August 2009: Beauty Way: Salal

SalalSince 1984, I’ve been on a spiritual/life path that invites me to experience spirituality in daily life as well as in meditation and ceremony. For me, with a hummingbird-like temperament, I continue to practice slowing down to feel myself so I can be present with my movements, action, thinking and speaking. Recently a woman I’ve known for a long time emailed Saint Theresa’s prayer to a group of her women friends. Saint Theresa is known as the Saint of the Little Ways. Meaning she believed in doing the little things in life well and with great love.

St. Theresa’s Prayer:
May today there be peace within.
May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others.
May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content with yourself just the way you are.
Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.

The Beauty Way Flower Essence Blend is about this, about how you feel in yourself, which informs how you live. Salal Flower Essence is a key essence in this blend and is the featured essence for August.

Salal Flower Essence

Salal is a very common understory shrub in North American Pacific Northwest coniferous forests, and was an important food source for many First Peoples of the area. The dark juicy berries were eaten both fresh and dried into cakes. They were also used to sweeten other foods and to thicken salmon eggs. These days, salal berries make a wonderful jam.

On the flower essence level, Salal helps you remember that what you do is much less important than how you do it. Whatever your job, hobbies, volunteer projects or activism, the way you feel yourself, the way you connect with your inner spirit is vital to the quality of what you contribute to others. It is also vital to your light-hearted sense of wellbeing and spiritual process. Salal flower essence supports pleasure in the simple things of life and presence in the moment with whatever you are doing; for example, cooking or eating a meal, washing clothes, taking the kids to school, watering your garden, going to work or taking a nap in the sunshine. Go de-Light-fully through your day.

As Salal Flower Essence says of itself:

I AM living presence in the mundane activities of daily life.

When you get caught up in doing the daily and “spiritual” things, lose touch with your heart and forget to feel the “spirit”, the beauty, the joy underlying your actions, Salal flower essence will be your ally.

For more information on Salal Flower Essence and the amber, cavansite, green tourmaline, moldavite and drusy quartz crystals that energetically grounded this essence while it was being made, go to the link below.

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July’s Flower Remedy Blend:
Beauty Way

Beauty Way is the yin to Earth Keeper’s yang. It is about being internal, reflective, receptive and heartfull compared to being external, results oriented, protective and powerful. And yet there is strength in the Beauty Way path. An example was White Buffalo Woman who gave the sacred pipe to the Lakota people. She embodied Light, power and respect for Earth and all of her children. Through the sacred pipe ceremony, she gave the Lakota people the opportunity and responsibility to experience this. White Buffalo woman said,

‘With this pipe you will walk on the earth, which is your grandmother and your mother. The earth is sacred, and so is every step that you take on her.’

(Read a complete text of the White Buffalo Woman story.)

Perhaps you are a social rights activist, a mother teaching her children to live sustainably, an environmental protection attorney, a chef using locally grown foods, or a teacher in public or private schools. Regardless of your vocation or avocation, Beauty Way is a gentle yet strong ally encouraging you to integrate these more compassionate qualities and strengths into your daily actions.

Beauty Way Flower Remedy Blend can be used by people who are sensitive to scents because it is made without essential oils. It is in a base of red shiso herb tea with organic white vinegar. (Read more information about the red/shiso vinegar base.) Beauty Way comes in a one-ounce spray bottle for easy use. Spray around your body, into a glass of drinking water or directly into your mouth.

For more information about the Beauty Way Blend and the chrysophrase, sodalite, turquoise, varascite and drusy quartz gemstones that energetically grounded this blend, go to the link below.

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