Thursday, June 27, 2013

Dreaming of success: The one key factor that keeps you a step away

Today I want to write about the one key factor that gets in the way of success every time. No matter what endeavor you embark on, there is one thing that can keep you at arms length from what you desire. That one thing is self-sabotage. It is not often talked about in professional circles, but plays a critical role in who succeeds and who doesn't. As a society, we talk about effort, merit, and even luck, but we seldom delve into the realm of emotions, where self-sabotage lurks. Self-sabotage isn't easy to spot either. It's not something that shows up like a billboard or a street sign. It often lies dormant until we are one step away from what we want. It can appear as procrastination, a cold, bad weather, or even as a distraction. For some people, it isn't one event that derails them from success. It is a pattern of events gone wrong and resources disappearing. It is inconveniences, difficulties, and downright stubborn and nearly impassible hurdles.

Self-sabotage appears to be from outside of ourselves, and in some energy healing circles is thought of as repressed emotions and past fears attracting the very things we are trying to avoid or overcome. For anyone who has ever tried to use effort and energy to overcome difficulties in their lives and seen the difficulties persist or increase, you may find that flower essences are just what you need.

Flower essences offer a gentle, yet powerful way to get to the root of the cause of self-sabotage whether it is a childhood fear of success because of difficult family circumstances that reinforced the idea that succeeding meant being ostracized from the family or a deeply-ingrained belief that becoming successful means losing valuable friendships. Flower essences illuminate the thoughts behind the self-sabotage and clean away false beliefs while bringing to light the very real circumstances that might be an issue that needs to be addressed by taking certain actions in the present. Flower essences can also provide a sense of comfort and support through the process of evaluating what works and what doesn't work in your present circumstance. Once the cause of the self-sabotage is revealed, it is much easier to make empowering decisions. For some examples of flower essences for self-sabotage, click here. With the help of flower essences, you'll be able to start noticing differences in your outer circumstances and soon you'll be succeeding on your terms instead of being a step away.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Coming soon: An exclusive Q&A session with a leading flower essence practitioner

We are excited to be able to share an exclusive Q&A session with a leading flower essence practitioner. Sign up for updates on the site so you won't miss out on this exciting interview!

Answer to pop quiz

A few weeks ago, we had featured a pop quiz with the question, "What do Salma Hayek, Jennifer Aniston, Cate Blanchett, Princess Diana, and Dr. Oz have in common?"
Answer: They have all used Rescue Remedy or Bach Flower Essences. To learn more about their experiences, click here.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Benefits of Nature: Are You Getting Your Share?

I had the good fortune of spending several days in the midst of the woods, rocks, trees, and wildflowers of NH recently. Every time I get to be in nature in whatever capacity - hiking, rock climbing, trail running, camping, and more, I've felt an incredible sense of peace that permeates every cell of my body. This feeling not only occurs when I'm in the midst of natural surroundings but stays with me for several days afterwards. This article talks about how nature can have a powerful effect on wellness.

Flower essences capture the essence of nature. When you aren't able to leave the hustle and bustle of the city but want to feel a sense of peace and well-being similar to being outside in nature, you might want to consider flower essences from different remote regions of the world, untouched by human interference. In the upcoming weeks, we'll feature some flower essence blends and single essences that are made in various regions of the world from remote tropical rainforests to mountaintops. Stay tuned to learn more. Also, feel free to share your most cherished experiences in nature and what feelings and emotions you associate with being outdoors by leaving a comment in the Comments section by clicking on the title of this post.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The secret power of water: how it can affect your life

Water is a phenomenal resource. Our bodies are made up of a large percentage of water. We use water in our everyday lives for drinking, bathing, cooking, and much more, but did you know that water has been shown to hold "memory"? A very interesting experiment conducted by the world-famous researcher Dr. Masaru Emoto from Japan reveals crystalline structures that respond to and capture various music, words, and emotions in different patterns. The implications of this experiment are profound for any vibrational energy healing modality, most especially flower essences which capture the vibration of a type of flower in water. The video below is a fascinating interview with Dr. Emoto. If you do the rice experiment suggested at the end of the video, please share your results in the Comments section by clicking on the title of this post.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Need help releasing old beliefs?

At some point in our lives, we have all likely held tenaciously to a belief even when there is plenty of evidence to the contrary. The most stubborn of such beliefs is usually one that we will go to any lengths to defend and hold on to. When someone or something challenges it, it feels almost like an attack on our individual being and the discomfort and ensuing anxiety seem to be acceptable as we cling tighter to our belief. In some cases, the belief is probably serving a need or purpose and removing it would shatter our perception of the world around us; in cases like that, it is probably best to take gentle, baby steps to understand the underlying issue and carefully create a healthy and supportive environment in which to safely release the belief that no longer serves us anymore. However, at other times, a long-held belief is just that; something that has become a staple in our worldview but doesn't really belong there anymore. For such beliefs, you may consider taking a flower essence such as Couchgrass.

Typically, flower essences gently shift our perception and allow us to examine the psychological underpinning of our thoughts which are often derived from our beliefs. When we realize that a belief is no longer serving us in a particular stage of life, we can let it go. For example, if we formed a belief that only tall people should play sports back when we were in high school and you weren't considered tall, and sometime in your twenties you friends asked you to join a team but you always found yourself missing the community league tryout or were late to practices, you might have subconsciously been sabotaging yourself because your subconscious mind couldn't hold the idea of you playing a sport because you hadn't grown any taller than you were in high school. A flower essence like Couchgrass could help shift your perception in a way that you start noticing people of all sizes and shapes playing all different types of sports whereas before, your mind would only find evidence to support your long-held belief and you wanted to be right, you might have only noticed tall people playing sports. If you were discussing this with your friends, you might have even tried to prove that you were not tall enough to play sports and supported your belief by showing them plenty of evidence to support your argument.

When we get locked into a belief, we spiral into a pattern where at first, quite innocuously, you might start noticing evidence to support your theory which then cements your belief further. The charge and excitement of being right becomes addictive and everywhere you look, you start noticing things to support your story. All of a sudden, you have a whole set of thoughts that form around the belief and pretty soon your behaviors start reflecting the beliefs as well. By this time, if anyone tries to challenge your belief or show you evidence to the contrary, your mind can't even process contradicting information, so you find reasons why the contradictory evidence isn't legitimate. You start feeling even more righteous with every "win" and nugget of perception that supports your belief system. Depending on how important it is to hold true to that belief, your whole life will start forming around it. When you start becoming invested in the belief financially, with your time, and with any other resources, it becomes even harder to extricate yourself from what was once a rather innocuous observation.

Beliefs themselves are not bad. It's a matter of whether a particular belief is serving you and your life at the moment. Beliefs can keep us safe, motivate us, and help us live our lives. Errant beliefs on the other hand can destroy our self-esteem, make life more difficult for us, and undermine our own intuition and self-worth. Flower essences can't change our beliefs without our consent. Flower essences create more space inside of ourselves so we can expand our world-view and examine what works for us and what doesn't. Additionally, they can provide a gentle support so we can do the inner work required to challenge and remove any errant beliefs.

To learn more about the flower essence of Couchgrass, please click here. Leave us a note about a belief you would like to get rid of in the Comments section by clicking on the blog post title. What would your life be like without a belief that is undermining you?

Monday, June 17, 2013

What aspects of a flower are taken into consideration when creating flower essences?

I recently read a very interesting explanation about the various attributes of plants and flowers that are studied in the process of making flower essences. For example, many flower essence practitioners talk about a flower's signatures in determining what qualities they may correspond with in terms of emotions. This article discusses 12 different attributes ranging from a flower's shape to whether it blooms in the daytime or nighttime. What aspects do you focus on when creating your own flower essences? Leave us a comment in the Comments section by clicking on this post's title.

Pop quiz

What do Salma Hayek, Jennifer Aniston, Cate Blanchett, Princess Diana, and Dr. Oz have in common? Hint: There is a reason we are featuring this on a flower essence blog...
The answer will be posted in the next few weeks. In the meantime, feel free to chime in with your guess in the Comments section by clicking on the blog post title.

Coming soon...

In the next few weeks, we will be featuring some very interesting interviews and Q&A sessions with leading flower essence practitioners. We value your comments and questions and read your comments to customize the content based on your feedback. We will be selecting some questions from our blog readers here at Manifest with Flower Essences, so if you have a question you want answered by a flower essence practitioner, this is your chance. Post your questions in the Comments section by clicking on the blog post title and check back often to see the interviews we will be featuring soon.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A Special Treat

Check out this amazing video of different types of flowers up close in a way you might not have seen before. Set to beautiful music, this video is an inspirational treat, especially for those interested in making their own flower essences. Notice the different shapes and colors of the flowers. We'll be talking about the "signature" of different flower types in upcoming posts. A flower's shape, color, texture, groupings, and other details are often used to understand different qualities they represent and are often correlated with the emotional qualities they resonate within people and animals. Were you able to identify the different flowers in this video? With so many talented flower essence practitioners and followers out there, it would be great to compile a list of the flowers featured here. Please leave your best guesses in the Comments section by clicking on the blog post title. Thanks. Enjoy!

Manifest Life Purpose with Flower Essences

Hi Flower Essence Enthusiasts, Today, I want to address the topic of life purpose. It normally seems like a heavy, serious topic, but right now I want to focus on the lighter, playful qualities of it. Many of us have been led along one path or another for various reasons from daily practical ones to those of tradition and every other reason in between. Some of us equate life purpose with making a living. For others, a life purpose seems too frivolous to consider at a time when we are focused on the urgent matters of day-to-day living. All of these are valid thoughts and feelings. I like to define life purpose not as a singular goal to reach and accomplish but as the spark that inspires a way of being; the origin of the spark may change, but the overarching idea is that the spark at each point in life further enhances the desire to fully embody oneself and express his/her innate gifts. If we define life purpose in this way, then we can focus on the lighter, playful qualities of imagination, inspiration, and passion. We can throw in adventure, curiosity, and openness. We can add love and stir to create a delicious, life-affirming experience. Even without knowing specific details about what to do, how to explore, or when to start doing something, we can commit to the idea of being one with our individual life purpose. Flower essences are the perfect partners through this process. A company called Mama Love has a product called "Mama Love for Manifesting Life Purpose" that contains a blend of flower essences combined with essential oils in an organic jojoba oil base. The flower essences and essential oils are selected based on the idea of sparking the imagination and helping provide clarity. To learn more about this product and how you can use it to help you manifest your life purpose with the support of flower essences, check out the Mama Love website. Plan on leaving a comment in the Comments section by clicking on the blog post title to update us on how quickly you started noticing inspiration and synchronicities!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Herbstalk 2013

I had the opportunity to attend Saturday's events of Herbstalk 2013 in Somerville, MA. The workshops and presentations were amazing! The talks were inspiring and full of information. I will be featuring interviews and information from several of the practitioners I met today. If you're in the Boston area, you can attend a full day of events on Sunday June 9, 2013. Visit Herbstalk for more information. Stay tuned for some fascinating information about how to make your own flower essences as well as a special post about aromatherapy!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Creating the life you desire with the help of flower essences

This fascinating article talks about creativity as something that everyone can tap into to create the life you desire. When you feel stuck in the process of manifesting your desires, you may find that these Bach Flower Essences can help remove the blocks that are keeping you from what you desire. Sometimes we aren't even consciously aware that we have blocks, but when we find ourselves stuck in a rut or in a situation we can't get out of, flower essences can shift our perspective and help us move in a different direction. You might find that some or all of the descriptions in this article resonate with you. Bookmark this blog so you can come back and leave us a comment in the Comments section by clicking on the blog post title. Let us know how these flower essences helped you create the life of your dreams!

Flower essences from wildflowers

Flower essences are made from hundreds of different types of flowers. They can also be made from bushes and trees. There is also a line of essences made from gemstones. Flower essences can be made from flowers from a garden, but several flower essence practitioners and companies have found that flowers growing in different geographies capture different energies. Flor Alchemy has a line of flower essences created from wildflowers from places such as Corsica. Flor Alchemy also has a line of flower essence tinctures. To learn more about the advantages of wildflower flower essences as well as to find out what flower essence tinctures are, watch the video below.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A flower essence formula for emotional healing and peace

Many current emotional blocks are often those formed in early childhood. Unhealed traumas that have left their mark can be dissolved with flower essence combination formulas. A flower essence formula is usually composed of several different flower essences that are selected specifically to work together synergistically. Open Heart flower essence formula is composed of 7 flower essences to help with the emotional healing process. To learn more, visit Natural Path's page here.

Monday, June 3, 2013

FlorAlive Uncut Flower Essences

Flower essences have typically been made by cutting a flower or several flowers and placing them in a bowl of water to "solarize" them. In this video, Dr. Davis introduces FlorAlive Uncut Flower Essences. Uncut flowers are thought to be even more potent since the flowers maintain their life when they are created into flower essences. The life energy of the flowers are preserved and captured using Dr. Davis' unique method. You can learn about his unique and powerful line of FlorAlive Uncut Flower Essences in the video below.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Flower essences to release stuck emotions to help relieve tight muscles

It's fascinating to see how the body-mind is a symbiotic relationship of the physical body and emotional body; that is, emotions can become stuck in the body. Using the concept of meridians and energetic blocks, flower essences can be used to help dissolve the blocks, thus relaxing muscle tightness and tenseness. These ideas along with specific flower essences are discussed in this article.

Bach Flower Essences for Alleviating Painful Menstrual Cramps

Sometimes, case studies offer insight on how different people's symptoms respond to flower essences. This article from the Bach Flower Research Programme features several case studies of how various Bach Flower essences such as Olive, Oak, Centaury, and other essences were used topically and orally to help alleviate pain.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Using Bach Flower remedies on various points on the body

Flower essences can be used in many different ways. Typically, most flower essence practitioners recommend take several drops of a flower essence orally a few times a day. Some flower essences come in spray bottles. Bach's Rescue Remedy comes in several different forms including in a bottle with a dropper, a spray, gum, and pastilles which are like a candy that can be eaten.

Flower essences can also be used topically on the body and absorbed through the skin. Bach Flower Massage, a book by Daneiel Lo Rito talks about using different Bach Flower remedies on different points on the body.

In this video, Robert Labensart shares the story of someone who noticed changes within 3 applications of a homeopathic preparation of a Bach Flower remedy applied on various points on her body. The resulting change yielded a drastic improvement in the type of relationship she attracted. Watch the video below to learn more.

Flower Essences for Grief

Everyone faces loss at some point in their lives. Loss is one of the most difficult things to face. Suppressing emotions is not healthy though in the immediate aftermath of a tragic or unexpected loss, there is a tendency to shut down or avoid the overwhelming feelings that arise. Flower essences help deal with the mix of emotions that come up during difficult times. This article addresses which Bach Flower remedies help ease grief. These flower essences can be used for people as well as for pets including dogs.