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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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: http://www.youtube.com/user/DrBachHealingHerbs

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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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 »


Ethnobotany Data: Flower Essence Producers

Posted by admin on Jan 29, 2011

Editors’ Note: Back in July, 2010, Vibration Magazine published a request for flower essence practitioners to participate in graduate student, Erin Galiger’s masters’ thesis research in the field of Ethnobotany through University of Kent, at Canterbury (UK). She promised to share the data with participants, and she also sent a copy to Vibration.  She has kindly permitted us to publish portions of it here.  Find the intro to this series of posts here; find more of her data published here on Vibration here and here.

By Erin Galiger, M.Sc. Ethnobotany

As shown in the table below, the majorities of the respondents were female, and aged 46-59.  All of the U.S. producers have been practitioners while 5 out of 8 of the U.K. producers had at one time been practitioners.  Although there are less U.K. and U.S. producers who have remained practitioners, the data suggests that those who produce flower essences tend also to be practitioners.  Many producers practice other forms of CAM, with a higher frequency in U.S. producers.

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Ethnobotany Data: Client Intake and Essence Selection

Posted by admin on Jan 15, 2011

Editors’ Note: Back in July, 2010, Vibration Magazine published a request for flower essence practitioners to participate in graduate student, Erin Galiger’s masters’ thesis research in the field of Ethnobotany through University of Kent, at Canterbury (UK). She promised to share the data with participants, and she also sent a copy to Vibration.  She has kindly permitted us to publish portions of it here.  Find the intro to this series of posts here; find more of her data published here on Vibration here.

By Erin Galiger, M.Sc. Ethnobotany

Table. Topics of Discussion between Practitioners and Clients on their first visit.

Topics of discussion in first meeting w/ client: U.S. U.S. BFRP U.K. U.K. BFRP

Medical history

48% 46% 79% 56%

Current physical health

63% 46% 86% 67%

Emotional Issues

100% 100% 86% 100%

Mental Issues

61% 73% 86% 89%

Childhood

44% 64% 50% 12%

Relationships

55% 73% 71% 23%

Desired Goal

74% 91% 86% 67%

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Ethnobotany Data: Who are Flower Essence Practitioners?

Posted by admin on Jan 8, 2011

Editors’ Note: Back in July, 2010, Vibration Magazine published a request for flower essence practitioners to participate in graduate student, Erin Galiger’s masters’ thesis research in the field of Ethnobotany through University of Kent, at Canterbury (UK). She promised to share the data with participants, and she also sent a copy to Vibration.  She has kindly permitted us to publish portions of it here.  Find the intro to this series of posts here.

By Erin Galiger, M.Sc. Ethnobotany

21191184.thbFlower essence practitioner personal information

Given that 77 out of 80 practitioner questionnaire respondents were female, a fair argument can be made that the practice of Flower Essence Therapy (FET) is currently dominated by females in the U.S. and U.K.  Seventy-three out of eighty (91%) of all flower essence practitioners practice other Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) modalities.  These CAM modalities include Reiki, Aromatherapy, Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Herbalism, Chiropractic, Shamanic healing, Yoga, and various other energy healing modalities.

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Flower Essence Ethnobotany Data Results

Posted by admin on Dec 18, 2010

Back in July, 2010, Vibration Magazine published a request for flower essence practitioners to participate in graduate student, Erin Galiger’s masters’ thesis research in the field of Ethnobotany through University of Kent, at Canterbury (UK). She promised to share the data with participants, and she also sent a copy to Vibration.  She has kindly permitted us to publish portions of it 19957765.thbhere, which we will do over the next month or so.

In discussing her research approach, Erin said to us: “Since FET hasn’t really been academically studied, a good overview and laying the foundation about such statistics and identifying core features would be a good start for others to potentially (hopefully!) build upon.  And research undertaken in so many disciplines.  Since I was under the umbrella of anthropology, I had to analyze data from that particular lens and delved into ethnomedical concepts.”

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Sustainability Through Flower Essences

Posted by admin on Oct 9, 2010

©2010 Darla Graves Palmer

There are ever so many reasons why I’m drawn to flower essences, and one of them, I’ve realized recently, is because of how they fully support and embrace sustainability. In this time of ecological need, even a single flower can provide us with enough essence for thousands of doses.

7802225.thbWhen I was in school studying Ayurveda, the use of herbs is a major part of advanced therapeutics. And I like herbs! I use herbs and spices. I recommend them, too, in moderation, but usually along the lines of ‘food’ or nourishment — for taste, to enhance digestion, stimulate Agni, reduce Ama. For therapeutics, however, I generally prefer the energy remedies like flower essences, or their partners gem essences (or even homeopathic remedies or cell salts).

How many plants are grown in order to produce a tincture, dried herb or powder that provides very limited dosing and lasts X number of months or years? And yet, with the energy remedies, they can maintain their potency for many decades. That’s a tremendous difference when it comes to how we care for Mother Earth, and how we graciously accept her generosity. So, while herbs in their more gross state (dry, powder, tincture) are natural and necessary (and certainly have their place of use therefore I support their continued organic and ecologically-conscious cultivation), I do feel that our global future lies in the resonance and subtle energy of all life — including the move of vibrational remedies to the forefront of therapeutics and healing.

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Participate in Flower Essence Research

Posted by admin on Jul 24, 2010

To Vibration’s Readers from the editors:

We recieved this from Patricia Meyer, and felt we should support this research by a grad student who is conducting a research study on how essence practitioners work for her master’s degree.  The more we know about our field, the more we can all grow. If you’re willing to complete the questionnaire, cut and paste it into a document and forward it to Erin Galiger.

Greetings, My name is Erin Galiger and I am a graduate student at the University of Kent, at Canterbury, researching Flower Essence Therapy (FET) for my master’s degree in Ethnobotany.  I am a U.S. citizen currently living in California. I am also a massage therapist, which is how I became introduced to flower essences. I think an academic study on Flower Essence Therapy would greatly benefit this healing modality and help get more information out to the public and healthcare community.  Along with that intention, I am focusing on the perspective of flower essence practitioners and discovering core features of flower essence therapy.

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Healing With Flowers Conference

Posted by admin on Jul 15, 2009

738905thb1Courtesy of the Healing with Flowers Conference

Editors’ Note: While we cannot keep up with posting all essence education events such as individual classes and so forth, Vibration will  publish information about large-scale events such conferences that have a heavy focus on essence education. Of particular interest will be conferences that do not focus on any single essence company’s products, but on broad-based use of essences and more than two companies’ products.

September 25-27, 2009 — Rowe, Massachusetts, USA

The mere presence of flowers in a bouquet or adorning a garden walk can change the energy of people and places. The arena of plant consciousness is gaining widespread attention as science begins to recognize what shamans have known for milennia: plants are intelligent beings who have led the way of conscious evolution for both people and the planet while having the ability to effect profound healing. Read the rest of this entry »