Essences for Loving Yourself

Posted by admin on Jul 31, 2010

©2010 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

When adults talk to children, the hurtful things they say ­are rather shocking. Shaming, blaming, destructive criticism, and ­character assassination are all too frequent in these exchanges, ­in the name of discipline. When done habitually, they contribute ­to low self-worth in adulthood.

childhurt-a2dTo identify sources of self-hate, write down the most ­memorable painful things parents or other crucial adults like­ teachers said to you and about you. The messages absorbed may ­still be present in the mean things you say to yourself. Work to ­offset the power of such statements by writing CANCEL over them ­and tearing them up, flushing them away, or burning them.

Sometimes parents are supportive, but children learn to feel­ unacceptable because they are different from those around them. ­As a therapist, I often find that ridicule or harsh criticism by ­teachers can damage children’s confidence in their abilities. ­Peers, too, can be cruel, and the memory of not fitting in as a ­child can make the adult feel inadequate in social situations.

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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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The Illusion of Living Within Your Comfort Zone

Posted by admin on Jul 17, 2010

©2010 Deborah Bier, PhD, Publisher and Editor of this blog and maker of the Whole Energy Essences

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Neale Donald Walsch

How often do you use the terms “comfortable” and “comfort zone,” either inwardly or out loud? How frequently do you hear them used by others? To my ears it seems to be a constant litany wherever I go.

“Oh, I couldn’t talk about how much it means to me… speaking up is just not in my comfort zone.” “Go after that big life change? Not yet — not until it’s in my comfort zone.” “I’m not comfortable with what you want from me, so I’m going to say ‘no’.”

30892398.thbWho said we were supposed to be so comfortable all the time? In the American culture I’ve been in my entire life, we seem to be stuck in the idea that living “comfortably” or “within one’s comfort zone” is some kind of right we have been granted by the Divine.  And to be pushed out of — or, heaven forbid, decide on our own to leave — our cozy sense of comfort is some kind of horrendous personal assault. It’s as if our Declaration of Independence said back in 1776:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created comfortable; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable rights; that among these, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of living within their comfort zones…”

I’m trying to remember when the term “comfort zone” and the overuse of the word “comfortable” came about. I’m also trying to remember the last time I felt I was living life within my comfort zone.  The best I can come up with to answer both questions is: “a long time ago.” Living within my comfort zone is simply not a life goal of mine; if your goals are anything like mine (maximum growth, flexibility, creativity, awe and wonder at the world we live in), then living within your comfort zone needs to completely come off your daily “must have” list.

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Dill: An Antidote to Sensory and Mental Overload

Posted by admin on Jul 10, 2010

©2007 by Dr. Terry Willard, Director, Wild Rose College of Natural Healing

Dill Flower Essence: Anthenum graveolens

Positive qualities: Experiencing and absorbing the fullness of life, especially with heightened sensory aspects (taste, touch, hearing sight, smell)
Patterns of imbalance: Overwhelm due to over-stimulation, hypersensitivity to environment or to outer activity, sensory congestion34744856.thb

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Donna is easily overwhelmed. She constantly feels bombarded by stimulus. Sometimes she can’t even distinguish between tastes and smells or sights and feelings.  Donna’s mind races from all of the sensory input, especially when she is at work. She gets so overwhelmed that sometimes she starts to cry. Most evenings Donna has to sit in a darkened, quiet room just to be able to calm herself down.

Donna needs to find a way to slow down in this fast paced life. How can she calm her mind so she can relax? Even her dreams are hectic.

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Heart and Mind Opener: Basil

Posted by admin on Jul 3, 2010

By Maggie Smith, maker of Flower Essence Energy

  • Open’s the heart and mind
  • Restores harmony
  • Helps with courage in times of  difficulty
  • Strengthens us when we are  fearful or sad

817391_basilIn India basil is considered a sacred plant.  It is known as the flower of  Krishna, as he always wore garlands of basil around his neck.  In his teachings he used basil to help with detachment, to strengthen faith, devotion, compassion and clarity.   Wherever it is planted is considered a place of peace, piety and virtue.   It was also traditional  to lay a basil leaf  on the chest of the dead to open the gates of heaven for them. In Egypt basil is scattered over the grave of the departed and used to embalm the mummies. The Greeks carry basil on journeys for safety, and use it as a symbol of mourning. In the Italian countryside it was worn by courting peasants as an emblem of love and fidelity. In England departing guests were given a small pot of miniature basil to aid them on their journey.

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