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  • Flower Essences: Connection to Nature's Transformative Power
    his attempts were unsuccessful because without the drug his mind would race in obsessive thought loops While taking a combination that included the essences of Arnica and Scarlet Monkeyflower for addressing his difficult relationship with his body and with anger this squirrel cage process totally resolved and he was able to completely discontinue the Prozac from which he remains free five years later In this case a harmless substance was substituted for a toxic one Yet a level beyond relief from pain is hinted at in this example The deeper implications of choosing flower remedies over pharmaceuticals are clearly brought to light through a situation involving my daughter Black Cohosh Flower essences as a tool for individuation At some point during her sophomore year of high school my daughter Dayna found that she was barely able to drag herself through the routine of her day She knew that she needed to find a way to reinfuse her life with meaning and inspiration When she continued to spiral down to a loss of all motivation and even a loss of the ability to believe that life could be different she knew that she needed help and she asked for flower essences I combined California Wild Rose and Iris along with a few other essences based on the way in which she was suffering Within two weeks I noticed that she had copied passages from two poems and pasted them on her wall Lines from Robert Frost s The Road Less Traveled appeared next to Emily Dickinson s If I can stop one heart from breaking I shall not live in vain If I can ease one life aching or cool one pain or help one fainting robin unto his nest again I shall not live in vain Another week found her successfully working through high school red tape to obtain credit for self designed projects Before long Dayna was leading middle school students in drama and writing groups that became forums for the participants to nourish relationships personal growth and self esteem My daughter s process can be viewed through Patricia Kaminski s 1998 model of the levels of soul development and healing that flower essences assist with When Dayna took the essence combination she tapped into her natural compassion and yearning to be of service to others as well as her own creative wellspring This fits with two of the meta levels of Kaminski s model discovering life purpose and meaning and cultivating creativity and artistic inspiration ch 9 Dayna s process could be seen in terms of what Carl Jung calls the individuation process She was able to encounter her authentic self liberate it from societal constraints and give it expression Her suffering especially as it increased was itself the catalyst for this awakening California Wild Rose Iris Imagine the process had she been given antidepressants These drugs do not heal rather they mask the very symptoms that can guide the way to healing When emotional and mental suffering is merely ameliorated this can assist someone to carry on with his daily routine and job he is able to better fit in with society While there certainly are circumstances in which this type of medication is an act of compassion in Dayna s case pharmaceuticals could have helped her to persist in business as usual within an institution which dampened her creativity and blocked self actualization Many of us are involved in jobs situations and institutions that have grown out of a non life sustaining paradigm The very malaise that causes us to reach for medication is actually the needed catalyst for recovery of the vital source within This self actualization process contributes to the collective co creation of a vibrant life honoring society This comparison of flower essences to psychoactive medications reveals the profound consequences of our health care choices Borage Shifting our reality My daughter s flower essence experience along with many others present a challenge to the conventional way of viewing sickness and health Embedded in our medical system is the idea that pain diseases and disasters arise from outside ourselves and randomly inflict themselves upon us Therefore we must be vigilant so as to eradicate them much like an invading enemy Through the experience of flower essence use because of the healing processes that are set in motion people begin to achieve a whole new orientation based on the connection of the inner world to the outer They begin to recognize a coherence order and purpose operating in their lives and come to understand life events including pain and illness as paths to growth and awakening Mariposa Lily The synchronistic occurrences that appear in many case stories of flower essence users point to the interface of the internal and external worlds One example of this involves a visiting friend who took a flower essence combination to address her insomnia Upon her return home she found a message from a former fiancé with whom she had had no contact for years As it turned out the root of her insomnia lay in a lack of closure previously not evident to my friend in this relationship In another case a young man who was taking Mariposa Lily in order to deal with the effects of an impoverished childhood received a call from his mother offering for the first time needed monetary support Anecdotes such as these point to a level of connection to others and to life events that we are only beginning to understand Arnica The Sanctity of the Body The new orientation affecting our view of the unfolding of life events clearly comes to life in people who take flower essences for assistance in coping with physical illness They find that their relationship to the illness begins to change soon it becomes a coherent and meaningful aspect of their lives a messenger guiding the way to deeper healing and self recovery In my experience certain general themes have repeated in various forms For example women

    Original URL path: http://www.flowersociety.org/Julia-Brayshaw-article.htm (2016-02-10)
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  • Dream Therapy Case Studies
    to tell a very cruel and forgotten event of her childhood When she was about five years old her mother was abruptly separated from her She was ordered to leave home by her grandfather her father s father The patient remained in her father s family and never dared to be in touch with her mother They never saw each other again except for a few times on the street When the patient was fifteen years old her mother died of cancer At the age of 47 the patient also suffered from breast cancer The next case histories involve longer term therapy featuring flower essences and dreams An unmarried 28 year old woman living with her parents gaining independence from the effects of the past The therapy with this patient was conducted in two cycles The first period covering 15 months did not include flower essence therapy but investigated the childhood history The most important aspect of the client s biography involved the fact that her real father had died The client was unsure who her father was or what had caused his death Only gradually did the full story unfold The client s father had been killed by the military in 1976 when she was 2 years old and her mother was 8 months pregnant with another child After the father s death her mother worked hard to survive alone with two children while the family suffered social rejection The client lost not only her father but also her childhood she had to help her mother and take care of her brother My client exhibited many depressive tendencies She remained overly dependent on her mother and continued to feel responsible for her mother s wellbeing Furthermore her mother remarried and had two more daughters The mother attempted to forget the former circumstances of her life and did not tell her children the true facts During this first phase of treatment the main goal was to help the client gain knowledge and insight about the full emotional context of her early childhood Mustard An interval of one year occurred while the client moved to another city to complete her academic degree During the second phase of treatment the flower essences of Centaury Rock Rose Mimulus Mustard Rescue Remedy and Gorse were included in the treatment My client was typically unable to remember dreams but after three months of taking the flower formula she had a clear vivid dream In the dream she was in an old house where a modern three story building had been added She was playing a game of hide and seek with other children as well as her mother and her mother s friend Her mother was hiding on one of the modern floors Instead of using the staircase connecting both houses her mother decided to come down through the balconies While doing so the mother became ill Her friend thought the illness was in her heart But when the client s mother was taken to

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  • Patricia and Richard with their hosts Mitose Komura and Takashi Ukai A weekend introductory seminar was offered in a Tokyo hotel followed by five day practitioner training at a mountain retreat center Photographs by Richard Katz Maki Shimamura and Mitose Komura Next About FES Online Repertory Class Offerings Research Case Studies Interviews and Articles What s New Publications Membership Find a Practitioner Members Pages Home P O Box 459 Nevada

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  • A plant study assignment observation and intuition See samples of plant studies from our Japanese class Japanese Iris Dokudami Studying the Dandelion up close Examining the Japanese Larch tree Photographs by Richard Katz Maki Shimamura and Mitose Komura Next About FES Online Repertory Class Offerings Research Case Studies Interviews and Articles What s New Publications Membership Find a Practitioner Members Pages Home P O Box 459 Nevada City CA 95959

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  • A Practitioner Training student presents her affirmation and drawing for Evening Primrose Students showed their creative talents at a festive dinner celebration Photographs by Richard Katz Maki Shimamura and Mitose Komura Next About FES Online Repertory Class Offerings Research Case Studies Interviews and Articles What s New Publications Membership Find a Practitioner Members Pages Home P O Box 459 Nevada City CA 95959 800 736 9222 US Canada tel 530

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  • a highly developed art form The Edo Museum in Tokyo displays classic Japanese culture a Kabuki Theater actor and a traditional woodworker The enchanting Mount Fuji On the side of Mount Fuji we discovered an herbalist who served us wild ferns and who prepared syrups and jams from the wild cranberries which grow there Backyard rice paddy and garden in rural Japan Japanese children tasting the nectar from Azalea flowers

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  • Japanese female Bodhisattva and a shrine at one of the many Kamakura temples Zen temple and sacred bamboo forest at Kamakura Watching a pigeon with a Zen monk Richard and Patricia drinking ceremonial Japanese tea with their hosts Maki Shimamura and Mitose Komura Photographs by Richard Katz Maki Shimamura and Mitose Komura About FES Online Repertory Class Offerings Research Case Studies Interviews and Articles What s New Publications Membership Find

    Original URL path: http://www.flowersociety.org/e-newsletters/autumn-04/Japan-class5.htm (2016-02-10)
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  • Reflections on the Nature Forces Workshop
    and Marko Pogacnik from Yugoslavia represented and offered different poles of approach to the Nature Forces around us Yet each perspective was based on common denominators attention to these forces in various forms and the awareness of their presence is available to us all Marko Pogacnik Julian Barnard Christopher Bamford Editor in Chief of SteinerBooks Friday evening Julian began his comments by comparing Edward Bach with Nicholas Culpepper the famed 16th century herbal doctor who went against the edicts of Henry the XVIII as well as the medical and apothecary guilds of his day to make available to the common person the use of herbs for health and well being Likewise Dr Bach made plain the preparation and action of flower essences as the medicine of the people also going against the convention of his day Throughout the weekend Julian spoke in that same spirit of Dr Bach laying plain how evident the personality of a plant is when we pay attention to its form color and habitat In this way we can better understand the effect flower essences have on us when prepared in a way that imprints the plant s pattern into water Much of what he spoke of is elaborated in his new beautifully written book Bach Flower Remedies Form Function In short Julian s approach was practical and far from obscure From careful external observation we can understand the nature forces within the plant and by extension the landscape Marko offered us the other side of the coin the intuitive communication with the Nature Forces on our planet Moreover his focus is on a larger scale than Julian s the forces of our earth and our landscapes as a whole Marco is best known for his work as a geomancer and the development of lithopuncture most easily described as acupuncture for the earth During the weekend he spoke eloquently of the radical transformation the earth s energies are going through and called us to align ourselves with it He also offered a number of meditative exercises to assist us in developing this awareness His books also available from SteinerBooks outline his ever deepening understanding of the transforming forces of the earth and gives many more meditative exercises for us to connect with that awareness In many ways the two poles of approach that Julian and Marko offered us came together in the closing ritual We went to a grove of marble stones in the hills above the conference center Marko offered us meditative exercises focused on healing the land upon which we stood as well as the larger lands and forces in the Middle East and United States Julian suggested that during the meditations we hold in our hearts and minds the healing energies of Olive for the Middle East and Heather for the United States As he elaborated Heather so often has a connotation of the obnoxious talkative loud person and so some might make these associations with the United States But these are just

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