By Jill Mattson
Plants have always been the primary source of healing substances for mankind. The ancient day Shaman inherited a wealth of knowledge about plants and their medicinal uses from his fore fathers. Plants growing in the wild offered abundant variety and powerful tonics for early man’s use in healing. Modern Pharmaceutical Companies systematically study and test plants for new drug development programs. To this day, plants are responsible for more far more beneficial drugs than manmade synthetic routes. The race is on to find rare new plants in the jungles of the Amazon for pharmaceutical uses before they are lost forever through extinction.
Plants clearly have a unique physical nature, which we (and other living beings) depend upon: for food and nourishment, for important material and chemical components (for building and clothing needs) and for powerful medicinal properties and healing powers. Beyond these obvious applications a deeper appreciation of the power of plants is arising. As we increase our understanding of the holistic, irreducible nature of the universe and all living systems, it is indisputable that plant life functions on many sophisticated and subtle levels.
Plants are sentient beings. Plants demonstrate consciousness; they feel and move; they constantly respond to the surrounding environment. Sensitive experiments dating from the 1920’s showed that plants possess a nervous system. Polygraphs have demonstrated that plants respond to human thought and speech. These “simpler” forms posses a life force and this has important implications for us. Plants and people share in the divinity of the grand design of nature.
One of the most famous and respected names associated with the unique use of plants in healing is Dr. Edward Bach of England (1886 – 1936). Edward Bach discovered that certain flowering plants are able to alleviate human emotional and physical problems. Bach learned to extract the essence or vibratory imprint from particular flowers and to transfer this energy imprint into pure water – which is then ingested orally or placed sublingually. These nonmaterial essences function as vibrational medicine – healing energy. The flower essences work on the multidimensional mind-body-spirit being. Each healing flower offers unique benefits to an individual. Eventually, Bach identified and prepared 38 healing flower remedies. (See Table I). Long before Bach, Ancient Tribes in South America similarly found native flowers useful for soothing physical, emotional and psychological illnesses.
|Fears of everyday life, dread, feelings of misfortune, darkness||Mimulus: The Bravery Flower||Takes us from Fear of the World to Trust in the World|
|Needy, clinging, fear being alone||Heather: The Identity Flower||Takes us from Needy Child to Understanding Adult|
|Hopelessness, giving up, despair||Gorse: The Hope Flower||Takes us from Giving Up to Going Forth|
|Jealousy, envy, revenge, suspicion||Holly: The Heart-Opening Flower||Takes us from Hard-Heartedness to Generosity|
|Misguided, lacking confidence, indecisive||Cerato: The Intuition Flower||Takes us from Indecisiveness to Inner Certainty|
|False cheerfulness, worry, restlessness||Agrimony: The Honesty Flower||Takes us from Pretended Harmony to Inner Peace|
|Possessive, overly cautious for children & loved ones, cloying, continually correcting||Chicory: The Motherliness Flower||Takes us from Demanding Love to Giving Love Freely|
|Drowsy, dreamy, lacking interest in life, not happy with the present-ever looking forward||Clematis: The Reality Flower||Takes us from escaping Reality to Living in reality|
|Hasty, impatient, always rushing, pushing to get things done||Impatiens: The Time Flower||Takes us from Impatience to Patience|
|Lacking strength & vitality, feeling life is a burden||Hornbeam: The Vitality Flower||Takes us from Listlessness to Mental Freshness|
Table I: Some Healing Flowers and associated Emotions/Benefits
The flower essences work to balance, unblock and harmonize the various subtle and fine energy systems of the body-mind-spirit being. They are gentle but effective in helping a willing person bring about change and heal himself.
An exciting new development has surfaced in recent years that allows the direct application of the flower essences through sound frequencies – bypassing the physical flower altogether. In this novel approach, the same marvelous benefits that many have long enjoyed via the traditional water borne flower essences, can be quickly and effectively bestowed through sound.
Pioneers such as Sharry Edwards and Dr. Royal Rife spent their lives studying, measuring and deriving vibrational energies for healing. Eventually, Sound Healers were able to identify exact wavelengths of sound to address specific ailments. The precise mechanisms are not totally understood, but as with other vibrational healing it appears the effect works on a holistic basis providing benefit to the spirit and the mind of the person helping one heal himself. There are emotional benefits that are inseparable from the overall healing process. At the deepest level everything (and everyone) is energy and energy heals most directly!
A revealing example of the nature of sound in healing is reported by Sharry Edwards. Niacin is a vitamin that is necessary for life. If a person is deficient in niacin they can take supplements. A flushing of the skin often occurs with the use of niacin supplements. Edwards found that she can administer the frequency equivalent of niacin (using only sound waves) to a person and the same nutritional benefit is achieved; astonishingly the skin flushing will also occur.
As reported above, the benefits of the flower remedies can be passed directly through the use of sound. The author’s work has endeavored to extend the benefits of the flower essences by composing complete “Healing Flower Music” (Symphonies) that employ the sound frequency equivalent of the associated soul flower. The characteristic flower frequency is embedded in a complex musical composition. The listener receives the flower essence energy from this frequency and much more. The frequency need not be loud or isolated. The body is adept at incorporating subtle frequencies. In these Flower Symphonies the multidimensional musical composition begins by first expressing the negative emotion that the flower energy addresses. Listening to the negative aspect offers a sense of catharsis to loosen and clear emotional blockages. People can be so overwhelmed by negative energies that they cannot receive positive energies until the clear emotional baggage is cleared.
The symphony then plunges into the positive emotional transformation. This positive movement uplifts the listener and together with the accompanying flower frequency provides intense emotional transformation and healing. The experience offered by the combination of the healing flower essence together with the musical encounter present in the symphony can produce a powerful, healing state impacting physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual energies.
For those who live in a dreamy, not-fully-awake and alert state, the Clematis flower is the remedy. The Clematis is the reality flower essence. The Clematis symphony continually beats out the flower’s frequency. On top of this track, the overarching music begins with a rhythmic breath. The breath becomes the percussion beat, combining with pleasing, diffuse tones to create a state of dreaminess. Foggy tones and echoes muffle clarity. As the song continues, the warmth of the sun beckons the soul to awaken, to see more clearly and to dance in the glory of the fully awakened light with clear melodic tones.
For those who suffer from anxiety or excessive worry the Mimulus is known as the “Bravery Flower”. The Mimulus helps those with fears of illness, pain, accidents, poverty, loneliness and misfortunes. People struggling to master their fears often quietly bear their dread; this flower offers relief. The Mimulus symphony begins with creepy, fearful music and a scary hiss. The music gradually transforms after catharsis occurs and trust is built by creating a rhythmic frame work, based on the sound of a reassuring heart beat; this sound has been with us our entire lives. Ultimately, a strong, confident song sings out washing over the listener and dissolving their fears.
In closing, the benefits of the Healing Flower Essences have been widely utilized by people since ancient times to gain a gentle emotional lift or helpful resolution. There now exists a total vibrational energy path to the same blessings – listening to the frequency equivalent of the desired Flower. Further, by adding specially designed music to the experience even greater advances are possible. Certain people have reported extraordinary results when they simultaneously listened to the Flower Symphonies and took the Flower essences sublingually in the traditional manner.
The transformation of sentient plant energy to pure vibrational energy (both available for uplifting the human spirit) is yet another manifestation that all living entities and all energies are one in the grand design. For our part we need to care for and preserve nature; enjoy the bounty of a simple wildflower to help fill your deepest emotional needs.
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Mattson, Jill. Ancient Sounds ~ Modern Healing, Wings of Light: Oil City, PA., 2008.
Scheffer, Mechthild. Encyclopedia of Bach Flower Therapy, Healing Arts Press: Rochester, Vermont, 2001.
Scheffer. Mechthild. Encyclopedia of Bach Flower Therapy, Healing Arts Press: Rochester, Vermont, 2001.