Flower Power Oracle

Flower Power Oracle

You can vibrate with the energy of a plant without eating it, drinking it, or taking little pills made from it.

Don’t believe me?

I’ll prove it to you.

Read on to learn how to use the Flower Power Oracle!

 

In my newsletter last week, I wrote about the many ways to work with herbs and how you don’t always have to ingest an herb to get its Medicine.

This came up again this week when a friend was mourning not being able to take her beloved Hawthorn since it is contraindicated for pregnancy.

She laughed when I reminded her she could work with Hawthorn without ingesting it! She’d read the newsletter, but the concept hadn’t quite stuck. We are so used to taking our Medicine through our mouth!

So I was noodling on how to demonstrate to all of you that you can vibrate with the energy of a plant without eating it, drinking it, or taking little pills made from it.

And then I remembered these super fun “oracle” posts that my friend Nicole Cody creates. I thought “hmmmm… that will be a fun shift from the usual!”

So, in homage to Nicole, here’s a Flower Oracle! Let’s give it a whirl, shall we?

Instructions

(a blog post with instructions! Ha!)

Choose one of these questions to hold in your heart as you check out the images of the flowers below:

* What is my Original Medicine (remember Original Medicine? The gifts you were born with? More on that here.)?

or

* What Medicine do I need in my life right now?

After you choose your question, repeat it to yourself 3 times. Imagine pulling the question from your head and down into your heart.

When you are ready, look at all the pictures below. After perusing all of them, come back to the one to which you are most drawn. Don’t over-think this!

flower essencesflower oracles

When you have chosen your flower, scroll further down for your message.

Remember, you can work with all these flowers (and many more!) without ingesting them! Pin a photo of the plant over your desk, put a sprig under your pillow, or meditate on the plant either by picturing it in your mind or holding a bit, dried or fresh, in your left (your receiving) hand.

Let me know in the comments below how this worked for you!

hugs ♥

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flower essence yarrow

 

1. Yarrow

Yarrow’s gift is boundaries and bravery. In Celtic cultures, Yarrow was a warrior’s plant. Not only does she help heal the wounds of war, both physically and psychologically, but she’s a protector. Yarrow transcends the physical realm, helping you unite the will of your soul and spirit with your body and mind. Call on Yarrow when you need to strengthen your boundaries or your resolve!

 

rose flower essence

2. Rose

Rose’s gift is an open heart. She calls forth caring with her scent and her beauty. But Rose does not do mushy love! Rose is upright and structured; she holds space for your heart to be open, not for it to be trampled upon! Rose lets you become a vessel for love, to experience its allure both platonically and romantically, while offering the protection of her thorns. Rose reminds you that love does not mean co-dependency, that love is best when, as the poet Rilke said, you can see the distance between you and your beloved so you can “see each other whole against the sky.”

 

ladys mantle flower essence

3. Lady’s Mantle

Lady’s Mantle offers motherly protection. She drapes a cloak of caring around your shoulders and whispers that you can make it through this lifetime, that your soul is whole, that no matter what the physical world has thrown at you, no matter what pains or abuse, you have integrity of spirit. She is particularly wise when there has been trauma. Lady’s Mantle doesn’t demand, she waits for you to find the bravery and fortitude within. She knows it is there, and with her help, you will too.

 

self heal flower essence

 

4. Selfheal

Selfheal is a wee thing! She is the first ripple that allows healing to begin. She reminds you that one small change ripples outward, creating concentric circles of shift. Selfheal knows how to find that center. Ripple out from here, she whispers. Healing begins here. She is a support to those who are ill, to those who work with illness, and to those who have come into this life with physical challenges. She helps you to know your true self, and therefore, your true healing.

 

dandelion flower essence

 

5. Dandelion

Dandelion is bold and bright and sunny. She pushes through cracks in cement and worms her way through a stone wall’s mortar. Cheerfully. Dandelion’s Medicine is perseverance. But not the perseverance of a martyr. Dandelion is the eternal optimist: like the Fool in the Tarot deck, she is always happy to set off on a new journey, in the hopes of learning more and digging deeper. She is not the airy optimist with no grounding in reality–her roots run deep–and she is the shaman and the buddha, knowing that happiness is an inner landscape and has little to do with where you are planted.

Learning to Trust Yourself

Learning to Trust Yourself

Learning to trust yourself can feel like an act of faith or a cliff dive… or at least a precipice walk.

From this side of the learning curve, it’s easy to think “but whom or what else could you possibly trust? Ourselves are the only thing we have half a shot of actually knowing in this lifetime.”

But not too long ago, I counted on books, science, and other people to tell me what to trust. If I felt horrible on a medication, but the doctor told me it was good for me, I took it. If a food made me feel gaseous and bloated, but it had high nutritional value, I ate it.

I was taught all my life—as many of us are—that experts know what is best.

How do you begin to undo a lifetime’s worth of belief in the high value of fact-finding and expert opinions?

Start with this:

Place your right hand on your heart and then your left hand on your right. Focus on your hands and allow yourself to sink toward your center.

Breathe. Notice how it feels to think from this place (Huh??!! your brain screams. Ignore it.).

Do you have some rose essential oil? If you do, put a dab just above your top lip, under your nose, so that every breath is rose. Can you allow yourself to dive deep into scent?

I remember driving west on I84 through the Berkshires and cresting the mountains as the sun hit the horizon. Sparks and rays of light burst across my vision and my heart… opened.

That is really the best word to describe the expansion. My heart opened like a pupil dilating and opened, and opened.

The world felt so beautiful. Beauty was not a voice in my head saying to me “this is what beauty is. Stare at it for a while and appreciate it.” Instead beauty was a feeling, a rapture filling my heart.

In that moment I learned how to feel and understood clearly for maybe the first time in my life that feelings did not live in my mind—they live in my body.

Trusting in yourself comes from this same place. It comes from knowing the body-feel of “this is right and good and okay.”

Or conversely knowing the body-feel of “Run like hell. Danger Will Rogers!”

These each have a body-feel quite separate from the thought. Trust in yourself comes from knowing yourself well enough to identify and recognize these feelings.

So where to begin?

I have my clients start with breath. Inhale and feel the tiny muscle movements that you usually don’t pay attention to. Exhale and feel the release. That is your body. That is feeling.

Now bring this same level of attention to other daily activities. Things often get really juicy when you bring this level of attention to food.

If you live in the States, then you have grown up in a culture that values the head over the heart or the hands. But each of these facets of ourselves offers its own gifts. This is where self-trust begins.

Want to talk about self-trust? Use the comments below.