(excerpted from The Essential Flower Essence Handbook)
Message of Self-Mastery: Content with self; career fulfillment; confidence; empowerment; strong sense of identity; wisdom; clarity with money issues; the ability to draw abundance.
Pattern of Disharmony: Inferiority complex; compares self to others; dissatisfaction with self; unhappy with job situation; undesired unemployment; an overbearing nature; a pushy personality; inability to choose a career and/or stick with it.
I move with confidence through the graceful dance of life!
|Content with self||Outspoken|
|Fulfilled by career||Strong character|
|Powerful||Strong sense of identity|
|Comfortable with money||Abundance-oriented|
|Tending toward an
|Comparing self to others||Unhappy with job|
|Dissatisfied with self||Shy|
|Overbearing||Stuck in poverty-consciousness|
“I took Pineapple for questioning my work and how to contribute to others. I was also uncertain about my relationship with my wife. I was floundering, vacillating. After taking Pineapple, I felt a real reassurance that I’m on the right path. I was convinced of the lightness of what I am doing. This knowledge gave me more power.” -TM, Dallas, TX
“Pineapple has greatly helped raise my feeling of personal power.” -MS, Mesquite, TX
“On of my clients is a vivacious, well-to-do, fun-loving woman. She said that she felt she wasn’t good enough. After taking Pineapple, she returned and said that she knew herself and had resolved her self-doubt.” -IT, Vienna, Austria
“Pineapple was chosen for me through kinesiology. I look the essence for one month. Within that month, I fell more confident and finally got the raise I felt I deserved. It amounted to ten thousand dollars. This was a surprise even to my boss, who said he hadn’t asked lor that much. I think the essence has helped me feel stronger.” -IK, San Jose,CA
“Well, I was feeling nervous about getting up and giving a talk in front of several hundred people. Someone had left me a bottle of Pine apple, so I started taking it. I noticed that I felt better. And to my amazement, I did a great job with the class.” -PV, Nevada City, CA
“Every man has in himself a continent of undiscovered character. Happy is he who acts the Columbus to his own soul.”
-Sir J. Stevens
A South American native, this tropical fruit also grows in Hawaii, Malaysia, Australia, and South Africa. The pineapple is actually a collection of smaller fruits, with each of the cactus-like hexagonal sections marking a botanically individual fruit. When flowering, it appears as a cluster of blossoms on a single stalk; bulbous pink and green blossoms grow in the crown of leaves. High in vitamins A and C, pineapples require fifteen to twenty months to ripen. They are a wonderful digestive aid and also help with protein assimilation. Good for inflammation, especially after dental surgery and sports injuries, pineapple also thins the blood and helps to remove warts and corns.
(see explanation of The Essence Spectrum Chart)
Personal power and dynamic growth, like forest fires of character qualities, burn rampant through Quadrant II. Pineapple occupies this Quadrant’s third house, or midpoint, where these qualities are strongest. Fed by the fearlessness of Tomato and about to be softened by Banana’s humility, Pineapple stands out as the essence of those who know themselves-their talents, strengths and their impact on others.
An individual in the positive Pineapple state goes to himself for a second opinion. And why not? It will be as reliable as the first. Clarity, strength and wisdom are the pinnacles of Pineapple. Here we see an extremely magnetic and charismatic expression of energy. Public speakers, politicians, actors and people in the limelight are generally strong in positive Pineapple characteristics. The glamour of their achievements and the glare of their mistakes catch the public eye with equal impact.
Pineapple is the ideal essence for identity crisis during the teenage years (“I don’t like myself”); for mid-life crisis (“Who am I now?”); or for any sudden or dramatic change in life that leaves us not quite knowing who we are. Pineapple vibrationally teaches us to know and to like ourselves, leading to our becoming supremely likable in the process.
Pineapple comes to the rescue when confidence fails us. “I was in a serious car accident a couple of years ago,” Debbie recalled.” From that time on, even as a passenger, my stomach would end up in my throat. I took Pineapple for two months, especially when the fear arose. The Pineapple allowed me to tell myself, ‘You know what you have to do.’ It allowed me to go through with it.” Pineapple is the essence for self-assurance, meaning tested faith in our Higher Self.
The negative Pineapple state makes itself known through flamboyancy and the flaunting of every quality but humility. Individuals trapped in this condition will verbally back you into a corner. They are loud and overbearing, the topic of conversation usually revolving around themselves or their ideas-political, environmental or metaphysical. You may not be able to get a word in edgewise, so be prepared to just listen! Instead of having a lot of character, the negative Pineapple person is a character.
Paradoxically, this type of behavior is often symptomatic of an inferiority complex. The negative Pineapple state may also manifest as its opposite, shyness. Here we see the wallflower at the party, standing at the back of the room staring down at his feet. “Self-assuredness is big issue for me,” Paul admitted. “Almost immediately I felt results from Pineapple. I was less preoccupied with understanding myself and less worried about others’ judgments.”
Then there’s the job arena. Doubting our abilities, dissatisfied with skills and preoccupied with our shortcomings-these qualities contribute to an unhappy work environment. When asking for a raise, isn’t the real question, “Am I worth it?” Pineapple is the essence for money issues. We see in the negative Pineapple state a self-fulfilling prophecy of defeat in which we might feel underpaid; unrecognized for our achievements, which may indeed be fine; unable to secure the raise we feel we deserve; or unappreciated by our superiors.
These circumstances are often mere reflections of our own poor self-image. How can we blame the law of magnetism for drawing to ourselves precisely that which we broadcast out to the world? We should, rather, applaud it for its consistency and thank it for such a prompt RSVP!
(see explanation of Theme Flower Essences)
A Pineapple theme transmits to others a strong sense of their own inherent “okay-ness.” This theme in men makes them dashing; in woman, impressive. Pineapple themes inspire confidence and ennobling qualities through their example. In speech, they are direct and loud, though not unpleasantly so. “Having a way with words,” they will charm, impress and impact. These people are born leaders.
You will never call a Pineapple theme “what’s-his-name.” Distinctively eye-catching if not physically attractive, these themes possess a commanding presence and are easily spotted in a crowd. Wonderfully entertaining and engaging, they are the life of the party.
Their bigger-than-life quality, as though they are somehow amplified, is refreshing.
Over many years of consultations, I have observed an interesting distinction about the distinguished Pineapple. It applies as a theme essence more frequently than a plot remedy. True to its center-stage nature, it chooses not to be lost in the crowd of plot essences. Pineapple’s is a solo, not a choral, voice.
FAMOUS THEME PERSONALITIES
- John Fitzgerald Kennedy
- Colonel William
- Lwoxana Troi
- Bugs Bunny
- Mohammed Ali
- Sean Connery
- Demi Moore
- Miss Piggy
The son of a self-made businessman, JFK followed in his father’s footsteps. About as Pineapple-ish as they come, this thirty-fifth United States president cut a dashing personal image in the eyes of the media, limelighted by a handsome family. A hero in Naval action during World War II; a Pulitzer Prize winner for his biography, Profiles In Courage; a renowned orator, admired by statesmen and common men alike: these are clues to his exemplary Pineapple theme nature. This outstanding president is acclaimed for many accomplishments as well as a few glaring foreign policy failures. For Pineapple’s successes and failures alike are monumental, and may raise eyebrows and tempers at the same time.
Suffice it to say that both Kennedy’s life and his passing were noteworthy. Assassinated at forty-six years of age in 1963, his death and four-day funeral were witnessed by millions of teary-eyed onlookers through unprecedented television coverage. Although his life was cut short, the deathless, Peach-like words of Kennedy’s Inaugural Address have shaped the pillars of our nation: “And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country.”
CONFESSIONS OF A PINEAPPLE THEME: JOYCE’S STORY
“Mentally, I’m intelligent, and I think people see that. I have a measure of self-confidence, but certainly not complete. If you line people up by the millions, I’ll be on the self-confident end of human beings, but I have much insecurity. I think it had a lot to do with my upbringing. Just the fact that every time I felt something from within, it wasn’t corroborated without. And that can turn on you after you just hear it over and over. So you doubt yourself. But I definitely can tell you that if I feel guided in something, you can’t budge me from it because I get it from inside. See, it’s the things that are inside that I can trust. On the inside, I’m very self-assured if I feel something.
“My father was in the military. I loved it. I didn’t mind moving-I loved the travel. I went forward to make new friends each time. I love the military-supporting the nation, feeling loyal, feeling proud to be an American, proud to uphold the ideals of what our country stands for in myself. The other side of the military is the fighting, harming, destruction, stiffness, rigidity. I’ve never been stopped at the point of just being willing to take discipline. I’m definitely not a follower.
“I have made lots of enemies in my life, and that hurts me greatly. I care deeply and I do want to be in good relationship and harmony with people, but I’m not seen in that way. I feel misunderstood. Most people can only take a little bit of me!”
WRAPPING IT UP
The pineapple fruit requires about two years to mature. Likewise, its psychological quality of self-assurance often warrants years of ripening. This fruit has a distinctive taste; we either like it or we don’t. Even in a fruit salad it stands out, just as a Pineapple theme makes himself known in a crowd. The fruit, like the person, vibrationally conveys, “This is who I am.”
“This above all,” immortalized Shakespeare, “to thine own self be true.” How timelessly this quote summarizes Pineapple. In knowing ourselves, we know truth; and in that knowledge, we become truly free.
|PINEAPPLE||Contrasted With:||Companioned With:|
|Banana||for a quiet self-knowing||for balance between inner knowledge and outer expression|
|Strawberry||for a sense of self-worth; freedom from guilt and self-blame||for strength of character and a well-integrated, functional personality|
Spend time with Pineapple themes or people you know who are successful. Read about famous people, or watch movies about their lives- inventors, leaders, political figures and athletes. Go to performances by solo artists who have achieved a measure of greatness and recognition. Develop on deeper levels those skills and talents in which you already excel. Anytime you find that you are comparing yourself to others-stop!
It is a warm summer day. Were it not so early, the heat would have set in and made the hike before you even more strenuous. You survey the mountain from its base and mentally brace yourself for a rugged morning climb. Your daypack holds some high carbohydrate snacks and a canteen of water filled from a spring at camp. A few deep breaths, and you’re off. The trail proves well worn and solid under your hiking boots. Two pairs of socks should prevent any blistering. You are confident; all is ready.
The ascent is steady, the scenery varied and interesting. First you traverse a cool forest of hardwoods, the dew barely covering patches of moss. Then the trees thin out and the landscape grows sparse. The trail is much dryer now and covered with pieces of brown and gray shale. The sun beats down in a familiar and friendly way. The ascent steepens. No matter, you know you can do it. Confidence matches your every step.
You are breathing harder now, feeling your leg muscles challenged more deeply as you climb over rocks and large boulders. Although the hike has grown more difficult, you meet it without resistance. Endorphins flow within you like a cool stream, washing into your inner sight a great sense of power and self-knowing.
You pause on the trail and breathe in the quality of self-assuredness-owning it, honoring it, realizing it. One with the mountain, the sun, the trail, you inhale the sweet breeze of a triumphant climb.