Hearing or listening, is one of our innate senses. When I used to teach nutrition professionals how to coach clients, the first exercise we would do, was to sit with a partner, and simply listen for three minutes. Without replying. We taught this, as the foundation for meeting with clients, and really, the foundation for any relationship. It sounds easy, but this was an eye-opening experience for many students. To truly listen, means to be completely attentive and open to the one you’re sitting with, to deeply receive the messages being conveyed, without thinking of a response.
Flowers are my passion, and I’ve learned to listen very carefully to the 38 Bach flower remedies, to receive their messages as medicine. As a holistic healer, I recognize the power that lies in being able to shift negative thought patterns and limiting beliefs, through artful language. My oracle deck and book Listening to Flowers uses the lens of the 38 Bach flower remedies alongside affirmations to spark a positive inner dialogue, which creates greater health and wellbeing. To find the right medicine, we must first initiate a dialogue with ourselves, and be receptive to what calls to be heard.
When I notice that my stomach feels fluttery, I can pause and attune to the feeling inside, and notice what created the stir. I might recognize that my mind is over-full, and I can’t stop worrying. I can reach for White Chestnut remedy, for over-thinking, and I can connect even more deeply by using the affirmation: “From stillness of mind, I embody calmness of spirit.” With the added essence of the spoken word, I begin to shift negative thought patterns, and can use this at will, when I notice over-thinking arise.
Through the years, I’ve sat with women who talk about shame and guilt, for having suffered traumas that they blame themselves for. I’ve offered Pine remedy countless times, and the affirmation stands strong as an elixir of self-love: “I am worthy and deserving of life’s gifts.” I’ve witnessed the transformations of many, as they slowly embraced this truth as reality, which created pathways for healing their trauma.
Listening to flowers is ultimately about listening to ourselves and accepting that our challenges lead us to our deepest healing. From the beautiful backdrop of flowers, we become able to grow deeper self-awareness, which catalyzes greater health and lasting wellbeing.
The creation of Listening to Flowers is a six-year labor of love. I’ve nurtured it along through its evolution, and I know the power that lies within this tool to help shift challenging emotions. The deck can be used alongside the remedies you are currently using, to provide positive support, or you can draw a card at random, and reflect on the deeper meaning of the flower displayed. Regardless of how you choose to interact with the medium, the message is clear. To set an intention to receive the healing light of flower energy, through a deeper understanding of your emotional experience, is profound medicine.
Most of the people I see for healing sessions (and most everyone I know on the planet) have experienced some form of emotional or physical trauma in their lives. The following is a few of the flower remedies from the deck, that I find particularly useful in transforming difficult emotional states, connected with trauma. When you read the descriptions of the flowers below, allow yourself to see the subtle ways in which the challenges show up for you. Feel free to recite the affirmations aloud, and consider the feelings provoked. Sometimes it’s what makes us uncomfortable that leads us to what needs to be healed. Have an easy touch and give yourself time and space to reflect.
Aspen is used when there is a sense of fear that cannot be named. Those suffering with PTSD often have disturbing feelings that sneak up on them, which makes it hard to feel safe. With the use of Aspen, a sense of security is restored, and feelings of inner peace and courage are kindled. This remedy also helps with nightmares or any ominous feelings.
I embody unwavering courage
I am guided by steady presence of spirit
I am protected, safe, and secure
Cherry Plum is one of the five flowers in Rescue Remedy®? and is used to counterbalance fear of losing control. This flower helps us to re-connect to our body and mind, allowing for a pause before doing anything beyond our command. Cherry Plum offers a sense of true control in the form of emotional composure.
I am filled with self-possession
I trust my serene mind to guide me
I find the stability to command my actions
Clematis is used for the habit of dissociation. When we get lost in daydreams and stories to escape reality, this flower helps us to re-connect with our physical presence, through grounded embodiment. After this restoration, we might notice that we begin to use creativity in healthy, productive ways, rather than spinning off into fantasy.
I am present in body, mind, and Spirit
I am clear and focused in this perfect moment
I am grounded in the here and now
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