Testing an Essence: Plume Poppy

Posted by admin on Jul 27, 2009

By Deborah Bier, PhD, maker of the Whole Energy Essences and co-editor of the Vibration Magazine Blog.

plume3After a series of events unnecessary to recount, I was so, so, so, SO, so sad. Disappointed. Downhearted.  Discouraged. My heart ached.  I was filled with grief and high drama. I was so brokenhearted, I couldn’t even play in the garden, particularly because it was so buggy: there being so much one-way fondness between mosquitoes and me, I just couldn’t get outside.

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Always Loved a Lilac — Can’t Say I loved the Essence!

Posted by admin on Jul 17, 2009

©2009 by Annabeth Meister

Editor’s Note: The process of thoroughly testing a new essence is meant to be–but seldom is–a rigorous one, and collecting notes like Annabeth’s from many volunteers  is a part of the process.  See a collection of articles about how to do it here: Making and Testing Essences — A Virtual Booklet.

One common reaction to beginning an essence is a  brief catharsis in which issues and emotions the essence is intended to address come to the surface in a strong response called a healing crisis.  That’s what appears to have happened as Annabeth took Lilac.  See articles about it at The Healing Crisis in Flower Essence Treatment and Three More Perspectives on the Healing Crisis: A Panel Discussion. Here’s Annabeth’s report.lilacsvase-a2d

Growing up with a forbidding mother and floundering father who weren’t meant to be parents, I found a haven in my grandmother’s house. She gave richly of her love, and her yard was an island of peace. To this day, my favorite plants are the ones that grew there-irises, willows, and, most especially for those few fragrant weeks in spring, the lilacs. At a particularly rough time in my 40s, an aunt pressed some of grandma’s lilacs and sent them to me, and it was incredibly moving to touch them once more and inhale their scent.

Among the essences, Iris and Willow have been profound catalysts for me over the years, but Lilac is not a standard offering by the companies I use. Recently, Peggy Malnati was kind enough to send me a stock bottle of an essence from an ancient stand of lilacs on the remnants of the old farm in Michigan where she lives. (Peggy writes on metaphysical topics, and I’ve gotten to know her through her excellent blog, WalkSoftly2)

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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 »


Becoming Essence Warriors

Posted by admin on Jul 11, 2009

By Deborah Bier, PhD, co-editor of Vibration Magazine

Editors’ Note: As part of our 11th anniversary retrospective of Vibration Magazine, we reprise here an adapted form of this article first published in the Vibration Magazine February 2003 issue. It still addresses some of the pivotal issues of our time, both in the world at large, and within the essence community. O, would the need for such applications become out-of-date.

We certainly do live in turbulent times. Often, Vibration Magazine has focused on the vast, rapid and deep changes unfolding around and within us. The anxiety and stress they create — and the opportunity and challenge they present — are considerable. Vibrational and flower essences are fantastic partners on this crazy ride we call the beginning of the 21st century.

One response has been to call forth the Warrior: in nations, communities, families, and individuals. Certainly, we all  need strength, courage, integrity, leadership, endurance and action to get through these changing times. We see that political and economic unrest has brought both military and terrorist action. But war-making is not the only face of the Warrior; automatically applying aggression to all situations is not the way of balance for a Warrior. The Warrior’s approach also includes strategy, self-less service and even surrender. Read the rest of this entry »


A Digital Library of Essence Articles — Vibration’s Virtual Booklets

Posted by admin on Jul 4, 2009

©2009 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

A couple of years into our publishing process, Vibration’s editors realized that we were accumulating a valuable online collection of essence articles unlike any other in its breadth and inclusiveness. We’d actively recruited dozens of essence makers and senior practitioners to write for us–it was either that or continue to write most of the magazine ourselves!  We fostered an atmosphere in which essence users were also urged to share personal stories of how particular essences helped them resolve life issues. We conducted polls and regularly monitored search engine terms to determine what our readers were interested in reading and then developed special theme issues devoted those concerns.

Despite the fact that our articles came from a great many International Authors – every continent but Antarctica — we were noticing that certain topics came up again and again in article submissions and reader requests. Rather than have our audience laboriously hunt through back issues for a gem or two, we came up with the idea of a series of Virtual Booklets.  These are collections of articles on recurring topics like Animals, Pets, and Essences, Children and Essences, Body Work and Essences, and Essence Making and Testing. The VBs, as we dubbed them, were readily expandable, as it was simple to add links when new articles were published. Let me describe some of my own favorites and then list them all so you can visit the ones that interest you most.  Read the rest of this entry »