One of the joys of making my own flower essences is the opportunity to learn from the
flowers themselves how they should be used. If you tune into the flowers at an energetic,
intuitive level as they are busy making their essence, you get glimpses and insights into
the "personality" of their life energies. By observing within my own body the effects
of this energy, I receive a gut level impression of the changes this flower can produce
in a therapeutic setting. In effect, the flower is telling me who it is and what it can do.
The Flower Essence Repertory recommends Trillium essence for a person who's stuck at the
first chakra, sometimes called the base chakra or Muladhara. This "stuckedness" shows up as a preoccupation
with the material plane, especially a lust or greed for power or material possessions, in order
to feel secure. While I found it a good first chakra remedy in my practice, most of this image
never "clicked" for me. It ignores trillium's usage in herbalism as a powerful female
remedy (one of its common names is "Birthroot" or "Bethroot"). Also, I've frequently
found the important emotion was fear, not greed.
Needless to say, I looked forward to making an essence of this beautiful springtime flower
of the north woods. I stepped within the aura of the flowers floating in my essence pan numerous
times that bright, sunny morning, opening myself up to any insights they might offer. In time,
we fell into quite a "conversation" on the inner planes.
My first impression of the energy field of trillium was an awesome feeling of purity and
innocence (a common feeling with white colored flowers) that invited me to move closer.
Sitting on the grass next to the pan, I felt energy stirring in my body. It very distinctively
entered through the top of my head and descended to my tailbone (the site of the first chakra
in the physical body), lighting up other chakras along the way (especially the heart and solar
plexus). I was "told" that this is the process of embodiment, drawing the energies of the
soul down into the body.
Imbalances in this process of becoming a fully embodied spiritual
being are of two main types. If the focus is on the upper chakras, leaving out the lower ones,
there's a sense of not being connected with the body and the material world, as though you feel
out of place or not at home in the physical world. The other is too strong a focus on the lower
chakras, leading to a loss of connection with the spiritual plane. Common emotions related to
these imbalances are fear, insecurity and a kind of spaciness. To be fully effective in this
world, one's true, inner self must be fully connected with the physical body.
When I thought about how trillium is used herbally to aid childbirth, I realized this
"drawing down of energy" is a perfect image of how giving birth is aiding another soul
to become embodied. This drawing down sensation in the pelvis (often accompanied by bleeding)
is a well known symptom of trillium for homeopaths. Further, trillium can be used to draw down
the baby when labor is not progressing.
I asked about the remarkable three-fold symmetry of the leaves and flowers of the trillium.
I was told to think of them as body, psyche and spirit. Without a harmony and balance between
these three levels, the process of embodiment will go awry as the person gets stuck in one
realm and ignores another.
Since making this essence, I've used it with a depth and confidence I didn't have before.
The lessons in how spirit enters the physical plane and the experience of how this remedy
draws down energy to the most concrete level have guided me in helping others with Trillium
It's become a major remedy for me lately, especially since becoming an embodied spirit is
such a problem for people in their spiritual growth these days. Obviously, this brief
profile doesn't completely describe this remedy. However, I'm grateful for the chance to
learn so much about embodiment from a true master -- the Spirit of trillium itself!
Who else could possibly know so much about this lovely flower?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Martin Bulgerin founded the BioPsciences Institute (BPI) in 1987. Find out more about him and see links to his other articles in Vibration Magazine.
ART CREDITS: The Trillium undulatum photo is from Reny Parker's
exquisite Wild Flower Page.
The other trillium photos are from Art Today.
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