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A TRIO OF THOUGHTS ABOUT TRILLIUMS

We wanted to introduce three ideas before Martin Bulgerin begins his trillium tale. The first is that trillium is a very fascinating plant, for many of the flowers actually change color in the course of blooming, in some of the same progression you will see in the colored background layers on this page.

Second, there are many different types of trilliums, as you will see from the photos below. The exact healing properties of an essence may vary, depending on the color and other qualities of the plant used, so it is a good thing to take good notes or even a photograph.

Third, if you are drawn to make a Trillium essence, note that several species of this plant are on the endangered or threatened species lists in some states -- that is, they may be close to extinction. None of the trilliums grow profusely, but the small-flowered trillium (Trillium parviflorum), for instance, is a threatened species in Washington state. This means no flower-picking! Lists of sensitive, threatened, or endangered plants can be obtained from your state's Department of Natural Resources. (Look for them on the internet.)

What can you do if you're drawn to make an essence of a threatened plant? Numbers of makers (e.g. Hummingbird Remedies or Living Essences of Australia) make essences by tying the bottle to the plant or placing a bowl of water next to it rather than actually picking the flower. They ask their plant spirit helpers to infuse the water with the essence. For information on a variety of methods, see our Virtual Booklet, Making and Testing Essences






taling to trilliums by martin bulgerin

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 essence.

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.

The World Wide Essence Society does not mean to imply any recommendation of nor give certification to any individuals or companies above. This article is provided purely for informational purposes. We ask consumers to make their own determination as to quality of the services and products offered above. This article is not meant to be advice, and the information is not meant to replace medical or psychological treatment.
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