Monday, December 26, 2016

Roses - Love and Joy

I believe that the second largest number of meditation images in Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be (here) are roses of various types. They have a vibrancy and immediacy to them that I am not sure that I can, in prose, adequately describe. This is one of the images from the book: 


As with all the rose images, this image shows a joyfulness, a full-heartedness of the species. The Green Hope Essences website says that: "Roses are love incarnate....While they are the most evolved family of Flowers on the planet, their Essences are extremely practical and down to earth." The Secret Language of Flowers by Samantha Gray says, in brief, on page 63 that roses are "Love: Romance: Beauty: Passion: Courage."

I wrote this poem about the rose in connection with Opening the Heart

Rose

Contemplate the rose:
its vibrancy, lushness;
its willingness to put 
its beauty, heart
and soul into the world.

Contemplate the rose:
admire its connection 
to joy created from 
and with the divine.

The energy, the imprint of
the rose lives in the divine heart.
Contemplate its desire
to link you with that divine heart.

©2016 Kathryn L. Samuelson

I want to let my heart sing with the vibration, harmony, frequency of the rose. Now just to let myself do that. Will that happen if I use meditation image number 15 as a teacher?




Monday, December 19, 2016

The Idea in My Head

I used to have jobs where I had to be at a desk working at 8:00 or 9:00 am. This meant getting up at 5:00 or 6:00, doing some exercise, showering, dressing, and heading out the door to work. 

Then I quit my last job, moved to Massachusetts thinking I would find a new job. But, the universe had a different idea about what I should be doing with my life than I did. Because I no longer had to be somewhere, I started sleeping later. But, I have, since that time in 2004, kept the idea in my head that I should be up much earlier and then moving and doing/producing. I have struggled with this idea since then. 

Along the way I have let go of other ideas in my head. I had to, at some point, give up the idea in my head that I would have a job. I moved into becoming a life coach, doing Channeled Angel readings and writing a book (with the help of the angels and guides, of course).

I was finally able to buy a condominium about 4 years after I moved to Massachusetts. I had the idea in my head that I would live in that condominium for 10 to 15 years. But, again, I had to let go of that idea in my head. I realized after about 6 years that I wanted to move from Massachusetts to Vermont. I ended up living in that condominium for about 6-1/2 years which is quite a bit short of 10 to 15 years. I am trying not to be set on how long I am going to be living in the location I am in in Vermont. After all the idea in my head may not match what the universe has in mind for me. 

But, still the idea in my head that I should be getting up earlier in the morning persists. I am working on letting it go, however, it seems to be really stubborn. Maybe I need to let go of the idea of letting go of this idea in my head. Maybe I just need to co-exist with it and see how that works out for it and me. 

So, as meditation image number 55 in Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be (here) is somewhat pertinent to this issue. If I see it as I am seeking to change from sleeping later to getting up earlier in the morning, then this image is really quite pertinent.



The interesting thing is that I am often starting my work for the day not much later in the morning than I did at my last job. (I suppose the fact that I no longer have to head out the door to commute makes a difference.) So, the ideas in our heads can really be quite interesting about what they want, about the way they perceive things. 

What other ideas do I have in my head that I should let go of? Hmm, an interesting question. 

What ideas do you have in your head that you might be clinging to that you should let go of?

Monday, December 12, 2016

Loosestrife

Purple loosestrife is one of the plants that is the background to some of the meditation images in my book, Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be. (information here) For those of you who do not know what loosestrife looks like, this is one of the meditation images in the book: 




I find this meditation interesting for this time for two reasons. First, as much as we rush around at other times of the year, we can become truly crazy during the holiday season. And, because of all the is going on around the world, we may feel called to do, do, do to make a difference. So, I think that the mediation image telling us to "Go slowly. Take your time." is especially important right now. 

I wrote a poem for loosestrife, just as I did for all the other plants in the book. It is: 

Loosestrife

Consider the loosestrife plant
Consider its erect stance.
On first blush it seems to be rigid, 
filtering out much, Yet a deeper gaze
inward to the depths of it shows
how much can flow through.
Sunlight reached into the center of
it; light and color show between 
the separate flowers.

Consider the loosestrife with
all it's separate partsyet all
attached, connected. Separateness
but oneness on one stalk.
Is loosestrife any different from us?

©2016 Kathryn L. Samuelson

I mentioned Green Hope Farm and its flower essences in my most recent post. (information here) Well, I looked up loosestrife on its website. There is a yellow loosestrife essence but not a purple loosestrife essence. I have a feeling that the information might not be terribly different for the purple plant than for the yellow, so I thought I would post the information for yellow loosestrife here. 

"Yellow Loosestrife offers, 'I mend the tears in your experience of life so that you see it as a seamless whole of beauty and goodness. Consider me if difficulties have sapped your joy in life. I AM indefatigable gratitude and joyful appreciation for life, even amidst trials and tribulations. I will help you to find the bead on the positive and valuable in your life during flood times, turmoil or when you have been besieged by challenges as well as during times when things are flowing more smoothly.' "

Can we find our connectedness in our separateness? I think we should try. 















Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Secret Language of Flowers

I recently purchased the book, The Secret Language of Flowers by Samantha Gray. (click here for a link) It is a lovely book, with gorgeous illustrations that appear to be water colors. The flowers are divided into sections labeled Courtship, Love and Affection, Beauty, and Friendship. I am sure that other authors might have different takes on the meanings, or maybe rather additional information about the meanings of flowers.

One of the reasons that I bought the book is that it has information on three of the five plants in my book Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be (information here). The three plants in the book are rose, water lily and honeysuckle, although the images in Opening the Heart are actually of honeysuckle berries. Unfortunately, it does not include information on chicory and loosestrife.

Samantha Gray says this at the top of the section for honeysuckle on page 54 of the book: "Bonds of Love; Generous, Devoted Affection; Fidelity; Spiritual Vision." I find this last one particularly interesting in light of the decision to use it in my book, which is about delving into self to see how you want to relate to yourself, others, the world, and the Divine. On the other hand, Gray says that Honeysuckle combines sweetness with resilience.

My angels and guides have this to say about honeysuckle:

"Honeysuckle provides a balance for you. It creates a sense of strength but brings with it a deep compassion for self and others." 

Green Hope Farm creates flower essences (here). The farm's website says this about honeysuckle: 

"Experiencing our memories as healing assets not liabilities.
Honeysuckle supports us to harvest the learning lessons and the kernels of genuine sweetness in our memories then leave the rest behind. This prevents us from getting stuck in memory quagmires of nostalgia and sentimentality as well as regret, remorse or an unending sense of sorrow and loss.
-Supports those of us who overly romanticize the past to let go and ground more fully in the present. 
-Helps us experience a state of constant remembrance of the divine, a state of being we may not have experienced since childhood."
I look forward to continuing to explore this book as well as delve into additional meanings that are deep within the meditations in my book.