As I excitedly fill my Christmas orders, I have been reflecting on my humble beginnings. Last year at this time, I had my first market, and gave out my first products with the Love and Unity Wellness label at Christmas time! I fulfilled a couple of bulk Christmas items for others to give as gifts as well. Here I am again... and it still feels awesome! I love giving gifts, especially handmade ones...I know that not everyone will love them, but the feedback that I consistently get, is that there are many who do! Which is why I have repeat gift orders this year!! Thanks folks!!
Serendipitously, a couple of days ago at my local co-op, I ran into someone that unbeknownst to her has had a silent influence upon my work. She was at my very first Christmas market 6 or 7 years ago when I made products under my previous name, Jen's Healthy Handmade. We swapped amazing gold plated earings for a bunch of products. About a year ago, I ran into her at the same Co-op, I run into many people at Wheatsville--it's so fun! Anyways, long story short, she told me that she STILL had my cream that I had given her and it was still good (in the fridge)! I was shocked, a water based facial cream all natural, still good after so long? Wow. But, what impacted me the most, was that she told me her and her daughter called it their "Love" cream, and it was a special cream they used for self care. I was really blown away, especially by the timing of it all.
I received that message when I was still debating launching a product-self care line, I had a small baby plus two others, and had lots of doubts. I was really trying to make my work authentic to who I was, am, and importantly strive to be. This ripple effect really impacted me and I decided to go for it. Here I am a year later, no regrets, heart full with the little ways I get to support people each day.
What I've learned is that anything can be medicine. It doesn't have to be complicated. Intention MATTERS. Healing happens in so many ways and for so many reasons, but especially when we decide to heal. I have really enjoyed seeing some simple products that I make have big impacts on people. They aren't by any means strong herbs, they are tonic and gentle and good for anyone...and yet, they are fascilitating healing and support. The self-care rituals are another way people can take their healing a step deeper. Again, intention matters.
I put lots of love and attention to intention, (say that 10 times), during the process of making my remedies and products. I believe we are made of energy and vibration, in the same idea of Emoto's work with water, in that we hold and transmit ideas and feelings all the time. This is very much in line with my current study of Yogananda and Lynne McTaggart's work, see her book the Power of Eight, and her global intention meditation experiments (https://lynnemctaggart.com/intention-experiments/). I posted about it on FB, but I was able to attend virtually a mass Peace Intention meditation focused on the Middle East in mid-November. I was able to see 9 different live streams all over the Middle East, and D.C., and Lynne in England. It was amazing to see Muslims, Jewish Israelis, and Westerners come together for a peace intention for war-torn Yemen. See here for more information https://lynnemctaggart.com/when-a-simple-prayer-can-stop-a-bullet/.
It's easy to feel completely hopeless when things are happening out of our control. But we have power. We can unite and make a difference, even if it's only for 10 minutes. I imagine if millions of us united for a single purpose what the effects would be... I truly hope to become more active in this global mass meditation movement, as there are many. How we feel, and what we do matters.
But the power of word, thought, and intention has been expressed in all mystical and spiritual philosphies and religions. The Word was God, etc.The idea that if we transmute hate into Love can have a ripple effect upon our own life, and everyone we meet is the foundation of Love and Unity Wellness. We never know how we will impact someone, rarely do we find out how much...and it's a true blessing when we do.
While it seems silly to think that organic and sustainable herbal remedies and bodycare can make a big impact, but it can. If a loving thought can, then so can a body care product infused with loving intention, used lovingly with a self care--read self Love ritual. Combining Plant Intelligence with loving self-intention is a combination that really works. The truth is that no matter what we do, big or small, for the positive of ourselves and other...it makes a difference. We know the difference between thinking hateful thoughts and loving thoughts--we feel it in our hearts and throughout our bodies.
Any loving action is a step in the right direction, no matter how small we think it is...repeated every day, that's a big impact. Imagine if you woke up every day and looked at yourself in the mirror and said "Hello, Lovely, you are an amazing and beautiful Being of Light/Child of God". How would that impact your health? I think that I just challenged myself. Who's with me!!
So here's to you, lovely reader of this blog post, that you can have more love and unity in your life. That blessings flow to you and everyone around you. That you can raise your vibration and heart, rippling out to the entire planet, raising us all up in Love. Because that is what we need in order to overcome, move forward, and expand. We are ALL ONE.