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Esoteric Herbalism

We have had many requests for information on what we call Esoteric Herbalism or Plant Alchemy. This concerns the secret side of the spiritual application as it is used to imprint and awaken the full potential and power of herbal medicine. 
One of the first things people ask is, "Are you really a Monastery?" In a broad sense, yes! Our name comes from the fact that we do many of the things that one could expect in a monastery environment.

Blessings and prayers are done over the herbal blends continuously and special "vibrational imprinting" is spiritually performed daily. We don't run around in robes and we are not affiliated with any religious order. Our workday begins with a Hand Washing Prayer said in front of a mirror as we look into our own eyes and say: 
"Dear Father, sanctify my intent, so I may be a clear, conscious channel for your expressions of love, light, livingness, and healing. I ask that everything I touch will feel these expressions. I wash my hands with the waters and the light of the Christ and anything less than that light is now released." We also wear special aprons with the name "Monastery of Herbs" embroidered on them. These aprons are like "Vestments" to us, and they provide physical protection for workday herbal dust. They also represent putting on a spiritual "Mantle or yoke," a symbol of adopting a mental attitude of the sacred type of work about to be done. As a sign of respect, we kiss the hem of the apron before putting it on.
Some people have said that the way we spiritually process and prepare the herbals was most impressive. One of the parts they liked best was a re-enactment of an ancient adage, "As above, so below." Or as some Christians say, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." This heaven-to-earth link is vitally important to our vibrational imprinting.
Click on the following link to view a movie about the preparation work for getting the herbs aligned.

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Rudolf Steiner said that all true scientists must come back to the spiritual altar of the laboratory, if they are to learn the true secrets of life. We are proud to set a New World standard for esoteric practices in plant alchemy: Herbal products created with tradition, integrity and love. In today’s modern age with all of its marvels, we still cannot manufacture with the same quality as tried and true methods of hand craftsmanship. 
Monastery products are made with love and integrity because we honor this craftsmanship. 
Michael Phillips​

While many of us have forsaken churches and temples in pursuit of more personalized spiritual paths, sometimes it is nice to create a personal altar in our homes. A small home altar serves two key purposes: it gives a focal point for devotions and it establishes a place to display objects of symbolic meaning. The objects may be traditional religious or ethnic talismans, or have more private meanings.
Most homes already have altars, whether we call them that or not. We have shelves where we place pictures of people we love, objects with special meaning, and important messages or charms that we consider good luck. For many, the fireplace mantel is the focal point of the room, holding objects with special meaning for those who make this place their home.
Carl Jung once said that if we each had a small altar to “source” our spiritual connection, no matter how small, it would remind us at an unconscious level that we are part of a larger reality. Whether we spent daily time with the altar or not, it would quietly infuse our lives with meaning and connection with the invisible forces that sustain us.
It could be said that the symbols we choose for an altar are the “gateless gates” to a reality larger than ourselves. That’s why it is so important to be clear about the purpose of your altar, before you begin to create it. Select the objects for your altar on the basis of feelings they evoke for you. For instance, you might select:
Objects that hold your personal intention
The photo of a person who symbolizes an accomplishment or ideal toward which you’re working. Universal symbols such as a tiny globe, to symbolize the idea of oneness.
Cultural symbols
such as small artifacts from the culture with which you most closely identify, symbols of elemental energies (such as wood and stones from the earth, a candle to symbolize fire, a feather or incense for air or a small container or shell to symbolize water or ethnic artifacts). If you identify with Native American, Oriental or African traditions, you might include one or more statues or even gemstones that symbolize healing, spiritual harmony, or the creative force from those devotions.
Seasonal symbols
We have a friend who created a seasonal altar in her home, after she moved to a temperate climate. She had objects such as a pressed fall leaf from her home town, an empty robin’s egg for spring, and a photo of a vibrant new rosebud for summer. When placed upon your altar, the objects you choose become building blocks that can help you focus your energy and maintain certain continuity in your life goals, sense of purpose and fulfillment of your highest intentions.
Incorporating your altar into your daily life
Step 1: Choose altar objects to express your intent. Understand that your altar can serve any intention you desire. Take some time to focus on what this might be. Here are a few possibilities: 
Anchoring a personal or professional goal or intention
Such as starting your own business or buying a house. Example: One man wanted to expand his consulting practice to include bringing spiritual value into the workplace. His altar included a picture of Mohandas Gandhi, the great spiritual leader of India who also had been trained in law. He represented the blending worlds of thought that seemed incompatible.
Keeping your heart and love open 
One woman included in her altar semi-precious stones that are associated with love and opening the heart. Her collection had included moonstone, an opal and pink tourmaline.
Bringing new courage and self-trust. 
One woman kept a photo on her altar of a grandfather who came to the United States as a penniless young man and built a very successful non-profit agency to help people suffering religious & political persecution overseas.
Establishing an energetic firm grounding. 
One woman had a very old and worn wedding band that her great aunt had worn all the years of her life. It had been handed down three generations. Although it was too worn to wear on her finger, this woman found that, when she held it in her hand, it gave her a sense of being connected with many generations of her family, and in that way very well-grounded.
Keeping connected to your family lineage 
Your spiritual traditions, or your religion. A family altar we know of contains spiritual objects, such as an antique rosary and a gold crucifix, representative of this group’s Catholic heritage.
A reminder to hold thanks and give gratitude 
for what you already have. A young couple has on their altar a tiny ceramic figure of an open hand upon which they have placed a miniature loaf of bread that was once the wife’s dollhouse plaything. This image reminds them to give thanks for all that they receive.
For Healing
An herbalist we know keeps a small jar containing samples of seven healing herbs.
Establish the Physical Space.
Choose a place to set up your altar. It might be a portion of a bookshelf in your living room, or a special shelf in your office or study. Gather the objects you have chosen and experiment with their placement in this location. You may find that some of the things you original chose to place on your altar no longer seem appropriate, so just leave them out. Take your time setting up your altar. As our lives change, so do the objects and aspirations that we find meaningful.
The care and feeding of your altar will depend on your personal relationship to it. Some people sit or stand before their altars at least once a day, for prayer or meditation. Others may only occasionally spend time at their altar, but in their awareness it is always present.
Allowing Change
When is your altar complete? Our lives change, and with these changes we may discover new icons and symbols that inspire us. Try to create your altar in the spirit of leaving space for change and growth. At the same time, there are universal images and symbols that are eternal and unchanging, such as the belief that there are powers greater than ourselves. You may find yourself constantly searching for objects to add to your altar that best symbolize these. Your altar is your individual reflection of your spiritual essence at that moment in time.
Carole Kammen May 1999 Whole Life Times

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