A Cat Named Paws

Dear Friends,

Here is an extended email exchange with one of you dear ones about your beloved cat, Paws. This exchange reminds me how an email exchange is always a learning and a gift for all of us here at the farm. Your insights and questions have been central to all I have learned about Flower Essences during my thirty years here. I also love how this email reveals how the animals in our lives open spiritual doorways for us as Paw’s did here.

Paw’s Person first wrote:

It has been awhile since I have ordered flower essences. I moved in August from Michigan to Florida. In December we received a new kitty from someone’s home. My daughter had wanted one for so long.  We noticed he was sick and took him to the vet.  He had parasites, worms and fleas. He was treated but is still ill.  We took him to a different vet.  He has battled with being sick this entire time. Sometimes he improves, then gets sick again. I looked at what essences I have and found New Beginnings, something our whole family could benefit from. I put some our kitty’s paws today and spritzed in the air. What else might I consider for this kitty?

We wrote back:

Thank you for reaching out to us- I spoke with Molly about this and she felt that the cat’s blood was not healthy and PRECIOUS BLOOD would be a wonderful support. Another possibility is SAGO PALM. It helps bring vibrant health back to cats who are not doing well as it reminds them of their original blueprint for health. RECOVERY and VITALITY also call out to us for your kitty to help bring that energy and life-force back into his system. I hope these suggestions are helpful!

For you I would recommend EYES OF MARY to help stay clear sighted in the midst of this and GROUNDING to help stay calm like a deeply rooted tree in this chaotic time both in our smaller lives and the bigger world. Thank you for reaching out to us-

Paw’s person called us for a custom mix for Paws which we sent off to her. I asked the Angels for the ingredients for the mix and this was their list: Precious Blood, Sago Palm, Recovery, Vitality, Immune Support, Golden Armor, Vitex, Rosemary, Maple Larkspur, Ethereal Fluidium Super Glue, Animal Emergency Care

Then Paw’s person wrote to tell us:

The vet said this could be a kitty with a weak immune system and worse case scenario, failure to thrive. I am trying my best to get him healthy. His name is Paws. He is a very sweet boy but is very sick. Any ideas on something that might help him? Thanks again. I spoke with one of you to place my order, but forgot to ask again about the best places to give Paws the flower essences. On his paws and ears? He is my first pet receiving essences 🙂

We wrote back to Paw’s person:

Thank you so much for reaching out again! His paws and ears are a great place to start! You can also try putting a few drops in his water bowl so he can drink it throughout the day or in his food! You also have the right idea with the spritzing! If you frequently spritz his essences where he sleeps or likes to hang out, he will receive the information whenever he is there! I hopes this helps, dear one! Please let us know if you have any other questions! All blessings to you!

Paw’s person wrote back:

Thank you. I took Paws to the vet today and they think he has Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), which sounds like he could die any day. Do you have any experience with flower essences helping cats with a disease like this live?

I wrote Paw’s person:

First I want to say that I think the Angels were on the job here when they created his mix- I would give this to Paws numerous times a day either by putting on his paws, putting drops on his back or just rubbing on your hands then petting him-

Second, I am so sorry about this diagnosis- I do not know what will result from the Essences but again, the Angels picked really heavy hitters for Paws and clearly knew what was going on when they gave me the list of Essences for his mix- These Essences are very serious healers- I personally have seen cats given up for dead come back to life with Essences, but I do not know if this will happen with Paws- I do think your loving care right now, whether he lives or dies, matters a lot- I am putting you all in our prayers- Please know we are thinking of you and sending much love, Molly

PS The Angels are with you- and I am too- so much love to your daughter too going through this difficult experience!  Love, Molly

Paw’s person wrote us:

Thank you so much Molly. I would like to learn how to be more intuitive to hear the angels as well. I am working on it. I appreciate their guidance. I appreciate your help as well.

I wrote back:

Just know you are not separate- This communication is meant to be as easy as you talking to another person- I am sure that you are asking the Angels and Elementals to open up this conversation more clearly for you- When I first started talking to the Angels and Elementals they were very inventive in how they convinced me I wasn’t imagining things!  I very much liked the book The Magic of Findhorn by Paul Hawken for a story of people beginning to talk to the Angels, Elementals and Divinity!  Old copies are inexpensive on Amazon and I found it an inspiring story!  All Love, Molly

Paw’s person wrote:

I will check out the book. Again, thank you! I wanted to share with Molly, and whomever else 🙂 , that we received Paws special mix yesterday. It was such a blessing. After I opened the outer box and put it on the floor, he crawled inside the tiny box! He was so receptive to the flower essences that he licked it out of my hand. I have put it in some water and this is the only way right now I have seen him drink water. I put it on his paws and body but am so excited that he is drinking it out of my hand as well.

I wrote back:

Getting your email made me want to cry- I was so glad that dear little Paws got this Flower Essence love- I am so grateful for all you shared.  Paws and all of you remain in my thoughts and prayers- Much Love, Molly

Paw’s person wrote:

Thank you Molly. Paws keeps licking from my hand and I put it in his food and water. I will let you know how he does. We are giving him a lot of love

A few weeks went by and then we heard this from Paw’s person:

Our kitty Paws turned gravely ill this weekend, and we will be putting him down this afternoon. This is a very hard decision. I am wondering if the special mix for Paws could be used for something else or on someone else in our family? If not, I thought to bury it with him. He sure loved it and drank it every day out of my hand multiple times a day! He would run over to me when I would get the bottle down for him. It was amazing. Thank you.

I replied:

I am so sorry to hear about Paws- We all send our love- I would definitely keep this mix to use for yourself or anyone else- It would help anyone to feel their best-

Paw’s person wrote:

Thank you Molly. I will keep it and use it. Would you have any idea how it might have helped Paws? I know you said it was for a purpose, and he might not get better. He just loved it so much, and I am so curious to know how it may have helped him. It made me feel so good to give it to him.

I answered:

Again, we are all so sorry about Paws-  And now to your very wonderful and wise question- The thing about Essences is that they help animals feel really seen and heard. They help them feel really understood because Flower Essences are exactly what animals would seek in the wild for their healing if they had the chance to go into the wild- so I am sure it helped Paws know you both loved and got him.

Additionally, animals evolve from one incarnation to the next towards becoming more evolved beings, and Essences give them a lot of information that help them evolve. I am sure you helped Paws to learn things that he will take forward in his next incarnation (This happens to be my belief so forgive me if this is not what you believe and just sounds nutty).

As far as my understanding goes, anything that Paws learned from the Essences about his electrical system, health and well being will be useful wisdom he can put to work in his next life.  All wisdom learned from the Essences is his to keep- This is no small gift!

So grateful you asked this wonderful question- amidst your sad time too- Much love to you, Molly

Paw’s person replied:

Thank you Molly, this really helps me understand better. This is so painful but I am glad I helped him.

Taiwan Collection Blog Series — Wild Pink Wood Sorrel and the Heart Protector

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What better day than today–St. Valentine’s– to tackle this blog post on Wild Pink Wood Sorrel and the Heart Protector.

As we move collectively into a dimension of Love and the Heart, it is important that we support our Hearts and explore new conceptualizations of the Heart. We’ve been sending out lots of Wild Pink Wood Sorrel, from the Taiwan Collection, and getting lots of questions about the Heart Protector… What the heck is it? Why is it important? How do I know if mine needs support? Hopefully this blog will be able to answer some of those questions.

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To start we need to know a bit about and the conception of the Body in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). First of all, in TCM everything is connected. There is no division between the body and the mind, and the wellbeing of each part of our system is seen as necessary to the wellbeing of the whole.

In TCM energy flows through the body along channels called Meridians. Acupuncture utilizes points along these channels, which are associated with the organs of the body. The qi (energy) flows through these channels and provides the organs with the vital energy they need.

Some of these organs are ones that are familiar to us in the Western world (think liver, heart, stomach, etc). But some do not have exact Western counterparts. One such organ is the Heart Protector. The Heart Protector is usually paralleled to the pericardium which is a fluid-filled sack that surrounds the heart. However, much more than just a sack of fluid, in TCM the Heart Protector serves a crucial emotional role.

If we consider the Heart as home to the soul and consciousness, then the protector of the Heart has a very important job, indeed. Without a properly functioning Heart Protector, our Hearts may alternately be overly exposed and vulnerable, or become closed off and isolated.

Gate at the National Palace Museum in Taipei
Gate at the National Palace Museum in Taipei. The Heart Protector guards the gateway to the Heart.

Our Hearts belong to us, and the Heart Protector helps to ensure that outside influences do not invade this most sacred seat of ourselves. A healthy Heart Protector will not allow various aggressive, harmful, or otherwise ill-intended attacks to pass through the gates into our most essential self. At the same time, the proper-functioning Heart Protector will allow us to be vulnerable when it is safe to do so. This allows Love to shine out from within us so that we may make deep connections to others and tap into the joy of Oneness with the Universe.  Wild Pink Wood Sorrel, then, supports us to set up proper boundaries around our Hearts. Having such boundaries allows us to feel joy, to show love and compassion. It also allows us to hold this joy,  experience equanimity, and to conserve our emotional energy.

With an unhealthy or overworked Heart Protector we begin to feel frazzled, lost, disconnected. Our emotions take on a life of their own, we are overcome by them at the drop of a hat and experience them overwhelmingly and without a sense that they will pass or that we are separate from them. We are like a carriage which has been cut free from the horse. We accelerate as we bounce and bound about without direction or moderation.  The slightest offense cuts us to our core–or we feel numb, not affected by anything at all.

Wild Pink Wood Sorrel
A beautiful Wild Pink Wood Sorrel in the woods of Yilan, Taiwan

I can think of many reasons that might cause the Heart Protect to be on overdrive (not letting anything in) or to burn out (let everything in!). Working with Wild Pink Wood Sorrel and thinking about the Heart Protector intentionally helps us to become more aware of this important piece of ourselves.

It’s no wonder that we may find our Heart Protector neglected and in need of a little love and attention–we don’t even have a concept of it in Western culture! Who has ever said, “I really need to give my pericardium some support today”??? In fact, we are almost trained to neglect and abuse our Heart Protectors.

‘No more!’ says Wild Pink Wood Sorrel:

I AM the embodiment of a pristine and healthy Heart Protector.

 

Taiwan Collection Blog Series–Year of the Fire Rooster

As some of you may know, January 28th marks the Lunar New Year. In terms of the Chinese zodiac cycle, this year is the year of the Fire Rooster.

Fire Rooster Poster

How appropriate that my last blog touched on pecking order, as we are about to enter into a time of rooster/chicken energy. Take a moment to think about the Rooster. You might have the picturesque image of a life on the farm, with a rooster weathervane and the sound of the rooster’s crow at dawn. But, have you ever actually had an encounter with one? Living in rural New Hampshire, just about everyone I know has some sort of horror story involving a rooster. Roosters have long (very sharp!) spurs on their feet, and are known to fight violently with each other, be rough with the hens, and even to chase or attack people. Just think about the connotation of the rooster in terms of cock fighting or being feather pecked and you start to get a sense of the kind of severity that may come with this year’s Fire Rooster energy.

Chickens by Venus Garden
Some neighborhood chickens visited the dormant gardens just as I was writing this blog!

My sense is that this year will also be one in which issues that we thought we had put to bed long ago get reawakened. Perhaps this has something to do with the awakening energy that is affiliated with the rooster’s morning crow. In the weeks approaching the new year I have found this phenomenon to be playing out on both the small and large scale. For instance, a dear and long-time friend of GHF wrote to us this week about confronting patriarchy in her family of origin. When she was a young teenager, she was forced to confront and stand up to her brother who had been molesting their younger sister. Now, many years later, she is being forced to muster up the courage to confront him yet again about another family matter. The injustices of patriarchy that she bravely opposed so long ago have manifested again and present her with a new, yet not unfamiliar, challenge.

I think this illustrates something that may emerge as a pattern in the year of the Fire Rooster. That is, having to re-confront–either within ourselves or in the external world–issues of hierarchy and bullying that we have already faced in the past. But I hope that this reawakening will also allow us to reawaken our inner strengths. Does the image of the Fire Rooster not also conjure up the image of the Phoenix, rising from the flames? A great triumph born of adversity. Perhaps this can be the saving grace in what feels in so many ways like a deeply oppressive year.

Fire Dancer
A troupe of fire dancers perform on the streets of YiLan during my visit to Taiwan to make the Taiwan Collection

This feeling of oppression is very much a part of rooster energy, which also carries along with it a sense of rigidity and and stubborn confinement. Think of the rooster who rules over the hens in his roost. It is not an expansive territory or structure, and it is deeply patriarchal. Add to this the fiery nature of this year’s sign, and we can expect things to feel heated in the coming year. But this is not to say that we can’t make this a productive time. If we find a way to use this energy in balance, it may help us to become more organized and deliberate than before and our hard work will surely yield results.

Three Chickens in a row
Rooster energy may also help us to get our ducks in a row

 

As for finding a feeling of balance during the year of the Fire Rooster, Flower Essences will be of great help to us.  The energy of this year may feel very claustrophobic and stifling as things heat up, here are some Flower Essences from the Taiwan Collection that will be especially helpful:

Chinese Rain Bell

Chinese Rain Bell – This Essence’s affirmation says it all: “I AM a breath of fresh air and a bowl of cool water”

Floss Flower from Taiwan

Floss Flower from Taiwan – Protection from burn.

Eight Saints

Eight Saints – Feeling in partnership with Daoist Ascended Masters

Creeping Daisy

Creeping Daisy – A clarification of loyalty.

Raincoat Flower

Raincoat Flower – “I AM awash in the marsh of love and I will do no harm.”

Round Plum Raspberry

Round Plum Raspberry – Collected from the top of Jilong Fire Mountain, this essence helps us to balance action and inaction, and helps us to contain energy without expelling it immediately.

Orange Lantana

Orange Lantana – “I AM the soft glow of wisdom from the fires of group tumult.”

Sea Hibiscus

Sea Hibiscus – “I AM an ocean of wisdom in a sea of love.” Help to connect to inner friendship and guidance, supportive during times of new beginnings.

 

Also consider using these two in combination, especially if you are feeling overwhelmed or paralyzed by your emotional reactions to the new influx of energy:

Euphorbia of the Ancients

Euphorbia of the Ancients – “I AM an ancient force of equanimity”

Equanimity Venus Garden

Equanimity – This year’s Venus Garden essence. The name speaks for itself!

Taiwan Collection Blog Series — Kowtowing

This week’s Taiwan Collection blog is all about kowtowing. Many of you may have familiarity with this word, but you may not know that it is in fact a loanword from Chinese. This comes from the Chinese word ketou or koutou, which refers to the act of kneeling in front of someone and touching your forehead to the ground. This form of etiquette was traditionally used to show respect by an inferior to a superior (such as a political or religious leader, or one’s elders). You can think of it as the next level up from a bow.

Chickens kowtowing
Kowtowing is all about the pecking order

In English we use this word to refer to excessive acts of subordination or self-abasement. The symbolism of the word then becomes more about worshipping a structure of hierarchy than giving another person the respect that is due to them. When this concept appears in the definitions for the Taiwan Collection, it is most often referring to ideas within ourselves that we pay undue respect to. This form of kowtowing is often at the detriment to our spiritual awakening and self-actualization.This is because these ideas of the mind are informed by societal constructs that distort the truth, ultimately preventing us from experiencing the unbounded love of all as One. When we kowtow to these ideas, we respect them over our own intuition and guidance. We become so bound by our unjustified deference for these ideas, that we become estranged from the path that has been laid out for us.

Spiral staircase in Taipei Garden
Our path is not always a linear one!

As someone who has studied Chinese for many years, I want to emphasize that this is not meant as a critique of Chinese culture or customs. While this word is culturally loaded, the Flower Essences from this collection are not particularly concerned with our divisive concepts of culture. The key concept here is that kowtowing is a symbol of hierarchy.

I believe one thing that the Flowers know, which we would do well to understand, is that hierarchy is a vice of humankind. To push this thought even further, hierarchy is perhaps the vice that is at the root of all of humankind’s other misgivings. Is hierarchy not ultimately the source of all violence, oppression, and selfishness? To use Gloria Steinem’s famous words, these essences push us to “imagine we are linked, not ranked.”

Red Hibiscus from the Temple
Linked blossoms of Red Hibiscus from the Temple

They work to break down outdated patterns of hierarchy that we have internalized, pushing us further towards the reality of unity that underlies all else.

Snow Camellia in bed of green leaves
Snow Camellia reminds us that we are Creator’s light and love in every moment, in every place

The idea of an act of prostration, of showing selfless respect, is not inherently bad. In fact, I often feel like giving a deep bow that touches my forehead to the ground before the Flowers for all of their twinkling beauty and for all of the gifts that they so willingly share with us. But this act comes completely from a place of love and only ever makes us feel loved, never humiliated or unworthy. Within the corrosive constructs of hierarchy, kowtowing becomes a shackle that would prevent us from realizing our preordained place in the Universe, and the truths of Love and Unity within that Universe.

Until next time,

Sarah

Here is a sampling of some of the Flower Essences from the collection, and the types of kowtowing they help us to dismantle:

Allamanda from Taiwan

Allamanda from Taiwan – End kowtowing to fear

Beggar's Tick

Beggar’s Tick – End kowtowing to the expectations and dictates of others

Bleeding Heart Vine

Bleeding Heart Vine – End kowtowing to constrictions and limits

BoHe mint

Bo He – End kowtowing to elders

White Butterfly Ginger Lily

Butterfly Ginger Lily – End kowtowing to the intellectual, procedural, and the serious or heavy

Calliandra from Taiwan

Calliandra from Taiwan – End kowtowing to past tragedies

Closed Blossom Melastoma

Closed Blossom Melastoma – End kowtowing to ownership and territorialism

Scarlet Pineapple Sage

Scarlet Pineapple Sage – End kowtowing to earlier versions of the self

Sky Flower

Sky Flower – End kowtowing to inequality and domination

Spanish Shawl

Spanish Shawl – End kowtowing to technology

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.

Sun from Taiwanese flag
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.

Map of flowers showing where Taiwan is
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.

Look at JiuFen from Keelung Mountain
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.

Bleeding Heart Vine
Clerodendrum thomsoniae

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.

cluster of Bleeding Heart Vine flowers
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!)

As a community of Flowers, Angels, Nature Spirits, Dogs, Cats and even some People, Green Hope Farm can be a funny place……and I love telling you all about it!