The Spiritual Power of Flowers


October 20, 2011

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The practice of sending flowers is as old as civilization itself. Flowers, with all their infinite variety and beauty, carry meanings outside of the rational and material experience. Because they are alive, they are like us, temporary passengers on an exhilarating ride. But they are also connected to parts of nature that we never experience.

They arise from the soil and enjoy being out in the rain and the sun. They use animals to pollinate and keep the planet alive in the process. The connection between flora and the spiritual realm is a potent one. Keeping the right flowers close to you can hasten divine connectedness. Explore each flower’s unique power and meaning to see if they can enhance your spiritual practice.

Bird of Paradise

This is a protector flower. If you are meditating or worshipping inside of a building on a regular basis, planting Bird of Paradise outside protects your spiritual practice from outside distractions.

Cactus

In Feng Shui practices, Cacti are only good for warding off intruders, but a blooming cactus is a reminder to reach toward the heavens. If you find yourself drawn to trancelike meditation, consciousness-expanding moments await you in the moonlit blooms of various cactus flowers.

Carnation

Wearing carnations in a corsage or headdress connects one to the wider universe. Pink carnations invite you into a maternal relationship with the world around you. Red carnations help you arrive at absolute decisions in regard to your spiritual pursuits. White carnations not only symbolize purity, they de-intensify the need to seek earthly pleasures. Specific colors carry significance, but all carnations are a potent spiritual medium.

Chrysanthemum

Placing these flowers in your area of worship signals well-practiced devotion and discipline. Perhaps you have been on your path for several decades. Maybe you are an old soul. When you fast or make other ritual sacrifices, chrysanthemums help to strengthen your resolve and commitment.

Daisy

A harmonious and happy bloom, daisies pull like-minded people together to soothe dissent and restore a sense of joyful peace. This is an important flower to have on a shared altar.

Hyacinth

Much spiritual practice is about finding direction, but the Hyacinth works in opposition to the clarity of knowing. It delivers an energy that elevates ambiguity. At times, you might not be ready for an answer. To hurry your journey would be to spoil the process of slowly unfolding discovery. A hyacinth plant delays absolutes from arriving before their time. If you have mastered impatience, you have inhaled the aroma of this fantastic flower.

Lily

When you take an oath or a vow, the presence of lilies in the room strengthen the commitment. This flower is a must at a wedding. If the floral arrangements at the marriage ceremony of a friend don’t include lilies, wear a corsage made with these flowers to ensure marital success. The closer you are to a lily as you say, “I do,” the more likely the marriage will last forever. One word of warning: Do not cast your cat in the role of flower girl. Lilies are poisonous to kitties!

Lotus

This is the flower of consistent meditation. Day in and day out, the presence of the lotus, in any state of openness, reflects and honors your connection to this world, to the present moment and to all the worlds beyond this mortal coil.

Orchid

When you have a spiritual breakthrough, purchase an orchid or accept one as a gift and put it in the sunlit place where you spend the most time. Orchids mark events and track a span of time. If your orchid wilts away, it only shows how far you are moving beyond certain accomplishments. If it thrives, you maintain the plateau you have achieved. Either state of being is fine; think of the orchid as a clock where midnight and noon are marked in the same location.

Rose

The popularity of roses has led to many different varietals, hybrids and colors. Symbolism abounds, but it is not always spiritual in nature. A universal symbol of love, the rose is a sacramental bloom. Its presence can add majesty to any ritual. This is one serious flower.

Tulip

This flower assists you in finding the divine beyond words. Often we become hung up on the small stuff; little trifling details that merely take us away from our larger goal: spiritual peace and connection. Tulips pulsate to higher planes with the big picture of salvation and transcendence. Wherever you see a tulip, there is a portal to joy.

In the 17th century, when religious disagreements were tearing Holland apart, Dutch painters substituted flowers for depictions of saints and deities as their illustration of the divine. The role of earth’s blooming buds in finding our own path beyond this earth is a powerful gift from the universe to all of humanity.

Christmas Budget


Christmas and the Holiday Season is important to the success of our business. While we would sure like to maximize the number of sales that can be generated by our site. We hope that you will take the time to view our 2011 Holiday Collection. In response to the current economic challeges that are face by many,  we offer a wide range of pricing options.  But we know that with the condition of the economy there are increasing numbers of people that will struggle this holiday season.

When we came across Mandi’s blog in “How to stretch Christmas” we could not resist the opportunity to add value even if a site visitor did not necessarily purchase anything.

I hope you find this article useful.

Plan Now to Stretch Your Christmas Budget
by MANDI on SEPTEMBER 30, 2011

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I know, I know — it’s not even October, and we’ve suddenly gone all Christmas-y on you here at Life…Your Way. But bear with me. You see, I think the thing that makes Christmas so stressful for so many people is the lack of planning. We try to stuff too much into four very stressful weeks, and suddenly there’s no time to embrace the wonder and joy of the season.

By taking small steps now to get ready, you’re in a much better place to enjoy it all. Not just to work hard so your kids enjoy it or to knuckle your way through it, but to actually, truly enjoy it.

Going into debt for Christmas gifts can make this stress last even longer as you, literally, pay for it for months to come, and while I’m not philosophically opposed to all debt, I’m not a fan of Christmas debt at all.

Rather than counting on your credit cards to carry you through, here are some ways you can start stretching your Christmas budget now:

Buy less.

This should maybe go without saying, but since it’s one of our hallmarks here at Life…Your Way, I’ll go ahead and say it anyway:

Christmas has become a big to-do, and while I love giving — and receiving — gifts, it’s okay to scale back. Look for small, meaningful gifts rather than big, expensive ones. Give less and let each one be more meaningful because of it rather than having so many gifts that they just get tossed aside in anticipation of the next.

When my husband and I first got married, that first Christmas was a bit of a wakeup call. I had always been, well, spoiled, and that year the number of gifts I received dropped significantly. I got over it, of course, and to be honest, I don’t even have anything on my wishlist this Christmas, but the point is that our job as parents is to raise adults, and by lavishing them with gifts, we may actually be setting them up with unrealistic expectations that may lead to disappointment later on.

Give handmade & baked gifts.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that you need to be Scrooge-like and stop giving gifts altogether, and another way to stretch your budget is through handmade gifts and baked goods.

The beauty of the internet is that DIY tutorials abound, and if it’s inspiration you’re after, sites like Pinterest and our 101 Days of Christmas series are full of ideas as well. Yes, it takes more time and effort and forethought to make rather than purchase gifts, but handmade gifts become the most treasured, and baked goods are always a hit!

Create a sinking fund.

Even if you don’t have much money set aside for Christmas gifts and you’re not sure where it’s going to come from, set up a sinking fund and begin squirreling away whatever money you can.

Substitute a frugal meal like beans and rice in place of a meat and potatoes meal each week and bank the savings. Give up your weekly latte, pack PB&J rather than running through the drive-through, etc. By saving dollars and cents here and there — and then transferring those savings to your sinking fund — you may be able to come up with more money over the next two-and-a-half months than you think!

Sell what you can.

Do you have clothes you could take to consignment, old electronics you could sell on eBay or books you could list on Amazon? Look around your house and begin decluttering — selling what is worth selling and donating the rest. Not only will you end up with some extra cash for your Christmas budget, but your house will be less cluttered as well!

Always search for discounts and coupon codes.

I’ve said it before, and I can’t emphasize it enough: when shopping online, always search for coupon codes before checking out, and look for store sales and discounts before heading to the store as well. Sites like Trimback.com (a Life…Your Way sponsor) list coupon codes for hundred of retailers, and you can easily search for the latest to make sure you’re getting the best deal possible.

At Jungle Deals & Steals, my mom and I have already begun the search for great deals from Amazon.com for Christmas, as has Shannon at For the Mommas.

On other deal sites, like Deal Seeking Mom, you’ll find deals and specials, not just for grocery stores, but also for department stores and other retailers. Timing is everything, and if you watch for sales and special promotions, you can save significantly!

Sign up for Swagbucks.

If you’re not yet signed up with Swag Bucks, it’s not too late to get started. When you use the Swag Bucks search engine, you’ll earn bucks that can be redeemed for a variety of prizes…including Amazon.com gift cards. They also offer a variety of games, videos and special promotions to help you earn additional Swag Bucks and, yes, you’ll earn if people register under your account as well. Right now, you can get 100 Swag Bucks when you register with code BIGTIMEBUCKS.

Christimas shopping can be overwhelming if you’re not sure how you’re going to pay for it, but it’s not too late to take small steps toward a less stressful Christmas!

How do you stretch your Christmas budget?

Mandi Ehman is the founder and publisher behind Life…Your Way as well as a wife and homeschooling mom to four beautiful girls. She lives with her family on a little slice of heaven in wild, wonderful West Virginia and loves coffee, chocolate, easy meals, beautiful things and minimalist spaces.

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