Gardens have been my “go to” for peace, inspiration, hope and clarity for many decades.
The flowers, herbs, trees, shrubs and breezes have never failed me.
Sitting on a bench in a park, garden or forest I feel the presence of the Divine.
It doesn’t take long until I remember the part of our Lord’s Prayer that says “give us this day, our daily bread.” I remember the power of Now and feel and know that whatever I need for this day is at hand. Whatever I need to do this day, my intuition will guide me to do or be.
As soon as I feel that peace, I get up and start my day.
Today I’m sharing a tiny glass flower and vase that my sister, Charmaine, gave me.
Whenever I’m not able to get to a garden, I go into my imagination or tune into the flowers in my room.
Another way I love flowers is through flower essences, books, herbs, and essential oils.
One of my favorite books is Magic Gardens, by Corinne Heline (copyright 1944). In it, she says:
“In Flowerland the whispers of heaven may become audible to the children of men; for the celestial hosts, too, have a way of ‘saying it with flowers.'”
She goes to quote this poem:
A garden is a lovesome thing, God wot! Rose plot, Fringed pool, Ferned grot– The veriest school Of peace; and yet the fool Contends that God is not– Not God! in gardens! when the eve is cool? Nay, but I have a sign; ‘Tis very sure God walks in mine. – Thomas Edward Brown
This book describes some of the essences of flowers that Dr. Bach discovered as healing remedies.
I have used many of their essences over the years. They capture the consciousness of the flowers and put it in bottles preserved with shiso, a type of vinegar, rather than alcohol.
Very magical. They have made essences from flowers all over the world.
Since the practitioners tune into the consciousness of the flower, you may also receive benefits by reading the descriptions on their website. I particularly love the “Venus Garden” and the “Irish collection.”
One thing flowers thrive on is Appreciation. Try standing next to a flower you love and tell it how beautiful it is. Maybe say you love its color, shape and fragrance, or just send it love and thanks from your heart. You wIll have made its day. The joy will spill right over into your day.
“Wherever my travels may lead, paradise is where I am.” ― Voltaire
Esther and Jerry Hicks have been teaching the principles of deliberate creation for about three decades.
I have loved their “Teachings of Abraham” as they are simple to apply and get results. I’ve felt that they definitely come from a higher place. After all of these years, also, their work has helped shift the consciousness of hundreds of thousands of people.
I have used their book Ask and It Is Given in classes I have taught. My favorite part is “going up the emotional ladder” and how to shift negatives to positives, knowing how important your feelings are. Their books are all a reminder of the power of the Law of Attraction. ‘What is like unto itself is drawn.”
I wanted to share a couple of passages that are some of my favorites. Source is Father Mother God, or the Universe of Love light and well Being without any Religious charge on the word. I also like this little book because of the colors and Nature Art. Every day is a different color, the infinite variety of nature.
Two passages from the book:
I have found in my own experience that taking the time to go up the emotional scale until I am feeling love and appreciation makes all the difference in my day. The Hicks teach that every morning, when you awaken have a rampage of appreciation, create your own book of positive aspects, and meditate for 15 minutes. I have found that doing this consistently makes all the difference in my awareness to move towards my good and create amazing moments and miracles.
If you haven’t worked with these principles yet, give them a try. We have entered the Golden Age of Aquarius where Love is the Power and Creating heaven on Earth is our purpose.
Have fun and joy in your unique contributions for the good of ALL.
Over the years I have misplaced this book, forgotten that I had it, and I have always been so delighted to find it again. I love opening it randomly to a page and finding the beautiful art and wisdom that feeds my Soul, my thought for the day.
I have often wondered why I haven’t always had it at my side. The only answer I could come up with is sometimes I haven’t been in a joyous or fun enough mood to receive it. Today I want to share one of my favorite illustrations with you. It was on the original dust cover:
Michele had an incredible journey to be able to swim with wild Dolphins in the Bahamas.
Overcoming her fear of drowning and making the preparations of fitness and strength, swimming, treading water and needing to trust in the Dolphin Dreams she was having, she manifested her trip to the Bahamas. A beautiful story in itself, though that was just the beginning of her adventure to swim with and learn from pods of wild Atlantic Spotted, Spinner and Bottlenose dolphins.
If you aren’t going to have the opportunity to swim with Wild Dolphins anytime soon, I feel you will have an amazing adventure reading her book. The art, poetry by her love, Scott Huckabay, and wisdom from many other authors offer the reader a Divine Alchemy. Jumps for joy, beauty, love and inspiration– to mention a few of the transcendent qualities in this book.
From the preface: Dolphins are the messengers of love, Bodhisattvas of the ocean, transporters of myth, lucid dream connectors, ancient ancestors, beauty from all directions, teachers of all that should be known. Carriers of all stories, alchemists of energy, troubadours of wisdom, mystical mermaids… The angels of the Sea.
I have had the joy and almost indescribable experience of swimming with wild dolphins in San Diego, Coronado, San Clemente and Carmel, California. The encounters were brief, but I could feel their love, and kind of an electric energy as they grazed my leg while I was sitting on my surfboard. At other times, while I was body surfing or swimming, they jumped out of the water or swam by me and brought so many laughs and fun.
Many years ago, 1998, I heard this phrase in the movie Mulan: “A single grain of rice can tip the scale. One (person) may be the difference between victory and defeat.”
These days, I hear that saying in my mind when I’m tempted to believe I’m not doing enough towards helping heal Mother Earth.
Of course, we can always do more, though in these times on Earth, Being more and radiating LOVE more can also be very helpful.
I really enjoyed this movie. It’s very entertaining and funny, and Eddie Murphy as the little “guardian dragon” is worth the YouTube rental fee. The young woman, Mulan, is highly courageous and creative, breaking the molds of her culture and following her intention to bring honor to her family in a very unique way.
Our unique contributions to “tipping the scale” towards Love for all are needed now more than ever.
One smile could tip the scale. One kind word. One forgiveness. Oneness with Mother Nature and the Elemental Kingdoms all add up to a beautiful awakening to the New Mother Earth of joy, prosperity for all and LOVE.
You are needed beyond measure. There is no one like you in this Universe.
Joy, fun, laughs, play, art, music and your unique voice can tip the scale towards a LIGHT filled creation you couldn’t have imagined you could accomplish, even one month ago.
I first began writing my blog in 2010 as backup material and handouts for classes I was teaching. Since glorious Spring has arrived I wanted to republish one of my favorites. This one was first published April 13, 2011.
You may want to try making your own flower essences.
I love Green Hope Farm Essences. They have a wide variety. I have enjoyed their Irish Collection very much. As you browse their website, the write-ups for each flower are so in-depth and spiritual that just reading about each flower starts your appreciation ofwhat they have to share with you.
“Earth, 114 million years ago, one morning just after sunrise: The first flower ever to appear on the planet opens up to receive the rays of the sun.”
“Seeing beauty in a flower could awaken humans, however briefly, to the beauty that is an essential part of their own innermost being, their true nature.”
Sananda has told me many times that beauty contains truth. Also that when we are vibrating at our Love Nature, we can appreciate beauty and crave to have beauty in our lives.
Flowers have learned a lot in 114 million years of how to live and thrive on Earth.
They have an infinite amount of wisdom to share with us.
As we have learned “Quite simply put flowers heal,” Dr. Edward Bach.
(Please note: This article is not intended as Medical Advice, please consult with your health care professional for your specific concern. This information IS concerned with helping you to experience more well-being, less stress, more consciousness, and more well-ness.)
This article (with some expansion to it) has been taken from the book, “The How and Why of Flower Essences,” by Nina Lee Wilkins copyright 2011.
The single video above shows in a very simple way how to make your own flower essences. Why bother?
“Every flower bears a starry imprint.” Paracelsus
Many subtle things happen for you while making and using flower essences. Flowers represent the Divine Mystery of LOVE. You may have heard the expression: God laughs in flowers. Also one of my favorites that has been seen posted in many a garden public and private:
The Lord God planted a garden
In the first white days of the world,
And He set there an angel warden
In a garment of light unfurled.
The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.
–Dorothy Frances Gurney in “Magic Gardens” by Corinne Heline, New Age Press 1944
A metaphysical principle states that all thought is creative. Take that one step further with the principle that we can only think one thought at a time. Next, God’s thoughts are real and eternal and are love. Flowers bring us in tune with this reality as they are from the light. As you stand still and look to the top or sides of a flower, softly focusing your attention, you may observe this light or aura.
When we work with flower essences we are working with God’s thoughts in spirit, manifested in form here in the physical. Another way of saying this is that flowers are a manifestation of the light or angelic kingdoms. We can think of flowers as angels manifest.
Another metaphysical principal we are working with is that God is all Good. God has created every living thing as a unique manifestation, whether it is a snowflake, bird, or human. Each is unique in some way. Flowers are like that. Each has its own vibrational signature even within its own species. Roses have unique qualities such as peace and harmony within the same type of plant. Because of these principles and unique mysterious qualities of the Divine we can tap into the subtle vibrations of a plant and bring that quality to our own being and consciousness. As we do this we are lifted above the thought-form that caused our distress.
Because we can only think one thought at a time, and because we are connected with all that is, nature, God, and the universe we can utilize the vibration and light of the flower to join with our light and beingness and raise our frequencies. In doing so we may harmonize our emotional body, which releases any energy that is not of a high vibration such as fear (stress), anxiety etc. which we know, over time, does not bring our birthright of Health.
Flower essences work on our subtle bodies. In knowing and believing that we have subtle bodies a whole new world is opened up to us. We can hold our thought on the beauty, fragrance, shape, and essence of a flower and in that way prepare for what it has to give us. We can also use prepared flower essences that carry the signature vibration, or essence of the flower, shrub, or tree. Flowers, like people, live for appreciation. As you stand and appreciate a flower you may see its petals turn toward you. As you are in the state of appreciation you are in the same vibraton as love and you are in tune with the Divine Mystery. As you “tune in” to the flower you may begin the process of your own Divine inspiration. This in and of itself is very uplifting. We already know that as we uplift ourselves we begin attacting more of the same qualities. Start observing which flower you are attracted to. That flower has a gift for you.
Another aspect of flower essences is the fact that we are literally sending a telegraphic message to the Angelic kingdom that says, “help! I’m asking for one or several of your light qualities to help me balance my emotions, thoughts, attitudes to harmony, love, and joy. Thank you. Would you share your essence with me for that purpose?” Angels and flowers prefer to be asked for specific help. They do not interfere with you or your Divine Free Will but “live” to help humanity at their request.
I hope you will consider these thoughts and try them out. One of the things I love about working with flowers is how fun it is to discover the many mysteries of their world. I always feel more joy and delight after working with them. Being in nature of itself is uplifting, and discovering the infinite ways God’s love is given to us makes it even more worthwhile. So, have fun experimenting with making your own flower essences or just plant a garden and sit quietly in it often. Much love to you, Nina
Einstein has taught us, “Logic will take you from A to B in a straight line, but imagination will take you everywhere.”
In the movie Dare to be Wild, one of the song lyrics playing in the background says, “Nothing grows in a straight line.” As we awaken to our own imagination and creativity, we open to a whole new part of our Divine Self. When our heart, imagination and intuition lead us, everything is new and filled with presence.
Steve Jobs told us, “You can only connect the dots in your life backwards.” I love that expression because many of the miracles I have experienced in my life have been in spite of myself. They have come unexpectedly and have reminded me of my Higher Self guidance to go places I would not have thought of. The most dramatic of these was when friends and I decided to attend “The Gathering of the Children of Light” in Mt. Shasta . This was on a whim. Our excitement was more about being together, camping at Crystal Lake and seeing the Mountain for the first time. To our surprise, we could have never guessed what that time would bring. That weekend, being with The Who’s Who of channeling, and 300 light workers (1986), changed my life for the better for ever. It put me very decidedly on my Higher Purpose Path.
I have learned over the years, channeling ascended masters and Divine Love, that one very important aspect of the Divine, and often overlooked in codified religious and spiritual teachings, is Divine Mystery.
When you think about it, we have to have Divine Mystery or we couldn’t have the infinity of expansion that we have. Life would be a closed system. This mystery allows for discovery, aliveness, growth and fun. Scientists are happy to work around the clock when they are on the verge of a new discovery. Putting their knowledge and wisdom in a certain field, along with their imagination and intuition, helps them put the puzzle pieces together for new discoveries.
When our heart and imagination leads our mind, our unique creativity is infinite.
In the video above, Mary teaches us that when nature is left alone, in most climates, forests will return. Forests then can be a home to a myriad of species including a kingdom that is now being explored for its many benefits for all species: The Fungarium.
My friend, Deborah, recently gave me this amazing book. We see there are as many branches below the tree’s surface as there are above. I feel that is what is true for us also– that as many branches or more are within us as in our outer world. “As above, so below.”
This is a time of great Renaissance for Humanity, Mother Nature, the Animal Kingdoms, the Plant Kingdoms, Fungariums and the Elemental Kingdoms. All are growing in new ways: expanding, evolving, blossoming.
You and I are in an incredibly momentous time. Heaven on Earth is here now. We just need to see it, feel it and awaken to it. It just requires our attention, intention and expressing the unique, Divine Mystery that we are.
Currently we have 7.9 billion people living on our incredible Grandmother Earth. Thank you to all mothers and grandmothers and great grandmothers. Your stories are amazing and filled with love, or we wouldn’t be here.
I want to thank my mother, Charlotte, and my grandmother, Ruth.
Today, I would like to highlight Mary Reynolds’ work. She has been a positive force for Mother Nature and the Elemental Kingdoms for the last 25 years. She has been named in the top ten of landscape designers in the World.
Her work has progressed over the years to where she is now being a Nature Guardian. She teaches people to grow their own food, nurture the landscape they already have and create an Ark where part of their land is untouched and left wild.
I came across a video of Chris Nikic about a year ago.
I love his story so much.
Completing an Ironman Triathlon in the required time (17 hours) is no small feat for any person.
One day I rode my bicycle for 56 miles against headwinds and with lots of hills. For me that was a huge thing. I also one day swam a mile in a pool, not open water that has tides and currents. And one day I ran six miles. Each of these feats were big for me but they were singular and months apart. Whenever I hear of people doing an Ironman Triathlon, I marvel. A one-mile open-water swim, a 100-mile bicycle ride and a marathon (26.2 miles), consecutively, all in one day, within 17 hours. That is a super-human feat for anyone.
I love what has come of this for Chris, a passionate life with family and friends’ support, being part of the community and that great feeling of getting better every day.
His dad and a coach developed a great philosophy for him: 1% better every day. That caught my eye– not 20% or 30% or 100%– 1% better every day. One lap in the pool, learn to ride a bike, one extra step a day.
I feel the keys in any goal setting are to have passion for its accomplishment and to have support.
Chris’ plan gives him one year of training. 1% better every day. No excuses, no complaining, no days off.
After following his story, I have taken that mantra: 1% better every day, no excuses, no complaining, no days off.
For me this has taken me out of overwhelm, and the feeling that my own personal goals are beyond reach, to getting 1% better every day. Even the smallest accomplishment gives me an uplift.
I hope you will enjoy these videos and be inspired to accomplish your own goals.
During the 1970s and 1980s I lived in Menlo Park, CA. It was a small town in those times, and I would walk or ride my bicycle to wherever I needed to go. Within a few blocks of each other were Stanford Research Institute, Noetic Sciences, East West Bookstore and The Heart Math Research Center. As I walked by I wondered what Heart Math meant.
Also at that time I lived within a mile of The Linus Pauling research center, Stanford University, and another mile up the hill, the Stanford Linear accelerator.
Steve Jobs, in a motivational speech, told us you can only connect the dots joining the events of your life backwards.
I have found that to be very true in my experiences.
Heart Math is one of those dots.
I was reaping the benefits in my higher consciousness of living in such close proximity to all of those organizations. I was receiving higher consciousness, new information, telepathically or in resonance and coherence without even realizing it.
In the early 1980s I went back to school and attended San Francisco State University. I was enrolled in a Physical Education Major and needed a Minor, so I enrolled in Nexus—Science and Humanities convergence. We studied Science courses paired with humanities. My first pair was Biology with English. I loved theses courses, as the research was showing that there was a “split-brain, split-culture,” phenomenon in our world because we hadn’t learned to use our whole brain in coherence with our heart.
That was in 1980-1982. The idea of the right side of the brain being intuitive, artistic and sensitive while the left side was logical, tending toward math and science, was not mainstream news yet.
Cut to connecting the dots of my present awareness with Heart Math. All of the concepts I learned in my Nexus studies have been verified and proven many times over. We are learning at an accelerated rate by using our whole brain intelligence combined with our heart’s intelligence.
Our heart actually has intelligence that is separate from our brain. When used coherently with our mind, we can become aware of our connection to all that is. We can easily tap into higher group consciousness. Teamwork and cooperation become the new norm. Our heaven on Earth can manifest as we practice these simple coherence techniques.
I hope you will enjoy all three videos and see what is possible for Humanity, Now.
In the video above Oprah interviews Thich Nhat Hanh, or Thay, as his followers call him.
Many years ago I saw this interview, and the part that stayed with me is when Oprah tells Thay that just being in his presence she feels less stress and more peaceful. She asks him if he always feels peace and he responds, “That is my practice.”
That one thought has stayed with me, “That is my practice.” It has inspired me to write about Water, Walking and Words and having that as a practice. I know that walking is the best exercise, fresh spring water one of the best things for our bodies, and words create our experiences in life.
My reasoning is that knowing these simple three things and practicing them can be very beneficial. Thay combines walking with mindfulness and peace. I like to combine walking mindfully with cultivating joy as my practice. When he said cultivating peace is my practice, it gave me not only an overwhelming feeling that peace is possible, but a knowing that we can practice Divine Qualities of kindness, love and joy until they are such a part of us that they radiate from us and are available for others who are in our presence.
The statement, “That is my practice,” frees us to start again when we fall short. When we put our energy and intention, our mindfulness, to a practic,e it will grow, step by step. Our job is to choose where we want to put our energy and intention.
I often ask myself the question, “What do I want to bring into this moment?”
I included the video in the middle today because I feel grateful that our US Embassy, in an official capacity, gave a tribute to Thay. The United States was one of his second homes, and he still has a great following here, along with Plum Village in France.
The last video is a wonderful teaching about worry, which I feel we can all benefit from.
I’ve have listened to many of Thay’s teaching videos over the years and have received their effect of being bridges of love light to my high self.
What do you want to have as your practice, without any self-judgement or recrimination, just a loving habit that will allow one of the many Divine parts of yourself to grow and flourish?