And We Knit the World Together

Each week at the farm has its own themes.  On any given day we see waves of orders for certain Flower Essences. Sometimes the waves are Flower Essences that always flood out of here, but sometimes it’s ones that sit more quietly on our shelves.  Since we are all interconnected in indivisible oneness, this shouldn’t exactly surprise all of us in the office, but somehow it always gives us a thrill.  We relish these waves so much and often ponder what they mean.

This past week the Essence flying off the shelves in record numbers was Vision.  I love this Flower Essence combination mix, and I love how we made it.  To create this Essence we dedicated an entire garden season to growing a 50′ diameter mandala of Red Shiso in the shape of an eye. When the Red Shiso bloomed, we made an Essence from its blossoms in the pupil of the eye.

Much as it might seem Vision Essence would be straightforward in its strengths, it has mysterious depths and offers its gifts in a vast number of ways.  When people ask for specifics, I often mention the Hollywood cinematographer who, until his retirement, always took Vision before and during his film shoots. However, Vision has been used in so many ways by so many, sometimes for eyesight issues and sometimes for more abstract reasons.

One purpose that crops up a lot is using Vision to support us in seeing the big picture or seeing each other as part of a seamless whole. Even though Vision is for eyesight, we were not asked to make a mandala of two eyes but one.

My six year old granddaughter, Grace, now refers to Greta Thunberg as “our Greta” because she and I have spent so much time tracking Greta’s progress sailing across the Atlantic to our shores.  She arrived in NYC a few days ago.  With legs still wobbly from the transition to land from the high seas, Greta was asked by reporters the usual divisive questions.  Greta considered all of the questions then always answered in a framework of working together and not dividing us from each other.  She appears to experience the world not as an “us versus them” situation but through the lens of oneness with all of us needed to solve the climate crisis collectively.  I am grateful for her ability to articulate her mission and live it outside the box of the world culture’s divisive way of looking at each other.

The Angels note that many souls born recently will not have the same veil of forgetfulness about who they are and why they are here that we adults often have. Instead of a many decades search for meaning or purpose, they will quite simply know their missions right from the get go.  The example of this that the Angels gave was, yes, Greta.

At this press conference on the docks,  someone asked her when she became focused on the climate crisis.  She said she was 7 or 8 when she started to think about the climate crisis and what she could do about it.  I am heartened to think there are other young souls out there who are awake to their missions and ready to act.  What a gift this clarity and energy will bring us all.

The Angels often use the analogy of each of us as like an appliance that only works when it is plugged into the electric current of the household.  They note how ridiculous we would find it if we tried to plug the vacuum cleaner into another vacuum cleaner to get it to run.  The analogy gently reminds me to go to source for my energy.

Today I heard a podcast in which Marianne Williamson used a similar analogy of each of us being lamps that only work when we we are plugged into the electricity/ Divine source/ natural intelligence behind all creation. I liked how she took this electricity analogy a step further than me with my vacuum cleaners. We are all different kinds of lamps illuminated by the same light source.

How fortunate I am to experience so many different  kind of lamps each day.  In a time in which people can get bogged down in divisive rhetoric and imaginary ideas of separateness, I feel lucky that my week involves connecting with so many people from so many places in a space that acknowledges our commonality and connection.  I get to send out love with the love of the Flowers and I get to receive so much love back.  It never ceases to amaze me that each day  I chat and write notes to interesting people in Okmulgee, OK, Fuquay Varina, NC, Springs, NM, and dozens of other interesting places where our lamps may be different heights and different colors and needed to illuminate different things, but what illuminates all of us is a common source of love and light.

I started this blog thinking I was going to begin with writing about the other wave of the week- that was all the grandmothers we connected with who are hard at work helping to raise their grandchildren.  These grandmothers shine on and keep lighting up their worlds, knitting them back together after suffering and loss. I salute all the grandmothers- so steadfast and steady in their love. I feel lucky to be in your numbers, doing my best to knit the world back together at your side and taking strength from the example you all set.

 

 

 

Storytelling and the Hero’s Journey

Jim has a brother  who has a lot of funny things happen to him.  Whenever he is around, the conversation veers towards a retelling of humorous moments in his life.  This brother has a self deprecating sense of humor, so he often tells these stories about himself with a lot of wit ( and with a very loud voice which seems to be part of being a Sheehan man).

There is the story of his college friends pushing him into the middle of the runners at the Boston Marathon. Much as he tried to get back to the sidelines, police kept moving him back into the mix of runners. When he faltered, fellow runners encouraged him on.  And so he ran the final miles of the marathon in loafers before being crossing the finish line to be draped in a blanket by race officials.  As he likes to say, “I’m the only one in the family to finish the Boston Marathon.”

Another much repeated tale took place back in the days when he and Jim worked the night shift at an ice cream factory. Co-workers    (sadly on this fateful night this did not include a sensible Jim) challenged his brother to put a five gallon bucket of fudge sauce on his head. After the bucket was in place, Jim’s brother realized a suction had formed, and he couldn’t get the bucket off.  Covered in fudge from his neck up and unable to breath, he contemplated his imminent death by fudge. Fortunately he decided to try and break the seal by forcing his fingers up the side of the bucket into the gooey mass of fudge. Soon he had a cavity in which to breath, and eventually his co-workers realized they needed to help him remove the deadly bucket of fudge.

Well, you get the picture.  We like to sit around and tell stories as a family, and there are some good ones we never tire of hearing.

Yesterday I heard someone say that the time period we are heading into will be a time of great stories.  Generations from now,  people will still be telling stories about us.  I liked this idea.  It felt true to me.

The stories are not going to be lame chit chat. They may not be as funny as the fudge bucket story either ( though who knows for sure).  However, they will be BIG stories of us awakening to our oneness.

Unity Consciousness.

I suspect it will be hard to go back to anything less after we experience this.  As babies we don’t forget those fingers are ours once we realize their connection to our bodies.  I doubt we’ll forget our oneness once we know it with every fiber of our beings.

And this time of realizing we are all one is going to be epic and make for epic stories.

This is our collective heroes journey unfolding. Every hero has a limitation or flaw when the story begins, and we have that.  We think we are separate.

Every hero gets a call to action and a job only that person can do.  The quest may feel like a bad idea and one that the hero would rather not do.  After all, Bilbo Baggins didn’t want to leave the ‘Shire, nor did Frodo want to be the ring bearer, but these were their quests and each of us has ours.

The call has gone out to humanity. Now we are deep into the the quest with all its challenges. There are adversaries that would like to keep us in the dark, passive and feeling powerless.  There are mentors there to help us. LOTS.  No doubt there will be moments of song and feast when we can celebrate a victory along the way before we have to begin again on our journey.

And no doubt we will make it. And when we do, we will know ourselves so very differently, and everything we know we will have earned. The journey will be our making.

I know I keep yammering on about Greta Thunberg, but she is an example of someone who knows she is the hero of the tale.  Not because she wanted that role, but because she heeded the call and accepted that much as she might have wanted to just be an ordinary teenager playing with her dog, she had to rise to the challenge.  She accepted that she is the only person who can do what she is doing.

And talk about epic! She is on her way across the Atlantic right now in a sailboat. She no longer flies because of the carbon footprint of flying.  And this boat she is on is no cruise ship.  This morning she described it as like “camping on a rollercoaster.”  Regardless of her fears, she is on the high seas coming towards us in America to see who has a role in her adventure.

What are each of our quests? Are our quests shifting with these times or are we in alignment with purpose?  In these late summer days, as I sit out under the lilacs, knitting for the babies in my life, I keep asking myself this.  I am trying to go deep, deep, deep into listening. What is my mission and what is not?  Are there course corrections I need to make?  Sometimes I make errors and get involved in missions that are not mine.  I am grateful for all the beings and my own oneness in Divinity that swings me back to my course.

Of one thing I am sure.  Flowers and sharing their gifts that help take us towards knowing our Divinity and oneness remains my mission.  As I move around the gardens making late summer Flower Essences, I am so grateful that there are so many people in this oneness rising to the call of the other quests taking us to unity consciousness. I salute all of you. I thank all of you.

Many years from now, I look forward to sitting around the campfire and hearing the tales of your heroic journeys that took us to a New Earth.  In the meantime. I am so glad for the mail and email.  Each day, I get to read about your heroic journeys in process. Yes, there are no campfires or ‘smores, but there is heart to heart sharing and that is bliss!

PS A shout out to Taylor Sheehan ( the daughter of Fudge Bucket Sheehan) Thank you for giving us yet another reason why we are grateful Jim’s brother survived the Fudge Bucket experience.  Thank you for spending your summer with the women of Green Hope Farm.  We deeply appreciate your humor ( especially about your dad), your zest for life (and all things computer) and your indomitable spirit. We will miss your wardrobe weather predictions.  Have a wonderful sophomore year in college!

Balancing our Chakras with Flower Essences

One way to think about our chakras is to consider that the three lower chakras are the energy centers for our masculine energy in the world. These chakras hold the energies to ground, manifest, create/ procreate  as well as relate to our tribe of origin and all of the others we meet in our lives.

The upper three chakras are about our feminine energies with a focus on knowing our truth, living in alignment with this intuition, experiencing our oneness with all life and moving towards union with Divinity.

This leaves the heart chakra smack dab in the middle. It is the  place where the masculine and feminine meet in an expression of our unique soul purpose and love.

Here at the heart we balance the masculine energies of the three lower chakras and the feminine energies of the three upper chakras by moving and connecting all these energies through the divine transformer of the heart chakra.

While the individual chakras spin like whirling galaxies within us, the movement of energies between the upper half and the lower half of our energy system can be represented by a figure eight with its unceasing movement of all things into and out of manifestation.

Our first Venus Garden was called the Eight Garden. This garden helped us bring Green Hope Farm  and our Flower Essences into manifestation.

The summer of the Eight Garden was the one year the Angels asked us to open the farm to visitors,  During that summer we began each day in silence, sitting at the crossover point of the figure eight in the Eight Garden.  Any visitors and all of us tending gardens crowded into the spot for a blissful experience.

At the time, the center of the eight just felt like a great place to meditate,  Later I felt gathering there had helped us release what needed to be released, manifest what we needed for that  busy summer . This time also taught us about balancing the energies of our masculine and feminine energies into a constantly evolving dynamic  of receiving loving from Divinity and sharing this love with everyone who visited.

During the summer it became clear that  our mission beyond that growing season was to share our love and the love of the Flowers in the framework of Flower Essences. Sitting at the heart of the Eight Garden had helped us bring our masculine and feminine energies into a balance of receiving guidance, love and light and sharing what we had learned through the gardens and the Flower Essences.

When you go to the Find a Flower Essence page, it offers Topics as a way to search for a Flower Essences.  Chakras are one of the choices under topics. Under Chakras,  we’ve listed each chakra on its own page.  On each Chakras page we have listed Flower Essences we feel are linked to helping to solve the specific challenges of that chakra.

For example, the first chakra page  starts with a rectangular tab that has a brief descriptions of chakras in general followed by a tablet about the first chakra, it gifts and spiritual challenges then we have tablets of Flower Essences linked to the first chakra.

The new Elephant Trunk Loosestrife is an Essence listed on the First chakra list as it helps us find harmony in our planetary herd.

As each of us must balance our masculine and feminine energy regardless of gender, thinking about which aspect of ourselves needs support is one way to search through the chakra listings. If we have a lot of intuitive understanding of our lives but are having a hard time bringing these ideas into form, looking at the first three chakras might be a way to begin. If we are busy in the world but not clear about what our divine work is, the upper chakras might be a place to begin.

The information on the specific tablet for each chakra is detailed even though quite short.  When I have an injury or am ill, I try to run it through the filter of which chakra is involved and what the concern of the chakra is.  Each chakra tablet lists in brief the color, issues, spiritual task, corresponding part of the physical body and some of the physical challenges that may crop up when we are working to unblock or increase the light moving through a specific chakra. Here is the fifth chakra tablet for example.

The section closes with one called Alignment. This group of Flower Essences here  help us line up all the chakra into a smoothly running integrated system.

Snapdragon is one on the Alignment page. Its tall straight stalks reflect how it helps us align our column of seven whirling chakras.

A great deal of high vibration energy is coming into the planet for us right now. I find it helpful to consider that when we have a physical symptom somewhere in our bodies, it may reflect a temporary energetic blockage in a chakra that is making it hard for this energy to move through this part of our systems. By using Flower Essences connected to this chakras, we can focus on physical healing as well as support ourselves about the spiritual issues co-exisiting with the physical challenge.

For example, if I had a sprained ankle, this might be my process- Hmmm….a sprained ankle- this is a first chakra issue so what is going on with my  roots or relationship with my tribe of origin or the community I now live in?  Am I feelings safe and grounded in my life or wondering about my right to be me in my community or move forward in my life in the way I need to move forward? Having zeroed in on these concerns, I would look at the possible Flower Essences listed as focused on the issues of the first chakra and choose the ones that called out to me either because of their descriptions, their appearance or because something is pulling me to that Flower Essence..

To complicate things a bit, I also think of the left side of the body as linked to our feminine lineage and the right side of the body as linked to our male lineage, so if it were a sprained ankle on my left side I would consider what issues of perhaps guilt, worry, doubt or judgment I might have taken on from my maternal line that I need to work to toss while I take my Flower Essences. This layered approach would help me more confidently move forward, feeling secure in my connection to life regardless of how others experience my choices.

Right now, in so many situations, thinking about the chakras  is a very helpful tool for unblocking energetic blockages within us that are temporarily impeding the full movement of all this lovely light and love flooding into the planet to bless each and every one of us.

You deserve to fill up to the brim with this lovely light, and Flower Essences can help us do this!

This light is for ALL OF US and that includes you!

Selfless Care

This past weekend I was part of a lovely wedding. The Flowers for the wedding came from the gardens here, and I made the vegan wedding cake. The bride wanted purple frosting, and so the cake was a tower of purple-ish glory with a frosting made from pureed blueberries. Here it is resting in the refrigerator before delivery.

The bride and groom worked extremely hard to create a weekend of happiness for friends that also would do no harm to the planet.  They borrowed. They up-cycled. They made everything by hand. They organized elaborate and wildly successful recycle systems.

At the close of the weekend when the last borrowed plate was scraped clean and deposited in a big washtub to be handwashed, the trash can for non-recyclables was a quarter full.  Sixty people had eaten and danced and celebrated up a storm for three days, yet everything used for the celebration but this modest pile of trash was moving on to be re-used again.

The guests were mostly twenty something friends of the bride and groom.  This gave the wedding a decidedly sweet feeling.  I was lucky to have conversations with many of the guests. We sat under the shade of the linden and birch trees where the wedding took place, and in the various hours before and after the ceremony,  those gathered shared about their young lives.

Unexpectedly, the conversations veered in the same direction over and over.  Independent of one another, these young people would tell me of their earnest plans to try to do some good in the world, and their desperate fears that there would be no Earth left for them to live out their hopes.

Since I try to bring messages of hope, I felt grateful for every conversation and every chance to say I felt humanity would wake up in time.

But really, is offering hope enough? Planetary heroine, Greta Thunberg said, “Adults keep saying, “We owe it to the young people to give them hope.” I don’t want your hope. I want you to act.  I want you to act as if the house is on fire…because it is.”

I came away from the weekend thinking about how so many of my generation are not inspiring young people with much of anything but an example of bickering, fear mongering, fiddling while Rome burns and making plans to waste as many resources as possible before blowing town at our deaths.  This kind of behavior was summed up for me when a retiree said to my husband at a funeral last week that his plan for retirement was to spend every cent he had ever earned on fun trips and not leave his kids a penny.  Another person at the event said she was too busy with special plans for retirement to think about doing anything for anyone else.  Again, this was at a FUNERAL where one might expect people to think slightly bigger picture.

In any case, this total focus on retirement plans made me feel sad.  As Greta said, “Some say I should be in school. But why should any young person be made to study for a future when no one is doing enough to save that future?”

Is our generation’s behavior really the best us baby boomers can do? Personally I feel we are being schooled every day by this sixteen year old girl from Sweden. And we deserve it.

Self care has become just another way to say selfish. Maybe it is time for us to give up the idea that the Earth owes us a carefree retirement of unlimited treats because we worked hard for forty or fifty years.  Maybe our generation, like the generation facing World War II, has to sacrifice and inspire instead of sit back and consume.

Since the theme of the gardens this year is balance, I’m drilling down on the topic. Out in the world there is much talk of balancing caring for others with caring for ourselves when in truth WE ARE ALL ONE. This means when we take care of ourselves at the expense of others, we are doing so at the expense of ourselves too. Balance only comes when we experience everything as one unified energy field.

I’d like to see us all, most especially my generation, get a better plan for how to help.  To talk specifics, this week a leaked document from the IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change, concluded that simply focusing on reducing or eliminating carbon emissions from fossil fuel industries, factories and vehicles will not be enough to avoid catastrophic climate change, and food production on the entire planet must change to plant based or minimally vegetarian to make the difference.. This month, a summit of top scientists meeting in Geneva is expected to use this information to call for a shift to plant based diets to keep the warming of the planet under the necessary 1.5 celsius.  We can no longer eat animals and keep the planet cool enough to survive.

Greta has said of us “adults”, “You are not mature enough to tell it like it is.  Even that burden you leave to us children…We have not come here to beg world leaders to care. You have ignored us in the past and you will ignore us again.  We have come here to let you know that change is coming whether you like it or not.”

So, to my fellow baby boomers, let’s surprise Greta and all young people by becoming our most selfless selves. Let this be our shining hour.  Let’s be leaders of this change instead of ostriches with our heads in the sand. In my search for what individuals can do, it boils down to this: Not eating animals is the biggest single action we can make as individuals to help stop climate change. Only 2% of our generation is plant based, and we have the medical bills to prove it. Let’s change that today and fearlessly recycle, upcycle, re-use, reduce our carbon footprint and yes, go plant based.

A PS to all the lovely souls I met at the wedding weekend. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for inspiring me to do more and do better in my personal efforts. I promise to do everything I can to leave you a planet for your children and your children’s children.

This is a post from a wonderful Instagram site that shares much information about the things we can do to help all of us on our tiny planet.

Venus, the Venus Garden & the End of Patriarchy

As we dismantle the collective mythology of patriarchy, one myth that needs to go is the idea that when a species is in it’s “survival of the fittest” mode, this is the highest evolutionary moment for that species.  Biologists tell us that the “survival of the fittest” mode is actually something species evolve beyond early in their evolution. As they evolve, species move onward from “survival of the fittest” ways of being towards greater collaboration and cooperation.

Honeybees are an example of this. They live for the hive. They die for the hive. Here’s a photo of one of these selfless beings deep diving into a Nasturtium blossom in the gardens this morning.

Patriarchy would tell us “survival of the fittest” is the be all, end all and only option for the human species.  One problem for us with believing in this patriarchal myth of”survival of the fittest” as the ultimate ethos of humankind is that it means we believe war, hierarchy, economic systems of greed, social and political systems based on power over others is inevitable,

It’s time to believe the biologists that tell us this is not a truth in any species and not some evolutionary “peak” where  we are destined to remain.  The spiral of evolution takes us onwards  (and Thank God for that).

I know my Pollyanna Mollyanna missives here can feel like hope ungrounded in what some would call reality, so I was delighted to find this information coming from biologists.  That’s pretty darn grounded!

On another but related note, in my search to better understand the planet Venus and its connection to our Venus Garden and to humanity’s collective journey in these times, I came across several relevant talks by Heather Ensworth about Venus’s orbit and recent placement in our sky. Thank you Heather! Her information about Venus further grounded my heartfelt conviction  that the universe has our back in this immense evolutionary change we are embarked upon.

We’ve had two eclipses this month bringing  energies to dissolve stuck beliefs and dismantle structures that no longer serve us. During the solar eclipse on July 2nd, the planet Venus was positioned in the upraised arm of Orion, the constellation so present in skies in both the northern and southern hemisphere.  In many world cultures, the upraised arm of Orion signifies Divinity bringing order out of chaos.  To have Venus positioned in the hand of the upraised arm of Orion suggests it is the energy of Venus that is being brought to bear on the chaotic, stuck energies.

Energetically and symbolically, Venus  is about right relationship- right relationship with our self, right relationship with our community, right relationship with our use of resources, right relationship with our planet, right relationship with the Divinity within us, and yes, famously, right relationship in partnerships.   Venus asks us to examine how we are in balance and harmony in our lives and where we are not. Venus supports us to find right relationship in all areas of our lives.

Just as the skies reflect, Venus stands in opposition to patriarchy. Patriarchy idealizes individuality at the expense of the less fortunate.  With Venus’s help, we move towards a time in which caring for each other in a web of acknowledged oneness and interdependence will be a way of life. The idea of using war as a tool to create security will seem insane and violence will be understood to be a rupture in right relationship.

When the second and related lunar eclipse happened this month on the July 16th, Venus was still in our morning sky but was very close to the Sun, It was conjunct with the Sun because it was just about to orbit out of sight from us behind the Sun in what is known as its superior conjunction.

This superior conjunction is a three month period when Venus is out of view for us. It  is a time for Venus to commune with the stars but not us- a needed break for Venus no doubt- It is also a time for us to think about what Venus is asking of us- It is our chance to reflect and re-evaluate our relationships. It is a time for questions like, “What needs to happen for me to be more nurturing to myself and more compassionate for others? ” and “Does how I spend my time and resources reflect my values?” and ” What is required of me to be in right relationship with all parts of life?”

When Venus orbits back into view,  it will be sitting in the constellation of Libra, the scales of balance, in the evening sky.  Refreshed by its vacation from Earth problems, Venus will return to assist us to put into action the realizations we’ve had.  It will be ready to help us find balance and right relationship with all life. What answers will we have to its questions about what needs to be done? What decisions will we have made?  Will we be as brave and committed as Greta Thunberg to do anything to save each other and all Earth?

We can see that Venus has humanity’s back by what is happening here in the gardens of the farm.  Venus’s return corresponds to the  focus of this year’s Venus  Garden. Each year since the early 90’s,  we have made  a Venus Garden Flower Essence combination in the Venus Garden from all the Flowers in the garden on the Autumn Equinox- one of two days in the year when light and dark are in balance..  It is always a magic day to make the Essence but never more so than this year when we have been told the very topic of the mix is BALANCE.

Venus returning into the scales of balance in the skies and in our Venus Garden the harvest of a mandala of balance.

It amazes me that so many things dovetail together like this- enormous things like the movement of the stars and planets- and small things like synchronicities in this little tiny garden.  All of it tells me we are not alone in our journey towards maturity, but mighty forces are with us.

To tap into Venus’s support in a deep way, consider looking at our Flower Essences from the Venus Garden.  We have always understood this garden to hold the highest vibration here at the farm and be the pivot point for change. The Flower Essences from this garden are immensely supportive of deep, healing transformation.  I cannot imagine my journey through life without  this garden and it’s Flower Essence gifts  including but not limited to Belerephon of the Open Door, The Alignment Garden, Don’t Worry-Bee Happy, Gratitude, The Sunflower Spiral, Ruby Moon Hyacinth Bean, Love Prevails, Phoenix Rising and Mehera a Flower Essence I carry on my person at all times!

The white Mehera Marigolds play a key role in this year’s garden once again. Here is a photo of White Cosmos in the foreground and Mehera in the background from this morning.!

 

 

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!