Day 44 – 26.08.2015
Last night, when looking at my diary, it hit me: we are going to be here only for another 7 weeks. Time flights. There was suddenly that feeling that there won’t be enough time to see everything I want to see, to do everything I want to do, to meet all the people I want to meet. So when I cycled to Cullerne this morning I tried so very hard to stop being in that state and to arrive again at a feeling of everything being ok: I will see what I need to see, I will meet the people I need to meet and everything and everybody else will have to wait until we return to Scotland. And I will return!
What was special about my morning today was that I met the team of the Findhorn Flower Essences. They have their office in a house that is just neighboring Cullerne garden. So after tea break I just walked over and got introduced to the whole team.
Most of you will have heard of Bach Flower Remedies. These are in the same idea. The founder, Marion Leigh, developed her essences mainly from Scottish flowers. I am telling you, I was sitting in their training room and felt very humbled. I got talking to their sales and marketing lady for the UK and she told me that she had used Bach remedies for ages until one day she participated in the training program with Marion and has never looked back. In her opinion and her experience their remedies are so much more effective and what is their main product line is that they do mixtures for common problems like sleeping problems, stress, anxiety etc. They even do room sprays. Do I sound just a bit like a sales rep – well, maybe. But I felt good there. I would so much love to work there and to learn and to work and to learn… ok, I guess you got the message. Anyway at some point we talked about trusting our own intuition. And because that is not really my strength I said that I usually prefer to be ‘analysed‘ by an expert rather that following my intuition. She pulled out a pack of cards and told me just to pick the ones that appeal to me.
Globethistle (Echinops sphaerocephalus)
Connect with your powers of patience, persistence and perseverance. Letting go of unnecessary burdens will set you free and ultimately serves the highest good.
Prolonged self-sacrificing service to others can result in feeling overwhelmed, ‘put upon’ or in the extreme, a martyr. Globethistle flower essence can help you reconnect with your power, and to be able distance yourself sufficiently to see the whole picture. It also helps in identifying patterns of behavior that do not serve you or those you serve. Care-giving from the heart brings more life, energy and resources to actually do what needs to be done and feel a sense of joy and fulfillment.
Grass of Parnassus (Parnassia palustris)
Open the heart to healing. Let down your barriers and release your fear. Restore your faith in the healing power of love.
Grass of Parnassus flower essence opens the heart to the healing power of love. When you have the courage to open your heart, to be more open and trusting, you radiate warmth and love, and are sensitive to love in return. Real happiness comes when you give your love, and yourself, openly and freely.
Ragged Robin (Lychnis flos-cuculi)
Purify your body and clear the way for your energies to flow freely and abundantly.
Suppressed emotions, fixed ideas and rigid thinking all contribute to creating obstacles that impede your energy flow. These may become harmful and give rise to weakness in one or more of the subtle bodies, thereby affecting general health and well-being. Ragged Robin flower essence may help to remove the obstacles that cloud your perception of what is good for you and what is not, so that you can consciously choose what you eliminate, absorb, and transmit in your life with the highest respect for the sanctity of your mind-body’s integrity and wholeness.
Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)
Surrender, release and let go. Move forward with renewed hope and optimism. Be still and find your inner peace.
Snowdrop flower essence helps us to triumph over fear, grief and pain, particularly in times of change and transition. When we accept our powerlessness over circumstances that cannot be controlled or changed, we reach a turning point. When we surrender our attachments, we find freedom and new hope. Like the light at the end of the tunnel, a clear vision of the future may be revealed in all its beauty and potential.
Wild Pansy (Viola tricolor)
Clear the pathways to the free flow of life energies from the heart.
Love is the energy that fuels your life and if its flow is obstructed it is similar to the lifeblood flowing through the veins being obstructed. All manner of unsettling thoughts, sensations and emotions may then arise including anxiety, fear, panic and disorientation. Fear blocks love and without love you cannot truly thrive. Wild pansy flower essence gives the sense of stability and the feeling of safety from which you can open your heart and feel your emotions.
Would be so curious to see if I was to pick the same cards tomorrow and the day after. Anyway I had a fantastic half an hour there and I hope to go back at some point. If any of you back home want any of those products, let me know and I can get them for you here and bring them back to Switzerland in October.
Before I went to Barbara and Don for the afternoon shift I had lunch at the Blue Angel Café in the Findhorn Park.
The green stuff is my green smoothy – chard, kale, banana and cinnamon.
Barbara and I worked in the garden. Nothing heavy just very gentle gardening in the rain. Yes, in the afternoon the rain got me. In the morning I was lucky to work in the polytunnel in Cullerne while it was raining outside, this afternoon I got wet. Amazing. From one moment to the next the weather changed from sunny, to cloudy, to colder, to heavy rain and everything was back to sunny within 10 minutes.
For dinner we had been invited by Barbara and Don to Cluny, where Don had worked the afternoon shift in the kitchen. We had so much fun with each other at the table, laughing louder than the rest of the very civilized room.