Flower Essence: A Brief History
Using the essence of flowers as natural remedies for physical or emotional ailments is an ancient practice. Flowers preserved in honey have been found in the tombs of Ancient Egypt. Paracelsus, the great mystic and healer, used dew from flowers to alleviate his patients’ emotional disturbances in the sixteenth century.
In the early part of the twentieth century a British a physician, Dr Edward Bach, developed a range of flower essence remedies to treat various emotional states. He recognized that body and mind are profoundly intertwined and that how we feel affects our physical health – a fact that modern medicine is only just rediscovering. He used his intuitive senses to help him discover what worked best and which plants had the most to offer in particular contexts of healing.
Dr Bach worked in the peaceful surroundings of the English countryside. Dr. Bach is best known for Rescue Remedy which is famous natural remedy for calming and grounding people in times of stress. Nowadays flower essences are taken from all over the world, as we need different and increasing global, aspects of healing.
To understand how flower essences work requires a recognition that the human being is more than a physical body, but also incorporates a “body” of life energy, a “body” of sensitivity and feelings, and a spiritual essence or Self. Flower essences are energetic imprints of the life force of plants which interact with these subtle bodies of the human being, and evoke specific qualities within us. We can say that they work in a similar way to inspirational music or art, which carry meaning through the vehicle of sound or light, while the flower essences work through the medium of water.
Modern physics has known for nearly a century that matter and consciousness are intertwined. However, medical science still generally works with a nineteenth century model of the human being as a mechanism in a world of machines. We expect that in the coming century medical science will develop ways of studying the impact of consciousness on health, and we will learn more about the ways in which flower essences work. However, empirical research, which consists of the collection of case studies and practitioner reports, will remain the primary source of knowledge about how flower essences work.
What Issues Are You Dealing With? There are many ways of choosing the flower essence you need. One way is to ask questions of yourself and determine what issues you want to work on. Then by reading the description of the essence choose the one or two that help deal with these issues. It is tempting when reading the description to try everything at once like a child in a candy store. With flower essences less is more. You will usually see much greater effect if you limit yourself to one essence or a group of essences that deal with the same issue. Once you feel that issue is handled then move on to another issue. Take your time and enjoy the process. There is no prize for the person who gets all of their issues handled first.
Some of the essences are best used alone, especially some of the orchids found in the Peruvian Rainforest. Special recommended instructions are given for these essences.
Working Away From Issues and Emotions
Flower essences can be a steady hand to help ground you in times of extreme stress and emotional upset. These are very powerful healing tools when dealing with emotional injury. These can be issues you want to heal from, such as issues of abandonment, grief or stress. Some people live their entire lives dominated by feelings of fear, grief, anger, resentment or hostility. When you are ready flower essences can help one develop the inner healing and growth move beyond these emotional states.
Working Toward Issues and Inner Development
While flower essences are often thought of as a way to heal negative emotional states, an equally useful use of the tools from nature is for personal growth and developing positive attitudes and emotions.
Flower essences can be used to develop latent strengths and inner development. Essences can help accelerate the development of inner latent abilities such as intuition, communicating with animals and trees, deep memory awareness, and clairvoyance.
Essences are tool that you can use to develop better relationship skills, to become more tolerant of people in their varied stages of evolution.
Becoming More Successful In Business
One of the most powerful ways to use flower essences is in the arena of business and competitive sports. In both of these areas you must be at peak performance to succeed and excel. In few areas of life are we forced to deal with people of varied stages of personal growth and evolution.
Men traditional sacrificed their health, lived shorten lives and ignored their inner needs to provide their wife(s) and children with financial needs. Flower essences can help reduce this daily stress and develop awareness that can change and reframe business from a stressful battle to a joyful game. It is not always what happens in business that makes it stressful, it is the meaning we give to what happens that causes stress. Flower essences help us dissolve emotional blocks of fear and panic and look at obstacles in different ways.
Many people have inner conflicts with being successful. Issues of not being worthy or fears of abundance often surface and result in self-sabotage and failure. Resolving issues in the inner game of business can result in amazing changes in external success.
Flower essences can be used to develop inner intuition that can be priceless when making business decisions or financial decisions.
Some flower essences seem to greatly protect and reduce the effects of long term computer work, reducing the drained energy feeling we get from long term exposure to computer, cell phones and other “em” energies.
The energy you are vibrating every day can bring or repel many business opportunities into your life.
Developing The Ability To Have Richer and More Fulfilling Relationships
If you are not happy with your relationships then you should first look inside and see what type of energies you are sending out. People come into your life for different reasons. Some come into your life just to help you celebrate the great party of life; others come to give you a lesson, sometimes a painful lesson.
While painful lessons are not always a romp in the park, they are sometimes necessary to bring our awareness to inner issues or sometimes to stimulate personal growth. Ignoring these lessons almost always means repeating the experience until we learn, love and move on the next lesson. Flower essences can help both with the emotional trauma these lessons cause and to gain inner awareness of the lesson itself.
Different energies you resonate either bring or repel people into your life. Flower essences can help you deal with issues that, when resolved can completely change the energy you send out to the world. If you are ready to bring different people into your life you must first change the energies that you vibrate. Often this means dealing with old childhood energies dealing with lack of love, fears, security or abandonment. It is never too late to have a happy childhood.
Instead of needing that special someone that gives you your security and spiritual needs, flower essences can take to a new level where you find your own deep inner well of personal spiritual fulfillment that you can share with those in your life.
Other Ways Of Choosing Essences
Often the essence we need most does not reveal itself by reading the description of the essence. Part of this is because of the limitations of using language to fully describe these vibrational essences. Different people get very different experiences from the same flower essence. A good analogy is four blind people feeling different parts of an elephant . One describes the trunk, another the tail, another the elephants voice and another the leg – you get the picture. Even though each description is very accurate it does not give a true representation of the elephant.
That is why some people prefer to use techniques such as applied kinesthesiology or energy dowsing to determine which essence to use. Some individuals are so evolved that they can choose essences purely by intuition. Sometimes the best way to choose a flower essence is to use a combination of knowledge of the descriptive use of the essences and the use of intuitive techniques.
Important Notice: Vibrational Essences are not a replacement for mental health counseling and therapy. If you are dealing with mental or physical health issues get help from a licensed professional. Use the flower essences to help speed your recovery.
Traditionally, flower essences are taken orally by putting two or three drops of the essence under the tongue. Usually, this is done three or four times per day for a period of one month or lunar cycle. Taking more than the recommended number of drops at one time does not really make any difference.
The way to increase the effect of an essence is to take it more frequently. For instance, at a time of great stress, a recommended essence may be taken every five minutes, or even every minute, until you feel that it is no longer needed.
You should also use your own judgment concerning the length of time you continue taking a particular essence. Many practitioners recommend taking the essence for one month and then re-evaluating to see if you still need that particular essence.
You don’t even have to take an essence internally — You can put a couple of drops on “pulse points,” “chakra points,” or “acupuncture points.” You can hold these vibrational energies while doing emotional or spiritual dowsing. You can even make a spray by mixing an essence in water and putting it in a mister bottle so that you can spray yourself, your room or your business.
Misting is a great way to give essences to children. Generally speaking, essences are more effective taken internally, but some people are so sensitive that merely carrying an essence bottle on their person produces benefits. All of our essences are available in glass necklaces handmade by special order.
Some people are also very sensitive to alcohol and don’t want to ingest the brandy that is used to preserve most essences. These people can either use the essence externally, or they can put the drops of the essence into hot tea, hot water or other hot beverage. The heat will cause the alcohol to evaporate in just a few minutes.
Using Essences With Meditation
One of the most powerful ways to use the essences is to take a few drops just before meditating. There are many types and techniques of meditation and essences will add a unique experience to all of these.
One technique of meditation with essences is to take a drop and put your self in a quiet place in a comfortable seated position. First, become aware of your breaths by observing the airflow into your nose, throat and then lungs. Then, become aware of the breath leaving your lungs to your throat and your nose. Do not try to change or adjust your breath, just let your mind be aware of your breathing.
Then, as you start to relax, be aware of your thoughts, as you would watch bubbles. Simply let your mind be a passive observer as the essences stimulate deep-seated feelings and thoughts. It does not matter if these thoughts are real or part of your imagination. Just be a passive observer of these bubbles. Don’t make any judgments or critique of the bubbles that you observe–just observe them with playful curiosity. It is not important whether they have any deep meaning.
If you tap into a powerful emotion or feeling, let your self drift as close or as far as you feel comfortable to this bubble. If you are ready, let it drift to the top and disappear. However, always ask your soul to retain the learning. If you reach a bubble that you are not ready to observe simply turn around and look for another one or go back to observing your breathing. When you are ready, open your eyes.
If you are dealing with very intense emotions, suffering from intense trauma or under the care of a psychiatrist please do this simple meditation only under the guidance and supervision of a trained mental health professional or qualified NLP practitioner.
Keep A Journal To Track Your Progress
Keeping a journal of your daily thoughts, dreams and feelings is an excellent way to monitor your improvement. Since these energies help you heal in a gentle manner many people do not realize how far they have come in such a short time until they review their journal.
Many people report very interesting and sometimes vivid dreams. This is especially true of the rare Peruvian orchid energies, which seem to touch and energize deep places in our soul. Also note in your journal the effect that your new energies have on your family, friends and relationships. As you start to resonate different energies, new patterns often appear in your life that are sometimes so subtle that without a journal you may be totally unaware of the changes occurring in your life. Keep a record in your journal of the new people that seem to coincidentally appear in your life.
As you vibrate new patterns of energy you may find that you start gaining the inner tools to become an active creative architect of your life.
What If I Take The Wrong Essence?
Don’t worry if you take the “wrong” essence, or an essence that is intended for a different purpose than the purpose you are interested in. Although taking an inappropriate essence may not do any good, it will not do any harm. You cannot “overdose” on a vibrational essence. The essences do not have side effects, and taking more than is necessary will not do any harm harm. Some of the essences are reactive essences and may result in the release of bottled emotions, remember to be kind to those around you if you are releasing.
Using Rain Fower Essences With Foods
Unlike homeopathics, you don’t have to worry about combining essences with foods or medications. You don’t have to avoid eating mint, chewing gum, brushing your teeth or eating and drinking any foods. Most people take their essences when they aren’t eating. We often put drops of essences into whatever beverage we are drinking. An excellent way to take essences is to put several (about seven to twelve) drops into a pint bottle of spring water or bottled water. Every time you take a sip, you are taking a dose.
Using Rain Flower Essences With Other Medications
Essences will not counteract the effects of any medications regardless of whether the medications are allopathic (prescribed by a medical doctor), naturopathic, homeopathic or herbal. In fact, essences make an excellent complement to other forms of healing. Do not change the way you are taking medications when you take essences.
Several flower essences can be taken together, mixed in a dosage bottle or glass of water. In making a combination, it is important to consider how the essences work together, as well as the appropriateness of each essence in the combination.
It is best to limit the number of essences taken at any one time to three to five unless you are working with a skilled practitioner.
In the long run, working with flower essences will help you to feel more alive and in touch with your goals, values, and creativity.
However, the essences do not create euphoria, nor do they banish pain and conflict. They work by stimulating awareness of our conflicts and challenges, and they strengthen our ability to work through the obstacles to our health and growth. Thus, taking flower essences may at times stimulate some discomfort and awareness of pain or conflict. This is a normal part of the journey towards wellness, and can lead to a much more complete state of health than the suppression of pain, or artificial stimulation of feelings through bio-chemical intervention.
Flower essences do not work bio-chemically like aspirin does for a headache, but they can affect our experience of our bodies. For example, essences which help release emotional stress may result in less physical tension. Someone who overworks may discover just how tired he or she really is.
Flower essences can help people who suffer from physical illness by addressing the emotional responses to the illness, and by working with the underlying conflicts and tensions that may have contributed to the onset of the illness. However, flower essences are not cures for any specific illness, and are chosen on the basis of mental and emotional issues, rather than specific physical ailments.
Flower essences work best when one is sensitive and open to their effects. However, there are no special requirements to use flower essences other than a willingness to try them. People from a wide range of backgrounds and lifestyles have excellent results with flower essences.
Many people using flower essences report that they become more aware of their diet and develop a desire for a quiet time of meditation or contemplation as a result of using the essences.
Flower essences can be very helpful for people who are taking prescribed medication for both physical and emotional ailments. To the extent that the medication dulls consciousness, the essences may take longer to take effect, or for their effects to be noticed.
Many people taking psychiatric drugs are able to taper down or gradually eliminate their medications by using flower essences. It is important for anyone taking prescribed medications to have their condition professionally monitored, and not to attempt the discontinue medication without medical supervision.
Once the water is prepared then the process for making a natural remedy from the flower is ready to flow.
This is an excerpt from one of Dr. Murphy’s Workshops
” I ask permission and guidance from the orchid, divas, spirits and angels before I remove a few flowers from the hundreds of flowers in an orchid cluster. I place the flower on top of the crystal bowl filled with special water that I use to prepare essences. Then I say I silent prayer asking for the orchid to infuse the water with it’s specific energy pattern then invite all the devas, rainforest spirits, and angels to assist. Then another silent prayer to he who is above all other names to purify and elevate the energy of the orchid to help mankind completes the initial process. Then I let the elements air, fire (sun), water, and earth complete the process of making the mother tincture. Later, through quiet meditation and energy dowsing, will determine what benefits the flower essence have for people.”
Note: We never remove flowers from the rainforest. All the parts of the orchid used to make the essences are returned and no species are ever endangered by our activities.Combination Flower Essences
Often flower essences are combined together for specific purposes and issues. Dr. Bach combined five of his flower essences to make rescue remedy. Dr. Murphy with the help of fellow intuitive often combines Amazon orchid essences, mineral essences, sacred moment essences, sacred places essences together to make natural remedies for many issues facing people every day. Dr. Murphy also makes special combination natural remedies for spiritual practices such as meditation and yoga.
Vibrational Essences are gifts from nature. Rainflower Essences contain the healing energy and life force of plants, minerals, and light. These energies help us return to health and add a helping hand to both traditional and holistic medical therapies. These energies are made from the energies found in flowers, gems and spiritual places.
Our Peruvian Rainforest Essences have captured energies only found in ancient and rare flowers and orchids found in very remote areas of the Amazon Rainforest and mountains of Peru. Our Florida Sunshine Essences capture the unique healing properties of the beautiful flowers in the sunshine state. The Saugany Lake Essences contain the healing energies from this sacred Indian site.
Flower Essences Are Not Aromatherapy Or Fragrant
The term “flower essences” may conjure up thoughts of sweet fragrances, but flower essences actually have no scent at all and should not be confused with “aromatherapy” or “essential oils.” Neither are flower essences similar to herbal medicines.
Flower Essences Are Not Herbal or Drugs
Herbal medications work primarily on the physical body much like common drugs. Unlike herbal medications, flower essences do not work on the physical body and do not interfere or interact with any drugs, surgery or herbal medications.
These Vibrational essences are composed of Vibrational energies, spring water and preserved in brandy. They contain no other chemicals or physical properties.
Flower essences are similar to homeopathic remedies, but work much deeper and are much safer than homeopathic remedies.
Flower Essence History
The first flower essences were made by Dr. Bach and are widely known as Bach Flower Remedies. In the last three decades Dr. Bach’s work has been greatly advanced by pioneers in this field such as Richard Katz and Patricia Kaminiski in California, Kathy Kinnard in Oregon, Ian White in Australia, Fred Rubenfeld in Colorado, Andreas Korte in Germany and many others.
Like Homeopathy, there is currently no analytical scientific explanation for why flower essences have such a beneficial effect on people. Current work in psycho-neurobiology, physics and philosophy indicate that we are bi-dimensional beings, both living in the physical world and a world of thought, quantum fields and vibrations.
Drugs, surgery and herbal medications work on the part of us in the physical world. Vibrational energies work on the part of us in the world of thought or in physics referred to as quantum fields or the 4th dimension and higher dimensions.
A Focus On Healing Rather Than Covering Up Symptoms
This focus on health represents a real change in perspective from many other forms of care. These essences are not focused on eliminating symptoms or problems, but on developing the tools we need to to balance, heal and resonate with health. When this is accomplished many of our physical symptoms often diminish and sometimes disappear.
More Than Just Emotional Support
While most people think of flower essences as a holistic way to deal with unwanted emotions such as fear, anxiety, grief, or heartbreak, you will soon find that flower essences do much more. Some essences help develop the ability to maintain your cool in business or stock trading. Some essences help you increase your natural psychic ability and let you communicate better with your pets.
For many, flower essences and sacred site essences are primarily used as a tool for inner growth, spiritual growth and evolution, a “turbo jet” for the journey to enlightenment.