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Chapter 1 The Consciousness of Flowers

“May you live all the days of your life.” -Swift

“Life is pain, Your Highness,” said the swordsman to the princess in a recent film, “and anyone who says otherwise is selling something.” He was correct, in a sense, wasn’t he? It’s true that we live in seriously troubled times. If it isn’t earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters, there are plenty of the manmade kind-rampant crime, drugs and the pervasive decay of the family unit in the form of divorce, dysfunction and abuse. To add to the list, we are now subjected to the madness of terrorists toying with highly sophisticated chemical weapons and the devastation of incurable viruses. Our present day culture is rent with chronic nervous tension, incessant instability, massive political unrest and increasing violence. Adults and children alike-who among us is safe anymore?

There is hope, and that hope lies within us all-in our ability to change and to uplift ourselves. This, truly, is our task in life. And this is exactly what flower essences can help us to achieve. In the words of a modern-day saint: “Change no circumstance of my life; change me.” Consider, too, this timeless message in the crypts of Westminster Abbey on an Anglican Bishop’s tomb (1100 A.D.):

“When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country. “But it, too, seemed immovable.

“As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.

“And now as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realized: ‘If I had only changed myself first, then by example I would have changed my family.’

“From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country and, who knows, I may have even changed the world.”

Our challenge being to change and uplift ourselves, where do we begin? What tools are at our disposal? As children, we go to the mother for comfort. As adults, we can still return to the bosom of the mother for nourishment and answers to our ills-our Mother Nature and the loving remedies that she proffers to us so abundantly through the plant kingdom.

Flowers are conscious, intelligent forces. They have been given to us for our happiness and our healing. This unique form of herbalism called flower essences is a concentrated encapsulation of pure life force, readily at our disposal. Herbalism has existed since the first human being prepared teas, tonics and poultices-or even earlier, when the first wild animals instinctively grazed on plants designed to heal their wounds. In fact, even in this century, herbs are relied on as the basis of medicine. Today, twenty-five percent of all prescription drugs are derived from natural plant substances.

Flower essences, remedies or drops as they are sometimes called, might also be considered “metaphysical herbs,” because they work on a beyond-the-physical level of our being. Think for a moment about the power and beauty of flowers-their ability to cheer, to inspire, to comfort. Births, birthdays, illnesses, weddings, funerals-all are significant life experiences traditionally accompanied by bouquets of flowers. “Look at the flowers with critical insight,” suggested Yogananda. “How could the flower evolve unless there were intelligence there?”

Likewise, we can hasten our own evolution through employing the tools offered to us by a conscious, caring Mother Nature-flowers and their essences. It has been humorously suggested that if everyone in the world gave one other person a back rub, all wars would cease. Translate this to everyone giving someone else a flower essence, and what do you think might happen? Let’s find out, shall we?


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Contents
Introduction

PART I

1 The Consciousness of Flowers
2 The Evolution of Flower Essences
3 Flower Essences: Seers, Sages and Herbalists
4 The Origin of Spirit-in-Nature Essences
5 The Flower Essence Experiment: A Biofeedback Brainstorm
6 How Flower Essences Work
7 To Everything There Is a Season: The Flower Escence Spectrum Chart
8 Theme and Plot Flower Essences
9 The Door Ajar: How to Use the Flower Essence Chapters

PART II

10 Lettuce Flower Essence: “The Unruffler”
11 Coconut Flower Essence: “The Uplifter”
12 Cherry Flower Essence: “The Good Cheer Messenger”
13 Spinach Flower Essence: “The Uncomplicator”
14 Peach Flower Essence: “The Selfless Mother”
15 Corn Flower Essence: “The Energizer”
16 Tomato Flower Essence: “The Purposeful Warrior”
17 Pineapple Flower Essence: “The Confident One”
18 Banana Flower Essence: “The Humble Servant”
19 Fig Flower Essence: “The Non-Disciplinarian”
20 Almond Flower Essence: “The Self-Container”
21 Pear Flower Essence: “The Peacemaker”
22 Avocado Flower Essence: “The Mindful One”
23 Apple Flower Essence: “The Clear Mental Skies”
24 Orange Flower Essence: “The Smile Millionaire”
25 Blackberry Flower Essence: “The All-Purpose Purifier”
26 Date Flower Essence: “The Conscious Cookie Jar”
27 Strawberry Flower Essence: “The Noble One”
28 Raspberry Flower Essence: “The Healer’s Healer”
29 Grape Flower Essence: “The Rewarder”

PART III

30 Making Flower Essences, Taking Flower Essences
31 Symptom and Core Approaches for Flower Essences: A Few Case Studies
32 Shadows on a Screen: Flower Essences for Menopause and Codependence
33 The Joyful Art of Flower Essences Consultation
34 Little Blossoms: Flower Essences for Our Children
35 Four-Footed Friends and Other Critters: Flower Essences for Pets and Animals
36 Flower Essences: Finding The Essence of Life
37 Recipes in Harmony with the Nature of Flower Essences
Spirit-in-Nature Flower Essences Index