Where We Are Now

As so many of you know, the Angelic realm is responsible for planning and designing manifest reality in alignment with divine will. The Nature Spirits do the work of translating theses plans into actual form. Nature Spirits or the beings I call Elementals are necessary for the manifestation of all things.

In most minds and most places what I just wrote is thought to be crazy talk. This leaves Nature Spirits pushed outside humanity’s mindset about what constitutes “reality”.

This attitude doesn’t stop Nature Spirits from doing their work. They just do it with no sense of inclusion in humanity’s conception of life. I am always awed by the Nature Spirit’s reserve when it comes to us humans. In humanity’s general unconsciousness of the sentience in all life, so many humans disregard Nature Spirits completely and trash the beautiful world they have created for us. I stand in deep gratitude that Nature Spirits stick with the divine plan and keep manifesting Earth for us. If I was in their shoes, I expect I might have a hissy fit!

One of the things I love about Ireland is that the Nature Spirits feel more tangible there. There are lots of reasons for this, but I am certain one of them is because more Irish accept the reality of Nature Spirits. In Ireland there is a general acknowledgement of a world shared by other beings. No one looks askance at you when you mention a love of fairies. In Ireland, gnomes and elves are more than just fodder for fairy tales but beings included in daily life. As a consequence, it must be easier to be a Nature Spirit in Ireland than in a lot of other places.

One particularly blessed group of Nature Spirits works Omey Island off the west coast of Connemara. This tidal island is unlike any other place I have been, and I treasure the Flower Essences we have made on this island. Of late we have noticed a specific Flower Essence from Omey Island calling out to a flood of you. How heartening it is when so many of you hear the call of a Flower! It reminds me that those of us listening and hearing our co-creators in Nature will by our listening and by our actions AWAKE our sleeping fellow humans who continue to trash our planet in their state of unconsciousness.

The Flower Essence that has been calling to so many of you is Thyme from Omey Island. Here is this beloved Flower powerhouse covering the slopes of Omey. The Thyme is the pinky purple Flower everywhere.

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The flood of orders for this gem has me asking “Why now? Who is this bright star of an Essence? Why is this Essence’s gifts needed so much right now?”

Here is what Thyme from Omey Island had to say in the last Guidebook.

THYME FROM OMEY ISLAND Thymus praecox
Thyme from Omey speaks for itself, “ I offer you the Celtic wisdom of time. Some of my gifts I leave for you to discover. I will tell you that I help you to slow down into the now so that time feels stretched out into timelessness. I also help you to use time to your advantage, such as encouraging healing to move faster in time. If you want something to mend quickly, use me in combination with a remedy like Recovery. If you want to expand an experience of joy or magic or happiness into an extended experience, use me in combination with a remedy such as Wild Fuchsia that is all about joyous play. Time is much more malleable than you think. Let me show you what this means.”

I AM the ancient one that lives in the eternal now.

This description made me think of this Emily Dickinson poem:

Tell all the truth but tell it slant,
Success in circuit lies,
Too bright for our infirm delight
The truth’s superb surprise;

As lightning to the children eased
With explanation kind,
The truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind.
The accounting this Essence gives of itself is circumspect and casual, oblique and mysterious. Thyme tells the truth but tells it slant as if the full truth would dazzle us too much.

When Emily Sheehan was six or so she wrote out a list of her favorite Flower Essences describing each with a succinct phrase. For Thyme from Omey she has written the phrase, “the eternal now.”

Just this week Emily returned to this topic when she told me about a TED talk she heard in which the person speaking about happiness said that the two key factors in happiness were being absorbed in the present and living more slowly.

What good news that so many are seeking the support of the Flowers to help them do this. I can’t think of a better support for this state of being than Flower Essences as their whole point is the help us be present in the present. And look how specifically Thyme from Omey supports this, “I help you to slow down into the now so that time feels stretched out into timelessness.”
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This summer Green Hope Farm returns to its roots with the young people here expanding the gardens and generally digging in to many of the kind of projects that were central to our very first years.

In the preparations to grow more food as well as Flowers, there are seed flats are everywhere. And stories too as I try and share what happened once upon a time to help encourage each of these young people as they embrace their own relationships with the Angels and Elementals of Nature.

In the first summers of the farm, I dove head first into creating gardens with the Angels and Elementals. I was fearless and confident all our needs would be met. If I required a piece of equipment I did not have or a job done I could not do, I had faith that in the eternal now, the problems would be solved. And they were. I trusted in designs and directions from my Angelic and Elemental partners even when these designs were nothing like my ideas of gardening. As I let go of my ideas and embraced those of my partners, I opened the doors to gardens glorious beyond my imagining.

What a time it was! And it is so fun to tell this new generation of the adventures and joys of this beginning, knowing the same bold adventure is there for them to carry forward just as it is there for ALL OF US to carry forward.

As the farm continued after the first few years, my personal lessons went in other directions into the drama of my family of origin splintering in the face of my younger brother’s death threats against our children. I sought Divinity out more and more and more in this time but the eternal now was a different kind of place. I sought safety not a kubota tractor. Through the gardens the Angels and Elementals addressed the issues I was dealing with and brought many deeply helpful Flower Essences. The gardens were radiant and deeply healing and the work continued on but there wasn’t quite the unburdened joy of our beginnings.

So this time of new beginnings with the young people here feels very precious to me. I am so grateful that our attention can be on tractors and mulch not on issues of safety. To be digging more gardens, filling every cranny of the farm with seed flats and sinking into the eternal now of gardens created in partnership with our dear friends the Angels and Elementals feels like a great blessing.

I am looking forward to sharing these new beginnings with you all!

Some Interesting Questions from You!

As of yesterday, our New Zealand vagabonds are back in our midst but during their three week sojourn, I helped Elizabeth keep up with the email. I always love reading your questions because I learn so much from them. Here are a sampling of questions from last week with my answers.

Question: What Flower Essences do you have for the five things our souls want?

I wasn’t quite sure what this question was asking but I loved it. Later, when someone else asked the same question, I learned it was a reference to a specific class that a teacher who uses our Flower Essences was giving. But in the meantime, the question got me thinking about what our souls want and what Essences would help our souls with these concerns.

Answer: Interestingly enough, all the Flower Essence suggestions that came up in response to your question are from our Venus Garden collection. The Venus Garden is created anew each year with a completely unique Angelic design focused on supporting all of us through the specific learning lessons of the particular growing season.

While at first I thought these learning lessons were just about what was happening at the farm, it rapidly became clear that each year’s garden is created to support the spiritual work of all of us. The Flower Essences we make from this garden are among the most significant spiritual movers and shakers in our entire collection and continue to serve us in profound ways long after the garden itself has been tilled back into the earth.

So in answer to your question, “What five things do our souls want and what Flower Essences would help with this happening?”

1. Love for Divinity- My suggestion for a Flower Essence- Mehera, our White Marigold Flower Essence. While most everything changes in the Venus Garden each year, the Angels always include this Flower in their design for the Venus Garden. Love for divinity is that central to all our paths.

2. Gratitude to Divinity- My suggestion for a Flower Essence – Our Gratitude Flower Essence made from all the Flowers in the Gratitude Garden, the version of the Venus Garden created in 2009.

3. Alignment with our Spiritual Purpose- My suggestion for a Flower Essence – The Alignment Garden made from all the Flowers in the Alignment Garden, the version of the Venus Garden created in 2005. This Essence is all about helping us align with our spiritual purpose as well as align all the systems of our body for maximum health and wellbeing.

4. Spiritual Growth- A number of Venus Garden Essences support this concern. Last year’s version of the Venus Garden was called Love It and Leave It and its Flower Essence combination mix supports us to give our all to our spiritual path while also practicing the challenging art of letting go of outcomes. The Sunflower Spiral, the 2001 version of the Venus Garden, concerned understanding what was our spiritual business and what was the job of others ahead of us on the evolutionary spiral. This was a version of the Venus Garden where the Angels could be heard singing when we walked by the garden. I love the Flower Essence combination we made from this garden both because it helps us feel how loved and supported we are and also helps us know more clearly what is our spiritual work.

5. Spiritual Transformation and Transmutation- I saw this as different from spiritual growth in that it is about letting go of older versions of ourselves to be born anew. Phoenix Rising was the Venus Garden version from 2000. It helps with rebirth after firestorms and also helps fuel our spiritual path. The Eight Garden version of the Venus Garden from 2010 is all about spiritual transformation and transmutation. This helps us bring things in and out of manifestation in a genuinely miraculous way.

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Question: Is it safe to take Teasel Flower Essence for my Lyme disease while I am working with colloidal silver? I have been told not to take Flower Essences while I am using this silver.

Answer: I am completely puzzled by why anyone would tell someone to hold off on Teasel Flower Essence while he or she was taking colloidal silver. In fact, I never understand why anyone would tell anyone not to work with Flower Essences while working with another healing modality. Flower Essences never burden our physical system because they are not chemical. Flower Essences are electrical information that offer data that can only help us to raise up our vibration. They cannot do anything detrimental to our systems because they are strictly electrical data. They can in no way interfere with another positive protocol but so often help us get the very most from other protocols. We have literally thousands of healers who use them in conjunction with massage, reiki, chiropractic treatment, psychotherapy, past life readings, cranial sacral work, allopathic medicine even homeopathic remedies. Some practitioners are concerned if a patient works with more than one modality at a time they will not know which cured them. I don’t feel most people who are feeling healthier care which modality cured them. They are just glad to feel better.  

I would trust your own sense of this, but I personally would not hesitate to use Teasel Flower Essence at any time- I would also check out our Beyond Lyme Flower Essence combination for further support with healing from Lyme disease.
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Question: What would you suggest for carpel tunnel?

Answer: For some reason, I thought of the Camino 2- Healer’s Toolbox collection first for this- specifically The Rhythm of Growth, a remedy that relates to the shoulder girdle. I know this is a wrist thing but the shoulder girdle is part of this dynamic. I would also consider some of the new Colorado ones to help the nerve passages fire correctly, specifically Whiskbroom Parsley with its I AM affirmation “I AM the clear flow of electrical data through my system.” and Musk Thistle “I AM the restoration of my electrical circuitry.”  Healthy Coat and Outburst are excellent for inflamed tissue, and I also use Flow Free every day at the Angels’ behest as it helps keep nerve impulses flowing as well as everything else flowing.
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Question: Are your Flower Essences safe for children?

Answer: In light of what companies are putting in the foods our children eat, it is so good you are asking this question!
Here’s a little bit more information about our Flower Essences- but email with any questions-
We make our Essences from organically grown Red Shiso made into a tea then mixed with white vinegar. This is our stabilizer to keep the Flower Essences vibrant. The white vinegar is a non GMO product.
The Red Shiso is an edible salad ingredient used extensively in Japan and also now used in America in spring green salad mixes. It just happens to have a preservative function as well as be delicious, so we make a tea with it and use it for its preservative function. We learned about it from Japanese friends because it has been used for its preservative function in Japanese cooking for thousands of years.
These are the only ingredients in the Flower Essences as the Flowers themselves are not in the Flower Essences- only their vibrational wisdom which is energetic not chemical.
If you have any concerns about giving these to your daughter internally, Flower Essences don’t have to be taken internally to work. You can rub them on her skin or even have her carry the bottle around in her pocket. Children love Flower Essences and seem to know how they want to work with them from an early age. Check out the section in our Guide on working with Flower Essences with children.IMG_1856

Angel Answers about Earth Grid Shifts with a Shout Out to Rosa Gallica

I realize that so much of what I learn each day comes from you all asking me to ask the Angels specific questions- Here is a question from yesterday with what I learned from the Angels-

Question: I need help! My cat, Little Kitty is really struggling. He is half Siamese and is crying almost incessantly. It doesn’t seem to be physical- Can you ask the Angels and Molly for some suggestions?

What I learned from the Angels:

This is a Grounding issue.

The Earth has an electrical system much as each of us has an electrical system.

In recent years, the Earth’s electrical system or grid has evolved to hold much higher electrical frequency. This is part of the evolution of the Earth itself as a sentient being, but it is also an opportunity for all of us. Our actual planetary home is helping us with our own efforts to evolve and raise our own electrical vibrations by raising its own!

For our own health and wellbeing, it is important for us to connect our own electrical grids to Earth’s electrical grid. This is going to help us stabilize our electrical systems during this time of much electrical change. Grounding to the Earth grid will not slow down our spiritual growth. Instead it helps us stay in vibrant physical shape during shifts in our vibration and shifts in the planet’s vibration. We don’t have to be vibrating at the same rate of speed, but we do need to be connected to the Earth so that energy moves through us in a coordinated manner.

Flower Essences have always been about spiritually evolving while remaining grounded in our physical bodies. That is the point of them. Learning has to happen when we are in a physical body for us to evolve, and Flower Essences support this. (To get even more specific, we literally have to be in a physical body to reach God realization.)

Grounding i.e. staying in our physical bodies with our subtle bodies and soul firmly in our bodies and our bodies firmly planted on Earth has always been a focus of our work. It meant we created a Grounding combination Flower Essence mix. This is an excellent Flower Essence combination for right now. The Grounding mix has many Tree Flower Essences in it. Tree Flower Essences help us root to the Earth grid because that is one of their strengths. Redwood also was specifically suggested for Little Kitty.

The Angels also suggested Flow Free or the new ones from Colorado, Whiskbroom Parsley and Musk Thistle as they improve and smooth energy flow in our bodies so our personal electrical grids can more easily connect to the Earth grid.

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Finally the Angels talked about ROSA GALLICA also known as the Apothecary Rose, a very ancient Rose.

One of the very first Roses in our garden and really in any garden, Rosa Gallica explained many years ago that it was here to help us connect our personal electrical grid to earth’s grid. For whatever reasons to do with the evolution of this planet and everything on it, ROSA GALLICA’S TIME OF SERVICE HAS COME AGAIN.

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The Angels have been recommending this Essence for just about everyone and every animal. Even for someone asking about abundance issues yesterday, the Angels said the most pressing work was to BE HERE NOW in abundance work and that Rosa Gallica was the Essence for this. As the Angels said to me, “This Ancient Rose friend’s time has come to serve humanity in this pressing and vital work. Get it bottled Molly!”

It has had a quiet presence on our additional Flower Essence lit but yesterday it was flying out of here by the droves. My first job after this blog post today will be to bottle more!

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The Losing Game

With all the world focused on the Winning Game right now, it seems an apt time to focus on the Losing Game, the superior game that most of us play a lot more than the Winning Game.

THE LOSING GAME

WHEN TO PLAY? The Losing Game is there to play whenever our hopes and expectations meet up with what actually happens. This means we can play it 24/7.

WHY PLAY? Not that we have any choice, but I don’t think it is just sour grapes to say that the Losing Game is a much better game than the Winning Game. Not only is it a lot more difficult than the Winning Game, but each moment we play the Losing Game gives us gifts that nothing can take away from us.

FURTHER BENEFITS OF PLAY: While the Winning Game gives only the gift of winning, the rewards of the Losing Game are countless AND there is always another round in the offing no matter our age or fitness level or whether it is an Olympic year.

TECHNIQUES OF THE GAME: The Losing Game calls us not to be a sore loser but a graceful one. When things don’t go the way of our hopes and dreams the Losing Game calls us to practice letting go and accepting what is. Not to grow bitter in the face of our disappointments and losses is a great victory in the Losing Game. To remain poised as things are stripped from us requires immense inner strength.

SKILL DEVELOPMENT: Skills are acquired as we experience each loss or disappointment with as much grace, acceptance and humor as possible. No worries when we belly flop in our execution of grace and acceptance. The flop in itself brings new opportunities for skill development.

HOW DO WE WIN THE LOSING GAME? To master the Losing Game is to come to a place of no expectation of how things should turn out. I can only imagine this territory, but consider this- if our desires to have things go the way we want abate entirely we are entirely free to love what is. Yes, we can start off with beautiful dreams and go for them, but to see them play out however they do with detachment is the real accomplishment.

HOW FB FITS IN: The Losing Game isn’t only about events swirling down the toilet, though it can feel this way. How wonderful that there is beauty and humor to celebrate during the game and post of FB.

HOW DO WE KNOW HOW WE ARE DOING IN THE LOSING GAME? The Losing Game gives us immediate feedback. Pretty much any expectation of outcome is a sign of work to be done. Uncontrollable laughter and good cheer amidst gnarly circumstances; these are the symptoms of the game going exceptionally well.

TOOLS No tools needed. This game is easy to begin just hard to master. Events in the Losing Game present themselves every day, and if we are on Earth, we have shown up at the starting blocks. One Flower Essence tool we’ve been leaning on here as we play the game is last summer’s new Venus Garden Essence, Love It and Leave It. It was made to support us to play the Losing Game.

CHALLENGES OF THE LOSING GAME No one gives us much credit for the moments when we play the game well. By its nature, when we have been self effacing and graciously lost, no one notices. When we restrain ourselves from yelling about fairness or outcomes, not a peep from the crowd. The Losing Game is an inner game. No Olympic medals. Rewards are yours independent of media attention.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF LOSING GAME When we don’t push for any outcome, we are free to love whatever unfolds. This emptiness of expectation opens us to immense love for creation and the creator, the only thing worth filling ourselves with.

Kitchen Tables

One day long, long ago when Jim and I lived and worked at Kimball Union Academy, I was walking my toddlers into the school’s dining hall for lunch when the head of buildings and grounds passed me. He was rolling the top of a very large oak table out of the dining hall.

“Where’s that going?” I asked. It was not a completely innocent question as it looked to me like he was getting rid of the table, and I had need of one.

“Why? Do you want it?” he answered. “We’re replacing these old tables with new ones.”

And so an apparently chance encounter brought us a kitchen table that would drive the layout of our entire farmhouse.

A solar engineer designed our house. He was nothing if not a minimalist. As a very tidy bachelor he lived by the rule of use it or lose it. Somehow he imagined our family could be as sleek and organized as he was, so he designed us a house that had no extra space and almost no closets. Somehow the miracle of building a house made us see everything with rosy colored glasses- even a house design with no storage space- so we blithely built this house to our solar engineer’s specs.

The saving grace in the design was that I had insisted the solar engineer create a place for this table which was a whopping five feet in diameter. Apparently it was the only moment of clarity I had in the whole design process.

Begrudgingly, the solar engineer made enough room for the table though not enough room for chairs around the table. This meant we had a relatively spacious space for eating compared to say, the 2.5′ X 5′ downstairs bathroom he designed which literally was too small for a regular sized toilet or a regular sized sink (or really a person).

When you stood up from the toilet you were in danger of banging your knees or chin on the tiny pedestal sink we squeezed in. Ask all the staff that have ever worked here, and they will have something to say about that charming bathroom. Ask them how happy they were when we tore out the bathroom ( and I use the word bathroom loosely) and built the staff their very own commodious bathroom by robbing some space from our already peculiarly narrow living room (after all when your living room is also way too small, why not make it smaller?).

Anyways, back to the topic at hand-our mighty oak table. For twenty five years we packed people around this behemoth. It comfortably seated eight or ten but we fit up to fourteen around its circumference for big meals like Thanksgiving. With six Sheehans around it on a daily basis, it felt large but not too large.

The table got a lot of action. The children never went to their tiny closetless rooms except to sleep, so in between meals, the table’s surface was almost always covered with homework, art projects, snacks and a cat or two. I liked that we had one place we could gather AND FIT!

Yet when our census went down, this large expanse of a table began to feel out of scale. With just me and Jim at our super sized table we needed a man servant to pass the salt from one of us to the other. But a replacement tiny table (in a scale appropriate to the rest of the house) felt like it would bring its own problems. There were still plenty of moments when all the staff was in the house gathered for a meal or all the kids were home and then we needed the equivalent of our big oak wonder. Our solar engineer could not fathom the idea of a dining room for special occasions so of course we didn’t have one of those to fall back on.

We needed an odd solution.

And we settled on one. We knocked out the island between the cooking area and the eating area to make a blissfully larger open kitchen, and then we had a local carpenter make us three lovely maple kitchen tables.

Blame it in Downton Abbey. In the servant’s dining room at Downton there are two kitchen tables pushed together to form one long expanse. This gave us the idea of making these three modest sized rectangular tables that could be reconfigured based on the circumstances.

With a big crowd, we line up all three tables and it looks like Downton’s staff dining table only less tea and more vegetables.

With a medium size crowd we make a big square with two tables and leave the third as a prep table near the stove.

When it is just me and Jim, the prep table stays in place, one table sits in all its glory in place of the oak behemoth and the third table goes into the playroom next to the greenhouse where we use it to fold laundry, because, of course, there is no space for folding laundry near the washer and dryer ( Frankly I feel lucky the engineer believed some people might need a washer and dryer- I am sure he made a more ecological choice and either had no dirty clothes to wash or had his less green girlfriend do his laundry for him at her home that broke his rules and had modern conveniences).

But, after twenty five years wondering what on earth we were thinking when we signed off on the original houseplan, the house finally really fits us. With just two of us in the house, the minimalist’s design works splendidly. The tiny bedrooms are perfect for company coming and going and a dining room would be just more space to heat. We’ve solved the bathroom problem and who really NEEDS a living room? The only thing rogue is our three tables and that is one excess I am keeping.

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A young Will at the original behemoth, enjoying an egg standing on end on the Spring Equinox.

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Here’s the mighty oak expanse with an entire gingerbread village on top and a three person garden bench that appears to be swallowed by the table.

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Here are new table one and new table two in use at the holidays for domino runs. Note stainless steel bowls for musical effect at the end of the runs.

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Here is the stretch of all three tables set for Thanksgiving dinner, their big moment.