Vibration is Saying Goodbye

Posted by admin on Nov 19, 2011

By Donna Cunningham, MSW and Deborah Bier, PhD, Vibration’s Co-Editors

Can you believe Vibration Magazine has been around for 14 years?  (Half a Saturn cycle, asserts Ms. Cunningham.)  Hundreds, and hundreds of wonderful articles about one of our favorite topics: vibrational and flower essences.  Fabulous work by scores of writers, practitioners, makers, consutrilliumredpainting-a2dmers.  Beautiful artwork from dozens of sources, including created by ourselves.  Vibration now has thousands of readers from all over the world. And we have come to adore one another, growing to be great friends in the process of creating this publication.

All this success, and we’re writing that Vibration is saying goodbye?! What’s going on??!

Simply put: we are both called to other things. We have reached different stages in our respective lives than were present when Vibration first began.  Donna is mostly now in a retirement mode, and Deborah has taken on new work projects that are consuming her time and energy. We have both felt for a while that it was coming to be time to let Vibration rest on its considerable laurels.  And now that time has arrived.

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Normal Forgetfulness? Six Points to Consider

Posted by admin on Oct 23, 2011
By Deborah Bier, PhD, Vibration Publisher and Co-Editor
Note: The following article is from Dr. Bier’s “day job” as director of the metrowest Boston office of Caring Companion Home Care.  Read this piece in its entirety here.

I’m middle-aged, and I go through this all the time: where are my house keys… purse… car in the parking lot? How did I forget those printouts for the meeting… to defrost tonight’s dinner… to move the wet wash to the dryer before it gets moldy?  Sometimes, I’m suddenly concerned I’ve forgotten an important meeting, but can’t recall quickly what day of the week it is today — much less when that appointment was to take place — which sends me scrambling for my calendar.

Now, I was about to make an important point here, but I’ve forgotten what it was… darn!  Looking above for reminders… oh, right!

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The 9/11 Pear Tree and Pear Essence

Posted by admin on Sep 24, 2011

By Deborah Bier, PhD, Publisher, Co-Editor, Vibration Magazine

Sometimes I read something in the news, in a book, magazine, see it in a play or a movie and am simply struck dumb by how an understanding of flower essences deepens my appreciation and understanding of what I’ve just seen. Here is a perfect example.  On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, I read the following snippet of a story:

798px-Pear_flowers“In the smouldering ruins of the towers 10 years ago, the workers found a pear tree, burnt to a stump, broken, almost dead. Last week, having been slowly and stubbornly nursed back to life over a decade, it was replanted in the footprint of the World Trade Centre. A sign of what might be the great unwritten motto of this greatest of cities: Though the mountains may fall and be washed to the sea, some trees can never be felled”. (From the ashes, a pear tree tells us of survival” by Joseph O’Connor)

Of course, I thought about the flower essence made from Pear and the connections were so obvious!   I would have missed the deeper magic of this event if I had had no familiarity with this essence. Below is essence maker Lila Devi’s description (follow the link below for more about this essence).

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No Bull: New Confusion About Essences

Posted by admin on Jun 18, 2011

By Deborah Bier, PhD, Publisher and Co-Editor of Vibration Magazine

Just when we thought we had seen it all — all the many confusions about what vibrational and flowers essences are and are not — we have been proven wrong. We marvel that there are still new ways to think they are something else!

20250582.thbAs all of us who use or make vibrational and flower essences know, they are not essential oils/scented as used in aromatherapy; nor are they flavorings for food, such as vanilla extract.  Now we have to assert that they are also not energy drinks!

We believe this confusion comes from our constant harping on the fact that essences do not contain the physical parts of whatever they’re made from — they only contain energy. Thus the email we received recently. Read the rest of this entry »

Contribute to Vibration Magazine!

Posted by admin on Jun 5, 2011

While Vibration Magazine’s editors take a little break from publishing this week, we are reminding you, our delightful readers, that we love to receive your blog post entries.  Your piece can be formal, informal, or something in between.  They can be from the point of view of 19957765.thba consumer, a practitioner, a maker, a retailer… heck, we’ve even had a cat author some of our previous pieces; one of our most popular contributors, too. Anything about vibrational and flower essences goes!

One of the many things we love so much about your contributions is that we never know what  we’ll receive next in our email.  So often, it’s exactly the right thing for the moment.  Why not give it a try?

Please read our writers’ guidelines here:

Placebos without Deception Study

Posted by admin on May 20, 2011

By Deborah Bier, PhD, Co-Editor of Vibration Magazine and maker of the Whole Energy Essences

Recently, I came across this article abstract about the effectiveness of non-concealed placebo treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  It got me to wondering: we know that flower essence maker intention is important, as it influences the action of the essence because thoughts, ideas, and beliefs can be recorded in the mother essence’s carrier (usually water).  Do these results 16327521.thbbelow suggest that possibly researcher intention attached to the placebo might  have played a role? That the process of giving the subjects the sugar pills conveyed some intention to provide help?

It seems to me there is a bias in this study design, one that assumes that the researchers cannot effect the outcome.  But of course they can and do. To eliminate the possibility of researcher intention impacting the outcome, it would be interesting to see a double-blind study done, one where all subjects are given placebos, but the researchers do not know which subjects have been given pills marked openly as placebos and which have not been.

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Emails We Never Finished Reading

Posted by admin on Jan 22, 2011

Editors’ Note: Every so often, we get email or snailmail obviously intended for someone else. Here are two we received recently. Read more of our mis-directed correspondence here: We are certain there is an essence or two that might help with this kind of lack of attention to detail. 

19378749.thbDate: Fri, 19 Nov 2010 19:25:55 -0800

Subject: New record label GIANT GIRLFRIEND LLC Oakland, CA entering ESSENCE FESTIVAL 2011

Hi, I wanted to introduce myself; I’m [name withheld] I started my record label BIG GIRLS LLC in Oakland, CA incorporated this March 2010.

I wanted to submit BIG GIRLS for consideration for sponsorship/endorsements and have you review my band for consideration into entering the Essence festival in 2011, as I am a new small indie label trying to get these great bands off the ground with limited funds and wanting them to play/enter great festivals because they are really that good… Read the rest of this entry »

Our Readers Write: Dosage vs. Stock

Posted by admin on Dec 27, 2009

Editors’ Note: Vibration Magazine has always received interesting and thought provoking reader response.  This was true when we were an ezine, and it’s ten times more the case now that we’re in blog format!  In fact, of late so much of the real teaching and learning has been transpiring in our comments section, that we thought we’d introduce a new category of blog post: readers’ comments.

The way blogs work, early readers of a newly-posted article have no idea that a juicy discussion had unfolded after they finished the piece. And often readers don’t get around to looking at any comments even when they’re present — which means in Vibration’s case, you’re missing half the content! It’s like seeing just the first act of a two-act play. Yes, that act was fine, but what happened after intermission was even better!

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John Muir Made Essences? A Cheer and a Jeer

Posted by admin on Nov 7, 2009

One of our editors — who prefers to remain nameless — subscribes to the Reader’s Digest.  Go figure. The July, 2009 issue featured an article about the formation of U.S.’s national parks, and in particular about Yosemite.  (Film-maker Ken Burns’s “This Land is your Land,” pp. 94-105).  One of the many who championed and participated in the movement to establish the parks was the eminent naturalist John Muir (here’s his Wikipedia entry). He was actively involved in exploring and preserving Yosemite from 1870 until his death, and was honored by having his image on the U.S. Mint’s quarter for California in 2005 (image reproduced here). Read the rest of this entry »

Essence Dilution Do’s and Don’ts

Posted by admin on Oct 25, 2009
By Deborah Bier, PhD, Publisher and Co-Editor of this Blog

Did you know there are ethical and unethical ways in which essences may be diluted and given or sold to someone who did not purchase the original stock essences? That there are ways in which those who dilute and sell essences could be breaking the law — or several laws, for that matter? This article is meant to help raise readers’ awareness about these issues.

19979015.thbWe consulted with several essence makers and an essence distributor for this article, as well as read literature published by other makers. While we are not lawyers and cannot not offer legal advice or interpretation, we present their reactions and opinions here. Read the rest of this entry »