I’m very excited to re-introduce Allspice/Spice Tree (Pimenta officinalis) once again!

This time of year I make Flower Essences in glass bowls all over the gardens.  This is to replenish supplies of Flower Essence made here at the farm.

The obvious difficulty with our collections from other parts of the Earth is that it is much harder to keep stocked with these Flower Essences. Allspice/Spice Tree was one casualty of geography: We ran out of this Flower Essence as I never seemed to be on Bermuda when Allspice/Spice Tree was blooming.

Problems with sourcing extended beyond this friend. So many wonderful tropical plants of Bermuda and St. John are beloved Flower Essences  and key ingredients in our combination Flower Essences.  However trips to both islands are infrequent.  So more than 25 years ago I started to raise tropical plants in our greenhouse, so that when it was impossible to get to the islands, we would have a bit of the islands here at the farm.

This time of year these tropical beloveds are particularly happy as they are sunk in soggy peat moss out in the cold frames, directly soaking up the sun, rain, warmth and humidity of summer while also keeping their roots nice and cool and damp.

In this rather muddled picture, the Frangipanis rise up above the many Limes, Lemons, Oranges, Grapefruits, Bougainvilleas, Jasmines, Calliandras, Pink Tecomas, Bananas, Bignonias, Pomegranates and other tropical plants.  The Frangipanis are ten feet tall now with many other tropical friends almost as tall.

We sourced most of these tropical plants from Logee’s, a supplier of tropical plants in Danielson, Connecticut. Logee’s has offered tropical plants since 1892.  I grew up near Logee’s. Many a winter afternoon saw me in their amazing, ancient and enormous greenhouses wandering to my heart’s content. If you live anywhere near Logee’s ( and even if you don’t) a visit to Logee’s is worth the trip.  Some of the plants are over a hundred years old and the fragrances and abundant Flowers are a joy to experience.

And interestingly enough many Bermudian gardens were built with tropical plants from Logee’s. This importing went on until the customs got too difficult about 20 years ago. I was always so happy when I found a plant marker in Bermudian friends’ gardens with the Logee’s logo.

Anyways….a decade ago I noticed that Logee’s offered small Allspice plants. I purchased a tiny pot and then I waited, repotting on occasions as the specimen because a small tree.  The wait was worth it as now for the first time it is covered in blossoms.

What a thrill it was to see the first Flowers this summer!

Aren’t they interesting?

Given the intensity of the spice, ground from the berries of this tree and redolent with cinnamon, clove and nutmeg scents and flavors in both berry and leaf, it’s no surprise its Flower Essence is all about the senses.

Here was my original post in the fall 1994 green newsletter introducing Spice Tree/ Allspice..

Any of you out there that remember those green newsletters? I wrote the newsletters and my children, so little at the time, did the art.  What fun it was to create those newsletters!

We used to get many thousands of them printed, then we’d hand sort them into matching zip code bundles. The sorting process would take over every room in the farmhouse and from room to room we would call out what we learned as we discovered pockets of Green Hope friends. “We have 25 friends in Fort Bragg, CA.”  Did you know we had THAT many friends in Puerto Rico?” All this sorting meant we could send the newsletters out with our postal permit #5 which gave us our first and last savings on postage.

Then came the internet…..and all things online! ( and the kids grew up and weren’t so interested in doing art for their mom’s newsletter).

This last week the Angels, Elementals and I made Allspice/Spice Tree into a Flower Essence again. 24 years later, the Angels and Elementals tell me that they are content with the original description, but they would like us to call the Flower Essence Allspice not Spice Tree so more people can connect it with that spice in their spice cupboard.

I ask them for an I AM affirmation.

I AM my awakened senses.

Healing Earth

Okay a bit of a grandiose title, but bear with me….

The garden designs got switched up in late winter from one set of plans to another. In over 30 years here, this was a first to have plans I received in January be discarded by the Angels and Elementals in March.  The new plans involved spirals in every garden. It was fun to plant these spirals and now as they grow, the feeling of all these spirals is wonderful. There is a dill and cilantro spiral, a dahlia spiral, a potato spiral, a sunflower spiral, a beet, radish and chard spiral.

You get the drift.

One large garden is a spiral entirely of beans. I was feeling pretty smug about how well the bean spiral was doing. Then two days ago, on my morning tour of the gardens, I discovered the deer had munched a big section of bean plants.

I already lost so many crops to the cats and mice who ate or destroyed almost all the seed flats in the greenhouse this spring.  As I looked at what was left of the bean plants,  I was mad about losing yet another crop to the deer.  So I built a fence of stakes and twine all the way around the bean spiral with a big energetic “THERE ARE PLENTY OF OTHER THINGS FOR YOU TO EAT THAN THE BEANS.” Deer could easily jump my fence, but I hoped it would remind them they know how to restrain themselves.

What it reminded them of was that the beet and chard spiral was not fenced in. That was dinner for the deer the night I put up the fence.

Which brings me to the point of this post- a new way to work in partnership with the Elementals- a specificity in asking for help and a deeper letting go in complete trust.

As I wander the thirty plus year old gardens here, all worked in partnership with the Angels and Elementals from the beginning, I see how different all the plantings are than they were ten or twenty or thirty years ago. Some trees, shrubs and perennials, no matter how many times I replanted them, just didn’t settle in and stay.  Others have thrived beyond my wildest expectations. This letting go to the wisdom of the garden has been stepped up a notch this season, and not just because of my skirmishes with the deer.

It’s like all the threads have been there, but I finally can feel how the cloth goes together.

Yes, Deer Family, I do not always do this gracefully, but I DO keep asking the Elementals to manifest what is in Divine order and NOT what me or any other  human thinks this should be.

As a part of this process, I have long asked for the generic removal of all negativity, but now I am more specific. I ask the Elementals to clear from the land ANYTHING that is not in Divine order including but not limited to negativity, toxic heavy metals, radiation, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides that might have blown in with a wind or rain, ANYTHING not serving the Light.

Somehow, this specificity represents my deepening awareness that if we all ask for the Elementals’ help, they will help us heal this entire planet. No job is too big or too small for them.

The Elementals are THE KEY to restoring Earth. They stand ready to work with us if we but ask. They NEED US TO ASK in order to do all they can.  The wonderful news is that as we ask them to do this work, garden by garden, building by building, geographical place by place, IT WILL BE DONE.

Elementals can transmute anything. We don’t need to limit our requests to the generic “negativity”.  We can ask for help with anything we think might be a specific issue on the land we are on and then in addition ask for the generic removal of all negativity.  In this deepening conversation with the Elementals comes a greater sense of working together to heal a planet we love.

When we ask them to remove and transmute all that is not in alignment with Divinity,  it releases the land we are asking them to work into natural alignment with Divinity.

Transmute means literally change in form, nature or substance. This request for clearing is not just moving one place’s toxic stuff to somewhere else. It is a request for the Elementals to do what they do, dissolve what is not in alignment with Divinity back into the formlessness from which it came. That is the Elementals’ work after all- to manifest form and also return form into formlessness.

I really hope you’ll join me in asking the Elementals holding your part of the world in form to do this clearing and transmuting process. This is a way forward for all of us.

And as I go forward, I try to remember that I do not know exactly what this transmuting process is going to look like. I need to continue to work to let go of my expectations and TRUST.

Divine order is beyond my understanding. I simply need to ask for the Elementals’ help and let go. My work is to embrace what happens and savor the mysterious and wonderful unfolding of a healing Earth EVEN IF IT MEANS NO BEETS OR CHARD THIS YEAR!


A new email address!

Because spring is not busy enough on a farm, life now finds us crossing off our old email address on 10,000 postcards,  applying new email info to printed pamphlets and scrambling to change every online interface we have from our old email address to our new one.

Before I go further,  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE change our email in your computer address book from the OLD soon to be GONE FOREVER email of [email protected] to our NEW email address of

[email protected]

YES! There are 2 e’s on a row in there.

Did you change it?

Whew!  Now that you have done that, I can continue my tale of technology woe.

Wait? Did you REALLY change it?

Because you REALLY need to! No joke!

Last week, Jim read in our local paper The Valley Snooze News that all addresses were going to be discontinued by a new company that just bought the server. He reported we had just days to jump ship, because people sending emails to all addresses were not even going to get a bounce back to tell them that the email didn’t exist anymore.  Some guy named Chip who had abandoned his address “years ago” to embrace gmail  was quoted as saying, “That’s progress.”


And with that pronouncement,  6,000 addresses were history.

It was rude strange that we read about the end of our email address in the paper. It seemed rude bizarre there was  no notice from the company.  In fact, we still haven’t gotten ANY notice, rude or otherwise, from the company.

On hearing this news, I got that glazed look that most technology glitches give me. To my adult children, who were sitting at the kitchen table relaxed and scrolling through Instagram, FB, texts and the internet simultaneously, my face  probably looked like one painted by Edvard Munch pained.

Behind that face lay a brain spinning out of control already brain-storming solutions.  I was immediately busy plotting solutions for this nightmare conundrum. Too busy in fact to  fake technology serenity.

Green Hope Farm has had this email address for 25 years.  Everything we do loops through this email address. AND I MEAN EVERYTHING.  My list of things to sort out is several pages long. And growing.

Fortunately as I wrung my hands, Sarah and Will said, “NO PROBLEM!”  Mercifully for them they did not say, “That’s progress.” Instead they said, “This happens every day.  We can fix everything.” and they ARE fixing everything except my attitude.

Today for example, Sarah and Jen are getting the kinks out of the new email system.

[email protected]

But you know that, right? Because you changed it in your computer address book! Right?

Not to beat a dead horse but We REALLY need you to change us in your computer, because is kaput. This new company could give a hoot that, as an offshoot of Dartmouth’s blitz mail, was one of the first email communities ever.  They could give a hoot about the 6,000 people like me are who are trying to wrap their spinning heads around life after

I hope everyone has a team like I do tuning our their worried mother holding my hand and telling me to CHILL. But I doubt it. stopped giving out addresses 20 years ago, so that means the 6,000 of us dinosaurs customers, unlike Mr. That’s Progress Chip, have been clinging to our addresses and resisting change for at least 20 years and/or haven’t had an assertive lively group of young people around them dragging them into the future encouraging change as I have or as Chip clearly had.

TRUE CONFESSION- My son, webmaster Ben, suggested I make a change in email address years ago.  He was joined by a Greek chorus of other siblings.  But I insisted I liked the bucolic sound of our obsolete email address.  I regret my foot dragging.  There, I said it. 

So back to the main point of this post- The old email will not work in a matter of days despite my Herculean efforts to stop the flow of time– and if you send an email to that address,  IT WON’T BOUNCE BACK and tell you we didn’t get your mail  either.

My great grandfather was an GP in Philadelphia and when he didn’t hear from a patient for awhile, he would tell other patients that the person was  dead, even when he or she was very much alive and kicking. IF YOU DO NOT HEAR FROM US in response to emailing the old email address, WE ARE NOT DEAD! As Chip would say, It’s progress.

PS Is it ironic that technology can create problems only a human can fix, one cross off at a time?

In the Lab with Staff Goddess Jen Lenz

In this post

-We take Green Hope geeking to a whole new level.

-We discover that  a drop is not a drop.

-We answer all your questions about who funded this study.

-We establish that while Molly has been accused of having no right brain, there ARE people at the farm with very high functioning right brains ( just not me).

-We discover that one of the staffers with a wonderful left AND right brain, Jen Lenz,  would leave no stone unturned to be accurate in how we answer your questions.

To explain- Staff Goddess, Jennifer Lenz, decided she wanted to double check the number of drops in our bottles since we routinely tell you that the 1/2 oz bottle contains 300 drops and the 2 oz bottle (at four times the size of the 1/2 oz) contains 1200 drops.

From left to right 2 oz bottle, 1/2 oz bottle &  2 oz spritzer bottle

Being an engineer by training, Jen likes accuracy.  She also has a lot of patience which is perhaps one reason why she rode a bike across our country from Meriden, NH to San Francisco, CA while most of the rest of us fly in a plane. (When checking with her on the departure and destination points, she notes that she did not go directly from here to there but did a lot of wandering- Thank you for ensuring this blog post accurately describes your trip)

In any case, all this translated into Jen patiently sitting down with test bottles to count out the drops.

It never occurred to me that the data could be different than when I did this count 30 years ago, but Jen wanted to verify my old data as 30 years is a long, long time.  This general penchant to have things “never occur to me” could be one of the reasons my family often says about me, “She never expects the Spanish Inquisition.”

OK- Without any further meanderings, here are the results, straight from Jen’s tiny lab in her tiny home ( which I might add, is about the cutest house I have ever been in- if she could fit in a second bed, she might find me there way too often)

(Maybe here is the place to note about Jen’s funding. She received no bribes from ANYONE to get the results she got and even refused to be paid with a second bed, one that I offered to install for “no particular reason” beyond my selfless generosity)

Findings from the tiny house auxiliary laboratory for flower essence sciences:

2-ounce bottles
2 ounces is approximately 57 grams with dropper and with the Flower Essence level at the base of the neck of the bottle.
Each large dropper has approximately 17 drops in it.
2 ounces is approximately 1220 drops (I may have spaced out a few times, but probably within dozen or so drops and amazingly close to what we have been saying.)
Each spritz is approximately 3 drops with approximately 440 sprays in a 2-ounce bottle (spraying that many times was actually easier than I thought it would be).
0.5-ounce bottles
0.5 ounces is approximately 14 grams with dropper and with the Flower Essence level is at the tippy top of the bottle
Each small dropper top has approximately 12 drops in it
0.5 ounces is only approximately 210 drops (!!!!) with the standard small dropper top.
Wait…what? Yes, I tried it multiple times. All were the same.
So, I tried it with the larger dropper top in the 0.5-ounce bottle…AND
0.5 ounces is approximately 305 drops with the larger dropper top!! As it should be!
In conclusion, not all dropper tops are made the same!!! And what’s up with the small dropper tops? As I was counting the drops from the smaller dropper top, I did think “geez…do these drops look bigger?” Are all drops just a drop? 
I have no idea what you want to do with this data, but this has been your science lesson of the day.
xoxo, Jen (I may miss science) Lenz

So now we wonder- How do we explain this phenomena to you all?

On our most recent batch of droppers (we buy them in 50,000 to 100,000  lots) the dropper tips (the glass units called pipettes) are shaped differently than in previous batches. This change in dropper tips is not something that we asked for. The manufacturer just sent different dropper pipettes.  (Once this happened with the opening of our half ounce glass bottles and we had to rebuild our bottling gizmo because we had 100,000 bottles with openings too narrow for our bottling gizmo- but that is another story)

Anyway, back to our current situation.  Older 1/2 oz dropper tips apparently make smaller drops than this new batch of dropper tips.  So if you have older Essences as in six months old or older, you probably have these older dropper tips and will get 300 drops out of your bottle. If you have newer Essences then consider that one drop is really more like 1.5 even 2 drops from one of the older dropper tips.  Please know  you can use fewer drops with these new dropper tips to get the same number of dosages.


Given this truth, drops are elevant in terms of you getting the highest number of doses from your bottle of Essences, but not in terms of you getting the healing information of the Essences.  .

Get the most  from your bottles of Essences is one reason we mention SPRITZING so much.

It is also SUCH an effective way to give you and your beloveds the information of the Flower Essences.  With a spritzer your subtle electrical bodies as well as your physical body get the information of the Essences. Your mental, emotional, etheric AND physical bodies and their  many electrical receptors get the information at the same time!

Spritzing is also, according to our Green Hope Farm Lab Goddess Jen, a very cost effective way to use the Essences.  Remember with a spritzer bottle you can put a couple droppersful of whatever Essences you want to work with in an empty spritzer bottle then fill with water, and according to Jen,  get 440 spritzes!

That is a lot of SPRITZING!

Please email with any questions about this data Attention Jen- Her answers will be more accurate than mine!

The adorable Jen Lenz at the computer

Love, Healing & Crete- Flower Essences from Crete

Here with Dittany Flower Essence begins the description of a precious and paradigm shifting collection of Flower Essences from the island of Crete, nestled in the middle of the Mediterranean south of the Greek mainland, north of Libya and Egypt and west of Turkey and Lebanon.

Ben Sheehan and Miriah Wall gathered these Flower Essences on Crete in March of 2018. I thank them and the Flowers, Angels and Elementals of Crete who have shifted my experience of life with this Flower Essence collection. Please, if you can, read what these Flower Essences have to share.

Dittany from CreteOriganum dictamnus

Dittany Flower grows only in the most inconvenient places in sunny outcroppings on the sides of mountain cliffs. Dittany is one of a number of Flowers in this collection that originated on Crete. When transplanted it becomes a less vibrant expression of itself, so Dittany grown off island does not hold the vibrational wisdom of Dittany on Crete.

Cretans consider Dittany the most powerful of herbs. For at least ten thousand years, Dittany has been held sacred as a panacea cure all and magical herb of health. For this and many other reasons, the Angels describe Dittany Flower Essence as the keystone of our Cretan Flower Essences.

Dittany Flower Essence is a foundation Flower Essence holding the template of the very best we can be. It holds a template for excellent health. It holds the template for embodying our most evolved selves. It holds a template for love without thought of self. It also holds the template for each of us to return to the values of matriarchy and matriarchal community. Matriarchal community is both something that flourished on the island of Crete for many thousands of years and something that will flourish again worldwide as a natural upwelling of us individually anchoring in our inner light, love and Divinity.

Crete’s Precious Legacy

Ben and Miriah returned from their Flower Essence mission to Crete with 23 Flower Essences. As I got to know each Flower, I unexpectedly learned much about humanity’s way forward and the journey we are embarked upon to leave patriarchy behind and find a new way to live together.

Crete and its Flowers embody a different model of being than the patriarchal one we have been told is, “the way things have been and always will be.” Crete’s history reveals that patriarchy is a system of dominance that CAN be dismantled, because it wasn’t always the existing framework of humanity. Tools of patriarchal domination include war, slavery, subjugation of women, accumulation of wealth through taking advantage of other less powerful people and manipulation of spirituality into religious dictates that subjugate others; all these tools of patriarchy can and will be dismantled, and ancient Crete and its Flowers can help us do this.

Why? Because Crete and its Flowers still vibrate a model of a different way of being. From 7000 BC to 1450 BC Crete was a vibrant and harmonious matriarchal culture. This makes Crete and its Flowers extremely helpful and illuminating vibrational role models of matriarchy for an evolving humanity.

What is Matriarchy?

One prevalent misunderstanding of matriarchal cultures is that they involved powerful warrior women subjugating men. This is not what matriarchal cultures are or ever were. Matriarchies were not about preferential treatment of women or anyone else. Any community, including those run by women, in which all citizens are not treated as equals is a patriarchy.

Matriarchies were communities that lived by the values of motherhood: love, caring and generosity. In matriarchies these were the values held to be the most important values by both sexes. Matriarchal cultures lived from the experience of our inherent equality as children of God/Goddess. Matriarchies honored mothers as the earthly bearers of new life and the values of motherhood as paramount, but they did not translate this into a hierarchy enforced by war, subjugation or violence. There were no structures around the notions of defense, superiority or power. Instead, matriarchal cultures were participatory democracies governed by consensus. Wealth was shared through structures of gift giving and other tools for sharing resources.

How did Matriarchy do this?

Matriarchal cultures didn’t “do” anything, instead they experienced themselves as whole and lived from this truth. Matriarchal cultures experienced God/Goddess as within us. Matriarchal cultures understood each of us to be a perfect and unique expression of Divinity. Matriarchies flourished through a recognition of the truth that each child comes from God in perfection and nothing can alter this wholeness. In matriarchal cultures, each person’s life unfolded in a celebration of this wholeness. Life was about expressing purpose from a state of completeness never about striving to prove one’s worth through doing or fixing or making ourselves better than others.

In patriarchy the Divine origin of each of us is lost in a pervasive fear we are not whole or enough. A child in patriarchy comes into life to be given the immediate message that he or she is in need of improvement. A child raised in patriarchy is programmed to think he or she is what he or she possesses and what she or he does and what other people think of him or her. The key erroneous belief of patriarchy is that each of us is separate from God so we must strive to become something valuable, whereas the child of matriarchy knows he or she is one with God/Goddess and lives as an expression of God/Goddess with worth never under discussion.

Since we all currently live in patriarchy of some form or another, it is very hard to imagine what it must have been like to live in matriarchy and have one’s life flow from God through oneself in an expression of Divinity. Sometimes we taste this flow, but it’s hard to imagine living like this all the time.

In our world we get constant reinforcement that we must control our experience and become better. We get little if any support to let go and let God. May these Flower Essences release all of us into knowing our wholeness. May they help each of us sink into matriarchy to be set free and to live in a flowering of happiness. May we all experience a release from patriarchy soon, and may these Flower Essences do their best to help us with this release.

Back to History

Most communities of Old Europe (6500 BC- 3500 BC) were matriarchal. These pre- patriarchal Neolithic cultures were settled, agricultural, artistic, peaceful, egalitarian cultures worshipping the Goddess and celebrating birth, death and the regeneration of all life. We look to Crete as a role model for matriarchy, because it had the most long lasting matriarchal culture in the Mediterranean basin and Europe and existed as a particularly beautiful expression of these values. Crete’s matriarchy survived the longest because it was the last to be invaded by warring nomadic tribes from the north. This happened in 1450 BC after over 5,000 years as a radiant, joyful matriarchal society. Archeological remains reflect Minoan matriarchal experience of oneness with Divinity in that there are no ruins of defensive systems, buildings or weapons.

Mistaken History

One of the reasons Flower Essences are so helpful is because they remain in their vibrational truth even when described incorrectly or inaccurately. This comforts me as we experience an era of “alternative facts.” The vibration of a Flower Essence cannot be tampered with by language or branding. Each Flower Essence is what it is, and people and animals recognize each Essence as either sharing something helpful or not.

Even though Flower Essences can survive the assault of manipulative language, it is still important for us to try very hard to use descriptive language about Flower Essences accurately. This is true of everything, as everything deserves to be described with sincerity so that all things can shine in untarnished and beautiful truth.

The erroneous way ancient matriarchal Crete is described is a case in point.  Take, for example, the famous Minoan building complex in Knossos. This complex was a sacred center that embodied the wisdom of living from divine oneness, egalitarian love and the generosity held so sacred by the Minoan civilization.

However the archaeologist who “discovered” the structures in 1900 AD described these buildings through his patriarchal lens of the separation mindset of power and wealth inequality. Instead of describing the building complexes correctly as community gathering places where communal food was stored, art and other sacred objects were made, and spiritual and cultural events were celebrated, archeologist Arthur Evans described the structures as the palace of a warrior King. In choosing to define the compound as one man’s palace, he assumed the site reflected the post Minoan patriarchal values of violently taking more than one’s share then proving one’s value with a very splashy palace.

The sharing of resources and the generosity of Minoans is so opposite this description. In ancient matriarchal Minoan Crete, resources were shared in a system of generosity and gift giving to ensure all could thrive. When you know you are from God and so is everyone else, there is no impulse other than sharing with each other.

This Minoan acknowledgement of our oneness and great generosity of spirit survives intact in Crete even after 3500 years of invasions by different patriarchal societies from Myceneans to Nazis to the current Russian oligarchs who are buying up the island. To this day, events in a Cretan community such as weddings are “come one, come all” celebrations with everyone welcomed and well fed. Travellers to Crete, including Ben and Miriah, report how people constantly give strangers free food, welcome them into their homes and go out of their way to be open hearted and generous. Ben and Miriah noticed that every stray animal was treated as an appreciated part of the community with food offered and a gentle welcoming of any cat or dog into restaurants or shops. What an incredibly strong vibration the matriarchy of ancient Crete must have that it survives in these acts of generosity and inclusion after 3500 years of patriarchal invasions.

Why this Discussion?

So why does this matter to us? First of all, it is vital for us to understand that patriarchy is not a given. Patriarchy can and will become a cultural structure we leave behind. Most historians and people in power tell us we have always had institutionalized war and oppression and always will have this. This is not true. Patriarchy is not a permanent reality. We have lived in harmonious cooperative community before patriarchy, and we will do it again. This shift is underway right now. Knowing this is very empowering. It helps us leave behind despair and live in hope.

The ancient Minoan civilization of Crete is a touchstone as we go forward to imagine and co-create a world in which we are all treated as equals and where tools of patriarchy are abandoned, never to subjugate others or suppress our expression of our true selves again. This ancient matriarchal civilization and the Flower Essences of Crete help us re-imagine and co-create our world into a place where we are not afraid to send our kids to school, where resources are shared and where we live free in the values of Divine oneness, equality, caring and generosity of spirit.

Our world moves forward on the truth that we can evolve beyond patriarchy and go forward to matriarchal societies that respect all life as equal in its oneness with Divinity. Each Cretan Flower Essence helps us in this.

More about Dittany Flower Essence

Dittany Flower, endemic to (meaning originally found only on) Crete, knows we can make this shift. It is both a promise and a tuning fork, supporting us in our efforts to find our way to a matriarchal re-flowering on Earth. It supports all those who live from different values than patriarchy. It helps us know with every fiber of our being that the values of care, love and generosity are not naïve, silly values but are the life giving, life preserving, life restoring way forward for humanity.

Dittany supports us to hold true to our essential nature as the way our world is to be reborn. It helps us stay strong through the last tired patriarchal assaults on our loving nature and bolsters our confidence that our essential nature of goodness and light will prevail because it is stronger than anything patriarchy can throw at us.

Dittany also helps us anchor this truth in others, so if we are teachers, leaders, parents or role models of any kind, working with Dittany helps us hold this vibrational template for those in our care.

Dittany fills us with the knowledge that the despairing belief that we will always be a patriarchal planet is not fact.  The patriarchal culture of war, societal and resource inequality, enslavement and disharmony is a piece of history, now passing, and not an eternal verity. Humankind can and will re-find cooperative community based on the values of egalitarian generosity and oneness with all creation. AND THE FLOWERS WILL HELP US DO THIS!

Dittany finishes this description by sharing its I AM affirmation.

I AM the only real thing. I AM LOVE.

Without further ado, here are the rest of the new Crete Flower Essences.

Asphodel from Aptera, Crete- Asphodelus ramosus

Asphodel tell us, “I light your way back from hell. I am a torch revealing your way forward, but I am also the fire that knows a new beginning after your dark journey. You had things to learn from patriarchy, but it is done. It is time to leave Hades and return to the light.”

The ancient Greeks believed that the Asphodel Meadows were the place in Hades where ordinary souls went to live after their deaths. This made me ask Asphodel what the more ancient Minoans thought of it. Asphodel said, “The Minoans knew me much better, and they included me in many events. They understood I brought light to any gathering. The Minoans were a very beautiful expression of Divinity, and I relished supporting them, just as I relish bringing my light to you now.”

Consider Asphodel to help light your way out of a dark night of the soul or a dark time in your life. Consider Asphodel if a patriarchal drama has you in its snares. Asphodel will light the way out of this drama towards a new way of being.

I AM the way out of Hades.

Butterfly Orchid from Balos, Crete Orchis papilionacea         Inspiration

I help you manifest your dreams. I infuse your creative life with fun and joy. I work with the lightest touch. It may seem like I was never there, but something after the fact will tell you I did much good for you. I am a bit of a mystery, but I love you and want to help you. I am not an aloof or distant mystery but more of a friendly enigma. I may seem as ephemeral as a butterfly moving through your inner garden, but trust me, you will be glad you visited with me.

I AM the sparkle of creation.

Cape Sorrel from Prevali, Crete Oxalis pes-caprae                             Support to handle too much data

I help quiet the clamor of too much data coming at you. I help you calm yourselves, get centered and sort the data with the least amount of fuss and the most clarity possible.

Amidst turbulent change and in a sea of too much data, I AM calm.

Cretan Viper Grass from Prevali, Crete- Scorzonera cretica       Fearless and bold expression of our true selves

Cultural shifts come not from the top of hierarchical structures but from the actions of individuals. What begins as a few flashes of light in the dark or the actions of a few individuals grows to fill the whole sky with light. This Flower, endemic to Crete, encourages us to express our unique selves fearlessly and with confidence. It knows that each of us makes a difference and is a vital part of a reborn way of being for humankind.

I AM the true expression of myself, and in this self-expression, I heal all creation.

Crown Daisy from Kaliviani, Crete- Chrysanthemum coronarium Knowing the infinite sunshine of Divinity is within us

Patriarchy is a system of authority in which we are told that Divinity is outside ourselves. Our journey right now is to remember the wellspring of all goodness and light is within us, and that Divinity has an internal source within each of us. In this age of alternative facts, it is vital for us to have our own inner experience of Divinity. Knowing truth is different than being told “truth” by something outside ourselves. This Essence opens us to experience ourselves as inseparable from Divinity. It encourages us to live from this truth and from all truths that flow from within us.

When a child is born, the crown of the head comes first. So it is that our crowns experience the light of the sun first. This is a moment not of receiving something we do not have, but of the sun reminding us of our own inner sunshine. Throughout our lives when we lift our smiling heads to the sun, we smile from our own sunshine not because the sun is outside of us and we are taking back something we lack.

On another note, Crown Daisy helps us experience the song and dance that lives within us. You may find yourself singing and dancing after working with this Flower Essence friend!

I AM one with Goddess.

Dittany from Crete– Please read the beginning of this blog

Earth Smoke from Prevali, Crete- Fumaria agraria                   Responding to events and our emotions with clarity and balance

Earth Smoke Flower Essence supports us to see clearly during complex events and emotional times, then to find our way forward with composed action. It cuts through smoky, uncertain times so we have a clear vision of our circumstances, but it also supports us to act from this vision in a grounded and wise way.

When we feel swamped by too much emotion, Earth Smoke helps us make decisions, because it helps open up a space between feeling our feelings and moving forward in action. This space helps us when we get very fired up by emotions as well as when we get swamped by them. Be it too much heat or too much water, Earth Smoke helps us settle down and find calm. From this place we can proceed calmly and clearly.

I AM calm in my response to any situation.

Hairy Thorny Broom from Stavros, Crete- Calycotone villos    Supports us to nourish and protect our inner bee so that it flourishes and grows

The honeybees love this Flower with a passion. I imagine the ancient peoples of Crete loved this Flower too, because they loved bees. In fact they often depicted the Goddess as Potnia or “Pure Mother Bee” and priestesses were called Melissas, their word for bees.

Just as the ancient people of Crete lived in a matriarchal culture of equality, consensus, generosity and loving kindness, so too bees live in a matriarchy of complete selflessness in which everything is done for the wellbeing of the hive. One of this Flower Essence’s gifts is to help us live like a honeybee.

Another gift of this plant is to help us find an appropriate and evolving balance of boundaries. Hairy Thorny Bloom is covered in large thorns that protect the Flowers so they don’t get eaten by a passing goat. The original matriarchal Minoan civilization had no defenses or weaponry. In fact, they used all their precious metals for jewelry. During our own culture’s paradigm shifting journey from warring defensiveness to a selfless, generous, egalitarian civilization, our tender expressions of love will sometimes need to be shared but also protected. This is different than protecting without sharing.

This Flower Essence shows us the balance of generous giving with appropriate boundaries so we can remain intact to live and share another day. Hopefully this transition of needing to protect ourselves will evolve into a place like ancient Crete where there were no defenses because no one needed them.

I AM Potnia.

Hairy Yellow Vetchling from Prevali, Crete Vicia hybrida          Practical wisdom about friendship

This Flower friend wants to help improve our skills at engaging and untangling gently in friendships. This gentle friend knows how to weave its way through other plants, softly shining its wise face but never dominating. It holds a balance of genuine self-expression and self-effacement. When I asked this dear one how it wanted to help you, Hairy Yellow Vetchling said, “ I want to help you feel safe to get to know people if you are shy or retiring or gently pull back without hurting any feelings if you feel in over your head in a friendship. I have a lot of wisdom about this delicate dance and would love to share this with you, just as I was always there for the people of ancient Crete.

I AM the dance of friendship.

Henbit Deadnettle from Balos, Crete- Lamium amplexicaul Validation that doing a load of laundry and a sinkful of dishes matters

Selflessness isn’t always dramatic or flashy. In fact it’s usually not. Henbit Deadnettle shares, “I lift up those in the background who are doing the chores of daily living with no fanfare but much love. You matter. I am a groundcover walked on and dismissed, but I know my value. I want you to know yours. I want you to feel my tender vibration under your feet, lifting you up and reminding you that each thankless, selfless job you do heals the world. Bless you. Know I am with you. You matter. What you do matters. You stitch the world together with your acts of thoughtfulness and love. You are a blessing. I see you.”

I AM infinitely precious.

Large Mediterranean Spurge from Kaliviani, Crete- Euphorbia characias  Integrating the wounds of our emotional journeys into healing stories

As we rebirth ourselves and our world into a more harmonious, loving and healing co-creation, we will need to embrace our emotional memories of what was. This Flower encourages us to use our emotional battle scars not as reasons to stay defended, but as a vital part of our healing stories. Integrated in this way, our wounds become nourishing to ourselves as well as others. Painful events do not define us but inform us of where we’ve been, both for ourselves to be empowered by and for others to be inspired by.

This Flower Essence helps us with this journey of owning what we have been through, seeing how it informs what we want to express in our lives and then going forward into full creative expression of who we are.

I AM the story and I AM the storyteller.

Mandrake from Balos, Crete- Mandragora autumnalis                   Rooting us in the right circumstances

Folklore (and Harry Potter) tell us that if we uproot a Mandrake, it will kill us with its scream. Mandrake sets the record straight, “ I am a very vocal plant. I like to help you get to the root of what is bothering you. I will do this by talking to you very loud and clear. You may be skeptical about my gifts, but even if you just put a bottle of my Flower Essence in your pocket, I will help you know what you need to root out, what the root of your problems are and how to either root yourself more fully in a harmonious situation or transplant yourself with ease to a new one.”

I AM mastery of my roots.

Mediterranean Mallow from Balos, Crete- Malva cretica               Finding our beauty within

“I contain much wisdom about beauty, both the skin-deep kind and the inner kind. One of my secrets is that I help you switch your focus from applying beauty from without to finding beauty from within. I help those of you who feel less than in the beauty department to experience the imperishable beauty that ever lives within you. This may sound rather far-fetched or perhaps impractical, but moving your understanding of beauty from without to within as I support you to do is surprisingly powerful.”

I AM beauty from within.

Pink Catch Fly from Stavros, Crete- Silene colorata                       Freedom from any chains binding your self-expression

Pink Catchfly tells us, “I am especially helpful for those who have been stifled in their efforts at self actualization. I am particularly helpful in the realm of free expression in the arts, in relationships and in athletic endeavors. I frequently worked with the bull acrobats of Minos so I still carry this energy of flexible, adventurous and vibrant self-expression.”

I AM exuberant and joyful self-expression.

Pink Rock Rose from Stavros, Crete- Cistus creticus                           Living with a generosity of spirit no matter the circumstances.

After more than 5000 years as a harmonious matriarchy of egalitarian values, Crete suffered 3500 years of invasion by warring tribes, yet the people of Crete have held onto their caring concern for others, treating even strangers with selfless generosity. This gorgeous Flower, endemic to Crete, helps us hold fast to these values of loving care even when we feel under attack. Oftentimes in patriarchy those with generous hearts are seen by others as foolish. This Essence supports these souls to know their love is a pivotal part of humanity’s way forward and their expressions of loving kindness are heroic.

I AM life giving loving kindness.

Purple Viper’s Bugloss from Crete from Aptera Echium vulgar Respite and renewal on our journey of divine self-expression

Divinity flows through us to release us from ego so that we can become an expression of our truest self. Sometimes there are strong winds of resistance to our being true to ourselves. To put it another way, other people’s egos don’t always like it. Sometimes this feedback can leave us weary and in need of a safe harbor to re-group in. This Flower Essence anchors us in the space within us of respite and renewal. Rested, we can joyfully take up our work of expressing our unique selves in the world once again.

I AM safe.

Sea Medick from Stavros, Crete- Medicago marina                              Heart health and well-being

Medicks are traditional medicines. Recently this particular Medick has also been under consideration as a possible crop prospect for places dealing with climate change as it is both drought and saline tolerant.

Sea Medick explains, “My Flower Essence helps strengthen your heart in its role as the primary chalice of love and light in your life. I particularly help you find a strong and balanced rhythmic giving and receiving of love and light from your heart. This serves the rhythmic function of your heart as well as the rhythmic flow of your life.

Echoing my gifts as a plant that is both drought tolerant and able to handle salt water flooding, I will help you through dry spells in your heart’s flow as well as times of many tears flowing.  I smooth the incoming and outgoing waves of light and love through the vehicle of your heart to make your life a more balanced expression of self.”

I AM the perfect rhythm of my love filled heart.

Thistle from Crete from Stavros- Circium creticum                          Support to find appropriate boundaries then adapt them as circumstances change

This Thistle, endemic to Crete, tells us, “I help you maintain needed boundaries but also soften them when they are no longer necessary. I am very helpful for those with any kind of PTSD and will help any sentient being through a healing process towards greater ease and feelings of safety in the world.”

I AM safe in the world.

Thyme from Crete from Kaliviani Thymus                                                       It’s always healing time with thyme

All Thyme Flower Essences open up the possibility for us to have more time to inhabit our physical beings with a greater experience of vitality and health. When I asked Thyme from Crete how it was different from the Thyme Flower Essence we offer from the gardens here or the Thyme from Omey Island in Ireland, Thyme from Crete explained, “I am a very pure version of the essence of Thyme. I am particularly helpful for those who have burned themselves to a crisp in dramatic fiery times. I help them renew their physical bodies and settle back into their healing bodies with calm and contentment. These other Thyme beloveds focus more on cold and wet conditions. I help most when there has been too much fire.”

I AM complete healing.

Water Wattle from Stavros, Crete- Acacia retinodes                         Seeing beyond ego to the God within

Patriarchy makes a god of the ego even though it is a false construct. Now is the time to dissolve our egos and our allegiance to the false selves of anyone else’s ego. Now is the time to ground in our Divine self-identity and our equality in Divine oneness. This Flower is endemic to Crete and reflects the ancient Cretan values of oneness in Divine identity. It has many circular blossoms of yellow, all of equal size. Water Wattle explains, “I help you cut through the ego mask and perceive the true self and Divine identity of anyone you are talking to. If someone engages you from his or her ego, I help you see beyond this illusory self to the real self behind the ego projection.

I AM indivisible with my Divine self, and in Divine oneness I connect to the Divine self of others.

White Hedge Nettle from Preveli, Crete- Prasium majus                   Clear retrieval of all spiritual guidance imparted during sleep

This Flower Essence supports us to hear our inner guidance clearly during our night’s sleep then bring this guidance forward to full consciousness in the morning.

I AM the clear retrieval of all spiritual guidance I receive while I sleep.

Winter Savory from Prevali, Crete- Satureja thymbra                    Support for the awakening power of epiphanies

Winter Savory is a strong pungent herb associated with the satyrs of mythology who were described as half men and half goat with horse tales. The satyrs were companions of Dionysus. He is best remembered as the Greek god of wine, woman and song, however Dionysus was also the god of epiphany. Epiphany is defined as a sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something or an illuminating discovery or realization.

Winter Savory’s link to epiphany reveals its true purpose. In patriarchy, the values are imposed from without and through constant reinforcement these values constrain and limit everyone’s belief systems. We awaken from patriarchy and patriarchal values to be set free to be our true selves in individual moments of epiphany.

Immersed in a collective culture we have dreamed of patriarchy as the collective dream for learning’s sake, but it is time to awaken from this collective dream. To begin with we awaken as individuals, but we are not separate, so each individual awakening helps everyone else.

Winter Savory helps us welcome epiphanies as the experience that wakes us up. Epiphanies are vivid. They surprise us. They stay with us. They are always benign in their gifts. The herb Winter Savory is vivid and pungent. It surprises us with its intensity and lingers on the air when we rub its leaves. As a Flower Essence it wakes us sweetly but firmly. It works with synchronicity to frame the epiphanies in our lives so we respect them as our Divinity calling to wake us up from within us.

Language can’t really grasp epiphany nor can I describe this Essence, but it is a force to be reckoned with and embraced. It lives to serve the light within us.

I AM awake to my true self.

Yellow Mullein from Crete Aptera- Verbascum macrurum                  Yes! It’s really happening! We are healing!

This powerhouse untangles us from the snares of anything that tells us we can’t sink into a palpable enduring experience of our evolving perfection. Anywhere Mullein expresses itself it proclaims, “YES WE CAN.” In Crete is says, “YES WE DID! YES WE CAN! YES WE WILL AGAIN. IT IS DONE!”

I AM my Divine purpose made manifest.

These wonderful Flower Essence friends from Crete are ready when you are.  To order, email us or find them in the Mediterranean Collection on the website. I thank Miriah and Ben from the bottom of my heart for bringing these Flower Essences to the Green Hope Farm community.

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!