My intention in creating the Flora of Asia combination formulas was to design a series of essence formulas to form an integrated framework, with formulas that interrelate to one another. These blends were created out of both personal and professional experience, to give you the benefits of a balanced and structured formula to support yourself in a simple yet effective way.
The Three Primary Wounds
The triad of formulas at the base of the Mandala are termed Foundations of Wellness Formulas, and work with three core wounds. I call these Foundation formulas because when these wounds are active and unhealed, they cause turmoil and instability in all aspects of our lives. Addressing these gives us a solid structure from which to grow and flourish.
In his book, The Mind Body Code, neuropsychologist Mario Martinez asserts that there are just three primary wounds: abandonment, shame, and betrayal. He thinks that all wounds have their root in one of these, and that we can have more than one, if not all three, working away in our psyches.
In response to this insight, I’ve reflected on how often these primary wounds come up in the practice of flower essence therapy – and once identified, how effective well chosen essences are at working on this level of core wounding. These long standing wounds do take time to heal, so once you have chosen a formula you will want to continue with it for an extended time.
Dr Bach’s recommendation was to take an essence for one month for every year you have had the issue. When I tell my clients this I wait a moment for their mental calculation, and the inevitable sound of dismay. Then I reassure them of two things – that they are likely to start feeling a lot better within a few weeks, and that most of the time six months on a formula for a core wound creates a durable change. The trick is to keep going with the essences – the shift can be quick, but the shift back to the old pattern is very common.
Taking a formula over a longer period can help build your inner strength to solidify the new, healthy structure and avoid regressing into the previous pattern.
The Foundations of Wellness Formulas
I’ve created short videos to help you get a feeling for these formulas – consider them mini-immersions into the energies of the essences. Enjoy!
Visit the Japanese Agrimony in the garden with Kathleen Aspenns and learn how the flower essence can help you interact with others and give from a place of abundance, helping you say “no” when you need to so you are not giving more than you can.
Video by Caroline Larrouilh – ProudHorse Connections
Visit the Lavender Aster in bloom in the garden with Kathleen Aspenns and learn how the flower essence can help you find more life balance. This flower essence helps you by encouraging you to appreciate your accomplishments, taking time to integrate before you rush off the the next project.
Video by Caroline Larrouilh – ProudHorse Connections
Little Cerato flower essence is an intriguing new addition to the flower essence library. Many people are familiar with Dr Bach’s Cerato (Ceratostigma willmottianum) as a remedy for indecisiveness. The species Dr Bach made is from Asia, as is Little Cerato (Ceratostigma minus). Little Cerato is distinguished by smaller, paler blue flowers held in a haze above the knee-high shrub. As a flower essence, it helps you connect to your knowing and to feel more guided by your Higher Self.
This video shows you an easy way to determine which flower essence is a good energetic match for you. A type of kinesiology, body dowsing is simple to learn and can be used anytime. I learned this handy technique from one of my teachers, David Dalton of Delta Gardens, and love to share this empowering way to find out what your body has to say.
How to do body dowsing:
Select a few flower essences you think might be right for you, but you just aren’t sure.
Pick up one at a time. Stand in a balanced posture, with hips and knees unlocked.
Put one hand holding the bottle over your heart, and fold the other hand over it so you are in a balanced posture.
Exhale, close your eyes (if you are in a place where you can), and feel your body’s movement.
Typically, a “Yes” is a forward sway, and a “No” is a backward motion. It can be subtle, so it is worthwhile to have a friend stand beside you to watch and report. Once you are accustomed to your body’s response you will be able to tell right away.
When you are testing different flower essences you may notice different levels of yes and no – for instance your body may say “YES!” or “that’s ok” with a strong forward movement or slight movement with two different flower essences. These variations can help you determine which are the most important flower essences for you at any given time.
I have noticed sometimes the body will sway from side to side, usually this is the body saying “meh”, just OK, not really needed.
What to do if you can’t get a clear answer from body dowsing:
Drink some water. If you are dehydrated, it can keep you from getting clear answers from your body.
Take your shoes off and put your bags down. If you are wearing uncomfortable shoes that put you out of balance it may disrupt the process. Also, you may be subtly bracing your body if you are wearing a backpack or holding a bag.
Ask a friend for help. Your body’s reactions may be very subtle and hard for you to feel. Take a little break, then try again with one flower essence at a time. Exhale, close your eyes, and relax as best you can so your body can take charge. Have your friend standing beside you, giving you space, and ask them to watch your body for movement.