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How Montserrat taught me this new way of being

Bill and I arrived in Montserrat 13 years ago. At the time, the volcano was still active. Many people lost their homes, their businesses, their way of life. Everything they thought was real no longer existed. They had to start anew.

Those who lived through the volcano remember better times on this island. They continue to reminisce about the villages that were buried and the homes they will never see again.  Yet, there are those who have no memory of that past at all. They only know what is here now. They were born after all was said and done.

We did not know the Montserrat of the past. We too arrived after all was said and done. Food was scarce. Finding a head of local lettuce or a bag of local carrots was a moment to celebrate. Chips and salsa set off an alarm announcing to friends and family to get to the market immediately before they were sold out. These little moments brought a smile to our faces. How silly we felt in the midst of such chaos over such trivial things.

It was difficult to explain to those who lived in the land of plenty. I know the world understands now. Montserrat taught me there is hope for a brighter future.

From the ashes new homes were built and new businesses were opened. Ten years ago, the volcano erupted for the final time (we hope), and we are all very grateful. Yet, I still get excited to see the local lettuce and the local carrots. If the markets’ coolers are filled with fresh vegetables, my heart is happy. We’ll eat good this week.

Each year gets better and better. I can now find organic chips, organic beans and organic granola. And the other day I came across organic blue agave! I feel blessed.

This little island survived and taught us to appreciate what we have instead of focusing on what we do not have.

We are all learning a new way of being together. We will not return to the past; we are being catapulted to the future by way of the NOW; and it is a very big push indeed. Obviously, the path we were on was not a healthy one; we all knew it, yet we could not seem to get off it. We were stuck in the muck. This is an opportunity to heal all there is - the air, the water, the land, the animals and us, humankind.

All good things take time, energy and patience. Can we be patient? Can we take the time to witness this change without fearing it?  Can we move beyond the fear and into love? For I truly believe love awaits us on the other side.

Once the fog has cleared and the veil has lifted, we just may enjoy this new way of being. We may realize:

That spending time with our children makes us smile.
That working from home allows us more time with our families.
That being with our families is where we’ve always wanted to be.

You now have the time you’ve always dreamed of and spoken about. There is nowhere to go but right where you are. Be together. Be present. Be happy.

If we believe nothing is by chance…then is it possible this is all part of a divine plan? For those who have been healing, this is the test of your faith. All the work you have done moving beyond your fear, anger, disappointment and guilt will come in handy right now. Use your flower essences as you feel the need for them. Teach others the magic of vibrational healing if they are willing to learn. Share your wisdom and knowledge. The world needs teachers and leaders just like you.

If this is the good vs. evil scenario that has been prophesized over the millennium, I trust that love will overcome the fear if we have the courage to remember who we are: spiritual beings ready to help heal the Earth. Be the spiritual being you came to be. Choose to love through all of it. 

Or you too can choose to succumb to the power of the fear that surrounds you, knowing that the fear will take you into the abyss, which by the way is overflowing right now.  I’m not sure if there is room for you there at the moment anyway.

However, should you find you’ve slipped and fallen into the abyss, I hope you remember that you are free to leave at anytime simply by recognizing you are there, honoring that you stumbled and choosing to get out. How? By realizing that love is waiting to surround you. What can you love at that moment? Think it, speak it, become it.  Become the love you are.

Your friends and families may turn to you for guidance at this time. Be there for them in love. Show them the way. It is as easy to love as it is to fear. I hope you choose love.

As the World Stands Still, What Will YOU Do To Heal Yourself?

I have been asked by a few clients if I would write an article about the recent events. This is really a two-part article. The first gives you an accounting of my belief to heal myself. The second shares a story of hope for the future.  So let me begin with, what would I have in my home right now to help me heal?

First and foremost, some of the major Flower Essence players that may help us through these uncertain times are noted below.  Use your physical body as a barometer to help decide which ones may be best for you and use them as needed. A little flower essence may go a long way to help you get to the other side gracefully.

Mimulus for the fears and anxieties (usually felt in the 3rd chakra digestive system)
Willow for the bitterness, resentments and victim energy (usually felt in the 5th & 6th chakra mucus membranes)
Agrimony to get to the truth of the matter (usually felt in the 1st chakra - bladder and skeletal system as disappointment and guilt)
Aspen for the “what if” fears (usually felt in the 4th chakra heart as worry)
Beech for the intolerance and judgments along with the need to be in control (usually felt in the 5th chakra muscular system)
Elm for feelings of being overwhelmed (often felt in the lower back as back pain)
White Chestnut for inability to sleep (often unable to sleep between 3 and 5 a.m. with constant thinking and worrying)

There are many others. if it interests you, you can learn more about them here:

The physical body will need a lot of attention. I borrowed this quote from the site below: “If the spleen detects potentially dangerous bacteria, viruses, or other microorganisms in the blood, it — along with the lymph nodes — creates white blood cells called lymphocytes, which act as defenders against invaders.”

What if these viruses attack the spleen, and once attacked, it is unable to do its job? It will help if you keep your spleen healthy and happy. This article will show you the way to do just that.

Dandelions grow wild for a very good reason. They are a gentle tonic to help us flush the many toxins we face every day. And we all have a lot of those we are bombarded with. Its good for old and young alike (my opinion). I begin each day with a cup of Dandelion Root Tea

If you find your body in mucus overload, why not consciously avoid the foods that produce mucus, including ALL...
Cow dairy
Oranges and orange juice
White sugars
Refined carbohydrates
Crappy yeasty breads

Speaking of yeast, a good probiotic will help keep your digestive and elimination systems healthy. Yeast is easily sparked by trauma and it loves dark, moist places such as the mucus membranes. Don’t let it get the best of you.

Avoid refined sugars and unhealthy (GMO) foods. The cleaner your food, the better your immune system. Drink pure water. Pure water helps us flush the unhealthy cells, which in turn helps heal the physical body. This is a good time to stop abusing your body with toxins in your food, water and environment.

Utilize any immune enhancers you may have hiding in your closets:
Vitamin C, Elderberry, Echinacea, Goldenseal for infection, Ashwagandha, Astragalus, etc. What’s in your medicine cabinet? Or how about a cup of pure water with a little lemon or lime? An easy source of Vitamin C. You have no excuses!

To learn more about Ashwagandha and Astragalus, see the links below:

My medicine cabinet is full of homeopathic remedies. Now you can understand why. It is my own personal arsenal for healing.

Remember that a walk in nature is not only good exercise, it is a powerful medicine and hugging a tree can be a healing moment for both you and the tree.  So…

Sunshine - lots of sunshine. If you feel your skin burning, it's time to get out of the sun. 20 minutes of sunshine a day is essential.
Fresh air – lots of fresh air and when the sun gets too much, head for the shade.

Want a natural immune booster? Plant a garden. Your own organic food may be the healthiest food around. Cooking is a lot more fun with fresh organic herbs in the garden.

Hyland’s Cell Salts help nourish the cellular level, and BioPlasma (a combination of all 12 salts) may just be what the body ordered.

Learn to relax and play again. Learn to laugh at yourself. We are funny beings. And smile often. If you move the trauma out of the way, you’ll have lots to smile about.
Avoid the low vibration words. What can you be done with today?  “I am done with....”  (you fill in the blank). Now replace those low vibration words with the powerful healing words, such as:

I love
I appreciate
I accept
I am free
I am happy
I am content
I am ready … what are you ready for?

Your cells are following your every thought and word. Where do you want to lead them? And remember, the only thing that is certain is YOU.. NOW. That has always been the truth.

You are in charge of your healing. Go heal yourself and I hope you take your family with you. “Teach your children well…”

Phew! Now that I’ve got that all in place, may I share a little knowledge and experience with you on a personal note? I hope it provides you with hope for the future. Click the link below to continue.

Chakras, Flowers and Love Workshop

Email Linda for more information on how to book a Seminar:

Chakras, Flowers and Love 
A Workshop designed to teach you how to begin healing your physical symptoms and emotional imbalances using flower essences and other vibrational medicines.
For the past 36 years I have been learning an alternative way of healing. This workshop is a culmination of what I have learned. You will be inspired to take responsibility for your own healing journey.
This Workshop will teach you:
  • How the chakras play a role in our development as spiritual beings.
  • How we can use the chakras as a pathway to guiding us toward our true spiritual path.
  • How flower essences help awaken our spirituality by opening the pathway to truth.
  • How cell salts and homeopathic remedies support our cells to heal our physical imbalances.
  • Understanding the role food plays in feeding our emotions or nurturing our souls.
If you have struggled with physical and emotional imbalances, this workshop will show you a new way to honor yourself through truth.. which always leads to love. And love really does heal all. 

If You're Not Crying.. Its Not Working!

From one client to another:

Sandy: “I can’t stop crying on this layer.”
Johnny: “If you’re not crying; its not working!”

When Sandy shared this conversation with me, she had already passed through much of her tears and understood John’s insight.

As I share with most of my clients, “To get to the joy in the present, we must go through the pains of the past.” And often times, our pains bring us to tears. What might these tears represent?  That was a question I wanted answered. This is the answer that was revealed.

The tears we release through vibrational healing can be attached to one of four emotional states that have surfaced through previous layers and are now hidden in the 6th chakra (the third eye):

  • disappointments
  • fears
  • insecurities
  • irritations

Prior to surfacing, these energies are stored in the appropriate areas of the body, waiting to be discovered:

Disappointments - in the kidneys/bladder
Fears - in the gall bladder
Insecurities - in the 3rd chakra
Irritations - in the throat

Throughout our layers, we are in a constant state of shifting, moving, flushing, re-arranging, and aligning the cells to who we want to be now as opposed to who we had become through our past experiences. Tears are one of the many ways the body helps us to discharge the aspects of ourself we no longer need, which can feel very sad. We release the person we once were. This energy is much like mourning the death of an old friendship; and like an old friendship that no longer serves us, its time to let it go. Its time to move beyond the pain.

We don’t have the need to cry on all our layers. There are others ways the body detoxes energy as we heal. The body may use:

The skin to detox anger
The urinary system to detox disappointments
The elimination system to detox impatience
The digestive system to detox fear
The mucus membranes to detox resentments and victim 

Often, we don’t trust our bodies to know how to heal itself, so we choose to stop the process. When we learn to trust ourself, we trust that our cells know the process and allow it to emerge, as painful as it might be.

So when a client contacts me to say they can’t stop crying on a layer, my suggestion is always the same: let the tears flow. Behind the wall of tears is something much deeper that we have been avoiding. Allowing ourselves to cry will get us to the next level in need of our attention.

My job is to help you through the pain so you too can get to your joy. And there is much joy to be shared. I know.. I’ve been there. And now I’m here, knowing that I am in charge of creating the joy in my life. I hope you let the joy begin...

Does Healing Have to be Painful?

“Why does healing have to be painful?” This was a question I was asked by a client who went through painful moments during many of her layers. I thought it a very good question. However, in order to receive answers using kinesiology, I had to tweak the question a little to: “Does healing have to be painful?” The answer I received was an adamant, “No, healing does not have to be painful.” I was delighted with that response. My next question was, “If healing does not have to be painful, what causes the pains we experience through healing?”

“There really is no pain. The pain we feel is the perceived pain we have attached to the experience.” This opened a Pandora’s box for me and I wanted to know more. The more I asked, the more that was clarified.

“If we don't attach pain to an experience, there will be no pain to heal. It comes down to free will; choice. Which is why love is so important. If we can learn to love our experiences, we can avoid pain in the future.”  In other words, the pain we are experiencing in the present is the pain we have chosen to attach to our past experiences. Once we go through the pains of our past, we hopefully will recognize the joy that surrounds us. As we learn to love our experiences, there is no need for pain.

One of the ways to love our experiences is to honor our bodies throughout our healing journey. There are many ways to achieve this goal. These are a few I have found extremely helpful. 

Our lymph system gets clogged each time we focus on what we “hate” in our lives. Hatred is stored in the lymphatic system. Lymphatic massage can help break down and release this stuck energy. Always begin slowly to avoid toxins to be released too quickly. I like Heather’s videos to learn how to do this process; however, I believe 50 cycles is most likely way too much for most of us when we are beginning a new technique. Go slowly and listen to your body. It has a way of speaking to us. You can watch Heather’s videos at the link below:

Meditation calms the mind and allows us to get in touch with who we have become. It is through the recognition process that we are able to change ourself. There are many meditations on the internet. Find ones that work for you. This is a beautiful 15-minute meditation for the heart which can be quite helpful when we are learning how to forgive and love again. Love is who we are.

The body is designed to move, so move your body. This can be achieved through exercise, running, walking, dancing, swimming, yoga, stretching. Whatever feels good to you is good for your body. If you are not loving the movement you’ve chosen to heal through, change it. That is in your power.

There are many alternative therapies at our disposal. Find the ones that work for you. Massage, Reiki, Reflexology, CranioSacral Therapy, EFT are just a few. Once in a while treat yourself to something special.

Real food and pure water are essential to heal. I cannot stress this enough. The better you are at avoiding chemicals in your food and water, the faster your body can flush toxins. At first your taste buds may resist these new flavors. Remind them that this is a new way for you and keep tasting. Eventually, you will adjust to this new way of honoring and loving yourself through food.

Vibrational medicines such as flower essences, homeopathy, vitamin and herbal supplements can support us as we move through the pain. They help us open doorways we have shut, move pain out of the way and recognize pain for what it is. Vibrational medicines also help support and nurture a healthy foundation by balancing chakras, glands and organs.

Take a few minutes each day to do what you want to do when you want to do it. Love is key to healing. If you are not loving a choice you made, remember, you are free to change it in any moment. Then love that you did!

Self Nurturing vs. Selfishness - what is the difference?

The bell tower in Ponta Delgata
From a young age, we are taught that if we don’t do what other people expect of us, we are being selfish. We spend our whole lives trying to make other people happy to the detriment of our own happiness. Vibrational healing teaches us a different way. It teaches us the way to self nurturing. What is the difference?

If we are to heal vibrationally, we will spend a lot of time healing the 1st chakra. It is here we learn to separate ourself from others:

I am responsible for MY choices; 
I am not responsible for everyone else’s choices.

It is up to ME if I am happy;
It is not up to everyone else to make me happy.

If I find I am not loving a choice I have made,
I am FREE to change MY choice. 

And yet, these concepts are foreign to most of us. We are constantly looking outwardly for that person to say this or do that so THEY can make ME happy. Instead of living in my first chakra, I live in my second chakra.. giving away my choices to those around me.

It is through the first chakra that we help our cells remember that self nurturing is not selfish. I had the opportunity recently to see how much I have healed my own first chakra and my ability to nurture myself through my choices. Here is my story:

Bill and I recently vacationed in the Azore islands. On our last day, we had 3 hours between checking out of the villa and making our way to the airport. We spent the morning in Ponte Delgata. Ponte Delgata is a beautiful little city, with many sites to see. From two blocks away, my sights were set on an old bell tower that rose above all the other buildings nearby.

“See that church? I want to go in it.” I have learned not to deny that which I am drawn to. We headed toward the bell tower and made our way up the stairs where a gentleman stood in front of the doorway. “Is this a church?” I asked. 

“No, this is the Mayor’s office.” He moved slightly, revealing that the insides were filled with offices and not church pews. Without pause, he replied, “YOU want to go there.” He immediately pointed down the stairs and to the left of the building. I have learned to honor divine guidance; I followed his finger.

Bill and I walked back down the stairs and took a left around the building. One block later, I came to a medieval doorway. Here housed the stairway to heaven.. or more appropriately in this case, the stairway to the top of the bell tower. 

The stairway to the top
The staircase beckoned me in. Built in 1724, it felt ancient and inviting all at the same time. I immediately looked to Bill, “Do you want to go up?” 

He gave me that weird look and adamantly replied, “No.”

It would be at this point that the unhealthy me would have denied what I wanted and followed his strong direction. Then I could have felt disappointed that I did not climb the bell tower and eventually blame him for my actions. That was the old me. The new me did not hedge for a second, “I AM!”

After twelve years, Bill knows me well. His reply was perfect. “I know you are. I’ll be sitting on those stairs waiting for you to come down.” 

The unhealthy me may have also been disappointed that he chose not to join me. I could then resent him for not doing what I wanted him to do. That was the old me. The new me did what made me happy and allowed him to do the same. Up the staircase I went. During the entire climb of 109 steps to the top, there was not another soul to be found. This spiritual experience was between me and the bell tower. I savored every moment.

I realized that if Bill had forced himself to join me against his will, it may not have been such a spiritual experience. It may have been a moment in which I would work to ensure he enjoyed the experience as much as me, which is often a waste of one’s time and energy. 

This takes us to that healing moment I spoke about: I KNOW that I am free to do what I want when I want, and so is Bill. He was happy people watching at the bottom of the tower, I was happy viewing the sights at the top. It was a win/win situation for both of us, and that is what a healthy first chakra feels like... loving my choices separately from yours.

Learning to Love My Life - From Depression to Joy

Recently, I opened an email from a client and read these words:

“You're not going to believe this.... but I actually DO LOVE MY LIFE!!!!! I'm not sure what the heck is happening but this is now my truth. My life is absolutely amazing and I know this now in my heart.” 

I believed it; Karen was healing.

Karen and I began working together February of 2016. Since that time, we’ve had 8 sessions. For the first time in over 34 years, I was able to easily document a client’s healing journey. By documenting Karen’s layers, I am able to share how healing takes place using flower essences. This is Karen’s story:

Karen’s first session began with her admitting that she was sad all the time. She felt life was passing her by. She had a vision for her business yet she could not manifest that vision. Discouragement became a way of being. She also admitted that beyond her sadness and discouragement she had an attentive husband, a wonderful child and a beautiful home. She could not help but wonder, “why am I always so sad?” That was a question I wanted to help answer.

For the first three layers, Karen continued to feel discouragements; she was becoming impatient with her healing. I reminded her that healing takes time, energy and patience. Was she willing to commit to the long haul? I encouraged her to keep going; don’t give up. However, the ultimate decision was hers. What would she do? Karen continued to call me at the end of each layer. 

It took a little over a year for the big shift to occur. When it did, it was magical. These are the flower essences Karen used and what she was working to heal on each layer:

Date of Session
Flower Essences Used
# of Days for Layer
What Karen Worked on 
During the Layer
Mimulus, Gorse, Honeysuckle
Gorse, Mimulus
Not good enough; not smart enough; comparing myself to others
Chicory, Gorse
Freedom & separation from Mother issues, learn to nurture myself
Gentian, Impatience
Disappointment with my competitive personality; watching how much time I spend worrying about the future
Agrimony, Holly
Change “I don’t” into “I do”
Holly, Gentian, Mimulus
Not strong enough; doubting my own skills
Recognize the belief that time is running out; learn to love my life
Gentian, Vervain
Free myself from insecurities; learn to speak positively

The first six layers taught Karen to slow down and appreciate what is instead of what isn’t. Karen was good at focussing on what she did not do. No matter what Karen accomplished in a day, it was never enough. She had a long standing belief that time was running out, which fed her constant state of discouragement and impatience. What she needed to focus on is what she did do; and she did a great deal. 

Through the layers, Karen began to recognize her need to slow down and smell the roses. She was missing her wonderful life, focussing instead on a life she thought she needed to have. All of this rushing to get somewhere was wasting precious energy; which created exhaustion and depression.

When Vervain was introduced this past January, a noticeable shift occurred. Vervain helped Karen ground into her 1st chakra, allowing her to slow down and relax. Vervain gave her the focus she needed to begin manifesting with patience and determination. Karen’s beliefs began to change, and a change in a belief is often followed by a change in emotion. Karen was learning how to heal herself.

Flower essences help us recognize the pain we’ve become attached to throughout our lives. Our physical bodies show us our emotional pain by manifesting symptoms that cannot be denied. Our ability to recognize our symptoms as emotional pain opens a doorway of opportunity to change ourself. The flower essences Karen used throughout her healing layers helped her to move through her pain and into her joy. This is how it worked:

Flower Essence
How each flower Helped Karen Heal
To manifest the courage to let go of fears and insecurities
To see the light at the end of the tunnel
To detach from her past beliefs
To free herself from the need to possess and control
To remember that life is exciting
To learn patience; to learn to relax
To come to the truth of who she really is
To learn to think with her heart
To slow down and smell the roses

Karen’s most recent layer beginning on 3/1/17 confirmed a shift. “You told me that I might start experiencing EXCITEMENT for my life and possibilities again, and this is now happening.” 

Healing may not be easy; it is rewarding. What the future holds for Karen remains to be experienced. What she has learned throughout her layers is that love is a choice. Karen is now choosing to love her life, and love really does heal all.