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The Garden that Tends Me
©1996 Deborah Bier, M.Ed.
In the late 1980's, we moved into the house we live in currently. I was guided to start clearing and healing the energy of the land there (actually, the entire neighborhood) even before the papers were signed. The property at one time had several well-tended gardens which had fallen to ruins over a decade of complete neglect. It was also the beginning of the winter and I had no plans to garden there then or ever. In fact, I thought the gardens should be closed down because I couldn't see either of us spending the time and energy needed to care for them. I even campaigned strenuously for this for two years. Fill in the gardens! Give away the plants! HA! Luckily, I didn't win that battle.
I continued to do the earth healing for a good long while when suddenly, things took a different tack. As I awoke one spring, I had no other thought in my head than "I must start working on the rock garden." This had no premeditation...it was simply a very strong request, which I chose to follow. One of the (at that time) lost gardens was built around a rock outcropping and I went there and started cutting brambles, tree saplings, and all manner of grasses, etc. out of there. Of course, this was followed by many other requests, and I found I was enjoying this game of refurbishing the gardens.
Eventually, I became more and more interested in working with the plants and animals which lived on this land, restoring the gardens and planting new ones in concert to all the forms of life there, including my own inclinations and urges. The plants would tell me how to feed and water them, where to plant them, when to move or divide them, what plants to put them near, which new ones to buy, and which flowers and herbs to harvest and when. Although I didn't know it, I was being well trained to be able to do the listening and interacting I would need to do in order to make essences.
In the meantime, I had felt the urge to make a couple of gem essences: "just for fun," mind you, and it was really fun. I was directed to offer them to my clients, but I had no intention of doing anything more than that. One day in 1990, I was tending the garden and heard quite clearly that I needed to consider making an entire line of essences, including flower essences. I immediately and completely rejected the idea without another thought than "there are already essences on the market...why re-invent the wheel?"
For weeks this message came back to me, and again and I declined the assignment each time. Finally, after about a dozen times, I heard it again and I got mad at the garden. I sure told it a thing or two: didn't I already have a full and busy life? Didn't I already have more clients than I could comfortably handle? Never mind MAKING essences: how was I going to find the time and energy to market them? Others were already doing this: why should I bother? And JUST WHAT DID THESE &*#$% PLANTS EXPECT OF ME ANYWAY!! This went on for quite some time and believe me, it wasn't pretty.
When I calmed down, I was shown that the essences I was asked to make would be different and of a philosophy I felt completely at home with...something I was already committed to in other parts of my work. Specifically, this meant they would focus on accentuating the strengths and gifts of the individual, rather than concentrating on their pathology and problems. And I was assured that, while I could not yet imagine how, the project will be tended and nurtured in all ways it needed to be...that the right people, places, opportunities, etc. would unfold at the right time.
In short: they convinced me. And life has certainly not been the same since. And what they said has all turned out to be true. I still fret at times when I am asked to embark on new parts of this project, but I keep on being reassured that things are unfolding according to plan. And I choose to trust that....they are both endearing and persuasive, these plants!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Deborah Bier, M.Ed is a co-editor of this publication and the founder of the World Wide Essence Society. She is the maker of Whole Energy Essences, fruit, flower, gem, fullmoonlight and LifeStage essences. An educator and holistic health care practitioner, her practice in Concord and Brookline Massachusetts includes energy work, psychotherapy, and essences. Deborah is an internationally-published writer on food, health, and healing.