Flower Essences est. 1977
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About the Essences

The year was 1977. A blending of the Bach preparation method with the Indian sage Paramhansa Yogananda’s interpretations of the psychological and spiritual qualities of foods began to form Spirit-in-Nature Essences.

Developed in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains just north of Nevada City, California, by founder Lila Devi, these 20 essences have since gained worldwide recognition as the oldest essence line within the U.S. and outside the U.K. .

Holistic healing, at its best, supports the entire living being by strengthening its life force, which is the true healer. Flower essences are one such method. As Hippocrates, considered the father of Western medicine, said nearly 2,000 years ago, “Our natures are the physicians of diseases.” They are also the harbingers of our health.

In this rugged desert climate, wild blackberries thrive along winding footpaths and a prolific apple orchard provides tasty snacks for wandering herds of deer. Blossoms are gathered primarily from the gardens and orchards at Ananda Village (www.ananda.org). The first yogi to live in the West, the Indian master teacher Yogananda is best known for his spiritual classic, Autobiography of A Yogi, published in over 2 dozen languages.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are filled with life force, Yogananda said – and even more so with the blossoms, or the reproductive system of the plant. If the cherry fruit contains the “vibrational vitamin” of cheerfulness, it is the cherry flower that contains the highest concentration of this subtle energy. “I’ve been taking vitamins all my life,” said a flower essence client, “and I always forget to take them. But on the Spirit-in-Nature Essences, I can’t wait to take my next dosage. They are really shifting things for me, affecting me very strongly.”

Practitioners and laypeople alike are finding that Spirit-in-Nature Essences help to activate a wide range of psycho-spiritual strengths. Much like the plucking of a string on a musical instrument, other strings of the same note will vibrate as well on that same sounding board. Based on the law of “sympathetic resonance,” flower essences strike a similar note in our consciousness – stimulating ennobling qualities that lie within our nature.

Spirit-in-Nature Essences have been researched for nearly 4 decades, including a pioneering biofeedback study by the late Dr. Jeffrey Cram and countless direct testimonials from essence users about their clients, families, friends, pets and even plants.


About the Founder

Lila Devi founded Spirit-in-Nature Essences 40 years ago, a lineage that has spanned the globe since 1977 as the oldest line outside the UK where flower essences first began. Based on Paramhansa Yogananda’s psycho-spiritual qualities of certain foods, Spirit-in-Nature awakens our positive qualities through the extraordinary life force found in the blossoms of fruit trees and vegetable plants—for example pears for peacefulness, oranges for enthusiasm, and raspberries for kindness and compassion. Lila’s international programs for groups from 4 to 400 bring to life these 20 essences and help people to find their innate goodness, beauty, and strength.

Her 4 books include The Essential Flower Essence Handbook (English, Italian, Japanese, Romanian, and English in India) and Flower Essences for Animals (English and Japanese)—also the texts for the SiNE Home Study Courses; Bradley Banana and the Jolly Good Pirate (English and Italian), the first in a series of 20 children’s picture books personifying the flower essences; and From Bagels to Curry, a spiritual memoir about a Jewish yogi’s account of the passing of a parent. She’s currently writing a collection of short stories.

Lila graduated with honors from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Psychology and a secondary teaching certificate, and is considered one of the foremost flower essence developers in the world today.

She lives at Ananda Village on the outskirts of Nevada City, CA where deer, bears, and even a few humans abound.

From her students:

“Lila embodies the essences and she lives what she speaks.”

“It is a blessing to be in her energy and to see how she stabilizes the space in which she works and how she harmonizes the energy of the people and the environment around her.”

“Lila is a teacher full of love and devotion for flower essences and also for her students. She is an inspiration and is very good in guiding us.”

“Lila is very inspirational, and she makes us all want to become better people.”

“I am a Complementary Healthcare Practitioner and very much want Spirit-in-Nature Essences to become a large part of my practice. Plus, I love the course so much that I wouldn’t be able to stop after just one level!”

– Rebecca Hill, England