Flower Essence Class

>> Saturday, August 6, 2011

A couple of months ago I took a flower essence course taught by Kirsten Sogge.  Kirsten regularly teaches classes and advertises in Radiance's biannual newsletter, which is how I got connected with the class.

I was so excited for this class, and Kirsten did not let me down!

For those who want a good rundown of what Flower Essences are (hint: they're not essential oils, and they aren't aromatic), Flower Essence Services says the following:

Flower essences are herbal infusions or decoctions, made from the flowering part of the plant, which uniquely address emotional and mental aspects of wellness. The first 38 flower remedies were formulated by a British physician, Dr. Edward Bach, in the 1930's, although new remedies from other plant species are now available.
They're also vibrational in nature, along with homeopathic remedies and gemstone essences.  They work on the energy plain of the body, rather than the physical plain.  FES goes on to elucidate:

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.

We took our plant walk at Mission Creek Park, on Olympia's Eastside.  Once among the native plants, Kirsten instructed us to sit.  There, with the help of the devas, the fairies, and the White Brotherhood (which is horrible, racist-sounding name) and Pan, we began the work of finding out which essences we were to make.

I don't know the names of many plants, nor what they look like.  As my peers were able to verbalize immediately what plant came to them, I could only describe the vague impression I got.  It was...a white, fluffy flower.  Kirstin made a few suggestions, then we looked behind us and realized a Hawthorn tree was right there--with fluffy white flowers all over it.

Once we picked our flowers (using clean tweezers--no human contact!), Kirsten asked if any essence needed anything else and, again through the coning with her Helpers, we were lead to add soil to the essence I was called to make.

Here are a couple of pictures of the essences we made:

Buttercup Flower Essence

Nettle Flower Essence

Hawthorn Flower & Dirt Essence

What's really great about Kirsten's method of choosing and preparing essences is that it relies solely on intuition.  This intuition can be externalized in the form of helpers, or it can be interpreted (as I chose to interpret it) as your Higher Self making your needs known.  Dr. Bach, the original 'finder' I guess I'd call it, of Flower Essences, had his own intuitive way of choosing a system by which to select flowers for particular ailments or states of being.  We're doing nothing less, nothing different rather than taking our own intuition into account, rather than relying on his.  It is incredibly empowering.

Thanks to Kirsten for offering such an amazing, informative class.  And thanks to this mighty universe, that I was able to participate.


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