I love meeting women online in all sorts of settings and one of my favorite places to meet folks is my “woo-woo crew” Facebook page for entrepreneurs. We share all kinds of goodies on crystals, sage, reiki, healings of every kind and so much more. It’s one of my favorite safe places online and it’s where I happened to meet Maureen Clancy. She is one of those woos who warms your heart the moment you connect and I’m so glad I met with her to discuss her flower essence blends!
Maureen is a licensed social worker working mainly with women who have suffered from early childhood trauma. Throughout her private sessions she will occasionally create a specific flower essence blend for a client and has loved working with these blends for the past 20 years. I’m so excited to introduce her to you in our gift guide series this week!!
1. Flower essence blends are definitely not something you hear about everyday! How did you come to start using and creating them?
About 20 years ago I was suffering with severe panic attacks and was looking for a solution to help me with my anxiety. I discovered Rescue Remedy which is a popular flower essence brand. I heard the clerk behind the counter at a local health food store describing the flowers and how it helps to calm anxieties. I decided to bring a bottle home and loved it.
That was in 1995! Since then I have discovered Edward Bach flower essence and began to create my own blends. I didn’t love the fact that Rescue uses 25% alcohol as their base and wanted to work with the blends sans alcohol. I now create my own blends and use red shiso as a base (a plant in the mint family), which I believe to be a better alternative.
2. What a powerful discovery! It sounds like you found something that worked well for you and now is working for others. Who do you share these products with?
They’re for anyone! I create custom blends for those who are working on manifesting specific things into their life (the one Maureen made for me was on balance, and so far I love it!!) — I also give them to clients in my private practice and I sell them online. They make really great gifts if you have a woo-woo in your life!
3. You consider yourself a woo-woo. Tell us a little about that.
I was born woo woo. As a child, I remember being able to pick up on what other people were feeling. I was also sensitive to environments, like houses and buildings. Because I could see that the adults around me had no clue and that the world wasn’t the greatest place for my gifts, I tried to shut them down. Like many souls who are woo woo, it didn’t work well for very long. In my 20s, I was a newspaper journalist and I had a terrible relationship with myself. I developed a workplace injury (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) that ended my career and caused near complete disability. I also developed a pretty rough bout of depression and anxiety. I see this now as my body, mind and spirit shutting down and forcing me to open back up to my woo woo gifts. It took a few years, but I repaired my relationship with myself. I started doing yoga and became friends with my body. It’s funny, once I did this work on myself and my life, the opening was there to return to grad school to become a therapist helping others. I knew that going this route would allow me to support myself while incorporating all the other things I love – like flower essences, Tarot, Akashic Records and energy work.
4. That’s so beautiful! What would you tell someone who is just starting out in business, or new to the woo-woo world?
Believe in yourself and keep going, especially when no one understands or sees what you see. Your gifts are very much needed in the world.
5. What is your favorite quote?
It’s one I’ve loved for a long time, spoken by Mahatma Ghandi, who understand what tremendous power each individual possesses: “Be the Change You Want to See in the World.”
6. What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
It was a handmade gift from my dad. He’s a hard-working, quiet guy who worked in computers for 31 years, but loved doing blacksmithing on the side. One year for Christmas when I was in my 20s, he made me a sculpture — a beautiful black wrought iron spiral tucked into a small tree trunk. It was gorgeous, but what he said it represented was the best part of the gift. He said, “This is how I see your life. It’s just getting better and better.”
Thank you so much Maureen for spending time with us on the blog and sharing not only your gift, but also your amazing flower blends. This is the perfect woo-woo holiday gift if you’re looking for that last minute gift. When I opened mine it was beautifully wrapped with colorful streamers and a homemade packaging that sent my love for stationary and all things pretty into hyper drive. The essence can be used in water or on its own and I’ve been using mine in my green smoothies of late. It’s delicious and effective – something you should get for a friend or even yourself through the craziness of the holiday season.
Sending you all lots of holiday blessings and love.