The community came together and helped save our shop. An interest free loan from a customer helped smooth out stress. The beautiful shop in Elizabeth will remain nurtured and cared for as Shyanne’s. I am trying to release the need to control and know every outcome. Maybe we will make it until the lease is up, maybe for many years to come, I must release what I cannot see. For now, it is a lovely testament to a community who came together and helped us remain open.
I am not sure when it began but what started as divine inspiration turned into stalking the bottom line. Ideas became web domains and joy became stress. I am trying to quiet my mind and listen and not plan out every detail of my next chapter. I am letting it fall together in pieces of timely thoughts and guiding purpose. I am not rushing to choose a name. I am not getting the website. I am not plotting every detail as I have in the past. The idea of jumping back into a full blown business defeats me at present. Farmer’s markets, shows, promotion, packaging…it all exhausts me to think of it. I want to serve and to be more generous. I want to extend my wisdom and my heart to those around me and that gets lost when I am trying to reach a financial goal. I don’t want a business, I want a purpose.
Three years ago sitting in the prairie grasses beneath ancient cottonwoods with five owls perched around me, the names of herbs popped in my head that I had not heard of and I jotted them down. I researched them and was astonished to learn their spiritual uses and properties. My love affair with herbs as spiritual medicine ignited.
As I worked with Native American elders I learned the uses of cedar, sage, tobacco, sweetgrass, lobelia, and others to help purify and bless spaces and people. I found that I innately knew what herbs healed what spiritually.
I am a medical intuitive and I see physical illnesses like tumors and breaks but I also see spiritual wounds and heartbreak. The herbs that are used to heal physical ailments also work on the same system of the body for spiritual health. Heartbreak, rejection, trauma, dementia, stress can all be healed by herbs, as well as manifesting love, clarity, inspiration, grounding, or connection with the divine to increase joy and purpose in every day. I am fascinated by the medicinal and soul empowering aspect of herbs.
I am listening. I am not moving quickly. I have a dream of many gardens filled with herbs and flowers. I grew dozens of varieties last year and this year I hope to double that. I had a feeling that I should purchase some organic base teas to blend with my spirit teas. Organic Assam, Yerba Mate, Rooibos, smoky Lapsang Souchong, along with the Jasmine I grow will act as carriers for my herbal blends. There is sacredness in tea.
I had a dream last night of raised garden beds of herbs with fairy lights around them. I hadn’t thought of that. I always put the herbs along fence lines or along the house. To designate space for specific herbs is a beautiful idea.
The universe is my marketing director and those that need me will find me. I can give back and heal and be generous and trust. I stay quiet and listen to the plant spirits. There is nothing to do right now but learn and be grateful. And maybe have a cup of tea.