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Pink Flannel Flower


 

Actinotus forsythii (Botanical name)

Pink Flannel Flower is an essence of the heart. It communicates the awareness that all life and all form are only Love. This essence through the communicating of this awareness of our loving nature opens the Heart chakra and diffuses all states of inflammation and blockage that come about through seeking the experience of self by separation and comparison with other.
This essence diffuses "inflammation" occurring at the point of separation from source. Whilst it does not address any particular spiritual / emotional patterns which have come from shock or separation, it eases the "burn", or inflammation that occurs with intense experience and can dissolve the states of suffering which arise from separation as it reminds us of our loving essence. By easing this "burn", there is more access to the healing process and in some cases, allows first access for souls, to pain and intense patterns of distress which have been blocked or are too intense to access. This essence can reconnect a sense of self that goes beyond the trauma or self-perception, allowing us to re-experience ourselves lovingly.

In the years I have worked with essences it is the most profoundly healing essence I have seen. I first made it in 1997 at that time the flower was so rare that many botanists did not believe it existed. With the increase of bushfire at high altitudes in Australia the conditions for its flowering have been more common and it has been seen every few years. Always after severe fire along the cliff edges in the Great Dividing Range NSW and Victoria. 


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Mitrasacme Polymorpha


Mitrasacme radiates an absolute purity of Being that many of us crave yet have no idea of contacting in our bodies. This lack of hope often leads to levels of self rejection. This essence can hold open an energetic doorway direct from the "angelic" to the physical level. These doorways of opportunity are available to us in our ordinary lives. This essence however prolongs the time period available allowing more conscious integration of light. The essence directly affects the manner in which energy/light is structured through and into the heart chakra. Often allowing a more absolute or "pure" experience of light to be integrated even to the physical levels. Therefore allowing the clearance of negative patterns which disturb our abilities to be present. It also relates to the nature of time and our experience of it, particularly as time relates to the manifestation of matter. This relationship to time is directly linked to the heart. This is of note for those who are experiencing difficulty as a result of the disturbances in time and rapid bursts of energy occurring on the earth at this time.

 



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Port Wine Magnolia


Michelia fuscata ( botanical name)

This essence communicates a deep experience of Compassion for the self. Often we are caught in a yoyo of self love and hatred. A relationship with ourselves and the world around us that arises out of a compulsive grasping and repulsion. The self compassion communicated arises out of deep experience of being. This makes this essence a powerful tool in any process of healing or spiritual growth.

 



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Epiphyllum Oxypetalum


Night Blooming Cereus ( common name)

Where people feel beyond hope, when they can no longer look up or see their own beauty. This essence assists to focus all available light, revealing our inner beauty. It also reveals patterns we use to hide our Truth. When being challenged to let go of our self perceptions and live beyond our safety zones this essence communicates an internal radiance and trust.

 



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Magnolia Grandaflora


Southern Magnolia (Common name).

This is an essence, which communicates, an experience of the universe in constant resonance. It communicates a deep sense of silence, and an ability to listen to many "levels" at once. Facilitating an acceptance of being in the "Now". An acceptance of emptiness. Integration of this leads to an authentic sense of worth, and ignites a deep sense of service.

 



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Pseudanthus pimeleoides


To allow ourselves to be perceived truthfully requires deep levels of acceptance. Acceptance not only of our selves but of reality. Not our understanding or belief of reality but just reality. This essence begins that acceptance of truth. The understanding that there is no such thing as a lie as all things our selves included reveal only truth with every breath every heartbeat, every sound emitted every blink of the eye. By our very presence and structure we constantly reveal the truth. In accepting this we are more able to see the truth all around us and to allow ourselves to be seen.

 



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White Rhododendron


Rhododendron fragrantiissima (Botanical name)

A Beauty that blossoms without counting, abundantly. This essence communicates an open response to the divine. An open whole joy of body , mind and soul. An acceptance that we ourselves are an expression of abundance. There is a consequent opening of mind, body and heart, to give and receive that joy without counting. To give of ones own Beauty, allowing ourselves to blossom, freely, with abundance.

 



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Rowan Tree


Sorbus aucuparia (Botanical name)

Gifts a deep gratitude for life, regardless of situation. A sense of deep thankfulness for being given the opportunity to express oneself through this body, and other circumstances of this life. This gift can shift long held grief, loss, fear, loneliness or anger into joyful service. It can also trigger profound spiritual development. Whilst subtle and often overlooked Gratitude is of importance in balanced spiritual and emotional growth.

 



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Moonflower


Calonyction aculeatum

 

Moonflower essence gives generosity of perception.  Perception as an expression of unity.  It is very unusual for human perception of “self and other” not to be based in the need to separate and therefore creates a deep stress. It is how we develop our self awareness from birth. As we move through our lives one of the steps in developing spiritual maturity is to realize our inter-connectedness through generosity of heart. This essence offers a pathway to develop perception as a confirmation of oneness rather than as a confirmation of separation. The ongoing results of this can be profound.

 

 

The Moonflower essence communicates a clarity of perception. This results in a movement of perception from relying on separation and reception of information, to perception as a confirmation of oneness or interconnection. Our perception then is an acknowledgment of this in others. What we perceive becomes our gift to the perceived, an interaction with the unity and wholeness of all things. How we perceive the world around us and those beings we interact with can be generous and joyful, confirming wholeness and connection, energizing us.  This shift in awareness brings a deep serenity and trust. The personality can unfold as a response to trust and love.

 

 



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Hybanthus monopetalus


The wild, one petal, violet is a very prolific bush flower occurring across open forest and heath in Eastern Australia and South Australia . Flowering in late Spring – early Summer. It is very common yet often never noticed due to its size. Hybanthus monopetalus is an essence which communicates internal hope, confirming light when there is no longer any concept of internal or personal light. During the making of the essence the phrase " seed of hope" surfaced which is still deeply associated wih the essence and its communication. 

 

In this time we often confuse the brightness of our own ego or the intensity of our desires as the light of truth (spiritual light). This essence is communicating a light which rises in complete humility. It is a hope or light that is very real, undeniable and intrinsic to life. It confirms a truth of being which is more real or intrinsic to our experience of life than language, personality or culture.  So it is communicating a strength and clarity which is in no need of reference to “other” to confirm. A gentle illuminating sense of presence, from which courage and clarity can rise.

 

Whilst this essence is very valuable in reaching those who are depressed or shattered in some way I have found it of greatest value in the support of emerging awareness, when a new consciousness, idea or experience is beginning. By focusing our awareness on the seeds of new awareness without judgement or the need to name, those seeds of awareness can grow and develop. Realisation blossoms smoothly.

 

If added to a mix of other essences it increases the ability to integrate the shifts the essences are offering us.  It is one of the essences in my cupboard that I reach for often, even having to take myself in hand to really ask if it is needed. One of the strands of communication I love to share.

 

It is also of great value in the support of meditation practices. Communicating a deep humility of perception or experience of being, it supports the deep stillness sort in meditation and the courage needed to reside in deep awareness.

 



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Angelsword


Angelsword: Lobelia dentate

Angelsword essence communicates an acknowledgement of truth.

In choosing to take the essence we are actively joining in the communication of the plant, taking part in acknowledging our own truth. When as a friend or therapist we give or share this essence, we are joining with this communication, giving voice to this “re-minding” of intrinsic truth we each embody.

Angelsword flower essence supports our perception of truth, sourced from our hearts. This heart centred acceptance of our truth, opens to us the opportunity to speak our truth and engage in action based in our experience of truth and our presence in the moment. Thus supporting our communication both in voice and in creative living.

 

 

When our truth is acknowledged we begin to let go of protecting ourselves from life. As we are acknowledged so deeply, we blossom and unfold, opening to experiencing ourselves, and the truth within our surroundings. As we accept this, an integrated experience of body, mind and spirit is nurtured in our everyday awareness. As we integrate or accept this experience it becomes easier to recognise truth in our self and act from that awareness with integrity.

 

Our spiritual nature is to embrace and engage in being, rather than separate or compartmentalise reality. The Angelsword’s reflection of our own being, supports an experience of our presence, allowing us to experience this as an active state in our daily lives.

This can support our ability to recognise a spiritual path, or new directions in life. It can assist us to see a clear path of action where we have been confused or overly cautious in the past. To speak clearly from our heart rather than seeking to mould our expression into what we have seen as acceptable by others and to let go of long held habits no longer supportive in our lives.

 

 

Angelsword is an essence which can assist those who are wanting to balance their desire for spiritual growth and personal well being with compassion for others.  The fruit of this heart centred truth in our life is often relaxed self expression, joy and gratitude.

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Regrowth after Fire


Regrowth after Fire

Recovery after trauma, severe stress or exhaustion and illness is a recurring theme in our day-to-day lives. Surrounding us here in Australia is bushland, which is often exposed to recurring severe bushfires, yet after the first solid rain after a fire the regeneration begins. Bright new growth bursting forth from charred and often decimated trees and undergrowth rendered to only ash begins to regrow with such vigour that it is often shockingly beautiful.

 

This Essence was made after fires in the Blue Mountains National Park. It was not made of a particular plant but instead the bowl was set amongst the rising verdant regrowth.

 

As an Essence it communicates a strong vibrant energy stimulating recovery from trauma, and the regeneration of the physical/emotional and spiritual bodies.

 

People taking this essences often report a fresh view on life. Giving a deep valuing of life and a desire for healing. It communicates the courage and flexibility to embrace life, growth and change.

 

Often when we have experienced trauma we loose our trust in our own physical body, our surrounding environment and our relationships. This trust is something we need so that we can draw each breathe freely. This Essence of the regrowth of the forest after fire, in communicating a deep trust in the support of the earth and our bodies can assist in the process of us moving through this phase of fear into healthy recovery.

 



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Patersons Curse


The essence of Paterson ’s Curse communicates a deep acceptance of the truth of being. This brings an acceptance of the beauty of your own being and that of others which heals the “grounds of consciousness" of the effects of harsh speech. This occurs with an unconditional generosity. In the process of integrating this communication we receive a deep acknowledgment of our own beauty and our inclusion in life.

 

Having a stable ground on which to develop awareness is very important. As we engage in addressing the pain of our lives and begin to heal, or begin a spiritual path, sometimes the effects of harsh speech from ourselves or from others can slow or even block healing altogether.

 

When we are exposed to harsh speech especially as an infant the basis of how we perceive ourselves and how we form awareness of others and our environment is affected. I am calling this the “ground of consciousness”. It is as if the ground of our pre speech awareness is warped and so any structure of personality or behaviour built on it is always unstable.

 

There can be a functional stability as we use other personality structures to develop a function in life, or a “make do” stability. These can become basic to personality and in severe situations lead to mental illness, or a pervading sense of unhappiness. The profound communication of the beauty of our own being and our inclusion in life that the Essence of Paterson Curse gives counteracts these patterns which develop in the presence of harsh speech.

 

The nature of our base perception of life and self is not fixed but is in a continuous state of growth and development. Whilst exposure to harsh speech in infancy has very strong effect the exposure to harsh speech in adulthood can also have the effect of ‘warping” this foundation of awareness.  

 

When someone has been engaged in trying to develop positive, healthy habits of mind yet is unsuccessful sometimes the effects of harsh speech have not been addressed leaving an unstable basis with which to work. A deeply accepted communication of our own beauty and unconditional acceptance in life can dissolve the impact of harsh speech and the deep rejection that it can engender.

 

This essence is one of the ways to communicate this profound healing action.

 



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Peppercorn




Peppercorn
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Epacris obtusifolia


The essence of Epacris obustifola communicates the trust and courage to allow intimacy. A trust that the heart is able through love, to step through suffering and be present with others.  At a deeper level it can play an important role in deepening the courage and trust needed to allow intimacy to deepen in to compassion.

 

Epacris obustifolia has a sweet perfume, in blooming it is transformed from a gnarled prickly sparse shrub often over looked and seen as very scruffy into a sight of beauty covered with heavily scented flowers. A favourite of insects and small nectar birds, it covers the hanging swamp behind my home, transforming it from a rough prickly hanging swamp, to a sea of white with a heady sweet scent for 4-6 weeks each spring.

 

To be “with”, without an internal dialog of I’m doing / they are doing. To be without any judgement or dialog regarding, who is in need and who is giving.  Experiencing the trust to be present with each other and allowing a heart connection that is possible between two beings. This essence communicates or makes available the strength of trust to be present with yourself and allow that to blossom into accepting this connection with another. The courage and trust in the truth of yourself, to allow an open heart regardless of what you may see as pain, suffering or difference being present.



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Waratah




Waratah
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Camellia japonica


Camellia japonica Essence

 

(Photograph by Tim Darby)

 

The Camellia Essence is from a pure white multi petal flower. It was made to communicate a specific level of consciousness needed to complete the Peace Oil Mandala; as such it is as much a channelled essence as it is a flower essence.  It is not related to a mental state or emotional state. It was made when much of the Peace Oil had been completed yet a specific state was needed to assist in the integration of what the mandala of Peace Oil was communicating.

 

 

The essence communicates a radiating purity which continues to radiate with precision without disconnection or distortion, continuing in abundance. Radiating from the physical to spiritual or from the higher spiritual to the physical plane is the same action. It communicates a precisely focused, uplifting openness and purity. It is an essence which has only been made generally available due to client request. I have been using it in my own practice with clients especially for children and in mixes, when an essence needs an aspect of uplifting, purity and for want of a better word holiness, transcendent yet precise and grounded.

 

 

The clear repetitive structure of the petals in the Camellia is reflected in each of our chakras in all of their energetic levels. The essence acknowledges this purity of structure in each chakra and so can be directly used to assist in the recovery or strengthening of any of our chakra flowers. It can also be of assistance in the balancing of a chakra or energetic structure into the physical structures of the body. This can assist in situations where the energetic system has shifted yet the physical/ emotional/ mental levels are slow to integrate a shift in consciousness, or where a structure of a chakra has been injured and so the radiation of energy is changed or blocked.

 

 



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Blue Large Bearded Iris


Blue Large Bearded Iris

 

Grace in the Truth of Being.

 

Chakra’s : All chakra’s are opened and balanced. The most markedly affected chakra’s, are Heart, Throat, Base and Crown

 

This essence communicates confidence in ones connection to the truth of being. 

 

The strength of beauty which arises where the truth of the pure nature of ones heart and nature is uncontested. When we consciously experience moments where the truth of being is uncontested by ourselves or others, clear perception can occur, giving a freedom to act in the world with heart, mind and voice in accord.

 

This is a profound essence. The physical presence of the plant in flower can give an understanding of the strength and surety of the alignment of the energy centres and the clarity of self expression which can be communicated by the essence. The Large Bearded Iris stands tall, strong, and erect the flower stem rises freely above the leaves of the plant with its crown an intricate, majestic flower. The essence communicates this strength, alignment and clarity which enable expression of our spiritual truth through each cell of our body, speech and actions. This voicing of our beauty and the beauty of every being is often lost when we are very young. Most of us have no memory of experiencing it even as a small child and yet naturally seek it.

 



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Epacris reclinata


EPACRIS RECLINATA
(bush fushia)
Epacris reclinata is an essence of the heart, which opens and supports both the heart chakra and the throat chakra, giving voice to the heart. The essence communicates intimacy and gentleness, opening a path of easy expression. Verbal expression of connection or presence between one person and another can facilitate the first steps in deep healing and strength on the spiritual path. This is also a gift we can give ourselves, by voicing rather than thinking our loving care for ourselves. 
The sweetness of compassion of another being rooted in the presence and acceptance of their own truth of being can engage connection and expression without widening the experience of suffering. The heart opening in this moment can arise from the acceptance of the closed heart. An acceptance of being here and ourselves.
The bridging words of compassion, when the meeting point is the commonality of the human experience, empower the activity of the heart. This expression of compassionate connection can give cause for the realization of wisdom or the knowing of emptiness.

Verbal expression of connection, intimacy and compassion can allow or trigger openness of heart. Speaking as an expression of love, joy or acknowledgement of suffering can each be challenging. To give voice to such depth of humananity requires trust and courage.

Epacris reclinata is in the same plant family as Ep. Obustifolia, that as an essence communicates the trust and courage to allow intimacy. Ep. reclinata grows on the cliffs and rock ledges close to the hanging swamps where we find Epacris obustifolia. In this essence of Ep. reclinata the deep trust and courage gifted by the Ep. obustifolia essence is deepened with connection of the throat chakra. This connection and support stimulates a process of giving voice to the intimacy and acceptance of heart connection. 
This essence like the Epacris obustifolia was also made for the New Dawn Mandala. It is part of the pattern in the mandala that carries acceptance of the giving and receiving of compassion, which is so strong in the New Dawn Mandala. 

Giving voice to our heart, our compassion and care of ourselves is another aspect of this essence.
Whilst many of us have begun the process of self-acceptance and forgiveness, very rarely do we give voice to this for our own wellbeing and care. 
It is more common to express our hearts connection with someone else in voice, than to express care for ourselves in this way. For many of us, we may be able to experience the intimacy of a heart connection with others or even a heart acceptance of our own experiences yet when we open our mouths to speak, distance occurs. We struggle to stay in our experience whilst speaking. This essence communicates a union of Heart and Voice supporting us in voicing our hearts.


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