Monthly Archives: April 2019

Reconnecting To My Roots

“It isn’t the farm that makes the farmer. It is the love, the hard work, and character.”

~Unknown


This year I had plans to return to plant medicine. It’s only April and at this point the road sure isn’t what I expected. In the past 2 weeks, an odd twist of fate has found me returning to the family farm to take care of some farm business. For those who are unaware of my childhood background, I grew up on a 225 acre farm (mix of beef, pigs. chickens, hay, and corn). Starting at the age of 7 or 8, I was actively involved in farming. I did farm chores every morning and night (whether it was sub-zero or 90+degrees), bailed hay every summer, and belonged to 4-H and FFA. After I graduated from High School, I couldn’t wait to leave the farm for the big city as I decided farming just wasn’t for me. I went to University, moved to Chicago, and for years, I never looked back. However over the years, I slowly migrated back to the land and for a while (1997-2005) I grew medicinal herbs using organic and bio-dynamic methods.

In the past two week, as I started to review what was going on with the family farm business, I found it interesting how my professional hard skills (Lean Six Sigma/Continuous Improvement and Strategic Project Management) and soft skills (intuition, empathy, and compassion) have been called on for the task. I have never really talked in depth about my professional life on this blog, as I wasn’t sure how the two worlds would blend. In the corporate manufacturing world, I’ve built a reputation as being the person to call when “everything hits the fan” (failed projects, union disputes, capacity constraints, etc.). Corporations have spoken highly of my skill set for assessing situations with a fresh perspective. I have a “problem solving knack” for getting to the root cause quickly and identifying next steps. I often joke and tell people that I blame my “problem solving knack” on my farming upbringing. I always tell people “when the cows get out, you can do a half ass job, patch the fence and then fix the fence again tomorrow or you can take 5 minutes to get to the root cause and correct the fence the proper way.”

So why am I telling you about my professional background? I think it helps to understand my professional background in order to understand my approach to assessing the farming situation including the results.

I decided to handle this farm situation (removal of a boundary fence line and trees) like any other corporate request. I collected the facts, spoke to various people involved, and walked the land. I did my own professional assessment of the situation in order to get to the root cause of the decisions made and the approach taken in order to determine next steps. And this is what I saw as a professional Business Assessor looking in…

Cost/Benefit = 9.8+year payback

In the Corporate Manufacturing world, this project would never have been approved. The 3 key questions that every manufacturing company asks:

  • Did you reduce headcount?
  • Did you reduce costs?
  • Did you increase profit?

It might sound harsh, but this is the world we live in when we manufacture product (whether its building tractors or growing corn).

As a Business Assessor, this payback doesn’t justify the cost and time to implement (regardless of the negative impact to the environment). What is even more interesting is that this farming practice has been happening in Northern Illinois since my return to the area in 2010. Trees and timbers have been and are continuing to be removed to make space for more tillable farm land. As I type this, my heart gets heavier and heavier as I peel back the layers and must personally face the truth that I’ve been avoiding. As a culture, a lot of people (including farmers) are…

Disconnected from the earth
Disconnected from our roots
Disconnected with what it means to be a farmer

Coming from a farming background, I have always held farmers in the highest respect. They work hard and are viewed as stewards of the land. Paul Harvey described it best…

And God Created A Farmer

In the past 2 weeks, I have taken off my “rose colored” glasses and started to look at farming with a fresh pair of eyes. My fences can be rebuilt and the trees can be replanted, however somewhere along the way the soul of the farmer has been lost. The ugly truth….

The current farming system is broken!

So I’m not sure how this odd twist of fate will tie into plant medicine, but one thing I know for sure…I have reconnected to my roots and …

I AM A FARMER!


Reconnecting to the Earth Sound Meditation

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Robin Rosenstiel
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Life is a Mystery – The Gift in a Left Field Tragedy


“Life is not a problem to be solved but a great mystery to be lived.”

~Joseph Campbell


This year I’ve had an urge to return to tracking the phases of the moon. Years ago when I was growing medicinal herbs, I use to create biodynamic preps, start seeds, transplant, spray, and harvest crops based on the rhythm of the moon. There is even a planting calendar available for those curious to learn more. Click here for link.

As a result of this urge, I started a new tradition several months ago of pulling 1 animal oracle card for the New Moon and one card for the Full Moon. The New Moon card represents the energy that is coming into my life this month, while the Full Moon card represents shining light on the energy that is holding me back (shadow side that is ready to be seen, acknowledged, and released). I’ve been tracking what transpires each month and I’m finding the 1 card readings to be spot on. This is what I pulled for the April New Moon….

Monday while I was sitting at a local coffee shop having a discussion with my mother and my aunt, another coffee drinker informed us that the Norte Dame cathedral was burning. I was shocked and immediately Googled and watched as the cathedral burned. Watching this devastation reminded me of my own “left field” tragedies.

“Left field” tragedy definition: an unforeseen tragic event – whether the event is a loss of a family member, a betrayal, or an “act of god” fire, flood, tornado, or earthquake.

I’m sure others who watched the Norte Dame videos or saw the pictures were also triggered by memories of their own personal left field tragedy(s). From my own experiences, when a left field tragedy hits, two questions immediately pop into my head….

Why is this happening?
Why is this happening to me?

Let’s face it. When a tragedy hits, we all take it personally. This is human nature. Often times we will never know the full story. And does it really matter? To this day there are a few on my own “left field” tragedies that I can honestly tell you…

I don’t know why!

But what I can tell…with each “left field” tragedy, I wasn’t given a rule book or instructions on how to respond, instead I simply followed my gut. I walked through the motions and took action daily not knowing what the end result would be. There were days when I was angry, when I was scared, when I was stressed out, and when I was exhausted. Some days were easy and some days were train wrecks. I even kept a quote on my refrigerator to remind myself…

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow. ~Mary Anne Radmacher

Over the years, I have shared that quote with others who needed support as they were walking through their own “left field” tragedy. As I reviewed pictures of the post Notre Dame fire, I took a moment and stopped and turned around and looked at my own tragedies with a fresh set of eyes. And instead of seeing the loss, the sadness, and disappointment, I saw the gifts…

The Tragedy/The Gift

(T) Bad leadership in Corporate America / (G) Purchased a run down hardware store/tavern that I now consider home

(T) Partner canceling a liquor license / (G) Stepped into the uncharted territory of living an extraordinary life

(T) Freak “divine act of god” flood / (G) Final “!” for closing the old chapter of my life

(T) Misunderstanding around an old Family farm tree line/boundary fence / (G) Yet To Be Determined

This Easter Weekend, take a moment to stop and turn around and look at your own tragedies with a fresh set of eyes.

What gifts to you see from your own past tragedies?

Have a great Easter Weekend!
P.S. After I completed my blog this AM, I pulled a Full Moon card…go figure!


With Love and Gratitude,

Robin Rosenstiel
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The Universe Is Sending You Messages – Are You Listening?

“If you are waiting for a sign from the universe, THIS IS IT. NOW GO DO IT!”

~The Universe


Last week, I had a series of meaningful coincidences (synchronicity in action).
While traveling for business, I stayed in a hotel room that symbolically showed me what happens after I say “I’M DONE“.

“I’m Done” has represented many things in my life – from working for unethical businesses, to bully bosses, to outdated relationships and patterns.

As I checked into the hotel, I was informed that my room had been upgraded. The upgraded room would be located on a floor where there is construction activity going on (hotel remodeling). I was informed that there would be no noise as the construction had completed for the day and would not start again until 9AM the next day. I really didn’t think much about it, as I have lived in multiple construction zones with my 93 year old building over the years, so I took the hotel room key and proceeded to the elevator.

When I got off of the elevator, to my left there was a tarp closing off the left hallway and to my right there was a glass door stating “Do Not Enter”. Of course I entered the Glass door, as I could see the hall of rooms (besides I tend to not follow instructions very well). As I walked down the hallway corridor, I started to realized that there were no door numbers and some rooms were cracked open as refurbishing activities were still being completed. So I turned around and headed back to the elevator and thought to myself…

“There is some mistake here as there are NO rooms on this floor!”

However just as I was getting back on the elevator, I turned around and noticed 1 door next to the exit staircase door (across from the elevator). That 1 door had an assigned room number – my room #220. At this point I was feeling a bit skeptical (as this was the ONLY available room on the entire floor), so I unlocked the door and to my surprise…

I felt like I just walked into a Harry Potter movie!

I walked into a full suite with a large living room area, a bar area, a bedroom with a king bed, and a bathroom with a giant Jacuzzi hot tub. All I could do is laugh and say…

I got the message!

I laughed because there I was in an awesome safe space in the middle of a construction zone. I took a few pictures and sent them to a friend who immediately responded with the comment “That space is larger than my old apartment in New York City!”

So what is the message…

Transformation is like a remodeling project.
Except instead of remodeling your house, you are remodeling your life.

Symbolically, the construction zone represents how my life is currently being “remodeled”. And as the remodeling is taking place, there is nothing to fear as I will still be comfortable with the items I feel are a necessity in my life – a big soaking tub, a king size bed, a large living room, and a bar.

Based on having an entire hotel floor to myself, my “remodeling” project might be a little larger than I expected (I wonder what is behind the curtain?!?). But as anyone knows when it comes to remodeling projects, you can always start small and focus on one room at a time.

What is even more interesting is that after I settled into my room, I received an email from a friend mentioning that she received a message from her spirit guides but was struggling to interpret it and asked me for my opinion. So I quickly created a sound meditation for her and sent it to her.

2 days later, I told another friend about the synchronicity of events and she mentioned to me that she struggles to see any signs from the universe and asked me for my advice.
So what did I do? This week, I created a sound restoration meditation video to assist people with seeing and interpreting the signs from the universe. If you are curious, please check out the video and email me what you discovered. As I would love to see if there are any common themes. The link is below:

Receiving and Following Signs From The Universe



With Love and Gratitude,

Robin Rosenstiel
I create space for you to listen to your heart and take your next inspired step!


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4. And ABACADABRA…your transformation BEGINS!

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Infinite Possibilities

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