“Flower in the crannied wall,
I pluck you out of the crannies,
I hold you here, root and all, in my hand,
Little flower-but if I could understand
What you are, root and all, and all in all,
I should know what God and man is.”
-Alfred Lord Tennyson
A physician and a metaphysician, living at the same time on opposite sides of the world and probably unbeknownst to each other, inspired the living roots of Spirit-in-Nature Essences.
THE MEDICAL MAGICIAN
The life of Dr. Edward Bach, founder of the Bach Flower Remedies, spans a mere fifty years-1886 to 1936. Considered a genius by his colleagues, Bach was a medical doctor, a homeopath and a keen observer of human nature. Although he is generally credited with being the first to discover flower essences, it was the Swiss sixteenth century physician and alchemist, Paracelsus (see Blackberry Chapter Twenty-five under Famous Theme Personalities), who presaged Bach. Paracelsus recorded collecting dew from blossoms-the method from which flower essence preparation evolved-and administered it to his ailing patients.
Bach’s was a sensitive spirit, attentive to the suffering of humanity and the bountiful healing blossoms of nature. Possessed of an abhorrence of the hypodermic needle, he sought a different means to relieve
the suffering of his patients. Dr. Bach eventually left his highly successful London practice to develop flower essences, leaving for us this legacy-a healing art that was painless, inexpensive and available to anyone in need.
THE MAGNETIC METAPHYSICIAN
In 1893, seven years after Bach’s birth, Paramhansa Yogananda was born in Gorakhpur in northeastern India. A teacher and yogi, poet and scientist, mystic and inventor, he arrived in Boston in 1920. The youthful Yogananda was the first Indian yogi to spend his lifetime in America, lecturing in the States until his passing in 1952. His
spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi, is published in over two dozen languages. Inspiring small crowds to audiences of thousands, Yogananda taught everything from meditation techniques (food for the soul), to proper diet (food for the body). He found a keen hunger in the American spirit for scientifically-proven techniques for self-improvement.
Shortly after his arrival in America, Yogananda befriended Luther Burbank-to whom he devoted a full chapter and the dedication page of his autobiography. The two companions shared an ability to perceive the divinity in nature, wearing their wisdom like comfortable robes. Speaking of his gentle friend, Yogananda wrote:
“Behold a man in whom there is no guile! His heart was fathomlessly deep, long acquainted with humility, patience, sacrifice. His little home amidst the roses was austerely simple; he knew the worthlessness of luxury, the joy of few possessions. The modesty with which he wore his scientific fame repeatedly reminded me of the trees that bend low with the burden of ripening fruits.” 7
In addition to his love of nature and beautiful settings, Yogananda spoke in depth about many subjects relevant to health and healing, including the principle of magnetism. We may understand that magnetism in the human body works very much on the same principles as in physics. Consider a steel bar magnet in which all the molecules are turned in the same direction, their north-south polarity aligned. Accordingly, we become more magnetic when our energy is aligned and without conflict. This principle of magnetism is strongly operative in flower essences that vibrationally align us with the positive qualities we seek to uncover within ourselves.
EVOLUTION OF SPIRIT-IN-NATURE ESSENCES
In a similar vein to the findings of Dr. Bose, Yogananda explained that food has consciousness. The fresher its quality, the stronger its prana (a Sanskrit word for life force). Thus the food we eat plays a part in shaping our mentality. Yogananda listed the psychological and spiritual qualities of different foods. Eat these foods and you ingest their “vibrational vitamins” as well-the peacefulness in pears, the enthusiasm in oranges and the quiet dignity of strawberries.
If the cherry fruit contains a vibration of cheerfulness, think how much more concentrated is that quality in the cherry blossoms themselves. Botanists concur that flowers, being the reproductive system of the plant, contain ninety percent of its life force. Instead of utilizing the bark, roots, stems and leaves as in traditional herbalism, Spirit-in-Nature Essences are prepared from the blossoms of the plant. Organic fruit orchards and vegetable gardens indigenous to the Sierra Nevada Foothills provide the blossoms for our essences, with the exception of Coconut, Avocado, Banana, Date and Pineapple Essences that are made on the lush Hawaiian islands. The essences are prepared in such a gentle way, so respectful of the living plant that their life force is captured in the process. Flowers are plucked at their peak of ripeness; the plant itself is left intact.
In our culture, we speak so often about human potential. Bookstores abound with self-help books and life-enhancing workshops have become quite popular these days. Yogananda praised Americans for this very spirit of enthusiastic willingness. “Eventually, eventually,” he said, capturing this spiritual essence, “why not now?” This is also the message of Spirit-in-Nature Essences. Why not live in our fullest potential now?
QUALITIES OF SPIRIT-IN-NATURE ESSENCES
Almond: Self-control, Moral Vigor
Apple: Peaceful Clarity
Avocado: Good Memory
Banana: Humility Rooted in Calmness
Blackberry: Purity of Thought
Coconut: Uplifted Spiritual Awareness
Corn: Mental Vitality
Date: Tender Sweetness
Fig: Flexibility, Self-acceptance
Grape: Love, Devotion
Orange: Enthusiasm, Hope
Raspberry: Kindness, Compassion
Spinach: Simplicity, Guilelessness
Tomato: Strength, Endurance