Flower Essences: The Power to Unlock Stagnation

Flower Essence Combo 7.2017
Flower essences are a gentle vibrational herbal medicine.  The flower is the highest vital expression of the plant.  Each flower has a vibrational frequency that connects to us on a deep level.  Flower essences are one of my deepest passions in herbal medicine and many of my clients call their flower essence formula “magic in a bottle” or “emotional rescue.”  Flower essences connect to our emotional state. They  seem to know us better than we know ourselves.  Each flower that steps up to help has a story to tell us about ourselves.  Most of the time a story it’s time to release.  

The release is usually subtle.  Sometimes you don’t even realize it happened.  Life is just moving forward, the problem resolves itself, the relationship just got deeper, or what you were hanging onto now has clarity and a clearer decision gets easier.

While this is a simplistic explanation of how they work, I really want to share a story about 3 flower essences that helped me unlock a 19 year stagnant storage unit with ease and grace!  Why it took so long to sit down with my 80+ collection of flower essences and ask the big question I have no idea.  Perhaps it was the planetary alignment going on at this time or perhaps I needed the distance to appreciate the clarity.

I pulled out my flower essences and started talking to them like they are my best friends —  well sometimes they are!!  I told them about the storage unit, I couldn’t open the final boxes, I only stopped by a couple times a year, oh such a waste of money!

What would help me get rid of the storage unit?

After I set my intention I got out my magic crystal pendulum (more on that in another blog post).  As I touch each bottle my pendulum will swing forward and back for a “yes it wants to help” or counter clockwise for a “no I can’t help.”  It will swing clockwise for “well maybe yes or no, could be.”  I don’t read the descriptions before I ask the question.  I let the plants tell me what is going on.  My clients go wild watching my pendulum move.  But if that isn’t wow enough, when the theme is read to them they sometimes gasp.  “Oh wow I can’t believe that.  How did you know?”  Well I don’t, the flowers do.  It’s a vibrational connection.  I’m more of a facilitator.

So yes I was equally blown away when these 3 flower essences stepped up to tell me why I couldn’t move out all that stagnant energy in the storage unit and how these 3 flower essences were going to make the shift happen with ease and grace.

Yerba Santa = and not just any bottle but one I made on a field trip not too many years after I packed up my house back in New Hampshire.  The patterns of imbalance are for constricted feelings, particularly in the chest; internalized grief and melancholy, deeply repressed emotions.  Really, after all these years!  The positive qualities after the release of these emotions: free-flowing emotions, ability to harmonize breathing with feeling; capacity to express a full range of human emotion, especially pain and sadness.  This description is from FES (Flower Essence Services) who makes this flower essence.

Ambassador (description from the Perelandra Rose Essences) = Pattern.  Aids the individual in seeing the relationship of the part to the whole, in perceiving the pattern and purpose.

Bowl (description from the Perelandra Nature Program Essences) = Links humans and all other living organisms to the heart and soul impulses of the planet.  Also synchronizes the human / living organism with the heart and soul impulses of the planet and the universe, thus supporting the evolutionary process moving in tandem with the universe.

I put a certain number of drops of each essence, per my flower essences/pendulum’s instructions, into a bottle and started taking the number of drops my flower essences /pendulum told me to put in water.  It put the vibrational frequency of this formula in water that I drank maybe a couple days when all of a sudden magic happened and one weekend I woke up and said, “today is the day that storage unit is going.”  Literally nothing was going to stop me.  I ended up opening boxes and what I found was NOT ME ANYMORE.  I’d grown and evolved!  Wow I just don’t recognize the person who previously couldn’t let go.  I gave almost all of it away.  

What an amazing feeling.  Thank you Yerba Santa, free-flowing emotions of joy!!  Someone else will love them.  It’s time to move on.  As for Ambassador, the pattern in the relationship of the part to the whole was that each item helped me grow into the person I am today.  It served a purpose at one point, but not any more.  It wasn’t me.  And since everything is energy that old stale energy was holding me back.  Bowl is an interesting essence.  I’ve been getting the sign to clean out for years.  I think the energy of the planet right now is all about cleaning out and realigning.  If it doesn’t serve you, move it on.  Someone else is waiting for their own experience with it.  I really feel like I am aligning to the planet and the universe.

One day I couldn’t find the flower essence bottle.  That’s a sign.  I had realigned and it was no longer necessary to take it.  Even though I am still cleaning out and I’m on a roll.  The shift has already happened.  I have a 12 month plan to realign everything that is now left in my apartment with the new me.  

Just who is the new me and where am I headed?  Stay tuned for more at
Be Vibrant!!
Wellness shows up on more than just the physical level.
It always starts deep inside.

 

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The Emotions of Storage

Wendy last storage unit
Oh the emotions of storage!  It doesn’t matter if your stuff is stored in the attic, the basement, the garage, closets, or the dreaded – STORAGE UNIT!  What’s in those boxes anyway?!

Memories       Hopes and Dreams
Expectations (met or unmet)     
Disappointments      Missed opportunities       OR

How about maybe you’ve evolved and
why are you keeping that stuff?

Today, August 8th, 2017, was a profound day for me.  It was the 19th anniversary of the start of packing up my life, or what was left of it at that time.  Little did I know that a year from this date I would have my stuff and my car on a moving van headed to Colorado, and I would be boarding a bus to Logan Airport in Boston to move to Colorado.  This alone was a 30 year dream I was beginning to think would never be realized.  While I was nervous about the good life I was leaving behind, every door in New Hampshire was closing and, of the five places I was considering moving to, all the doors in Colorado opened simultaneously.  That’s a huge sign!

It never occurred to me last month, before I turned in the key on the final storage unit, that what was left in those boxes was officially – NOT ME ANYMORE!  “Really,” as I opened one box at a time, “I’m paying good hard earned money to not deal with these emotions?”  A friend asked, “How did you find the courage?”  Yes there was officially something in that storage unit representing each decade of my life.  I feel like I’ve lived FIVE DIFFERENT LIFETIMES.  I don’t recognize any of these people that were me.  But it’s okay as I’ve grown and evolved into the person I am today because of all of those experiences.

When I got to Colorado almost the entire 10 x 20 storage unit remained intact.  I decided as each new situation came up I would handle it differently.  If I missed the old way, then it was really me.  If not, it was someone else.  When I think back on that first year it was one of continuous change.  Curious because for most of my wellness clients just making one change is difficult.  I still don’t know how I made so many changes at once.

I was on a mission to recreate myself and I loved it!  The timing was so right on!

Today it’s also interesting that the same feeling of recreating myself again is very strong.  Somehow emptying that storage unit opened up space for all new energy, ideas, and dreams to surface.  The month of August I’ve been on a “28-day detox your life program.”  Where did that come from?  The last two days of astrology blurbs on the internet are telling me that the energy of the planet is behind this realignment.

For now I’m putting out the refreshing feeling of moving out old stale energy and emotions that no longer serve me.  Next up will be the flower essences that helped shift the energy and emotions, and clear out that storage unit with ease.  I still have about 26 items left that have curiosity and I’ve decided to honor them further and move out 2-3 a month over the next year.

So it looks like another year of evolving and changing.  Let the path flow out in front of me as I show my gratitude and appreciation for all I’ve learned and become.

Looking forward to finding out what shows up next here at Be Vibrant!!
It will definitely be all about vibrant health!

 

 

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Rituals and Deep Sleep Lead to Clarity and Insights

Smoking Sage

What does two weeks of really great sleep get you?  Wow I feel so refreshed!  

Clarity and Insights

I added in wonderful rituals to make it a beautiful slow down and
an honoring of myself.

I was staying up way too late ~ just long enough to get that second wind.  I had to work backwards from the time I wanted to be soundly asleep.  Since I like to get up around 5:30 am or 6:00 am, I was looking at what it would take to be asleep by 9:30 pm or 10:00 pm.  My first aHa was that I am doing way too much.  Nothing like a stressful day job and coming home to more stress, especially when I appeared to be creating it. 

So first thing I decided was to get a more done during the weekend to free up my week nights.  Coming home is now like walking into my own sacred space.

One of my favorite things I do at night is to burn sage as a smudge (see picture) for me and my apartment.  Sage is an herb that clears negative energy.  It’s my way of leaving any negative energy behind and welcoming me home to my sacred space.  Sage is so calming and grounding, and brings me into the present.  I light the end and then blow it out so it’s just smoking a little ~ not enough to set off the smoke alarms (really important in an apartment building).  Then I run the sage along my energy field (front/back/along arms and legs/around my head) as well as taking it through my apartment.  I love the smell so much!  This has turned into a ritual that sets the tone for my evening.  It signals my brain to start slowing down and connect to the energy of my wellness community that I’m creating.

Let’s just see how that played out over the past two weeks.

I’ve been observing that I get a second wind at about 10:15pm.  If I’ve been winding down and in bed before then, no problem.  However, if I get on a roll and 10:15pm arrives I now have a second wind that will take me at least another hour before my brain starts to shut down.  That means I’m not asleep until 11:30 pm.  OUCH!  Total exhaustion the next day and dragging out of bed.

So my evening ritual is to work backwards for my plan and this is what I created:

8:30 pm   everything ready for the next day

9:00 pm   take a Pure Rest – Melatonin from USANA Health Sciences ~ I’m in love with this product.  Let me know if you want a discount at bevibrantproduct.usana.com !

9:15 pm   to bed with sound healing music while writing a few pages in my journal about what I’m creating

9:30 pm   about this time I’m falling asleep so lights out and dreaming about what I’m creating at my wellness center

I usually wake up 15-20 minutes before my alarm goes off having had the deepest, most peaceful sleep, and I awaken to an aHa moment that I will ponder while I’m waking up. 

I feel so rested and refreshed.  

Each night if something comes up I think I have to do I ask myself, “Is this honoring my rest and rejuvenation?”  If the answer is no – I let go of it.  If it is that important I find another place to schedule it so I can honor my time and nourish my soul.

If you are interested in setting up a sleep program let me know.  This is just one example.  I’ll add on and share what I do as May will be about self-care and rejuvenation.

What’s in your wellness plan?

Here at Be Vibrant we are all about soothing, relaxing, and rejuvenating at wendywarner.com

 

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My Initial Herbal / Wellness Consultation

Consult Form and Wellness Tracker
I finally had my initial herbal / wellness consultation.  My computer and I were just getting started over the weekend.  What I love about my initial consultation form is the detail.  It looks at my health concerns from the physical, mental, emotional, and energetic levels, our lifestyles, and the patterns of behavior that have the ability to throw us off course.  Let’s face it, we all have distractions and it’s okay!!

Last year my goal was to shed 13 pounds.  I would have made it if not for the holiday distractions where I gained back 4 pounds.  But I did shed a solid 9 pounds.

This year I’m going to shed the final 13 pounds, but I’m not doing it by why of any diet plans.  I want a plan the builds a loving relationship with my body and strong overall vitality.  That way as those pounds mysteriously disappear, so might other aches, pains, or annoying issues that I might be taking for granted.  My favorite comment from clients: “Well everyone else in my family has this so it must run in the family.”  I really do think we can overcome that story.

As I reviewed all aspects of what is going on for me it became clear that my biggest issue to start with is stress.  I have very good baseline health, but I live in a very stressful environment.  My day job in the medical field (which I passionately love) has me talking with people in sometimes dire situations (my heart goes out to them).   I am also helping a family member who lives two thousand miles away.  On top of those two, I am working on my very big vision for my retirement business.  I’m not someone who wants to retire, but would rather continue supporting the health of people in a different way.  When I feel stressed my first tendency is to reach for some type of food that doesn’t serve me.  Can I discount chocolate?!  Antioxidants?!  haha

So I decided to pull out my wellness tracker form that I created a few years ago.  Today I took the first copy with me to work.  I can’t tell you how many things I didn’t eat because I would have to list them on this page.  But even better, I decided I would review the form briefly each night so I could make those subtle shifts.  Maybe some extra protein instead?

I have so many healthy herbal, flower essence, sound healing, energy medicine, food, etc etc etc things to share for stress that I’m almost amused that stress is an issue.  For the next couple weeks I’m going to consistently work on these until they are habit and share my insights and results along the way.

First one is in bed with lights out by 10:00 pm (an uplifting book or sound healing music if I make it early … nice).  I’ll keep you posted.  Tonight it’s going to be Pure Rest by USANA Health Sciences.  It’s the best Melatonin product I’ve every found.  I fall deeply asleep and wake up about 10 minutes before my alarm at 6:00 am.  Check it out at my Be Vibrant product partner website:  bevibrantproduct.usana.com.

Your body goes into major rebuilding mode while you sleep, so you want the best sleep ever.

What’s on your wellness plan?

At Be Vibrant it’s all about soothing – check it out over at wendywarner.com
and Be Vibrant!

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A Great Baseline For My Wellness Plan

Bod Pod - small size

I’ve been getting a great baseline for my 2017-18 wellness plan.  Many people wonder why, as a clinical herbalist, I am so interested in wellness plans.  “Don’t you just wait until something is wrong and then take an herb for the problem?”  Sometimes that situation does present itself, however, I found herbal medicine through a 18+ year chronic health problem.  Once you have symptoms develop slowly over a long period of time (now a chronic problem), it might seem like random aches, pains, rashes, gas/bloating and other annoyances showing up, but those symptoms could be tearing down multiple organ systems potentially causing major health problems in the long run.  I prefer to look at a much bigger – more holistic – picture of health.  I’m a pattern-oriented person by nature, so looking at an herb for a chronic health problem seems to be short-sighted.

One example is the number of people who have surpassed their body’s ideal weight – that is a classic chronic health problem affecting many organ systems.

Last year I did my yearly Bod Pod test (yes you get in that mini space ship pictured above).  Hard to believe in less than a minute it will tell you so much about what’s going on INSIDE your body.  It gives me guidelines to work toward over the next year.  I’m excited that last year I shed (won’t say lost because I don’t want to find them) NINE POUNDS and almost 2% of that was body fat.  Almost as exciting was that I came close to maintaining my muscle mass.  If you know me you know I work out in a free weight room and at the Bar Method exercise class.  You might think I should be muscling up.  While I did develop some muscles, in my age group (62 yrs) maintaining muscle is challenging.  But I was delighted to see the young exercise physiology/sports science student’s face when she looked at my results.  “You work out!  Good job!!”

Between my Bod Pod scores and my annual physical with outstanding lab test results, you might think I’m set for the year.  But not the case!  I’m always working on improving my health.  I believe that each of us needs to step up to the plate and add one or two things toward self-responsibility for our health.  Sometimes that could be substituting a health promoting item for one that has been tearing down our health.

The easy goals for me are the last 10 pounds and, as my waist circumference is at 35 inches, a few inches off my waist.  A waist circumference of 35+ inches is a new vital sign for cardiac and diabetic risk factors in women (40+ inches for men).  So by shedding another 9-10 pounds while continuing to work on building muscle might bring my body fat % down to an acceptable good health level and bring firm up my waist.

So I’m going to use my last 10 pounds and a few inches off my waist as a way to show how a clinical herbalist might approach a healthier you.  I’m not going to focus on the weight.  Instead I’m going to focus on vitality, which in turn shifts the thinking.  Remember – what you focus on expands!

Stay tuned for more on my wellness plan as this weekend I’m meeting up with my wellness tracker after I go through my thorough herbal intake form so I notice what patterns of behavior / foods / drink / stress factors / thought patterns and more might be holding me back.

What’s your wellness plan?

Here at Be Vibrant it’s all about fun!!

 

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Do You Have a Wellness Plan?

Wendy in Weight Room 4.6.17

Do you have a wellness plan?  It’s a very important question, but even more important is what are you focused on?  You see, what you focus on expands.  So I decided to focus on what I wanted, not what I didn’t want.

Last year my wellness plan was focused on vitality.  I decided to spend the year focused on what I wanted most – vitality and a sense of well-being.  The outcome exceeded my expectations.  More about that in upcoming blog posts.  I plan to share what I learned and more as my plan moves forward through 2017.

Tonight in the free weight room Gabe, our trainer, had what looked like a simple 6 exercise plan for the class.  Only problem, the repetitions totaled 500.  Carrying around those weights for about 45 minutes was increasingly tiring.  I was glad to put them down for the abs/core workout and cool down.  But as I gingerly walked over to the TRAX stop to head home I realized that was two 10 lb dumbells = 20 pounds.  Over the last two years I’ve burned off 15 pounds by working out in my two favorite exercise places.  It would have been about 20 pounds except for the holidays.

Interesting, the thought of what it feels like to carry an extra 20 pounds around for just 45 minutes.  

Working my way down to my ideal weight, considering I’m 62 1/2, has to take into consideration a wellness plan for my entire body – not just a number on the scale.  Sometime in our 30’s we start to lose muscle mass and the older we get the harder it is to maintain and build.  Building muscle this past year has transformed my body and I’ve enjoyed watching where my body decided to burn off the fat.  While the number on the scale has slowly changed, I’m wearing clothes I haven’t fit in for years.

Next up will be my BOD POD experience this year, my wellness tracker, and why setting up a wellness plan is one of the best things you can do for yourself on a physical, mental, emotional, and energetic level.

Next time you look in the mirror ask yourself: “what one step can I take for my health and well-being this month?”

 

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D/W/PS our relationship is over . . . again

 

wendy-at-bar-method-2-14-17

Haha what a great title for Valentine’s day!

That stands for  Dairy / Wheat / and Processed Sugar

In my ongoing quest for vibrant health and well-being, there are three players who repeatedly cause havoc in my body.  While I’ve released them in the past, one more than the other two, whenever they reappear it’s all bad.  But in some ways they are my old friends with wise insights.

So here is how it plays out in me:

Dairy: the casein protein causes asthma – the whey protein causes my ears to close up to the point I can’t hear after a couple weeks.

Wheat:  sinus congestion, brain fog, and my eyes don’t see things as bright and clear

Processed sugar:  let’s just not even go there.  I’m pretty sure my body laughs and immediately stores it around the middle.

All of the above create an inflammation in my body that over time goes on to cause all kinds of other problems, or so we are told.  I personally don’t feel like waiting around for that.

So in honor of Valentine’s Day (and why honor love just one day of the year), I’m going to spend the entire YEAR loving my body into a state of vibrant health and well-being.  Over the past two years I’ve posted a lot of pictures and inspiration on Facebook from the 30-day plank challenge, to my two days a week in the University of Utah free weight room as part of our fantastic Well U Program, to my happy place at the Bar Method SLC.  During this time I’ve transformed my body, gained strength and flexibility, lots of amazing muscles, even my “6-pack” abs are underneath that roll around the middle I’m going to be burning off this year.  I’ve shed 15 pounds of the 25 pounds I gained the year after I suffered two seizures out of the blue.  I’m down to the last 10 pounds (maybe I’ll go for 15) – you know that friend that keeps coming back around – no pun intended.  Maybe it’s time to pull up a comfy place to chat and find out what she has to say.  I’m sure it’s insightful, I’ve just been ignoring her wisdom.

So in the picture above that roll around the middle is the only place left to really burn.  At age 62 1/2 my body has seen every trick in the book, so it’s time to reconnect and listen.

I’ve decided to honor myself by creating a  year long body transformation program and put myself through it.  As a clinical herbalist, flower essence practitioner, and Quantum Touch/Reiki practitioner, I love to look at the biggest picture of what might be causing imbalances in the body that show up as “symptoms” that may or may not send you to the doctor.  Lifestyle choices are a big factor as well as nutritional deficiencies.  So I like to address it all, but not all at once.  I’ve even had a client whose health was affected by high electro-magnetic frequencies near his house/work.  So including the physical, emotional, energetic, spiritual/soul levels, and environmental factors all come into play.

Since the best thing we can all do to help keep health care costs down is prevention, I’m going to create a tribe of like-minded people.  Read along if you are so drawn.

I’ll share how my entire business, plus more, can be used for a more vibrant life.

http://www.wendywarner.com
http://www.wendywarner.usana.com

 

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