A few years ago, guidance came through during meditation- "work with flowers". "Hmmmmm, ok..." I thought to myself- "How?" A couple days later,I saw a sigh advertising for someone to work part time in the local florist shop. Thinking this was the answer, I gave up my part time cleaning job, and applied. At the time, I had been working part time with "bread and butter jobs" - work I had been doing for years which didn't challenge me to learn new skills. I was doing these part time to give myself some financial security whilst I used the rest of my time to build my Reiki & massage practice.
About a month into my new job, the flowers started talking to me. Explaining the different healing properties they each held, and how they could be used. Making bouquets for customers began to be an exercise in listening to intuition, and deep healing work! One plant in particular came in to the shop for sale-Kangaroo Paw. This Australian plant came in laughing, telling me that I had mis-understood the guidance slightly, that I was meant to work with the flowers for healing. Each flower has energetic properties for healing related to the mind-body-emotion-soul connection. And that in addition to the physical form and properties of the plant, these can be accessed primarily through making flower essences. The Kangaroo Paw encouraged me to make flowers essences, and to use flower essences within a healing context, as well as getting to know the actual plants! How I laughed that day, alone in the shop. It was a grand joke -and one of the infinite demonstrations of the sense of humour which I still find comes from working with soul, spirit and the Divine! I already knew a bit about flower essences, and had used them from time to time, but hadn't made many. That same day, a stranger came into the shop to buy flowers for his wife, late, just as I was supposed to be closing up. I took the extra time, building a bouquet for him. We got talking over the kangaroo paw, and I laughingly said something about the energetic properties... "I know" he said, smiling. It turned out he was a homeopath and used flower essences in his practice often. I talked about just starting with colour therapy and massage, and asked if he fancied swapping sessions... Or being one of my case studies? Over the following year or so, I got a lot of flower essences from him, in addition to homeopathy. And, began working with more flower essences myself, often making my own from the flowers around me. Both those in the flower shop, and primarily wild flowers - and making plenty of tree essences in the time since.
Sitting in a coffee shop early this morning, I got chatting with one of the other guests as her dog came over to make friends... The conversation developed and she asked a really interesting, relevant question. "How do you keep your aura clear? I mean, how do you maintain your own energy levels and remain clear whilst you are dealing with people?"
It is a good question, because here is the thing, I don't actually often think of it consciously anymore. It is simply something which simply happens as a result of who and where I am now. It is a part of my daily practise.
A few years ago though, and from time to time over the years, this hasn't always been the case. I had to regularly and consciously remember to do this, to connect in, to practise, to consider ways of doing this - to heal within myself, and to remain within that flow of healing which then allowed me to continue to be open and present.
My reply to her - Meditation. Well, I try, but realistically, life often gets in the way in the form of, well, life really. A nearly 4 year old boy, and a young dog particularly!
Realistically, its walks by the river, under the trees. It is a gratitude practise - looking for moments of beauty and humour, or things - people and situations - which teach me something about myself and the world I live within. And acknowledging these - either writing them on "leaves" and hanging them on our gratitude tree at home, or posting them to Facebook. It is eating well, and making sure I get enough sleep. And then, its the deeper stuff. Acknowledging the big, deep, scary, sometimes dark emotions and giving them space. - Having a cry, finding a safe space to rage.... and then, coming back to my core, - acknowledging myself - who and where I am with all of this Life. Looking for the beauty once more, giving gratitude, breathing it in and being present to all of it.
I also smudge with herbs, use flower essences and make space clearing sprays with flower essences and aromatherapy oils to further support myself and keep deepening into my own journey. Because it is a journey. A constant journey into staying present and being health-ful. Mind-body-emotions-spirit-soul. And each one of these needs time, attention and caring. It is so easy to forget this in the busy world we live within.
Maintaining those, allows me to remain present and be open, to life and to the people around me, and the adventures - and challenges - which unfold daily.