UNDERSTANDING FLOWER ESSENCES

Do Plants Pray For Us?

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ait for a sunny day. Take a flower still blooming on its stalk, pick some petals. Put them in a fishbowl of water and place that fishbowl at the foot of the plant from which the petals came.
Make sure the fishbowl gets lots of sun.

Do this in the early morning. In the evening come back and collect the water. Strain out the petals.

Add a little brandy to preserve and refrigerate.

You’ve just made a flower essence.

(As a practical matter, hardly anyone actually makes their own flower essences. It’s much easier and safer to just purchase them online or at your local health food store.

Be sure you know what you’re doing before using any homemade essence for healing as I describe below; some flowers are toxic. The ones available commercially are safe. But the process of preparing the sun tea for daily dosing is the same, see below.)

Flower essences are without a doubt the most magical healing system I’ve encountered. I say that as a veteran acupuncturist (a system that itself appears magical to many and still dubious to a few.)

They’re prescribed homeopathically—that is, in extremely dilute form for specific patterns of symptoms. White Chestnut, for example, is for worry. Beech for finger-pointers. Impatiens for the impatient.

Using Flower Essences

To prepare your daily flower essence, take a drop from the bottle and put it in any size container of water (or juice, or anything drinkable.) We’re going very dilute here deliberately. You can use up to five flowers at a time. The more flowers, the more change … generally speaking.

Take the bottle and strike it smartly against a hard surface. Any plastic water container, if tipped and bounced on a corner, will go up and down with very little physical effort if one balances it on the corner of the bottle like a little trampoline.

The bounces don’t have to be very vigorous. But one should bounce the bottle (or tap it smartly with something firm) 100 times. This process is called succussion, and homeopaths are convinced this transfers the medicinal action of the medicine into the water.

Drink the water. It’s best to keep it by one’s side and sip from it all day long. It’s not how much one drinks; it’s how often one comes into contact with the energy of the flower essence that seems to matter.

The original 38 flower essences described by Bach in the twenties and thirties have recently been augmented by 106 more. Each flower addresses a specific flavor of a specific chronic emotion. Mimulus is for fear of known origin. Aspen for fear of unknown origin. Angel’s Trumpet for fear of death.

Watch for a sudden flurry of the emotion one is working with at the beginning, followed by both a new inner peace regarding the issue and often but not always a series of related synchronistic events. I’m no longer surprised when, say, an unemployed flower essence taker will get interviewed and hired within a week or two of starting a course of flower essences. This seems to be particularly the case when the new hire has a lot of momentum, either by accomplishment or aspiration, in a particular field or line of work.

As I’ve watched the effects of flower essences in people’s lives over the years, I’ve often found myself marveling at the similarities between the kinds of things I see happening and the kinds of events people talk about when they say, “my prayers were answered!”

And it’s left me wondering … do plants pray?

Here’s the most prominent U.S. organization active in the flower essence area:
www.fesflowers.com/flower_society.htm

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Def: Synchronicity.
 n: Meaningful coincidences.
    - Carl Jung

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Understanding Homeopathy

It’s probably a good idea to stop here for a moment, back up and cover a little background on homeopathy:

Homeopathy is the one branch of alternative medicine most favored for targeting by those who attack the proponents of non-conventional medical traditions as quacks. “Your so-called ‘medicines’ are so dilute,” the rationalists insist, “there’s nothing in them!”

Homeopaths consider themselves a different form of rationalist. Their strong suit was the detailed and obsessive recordkeeping characteristic of classic homeopathic practice. The homeopaths responded, “OK. So we don’t pretend to know HOW our medicines work. All we know is that they DO work. God’s the only one that knows why the body does what it does, and God’s not talking. And by the way … we’ve had one idea informing our approach since the very beginning. We notice your theories are always changing!” Remember, this was in a time when allopaths (the ideological forerunners of modern-day conventional medicine) were still relying on mercury compounds and bleeding.

So homeopaths focused on outcomes and didn’t do much to develop their theory in physical terms.

The homeopaths were convinced they’d noticed that anything taken into the body has both a large effect and a small effect, the two being mirrored opposites of each other. We drink coffee to wake up and become alert. Five or six hours later we’re sleepy and need another cup to keep going. People drink alcohol to become loose, relaxed and friendly. The next day they’re hungover, irritable, tight, dangerous.

The homeopaths thought they noticed this happening with anything taken into the body, and they interpreted this as the body’s intrinsic healing ability getting rid of the substance in question. So they asked, “how can we get the small effect without the large effect?” The answer they hit upon was serial dilution.

Homeopaths take one part of a medicinal substance, dilute it with ten parts of a dilutant (water, milk sugar), shake the mix violently one hundred times and call that a 1x dilution. Take one part of a 1x dilution, go through the same process, that’s 2x. And so on.

At 27x the chance of there being even a single atom of the original substance left in the medicine drops to essentially zero.

30x is a strong home remedy and a garden-strength clinical medicine.

It seems to work. Not only does it seem to work, but the power of the homeopathic medicine appears to become stronger the more dilute the substance (and the higher the “x” value.) This of course makes no sense in conventional biophysical terms. (There are interesting resonances however with recent developments in theories about the physics of faster-than-light particles … and ancient concepts that seem to suggest chi displays reverse entropy.)

This video first appeared as part of a ten-part series, “Complementary Kids,” on the Discovery Channel in 2001. It is no longer available at Discovery but can be found online here.

The use of Bach Flowers to heal the aftereffects of bullying and trauma is described beginning about 04:45.

How To Choose Your Flowers

Now picking the best flower essences is everything.

The homeopaths of old consulted and did their best to memorize long lists of symptom pictures. The idea was to find the precise homeopathic medicine whose symptom picture most closely matched that of the patient. This usually meant spending hours interviewing the patient in depth, and then more long hours and even days combing through very thick books with very small type.

Where did the information in those books come from? Early homeopaths did 19th century science on a heroic scale. They poisoned themselves with everything under the sun and took detailed notes of all the symptoms. Then they got together in professional societies and compared notes.

Symptoms they all agreed on as characteristic of a particular substance’s poisoning … would become the precise symptoms they’d use to guide their use of an extremely dilute preparation of that same substance to heal. To the extent that there was a theory, again … it was that giving the body something along the lines of an energetic “signature” of a substance would be enough to trigger the body’s instinct to push that substance out, thus also healing the same set of symptoms caused by … well … in the case of homeopathic flower essences … life.

Today we have computers to do all the hard work. So, if you want help with this process, here’s what we can do.

  1. I’ll send you a list of keywords. Try to pick only one or two … maybe three. More than that and you’ll have a serious too-much-information issue on your hands.
  2. I’ll go through my database and pull out detailed symptom descriptions for the flowers you may need, based on those keywords.
  3. Read through and reflect on the descriptions one by one. Some of them will be clearly inappropriate (but you might want to check back in a day or two just to be sure you’er not overlooking something at first; it’s hard to see behind our own eyeballs.)
  4. If you’re part of a couple and brave enough … pick them for each other. Mindful of the occasional truth that what disturbs us most about others are the things we don’t like about ourselves and might be having trouble admitting to … pick flowers for each other and then … both of you take all of them!)
  5. What you’re looking for are the ones that “jump out” at you. Many of the descriptions will be 100% off … some only half right … but then there’ll be a few where you’re reaction will be … “Ah HAH!!! That’s me.”

Those are the ones we want to work with.

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And again, the best place to order them is FES Flowers. They sell the little bottles the Bach Center people stopped selling years ago. If you follow the Bach Center’s directions, you’ll be putting drops from the bottles directly under your tongue.

This is a hassle … and you’ll burn through their more expensive and much larger bottles very quickly.

Follow the dosing method I talk about earlier in this podcast … adding them to a hydration bottle and sipping from that all day long not only saves money but seems to work more reliably. (Btw … we recognize glass bottles are better for our health and the environment than plastic ones … just don’t try to bounce them on a tabletop. Use the heel of the hand instead.)

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