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Flower Essence Story Telling

Posted by admin on Oct 3, 2009

By Deborah Bier, PhD, publisher and co-Editor of this blog

There are several different ways that people can do “flower essence readings.” These are widely varied in method — and if you or someone you know does such readings, we’d like to hear how you go about it in the comments section of this article. I’ve developed a method I refer to as “flower essence story telling.”

At the start of a session, I may or may not have heard the person’s tale — I might just do this reading “cold” without any information about their situation.  Some people would not find what I say in the essence story to be valid if I know anything their problems ahead of time… it’s a kind of test they want to put me through.  However, it’s a lot more rich if I am allowed to hear them talk about what’s going on in their lives first; we can go deeper into understanding their challenges that way.

I also will use this technessencestory1ique to help choose essences that more clearly see the forest for the trees. In cases where there is so much going on and there could be many, many essence choices, it helps get to the heart of what needs to be understood and supported first.

To begin, I choose essences through some type of intuitive technique, often muscle testing.  I use this intention during selection: “What essences should be chosen to understand this situation and how to help it best?” I may end up with one or two essences as a result — or a whole pile of bottles lined up in between us.

I next sort through the selected essences, looking for the emergence of some theme(s) or pattern(s). Knowing what I know about each remedy, how do these essences relate to one another? One or more lines of relationship will begin to develop in my mind.

And then I start to talk to the other person about the story(ies) that sit before us in the form of little bottles of vibrational essences.  I will talk about these overall theme(s), and may add shadings that show themselves from each of the individual essences in each group, or how multiple themes relate to each other.

essencestory2It’s best when this becomes a back-and-forth discussion, because I know more about each essence than I am able to relate in a general overview.  As I ask, “Does this story seem to make sense to you? If so, how?” it’s more beneficial to the person’s understanding if they start to reflect back to me how it applies to them.  It is in that process that we start to really pin down how and where they are getting tripped up in coping or responding to their current circumstances.

At the end, I retest the essences and ask which one(s) are the highest good for the person to use.  If there is originally a whole armful of essences that are a part of the reading, generally this second round narrows them down to some much small number.

In the results, a different essence or essences may come into play, something not selected initially. It is be extremely unusual for the second round to eliminate all essences from the first and bring in only different ones, unless it is a generalist essence like Master Harmonizing Mixture, Five Flower or Rescue Remedy. At that point, I retell the story, referring to what we have discussed already, but now reflecting the choice(s) that emerged in the second round, the one that selects essences for use.

Here follows an example of an Essence Story Telling session; the subject is myself.  And I have no idea what is about to happen as I write this!

Ok, here’s what got selected through muscle testing.  Bach’s Five Flower and Cerato. Whole Energy Essences’ Plantain (a “research” essence, but I know it’s for keeping grounded), Pale Yellow Lily and Master Harmonizing Mixture. FES’ Mariposa Lily.

Here we have two generalists, an essence for self-trust, another for having the needed strength to meet challenges, one for keeping grounded, and another one for dealing with mother and mothering issues. A couple of surprises in there, and some that are hardly unexpected.

essencestory3For background, let me say that I’m embarking on a huge reorganization and refocusing of my work life — and as a died-in-the-wool Virgo, that ain’t no minor undertaking!  I’ve just been hired to develop and run a new agency for my metro area that will provide homemaker and personal care companions for elders and the disabled. I am truly excited to be bringing a holistic point of view to this work, to help these populations live the best quality of life and personal development possible, not just focusing on or managing their illnesses. Being in private practice for 20 years where I’ve specialized in working with patients who are chronically ill live better with their illness, I’ve really loved working with multi-generational families helping find the right care for all ages. It’s been very satisfying to me to help one generation and see how the positive effects ripple out through everyone else in the family.

Do you see any “stories” emerging here?  I see one story the essences tell about generalized stress (those generalists are dead give-aways!) and perhaps a need for strength (Pale Yellow Lily). But if we pair the PYL with the Cerato, we might see things from a different angle: that I need support to stay grounded in trusting myself and my experience, and that I have the strength I will need.  While I do feel a bit stressed and challenged now, I’m more concerned about the medium-to-longer-haul energy I’ll need.

So what’s with the Mariposa Lily?  Where are those mother issues?  I can think of two interconnecting stories it could be telling.  The first is that exactly two years ago my mother moved just a few miles away from where I live. The adjustment of living closer than 300 miles for the first time in 25+ years has had its ups and downs, but has generally been much happier than I would have anticipated.  However, after two years my adjustment muscles are indeed feeling a bit worn. The other story is that I will be living my and my own mother’s possible future in the clients I’ll be managing through the companion service.  Some of what will unfold will be lovely, and some will be just plain sad — and I may or may not be able to help relieve the suffering of the latter group.   There is also a frequent switch-around in the mother/daughter relationship that comes as mom grows more elderly: over time the daughter ends up being more mother than daughter to her own mother. Think of just how totally in my face that’s going to be every day!

essencestory4Now I do the second round of testing, asking what essence(s) are the highest good for me to use. The answer is Five Flower and Mariposa Lily, gathering together aspects of  both of these major threads: stress and mothers/mothering.

This is always a great exercise in matching client stories — or your own — with essences.  Give this method a try — you’ll be surprised how clearly the stories emerge.  And also surprised at the fibers that go into creating the threads of each pattern. Let us know in the comments how you did!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Deborah Bier, PhD is co-editor of Vibration Magazine, and  a holistic healthcare practitioner in private practice in Concord, MA. She is the author of Flower Essence Practice: For Students, Essence Practitioners & Other Healing Professionals (Windfall, 2008). She is also the author of Healthy Connections: Flower Essences for Better Family, Friend and Work Relationships; The Encyclopedia of Vibrational Essences, and Learning About Vibrational Essences (find all these titles here). She is the maker of Whole Energy Essences, and is available for private consultations.

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What a wonderful post! I learned so much from reading this. The story idea is really interesting…I’m inspired to try it!

October 3rd, 2009 | 9:41 am

What fun, Deb. This is a truly creative approach. And I’m so glad to hear about your new responsibility. This vital area of care so needs someone like you involved.

October 3rd, 2009 | 11:51 pm

Intriguing technique. I enjoyed this very much and will be thinking about it with my next clients. What I like about it is that you let the essences lead you, and that you allow yourself to respond in the moment from there.

My own sessions start in a similar fashion. With a bit of client background, then I just ‘listen’ to what essence/s come up in my intuition. I then get up and take them out of the cabinet, giving them on the spot to the client in a small glass of water, with a brief description of the healing/balancing qualities. Then after a time for client comments or responses, we continue through the session. Talking, taking essences, and on until we reach some natural point of arrival. At that time there may be a dosage bottle of essences, either some of the ones already taken, or new ones. Oftentimes, though, the session itself seems to have created enough of a shift that there are no indicated essences for a dosage bottle. To myself, I call this MIUAWGA/Peeling (MIUAWGA stands for Making It Up As We Go Along) and the session may also include a bit of astrology, visualization, energy work, or music.

October 25th, 2009 | 10:20 pm