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Closely associated with homeopathy, but separate from it, is the use of flower essences to heal emotional/physical dis-ease. Flower essence therapy was founded by Dr. Edward Bach, an English homeopath, who in 1930 developed the system of natural remedies made from wildflowers. Like homeopathy, each plant remedy is aimed at addressing a specific state of mind that produces dis-ease. The modern development of flower essence therapy is being called a new alchemy of the soul for it is a total departure from both traditional herbal remedies and an interesting twist from homeopathy, though sharing essential qualities. It derives from appreciating the growth patterns, shape, colors, fragrances and energies of nature expressed in the flowering plant.

Flower essences are not drugs, but take into account respect for Mother Earth’s expression of love for all her children, creeping, crawling, walking, flying and plant people. Flower essences have no direct impact on the body’s biochemistry, as do pharmacological and psychoactive drugs. They do not, as modern medicines do, affect brain chemistry. There is no chemically induced mood altering with flower essences. They work on vibrational resonance rather than as a bio-chemical agent. Flower agents are catalysts to encourage inner dialogue with the visible/invisible self, or aid in changing consciousness. Hence, they are not prescribed as remedies to treat particular ailments but to compel the individual toward inner development to learn the lesson posed by the dis-ease.

Although those who specialize in herbal essences may be homeopaths or herbalists, selection and preparation of remedies is markedly different from either discipline. Remedies are prepared to include all properties of the plant, not just the active agent, and they are selected not on the basis of physical and emotional qualities of the patient but on the basis of their impact on soul qualities, practitioners say.

The plants are gathered at the highest moment of their unfolding and only the blossoms are used; additionally, the environmental conditions of the plant are of utmost importance. For example, some of the finest essences being produced are coming from Alaska in an area free of pollution of any form and totally in their natural environment; though someone choosing to follow flower essence technology could draw from the shamanic experience in selecting plants from a home environment. (Simply journey out and ask the plants themselves!)

Many homeopaths and herbalists use flower essences along with their conventional remedies. Practitioners say the impact of a flower essence is like a “higher octane” punch to conventional remedies.

Flower Essence FAQ's by Nancy Boyd

Q What are flower essences?

A Flower essences are liquid plant preparations containing the distinctive etheric pattern of energy of a specific flower. At a particular time of year, fresh blossoms are selected from each flower, placed into a bowl of purified spring water, and infused with the morning sun.

The life force from the petals permeates the water, creating what is called "mother essence," from which stock and dosage bottles are prepared.

Q How do they work?

A "The flower essences are actually an etheric imprint held in the medium of water, which then speaks in a subtle language to the human psyche or soul." -- Patricia Kaminski and Richard Katz, Flower Essence Society.

Flower essences are often called "remedies" for their remarkable and positive abilities to bring to consciousness precisely what is needed to restore balance and health in one’s life. These remedies contain subtle properties from the inherent life force within the flowers from which they came, without any part of the actual plant still remaining in the water. These subtle vibrations can help us to better understand what it means to be fully human, and to realize our full potential for spiritual, mental, emotional and physical wellness.

It is commonly understood that the human body contains up to 99% water. What is less understood are the underlying reasons for this. One of those reasons is to conduct the electrical systems that govern our functions and form.

When we take flower essences, the energetic pattern from a specific flower is introduced to our body’s electrical system, where, through the principles of conductivity, whatever may have been out of balance in our electrical systems can be restored to its natural state of wellness.

We need not always know or understand which systems needs balance, or where in our bodies, minds, emotions, or spirit we need to reconnect. All that need be known in advance is what seems “not right” with us; what are we striving to experience differently; where would we like to be grow; and how would we wish to more fully experience life. There will be an appropriate flower whose “job” it is to balance this condition or state.

Q How are they administered?

A You take the drops on your tongue (being careful not to touch the dropper), or in a small amount of water (not with food or other liquid). Essences may also be placed into the bath water, or applied directly to the body.

Q How many different essences are there?

A Dr. Edward Bach, the renowned healer whose work in the early 20th century with flower essences created the basis for most of our understanding of flower essence principles today, gave us 38 basic essences. From there, skilled practitioners and healers have developed nearly 1,000 essences from flowers in all cultures and continents.

Research continues to this day, to discover and verify the properties of every flower known to humans, and to create potent essences from them for our use and well-being.

Q Do they have a fragrance or taste?

A No, they don't! This surprises many. Realize that once the energetic patterns of the flower are transferred to the water, the flower itself is removed.

Q How are flower essences different from aroma therapy?

A There are several differences. First, aroma therapy works through the olfactory system, and through the denser form of our body. Flower essences work through the electrical system.

Secondly, aroma therapy utilizes the essential oils obtained from many parts of the plant, not only the petals. Flower essences are made from the petals of the plant, and do not contain any actual plant substances.

Q Are there side effects?

A No. None.

Q Are they safe?

A Yes, even for newborns, children, and pets.

Q What if I have allergies?

A No problem. Unlike herbal medicines and tinctures, there is nothing in the essences to which one might be allergic. For those with various known sensitivities or allergies, there are four choices of preservative (to prevent contamination of your essences): alcohol, vegetable glycerine, white vinegar, or red shiso (a vegetable base with a very high vibration and stabilizing quality).

Q What if I'm on medication or a special diet?

A Again, no problem. Flower essences don't interfere with allopathic drugs, homeopathy, herbs, or any special diet. One would, of course, not choose alcohol as a preservative if your medications or diet prohibit it, and one might not choose glycerine (which is sweet) if one had diabetes or problems with sugar intake. Let common sense prevail here; but in any case, the preservative is less than 20% of the formula, and one usually takes no more than 4 drops of the essence at a time.

Q How do you know which essence to take?

A There are many guides and books available to help you choose. Self-selection, using your intuition, and muscle testing work. The services of a Certified Flower Essence Therapist are always helpful.

Q I've heard of gem and mineral essences. Are these like flower essences?

A Yes and no. They are similar, in the sense that they are made from the vibratory essences of the substance, and contain no actual parts of the substance.

They are not, however, made from flowers, and there is some controversy about the integrity of the vibrations thus obtained.

Q How long will it take before I see results?

A This is a difficult question to answer, because it's almost impossible to know in advance how you will respond to a given essence. And how you respond at one point in your life may be very different from how you will respond now.

That said, however, there are some general guidelines. One will usually begin to experience change within one to two weeks. There have been documented cases (even in my own practice) where one dose was all that was required to resolve the issue; others have required several months of consistent treatment.

Q What can I expect from taking flower essences?

A One nice feature of taking flower essences is that, unlike most medications, the changes provided by the essences can be permanent. That means that you can create positive, permanent change in your life. This is well known and documented in the literature, and is one reason flower essences are so popular once a person has discovered them.

There are four therapeutic stages in the course of treatment:

1. Release and relaxation. You have the sense that "Oh, it’s going to be all right now."
2. Realization and recognition. You understand how you have participated in creating the situation, and what you must do to change. Usually, this is accompanied by a willingness to do so.
3. Reaction, resistance and reconciliation. At some point, we might feel that the work is too hard; or we may feel uncertain about whether we are ready or really want to make the changes that we know would be good for us. It is at this point that we throw up all our defenses for a time, until we can see a more clear pathway for resolution. It’s not giving up -- it’s more like complaining, protesting, or trying to find an easier, softer way, until we understand that even should we succeed, it might not always be to our advantage to do so.
4. Renewal and reconstellation. We understand ourselves, our relationships, and our situation, and have made the inner changes necessary to produce lasting peace and harmony within. We are comfortable with this change. It is no longer an issue in our lives.

Q What is Flower Essence Therapy?

A Flower Essence therapy was introduced by the English physician Edward Bach in the 1930's. Flower Essences are not like perfumes or aromatherapies. Rather they are subtle "vibrational" remedies prepared from the fresh blossoms of plants. In this way, flower essences are similar to homeopathic remedies, physically very dilute, but energetically very powerful. They differ, however, from homeopathic remedies, in that they are not selected by the Law of Similars, nor do they need to be taken in "high potency" to affect the mind and emotions.

Flower essences were first prepared from the dew found on fresh blossoms, irradiated by the morning sun. This method was modified by floating fresh blossoms on the surface of a bowl of water, which is then left in the morning sun for several hours. The warmth and light of the sun makes an energetic imprint of the blossoms in the water, which is then diluted and preserved in brandy to form the flower essence. (For people who are sensitive to alcohol, other preservatives may be substituted. Please inquire from your flower essence practitioner.)

Flower Essence Therapy offers a unique approach to dealing with and transforming emotional states and conditions. They are natural substances without any toxic side effects, yet their impact is more directly on the psyche than on body chemistry. Thus they are more like hearing an inspiring piece of music, or see a moving work of art, rather than an herbal or pharmaceutical agent. The essence resonates with some aspect of our being which needs to be awakened. In this way, they are catalysts to our awareness and growth. Although many people feel a sense of immediate relief when taking flower essences, this is essentially a journey of self-discovery, rather than the mere removal of symptoms. This means that there may be times when you are dealing with uncomfortable feelings and painful memories, which would be there with or without the remedies. The flower essences, along with your practitioner, can assist you in this healing journey. The potential of this therapy goes far beyond the overcoming of challenging emotions. There is the possibility of discovering your own inner sources of creativity and enthusiasm for life, as well as the field of possibility from which new and more fulfilling choices may be made.

Flower essences can lead us to a deeper understanding of life force, and of how we shape its movement in the pattern of our thoughts, feelings, and actions. When you want to experience life as a whole person, and if you feel that you aren’t, look to the flower remedies to show you where and how to reach that balanced state of body, mind, feelings, and spirit.

Notes on the Creation of Blue Panther Flower Essences, by Nancy Boyd
Nancy's Comments About How These Essences Were Created

Blue Panther

The formulas for the Blue Panther Energy Essences were created during a meditative process involving a team of beings that included:

Annette and Jim Ewing, Nancy Boyd, The Devas of Nature, Flower Essences, the Blue Panther Line, the being who revealed itself as Blue Panther, and the Totem Animals or Spirit Beings for each of the power animal formulas, and our respective guides and Spirit Helpers.

After this group of beings came together for the purpose of co-creating this line of essences, we learned how to work and function in perfect harmony so that the appropriate information could come to consciousness and into form. I now refer to this group as "The Team."

This information is about the sessions and the process of getting the information about which essences belong in which formulas. The process was decidedly NOT linear (at least not according to any notions I'm used to.)

The meditation sessions were regular times of deep inner work connecting with The Team and taking another step in the process to identify what flowers and gem and mineral essences needed to be part of each formula.

For some sessions, we (The Team) settled quickly into the work. Others felt less focused, almost "social" -- perhaps fulfilling some purpose or intent of which I was not at the time aware.

There was quite a range in the affirmations/selection process for individual essences; most items pass with a "nod" or agreement and without comment. A few were selected with overwhelming glee and enthusiasm so strong it literally almost knocked me off my chair.

On one occasion there was a clear message that said "One drop only!" (Yes, with exclamation points. That was the only time The Team gave me specific instructions about how many drops there should be; ordinarily, this level of detail gets handled during the actual making of the master blend.)

Once, there was a powerful message, delivered in unison: "No, not that one!" There were several times when I felt sure that a particular flower would be selected, only to have it met with either total silence or a clear negative, which surprised me.

There were also several times when the Team selected a flower I was pretty sure would NOT be chosen; each of these times I triple-checked, to be sure it was correct.

More than any other time that I have worked co-creatively with Nature and the Flower Essence Devas, I felt that we were tapping into dimensions and resources far beyond our usual territory -- and the results prove that I was right in this impression. The Blue Panther Energy Essences are extraordinary in every way.

Here is what The Team told me as we were nearing the end of the work: "You have created the energetic patterns of the power animals in a floral arrangement!" That realization stunned me. Here I have been working at this for months, and I didn't "get" that part -- they had to help me notice it, Isn't that funny???

The way our human minds work sometimes, it's a good thing some of us actually do know how -- and regularly attempt -- to listen to what Nature has to say!! We are literally missing so much information when we don't.

The Team tells me that these essences are multidimensional -- not only in the process of creating them, but that the person who uses them will be put in touch (if they so choose -- and it's always a choice) with multiple dimensions, because their purpose has to do with shamanic work and reiki. This would not automatically cause them to have multidimensional properties, but in this case the intention was present and so they carry this property.

This was not entirely a surprise to me, but I think it's important to say so.

Also, the power animal for each essence will be "available" to the user for as long as they are taking the essence. If they wish to continue contact after they are finished with the essence, they can make arrangements of whatever nature is appropriate for them with that power animal, on an individual basis.

Again, this will be of a personal nature rather than something that "happens" -- it has to be intentional on the part of the person taking the essences, and The Team wanted this explicitly clear so that there is no confusion later.

Another point to clarify (and this information is VERY interesting to me, because it wasn't something I knew previously) -- there is a difference between a totem animal and power animals. Totem animals (with whom I have had long contact) represent the archetype for each species; they are like the overlighting deva for each species.

The Team tells me that power animals are, in general, specific to the person who calls one. They arise from the unseen world in whatever shape or form best suits the individual.

Now in the case of these flower essence formulas, a special power animal has been called forth, whose purpose it is to assist with the work being done within the intentions of the flower essence formula.

The energetic pattern of the specific animal is reproduced, as I said already -- yes -- but it's a bit more than that too. What the essence actually captures is as close as it is possible to get of a blend of the totem animal for the individual species (let's say a bison) as well as the power animal that is working with the formula.

I hope that makes sense! It is all so clear inside the work of creating the formula, and inside the sessions where The Team is all present, and it is so hard to bring language back to describe what happened! I am doing the best I can to explain the parts that will be important for anyone working with these essences to know.

I hope I am doing a good job of that! The Team told me that the sessions went well, and that they are pleased with the results, so on that point I'm happy and I think you will be too.


About Nancy

Nancy Boyd is a teacher, writer, metaphysician, Adult/Elder Indigo, Flower Essence Therapist, and lifelong student of consciousness and spirituality.

Nancy currently works as a Life Coach trained at CoachU and the Graduate School of Coaching. She holds a BS in Secondary Education with a lifetime teaching degree; trained for 14 years with a Native American Elder in traditional Native American healing ways; studied Tibetan Buddhism with Masters, and is widely read in philosophy and the classics. She is also a student of prosperity, alternative and complementary medicine, quantum physics, and internet marketing -- not necessarily in that order.

As you can tell, her interests and passions are eclectic -- she loves Life in all its complexity and glory -- and has a joyous, playful spirit that engages people at a higher level.

Nancy’s work is all about empowerment. In her journeys, she has discovered some things that work. Now she feels it is time to share as much as possible with others, that they too might live more joyfully and be free to do the work they came here to do.

Nancy created Bright Wings, Inc., in 1997 as a vehicle to assist others to uplift and inspire themselves. She warmly invites you to share her journey at any available entry point that might call to you!

To learn more please visit her growing list of web sites, and subscribe to her ezines and blogs.




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