Resilience After a Failure: Larch is For Optimism and Self-Confidence

Posted by admin on Oct 8, 2011

©7-11 by Sheryl Karas and Paul Hood, in Healing Communication News

One theme for us this year – and for lots of people — is the lesson in having things go wrong, not getting what you want, working really hard over a very long period of time only to be forced to do something else. The vast majority of people who have faced job loss, foreclosure, and downsizing were not at fault – and yet the inability for so many people to simply jump back in and put things back in order right away hits like a blow to the solar plexus, it dredges up issues of self-esteem.

manbroke-a2dFailure and the ease with which we get up again afterward has a lot to do with upbringing and societal conditioning. Wouldn’t it be great if we celebrated the failures as much as the colossal successes?

“Wow man! Did you see how badly you blew that one? That was awesome! I honestly don’t think you could do any worse if you were hogtied, blindfolded and completely unconscious.

“On a scale of one to ten that was negative fifteen. If my four year old kid painted a picture like that, I’d give him a time out. Listen, you need to go to the cemetery and dig up every artist who ever lived and make a personal apology to their lifeless bodies. Right on, man! Do another!” Read the rest of this entry »

Silverweed and Other Essences for Perfectionism

Posted by admin on Aug 19, 2011

By Marion Leigh, Founder, Findhorn Flower Essences

Recently I was doing some personal research on Silverweed (Potentilla anserina) flower essence.  I spent about a week on this project, taking the essence, tuning in and writing down what happened to me.

25735484.thbI experienced the negatives of Silverweed profoundly. In particular I notice I became overly absorbed in details. This manifested as getting consumed in the minutiae of what I was writing, so perfectionistic was I about my choice of words that I would check dictionaries, study the etymology, then the myriad thesauruses available on-line for possible alternatives, sometimes musing over a word for days.  Now, I know I’m a bit of a stickler for perfection, but this was getting ridiculous. Everyone around me noticed I was obsessing – FFE staff encouraging me to ‘move on’ and stop taking Silverweed, as I was clearly doing a ‘proving’ of the essence. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Days of White Pansy and Trust

Posted by admin on Aug 6, 2011

©2011 by Ronni Ann Hall

I’ve been instructed to use the White Pansy essence I’ve made for dealing with issues of trust. Since I arrogantly expect my clients to use the essences I recommend, I concluded I needed to listen to my own guidance and take the suggestion.

whitepansy2-a2dWhat’s the deal with trust? Why is it so hard to trust that things will work out and the Divine will take care of things when we are faced with tough circumstances that, logically, would make no sense for us to trust in the good?

Day one of taking White Pansy flower essence. I felt my bitter thoughts rise to the surface. I had reason not to trust. I had a long list created in the past few years. Spirit tells me that I often take on others’ faults that are not my own. This makes no sense to me or why this message is relevant to trusting.

Day two. I was journaling like a crazy-flowing pen nut. Insights rose alongside the nasty bitter thoughts. I wasn’t feeling Miss Spiritual at that moment. Not Miss Positive or the teacher I came here to be. It was ugly — I was releasing. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Videos: Bach Flower Videos by Healing Herbs

Posted by admin on Jun 25, 2011

Have you seen the 14 videos on YouTube by Healing Herbs devoted to the Bach remedies? See the entire list here:

24678520.thbAll but two of these are devoted to Bach’s “Twelve Healers”: Agrimony, Centaury, Cerato, Chicory (photo at right), Celmatis, Gentian, Impatiens, Mimulus, Rock Rose, Scleranthus, Vervain, Water Violet. They show the plant and its flowers in nature and at different stages of development. Each features Julian Barnard, world renowned Bach expert, in conversation with Nickie Murray. Two more are about how the essences are made, and about how they are used.

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Hawthorn Essence: Shapeshift Your Life!

Posted by admin on May 28, 2011

©2011 by Diana Pepper, reprinted with permission from
Tree Frog Farm Essences E-newsletter, May, 2011

Making Hawthorn Tree Essence was one of my most challenging and exciting essence making experiences. The process took about two months with vigilance, surrender, patience, intensity, focused clear intention and curiosity.

hawthornpink-wikiSince we don’t have a mature hawthorn growing on our property, first I had to find the location. The year before, I found a thicket of Hawthorn on San Juan Island about two hours away from here. I considered this, but decided to look for some on Lummi Island.

I found two on a nature preserve but they were old, shaded out and not very healthy. I found some others growing along a dirt road, but wasn’t sure if the owners of the property would agree to let me work there.

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Corrective Essences for Pets and Their Owners

Posted by admin on Mar 5, 2011

© by Lila Devi, Spirit-in-Nature Essences

The concept of a “plot” application of essences focuses on remedies for specific problems or weaknesses that we want to correct or eliminate, including disturbed behaviors, fears, or any actions troubling to the  animal or the pet owner. Most commonly, flower essences are given to fill a need or correct a fault which is usually expressed through the animal’s behavior.

The word “plot”, borrowed from literary jargon, implies that one must travel from point A to point B to achieve a goal. Plot application indicates a particular need on the part of the animal; the flower essence acts as a catalyst to restore or awaken the positive quality absent from the pet’s personality. By way of example, a skittish animal can benefit from Tomato Essence for strength and courage. The pet who constantly craves attention may be helped with Pineapple Essence for self-assuredness.

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Finding your Space/Place with Corn Essence

Posted by admin on Feb 5, 2011

©2009 by Sheryl Karas

sherylcornBefore Paul and I moved out to the “wide open spaces” here in Arizona, I was guided to take Corn Flower Essence ALL the time. Over and over, practically any time I asked for help with my emotional state, Corn was one of the essences I was guided to use.

It made me feel similarly to the Wild Oat I’m working with now — much more grounded and, energetically, I could feel the energy in my body clearing up and down that central core connecting each of us to heaven and earth that I talked about in this blog. But usually I could feel the energy moving down into the earth.

Corn is supposed to be for people who need to feel aligned with the planet but find it challenging to do so under the stresses and constrictions of modern life.

I don’t tend to think of myself in this way–I have always wanted the conveniences and perceived benefits of modern life. But I have also felt abhorrent of many of the choices people make to have it as well.

Let me explain this further. As a child I studied my fellow classmates intently trying to figure out how to fit in to the social system I found in school. I NEVER felt like I could accept those conventions. I didn’t want to fit into the society of “outcasts” I was pushed into. I wanted to know how to be one of the “popular” kids but what I saw never ceased to amaze and confuse me.

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Sagebrush Flower Essence for When Life Strips You to the Essentials

Posted by admin on Nov 6, 2010

©2010 by Sheryl Karas M.A.

When a person is over-identified with aspects of its “ego self”—that small self that is part of the past and never the future—sometimes we need to cleanse the spirit of all those past attachments so life can be truly transformed and made new. There are times that try people’s Souls.

We become so attached to possessions, lifestyle, social recognition, external things that we think express who we are but in reality can help hold us back from what we can become. Last year’s recession brought job loss, business losses, bankruptcy and home foreclosure to a lot of people. Others have lost family and friends. It’s hard to feel spiritual when you’re stripped of so much but a lot of people turn to spirit in times like these.


So is there any spiritual purpose in experiences like this? Sure! But when people you love are in the midst of the crisis it’s probably not the right time to discuss it — at least not if you want things to remain civil. Though Paul and I have been taking the time to look at this key issue.

Spirituality isn’t always about living “The Secret” and getting what you want, at least not right away. Sometimes it is about loss and that’s painful! But from the highest spiritual perspective it’s hard for a purpose.

To give up the past is often a blessing, not a curse. It frees you to new experience, to create what you’re longing for without a death wish related to past beliefs and old ideas of “right living” attached. When you are stripped to the essentials, you see so clearly what matters most. You never let go of your essential soul purpose. That’s what you see and that’s what you have left to build upon and grow.

In Flower Essence Therapy, Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) is used to help people who have been essentially stripped of a lot of what they hold dear. Sagebrush lives in the desert in the harshest of conditions.

We see it growing along the road where Paul and I live now and it’s quite beautiful. In the summer and fall it has tiny yellow flowers that grow in bunches near the ends of the branches and it has hairy but stiff silvery grey-green leaves that are lobed like an oak leaf. It can grow to almost 4 feet tall but, unless living near a source of running water, most tend to stay a lot smaller, usually 1-2 feet.

sagehorsesArtemisia tridentata is part of the asteraceae or Sunflower family which, for flower essence purposes, indicates that it carries some of the same characteristics of other flowers in that family. For example, the small flower heads are actually a composite of many individual flowers clumped together so they look like one. The Asteraceae flower family is also known as “compositae” for this very reason.

Most of the species in this family are also sun-loving plants, with strong, sturdy, long-lasting stems and branches. Richard Katz of the Flower Essence Society has written about this plant family. He says flower essences from this family deal with themes of spiritual integration, wholeness, integrity and the development of the spiritual Self.

Sagebrush has been used for spiritual purposes by Native peoples throughout the Southwest for millennia. It’s the most common herb used in smudging, an ancient practice intended to clear negative toxic energy from around an individual or in an environment. It was also used medicinally to rid the body of parasites, stop internal bleeding and aid in the healing of infection.

The Sagebrush plant group Artemisia is named for Artemisia II, the sister and wife of king Mausolus, the ancient ruler of Caria in southwestern Anatolia. Artemis is also the name of the ancient sun god Apollo’s sister, the goddess of the moon, the hunt and wild nature.

Queen Artemis showed a lot of her namesake’s spirit in the years after her husband’s death. She took over the throne and brilliantly defended her country from marauding invaders who hoped to take advantage of the situation.

Unfortunately she is far more well-known for her extraordinary grief at his passing. She is said to have mixed her husband’s ashes in her drink, and to have gradually pined away during the two years that she survived him. She had a giant monument built in his honor that was once listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The word “mausoleum” comes from this. But she was also a botanist and medical researcher and that’s why the plant group is named after her.

Think of someone who couldn’t let go of her life long attachment to her brother/husband and you’ll get the gist of what Sagebrush flower essence meant to help one overcome. It helps one find a new self-identity when the old one is now gone.

Note: See more of Sheryl’s articles in Vibration here: Flower Essences For Caregivers and here: Manifesting Life Purpose–The Dilemma Of Wild Oat.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: SHERYL KARAS has a Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Psychology and has explored a wide variety of healing techniques including Flower Essence Therapy, aromatherapy, herbal medicine and Master Level Reiki. She uses everything she knows in the creation of her healing perfume oils. You can buy some through her online shops at Mama Love, through Etsy, or the brick and mortar stores that carry her perfumes.

Art credits: Top photo: courtesy of the US Forest Service.  At right:

Elm: When You’ve Reached the Very Last Straw!

Posted by admin on Sep 11, 2010

©2004, 2010 by Connie Barrett

Our heroine is a superbly competent woman who can juggle the demands of home and w0rk with seeming ease.  One day, though, an onslaught of rush work hits her desk, her daughter suddenly remembers materials she needs for a school project due the next day, and her son develops a painful toothache. Our heroine begins to think that the sky is falling. “Overwhelmed” is the most succinct description of what happens to people whose ability to gracefully and efficiently handle a great deal of responsibility suddenly collapses.

22753179.thbThis Elm condition is usually temporary. It can occur during the holidays, when piles of unwrapped packages (or imaginary piles of unbought ones) compete for attention with children who need to rehearse for a pageant, a yet-to-be-planned holiday feast, and the imminent arrival of in-laws. Moving time can also be Elm time for most people.

The state of needing Elm is distinct from being in a chronically overwhelmed condition.  This Elm condition is usually temporary. It can occur during the holidays, when piles of unwrapped packages (or imaginary piles of unbought ones) compete for attention with children who need to rehearse for a pageant, a yet-to-be-planned holiday feast, and the imminent arrival of in-laws. Moving time can also be Elm time for most people.

The state of needing Elm is distinct from being in a chronically overwhelmed condition. People in that state don’t typically handle responsibility well. They may also identify having too much to do with  being needed and important (a number of flower essences can relate to that condition).

It’s  important to distinguish the Elm condition from that of someone who needs Centaury. Such people are often described as “willing slaves.” They are the employees who always work overtime because their bosses ask them or who give up their life plans in order to take care of a demanding (but often healthy) parent. They may habitually take on more than they can handle because they lack the ability to say no. They lack this ability because they believe their sacrifice will earn them love.

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How We Came to Love Wild Oat for The Cardinal T-Square

Posted by admin on Mar 27, 2010

Editors’ Note: Following up on last week’s blogathon, we were discussing this topic amongst ourselves and some of our authors. After emailing one another, we realized that we had developed an interesting and hopefully helpful piece for this blog.

Auntie Moon/CJ Wright:
Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a Cardinal T-Square Blogathon essence and we could all be sipping it right now?   Maybe we could just drink a bunch of “Drank” or “Mary Jane,” anti-energy drinks, until we find the right one: Read the rest of this entry »