Just started learning about FE's, well, today. I was at my co-op and something stopped me at the flower essence's and my hand went for Mountain Pennyroyal and awesomely enough it is SPOT ON what I need. Don't you just love it when things like that happen?! I came home and read about it and I will be buying some tomorrow. Prayers are appreciated!
Flower Essences Support Thread - Page 8
I wouldn't say it's common. Flowers don't aggravate per se, but they can interrupt certain compensatory patterns. Without your regular patterns it can feel like the rug has been pulled out from under you and it can be tough to find your footing.
case in point, if you are someone who is taken advantage of frequently, who never stands up for yourself or gets what you need, if you are always helping other people who don't help you back etc. etc. etc. and you take a flower to help with that pattern of imbalance, what COULD happen is that you end up for a short time having a very short fuse as you find your footing. Once you see yourself being abused then the logical reaction could be anger. Now instead of happily doing for others you are lashing out. This is it's own imbalance, and can be addressed, but I tend to not have to. Normally it only lasts a few days in which new boundaries are set!
This may feel like a breakdown, or like the flowers aggravated something when in reality they just allowed you to see and respond to patterns you were stuck in that haven't served you. Does that answer your question? They aren't really like homeopathy where they can create symptoms that didn't exist before.
I could use some advice and I am too "stuck" in the moment to find my own way this time.
I live in townhomes in an HOA. Many trees were planted in our HOA a long time ago that weren't exactly appropriate for close living. Slowly, some of these trees have needed to be removed due to various issues with their roots or toppling tendencies.
So, a year or so ago, the two ficus trees between our building and the next were removed. This was okay with all of us, but we did miss certain aspects of them (mainly shade on the sidewalk and greenness). This was on the South side of our home, in front of our living room.
Last year, more recently, a mega large ficus was removed from a different area. This was on the West side of our home (but not close), visible from our second floor master bedroom. Our master bedroom is very important to me. It is where I meditate and feel the most grounded. It is my retreat when I need to do so. I miss this tree.
Yesterday, I came home and discovered the palm tree close to our home, also visible from our master bedroom, had been cut down. It was in a neighbor's yard and it was too tall for the situation. Logically, I understand.
However, I feel like sobbing my eyes out. I felt such a deep affinity for this particular tree. I had a busy day yesterday and felt the impact, but was able to "forget" due to the distractions of the day. My dad was here earlier helping me measure for new windows and we had the blinds open. He left and I just got out of the shower to a wide open window. Thank goodness no one was around. LOL However, it really hit me HARD that my special tree is gone.
I immediately felt the impact and thought of flower essences, but I feel so caught up in the overwhelming emotions that I cannot think straight to figure out which one will help. It is more than a deep sense of loss, but I cannot express my feelings at the moment other than gut-wrenchingly strong...
I don't have either of those. :(
However, your response inspired me to get up and go sit where my FEs are. In our master bedroom, btw. I opened my Range of Light sets to see if I had the above and they felt sooo good, so I grabbed my cards on those. The flourish cards were on top, though. I used Post-Trauma Stablizer first. I sprayed it on my chin/throat area for some strange reason and then a second spritz on my heart area. A few minutes later, I sprayed the Grief Relief in my mouth. I had a few minutes before needing to walk to pick DD up from school, so I went through all the ROL cards. Lungwort stands out for some reason. This flower has come up before. In fact, it comes up every time I play with my ROL cards. I haven't taken any, though. Got any insight?
I still felt heavy and teary-eyed on the walk to and from school. The way back was consumed with DD's happy chatter. In the 25 minutes I was gone, my mom called. She lives across the country. My dad, however, lives super close (90 second walk) and he and DD have a playdate today. I sent DD to Grandpa's for their playdate and called my mom back. (I would normally have kept DD home to talk to Grams before sending her to Grandpa's.) Today, though, I wanted my mom to myself. She asked me how I was doing and I told her how sad I was about this tree. She is such a practical person. She suggested I get a small palm tree. However, there was empathy and understanding in her voice. Which, btw, I have never noticed in the past with her practical suggestions. I see this as growth on my part and am happy.
I have a few minutes before I need to get ready for a class I am teaching tonight. I want to find my directions and make a dosage bottle of the lungwort. Even if it doesn't help with this situation, it has been calling to me...
Wow. I just re-read what I wrote above and got such a visual image of how I dosed myself earlier.
Post-trauma stabilizer on my chin/throat area - TALKING about my sadness will help.
Post-trauma stabilizer on my heart area - FEELING the love and warmth of others will help.
Grief Relief in my mouth - I had felt like I was going to vomit. My emotions/feelings were so deep within me.
This is what Lungwort (Mertensia ciliata) says on the card:
Breathing in, I descend into the depths of my pain.
Breathing out, I allow new forces to uplift me.
I feel my heart expanding into a new realm of Light.
Moving through the weight of life,
I find new wings of Soul.
Oh, how I love the flowers!!!!!
Edited by sunnysandiegan - 3/1/11 at 3:56pm
I am in an intuitive state right now and am going with it. I have the sense that the Range of Light set is perfect for me to simply HOLD. At least for now.
I found my directions for making a dosage bottle, but in doing so I came across the Affirm a Flower brochure first. Two things stood out for me: 1) Saying or thinking the affirmation can be good all by itself and doesn't need to be often. Rather, building a rhythm is best. And, 2) Just holding the flower essence while viewing the picture of the flower and saying the affirmation can be profound.
So, that's what I did. I still feel the emotions/feelings swirling around in my belly, but the rest of me is much calmer. The weight on my shoulders has lessened and I didn't even realize it had been there.
I rediscovered my necklace I have been using as a pendulum. I asked some questions. Carrying around the bottle of lungwort will be good for me. Saying the affirmation once a day is good; morning is good, evening is best. Right before I noticed my necklace, I realized I am wearing brown pants and a green shirt with a peace symbol on it. I had a little laugh over my subconscious clothing choices. I asked the pendulum if I am connected to the trees. Yes. I asked if I am a steward of the earth. Yes. I already knew all this, sure, but I also asked for help in taking the job a little more light-heartedly, less seriously. Yes. I feel lighter and brighter.
I love flowers!!!
beautiful. i am reminded that you've been taking the grief spray--and i think you even said something along the lines of "i didnt know grief was such a huge issue for me"..... there's that intuition for you. ita with holding them. i found myself doing that with mine yesterday, and ds does it all the time.
hugs for your trees, momma. i, too, have been traumatized by townhome HOA plant brutality. took me a very long time to recover from. (lots of planting and re-growth!)
Another coming over from the giant Spirituality thread to here!
I've been playing with my FEs (pine & willow) for almost 5 days now and its been amazing. I was looking to help stop some of the repeating thoughts and emotional stress which they cause. The results have been very good - I feel like I've stepped back emotionally from some situations (work) which in turn allows me to be more present for my family. This has been awesome. I tinkered on Sunday with just using willow and it is not as good as the combo together.
My issue is the following: I am encountering tremendous discomfort in my shoulders and spine. I know this is where I hold tension as I have been told by many massage therapists of my multiple trigger points. Is a physical reaction normal and is it just my body trying to release & let go the tension I have previously experienced? My gut says yes it just my body's way of trying to untangle itself after years of tension... but I want to double check. Also is there anything I can do to support this release besides FEs i.e. cell salts or more epsom salt baths?
I love what the FEs are doing, just not the discomfort I am feeling right now...
ktg - I am experiencing similar physical discomforts. I'm taking cell salts and flower essences, along with a monthly massage. I also practice yoga and conscious breathing every day. It is all helping! The movement along my spine may be VERY uncomfortable at times, but it reminds me how far I've come (from practically numb in my back) and that I am ALIVE! Releasing, untangling, freeing, feeling....all words I use to describe the sensations.
Sunny- Thank you! I know I have to get back on the horse per se regarding my daily meditation practice and a bit of yoga stretching. Downward dog has been a blessing for the last couple of days, (along with DH just rubbing the heck out of my shoulders) I'll just have to work a couple more yoga breaks into my work day to keep up with my body's release and make sure I do my long walk to ground any of this extra energy.
I was not expecting such a strong physical reaction to taking FEs - so this totally took me by surprise.
What are you using for cell salt support - if you don't mind sharing?
I don't mind sharing that I am winging it!
I have all 12 individual cell salts and Bioplasma 6x and 12x. I use a pendulum sometimes; I use the two books I have sometimes (biochemic handbook and rolfe & lennon's cell salt book); I intuitively choose sometimes; and the lovely ladies here on MDC have given me advice from time to time.
I haven't take anything yet today, but I did my morning walk and breathwork and a bit of yoga. Everyone's specific issues are a little different. For me, child's pose and cat/cow are feeling the best for my back. I also LOVE spinal twists in all forms and I do one laying down every single day. Thread the needle and lizard and pigeon were feeling really good this weekend -- all hip-openers. The seat of our emotions is said to be our hips, at least in some philosophies. I also did a shoulder release pose I call thread-the-needle, but it may actually be called something else. LOL I've had a wide variety of yoga teachers and some use the English names for poses and some use the Sanskrit names (and I think some make up new names...shhhh...).
I haven't yet decided which FEs and cell salts to take today.
Oh, wait, yes, I did take something already. Funny how routines start to develop and one can even "forget". Hmmm... Anyway, I spritzed Grief Relief and YES in my mouth before getting out of bed this morning. Both are Flourish formulas by FES. That Grief Relief has been AMAZING! Simply AMAZING!!! I didn't even know I had grief buried down deep, but WOW to the releases and movement. This has been the most influential regarding my spine. I feel sensations and movement in my spine now on a constant every second basis whereas awhile back, I couldn't even feel a 6-9 inch section of my spine even while doing yoga. I've been practicing yoga for ten years (WOW to THAT realization!!!) and I believe it opened the door for many great things.
I've been practicing breathwork for 2-1/2 years now and I am constantly amazed! The concept that we hold our emotions in our bodies was something I intuitively knew on some level and had been seeking confirmation of for years in various ways. Transformational breathing facilitates the release of stuck emotions along with a lot of other things. I've had a series of facilitated sessions and a couple workshops in the formal transformational breathing techniques, but I practice what I call conscious breathing as part of my meditation. Transformational breathing is very intense, IMO, and while I like it (love it) I was unable to do that every day. The time commitment alone doesn't work for me and there are other reasons. So, I modified it to suit my needs. The basic concept is to consciously send your breath to every part of your body to "check in" and see/feel what is going on. Release what feels tight. I do it in a flowing way to keep things moving and I can do this any time, anywhere. Every morning and every night when I am in-between sleep and wakefulness, I go a little deeper with the emotion connection to my body and then I move into spiritual meditation.
If this resonates for you, it is easy to try/practice anywhere, any time. I've gotten a LOT of pain relief from all sorts of "issues" using this technique. Just visualize your back, for instance, and send your breath up and down your spine. Watch your breath travel up and down your spine in your mind's eye, breathe in (direct the flow) and breathe out (direct the flow). You can play with the direction of air flow. In and out. Up and down. Circular. I find in and out (generally to/from diaphragm) the most relaxing, so use that when I feel strong emotions. I find up and down (like along my spine or into my legs) the most energizing. I find circular the most clearing (any specific area of the body or the entire body as a whole).
I hope that helps. It is free and something you can do on your own any time without anyone having to know.
oh, wow. spine-tingling! (lol) so, when i started taking centaury, i noticed an almost immediate improvement in my posture. my lower back pain vanished. but this odd tension in my upper shoulder/neck started, and built..... it sort of came to a climax over this past weekend, and then it all released, leaving my whole back/spine all... loose and jangely. i started taking the centaury back in mid jan, so that's been building for a while. but pb had suggested letting things shift/release (i'm putting words in her mouth, but along those lines), and i felt comfortable doing that. i did add cell salts, too. silica is the one i've been taking. it works nicely with centaury, so that was right for me. i am always in favor of epsom salt baths, though. ime helps with all forms of "release." (i'm also remembering some experiences i had when i was working with chamomile to release tension in my belly..... i wrote about that on the WWL thread.) hugs to both of you. it's a fascinating journey for sure.
So I didn't get to come back & post yesterday since I got wrapped into another meeting, but I had the most insightful thought pop into my mind during my long walk over lunch. Fear. For me fear -> nervousness/tension -> having those emotions wrapped up in my shoulders & held there. And I say pop as there was nothing weighing it down (guilt or shame), it just popped up.
It was like a mini flood gate which opened and all these fears sort of bubbled to the surface. I journaled them down to put them out of my mind and not hang onto them. It felt so nice to just acknowledge that. I do wonder if I am just prolonging the cycle (ok my gut says "yes") by not addressing my fears first and then working on the nerves/tension/lingering thoughts& emotions.
So now I'm going to continue my pine/willow mix and then add some mimulus (since I have some very specific fears) soon to start working on that slowly.
I epsom salt baths and just this week stocked up from Costco with a 12lb box