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Asia Suler

Writer, Teacher, Medicine Maker + Seeker 🌿

https://onewillowapothecaries.com/how-to-start-your-healing-business/

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Currently my garden is about 80% weeds and admirable (yet tenacious) interlopers. But that’s okay, because that means I’m graced with 20% flowers 😍 And it turns out, I’m not in a hurry to have things be any different... . Lately I’ve been playing with my perception of time. Things I used to try and accomplish in a week I now put on my monthly to-do. Seasonal goals have become yearly hopes and my big visions for the year suddenly seem much more do-able in the next half decade. Recently I’ve been slowing down to earth time, to the pace of a tree with plans to become an old growth, and it feels amazing. . The land I live on now used to be graced with truly stunning gardens. But in the years before I moved in the land fell into soft neglect. I took up residence and immediately began stressing about everything that had to be done to reclaim the garden in my first season here. It was all I could do but buckle under the pressure. It was one of my neighbors who helped me shift my thinking. A seriously awe-inspiring man who immigrated to the mountains here from Mexico over twenty years ago (during a time when “foreigner” was both a synonym for “person from the next holler over” and “unwelcome”), my neighbor is the kind-of wise you only meet a few times in your life. We were gazing out at the garden when I told him about my daily travails to get the place back in shape. He nodded once, twice, and then smiled at me and said with a happy shrug “give it three years.” . Three years. Three years! It was a revelation. And a path to freedom. And it sounded good to me.

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Our lives, and everything that happens within them, are like one large, expertly designed, master’s program. All of the expertise that we are meant to bring to this earth is being taught to us through the program of our particular journey of trials, triumphs and tribulations.
. The course that you signed up for is utterly unique. It’s designed to make you an absolute expert in your field. And the diploma that you are receiving is one that no one else in the world is meant to achieve. .
Namely, you are here to learn how to be your self (this self that you’ve been handed in this lifetime) and how to share that self with the world.
. Starting a healing business is about sharing your innate self with the world, and trusting that who you are and what you’ve learned so far contains healing for others. .
Beginning a business is like realizing you know enough (about yourself and your journey) to become a T.A. in the classroom of life, passing on what helped you to learn so others can move more fluidly in their own coursework. . . Read more about how to start your healing business on the blog (including some real talk and my three highly unconventional tips). Link in profile 🍉

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The most common question I get asked these days is this: How did you start your healing business?
. And every time someone asks me this it’s as if a sparkler gets lit inside my heart. .
The fact that so many of us are feeling ready to step into the gifts we were meant to bring to this world is a big, bright, waving flag of hope for me.
. Acknowledging that you are ready to translate your journey (with all its potholes and dead ends and belly-of-the-whale moments) into an offering for this planet is magnificent in every sense of the word. .
And make no mistake, this world desperately needs the medicine of your particular journey. . . Read more about how to start your healing business on the blog, including some real talk and my three highly unconventional tips! Link in profile ✨ #woolgatheringwildcrafting

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Silk Tree Enchantment . Mimosa (Alibiza julbrissin) or Silk Tree, is an Asian-native that is easily identifiable by its fairy-light pompoms of hot pink flowers in early summer. A vigorous grower, if a bit invasive in some climates, this effervescent tree is an abundant ally for releasing funks, depression and general anxiety. Called “Collective Happiness Tree” In Chinese medicine, both the bark and flowers are used to invoke the deep and delightful mirth of a truly heart-centered experience. . Experience Mimosa as a vibrational medicine in my earth alchemy Kunzite + Mimosa formula. A natural pairing of soft heart openers, Kunzite + Mimosa helps us to inhabit our innate spirit of optimistic effervescence. Life, living, being alive is so much more vibrant than even our five senses can realize. Kunzite + Mimosa casts away all dimness so that the very surface of your world can shine. Kunzite + Mimosa creates the feeling of lofty horizons, buoying one’s heart up like a hot air balloon in the soft pink feathers of an early morning sky. This happy pairing elevates us to see the sparkle behind all things— the laughter behind the laughter, the color behind the sunrise. . Delight, this magical pairing implores, delight in it all. . Visit in the shop ✨

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The Ultimate Summer Reading List . Ready for the ultimate summer reading list? Full of books that are enchanting, engaging, inspiring, invigorating and just plain magical? Yes! Okay, let’s make it happen! 🙃 . But seriously! I’m a bookworm to the max but always feel kinda lackluster about the generic lists I see online, so I’d love to hear from YOU (cause ya’ll have the best taste and are my bibliophile kindreds). If you had to recommend one book to read this Summer (preferably one that uplifted and inspired you, shined off your heart and helped you believe in goodness and magic again)...WHAT WOULD IT BE? . Let the booklist commence! I’ll put a few of my own recommendations below. I am sooo excited.... 🧚🏻‍♀️

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Opium Poppy: Holding Boundaries in Painful Times . Known for its uses as a physical medicine in times of deep body trauma, Opium poppy helps protect us from the debilitation that comes from overwhelming moments of pain. As a flower essence (which, yes, is legal!) I’ve found that opium poppy can create a literal shield around both your energetic and physical body, guarding you from unnecessary harm, guarding your resources of hope, and securing a sacred space within which you can recuperate and heal. An important ally for those who have been victimized or feel deeply vulnerable. Opium Poppy is also helpful for setting boundaries with the inner demons that sap of energy,  such as negative thought patterns, relentless self-criticism and addiction. Opium Poppy will defend you from the darkness— both within and without— so that you may begin to reclaim your ability to be free. . I love pairing Opium poppy with DU 14, or Da Zhu (the great hammer). I was first turned onto this point by my friend Ro Giuliano of @dreamersanddiviners when I was teaching in New York (a place where boundaries are pretty much the bagel and butter of daily existence) and I have used it ever since. Just apply a drop at the base of the neck, directly in line with your shoulders (I usually put a drop on my finger first and then just press and hold). This point is known to help “release the exterior” or expel external “evils”, which to me just means that is releases anything that isn’t you and doesn’t belong inside your terrain. Opium poppy is skilled at helping us to see what is us, and what isn’t, releasing the thought demons that haunt us so we can reclaim our inner terrain. . Read about more pairings or visit our essence in the shop through the link in my profile 👆🏽

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Hawthorn: Boundaries Create the Container for Magic . Known as an incredible heart healer, a gatekeeper to otherworld, and traditional easer of grief, Hawthorn’s most powerful healing indicator (and most recognizable ID characteristic) is its thorns. Straight backed and prominent, a Hawthorn’s talons are what marks this tree as the powerhouse that it is. The thorns of Hawthorn teach us a valuable lesson— in order to heal the deepest wounds and access the most profound states of magic, we need to have good boundaries. A solid container is what makes it possible for us to access the medicine inherent to the center of our beings, and from that place of receiving our own medicine we begin to open the gateway to experiencing the enchantment that is possible in this world. . I often pair Hawthorn with the legendary Pericardium 6, or the Inner Gate. I’ve heard  PC 6 called the “most effective point in acupuncture” but I just love it because it has immediately calming effects. Located about three finger widths down from your wrist crease right in the center of your arm, PC 6 is particularly helpful when you are having deep stress, anxiety, or insomnia, as a result of the pericardium being over taxed. As a gatekeeper itself, Hawthorn has a wonderful resonance with this point and will help to bedeck this entrance into your innermost self with both beauty and protection. . Read about more pairings or visit in the shop through the link in profile 👆🏽

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Poison Ivy flower essence: The Boundary Guardian . Sister ivy (or Poison Ivy) is one of the most potent boundary holders we encounter as human beings. Flourishing in spaces that have been disrupted by human contact, sister ivy draws a hard boundary with us careless bi-pedal trespassers. As far as we know, human beings are the only creatures that are allergic to the benign urushiol oil produced by this plant. It is a strong message: this land has been tread on enough, it is time to draw a boundary so it can heal. . Sister Ivy can help us draw hard boundaries when we feel tread upon to the point of exhaustion. It is also a flower essence for helping us to embrace the meaning behind our most difficult moments. When we integrate the hard-knock lessons of our lives, including the one that Sister Ivy herself can bring, we make way for a powerful surge of intention, energy, creative control and growth. . I like to pair Sister Ivy with Pericardium 9, which is located at the tip of your middle finger (on either hands). Physically, the pericardium is a muscle that surrounds and protects our heart from pathogens. In Chinese medicine, the pericardium is also the energetic protector of our heartspace, like the rose hedge around the cottage. When we are feeling distinctly trespassed upon, it’s helpful to nourish the pericardium, supporting the hedge to grow higher so we can feel safe within. Located at the very edge of your physical space, I like to use this point when you need to draw an immediate boundary with the outer world. . Read about more pairings or visit in the shop through the link in profile 👆🏽

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::: Flower Essences for Boundaries ::: . In a world of overstimulation and endless possibilities for connection, opportunity, and demands on our time, the concept of setting boundaries has become a hot cultural topic. That said, I have to admit that for years whenever I hear someone talk about setting boundaries, my eyes would glaze over a bit. As an empath who very much benefits from stronger boundaries, but who also revels in the inspiration and connection to the unseen that my sensitivity can bring, the hard-tack line of “setting boundaries” often felt too crunchy to be comfortable. Or often too nebulous to fully grasp. How does one actually go about “setting boundaries”? And how do I know that I’ve done it well? . Then, something big changed. Or I guess I could say, I got so overwhelmed in the on-going years of my life that I changed, and I realized I needed to devote myself to this idea of setting boundaries with as much fervor as I do to expanding my connection to the subtle energies of living world. . In truth, boundaries are not about cutting yourself off from the world, it’s about learning how to truly feel the lushness of your innerworld. It is about opening, and protecting, the joyful kaleidoscope of your inner experience. Setting boundaries is a way to make deep contact with your own essence, that “mainstream” of your own being, so that you feel ever-more full, content, enlivened— so “in joy” that you can truly enjoy life. . Plants are amazing boundary holders. Whether through thorns or poisonous compounds, alleopathic roots or other adaptive strategies of growth— plants find a space in the world, and they claim it as their own. . I’ve found that working with certain plants as flower essences internally, as well as externally on key acupuncture points, has been an incredibly powerful way to invoke life-giving boundaries for myself setting limits on the exhausting demands of my time and mental space, so I can truly be able to bloom. . Stay tuned as I feature three of my favorite boundary-holding flower essences and a few key acupressure pairing points to try

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I’ve been talking a lot recently about my most recent infatuation (aka. My love affair with saying “no” and setting boundaries). But as much as I love talking philosophy, I also know that the greatest change always comes with action. Engaging in your journey with the tools that you have and the allies you can name. So in the next few posts I want to talk about some key flower essence and acupressure pairings I use to invoke protected boundaries and the strength to follow your own inner compass. 🔭 Stay tuned

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During a season where time and energy are at their apex we have a rare opportunity to creatively claim both... for ourselves. How do you want to harness your time and energy rn?

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This past winter I moved into a new house, inheriting a garden that had once been stunning but after five years of soft neglect, had become overgrown. It is lovely in its wildness, but I knew, if I wanted to restore the kind of diverse beauty this place once held…. I was going to have to do some serious pruning. It occurred to me one day, as I was shoulder deep in the hedge pulling out vigorous shoots of Japanese knotweed, that this too is another example of the life-giving properties of boundary setting. . Our lives are gardens that we cultivate, and learning how to set proper boundaries is part of what makes the blossoming possible. . When I set boundaries in the garden through pruning, thinning, and weeding, I create space for more flowers and fruit. I give the delicate plants room to flourish, a chance to bloom. I invite in more diversity and, often, more literal growth. As any gardener knows, gardens are literally made by setting (and maintaining) boundaries, otherwise they would cease to be. . Just like deciding what plants to weed out in the garden, there is no “right” and “wrong” when it comes to setting boundaries for yourself— I am learning this as I make decision after decision in the literal and metaphorical garden of my life. There is only the question of what you truly desire to cultivate. A weed is just a plant that is claiming energy in a space where you prefer to grow other things. The same is true for relationships, projects, and appointments that are taking up the space that would otherwise be fertile incubators for the flowers of your own life force. . From: Setting Boundaries to Change Your Reality (on the blog) 🌿 Read the whole piece through the link in profile #woolgatheringwildcrafting

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