Smell is a powerful sense for activating subconscious programs as well as initiating cell memory and consciousness. Because smell centers of the brain can make instant chemical identification with compounds in the environment, our olfactory sense provides a holistic data stream, capable of unlocking deep aspects of our personality. Visual centers are more closely associated with the conscious mind, but a smell is more subconscious, and as such can be used as a bridge between the conscious and unconscious mind — a powerful tool for reprogramming and self-mastery.
Unlike our sense of sight, which can be dissociated via an act of will (closing our eyes), a smell cannot be as easily ignored. Furthermore, the olfactory processes in the body are very close to the emotional centers. Odors have long been used to invoke powerful states of consciousness, whether during relaxation, meditation, or even during tantric sex.
And of course, essential oils and scents have been used to alter emotional states to produce electromagnetic fields in the body conducive to healing. The placebo effect, which is a technique of using one’s free will to alter the bodies state in order to effect healing, can be greatly enhanced by employing the olfactory sense.
Subtle energy interactions that are normally ignored by mainstream science and medicine are able to be used for healing and inspiration once one opens their mind to the power of essences and their catalyzing potential for consciousness.
To be clear, essential oil and flower essences are different. They both work by subtly affecting the energy centers of the body, but oils have an actual scent whereas flower essences have almost no odor. Regardless, the olfactory sense can and does pick up these frequencies, despite the fact they may not be palpable.
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The oracles of ancient Rome and Greece would often use incense and vapors to invoke a deep trance-like state of consciousness that gave them access to universal knowledge and wisdom. Perhaps in our world with artificially generated smells, this seemingly mundane sense has more power to effect consciousness than we’ve allowed ourselves to admit.
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What Are Flower Essences?
When we look at a medicinal plant, we see the different parts used in various ways. Sometimes the roots are medicinal. Or sometimes the leaves and stems have healing properties.
Though when we look at the flower of any given plant, it is clear that it is often the most vibrant, attractive and spectacular part of the plant itself. It is the quintessential expression of that plant. Wouldn’t it then only make sense that this part of the plant offers us the most medicinal/healing properties of that plant?
To make a flower essence, flower pedals are gently plucked (with leaves preferably) and placed in a glass or crystal bowl that is filled with the cleanest water possible. With the help of the Sun’s rays, the bioelectrical field of the flower (and yes, bioelectrical fields have been shown to exist around every living thing in nature via Kirlian photography) is imprinted into the crystalline structure of the water molecule. Remember, it is also an established fact that water has memory and can be imprinted through various methods.
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So what occurs is the imprinting of the quintessential vibrational field of the flower into water. The highest vibrational output of the plant is encoded into the water molecules. One could also think of it as the consciousness or literally, light codes of information from the plant being infused into the medium of water.
What Are The Effects?
Because the essences of flowers operate more on a vibrational/electrical level rather than a biochemical (like the use of herbs or foods), the effects are felt in a more subtle way. However, subtle doesn’t mean it isn’t powerful or effective. What a person experiences is more of a shift in awareness, a shift in understanding or a shift in consciousness around a certain situation. It can help us understand and transform the underlying emotional issue.
For example, if someone is dealing with an issue from some sort of trauma from a situation that occurred at some point in his or her life, flower essences can help bring greater understanding to the trauma event as well as bring the emotional ability to transform, release and forgive or accept what happened.
Flower essences are essentially nutrients for the soul. They help us on an emotional level. We begin to see things in a new light and can begin to deal with things in a new way. This leads to taking different actions in regards to processing and resolving any issues we might be working through.
They let us work through things in a truly holistic and therapeutic manner. This also works to help physical diseases or issues as it is commonly known in holistic and natural medicine that every physical health issue has an emotional issue below the surface that has created this physical issue. So as we heal ourselves emotionally, we can begin to heal ourselves on a physical level. “As within, so without.”
Dr. Edward Bach has stated, “The action of the flower essences raises the vibration of the being…they cure by flooding the body with the beautiful vibrations of the highest nature- in whose presence there is the opportunity for disease to melt away like snow in sunshine.”
Healing The World
Since flower essences help us process and heal the underlying emotional issues, a person is better able to make different choices and take different actions to bring about even more healing.
I believe that as more and more people heal themselves with flower essences and make better choices and take different actions, they directly bring about more healing with their friends, their family and their community. As more and more people work together in a holistic way, our relationships with each other, with the ecosystem and planet itself experience greater harmony, and thus, greater health and happiness.
All plants we see have different cosmic information that has been used to create their flower and so every flower has a different and specific healing potential. For example, the Iris flower essence helps a person unleash their unique inner creativity and self-expression. It is also known as the “paintbrush of the soul.”
The Silversword flower essence is an incredibly unique essence as this plant is only found on the Haleakala Crater on the island of Maui, Hawaii. One could intuit that because a meteorite hit there, it brought with it this special plant. The benefits of Silversword flower essences can be to help put a person on his or her path of purpose. It can be used when a person is ready for their truest soul work.
I personally find flower essences work even better when combined with cell salts. Because the cell salts are mineral compounds and electrically conductive, they help the flower essences penetrate very quickly and efficiently into our bodies. One that uses both cell salts and flower essences is called Happy Heart. It has many rose flower essences in it as well as the Silversword flower essence. I believe why so many people are unhappy in their heart is because they feel they aren’t doing their truest soul work.
The Happy Heart has dramatically helped me in several ways. There are however, many other essences out there and many places to find them. Pets and kids also benefit tremendously from flower essences as the nervous system in pets and kids are usually even more sensitive than adults. This allows for the essences to be utilized even more effectively.
Here is a list of many flower essences and their benefits.
Will you join?
I believe the more people that use flower essences, the greater healing we as individuals will experience. I see this healing extending to our relationships with our friends, our families, our social systems, our ecosystem and all beings that live on this planet with us.
For some, the beneficial effects of flower essences are felt almost right away. For others it can be days or weeks later. The key is continued use. They work in a cumulative way. The more consistent, the better.
Are you interested in using flower essences or have you used them before? Which ones are you currently using and what benefits are you finding? How soon did you start noticing the benefits? What patterns or habits have you transformed?
What other creative ways could we incorporate into our society the use of flower essences?