Healing and Being Flower Fresh

The great Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh says, “We should be flower fresh, so that we refresh others.” When visiting with my mother in the hospital over the last few months that was my intention, to be flower fresh, not only for my mother, but all those who attended to her. A hospital is definitely a place that needs the energy of flower freshness. I wanted to be flower fresh to help my mom get better, but I also I had with me, something more.

I brought to the hospital an Anu Essentials Refresh Spritzer and I would spray it a few times throughout each day. This not only changed the aroma and molecules of my mother’s hospital room, but it had an affect on everyone who entered her room. From the visitors to the nurses and the nurse’s aids and doctors, they all noticed the shift in energy and aroma when entering my mom’s room.

Typically they would all take a deep breath and say, “Something in here smells good, what is that?” They also allowed me to lightly shower their faces with the Spritzer. They would happily follow my directions to softly close their eyes, inhaled slowly and deeply as I gently sprayed them with the Spritzer. And my mom was happy that I had an extra Spritzer to leave with her, so that she could spray it whenever I was not there to address any unpleasant smells.

As I have mentioned before, my mother has been in and out of hospitals all her life and even as a child, the one thing that always weighed heavily on me when visiting her at the hospital, was the ever-present hospital smell. Let’s be honest, it smells of pain, illness, and even death, which is something that affects not only those staying there, but also those working and visiting there.

Since I have such a keen sense of smell, I find the aromas of a hospital draining on my spirit. Therefore, I was relieved and felt armed with nature, to have my creation in my bag to help me through the many hours spent at the hospital.  It made it all, so much more bearable. After finally leaving the hospital, the first rehab center that my mom was transferred to was so dank, in addition to the Spritzer; I had to bring out the heavy aroma arsenal. Stay tuned for that story next week.

Burdened with a number of respiratory illnesses, commercial perfumes and other artificial fragrances can set my mother off to coughing, choking and wheezing, which made it impossible for her to continue to go to church. The amount of heavily perfumed members of the congregation would trigger an asthma attack. That is never the case when I spray our plant based perfumes or Spritzers around her. I was so happy to have in created botanical based aroma Spritzers, something that’s easily accessible that I could use to uplift, inspire and shift the energy of my mother and her hospital room. It also helped to inspire me through the long hours.

Formulated with herbs and essential oils it brought nature into the space, God’s pharmacy, is what plants are. They are naturally imbued with healing elements. So if you need to change the energy in a space, whether it’s your home, car, office, or even a public place such as an airplane or hospital room, remember the healing and renewing elements of Anu Essentials Refresh and Spiritual Spritzers. Our Spritzers make it easy for you to be ‘flower fresh.”

I would be remiss if I didn’t share that as a woman of a certain age, experiencing the power of heat rising aka menopausal symptoms, spritzing my face with these herbal Spritzers calms the sweating and leaves me with a feeling of freshness.  Try it! I guarantee you’ll enjoy the experience.

Mommy – Get Ready To Bloom!

There is no substitute for a mother’s love.  Some have been fortunate to have loving, supportive mothers.  Others lost their moms at a young age, some barely knew their moms or knew them not at all.

Mother’s Day, like many national holidays, can bring up a mixed bag of emotions.  As I wrestle with my mom’s latest illness, I realize the enormous love my mother has had for me and I for her, but I cannot discount the fact that mother/ daughter relationships can be fraught with complications.  In the end, love is the greatest healer.

serenity and yoga practicing at sunset, meditation

We all need to be mothered in one way or another.  One way to heal the mothering energy is to nurture ourselves.  When we nurture ourselves, it’s easier to nurture others  from a pure place. We bathe those in need with unconditional love.  This is the behavior of a healthy, mother energy.  If you’ve had a mom who has impacted your life in a most positive way, I know you count your blessings daily.  For those who have not had that kind of love, I think of you, especially on this occasion and send you Light and Love.  And for those who have recently lost their Mothers, I feel your pain more now than ever…  Mother’s Day can be a great time to put together a memory shrine for your mom no matter when she made her transition.

We have two botanical offerings to help invoke that nurturing energy, our Spiritual Spritzer called Nurturing and our Sea Scape Perfume.  Both are made with real jasmine essential oil and elements from the sea to calm and heal, not just for this special occasion, but for all year round.  Yemanja, Auset, Mother Mary, Privhti we call on you!

Happy Mother’s Day To All!

 

The Buddha That Got Away

As I have mentioned in previous posts, our trip to Thailand was very Buddha centric. We traveled from one city to the next visiting pristine golden temples and ancient crumbling ruins to see incredible images of the Buddha.

Some of the Buddhas were newly made while others were hundreds of years old. I was excited to learn that we were going to see the one Buddha I had seen on the Internet and wanted to see in person, the Phra Atchana Buddha. This particular Buddha is one of the largest, but I had never seen an image of the whole statue, just the hand. I have a great appreciation for hands and images of hands;  it was the hand of this particular Buddha that I found quite intriguing.

The day we arrived at the site of the Phra Atchana Buddha it was an incredible 105 degrees with humidity that seemed just as high. As I made my way off the air condition bus and headed towards the Phra Atchana Buddha, all I could see was the upper part of this huge, white colored Buddha. So I had no idea this was the Buddha I had been longing to see, the one with the larger than life, graceful, golden hand. I had always assumed the Buddha with the graceful golden hand was  golden all over. Later I was  informed that devotees purchase real gold foil and as an offering and place the gold foil onto the white hand of this statue, making it appear golden.

As I made my way towards this Buddha, I felt overwhelmed by the heat and humidity. The three women I traveled with, along with a few others on our tour, quite aware of the heat didn’t attempt to leave the bus. As I stepped off the bus, the air seemed incredibly thick and the Buddha appeared half of a football field away. As I walked a sharp pain entered my left eye and traveled to my head. I wondered if I might have a heat stroke if I proceeded. I was a quarter way there, when I turned back. Once on the bus, I refreshed myself with cold water and Anu Essentials Refresh Spritzer.

I was bothered by the fact that I didn’t get to see this one Buddha that I had long imagined seeing. In this instance, perhaps it was ignorance that saved me. Had I known this was the Golden Hand Buddha, I might have pushed on to my demise. I’ve asked myself what does it mean that I didn’t get to see this particular Buddha? Was it symbolic, indicating that I wasn’t spiritually ready? I don’t know, but I do know I feel like this was the “Buddha that got away.”  It is for this reason and many others, that I will have to return to Thailand one day. It just won’t be during their summer. And just imagine, days in a row of 105 degree and this was considered the start of the Thai summer season.

This photo by our tour guide, Kanokwan Taewattana.  Thank you Nok!

 

 

Maintain Your Inner Independence

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never harm me. While many of us know this childhood jingle, we cannot all say it rings true 100% of the time. Words are very powerful and typically say more about the person speaking than the person listening. Words change lives, can ignite healing or provoke dis-ease, if they are abusive. This is true not necessarily about what is said, but how we handle or process what is said. However, no one should willingly expose themselves to demeaning or abusive communications from anyone under any circumstances.  No, not even from your employer.  That would be a sure sign that it’s time to move on.  But I digress.

I haven’t written on my blog post in over a month now and I finally had to admit to myself, what triggered this pause in posting was a comment made by a recipient of our newsletter. In addition to unsubscribing, she took the time to explain why. Her comments pierced me to the core. Due to the fact that we have so few readers who responds to the newsletter or blog posts in writing, it often feels like I’m just talking to myself. Is there anybody out there???  But while readers seldom leave written comments, many have come up to me in person to say they enjoy the newsletter and blog posts.

Recently a friend on Facebook mentioned her desire to give up sugar and I referred her to my blog post on the topic – Sugar – The Sweetest Poison of All. This brilliant woman who is a published author, accomplished intellectual, a professor at a prestigious university and wonderful person, immediately shared  with me that she loved my blog. And just those few words really meant so much to me.  In addition to my resolve on this matter, they gave me impetuous to say, please unsubscribe.  I only need to speak with those who are interested in what I’d like to share.

It can be very unsettling to allow ourselves to be so easily influenced, like a leaf in the wind. We all know better than that. We would be absolutely miserable if we attempted to live our lives allowing what others say to influence how we feel and what we do based on what they say; when they approve of us then we’re happy and if they don’t approve of us, then we’re miserable. The first rule is, don’t take it personally, as it relates to anyone, but particularly with strangers. This customer (and each recipient) has every right to unsubscribe and explain why they’re not interested in what I have to share. As the good book (I-Ching – Book of Changes) advises – maintain your inner independence – take not gain nor loss to heart.  These words sound so simple, but depending on what it is you’re trying to be centered about and not be an emotional mess, taking this stance can be exceedingly challenging.

This is one of the hallmarks of my spiritual journey,  mastering maintaining inner independence. So how I allowed this one comment to throw me so completely off my center, is something I dealt with in my meditation.  Inner independence is a way of saying, be centered.  Let not your emotions determine how you feel and function. In some instances that is easy.  In other instances it can be such a major cross roads, it can be the difference between living life fully or being totally miserable and spreading your misery to others.  So maintaining inner independence can be a very serious endeavor depending on what’s happening in your life. I have formulated a number of Spiritual Spritzers to address different challenges in life and one of them is called Centering.  It’s perfect to use for those time when you need to maintain your equilibrium. Formulated with both essential oils and tinctured herbs, it instills the energy of oneness, to be single minded, not torn or any matter.  And also it can be used to remind us that all of us are one, from the same one source, God, the Divine, by any name you choose to use.

With the help of my meditations, using the Spiritual Spritzer and the kind words of my friend Imani (a name that means, faith or trust) I have reclaimed my center and I’m back!  Please feel free to unsubscribe to this newsletter and or blog if it is not for you. I know how it is.  We have a limited amount of time and we should spend it doing what inspires us.  I realize that what I have to say is of value to someone and if I am able to encourage just one person to follow the road that will bring that person closer to a healthy, wholesome and or enlightening perspective or inspire them to take a closer look at the beauty they share with this world, then I’ve met my goal. That is my mission. Have a most beauty-filled day!

The New Moon in Ausar /Ausar Consciousness

Beginning the 1st of August with the new moon in Ausar began the Ausar cycle which lasts through August 31st. I’d been musing about it for over a month prior knowing this time was imminent. But I’d been stuck. How daunting it was for me writing about this aspect of the Creator. Why, I asked myself, is it taking you so long to get this together?

I believe what has taken me so long to put into words is that I am utterly in awe of Ausar consciousness. There’s even a part of me that doesn’t feel qualified to even speak of the majesty that is Ausar. Then I am reminded that Ausar is a part of me as he is a part of us all. So I am thus qualified to speak of that which resides in each of us.

Ausar this the highest level of consciousness one can reach on this earthly plane. In the tradition of our Khametic ancestors, the belief is that it takes innumerable lifetimes (reincarnations) and transformations of one’s earthy persona to reach “Ausar Consciousness.” Ausar Consciousness is that aspect of the Divine that represents the Oneness in All.  You may have heard of terms like Christ Consciousness and Buddha Consciousness. These concepts hold the same sacredness as Ausar Consciousness.

Seated on the 1st sphere of The Tree of Life, Ausar is position directly after Amen, which represents the Divine.  It is through Ausar Consciousness that one may experience that which is Omniscience, Omnipotence, and Omnipresence.

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We live in a world where everything, including ourselves, appears separate and apart from us which tends to make us individualistic. Your body, your mind, your ideas, your this — and your that. But, we all come from One source and to this One source we will return eventually as our Highest self. Ausar represents that Highest self: the Divine Self, unification, oneness. Ausar is that part of us that is incorruptible, the true Self that is not identified with our personhood or emotions, and is undisturbed by external forces. It is the indwelling consciousness that is the ‘witness within’ that sees all that we experience, but is forever unmoved by all that we experience.

Luxor Temple

There are some who have no awareness that we should aspire to this height, to this level of consciousness. But there are always those who do. They inspire us. They exhibit distinctive aspects of Ausar. For example, the prophets of the major religions Muhammad, Jesus and Buddha are noted for their Ausar consciousness. We recognize in these persons the common denominator in us all and in turn we also see it because of how people respond to them.

In the modern era, many believe Muhammad Ali possessed an aspect of this quality. People often wonder what there was about him. It was Ausar consciousness that shone through him and touched so many. This is why he was so loved. When Muhammad Ali looked at you it was felt he really saw you and saw himself in you and you in himself.

The Ausar consciousness is exemplified by the likes of The Dali Lama and Thich Nhat Khan. These are persons who are on the world stage to remind us of who we truly are. There are countless others whose names you will most likely will never hear of. This is unimportant. They live quiet lives and attend to spiritual work in the deep recesses of the world. Some reside in what is considered the uncivilized parts of this planet, living with nature.

For sure, there are those among us who you may know or have had a chance meeting who function in this way. They radiate pure peace at all times regardless of what is going on. Their love of the Divine is apparent to all who come within their presence.

It is my belief we all have from time to time fleeting moments of Ausar consciousness. We feel the love of the Divine and feel oneness with all creation: the sea, the sky, the galaxies, and persons we know and those we know not. May we aspire for Ausar consciousness often as we are able.

One way to heighten your Ausar consciousness is to do an austerity, a sacrifice, which means to give up something dear to you.  It’s a practice much like giving up something for Lent.  For Ausar the austerities would include giving up some or all of the following for a day, or 10 days or for the rest of this cycle: sex, some or all forms of entertainment, drugs and alcohol, negative emotionalism, and the most challenging of them all, giving of salt in your food.  Try abstaining from any one of these for a single day and see the tricks and rationalizations your mind will come up with about why you need not abstain.

Sacred Lotus flowers

Elements that correspond to Ausar are as follows: Sidereal full moon in Aquarius / day of the week – all days / Ausar resides on the 1st sphere of The Tree of Life, color is white, gemstone – none, herbs basil, sage, and marjoram.  The oils of Ausar are some of the most exquisite and expensive on the plane. They are tuberose, lotus and white roses.  I have all of these included in the Ausar Elixir.

”Personal Portfolio Emotional traits, beyond the influence of emotions.

Mental Traits are the origin of all wisdom.

Social correspondences: God Men/Women on earth and in the inner planes.” From the Metu Neter Vol.1 by Ra Un Nefer Amen

Other names of this aspect of the Divine One are Obtala from the Yoruba, Kether from the Kabala, Tara from Indus Cush, Metatron from the Cannanite, Osiris from the Greeks.

For a Spiritual Elixir of Ausar click here. It is recommended and best used when meditating on the aspects of Ausar.