The Evolution of Flower Essences
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us ‘universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our own personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
VIBRATIONAL HEALING: A BRIEF HISTORY
The pharmacies and physicians of our age offer us a veritable buffet of healing modalities from which to choose when the need arises-or in preventive healing, before that need occurs. Depending on the nature of the illness and personal healing preferences, any modality from surgery to color therapy may appeal to us, from matter-oriented to energy-based treatment. Traditional allopathic medicine-an example of matter-oriented treatment-focuses on killing the specific disease, as in the use of antibiotics for infection or decongestants for the ”common” cold. Allopathy also treats specific organs once their functioning is impaired, as in the many miraculous forms of heart surgery now routinely performed. What we call vibrational therapy deals with a strengthening of our entire psycho-physiological being by directly activating our life force. Thus are we granted a greater immunity to illness and a higher quality of life. These two paths of healing need not conflict. Both have their place in the greater scheme of this universe, as described above by Dr. Albert Einstein.
Now let’s trace the evolution of consciousness in the healing arts, woven thread-like throughout history, prefacing the appearance of flower essences. Hippocrates (c. 470-400 B.C.), considered the father of Western medicine, said, “Our natures are the physicians of diseases.” This simple statement summarizes the philosophy of holistic medicine and provides the foundation for homeopathy, developed by Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843). Homeopathy, meaning “like heals like,” is based on the law of similars, much the same as today’s vaccines. Hahnemann would give his patients a minute amount of a potentized herb or substance that, in healthy individuals, would cause the very disease that he was attempting to cure. Results were consistently positive. Evolved from this concept of using a small amount of poison to heal the poison within us, flower essences work with opposites. Taking the essence’s positive quality can dissolve a passing negative personality state. In this non-invasive and painless manner, flower essences draw forth our own innately beautiful qualities.
Hahnemann also worked with the Doctrine of Signatures, an integral part of flower essence therapy as well-the concept that herbs are given to us through Nature’s conscious design to heal the body parts that the herbs, in physical appearance, resemble. The plant’s shape, color, scent, taste and growth patterns all give clues to its healing use for our mental natures as well. But most important of Hahnemann’s contributions was the principle of treating the patient and not the disease, according to Hippocrates’ wisdom, to effect a true and lasting healing. This meant treating the ”mentals,” as they were then called, or personality characteristics, rather than the existing physical complaints-in other words, harmonizing the patient’s psycho-emotional self so that his own conscious life force could act as the healer. (“Physician, heal thyself.”) In a sense, this is the basis of flower essence philosophy.
Similar to homeopathy, flower essences do not directly treat the physical body or its symptoms. From a spiritual level, they address mental and emotional imbalances that, if left unresolved, eventually settle in the soil of the physical body, sprouting as physical symptoms.
As conscious beings who are aware of these subtle truths, we become the navigators of our own healing. Basically, flower essences are a response to the call of an ever-awakening humanity to minister to its spiritual needs.
A SECRET PHARMACY
When we trace back through the history of healing, we see two trends emerging: (1) a gradual shift of focus from matter to energy-in other words, from physical medicine to vibrational healing; and (2) the understanding that we can heal ourselves. Flower essences incorporate both directions of thought. They work by bringing us into a state of harmony and resonance with our true essence-our internal perfect, or higher, Self.
Mother Nature’s pharmacy has long been accessible to those who have pried open her botanical medicine chest. And to those who wish to learn her language-the language of flowers-she bestows her most wonderful secrets of perfect well-being.