Essential Oils and Flower Essences: What’s the difference?

Essential Oils and Flower Essences: What’s the difference?

For all their color and beauty, flower essences have no smell. When I say, “I’m a flower essence practitioner,” people often respond, “Oh, an aromatherapist.” It’s easy to assume that flower essences are the same as essential oils, which, like most flowers, have a...
Life Lessons from A Starving Artist

Life Lessons from A Starving Artist

What does it mean to live with reverence? What does it take? Watching Kishore paint gave me the words I was searching for.   Living with reverence is having the courage to follow the call of your soul.  Listening to Kishore talk about his work, it’s easy to be touched...
Are You Willing to Lift Someone Up?

Are You Willing to Lift Someone Up?

The big day arrived…the opening of Kishore’s solo exhibition. His parents would not be able to visit. He wanted my mother and an older artist he had invited to light the ceremonial lamp to inaugurate the exhibition. I called my mother. I felt overwhelmed by the weight...
Can You Trust Yourself in the Midst of Change?

Can You Trust Yourself in the Midst of Change?

I left the world of finance and academia and entered the woo-woo world of flower essences. This was an abrupt and dramatic shift.  I felt like an outcast on both sides of the great divide. Stripped of a title, without a clearly defined job, I struggled to explain what...
Are You Struggling Against the Flow of Life

Are You Struggling Against the Flow of Life

I teach high school children leadership and I didn’t feel that I could teach my kids to “Lift Someone Up” if I couldn’t do that myself. I decided therefore, that I would help Kishore sell a few of his paintings- -just enough to help him stand on his own two feet so he...
Can You Make Space for the Flow of Life?

Can You Make Space for the Flow of Life?

A few years after she met him at the gallery, Kishore came to my mother asking for financial help to pay for the brochures and gallery costs for his first solo show. My mother called me, like she did the time before. Then, she had bought his big painting for me. Now,...
Are You Open to Your Creative Flow?

Are You Open to Your Creative Flow?

It was not rush hour, yet the streets were packed with cars and drivers shuttling the women of the house to work, shopping and the clubs. My mother would jostle with the drivers for parking, maneuvering her little red car into an impossibly tight parking space. It had...
Flowing with Life

Flowing with Life

According to the dictionary, reverence is a feeling of awe, wonder, and respect. When I first discovered this word, I asked myself, do you feel this way about your life? Do you sense that your life is amazing, miraculous? Are you filled with wonder? I had to answer,...
Finding Strength To Face Grief During Quarantine

Finding Strength To Face Grief During Quarantine

It is normal, and right, to be grieving in this moment. We grieve for the normalcy we’ve lost, the friends and family we cannot see, the horrors we hear and read about on the news and our social media feeds. Grief during quarantine is normal but knowing that doesn’t...