Misinformation, Disinformation, Propaganda, Artificial Intelligence, Deep Fakes, Brainwashing, Phishing, Spam, Scammers, PsyOps, Cults, and sleazy Marketing, oh my!
There’s a war at play for our attention, our thoughts, our beliefs, and of course our money – whether it’s just an advertisement to buy a product or something more complex with higher stakes.
- Every email and message we get that has a link – is it trustworthy, should we click on it?
- Friend requests – is it really our friend or is it a fake account?
- The news reports we watch or read – who’s delivering it and what’s their bias?
- That gifting circle invitation from a trusted friend that we really like – is it really an illegal pyramid scheme?
It’s crucial now more than ever to cultivate skills of discernment – to be able to listen to that voice inside that raises a flag on what we see and hear. Yet, the daily practice of this can breed skepticism and distrust that may block the flow of life energy.
How can flower essences help us with this practice in a healthy way, so we can navigate and survive these times?
Flower Essences discussed during the show:
- Star of Bethlehem – Healing Herbs
- Pretty Face – FES
- Centaury – Healing Herbs
- Cerato – Healing Herbs
- Yarrow – FES
- Pink Yarrow – FES
- Bladderwort – Alaskan Essences
- Chestnut Bud – Healing Herbs
- Queen Anne’s Lace – FES
- Angelica – FES
- Redwood – FES
- Pyrite – Alaskan Essences
- Diamond – Alaskan Essences
- Smoky Quartz – Alaskan Essences
- Citrine – Alaskan Essences
- Herkimer Diamond – Alaskan Essences
Rochana Felde: [00:00:40] Welcome to The Flower Essence Podcast. Today we have got an interesting topic to explore, and I’m going to start out with just throwing some words at you. Misinformation, disinformation, propaganda, artificial intelligence, deep fakes, brainwashing, phishing, spam, scammers, psy-ops, cults, and sleazy marketing, what do they all have in common? There is a war at play for our attention, our thoughts, our beliefs, and of course, our money. So whether it’s just an advertisement to get you to buy a product or something more complex with higher stakes, it’s at play. Today, we have to be on guard and think with every email and message we get that has a link, is it trustworthy? Should we click on it? When we get friend requests on social media, is it really our friend or is it a fake account? All the news reports we watch and read, who’s delivering it and what’s their bias because everybody has one? And the gifting circle invitation from a trusted friend who you may really like, is that really an illegal pyramid scheme? All these things are out there and many, many more. So it’s crucial now more than ever for us to cultivate our skills of discernment to be able to really listen to that inner voice inside that can raise those flags on what we see in here. Yet this daily practice can breed skepticism and distrust that can also block the flow of our life energy. So how can flower essences help with this practice in a healthy way so that really we can navigate and survive these times we’re in? Kathleen, welcome. What are your thoughts on this?
Kathleen Aspenns: [00:02:52] So many. I was really excited that you proposed this topic. I’m like, “Ah, yes, okay, we can sink our teeth into it.” And as we’ve been thinking about it independently and then coming together this morning to go, “Well, what are you thinking? Well, what are you thinking?” I’m coming from the angle of someone who has experienced a lot of the negative side of these things. As a cult survivor, I’m pretty familiar with manipulation techniques of a variety of sorts and the control methods that are required for people to essentially rob the free will of others. And how that whole process of recovery is of re-constellating my personality and helping others do so too in my practice. So I’m really eager to dig into this a little bit with you because there’s a lot of things that we can help people, help you guide into discernment of what’s intuition and what’s fantasy and how do we know when somebody’s lying to us? And then definitely there are flower essences that can help with this.
Rochana Felde: [00:04:16] Yeah, this topic has really been on my mind for a while now and I’ve been noticing, as I’m sure everybody has, just the real uptake in everything bombarding us that is requiring such navigation these days. And I’ve always had quite a strong BS meter from the time I was a young child and just a critical thinker by nature. And yet, there’s still things that fool me and they fool the best of us. So it’s really out there. And some of it is just can be fun and benign. I recently came across like a, I don’t really follow celebrities on social media, but this Keanu Reeves’ TikTok account, it’s got such funny skits that he’s doing. Well, that’s a deep fake. It’s not him. And these deep fakes are getting better and better. And it’s really scary to see where this is going and when it can be used in the wrong hands. What could happen? So I’m feeling like it’s even more critical now than ever to really be aware of this and how do we boost our powers of intuition and critical thinking without getting into that state. I can also get into that state of just not believing anything ever, just like the extreme skeptic, and that’s not a fun way to live either. So I always like the phrase that I heard, and I’m sorry I don’t know who originally said it, but it is, “Don’t open your mind so much that your brains fall out.” Right? Because I love being open-minded. I love learning new things. I’m very flexible-minded as well, but then that can lead to being gullible. So I can’t wait to dive into some flower essences that can help us with all of this.
Kathleen Aspenns: [00:06:45] One of the first things that I think about when I think about that aspect of believing something– taking something in and assessing, is this true? And I’m putting a small t truth, not a capital T Truth on this because it can be true for you in this moment, and then it might not be true for everyone or even true forever for you, but how do you tell whether something is coming in a clear way, whether it is accurate, whether it is safe to believe? For me, the biggest starting place is to feel more than to listen. And to be able to feel the state of that content, of that information that’s coming through, learning to discern what the motivations are for the person who’s sharing it, discerning the channel through which it’s coming, inspiration can come through, but it can get really tainted along the way by the deliverer. So just always remembering that whatever you’re getting, it’s always coming from a person and to always just always have a little grain of salt with that and go, okay, people are always fallible. There are no perfect people, not even us. But no one always has the truth and no one is always telling the truth. So you’re always maintaining a level of awareness as you’re taking information. And just because it’s written in a book or written on a web page and you looked it up, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s absolutely true. So always be filtering in that way. Is that what you think about it too?
Rochana Felde: [00:08:41] Yeah, absolutely. And this is also interesting from when you think about channels like spiritual and psychic channels because I definitely think that there can be a lot of wisdom that comes through to us that way. But I also know that it is coming through a person, and so it’s always going to come through that filter. And I think just the practice of making flower essences and working with the plant and getting that sort of download from the plant during the making of flower essences, and all the times that I have done that, has really helped me to understand that, to understand that I’m getting something and that energy, that plan, and information is talking to me in a language that I can understand. And it may speak to somebody in a language that they can understand. And that’s why you can hear different descriptions of flower essences that are going to be a little different in language. But that practice helped me also know how to understand and trust the information from other channels from other people because now I understand that higher intelligence can come through people but it’s coming through their life experiences, their language, everything that makes that person them. It’s coming through that filter. So it’s not necessarily a bias. It’s just everything that makes that person them is how they’re receiving that information.
And so when you kind of learn– I mean, I think that learning that and really having that feel, there’s so much people, there’s people who just don’t believe in channels, “It can’t happen, it’s never going to happen.” And then there’s people who listen to it like it’s gospel, like it’s like it came from an angel. It came from whoever they know best. “We’re going to follow that diet or those words or that advice to a T and not question it whatsoever.” And so that’s where I think understanding that there may be some grains of truth, you have to kind of glean them and see what makes sense and works for you without thinking that just because it’s from a channeled source, it’s gospel, for lack of a better word.
Kathleen Aspenns: [00:11:34] Well, I wanted to touch back on that concept of it being gospel, and I’m like, “Yeah, that’s pretty foundational to this,” because as somebody who grew up in a fundamentalist cult, no other word, that Bible got shaken at me, that whole premise and there was never a conversation of where that had come from. I’m like, “Pretty sure some humans were involved in this process.” So, yeah, there’s this initiating assumption sometimes that something is gospel, and therefore it’s just as pure as driven snow and directly handed from God to you. It’s not. There’s always an intermediary. There’s always somebody putting their spin on that, whether it’s very well-intentioned or whether it’s not well-intentioned at all. And so always, always, always feeling into it of like, “Hmm, does this feel right or does it not feel right?” And for me, the process of learning how to feel right and not right in my body was a real turning point of developing a level of intuition. Because when you are in a circumstance where you are being controlled, or just generally, culturally where you’re just told to do what you’re supposed to do and believe what they tell you to believe and all that, from a very early age, you’ve shut off your own bullshit-meter. It’s non-operational, it’s offline. And so developing that again is about getting in touch with your feelings, getting in touch with your body, how your body responds. I love to teach this to clients, a way of feeling in your own body what is true and what isn’t. There are a lot of ways to get– the first starting place is to figure out how to get a yes and a no, and there’s a lot of options for that. The Pendulum is a classic way, Kinesiology is a classic way, all those sorts of things. Me, I like to really encourage people to feel it in your body because you may not have your pendulum out. And even when you have a pendulum, it’s always kind of something outside of you that sometimes people start looking to as being something true. It’s like, “No, no, it’s just a tool. Just a tool, people, just like anything else.” But feeling it in your body, you’ll be able to use it anywhere you go. You’ll learn what a yes feels like and what a no feels like. What’s your take on that?
Kathleen Aspenns: [00:51:03] And so as we bring this together, I really want to encourage everyone listening to take a little time to ground in and feel what truth feels like for you and to consider trying some of these essences and experiencing more clarity in your discernment, and like you said at the very beginning, not getting trapped in the skeptical trap, keeping your heart open, keeping yourself open to loving messages from wherever they might come from, and being in connection with the world because skepticism has an assumption that you’re not connected. It wants to be a part. And our job is to be here together as much as we possibly can. So I hope that everyone is able to feel more clarity, feel more discernment. We’d love to hear your stories, what’s going on with you, what’s up in your heart, how you’ve worked through some of these challenges. We really do enjoy hearing from you. And as we continue our process of working through our stuff, working with our clients and our students, we’re really excited. This month, we’re starting a practitioner training at Flower Essence Studies and really excited to meet a whole new group of people and learning flower essences together.
Rochana Felde: [00:52:33] Yeah. And we’ll have another course coming up, Canine Care: Bach Flowers for Dogs. And this is one that Kathleen is teaching. And it may be out by the time this podcast releases or very close to if not. So if you go on our website at floweressencestudies.com and you don’t see it, just make sure you’re on our mailing list and you’ll get notified if that’s something that you’re interested in. But this will be a great one. And it’ll feature another appearance from the pup, Maple.
Kathleen Aspenns: [00:53:10] So thanks for being with us, everyone.
Rochana Felde: [00:53:13] Thanks. Bye-bye now.
Kathleen Aspenns: [00:53:20] This podcast is meant for educational and entertainment purposes only. We are not physicians and do not diagnose, prescribe, or treat medical conditions. Please consult with your own physician or healthcare practitioner regarding the suggestions and recommendations made by the hosts and guests of The Flower Essence Podcast.