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Plant Spirit Essences Contents: Introduction……………………………………………………………….3 1. Four leafed clover – Talk with Nature Spirits………………8 2. Five leafed clover – Dynamic Will…………………………..8 3. Hawthorn – Innocent Heart…………………………………… 8 4. Wild Thyme – Mother of Intuition…………………………...8 5. Stinking Iris – Finding invisible Limitations………………..9 6. Comfrey – Cut past negativity……………………………….10 7. Rosa Rugosa – Sense of Self…………………………………..10 8. St. John’s Wort – Wake up…………………………………….10 9. Nasturtium – Protect Happiness……………………………..10 10. Purple Foxglove – Doorway to Faery Realms………………11 11. White Foxglove – Doorway to Spirit Realms………………..11 12. Mountain White Gentian and Dakini – Kaleidoscope of the Future…………………………………………………………….1 2 13. Touch-Me-Not – Protect the Heart……………………………12 14. Blue Morning Glory – Power Plant Ally……………………..13 15. Datura – Power Plant Ally……………………………………..13
16. Pennyroyal – Purifier…………………………………………..15 Snowdrop – Simplicity…………………………………………15 17. Cowslip – Give up Overwhelm……………………………….16 18. Sunflower – Grow into Yourself……………………………… 17 19. Papaya – Make my own decisions………………………... …17 20. Flamingo Lily – Pleasure Principle…………………………..18 21. Vipers Bugloss – Unbinding Power………………………….18 22. Ivy Leafed Toadflax – The Spirit of the Gate………………..19 23. Lily of the Valley – Notice……………………………………..20 24. Periwinkle – Dynamism……………………………………. ….20 25. Cuckoo Pint – Astral strength………………………………… 20 26. Gorse – Object of Desire……………………………………… 21 27. Hedge Woundwort – Spirit guardian………………………..21 28. Nine-petalled Buttercup – Adaptability……………………..21 29. Water Forget-me-not – Etheric consciousness…………….22 30. Self-Heal – Dream experience………………………………..23 31. Oxtongue – Find sense in suffering…………………….23 32. Chickweed –I am good enough……………………...…24 33. Black Tulip – Unique & Individual………………………27 34. Cornflower – Vision………………………………………27 35. Centaury – Balance……………………………………….28 36. Rose Bay Willow Herb – Grow anew…………………..28 37. Scarlet Pimpernel – Create with laughter…………....29
38. Yellow Archangel – Basic Sanity………………………..30 39. Bluebell………………………………………………….....31 40. Honesty……………………………………………………..31
‘As above. Plants and flowers gladden the heart with their beauty and raise our spirits when we are down. mostly not even our love or respect. That is to say they work powerfully. Working with the Plant Spirits will not only help us to heal. With experience you will find your own words and explanations. we take them completely for granted – yet still they give us everything including their own life-force. The explanations in this booklet use the language of my particular training and experience – this is how I have translated what each plant spirit told me. Beyond personal healing. We give nothing to plants. helping . These Plant Spirit Essences have been made with the greatest of care under the direction of each Plant Spirit itself. Plants are the basis of all the food we eat. bringing us the realization that we all depend on each other. yet subtly in the background. the message from the Plant Spirit is that we need to wake up (and fast) to the global pollution and destruction of natural habitats that we are causing – or we humans may not survive at all. yet the essence will be the same.4 Introduction We human beings depend entirely upon the plant life on this planet for our very existence. so below’ is a universal doctrine – your words may differ from mine. The range will gradually be expanded and explained more over time. All the medicines of modern medical science have their origin in plants. It has taken a year and many thousands of miles of travelling to put together this small collection. Plant Spirit Essences work at the level of spirit. even the air we breathe. The Plant Spirit is truly the greatest of all friends to humanity. it will gradually awaken in us the love and respect for all of Mother Earth and her inhabitants.
Hold it in your hand – does it feel right? If your mind is not too busy you may even notice a message from the . nothing to react with (unless you are sensitive to brandy). empowerment. They work purely at the level of Spirit (where your spirit meets the plant spirit) and the subtle body systems. Healing. Choose for yourself. to explain some of their actions in terms of Oriental Medicine – acupuncture.5 us to understand our situation. in the way you want to work on them. Physically there is nothing to see. and change. Talk to the plant spirit in your mind and ask for help. Which ones call you? Which ones feel right? 3. though by no means exhaustive. not the ones you feel you ought to have because someone says you are a certain way. and physical. I have chosen. Not the ones someone else says. Here are a few methods which may help: 1. 2. emotional. the chakras and so on. happens as a result of this process. The Essences are not like pills. are good ones. Taking the essences is really a process of learning. mental. Work on the things that you want to work on. Read the explanations in this booklet. they do not work at all like conventional medicines and it would be a mistake to think of them in this way. How to Choose Essences The general principle when choosing Essences is to choose the ones you want. therefore. They contain none of the physical plant material and are simply spring water containing the vibration of the Spirit and brandy to stop the water spoiling. providing us with tools to move through our difficulties. Use your intuition to guide you to each essence. I am confident that the explanations. Look at pictures of the flowers or see them in your mind’s eye.
If you also allow yourself some quiet contemplative time each day. or Angel to direct you to what you need. including these plant spirits. empowering the vision and intent of a positive future. you will really begin to realize the amazing potential that working with plant spirits holds. Either drop straight into the mouth or put in a glass of water. a word. 5. The effects of taking the Essences is enduring. Thirdly. realizing after a while that they are interdependent and moveable. Choosing will be easier. How to use the Essences Take 4 drops 4 times per day. Take Four leafed clover essence for a month. What you have gained so far will stay with you. 4. yet the process is flexible.6 plant spirit itself – an image. and the continuing influence of the plant spirit will diminish very fast – being mostly gone within a day and completely gone within 3 days. a feeling. you are working on the interrelation of your beliefs with your experience. a sensation. . If the spirit is taking you through change at a rate you are not able to withstand then stop taking it. Taking the Essences is a spiritual practice in itself. it is a powerful act of magick. This will improve your ability to resonate with Nature Spirits. Ask for help from your Guide. not fixed. Firstly it is a practice of discipline and of mindfulness. If you have not consciously communicated with your Guides before. maybe more. Secondly. know and trust that they are always with you and allow them to show you. Dedicating any benefit you receive from taking the Essences for all beings (including yourself!) is a powerful way to protect and multiply that benefit.
Start today and continue for the rest of your life. meditation will empower you in this life. The ‘demon’ ego. When I mention meditation in this booklet I mean shamatha and vipasyana. Commercially produced herbs have lost their spirit. by for example the psychoanalytical tradition. It doesn’t matter what your religion. dualistic ego. limiting. ‘Ego’ is also used. and beyond. what your spiritual path. This is not the place to talk in depth about meditation so please refer to some of the many books available on the subject and find a teacher. how you choose to express what you find. That is the smug. You can also take the Spirit Essence of any plants that you are taking as herbal extracts. People mean many things these days by ‘meditation’. A Note on Meditation and the Ego There is no greater gift that you can give yourself than learning how to meditate. When I mention the ‘ego’ I mean the ‘negative ego’. That is to say Calm Abiding through the Practice of Mindfulness and Insight. you could say. to mean ‘sense of self’ (from the Latin ego ‘I am’). . The ego always works against our best interest and continually tricks us into adopting its agenda as our own. Taking the Spirit Essence as well as the herb will greatly enhance the effectiveness of the herb.7 You can use many Essences together – they do not interfere with each other. It is the basic (ie forming the base or foundation) meditation. selfish. in death. Evening Primrose and Hawthorn herbs benefit especially well. of all spiritual paths. St John’s Wort. explicit or implicit.
8 At no time in this booklet do I use ‘ego’ to mean sense of self. yet always fulfilling. This distinction as I use it comes from the teachings of the Buddha Dharma and further study in that system will make the meaning clear if you don’t already understand. A healthy sense of self is very important and we should distinguish carefully between our sense of self and the ego. David Harris Warwickshire Sept 2006 . And finally… It is my sincerest hope and wish that these Plant Spirit Essences enrich your life and help you to develop the qualities and abilities to overcome your difficulties and limitations whatever they may be. I hope your experience of taking them is just as fulfilling. sometimes difficult. The process of bringing them to you has been sometimes joyous.
Four leafed clover – Talk with Nature Spirits: Our 4 leafed clover essence is made with 4 plant spirits from high in the Kaueranga valley in New Zealand.9 The Spirit Essences 1. It helps open us to the dimension of wonder and magick in nature. It gently and progressively opens the door to our psychic nature in general. In this way. It can be taken continuously over a long period and will constantly bring you fresh insights into the miracles of Nature – and how you are a part of that miracle! 2. Five leafed clover is always red and works with the dynamic of Fire – it is very dynamic and transformative! By itself it strengthens and balances the Will. Hawthorn – Innocent Heart: Protects innocence. . Connects with the deepest heart essence of pure intent. that we are unlimited. helps heal the deep cause of heart problems. 3. Helps rebuild self-value. The presence of the 4th leaf shows that a nature spirit has made its home in the clover. Eases the heart through spaciousness. beautiful and free. It strengthens the effects of any essence(s) that it is mixed with. It works with what it finds in the intention – so take it with a specific purpose in mind. I have found it to be very helpful and well-disposed towards human beings. Five leafed clover – Dynamic Will: Our essence contains the spirit essence of 5 5 leafed clovers all found within 5 minutes in a very magickal spot in the Kaueranga valley. reminding a very deep part of us that truly we exist beyond cares and concerns. teaching us how to talk with nature spirits direct and bringing us a certain type of stability and peacefulness. trust and love of self and others.
5. Psychic abilities (siddhis) develop as a matter of course with the progressive integration of the personality. Taken over time builds penetrating psychic awareness to gradually widening spheres. Taking this essence can be quite challenging. then sit or lie down and just feel. Stinking Iris – Finding invisible Limitations: Saturnine. Underworld. dance with the Wild Thyme spirit under the Full Moon. Combine Comfrey with Hedge Woundwort and Snowdrop for a while before taking Stinking Iris. the more our psychic abilities (which are a natural part of us) develop.10 4. Take it under a New Moon on top of a hill in as wild/ natural a place in the countryside as you can find. or as obscurations are removed (which is another way of saying the same thing) on the spiritual path. Brings clarity concerning problems where we always get stuck and have no idea why. The gate to the underworld. Alternatively. This establishes your . These simple exercises will bring much greater benefits and insights than you may presently believe. The spirit of Wild Thyme reminds us (and shows us!) that the more we open to universal love and genuine compassion. Good to show the cause of eg Fertility problems and seeing the root of a problem. The energy of Wild Thyme is beautiful and ethereal. Then relax in the stillness. Metal Element (esp Large Intestine meridian). We learn more and more how to use our intuition. Brings knowledge of ancestral patterns which have come down to the present. Maybe ask Bluebell for help in composing a prayer to the Goddess (or whatever your vision of the Creator is). though not particularly a protector. Begin first with Comfrey if you have no experience of Underworld working. Wild Thyme – Mother of Intuition: Awakens and strengthens psychic and empathic abilities. lunar and feminine.
Just as the rose’s beauty is protected by its thorns. especially those with roots in very early childhood. 7. In this way helps connect us with our inspiration and . Then when the previously invisible patterns of your Underworld become visible. Releases the Large Intestine meridian and empowers the Lung meridian. in simplicity. 6. with a strong sense of self we value the beauty of life and know when it is appropriate to protect ourselves. Good all round Metal Element remedy. you will comprehend them and re-integrate them easily. John’s Wort – Wake up: Sunshine. Rosa Rugosa – Sense of Self: Brings protection to the Heart in the sense that it helps us distinguish our sense of self from the ego. in a negative way. Comfrey – Cut past negativity: Whatever we have done in the past. White Rosa Rugosa: Better for those who need to find more time and space for the beauty of simplicity. Strengthens the pineal/ spleen connection and solar plexus chakra. St. Combines well with talking therapy also. and whatever the past has done to us. Red Rosa Rugosa: Better for those who need more passion and involvement with life. 8. Comfrey brings the perspective of a type of nonattachment which allows us to cut the cycle of repeating negative patterns.11 Guides and Allies at the level of the Heart and empowers your sense of inspiration in the Now. we carry with us in the present – either in conscious awareness or slightly submerged. Modern medical research is looking at Comfrey as a curative in cancer – the correlative of this in its spirit is its ability to help us release limiting conditioned behaviours.
This space of peace arises naturally when we connect to the harmony of Nature. This nasturtium essence also includes a Sentinel or guardian spirit that actively deters people from interfering with you. her sphere of operation is above the Void in the realms of spiritual manifestation. teaching us in the mean time to love and protect our Mother Earth. thus allowing lesions to heal from within. situated below the heart) and thereby acts as a shield from psychic vampirism and/or emotional manipulation. Sets a shield in the aura. This word is secret in the real sense that it is incapable of being told to anyone else. White Foxglove – Doorway to Spirit Realms: Sister of the purple foxglove. Nasturtium – Protect Happiness: The Will to live and enjoy. especially that stemming from giving away power in interpersonal relationships. Raises the vitality of the Gao Huang (the palace of the life force. And this is what purple foxglove enables us to do. 11. She may ask you for a password before she guides you in her realms.12 enthusiasm to rebuild positive expectation. 10. Purple Foxglove – Doorway to Faery Realms: This essence has been used as a doorway & guide to the Faery realms and to empower Astral projection generally. 9. Helps depression. The herb’s association with helping the heart is a reflection from the power of the spirit to connect us with the Void space of peace beyond ego attachment. Also good for helping us re-establish good relationships with food where these have gone awry. if we have lost that connection. Restores Will and Faith in life and love after suffering from abusive people or situations. It is linked to the 3rd Eye/ Ajna chakra and in finding it you will find what is necessary and how to be in order to link with the White Foxglove and .
In Chinese medicine. the most active volcano in New Zealand. Mountain White Gentian and Dakini – Kaleidoscope of the Future: Gathered from the slopes of Mount_________.13 your own higher spiritual nature. Work first with Purple Foxglove and then with White Foxglove and they will show you how to find your word. the energy of this plant spirit would appear along the wood-metal axis. It opens the door to the future with uncompromising clarity – ground yourself well and if it’s still a bit much. Her assistance is very helpful in divination and in the over-view of creating new systems and strategies. This essence opens us again to the kaleidoscope of possible futures that are ours already and helps us to realize that we are free and able to choose whichever we will. Through negativity we close down our expectations and eventually lose sight of any possibility in our Future. . take an essence such as Hedge woundwort to re-establish the awareness at the Heart Centre. 12. She protects the outer layer of the aura – like a ‘bell cover’: you are ‘clad in spirit’ and lower energies do not see you or do not comprehend you. This is a unique and very special essence as a White Dakini appeared and blessed it with her energy (of purifying clarity). The virtue of this essence is to widen our view of our possible futures. eg White Gentian. White Foxglove is closely connected with the energy of the Governor meridian in acupuncture and brings you vision from the overall perspective of your spirit. settling instead for an uninspired present and a vague belief that we are somehow ‘fated’ to be miserable and unfulfilled. The actual implementation from the realm of spirit is then facilitated by.
feeling hurt. It is nothing of the sort. even encouraged as some kind of ‘naïve optimism’. wishing upon a star. In acupuncture terms this is the essence to bring discriminating awareness/ discernment (Water) to the Heart Protector (Fire). dreaming utopian fantasies. thus re-establishing the links of loving communication at all levels. This state is all too often accepted and indulged in our society. different. confused and unloved. better.14 13. enabling us to talk through the painful situation. may well be virtues – escapism. and optimism as hope. Touch-Me-Not – Protect the Heart: This essence was gathered from Far North Queensland in Australia. yearning for what we don’t have and therefore buying stuff) and all too often results in the dreadful ‘sweetness and light’ kind of spirituality which is really neither ‘sweet’ nor ‘light’! . 14. Touch-me-not strengthens the Heart Protector. wishing we were far away. If our Heart Protector is over-sensitive we can shut down and withdraw into ourselves at the slightest provocation. that is so necessary for our well-being. The Heart Protector is also called the Circulation Sex meridian and touch-me-not helps re-establish the right balance between Will and Flow (Fire and Water) to empower sexual energy. Naivety as innocence. during monsoon – the prevailing environmental conditions enhancing its natural qualities of balancing Fire & Water Elements. This is exploited by consumerism (to keep us unhappy. we can become depressed. however. traps us where we are (ie where we don’t want to be) – its message is pessimism (the utopia is distant and unattainable). Blue Morning Glory – Power Plant Ally: When we wish to ‘escape’ from where we are or even what we are. hankering after the land of milk and honey.
This is what Datura teaches. The Herb has traditionally been used as a kind of astral-projection rocket fuel! Opening the central channel has the effect of allowing communication between the chakras. Datura – Power Plant Ally: Taking this essence is a journey of initiation. beyond the level of normal conceptual awareness. which is another way of saying the same thing. As this awareness strengthens.15 The initiation of morning glory puts us beyond the need to escape by gradually awakening in us the understanding that we are beings who exist within and also beyond time and space. that the problems that we are ‘escaping from’ aren’t as ‘real’ or solid as we may have believed. It also enables communication with extra-terrestrial intelligences and combines well with Moldavite crystal essence for this purpose. It is therefore very useful to use with any kind of self-development work. Up to Ajna (brow) chakra this allows for gradual integration of the personality. It brings our awareness to the part of us that is beyond death. The practical upshot of working with Datura Spirit – the mechanics of how it works are this: it sounds very nice to let go of our limited self (and it . The perspective of infinite space and time. the dream-like quality of life (and death) becomes more apparent and the movement of kundalini through the upper chakras is empowered. brings a willingness to cooperate with our circumstances as well as a natural understanding that we can change things if we want to. It opens the central channel of the subtle body system. (For people who have experienced unwanted interference from Aliens there are protectors that are very efficient – please contact the author) 15. In order to travel with Datura we have to ‘let go’ of our limited self.
the greed and apathy. carrying us beyond to an abiding sense of a greater reality. In other words.16 is). the paranoia and fear. the would-be shaman goes through a death-rebirth initiation. takes the process beyond reason. yet if we look at what constitutes this ‘limited self’ we will get an idea of the process involved. seeing their lack of substance (‘reality’) we can let them ‘die’ and move beyond. is a powerful way of fixing in the psyche a view of beyond-death to allow us to stay sane & aware through the most powerful of mental/emotional risings. developing our intuition as a guide. Datura daytime essence: collected during the late afternoon allows the process to begin while the ‘sunlight’ of reason maintains a certain control. working with the Spirit essence rather than the herb. For us. The limited self is all the negativity. unlocks our deepest fears and blocks. The power of Power is always Love and Love is in essence One. we can expect gradually to ‘see beyond’ the limited self and to gain this view especially when our more difficult emotions and attachments/ aversions rise. Uncompromising clarity is certainly the love expressed by Datura – so hurry slowly! . This ‘death-initiation’ so-called. the hatred and the ‘reassuring smallness’ and so on. yet manifests in many ways. but see through them. Remember this is a Power Ally. To let go of these things means that they rise strongly in the mind and we don’t get caught out by them. To use Datura safely in its herbal form. Datura nightime essence: collected at night under the particular influence of Sirius.
that is exactly the way in which they are lazy’. It interrupts the process by which the ego hijacks our consciousness. rather than do. he replied. Pennyroyal will help you identify where you habitually go wrong and by helping you understand it/ experience it in a different way.17 16. Pennyroyal – Purifier: Links the crown and base chakras. 17. open the door again to our innocent nature and the happiness that comes from our contentment simply to be. Secondly. This is the first way we can use it: to empower our sense of simple happiness in being – even amidst the hurry-scurry of our daily lives. Snowdrop – Simplicity: A great Buddhist master once said that the trouble with Western people is that we are very lazy. our heads full of thousand stories – we want happiness. The same vision and strength is applied successively to each of the chakras in turn bringing many benefits including the release old patterns and limiting concepts. What he was referring to is the neurotic compulsive way we rush around. beliefs and traits of others as a ‘rescue’. When it was pointed out to him that we rush around doing thousands of things and in fact are hardly ever still at all. ‘Yes. however. help you get past it. Snowdrop essence can’t give you that! It can. The process is one of integration of the personality by recognizing and working with our own patterns and also by seeing where we have adopted the attitudes. yet we seem to do our best to avoid it. Pennyroyal gives us the vision and the strength to undertake the journey which is actually a purification of karma. For Buddhists the ultimate happiness comes with the enlightenment of Buddhahood. In other words where we have lied to ourselves and submerged our true character through confusion and adopted the view of an external strong Will (either of a person or of a system). this .
In other words it helps restore our centre. optimism. We do this obviously. motivation and joy – strengthening the basis of these qualities: a worthy sense of self. we desperately push everything and everyone away. freeing us from the sense of overwhelm and restoring genuine communication (give and take) with those around us. Cowslip restores the vitality of the Stomach meridian and the Earth element generally. (see also Papaya) Sunflower – Grow into Yourself: Sunflower brings us the qualities of courage. The Buddhists would say that this is all to be gained from shamatha anyway – and they are right! And this is another clue. This is an initial step in re-building Will. We build a personality of being downtrodden to manipulate those around us and justify internally by telling ourselves that ‘I do so much to help others all the time’. allowing us to act and react in a straightforward uncontrived manner. Cowslip – Give up Overwhelm: When we feel overwhelmed by life. working at the level of the solar plexus chakra and its association with the spleen. It is therefore useful when our neurotic mind has entangled us so much that we feel somehow ‘inauthentic’ and don’t know what to do for the best. or (more often) subtly – we begin to mis-time events and meetings to avoid people and situations (making it look all the time like we ‘can’t help it’).18 innocence empowers our confidence from beyond the realm of the conceptual/ neurotic mind. 18. . It teaches us to make the best of what we already have/ are while encouraging personal growth born out of enthusiasm. Just as a sunflower seed will produce a perfect mini- 19. We don’t take anything in and we don’t really give anything out – we just want everyone else to think we do. This is what drains us of energy.
These effectively prevent us from experiencing our own life in an authentic way. It helps us to build confidence and very importantly to realize that contentment is kin with gratitude/ generosity and not with stagnation or any kind of smug self-satisfaction. These ‘parasites’ stay in the system until removed.19 sized plant if left in a small pot and grow rapidly to a giant if planted in the ground. its spirit essence teaches us to display joyfully and proudly what we are while realizing that it is good and natural to get motivated about our goals and growth. Related to this main function. . These ‘parasites’ appear in the mind as ‘should/ shouldn’t’ rules and are accompanied by an emotional discomfort. It combines well with periwinkle to get us moving. Papaya – Make my own decisions: The energy of the Papaya spirit is very strong and direct – like all tropical plants. Papaya’s second virtue is to increase our sense of ‘righteousness’ (related to the Metal Element in Chinese Medicine) whereby further attempts to parasitize us are repelled. Its main virtue is in expelling ‘parasites’ from the solar plexus and unhooking us from the grab of those who attempt to dominate us by imposing fallacious moral/ ethical ‘codes’ on us for their own ends. with orchid to bring our desire and passion back when they are dulled. When we ‘fail’ (it feels like this) to oust the invader it shows we are carrying one or more psychic parasites. a sense of struggle as our own will tries to oust the invading will. The physical correlative of this is stomach/ digestive problems – we cannot take in experience (food) satisfactorily and so cannot make proper decisions and value judgements (digestion) based on that. Sunflower helps us to shine! 20. with Alfalfa or Dandelion to deepen our root to give us the basis for further growth.
strength develops out of necessity – it has to develop for us to carry on functioning. . Vipers Bugloss – Unbinding Power: A problem often encountered in developing the psychic part of our nature is that our sensitivity can develop before our strength. Commonly we lose our Root and our View – this can lead to extremes mentally. More therapeutically. 22. which is a vibrant life-force expressed in enthusiasm and joy. Female Papaya is particularly suited to dealing with these issues when related to Ancestral limitation patterns concerning eg ‘purity’ and ‘sin’ – especially those attached to heavy judgementalism and controlthrough-guilt. We begin to understand that the Power of Love is the same as and different from the Love of Power: it is the same inasmuch as it is the Love which is Power. It is different from happiness (see snowdrop) yet happiness and pleasure together produce a synergy.20 Male Papaya is useful for problems now. The main effect of this is to increase our personal magnetism. Flamingo Lily – Pleasure Principle: Pleasure is an ever-rolling dynamic between desire and fulfilment. emotionally and physically. This is not a comfortable process. 21. actually an alchemy. Flamingo lily connects us with this exuberant force in Nature. We learn from Vipers Bugloss that Power is Love. it is different insofar as the ego perverts it into dualisms eg tyranny/ slavery. Flamingo lily connects the Heart centre and the gonads (in women & men) so is very useful especially for couples engaged in tantric work or Taoist dual-cultivation methods. The ego has done such a thorough job of enslaving us that we can even be suspicious or afraid of developing our Power. In this case.
If you are ready to move to a new space – literally or metaphorically – yet somehow seem blocked then the Guardian of the Gate is blocking your way. It is out of these insecurities that we can strike with venom. The sting is always that of the ego. It can also unbind you from charms and glamours thrown by others. . which is another way of saying that it progressively unbinds the chakras.21 It is this perversion of Power by the ego that taps our insecurities as our psychic abilities develop. Or. feel as if we have been terribly wounded because we are over-sensitive. 23. injuring those around us. also known as the rise of the Kundalini Shakti. Use this remedy to help in balancing your psychic development. a new experience of life. In this way it unbinds us gradually from the ego. Good also for shape-shifting. To pass through the gate is a type of death/ re-birth experience – leaving one realm behind and entering a new realm. Vipers Bugloss helps us see through this illusion and taken over time raises the vibration of the soul in its journey on the Path of Return (of the Kabbalah). Wood (decision). Ivy Leafed Toadflax – The Spirit of the Gate: It is related to all acupuncture points with door or gate in their name – especially those on Water (will). and Metal (discernment) meridians. Very good when combined with White Gentian. and/ or if you are perhaps oversensitive. The snake and spider signature of Vipers Bugloss is akin to that of the scorpion in other cultures – notably the Tibetan and Egyptian. indeed. Ivy Leafed Toadflax brings you awareness of what you need to work on to pass through your gate and helps you to do it. A gate links two spaces and also keeps them separate.
It is this synchronicity that allows access to that particular sort of calm in which higher abilities develop. It has an affinity with the throat chakra and can thus bring this dynamic quality to our speech – helping us to say what we need to say. the sort of calm – which is the balance between tension & relaxation/ tone & spaciousness/ cognisance and emptiness – is the calm of the Heart space in Chinese medicine. . Periwinkle – Dynamism: Periwinkle is about getting going! It can help to bring us the dynamism needed to move forward with projects and in our life generally. it is obvious whether they are synchronized or not. you will notice its effects more and actually enhance them. Incidentally. No wonder then. 25. when we need to say it. no higher abilities can develop. While we see/ experience our mind and brain as one thing.22 24. Lily of the Valley – Notice: Firstly Lily of the Valley disconnects the train of the consecutive thought process and then allows our awareness to expand into the layers of our aura. This brings an enriched experience of our interaction with the world around us – we notice what is going on more fully and in more detail. that as a herb Lily of the Valley has been used as a heart and cardiovascular tonic. The paradox is that while the mind and brain remain undifferentiated they cannot be synchronized – by seeing/ experiencing them as separate. It can help with all problems characterized by stuckness and lack of energy flow (and in this regard is useful for Liver qi stagnation). If you take this essence while continuing in your daily life. when you sit quietly.
empowers the present). Gorse helps us to channel that desire into what we want.23 26. The Stomach meridian of our culture generally. This is the natural expression of energy running through the Stomach meridian. 28. you could say. Gorse – Object of Desire: Just as the orchid spirits can help us re-connect with our desire when we have lost it. Its particular connection with the heart centre also brings knowledge of and communication with your own spirit guardians and power allies. Gorse helps us to differentiate between what we want and what others have hypnotized us into believing we want. Cuckoo Pint – Astral strength: Cuckoo Pint strengthens the astral body in all its aspects and is an infallible guide on the astral plane. . To know what we want is very useful – it empowers us in many ways and also makes us less susceptible to giving away our power. With a little thought you will see many possible uses for Cuckoo Pint in your magick. all positive and life-enhancing. has gone mad: we are ‘super-consumers’ of many more things (food and also objects) than we can really use/ ‘digest’. Gorse can help us to define or refine that desire into what we actually want: it is connected with determining the object of our desire. These may manifest in many ways. Hedge Woundwort – Spirit guardian: Hedge Woundwort heals old emotional wounds. The ego uses old emotional wounds to keep us trapped in the past and in pain. if we gain its cooperation there. Desire is oriented towards the future (and in its positive manifestation. The sign that this is happening is that memories and feelings that we had long forgotten surface again. It naturally retrieves parts of our soul that we may have lost. When wounded we can be 27. encouraging us to blame and manipulate others.
WFMN separates the physical & etheric slightly. . Buttercup also helps us to recognize our inner passion and bring it forward in word or deed. the etheric becomes more and more tightly stuck to the physical – almost like shrink wrap. when you are moving around and busy WFMN works away in the 30.24 desperate and vicious. a lack-lustre appearance and a lack of enthusiasm. Certainly there will be tiredness. We may either give in to this or (typically) re-double our efforts. During the day. Water Forget-me-not – Etheric consciousness: The transmission of qi (energy) in the body depends upon the relation of the etheric and the physical: they need to slide over one another like membranes. Busy-ness in the mind causes the etheric to adhere at places to the physical and the qi cannot flow. becoming upset or irritated when we have to change (usually it is someone else’s fault!). Nine-petalled Buttercup – Adaptability: The virtue of this essence is adaptability – the particular sort of adaptability that is needed when we tend to plan our life and goals in a rigid fashion. you will notice how WFMN is working more when you sit quietly or do qigong. It is the essence of water moving slowly and gently – its power is coiling. producing periods of frenetic activity followed by collapse. mimicking deep relaxation or the early stages of sleep. uncaring of ourselves or others. Under great mental stress or mental disquiet for a long time. 29. Hedge woundwort is the essence of loving care that gives us the supportive internal space to heal. The qi flow is greatly reduced and illness is not far away. This does not mean that we become sleepy or relaxed automatically – as with eg Lily of the Valley. sinuous and silken.
This truly empowers our sleeping and also waking life.25 background. except that in dreams we have less control so that the habitual emotional states are stronger. We do not need to be fully lucid in dream for this to occur – we need a background awareness that we are dreaming and a willingness to experience the emotions without denying them or over-indulging in them. from the higher parts or our nature and from the environment to restore the etheric body. It allows energy from the breath. These qualities are what Self-Heal bring. Its virtue is in bringing awareness to the etheric body in oneself and others. . This is similar to waking life. Oxtongue – Find sense in suffering: Oxtongue brings a sense of equilibrium and strengthens the Hara. It is thus good to use in conjunction with Taiqi practice and for Energy working/ healing at the level of the qi. The emotional content of normal dreams relates to the successive suppression of emotions through the glandular system. It also brings forward an innate knowledge of how the breath connects with the energy of the body. 31. even the worst of nightmares becomes useful and even welcome. more visible. This. If we have more consciousness in the dream state we can experience the ‘layers’ of suppression of emotions. It is easy to meditate and do all 32. In this way all dreams. arriving at the clear space of resolution or freedom. very valuable attribute of Self-Heal has not been published before. Mentally and emotionally WFMN allows the awareness to expand at the level of the etheric. Self-Heal – Dream experience: In dream the organization of our conscious awareness changes in emphasis from a great involvement of the linearrational mind to much more associative and emotional.
Already we see a possibility. Chickweed – I am good enough: Culpepper indicates Chickweed’s use in skin problems. some kind of hope in the situation. Our skin is our point of contact with the world. our dullness fully. our depression is a step in the right direction. This involves trying to deny. as .26 kinds of self-development work when we feel good and inspired. 33. It defines the limit of what we normally consider to be ‘us’. In other words we wander off into the projections of our mind. how we ‘fell for it’. This shows that we have not fallen completely for the story of depression. All too often when we feel down we let everything drop. This inevitably ends in disappointment and we collapse back into depression and dullness again. without being thrown by it – without believing it and without running away from it (both of which strengthen it). We can carry this into our daily life. that our depression exists – that we can feel better by just fantasizing that we are. This like the old saying: we leave our elephant at home and look for its footprints in the forest. Deciding to ‘tackle’ our tricky mind. In meditation this is not to be swayed by the fantasies of our mind and emotions: it is a perspective. a ground of ordinariness. our suffering. somehow. a view. We go for all kinds of treatments looking for a ‘magic pill’. What we do next is usually try to ‘escape’ somehow from where we are. Oxtongue brings a type of equanimity which is stability. This in itself is a liberation and further. The energy of Oxtongue connects us with a sort of courage or fearlessness so that we can experience our depression. Out of this a clarity develops where we see the pattern of how we were tricked by the ego. we begin more & more to trust in our own ability to cope with whatever life throws at us.
through words or physical contact. professionally or in any other way. we make a policy not to say ‘no’ and decide this is because we are a Good Person (that is. when we really want to say no and decide . We say yes. personally. we are rebuffed and the negative fantasy is fulfilled – the ‘reality’ that we aren’t good enough is strengthened. the ego attacks us at our weakest points to impede or dissuade us. Often it arouses our sense of not being worthy or ‘good enough’ to create a conflict between what we want and what we feel we are capable of. As always. The Heart is disturbed and the agitation causes disturbance in the Wind/ Air of the body (this manifests as itching).27 opposed to ‘everything else’. the ‘redemption’. There are a few common ways this comes out. it is the ‘face’ that we show to the world. When there is conflict between the ‘face’ that we want to show outwardly and how we feel inwardly. we want to appear to be so. and we continue to be dependent for our self-esteem on the whims of others. Either we get the reassurance we crave – in which case the control. not us. When we try to move forward in our life. to try to soothe the feeling of ‘not being good enough’. the ego is at the root of the problem – telling us we are not good enough as we are. to the world at large). From this view of ourselves as unworthy also comes a great dislike of saying ‘no’. Or. this can manifest in skin problems. These are the horns of this particular dilemma. appears to lie outside o f us. We are dealing with a Heart chakra imbalance and its manifestation in the Fire and Metal elements. This is a no-win situation. More than this. the father side) to seek reassurance from the outside. An impulse arises from the Heart centre (from the right side.
redness etc) and the joints (rheumatism. The external manifestations of this ego-conflict arise in the skin (conditions characterized by itching. One upshot of this is that we don’t allow ourselves to get ahead in life. or Air doesn’t feed Fire). going almost immediately into compensating behaviour.28 that this is because other people are more important than us. I am valuable.’ We can be on both sides of this coin at different times.’ Quite often people fall for it and only we know the truth – what we are really saying is: ‘I feel like a nobody. The root is that we feel unworthy/ not good enough as we are. Please tell me I am valuable. intestinal problems and either weight gain or gauntness. We say ‘no’ and feel terrible about it. (NB not all problems of the skin and joints arise from this pattern. This is the same pattern except that ‘no’ is used as a shield. but you get the idea. or really to achieve (Metal doesn’t feed Water. By saying ‘no’ we are proclaiming (we think) to the world: ‘I am somebody. there is the opposite behaviour – an overzealous. even rigid adherence to saying ‘no’ as a matter of principle. There are more versions. Because ego is always two sides of a coin. . of course). This equates with a build up of toxins in the Large Intestine and a gathering of suppressed emotions that manifests in problems of water balance (ie too much or too little). tendon & ligament problems) – what we look like and how we move are common areas where we make judgements about ourselves’ and others’ ‘worth’. and we want so much for others to reassure us that we are terrified of doing anything that may mean they won’t. to try.
The stimulants include dietary stimulants like tea & coffee. the Eye of Shiva. White Gentian. When the Eye of Shiva opens everything is destroyed – it’s not that anything goes anywhere. 34. The third eye is not just about visions per se. amphetamines. in the psychic sense – it is about our View – how we see the world. Removing at least dietary stimulants will help first to clarify and then to resolve this pattern. Snowdrop. use Chickweed essence. Everything is different. The vision of the 3rd Eye. Stimulants tax and eventually ‘fry’ the nervous system (see also Rose Bay Willow Herb). Chickweed helps resolve this ego-conflict by connecting us more strongly with our innate sense of self-esteem and value. as well as other things like smoking and more extremely. More subtle stimulants include anything that keeps our mind moving and unquiet – from addiction to television. Black Tulip – Unique & Individual: The purple-black colour of this tulip is the colour of the ajna Chakra. Combine it freely with. Five leafed Clover. yet the same. diet pills and so on. If you are stuck because of such a superiority/ inferiority complex. of Shiva is an experience of seeing everything as it really is – not as it is filtered through our consciousness of duality. or if you recognize yourself in the above paragraphs. . it’s that the limitations are destroyed. for example.29 Incidentally. Periwinkle. to over-concentration on activities like working. Shamatha will further empower you in this process. The addiction to more subtle stimulants will be disempowered by removing dietary stimulants and by Chickweed essence. we are drawn to stimulants of all kinds in order to suppress (ie maintain) this pattern.
More profoundly it connects us with the reality expressed in deep sleep. during times of stress. or are feeling so ‘wound up’ that you can’t relax. more material sense. Bringing even partial awareness to this realm will empower your life very significantly and is. like people are. allowing a clearer vision of events and situations. It is also good for people who are biologically set up to live in cool/ temperate climates (ie were born there or whose ancestry is there) who choose to live in hot climates. in fact. The 3rd Eye opens in the Causal Plane and it is from this level that our view of reality changes. but in a more limited. expressing our originality and Will as powerful tools to shape our life and destiny. you can’t see the wood for the trees and are prone to outbursts of anger. The freedom from restriction means that we realize how we create our own reality. Cornflower – Vision: The basis of anger is actually clarity/ discernment ie ‘vision’. Black Tulip connects us with this potential – we realize our uniqueness and our individuality. a general tetchiness. Prosaically Black Tulip can be used to free us from dominating wills. but in a slightly different way from people. This realm is beyond normal personal conventions: it is the level of the unconscious where the personal meets the collective and is expressed in the waking mind as images of Archetypes. Cornflower transmutes the ‘heat’ of anger. a key for manifestation and great magick. 35.30 Black Tulip is connected with this sort of View. It is good when. You could say that it is a channel for this View. In this way it is good for the deep causes of nervous system damage. Cornflower .
Centaury – Balance: When we find ourselves bitter and resentful we have allowed past experiences to build up as a kind of toxin in the Liver and Gallbladder systems. Quite often we intellectualise our predicament as a way of anaesthetizing our emotions. Rose Bay Willow Herb reconnects us with our inner world – the positive emotions of self-nurturing and compassion (we often 37. Centaury brings us out of self-pity and engages the reason in a good way. Cornflower is good for developing diagnostic ability for those engaged in treating others. We are bitter and resentful because we believe our future is limited by the past.31 offers a cooling nature to the Gallbladder spirit and thus helps protect the heart. As cornflower is good for ‘looking diagnosis’. Rose Bay Willow Herb – Grow anew: Burnout can be characterized as a condition of nervous collapse and partial soul-loss predicated upon a neurotic (over-) drive to prove oneself valuable or worthy (see also chickweed). This function extends to bringing our awareness to areas of life that we need to work on and letting us see what needs to be done – eg in terms maybe of diet or lifestyle. The resulting blame shows us that we have lost authorship in our own lives. . 36. We view ourselves as a victim of circumstances or people and our self-pity drowns out any hope or real trust in ourselves or others. As chickweed disconnects the neurosis of how we look to the outside world (especially via the skin & joints) thus empowering us inwardly. centaury is good for ‘listening diagnosis’. Centaury empowers the temporal areas of the brain (associated with the Gallbladder meridian) and the inner ear. Burn out differs from other types of exhaustion in this way.
‘Ha’ is breath plus a particularly human emotion – it is a window to the spirit and an invocation of our essential nature as humans. Scarlet Pimpernel – Create with laughter: Scarlet Pimpernel’s botanical name is derived from the Greek word ‘to laugh’. Our attention tends to focus on the belly (we laugh ‘until our stomach hurts’) because of the action of the largest diaphragm (the one under the bottom of the ribs) yet with a little attention we can easily feel the upward pull on the pelvic and genital diaphragms and the easing of tension from the chest. Incidentally laughter tonifies all the organs and in overload (we laugh until we cry) actually cleanses the glands of suppressed emotions. throat and head as the laughter energy pours into and out of us. As will Dzogchen practitioners. providing the basis for empowering us outwardly.32 forget that compassion is about looking after ourselves as well as others). sometimes called a belly laugh actually extends inside the body from the genitals up to the level of the 3rd Eye. This is why laughter feels so good and is so healing. Kabbalists will understand this. by the ‘heat’ of neurotic over-action. 38. Animals don’t laugh. A full blooded laugh. Rose Bay Willow Herb thus provides the spiritual level support for conditions involving paralysis and nervoussystem disorders. especially those accompanied by signs of dryness or heat. Here the ‘soul loss’ isn’t so much as loss as a starving or drying-up of the ‘fuel’ or ‘pathways’ of positive gentle emotions that nurture our soul. .
The negative emotions and confusion still rise in accordance with cause and effect. We see everything. It introduces the possibility which exists within us of being basically sane even in the midst of craziness. the machinery of duality and the negative ego continue to function. we feel everything yet . This has two parts: i/ mindfulness and ii/ awareness (which mindfulness is based on). The effect on your over-all energy will be to make you highly attractive.33 The natural home of Scarlet Pimpernel is in the navel chakra. a tool with which to approach the duality of relative existence and the seemingly inescapable egotrap where we are always in the ‘horns of a dilemma’. Scarlet Pimpernel is a sexual tonic and aphrodisiac. constantly faced with the choice of ‘this’ or ‘that’. whether evident or disguised is mindfulness. magnetizing and creative. It is about starting at the only place it is really possible to be – where we are. The practical result of this is that we become progressively more and more unshakeable in a basic sort of sanity. We have been caught in this trap of conditioned mundane worldliness for a long time. The point of all spiritual paths as we know them. Scarlet Pimpernel spirit will act on any chakra to empower it when directed there by the light of consciousness and the sun of humour. has been. Its qualities are enriching. Yellow Archangel spirit energy is about being mindful and aware. Yet where to start? The start of all paths. However. Yellow Archangel – Basic Sanity: We need a method. just as the plant itself follows the sun and opens and closes according to the light and the temperature. just as the ‘home’ of the belly laugh is the belly. 39. will be and is to free us from this trap.
This is not only a very useful tool in life.34 the ploys of negativity become less & less able to move us off-centre. Bluebell: Singing and dancing with the faeries Honesty: Connects us with the Blue Green Spirit and nourishes the soul. it prepares us for the work ahead on the spiritual path. 40. 41. Yellow Archangel will help extend the benefits of shamatha (meditation) beyond the actual meditation session. Yellow Archangel helps us to transcend the opposites of egoconflict by synthesis – or at least introduces us to this as a real possibility. Just as love transcends duality by union. . Put another way: formal spiritual exercises (like meditation) are only the training for the main event which is all the rest of your life’s activity. Yellow Archangel is attributed by Culpepper to Venus. As one Tibetan master once said: ‘Practice is only the practice of practice’. For those engaged in meditation practice or wishing to. a common problem is that whilst in the meditation session we may be quite mindful but on getting up and going out it is as if we never even bothered – we go straight back to being dumb.
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