Wednesday
Aug232017

Free introductory talk on flower essences

As part of International Essence Awareness Week, I will be giving a free-of-charge introductory talk about flower essences, and selecting essences by pendulum dowsing.

This will be held on Thursday 28th September from 6 pm to 9 pm at Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 4SH. Rudolf Steiner House is situated close to Regent's Park, and near Baker Street and Marylebone stations, and is on numerous bus routes.

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Wednesday
Aug232017

The Milan Flower Essence Conference, 2017

In June I visited Milan for four days of intensive talks by several prominent essence makers. Some I hadn't seen for 10 years, and two of them - Cynthia Athina Kemp Scherer of Desert Alchemy in Tucson, Arizona, and Vasudeva Barnao of Living Essences of Australia - I hadn't met at all, although I been using some of their essences for a dozen years.

Nowadays, makers frequently combine their individual essences into combinations or formulas, which no longer carry the plant names. Instead these composite essences are given functional names such as Abundance, or Relationship, or Calm and Clear to give us a clue as to what the composite essence seeks to do.

Cynthia Scherer has carried this process further than most. She now has a range of 47 formulas, each given a detailed description in her excellent, chunky handbook The Alchemy of the Desert.

At the moment I'm working with two of Cynthia's 'kits' - the Celebration of Womanhood (14 formulas), and the Gift of the Masculine (12 formulas). And these essences are proving really, really useful. Some of their names are self-explanatory: Birthing Harmony, New Mother's Formula and Making And Honouring Boundaries, for example. Others need some interpretation. Thus, Owning The Level formula is made up of the individual flowers of Hedgehog Cactus, Rainbow Cactus (Tucson really is in the desert), and Star Leaf. Together, the composite helps us to identify and do whatever we have the greatest talent for doing; the thing it seems that we were put on Earth for. If we can identify this, and then achieve it, we have the best possible opportunity for finding perfect health and happiness.

So far so good with these formulas. Wild Women has proved popular. "She who dances with mud on her body", writes Cynthia, "the Wild Woman, is totally wild and free from any constraints or restrictions". You can see how throwing off constraints can be an important precursor essence to Owning The Level.

Two others are worth noting. The Husband Formula is placed in the Gift of the Masculine kit, but it is at least as applicable for women wanting to find a husband or learn to husband their resources as it is for men wanting to become husbands.

And the Saguaro-Queen formula, which is made by combining the essences of Saguaro Cactus and Queen of the Night Cactus, is a balancing essence for masculine and feminine qualities in both men and women.

Desert Alchemy is at desert-alchemy.com, and their European distributor is Der Essenzenladen.

My thoughts are now beginning to turn towards the composite formulas made by another essence master, Ann Callaghan of Indigo, in Ireland. Ann makes 'gem elixirs' - vibrational essences prepare from rocks and crystals. And she does this with direct input from children because the essences are made particularly with children in mind. Gem elixirs are noted for their qualities of grounding and stability. Qualities which children need in various flavours. Of course she has combined her individual gem elixirs - with names like Hematite and Hiddenite/Kunzite - into formulas with more child-friendly names such as Plurk (Play and Work). Ann's site is at www.indigoessences.com and her UK distributor is Universal Essences.

Tuesday
May092017

Essences and dying

During the past six weeks six of my friends or acquaintances have died.

Some of them were comparatively young, of my son’s generation, but in most of these cases I had been personally involved in their care, making remedies for them as seemed necessary. In the most recent case I had made up an essence – Crowea, from the Australian Bush flowers – to help him to stop worrying, And within 12 hours of his receiving it I heard that he had died.

After this I felt that I needed a remedy for me. I dowsed for what I needed, as I usually do (see my Dowsing blog) and came up with four essences from the Range of Light made by Flower Essence Services of California (FES).

The first essence was Hawthorn. Hawthorn is for ‘overly strong will that depletes heart balance’, says FES. More particularly it is for someone who is ‘easily agitated or stressed when personal will forces are not satisfied.’ The next essence I selected for my new remedy was Mountain Forget-Me-Not which was for ‘soul angst and alienation, feelings of isolation due to lack of connection and guidance from the spiritual world; confusion about life purpose and direction.’

A pattern seems to be emerging here: I am feeling uncomfortable because something I want to happen – so much that I can’t even hear the promptings of my heart or my spirit guides – is not happening. My third essence is Ocotillo, and it appears to add an extra emphasis to my imbalance: Ocotillo is for ‘excessive psychic “fire” leading to emotional reactivity, psychic projection and distortion, or various forms of anger and violence.’ This is strong stuff: clearly I’m feeling what I’m feeling with considerable force. And finally Pedicularis goes into the mix, and this essence helps with ‘excessive emotionality which inhibits deeper understanding of one’s soul pain.’

So what is this ‘soul pain’ that has been so troubling me? I think the answer is that I was running with the idea that I should be using the essences to ‘save’ people from death, and that if I made a remedy for someone it would so dissolve their problems that they could go on indefinitely. I know that I didn’t really believe that I could cheat death, but nonetheless I had a tendency to get angry if someone died that I had been treating – they should have responded more positively or, worse perhaps, I blamed myself for not coming up with the right remedies at the right time to ensure that they lived on!

I am still taking the remedy, but I think that the penny has at last dropped. When we are working with the essences we are working towards our better self-understanding, to finding out what is the very best for us, and then doing it to the very best of our ability and with the greatest enjoyment. Death will have his day, but until then we owe it to ourselves to get the greatest possible satisfaction from this life.

Tuesday
May092017

Why people don't get well

All too often, as a therapist, I sit down with clients, listen to their stories, and readily identify a number of essences that match the negative moods or the positive aspirations that they are engaged with at the moment. Essences are combined in a dosage bottle and handed over and, a few weeks later, the person returns to the consulting room – and nothing seems to have happened!

Essences work at depth rather than on superficial symptoms and yet, as patients, we are used to reporting the symptoms – this backache, or that headache. Unless the therapist can go below the surface and identify the true negative emotions or mental states which are giving rise to the symptoms there is every possibility that essences will be selected which fall short of our aspirations. If the client is in a steady state of despondency she may be so used to that condition that she fails to report it. If the therapist also misses that state then he or she may not select a despondency remedy – Dr Bach’s Gentian remedy comes to mind – and so the client, still bowed down by her despondency, returns with her bad back for the next session. I am not saying that Gentian is the cure for a bad back, but it does help to shift despondency, and if despondency and the bad back are intimately connected then Gentian may well be the answer, or at least a part of it.

Sometimes the trouble lies in the resistance that the other has built up. A lot of the difficulties that draw us to trying essences have occurred early on in life, so early on indeed that we may have repressed those difficulties and then forgotten that they ever happened. Sigmund Freud recognised the resistance more than a hundred years ago and gave it its due importance. Some essences help to dissolve resistance, and thus enable other essences to do their good work.

And those difficulties I mentioned do need to be looked at before healing can occur: they create blockages which deplete our energy until they are cleared. I am talking not only about early abuse and ill treatment, but about less obvious difficulties such as parental constraint or marital break-up or uncertainty for the young child. If these problems can be eased then a major barrier to healing is removed.

One difficulty which afflicts many of us is that of not being wanted by our parents and, as you may imagine, it runs deep. If the mother conveys to the foetus in the womb that it is not wanted that message can be understood by the unborn child and can be devastating. It is buried in the subconscious and a lot of life energy (prana, chi) is used up in the process. If this trauma is identified and essences are used to release it, energy invariably improves dramatically.

Depression and other mental disorders are often either not recognised or not acknowledged by us or our clients, but they also tie up a lot of life energy which could be better used for healing. There is no cure among the essences for bipolar disorder, but this and other difficulties have mental and emotional components which, when addressed by the essences, can bring some welcome relief and help us to become well again.

These are some of the reasons why listening to the complaints and aspirations of clients and selecting essences to help resolve them may not be enough. Intuition is our best friend in probing deeper, to arrive at the underlying causes of our difficulties.

Tuesday
May092017

Introductory course

I will be giving a face-to-face course on six Thursday evenings during October and November to introduce people to the flower and vibrational essences and give them sufficient confidence to select essences which will be helpful to themselves, their families and friends. In particular I will be paying attention to essences that help to alleviate depression.

The course will be held at Rudolf Steiner House on the south-west side of Regent’s Park in London.

There will be a strong hands-on emphasis to the course which will concentrate on raising vital energy (chi) and make use of several different makers’ ranges of essences as well as Dr Bach’s original remedies.

These makers will be chosen for the variety of their approach to essence making but will have in common that they are ‘full spectrum’ producers, attempting to ensure that their essences cover the whole range of the human condition.

We shall also be looking in detail at those areas of human difficulty and imbalance which essences are best able to address – fear, low self-esteem, a lack of self-love and all the negative emotions to which we are subject.

There will also be guidance on sourcing essences from the wide range of makers represented on the web.

There are further details available under the COURSE button above together with an application form.

Tuesday
Mar282017

Dowsing

When I have had a discussion with a client it’s time to choose her essences and I pick up my dowsing pendulum.  The client is often intrigued. What’s going on? Sometimes I anticipate that accepting dowsing on top of flower essences may be a bridge too far for her, in which case I ask her to wait in the waiting room after our consultation until I have thought some more about the best essences for her.

Dowsing seems very like using Google to me. Google has access to a vast range of information via all those linked servers. The dowser accesses another kind of field where all the information is held and questions that field for the benefit of the client.

I get more information about his health, perhaps more than he knew himself. I can confirm his own ideas about his health, and discover what’s important and what may be less so. I can find out things he may have forgotten about.

Just as with Google, there are controls. I can’t use my dowsing frivolously when asking questions about her health. Data is provided on a ‘need to know basis’. If I need to know in order to select the most helpful essences then I get that information. If not, then I don’t.

Then I dowse for the essences. I have more than 1000 essences to choose from, and I can’t keep a detailed knowledge in my head about all of them, but the field that my dowsing goes into does have this knowledge. It matches essences against the person’s needs, and comes up with the best fit.

Dowsing seems to be an intuition amplifier. My belief is that you choose essences best when giving full rein to your intuition. Choosing essences is not just a rational process of matching the client’s moods to what the makers say about their essences. If you are ‘invested’ in a particular answer, in other words if you really, really want a particular result, then you can override the pendulum, but otherwise it is a most helpful tool.

Dowsing can be learnt easily. The British Society of Dowsers (https://www.britishdowsers.orghold regular introductory courses, and dowsing isn’t just for health and essences but a host of other questions as well.