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:
“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).
Posted by admin on Sep 10, 2011
By Clare Chapman of Baliena Flower Therapies
Nothing gives you insight into an emotion or physical condition better than when you get thrown into it head-first! And I write this blog post with this exact scenario in mind: my personal experience of dealing with the loss of my beautiful dog, who has generously and selflessly shared my life for almost sixteen years.
The trouble with experiencing grief, though, is that no matter how kind the people around you are and how many beautiful condolences you receive, you just never feel like anyone around you understands what you are going through. It is almost as though you feel trapped within a bubble: everyone can see you and to them you look as though you are your normal self, but your outlook is hazy and you feel isolated and alone.
And what has compounded this feeling of isolation is that I am grieving for a pet. To me, this has meant that I have felt almost as though I am unjustified in grieving: unlike expectations held for the loss of a parent, partner or another significant person. Feelings arise such as assuming that others will judge you as over-reacting, emotionally unstable or even selfish for putting so much energy into an animal’s life. But grieving soon makes you realise that all you are doing is perceiving others through your own system of judgements, values and beliefs – rather than these being the real emotions or reactions of the people around you.
Posted by admin on Sep 3, 2011
By Marion Leigh, Founder, Findhorn Flower Essences
Thinking about how many types of specific fears people can experience, it isn’t hard to understand why there is such a prevalence of them in the world today. These are the ‘known’ fears, and it matters not that one knows one has a particular fear about a thing or situation. In fact, the knowing itself causes distress to the sufferer!
The following essences could be considered for the emotional causes and effects of specific fears:
Daisy’s keynote is ‘protection’ and this essence is helpful when negative emotions (such as fear) threaten our sense of safety. A remedy to help us to stay calm and centered.
Bell Heather assists in maintaining stability when there is fear that we may be thrown off balance, and so lose control. This remedy aims to promote confidence in one’s ability to stand firmly grounded when we feel shaken to our roots.