUR BODIES ALREADY BELONG TO US!!!

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Wound Healing comes forward again as I continue to view so many of these concerns as reflecting patriarchal wounds about perfection. Obsessive ideas of patriarchal perfection dissolve in the experience of just being. Grounded in the Divine feminine, we know we are already everything.

We know we are here to love not to accomplish.

The Sacred Feminine encourages us to find this place of being in the Divine feminine- Solandra is so helpful for supporting us to actually break up the habit of doing doing doing or in this case, cleansing, cleansing, cleansing.

Two other thoughts. The fear component is addressed by Common Knapweed– Its affirmation says it all, “I AM enough.”

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Last, consider the wonderful Therese Bugnet Rose which is intent to release us from a preoccupation with our looks.

Q: Suggestions for the “Good Girl” mentality, not wanting to make a mistake, always asking permission, fear of getting it wrong, stickler to the rule

A: This is such a cohesive list of questions as they all dovetail. Here we are back to confronting patriarchy with its ideas of perfection and getting it right i.e. these wounds patriarchy has left in everyone most especially women-

In addition to the ones I have mentioned like The Sacred Feminine, I love Pomegranate and Wild Red Morning Glory. They are great here for helping us know with our whole being that we are powerful. We hold the seeds of all creation within us! We are forces to be reckoned with. We don’t have to apologize for existing!

Last thought- We made The Red Tent to support women not to feel so alone- WE ARE A SISTERHOOD!

Q: Suggestions for “Half-job Harry” people, who passionately start something but lose interest quickly and don’t follow through or finish what they start.

A: On a logistical level, Pumpkin helps us get things done and dismantles the habit of procrastination by getting us in touch with the tremendous life force of Pumpkin. This pattern can arise from a place of believing in our own power to accomplish anything. Queen Anne’s Lace helps us “pull the threads of a divided situation together.” In this case, it helps us to dismantle our sense of somehow not being up to the task.

And as long as I am going over and over the notion of patriarchal wounds, I must say that this lack of follow through often springs from the wound of, “if I don’t do it perfectly then I shouldn’t even try”.  This is a wound of patriarchy with its belief in the mind idea of perfection as some absolute of worldly accomplishment.  So Wound Healing again is going to be helpful!  And really, I would like to have everyone on Earth take The Sacred Feminine.

I love the work of Marion Woodman, a Canadian Jungian therapist who worked with women with eating disorders decades before anyone else did. She came to a complete place of knowing THE BODY IS DIVINE. She understood that when we live in this experience, all our choices are different, specifically how we treat self and our greater self of the planet and all its inhabitants. She understood that the Sacred Feminine within us WILL take us to this place of being and truly transform the world.

Q: Suggestions for The “Drama Queen” (melodramatic) mentality & behavior

A: Cosmos, Grounding, Common Knapweed and the others mentioned for patriarchal wounds would be helpful-  Drama Queens do not feel heard. This gets resolved as patriarchal wounds get healed, because then we feel contained and valued by ourselves.

Q: Suggestions for Victim mentality “poor me”, “such and such did this horrible thing to me/said this horrible thing to me” “I NEVER get this or that” I ALWAYS miss out (etc!)

A: Queen Anne’s Lace and Dill help lift us out of our reptilian brain up into the top of our skull where we process events differently. Grape Essence is excellent for Sour Grapes. Most importantly, the ones for patriarchal wound healing are so important here, because this victim mentality comes out of an illusion of powerlessness which is one of the wounds of patriarchy.

I want to close by thanking the beloved woman down-under who asked these great questions and all of you who engage us with your interesting questions and insights. We learn so much from these conversations! Much Love and Thanks to you all.

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