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Mother Nature

To continue my favorite summer reading books, I’ve included Sharing Nature with Children by Joseph Cornell. I would add to the title “Children of all ages.” Nature can bring out the child in us and is part of the reason I love Mother Nature so much.

This summer, or any time, I invite you to try some of the exercises in this book. One of my favorites I used teaching a group of First Graders is “feel the heart beat of a tree.” Another very popular one is “meeting a tree.”

Today, I’ve also included another short YouTube video of Muir Woods. It was filmed just last week, so you will receive the summer feeling. Also a ride across Golden Gate Bridge is included. The park is now currently open for visitors.

The Japanese term for a walk in Nature is “forest breathing.” Breathing in nature makes me feel part of this miraculous creation and part of all that is.

I’ve included here an excerpt about John Muir from Sharing Nature with Children:

“John Muir would sometimes become so engrossed in his wandering in the Sierras that a one-day outing would become a trek lasting several days or even weeks. And in his travels he had none of the ‘essential supplies’ like food, warm clothing or even sleeping blankets. He was sustained by his love of beauty and solitude. Listen to his description of the inspiration that nourished him in wild places:

‘Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer… Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energies, while cares will drop off like Autumn leaves.'”

That’s how I feel when I have only been walking in the woods for a few minutes. Wonderful.

My dad told me a story of his experiences with his dad growing up. His dad would give them each two baked potatoes– one for each pocket– and they would walk in the forest for the entire day into the evening. He loved those times.

We are made out of Nature and are part of Nature, not separate. A friend once told me that if I was lonely to make friends with a tree. I have done that and have realized we can make friends with any part of nature and feel whole. 

We, humanity, are growing in the understanding that our Love and stewardship of our dear Grandmother Earth cannot be delayed any longer.

Flower Essences and Transformation

Santa Barbara Daisy. Photo by Nina Wilkins

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” —John Muir

I love to find things in nature that demonstrate transformation from one form to another. An egg, to a caterpillar, to a chrysalis, then butterfly are familiar ones. Another favorite is tadpoles to frogs. A caterpillar walking on the ground and then flying is very dramatic. The little swimming tadpole is then jumping and swimming. The frog has a life on land and in the water with quite a loud voice. I love the infinite variety of forms in nature.

A flower that shows that transformation is the Santa Barbara Daisy in the photo above.
These little flowers start out as the tiny pinkish-purple flowers and as they grow turn white.
You can see these flowers growing profusely along the California coast. Whenever I would take a walk in Carmel and see them, somehow my spirits would be lifted. Even though small, they radiate joy.

In Who named the Daisy? Who named the Rose? A Roving Dictionary of North American Wild Flowers, by Mary Durant, we find that the Santa Barbara Daisy is the “days Eye,” named by the Anglo-Saxons, and is the English Daisy. It closes at night and then opens at sunrise, so it is the eye of the day. It comes to us from England and is also called the White Weed and May Weed.

A few years ago, when I was teaching classes about making flower essences, I chose this little flower though time constraints left that one undone.

I love synchronicity and flower essences. Recently these combined when a dear friend of mine recommended Green Hope Farm Flower Essences to me. I chose Sea Mayweed, from Ireland, to order not realizing it was the Santa Barbara Daisy. One thing I love about this company is that Molly Sheehan gives extensive written descriptions of what the flower and its elemental can give to you. For Sea Mayweed she writes: “I help you center in your own power and Destiny. I am the balanced and full use of my third chakra’s strengths.” This is very close to what I had written about the Santa Barbara Daisy’s essence several years ago.

I just received my order from Green Hope Farm yesterday, and this new discovery has made me so happy. Everything in Divine right timing, as this company has been around for more than 30 years. I have used many other companies’ essences over the years and they have always helped me. This company is a treasure, and I will continue to learn from them. They are based in New Hampshire, though they sell flower essences from all over the world.

This company has made many essences to help us through our own transformations in these times. I feel they are very effective, though I have yet to try the new ones: “A Tool Box For a New Earth. Green Hope Farm Flower Essences from the 2019 growing season.” There are 12 essences in this collection. I’m going to try Bears Breeches, “Stability in the void between the collapse of old structures and the birth of the new, support as we create new structures for a New Earth.” I hope you will check them out.

Many years ago, Sananda told me that flowers are some of the strongest and wisest beings on Earth and a definite bridge of love light. You might want to discover and make your own. (Instructional video in a previous blog.)