Support for our Collective Paradigm Shift

Many have asked for the Angels’ suggestions for Flower Essences that would support us to navigate this current collective paradigm shift about finances and the source of our security.

The Field of the Stars collection was the heart of the Angels’ suggestions today. Whenever a new collection arrives here, it is always a timely arrival. Never was this truer than with the arrival of these Flower Essences from the pilgrim trail in Spain.P6110427.JPG
I thought I would share the Angels suggestions from this collection. My two cent comments probably belabor the point, but that’s my job!

Santiago was one of the Angels’ Flower Essence suggestions. This mix is “for the moments when we experience false endings, created by our culture or society, when the internal journey is ongoing”. That sums up the global monetary situation in a nutshell. This financial crisis will pass. We will endure. Here is an Essence offering to help us know this and know that the grace of this financial crisis is that it pulls us towards a closer relationship with the one unchanging source of support in the cosmos, the God within each and every one of us.

Another Angelic suggestion, the mix Manzarin offers its keynote of discernment. Manzarin supports us to find “the ability to look below the surface of a situation and feel into its energetic core, to breakdown the external worldview and be energetically discerning about what are true gifts and what are red herrings”. What an excellent tool for the present when the red herrings pile up faster than I can spell bailout. Real calm comes from experiencing that all is well, not just hoping this is so.

The Angels also suggested the mix Belorado “for faith in the emptiness before the dawning of authentic community”. Belorado supports Manzarin in its dismantling of our old fears and building of faith in what is being born underneath the surface chaos. Belorado also reminds us that the stock market is not authentic community nor stocks authentic sustenance, even though we have been encouraged to believe these things. Closeness with other people, closeness with the God within, and closeness with nature are true community. As we collectively turn away from the ersatz, what goodness and joy we will find in these experiences of true community.

Arzua and Hontanas were two other Angelic Flower Essence suggestions. Hontanas encourages us to treat ourselves with tenderness and Arzua helps us open to receive loving support when we feel vulnerable, even when this support comes from unexpected places. The kind of paradigm shift that we are being asked to collectively make is an intense one. We are going to have moments of intense vulnerability as we are called to change our culture’s values and also change the way we live. These two mixes encourage us to be gentle with ourselves and each other, while also promising us the serendipity of gifts from unexpected places, and I don’t mean Walmart.

Mazarife, another Angelic suggestion offers a keynote of joy, explaining that it is “for realizing the potential to create oases of color and joy in the bleak stretches of our lives”. Yesterday, I sat with my dear neighbor Teddy enjoying a late afternoon cup of tea. At eighty seven, she has had her fair share of physical aches, pains, and difficulties, yet unexpectedly we got laughing ourselves silly at this crazy thing called life in a body. May Mazarife help us all to find more and more oases of love and unexpected silliness.

Lavacolla was another Angelic suggestion. This mix is for helping “the body clear its emotional field of any clutter that remains from past and finished energetic work”. How marvelous to know humanity is finishing up with this collective illusion that our safety lies in the consumption and possession of things. How wonderful that we are ready to move on from this mindset. Yes, it may be a rocky transition, but it remains a wonderful thing that we are collectively ready to make this paradigm shift.

Trabadelo was another Flower Essence mix that cropped up. It’s for “finding the courage to acknowledge and let our old patterns go, even as we are unsure of what our lives will look like without them”. We can’t know for certain what this world will look like after this weaning off from our collective fifty year shopping spree, but I think even a void might be better than more shopping.

Sahagun has the keynote surrender and helps us break down the behaviors triggered by fear that cause us to push our physical and emotional selves beyond balance”. This one could also be called, JUST TURN OFF THE NEWS.

Fisterra with its keynote of birth was the Angels’ final suggestion, offering “to support all the physical and energetic systems of the body through a transition where the soul is at the end of a long process of laying down a major paradigm of this or many lives”. Yes! Bring it on!

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The trail to Santiago is one that millions of pilgrims have traversed. Once it offered support for the paradigm shifts of individual pilgrims, but its message of late is that it is ready and able to support all of us on our collective spiritual journey. It wants us to know that while we are collectively called to make radical changes right now, we are never asked to do so alone. The trail and the divinity holding the trail in form are always there to support us.

The death of the old and the birth of the new is messy, but these Essences help us feel the promise and goodness of this transition we are in. The Essences also remind us we have choices. We can freak out in the face of all this confusing news or we can keep the faith and take care of each other as we wait to see what wonderful new paradigm of community is being born. Isn’t this the very thing a lot of us have been waiting for, for a long time?

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Locals Leaf Peep Too

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It was dog heaven this weekend, one long walk after another.

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These were the days that become the whole memory of the season. The sparkling air revealed the leaves at their autumn best.

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There was an Indian summer warmth that left some of us happily barefoot.

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On Sunday, when we hit the woodland paths for another leisurely loop, we heard guns on both sides of us.

We had thought we had a bit more time before full tilt hunting season, but the muzzleloaders folks were out in full force.

As quickly as we could we returned to the nearest road, singing very loudly.

No more trail walking until after hunting season.

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This is not such a deprivation as all that. The view on the roads is not such a shabby sight.

Pressing Matters

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This past weekend brought victory with the cider press. With all the replacement pieces finally in place, the behemoth grinder crushed whole apples and made apple pulp or pomace about five times as fast as the old grinder. We had four gallons pressed in about an hour. This left time for lots of long delayed victory toasts and…….other projects.
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I am not sure I will ever have a cosy relationship with this wheelbarrow, but I am back hauling composted manure and bark mulch with it.

I move around it gingerly though. This was, after all, the very beast I took my bone breaking flip over.

Yesterday after hauling a lot of manure to build a new flower bed, I filled the bed with crocus bulbs. Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of them. I ever so carefully planted clusters of different color crocus bulbs so that, next spring, they would look artfully scattered in a pleasing arrangement of different shades of yellow, white and purple Flowers.

I awoke this morning to find a skunk had ripped up the whole bed during the night. He had left his lingering scent and very few bulbs. I poked these forlorn stragglers into the earth again. As I did so, I felt a lot less smug than yesterday afternoon when I lay on the ground looking at the ziliions of crocus bulbs all so precisely placed for planting and crowed a little bit. That had been a short but misguided moment when I thought myself so on top of the bulb thing.
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Perhaps Sophie and Lizzy’s daffodil bulb planting today will go better. If not, its going to be time for a war with a skunk.

Like anyone ever won a war with a skunk……

Mollyanna Weighs in on Woolly Times

People ask me why I don’t write much anything about worldly events.

If I did, it would probably be variations on the good news, bad news, who knows? genre. One reason for this is that I have noticed that whenever I weigh in with some sour judgment about anything, I find myself walking in the shoes of the opposite point of view in the next nano second. Instant karma! Just add judgment! Elizabeth also seems to experience this syndrome with great regularity. No sooner does she say she is not interested in traveling and thinks she is done with Europe than she finds herself on a plane to Spain.

There is another reason for my growing conviction that I have no idea if anything is ever bad news.

I spend much of my time either out in the garden up to my elbows in Flowers or talking to Flowers as I write about them. In either case, I do whatever I am doing while also sipping the vibration of Flowers from a mason jar of water and Flower Essences. This makes me a honeybee an advertisement for how poorly all these new eco detergents work a Flower Child.

As a Flower Child, I find myself immersed in the Flowers’ constant joy and optimism to the point where it becomes my own vibration as well. This makes for odd cocktail party chat as most people think a Pollyanna like me is deranged. Therefore, it is probably a good thing I am no longer invited to any cocktail parties ( though this comment will no doubt bring in a few invites- Whatever will I wear? Something with grass stains.)

Okay, I really DID have a sensible reason for writing today.

This morning I worked on the Desert Flower Essence section in the next Guide. We plan to reprint the Guide in early 2009. This gives me the next few months to rewrite the whole book, section by section. Part of our work is to create new logos for each collection. I give you a sneak peak of the logos for the Desert Flower Essences.

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This is a photograph of a computer print out of the art so it doesn’t do the logos justice at all, but it does give a hint of the exciting artistic adventure we are on with the help of our new graphics person, Jessica Miller.

As I worked on the Desert Flower Essence section, it was hard to miss how helpful these Flower Essences are for these times. I thought I would share with you the photos of just a couple of these Desert Flower Essence gems and also mention their timely strengths once again.

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Desert Gold helps us know the abundant flow of the generous universe even in what appear to be times of scarcity or lack.

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Purplemat helps us know less can be more and experience contentment with what is.

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Desert Chicory helps us to trust the healing flow of our lives, collectively and individually.

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Arizona Lupine helps us make the most of available resources in circumstances of apparent lack and also tap more deeply into our own inner strengths.

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Desert Forget-Me-Not helps us remember our selves before difficulties left their mark, and helps us reclaim our joy and delight in the world and our sense of the world as a gift unfolding before us, not a punishment to be endured.

And then there are the Woolly Woolly twins, Woolly Easter Bonnets and Woolly Margiold. These two are certain support for these Woolly Times.

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Woolly Easter Bonnets, shown here, helps us find the divine gift of cheerfulness when daily life is difficult while Woolly Marigold helps us not only acclimate but flourish and thrive with grace and generosity in seemingly barren or desolate circumstances.

Really, is it any wonder I keep my nose buried in Flowers and hydrate with Flower Essences? Tough times call for more Flowers. That’s my story and I am sticking with it.

Cider Press Blues

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The greenhouse plants that sit in these peat moss filled frames in the summer have all been moved into the greenhouse. The front porch is piled with boxes of bulbs to be planted and the kitchen is filled with bushels of potatoes that need to be sorted and stored in the cellar.

The Red Shiso is safely hung in the drying shed. After the harvest, Lizzy and I weeded and limed the bed where the Red Shiso grew this season. Then yesterday, Jim covered this garden in hay.

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Jim wins the Green Hope Farm hero of the week award for this work. One reason this job made Jim the hands down winner is because he had to haul all the hay in a wheelbarrow. This is because we no longer have a truck. Our farm truck was part of the big recall and buy back by Toyota. Apparently the frames on 800,000 Toyota Tacomas were made from defective steel. We are missing our rusty truck a lot anyways. A truck holds a lot more hay than a wheelbarrow and plus, wheelbarrows are dangerous.

A second reason Jim deserves the award is because he hauled all this hay and spread it on the garden in the pouring rain.

Jim’s interface with our cider press also made him the clear winner of this week’s award.

A bumper apple crop motivated us me to order a new grinder for our cider press. Up until now, we used a homemade grinder that required us to cut up the apples before grinding and then grind these quartered apples over and over and over again. We I finally decided to spring for a big heavy deluxe grinder, one I had had my eye on for more years than I can count. It looked to me like it would be easy to install.

Ordered in early August, the new grinder arrived with only one of two needed support brackets. It was late August when the other bracket arrived and Jim got to work on the easy assembly that basically required him to rebuild the press. After a happy Saturday afternoon attaching the new grinder, Jim’s moment of installation victory was short lived.

Within moments of the first turn of the grinder, the roller jammed and split. Now on a first name basis with the folks that made the grinder, Jim called and a new roller was shipped. Meanwhile, the apples on most of our trees had ripened and were beginning to drop from the trees. The heaving buckets of apple drops that we had collected were now moldering next to the press. Call it good times for yellow jackets.

Late September and the new roller finally arrived. Conveniently, Jim had to dismantle the press he rebuilt in order to install the replacement roller.

And the installation has not been a piece of cake, though I made Jim apple cake to take his mind of his installation woes.

Yes, just a day or two from October and not a drop of cider has been pressed. Instead the grinder is in a multitude of pieces all over the kitchen table.

In fact, I think JIm went out to spread hay in the rain to take his mind off the problems with the grinder.

It’s sort of the theme of these times, isn’t it? Things that sound easy to install but aren’t.

Which leads us to the technology front where Jim further secured himself the hero of the week by installing new memory in our UPS computer. Not that any of us thought we needed more memory in this computer, but it was a requirement for a new software upgrade from UPS. Anyways, this memory installation required Jim to go to Staples twice between a session jamming what turned out to be a defective memory chip into the bottom of the computer.

Who am I kidding? This guy is not the hero of the week. He is a hero of the ages. I would toast him with a nice hearty glass of cider………if I had any.

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!