July 18, 2019

Invitation to The Green Place

By Therese Conway
woman at window

Over millennia mankind has crafted a myriad of obstacles that hide the doorway to an inviolable part of the soul.  We cover the entrance with arrogance, we cover it with fear.  We visit it only in vulnerability, in brokenness, in wonder. It is a green place that lives in the core of our being, a place which, left ignored or untended, can, over time, turn utterly to dust, leaving us blind to the treasures we are offered in this life. It is an elusive part of the soul, but wisdom floats on its breezes and hope shines down in its light.  I cannot tell you how to get there, I doubt that anyone can.  But you’ll know it when you do.

Pamela Terry Hudson, From the House of Edward

Today I came across this piece from one of my favourite bloggers, an artist whose gifts come through as words, gardens, and interiors. When I read this, I felt as if my soul had received an invitation.

I know that green place. And my life's work has been helping people find theirs when they've lost touch.

I am not a poet—my name for the green place has always been "the never-been-damaged part of the self." (I will never earn my poetic license with phrases like that!) However, Pamela's words describe perfectly my 25-year relationship with flower essences and why I want to share them with you.

The ultimate gift of healing is discovering that the green place has never left you. In fact, it has been your constant companion, calling to you all along, trying to re-introduce you to the beauty of life all around you. And, furthermore, to your place in that beautiful world.

That, in a nutshell, is the job of flower essences—they take you by the hand and bring you back to your original, beautiful self. That has been the gift of flower essences in my life and what I try to pass on to you.

This is why the Canyon Sound logo shows the unfolding of the first true leaves of a plant—those tiny leaves are pure power and truth.

Despite the turbulence in today's world, I don’t think I am alone in my increased appreciation of its beauty and goodness. And appreciating beauty is a powerful action—do not underestimate it! 

Green places abound. We see them in every act of kindness, tenderness, and joy. Each time we reach out our hand in that direction, we become stronger and more resilient—as a community.

If you are having trouble recognizing your own beauty, your own green place, or the beauty of the world around you, write me a note.

Otherwise, keep enjoying—and sharing—all of the green places you can find. And know that, as you do, you are doing a good bit to change the world.

All the best to you.

Painting above by Caspar David Friedrich, Woman at a Window, 1822

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