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 graduated with honors from the University of Michigan with a B.A. degree in English and psychology as well as a secondary teaching certificate. Before developing Spirit-in-Nature Flower Essences, she taught high school English and later ran a group home for developmentally disabled women.
Her first experience in taking a Bach Flower Remedy proved so extraordinary that she began studying the few essences books available at the time. This led to preparation of the first batch of Spirit-in-Nature Flower Essences and the rest, as they say, is history.
Lila lectures nationally and abroad. She brings an expansive view of plants, animals and people to her seminars, radio shows and television appearances. Drawing on her skills as a writer of songs, poetry and plays and on her talent as a musician—vocalist, guitarist and composer—her classes present a refreshing approach to the Nature and an awareness of human nature.
Lila lives at Ananda Village outside Nevada City, California.