My (probably Grumpy) Thoughts on our Shipping Systems

We receive a fair number of questions about our shipping practices, and I thought it might be helpful to know why we do what we do. Like all protocols here, our shipping processes came from guidance from the Angels and Elementals to help us solve problems we were having.

Our basic process for problem solving is this: When something is not working well, we have a group meeting in which us humans discuss the problem and then meditate to ask for guidance about how to solve the problem. In a jam, I will do this alone, but it is much more fun and productive to do this as a group. When we problem solve as a group, it is awesome to witness how different staff receive different pieces of information with all the ideas dovetailing together to move us forward in how we do things.

When we have a new staff person, there are quite a lot of different protocols in place that have sprung from us taking the problems we encountered to the Angels and Elementals to solve in these meetings.

For example, at this point we close out the day with four clipboards/notebooks with which we double cross off each package. We call this our end of day cross check and to someone new here it must look like we are seriously gilding the lily – but there REALLY ARE GOOD REASONS WE CROSS CHECK LIKE THIS!

Like the time I sent an entire set to the wrong person……

Staff Goddess Sam Heaton with the four sheets for check off.

In regards to the packing and shipping of your orders, we specifically look to and lean on our shipping Angel Nathan who has helped us with creating all our shipping systems (INCLUDING THE END OF DAY CROSS CHECK). Nathan also protects all the packages energetically on their way to you.

THANK YOU NATHAN!

So here are some of the questions we get from you all frequently-

QUESTION: Why do you send priority mail instead of the less expensive first class mail?

MY THOUGHTS: While Nathan and his crew energetically protect our Flower Essences on their way to you, it is still energetically better for the Flower Essences to get from the farm to you as swiftly as possible. Our experience with first class mail is that the timeframe for delivery is wildly variable , while priority mail is consistently much faster.

QUESTION: Why do you package your Flower Essences in so many layers of boxes?

MY THOUGHTS: Yes, I know it can feel like breaking into Fort Knox when you open a package from us! But shipping problems led us to this wrap job! Basically, we pack each bottle in its own colored box then in USPS boxes to prevent the Essences from being broken on the way to you and also to help Nathan with his protective efforts.

This week one of you sent us samples of packaging materials used by another FE company which wraps its 1/4th ounce bottles in a sort of napkin material. I salute the simplicity of this packaging and I am truly glad it is working for this company. Perhaps because this company’s bottles are half the size of our ½ ounce bottles, they are less likely to break than our bottles. In our experience, wrapping 1/2 oz. bottles of our Flower Essences in napkins doesn’t get it done.

From the beginning we have had cardboard boxes for ½ ounce bottles to protect them (and also help you keep them organized in your home), but the boxes for 2 oz. bottles are new in the last year. The reason we finally got organized to have these 2 ounce bottle boxes made is because of breakages from 2 oz. bottles wrapped in cardboard. No matter how we padded these 2 oz. bottles wrapped in cardboard, we had breakages. Now that we are using these 2 oz. bottle boxes, this problem has stopped. (WHEW!)

This does not mean we never have any shipping problems. Take for example the mystery of this box. This was the correct address and the person was home, yet the box was returned to us. Hmmmmmm.

COMMENT: Your shipping costs are more than many mail order companies.

MY THOUGHTS: If you are in my generation, you may remember that when you filled out the info for your high school yearbook, you were asked what your pet peeve was. I really hated that phrase “pet peeve” though, of course, I poured over my yearbook to see what everyone said was their pet peeve. Little did I know as an adult (?) I would sink to the most boring of pet peeves: shipping cost hidden in the price of the purchased item.

Yes, hiding our shipping costs in the cost of the Flower Essences WOULD mean we could offer a low shipping fee, AND I am sure this would end this whole discussion about shipping costs, but I seem to be determined to have our shipping costs reflect the actual cost of shipping EVEN WHEN IT ANNOYS PEOPLE! Sorry! Had to get this off my chest!

Now I will help with the end of day cross check then go out to the garden and battle the black flies ( pet peeve #2).

Staff Goddess Emily Malnati with some of the day’s packages.

Flower Essences for Assimilating the Incoming Light

High vibrational light continues to wash through the planet in enormous waves. If our experiences hearing from you are representative, it seems safe to say that it’s a complex time for all of us.  Assimilating this light into our energy systems is a serious undertaking.

A GHF friend described these waves of light as requiring that we let this light fill us completely without resistance.

This friend’s discussion of resistance was helpful to me. It gave me a framework for understanding the process we all face when assimilating this incoming light.

To own where each of us resists the light is to open the way for Flower Essences or other tools to release this resistance so that the light can fully illuminate us. When we release our resistance then light can flood us with its greater truth.

Some of the resistance is clinging to old stories we tell ourselves. The more we want to hold onto these old stories, the bigger the resistance. A lot of these stories are unkind things we hold to be true about ourselves. A willingness to give these old stories to Divinity to handle supports a release of resistance and a greater assimilation of the light.

Following our Flower Essence nudges however we get them is also a gift to our release process, as following these nudges mean we get fine tuned Flower Essence support for releasing specific blockages and tangles.

I also feel that there are some all purpose Flower Essence friends that can carry the day whenever we are not sure which Flower Essences are calling.

With or without a nudge, I have been using a lot of Ethereal Fluidium Super Glue lately. This one helps the light come into our electrical systems without as much interference from our memories. It supports our whole electrical systems to receive this incoming light, and that is really the name of the game right now.

(Peach blossoms are an ingredient in E.F Super Glue)

I also lean on Flow Free for its mysterious and profound abilities to support cleansings of all kinds. I get log jammed in inner arguments, emotional tangles and other sorts of resistance most every day. Flow Free helps me just let go, keep going and release.

Flow Free is the ultimate secret weapon for dismantling perfectionism. This is a time in which “shit happens” about every 15 seconds. To take responsibility for all these messes (as perfectionists are apt to do) can be paralyzing. Flow Free helps us accept that doing our best is all we can do, and even our best efforts will come with complimentary messes.

Flow Free with a splash of Equanimity can remind us we have no idea what the current planetary improvisation is supposed to look like.  To assume we were expected to accomplish the 12 labors of Hercules over the weekend and thus save the planet is a bit too much pressure considering this energy shift is uncharted territory for one and all. Flow Free frees us from these mind expectations so we can pick ourselves up “when things go wrong” and begin again with optimism, good cheer and hope.

Wound Healing is another one I reach for. Our wounds keep us prisoner of stories that are no longer true.

And who could forget Grounding? All its many Tree Flower Essence ingredients help us stay rooted to our eternal identity even as the winds of change roar through our lives.

Of course, I can’t close without mentioning Golden Armor. Some folks are resisting this light in a pretty aggressive way and their “temper tantrums” ( to quote the GHF friend who inspired this post) should not derail us.

The work of processing the incoming light, releasing our own pockets of resistance and trying to be there in solidarity with all creation is enough of a job description without taking on the negativity of some rotten apples.

Energetic sanctuary is a birthright.

Cabin Fever

Right now there is one thing you all share in common.  The weather in your world is nicer than it is here.

There it is.  I have thrown the gauntlet.  The grass IS greener ( and warmer) on your side of the fence- because here the grass is either covered in snow or peaking through in patches of dirty brown.

Because I can be prone to exaggeration, I thought it only fair to check the weather in Wasilla, Alaska.  Full disclosure- I talked to one of you in Wasilla yesterday.

Maybe I am exaggerating and everyone we connected with BUT our friend in Wasilla is experiencing better weather than here.

IF THAT WERE TRUE I would have to eat crow and admit I am exaggerating about our putrid weather.  But I am not.   I just checked the weather in Wasilla- Its 41 degrees in downtown Wasilla.  Here at the north pole, its 39 degrees.

Close but no cigar, Wasilla.

It makes my head spin as I hear descriptions of your spring weather.  Some of you are actually feeling the heat- too much of it according to one GHF friend in Louisiana.  As I load wood into the wood stove and keep the insulated underwear in the rota, it’s  very hard to imagine being too hot or even warm enough.

I try to be upbeat that I need knee high boots to cross our snowy yard.  I try to be upbeat that our thousands of Snowdrops are blooming away UNDER A BLANKET OF SNOW.  I try to enjoy the exercise provided by shoveling snow.  I really do TRY TO HAVE A GOOD ATTITUDE, but frankly I am tired of snow.

I am also tired of the chipper winter lovers in my midst who tell me how they ARE SO HAPPY that it is still snowing.

Really? My cabin fever is so bad I can hardly summon a fake smile when these snow lovers wax on about their plans for one more weekend of snowboarding the Adirondack high peaks or how they CANT WAIT TO STRAP ON THEIR SNOWSHOES for a ten mile walk.

I would like to send their perky attitudes and the snow they LOVE SOOOOO MUCH north, far north- but maybe this is not possible since we seem to be at the north pole.

So instead, I plant seeds in an effort to pretend I still believe in spring.  I drink my Flower Essence water with everything I can think of for cabin fever.  Yes, my water is pink with a couple dozen Flower Essences, but who’s counting.  My favorite activity is to imagine burning ALL MY WINTER CLOTHES- because I am so sick of my winter wardrobe that I can’t imagine ever being willing to embrace these layers and layers and layers again.

Yes, I know I WILL get over myself- We WILL have a brief couple of weeks of warmer weather before another long winter begins. My winter wardrobe WILL look fresh enough by then.  I WILL get an hour or two to gloat in front of the snow lovers who can’t stand the humidity on a 70 degree day.

Clearly even though I have lived in New Hampshire for 38 years, I am no native- It still boggles my mind how MANY neighbors complain about the humidity on the three days each summer when it is actually warm.

Oh well, we all have to bloom where we are planted and I got planted here, on this arctic tundra with my endless attractive long underwear at the ready- and I AM JUST LOVING IT.

 

 

Flower Essences for Public Speaking, Healing Perverted Loyalty, Birthing our True Selves, Balancing our Lives

Your email questions inspire me- Here are some recent ones! Thank you.

Q: I am in a work situation where it would be very helpful if people saw me clearly and heard what I had to say. I have got some presentations to do as well as situations in which I need to be seen as an equal participant. What Essences might help with this?

A: The most straightforward answer to this question would be to suggest Showcats. It helps us express ourselves in a genuine, heart felt and dynamic manner. It helps those of us who feel shy to stand our ground. It is a very balancing Essence as well as an encouraging one.

The thing about expressing ourselves or being seen in a group is that it is almost never a straightforward thing. Sometimes the nature of the situation is that the actual problem in an exchange is not how eloquent we are but whether others are willing to contain us. It’s challenging to communicate well when others are not fully present to listen to us.

When we hold a vibration of being grounded, we at least offer a model of being present to those around us. Whether they take us up on this is another thing. When I was out on the lecture circuit in the early years of the farm, I would take Flower Essences before any talk and offer the audience Flower Essences as well.  After some mighty alarming experiences dealing with ungrounded audiences, I began any talk I gave by also having my audience do a grounding meditation with me first.

All Flower Essences are grounding not just the Essences in our Grounding mix so I would go with whatever Flower Essence the Angels suggested- I remember offering Rosemary and also Sunflower at different lectures. I found that if the crowd got grounded, I could be my most eloquent.

I also experienced situations in which the crowd had no interest in being grounded, and it was difficult for me to make sense or go deep. It’s been really helpful for me to learn that I am not 100% responsible for a talk just because I am the speaker. When I am my most eloquent, I salute the listeners who are holding that space for me so beautifully. It’s a two way street.   When I get all confused and lose my train of thought, I at least consider that perhaps no one is available at this point to receive what I have to share, and it is really okay for me to back off and share less.

As you think about the situations where you will contribute, consider what factors are in your control and what are not. Some groups I spoke to were not open to a talk about working with Nature in a new way. How people described themselves was not an indicator of who was truly open. Sometimes self described alternative thinkers were dug into their position before I began and I needed to roll with having my experiences bounce right back to me. My job was always to do my best but let go of outcomes.

When a group was ready to receive and soak it all in, we could go on an enormous adventure of discovery. I received so much from spirit because the audience wanted to receive. I was as surprised as the crowd by where a talk went. The whole talk could soar in such a profound way leaving me so grateful to the participants for their open receptivity.

Equanimity would be an Essence to support you in speaking your truth and letting go of outcomes. So often there are many power dynamics at work when we are speaking to a group. Equanimity reminds us that our value is imperishable and we are never defined by the response our sharing receives.

Q: I am a therapist looking for some suggestions for specific issues.

In general, can you think of Flower Essences that would help me get through people’s walls via cracks and crevices?

A: The Angels suggested Burdock. As a plant it has an exceedingly long tap root that can penetrate deep into hard packed earth. As a Flower Essence it helps us get to the core issue. It has a lot of persistence as a plant and as a remedy. This energetic persistence as well as its ability to penetrate anything would make it an excellent choice for this dynamic.

Q: How can I amplify the energy of an Essence someone is using when it is almost bringing about a shift but not quite?

A: Radish (from our Additional Essence list) amplifies the energy of any Flower Essence it is used with.

Q: What would you suggest for perverted loyalty, loyalty to self destructive causes and the wrong people?

A: When a child is not allowed to experience and own his or her authentic self or when a child’s gifts, offered from a genuine place of self, are not received and contained by a parent, the child can grow into a people pleasing adult who perverts his or her own interests to receive the attention and love of those around him or her. To put this another way- If a child’s mother doesn’t like the shiny rock the child has offered her, the child will give her what she wants and thus lose track of what actually interests his or her self.

As an adult, we can reclaim a knowledge of self through dream work. Pyrola Elliptica is a Flower Essence that supports dream work and a bringing of the unconscious to consciousness (Often we have gone so far into people pleasing that we are unconscious of what we love). Creative activity also taps us into what we genuinely care about as does finding a fellow human who will bear witness to our search.

Flowers by their nature express their genuine self so it is not surprising that so many Flower Essences help us FIND and EXPRESS our selves; Blue Flag Iris, Asclepias, Blueberry, Irish Heaths, Watermelon, Lady’s Mantle, Pomegranate, Clivia and Nicker Nut are just a few the possibilities here-  Check out the Flower Essence suggestions for Common Concerns list for many specific suggestions for self expression or giving voice to our creativity.

I do want to mention one duo because this duo offers such needed support right now for this dynamic of moving from a perverted expression of self towards a genuine one. This duo is the Sacred Feminine and the Sacred Masculine.

To some extent, all of us have been turned from a complete expression of our wholeness to do what the world has demanded of us. This means that birthing a genuine experience of self is going to involve pain for all of us. Its painful to shed false values that got us the attention we desire in favor of these raw, half understood and vulnerable newborn ideas of self.   The current societal structures don’t exactly throw a party when we break with the conventions to express something different. It requires a lot from us to do this work. It requires a lot of checking back in with our heart and a lot of mess as we try and translate heart into action. These two Flower Essence friends are allies as we do this work.

Birthing self is a process of letting go of control of who we think we are to let our soul speak and express itself however it needs to be expressed. The Sacred Feminine helps us open to the birth fearlessly even when the society around us disapproves of what we are birthing- This Essence helps us let go to what needs to be born regardless of what we have been told about who we are. It helps us know the juice of life is with this unknown process going unknown places in an unknown way.

The Sacred Masculine helps us bring forward our inner willpower to support where the birth is taking us. It brings a full measure of trust and unshakeable support to our inner feminine’s intuitive direction. Perverted loyalty is an expression of a self who has lost track of who he or she is. It is a trying to find purpose and praise through the values of others. When we are grounded in our own genuine soul self, perverted loyalty is no more. We know who we are and how we need to authentically express this.

Q: What would you suggest for someone neglecting those dependents in their care?

A: This feels like the same issue as perverted loyalty. Getting in deep contact with our genuine self does not take us towards a luxury vacation in irresponsibility. It takes us towards a realization of our true purposes. It takes us towards a genuine reckoning with what life/our heart calls us to do. The expression of this is not a personality picnic. If we have neglected others to whom we have made a soul contract of responsibility, listening to our soul’s voice through such venues as dream work and journaling is going to call us back to an honest acknowledgement of this soul contract.

It’s not that there are no endings or no shifts in the big patterns of our life when we make contact with our soul. A genuine connection to our souls often leads us away from false contracts based on false values that were born when we were unconscious of who we were. In finding a genuine awareness of soul, clarity about purpose arises, clarity about what we care about arises and clarity about what our heart calls us to do arises. Much will need to be let go but not genuine soul connections or soul contacts. These may finally see the light of day and flourish unimpeded.

Q: I must accomplish a major writing project for my PhD dissertation. It’s a topic I am passionate about though the mechanics leave me concerned. I need to balance the demands of single parenting, work and a return to writing- a creative activity that I left with some regret many years ago.

A: You sound clear in the call of this project. In trusting the purposefulness of this process, you can release yourself into this endeavor with trust in self and the universe that is there to support you.

Recently one of you beloveds told me this story about Einstein. A little girl at one of his talks asked him what the most important question was. He told her that this itself was such a good question that he would have to think about it before answering. Weeks later he returned to her to say he felt the most important question was, “Is the universe a friendly place?”

If we answer this question in the affirmative, then so much of our work is to let go and let the universe help us. For you with this dissertation, if you feel the universe is a friendly place then here are some Essences that might support you in letting go and letting the universe ease you through this birth-

La Rioja and Watermelon– You were called to this work and because of this call, I know there are great creative wellsprings of writing talent within you that will come to you and fill you. These two Flower Essences help us be ripe for this.

‘Bofin Unusual, Giant’s Causeway, Wood Sage from the Burren– Ireland is a place where the veil between formlessness and form is so very thin. It’s not a random thing that Ireland is a place of such creative expression. It is easier in Ireland to bring across the big magic from other realms. These Irish Essences are gifts from this realm and help us joyfully welcome formless imaginings into form and gift’s from out of the blue.

Masterwort, Lady’s Mantle, Sanctuary– Masterwort gives us this space to receive, in fact, space to receive is the nature of what each of these Essences help us with. To receive the words we must be receptive, emptied out, feeling open and safe to receive the unknown.

The Sunflower Spiral, Effort and Grace, Boundless, The Eight Garden– Oh the Venus Garden!  It’s where the rubber meets the road in the most magnificent way! We aren’t just spirit holding our breathe while we inhabit the physical and we aren’t just physical beings separated from the eternal.  Here is this garden the worlds are one.  Year after year this garden gives us a zesty vibrational model of living likewise as divinity in form.  These Essences are so precious in their immense gifts.  They are unique friends giving us a unique inservice about some aspect of being spirit in form.

How does this play out? Humor! Synchronicity!  Answered prayers! Love that embraces us like a pig embraces mud! Unexpected kindnesses from a generous universe that IS paying attention! Wonder! Always so glad this toolbox of Flower Essence friends is there at the ready- for one and all!

Thanks for your questions which have taken me on this journey with you today! Love, Molly

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!