Keywords: Peacefulness, Emergency Support
(excerpted from The Essential Flower Essence Handbook)
Quality: Peacefulness, Emergency Essence
Message of Self-Mastery: Peace of mind; returns a sense of rhythm and proportion; for being fully in the present moment; ability to handle crisis; for stability during major changes.
Pattern of Disharmony: Feeling thrown off balance during accidents, illness, surgery or childbirth; physical and/or emotional crisis; auric disturbances, minor to monumental; for shock, or thought or fear of it; extreme grief; for any troubling experience.
Smilingly I greet life’s difficulties, seeing all of them as gay flowers in a meadow that nod with encouragement and opportunity.
|Living in the present||Harmonious|
|Traumatized||Experiencing auric disturbances|
|Unresolved in conflict||Experiencing extreme grief|
|Unbalanced in emergencies||Vulnerable|
|Tense||Feeling “out of sorts”|
|Unresolved in relationships||Quarrelsome|
“I was feeling really anxious before starting on Pear. Now I’m more relaxed and don’t feel like I have to do everything right this moment. Lately, I’ve decided to work on my relationship with my mother, so I started the Pear three days before Thanksgiving. Finally after thirty-four years, I was able to talk to her. The blocks dissolved. Mom opened up too. You could say Pear triggered a clearing of the air between us.” -EH, Seattle, WA
“Pear is definitely helping me. I must admit that I’ve not been very regular in taking it. But this past week in particular I have acted much more from a place of inner peacefulness despite a most hectic and demanding schedule at the clinic.” -SLP, North San Juan, CA
“Last week I was awakened at 4:30 a.m. by a vehicle down the street that exploded into flames. Needless to say, my heart was pounding! Pear helped me get through this disturbance, and to regain composure and calm down enough to meditate-even while the fire engine was still on the street with the motor running and lights flashing.” -LF, Taos, NM
“My husband and I took a two-day trip, leaving our twenty-onemonth-old son with people he likes. I gave him Pear for the emotional trauma of us being gone. He did well-didn’t nap as much and still woke up happy, not cranky. He is also learning to walk now and falls down a lot, so Pear is helping here as well.” -LB, Nevada City, CA
“After the last big earthquake in Los Angeles, I felt really drawn to eating pears which is unusual for me. Well, I can take a hint-I’m about to start taking Pear Essence!” -NL, Los Angeles, CA
“Peace gave us the seasons.
Peace gave us the rain,
Cool clouds that gather to bless us,
Mist hands that soothe away pain.” -J. Donald Walters
Pears are native to Western Asia and Europe and grow in all temperate regions. Their date of origin is unknown, though the Greek poet Homer mentioned them in his writings in the 700s B.C. Pear trees are hardy and grow in almost any type of soil. The flower-a delicate, full-petaled white in color-is cross-pollinated and grows in clusters of four to twelve blossoms. Pear varieties number in the hundreds. Pears are significantly high in vitamin C and iron. They are an excellent digestive aid and, due to their delicate mineral balance, a fine complexion toner.
(see explanation of The Essence Spectrum Chart)
Emerging from the calmness of Almond, we find Pear in Quadrant Ill’s second house. This remedy has an unmistakable, unshakable strength. Pear’s is the pure strength of being totally centered, completely balanced and absolutely in control of our faculties- all valuable assets in the face of emergency situations. With a masculine-tinted “take charge” energy, it emits Quadrant Ill’s experienced know-how. If the tranquility of Almond is the calm before the storm, Pear is the peace after it.
Webster’s dictionary defines peace as “freedom from war or civil strife, an agreement to end war.” Indeed, the positive Pear state is exactly that-the resolution of war, or conflict, within ourselves. Peace, like calmness, is often mistaken for a state of low energy, sinking at times to the level of boredom. Nothing happening, nothing to do-hmm, must be peace. But true peace is quite the opposite. It’s that state of victory in which battles are fought and won; when great challenges are accepted and not shunned; where we come face to face with the enemy in conflict and say, “Leave: now.” These battles may take the physical form of accidents, surgeries or major illnesses. Such events, when viewed from a superconscious level, need not be interpreted as negative experiences; rather, they are opportunities for growth. Pear is our Emergency Essence. (Take it more often during crisis and apply it directly to the skin if desired.)
Or, the challenge may be that of childbirth in which Pear’s positive qualities are invaluable. Some years ago, a woman who had chosen to deliver at home suffered a hypoglycemic attack during transition. Her husband administered Pear every five minutes, and within half an hour she had stopped shaking and was able to continue with the birth. Pear is especially helpful for the first-time mother who is taken by surprise to learn that the word “labor” is a gross understatement of the experience. Here, she reasons that childbirth falls into the category of an ill-timed dental appointment from which she can, by choice, simply walk away and reschedule at her convenience. (I remember asking my brother, an osteopath, if his wife was going to deliver their first-born by natural childbirth. “Are you kidding?” he looked at me, astonished. “To Patty, that means with no make-up.”) At that point when a woman wants to turn back, deciding that she’s “had enough, thank you,” Pear acts as a “vibrational midwife,” offering peace and comfort. In other words, Pear can help the mother, and those who assist her, to experience the wondrous, transcendent nature of birth.
The positive Pear state also expresses willingness and openness to face the unknown. As Ashley wrote, “I had tried skiing years ago and was terrified. I tried once more recently, and my boyfriend said he’d never seen anyone do so well the first time.”
Pear is strengthening to the aura. A bad case of nerves, depression, fear or trauma all weaken this protective layer of energy around the body, leaving us vulnerable to further aftershocks from emotional earthquakes. “Today in particular,” wrote Frances, “I was very nervous before meeting some customers to write an offer to buy a condominium. I felt insecure and thought that they might think I was too young or didn’t know enough of real estate. So I took Pear because I was starting to lose control. I was almost shaking. Toward the middle of the transaction, I was starting to feel very confident about my knowledge and how I was presenting myself to them. It all worked out fine, and I closed a very large sale.”
“I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which is why I had to retire from a wonderful editorial career,” Syd shared. “For the last seven years, Christmas has been a profoundly depressing time for me. I felt total despair as I watched my body getting worse and worse. I was a prisoner-oppressed and unable to pull myself out of despondency. On Pear, I experienced an immediate change of attitude: peace and hope. There are no physical changes-just a one-hundred-eighty-degree turn around emotionally. Every day on Pear is a revelation, and I just had a very happy Christmas!”
And what exactly are the circumstances that rob us of our peace? Conflict, for one; resistance, for another. When in conflict, we are in the negative Pear state meaning, simply, the absence of peace. Interpersonal relationships-those flawless mirrors of our strengths and weaknesses alike-offer the perfect setting for Pear. “I felt the consciousness of peace come into my body with the first drop of Pear,” Melissa commented. “My husband got upset with me, but I was able to stay calm.”
When avoidance of conflict masquerades as peace, we find repression instead, one of the great destroyers of true peace of mind. When family conflicts remain buried for months or even decades, Pear can be a much needed catalyst in building healthy relationships.
Let’s talk now about resistance. Purely in terms of energy flows, when we resist the tests that life gives us, pain can be the end result. Fighting against inevitable tests only creates blocks. Just giving in, on the other hand, errs in the opposite direction of passivity, which implies a lack of energy and thus no magnetism to draw the answers we need. Dylan Thomas’ famous poem, “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night,” comes to mind. Written for his dying father, Thomas implores him to “rage, rage, against the dying of the light.” It’s fine to exit this world in a blaze of light, alive and joyful to the last. But to rage against what is trying to happen is the resistance of which we are speaking, the kind that only inhibits and disrupts the natural flow of events. It’s Pear, the peacemaker to the rescue.
(see explanation of Theme Flower Essences)
Pear themes have a distinctly powerful energy. Why? Because they are at peace with themselves. You will often find them in the healing professions, similar to Raspberry themes. It matters not if they are massage therapists, Rolfers, flower remedy practitioners or medical personnel; even being near them is much like receiving a treatment.
Their body language is fluid but definite in a paradox of stillness in motion. The more developed their Pear-like qualities, the more pronounced the paradox. Mentally, Pear themes are even-tempered and not easily ruffled. Their fluid nature allows conflict to roll off them like water off the proverbial duck’s back.
Here’s an interesting sidelight about Pear themes-their homes are unusually homey and inviting. A healing vibration pervades. You’ll feel like overstaying your welcome, no matter what the architecture or interior design-and will be looking for excuses to stay longer!
One senses in their magnetism the harmony of the seasons-the cycles of night following day, much like resolution in the wake of friction. These are people who “walk their talk.” For this reason, Pear themes exemplify the connectedness to the earth of the Native Americans. They make fascinating armchair philosophers and possess an earthy sense of humor. Be prepared-you’ll find yourself wanting to “just hang around” them, absorbing their peacefulness like a squirrel who is gathering nuts for wintertime.
FAMOUS THEME PERSONALITIES
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
- John Adams
- Christian Slater
- Andie McDowell
- Michael Jordan
- King Arthur
- Simba’s father in “The Lion King”
- James Earl Jones
“I like Ike” became the motto for our thirty-fourth president. Dwight Eisenhower was, without question, a peaceable and peace-loving man. Ike, who served in both World Wars, is best described as a man of democratic simplicity and outgoing warmth. Although he was not the best military strategist, people felt his keen leadership abilities. Rich in the Pear qualities of caution and reconciliation, Ike accepted the surrender of the Germans in 1945; initiated a truce in 1953 which ended the Korean war; temporarily relaxed USSR tensions in 1955 at his meeting with Khrushchev; and negotiated a peaceful end to the Suez crisis. This peace-seeking president demonstrated Pear’s theme qualities to a monumental degree, magnetizing an end to war on a global level many times over.
His written words too are permeated with a vibration of peacefulness. Personally indifferent to the civil rights of blacks, he nonetheless used federal troops to desegregate schools in Atlanta in 1955. “I am deeply sympathetic,” he commiserated, “with the efforts of any group to enjoy the rights of equality that they are guaranteed by the Constitution.” Eisenhower, in both speech and deed, emulates the steadfastness, balance and harmony of a true Pear theme.
CONFESSIONS OF A PEAR THEME: JERRY SPEAKS
“I’m property manager of an apartment complex. For years and years, I was a steel contractor. I think I’m very Taurean. I’m down-toearth practical, I like things to work smoothly. I wouldn’t consider myself very creative. I’m more of a worker bee than someone who thinks up new projects. Manager is a good position for me. I’m conservative. I like to have projects to work on.
“It’s uncomfortable for me to be around people with real highs and real lows. I like nice and steady energy. I feel real uneasy and awkward around people who fly off the handle, and then I’m always on eggshells around them because I don’t know when they’ll fly off again. On one hand, I feel compassion for them. I think I have to work on being with people like that. You have difficulty being around things that touch nerves in you.
“I generally consider myself a peaceful person. It’s very important to me- harmony, keeping the peace. In any situation, I don’t mind compromising. I really don’t like disharmony. Even if it’s going toward something better, it eats away at me. So I’m always willing to try to work it out, let it go and then not worry about it. One thing I could probably work on is knowing when to compromise and when not to. You know, when it’s a matter of principle, you can give away too much, and you lose some integrity. But I love to keep the peace and harmony, and try to get sides to just come together. Someone said I’m a good diplomat. I can’t stand unrest. It’s a difficult thing, knowing when to fight and when to say, ‘Well, it’s not that big a deal.’
“I don’t freak out in an emergency. People tell me, ‘Oh, you look so calm up there,’ when I have to give a talk. My dad was like that too. No matter what would happen, he was unflappable. So, yeah, I try to be calm like that and not get freaked out. I just always want to restore things back to order-as long as it doesn’t get boring. See, you run the risk of boring people around you to death, always trying to stop any conflict before it starts.
“Pears? I do like pears. It’s hard to find good ones. They’re picked so unripe these days that by the time they get to market, why bother?
When we were in Italy, my wife and I ate some fruit called apple pears. They were the most amazing fruit we’ve ever had in our lives. They were just the perfect ripeness, you know?”
WRAPPING IT UP
The true message of Pear is to remain untouched by the passing tragedies and tremors of life. Ancient yogic teachings remind us that every outward joy is followed by pain, and every pain by a period of joy. When we live in this realization, we become pillars of strength and comfort to those in need.
By now, you get the picture-that peace is not the result of passivity. The “pearl of great price”-peace-is rarely, if ever, handed to us on a platter. Peace, to the contrary, is the hard-earned result of great effort and thus, greatness. For this reason we may rightly consider Pear to be the sum total of all the positive traits of all twenty Spirit-in-Nature Essences: perfect peace, perfect calmness, perfect love. The tiny drops of Pear are indeed “the mist hands that soothe away pain.”
|PEAR||Contrasted With:||Companioned With:|
|Coconut||sticking with challenges||perseverance through especially difficult tests, including emergencies|
|Grape||wholeness through giving love||for an upward flow of dependable energy; strong, unwavering love|
|Lettuce||calmness due to quieted emotions||to enhance the quality calmness on deeper levels|
|Tomato||for fighting battles||for calm courage and great stamina|
Take a first aid and/or CPR course; learn to handle crisis situations. Visit friends and relatives in hospitals and nursing homes.
Watch an occasional film that depicts a strong element of conflict. Learn to view life as a passing dream.
Go for long walks in the country or at the oceanside. Consciously tune in to the natural rhythms of the trees, the wind and the waves.
Although you have just arrived at the lakeshore, it seems that you have been here a long, long time. Perhaps each of the seasons has brushed against your sleeve as you sat here. You know there have not been any waves, or your feet would be soaked to the bone by now.
Remember how, as a child, you used to skip flat stones on the water’s surface, counting how many times they danced before sinking? Pick up the nearest pebble, worn smooth by the relentless washing of the water. With a deft flick of your wrist, send it on its way. Good. Got the feel of it?
Now send several more stones across the lake’s smooth surface. Imagine each of them to be a particular conflict or a point of unrest in your life. As they sink one by one to their watery grave, allow a sense of resolution and inner peace to steal into your being. All is resolved. All is harmoniously balanced.