Transformation with Plants
Firstly, let’s define ‘spiritual’. Everyone has their own interpretation of what ‘spiritual’ means to them, however, there are some consistencies that run through these diverse concepts, so let’s start there.
Spirituality can simply mean an understanding of the mind, how it works, how it is divided into higher and lower mind, how it works for us and against us and most importantly how it can be transformed. Spirituality to some is the continuous and deeper blending of compassion or heart consciousness into our daily lives. To others it is an ever deepening absorption into the Goddess and to others still, it is an opening or awakening into life here on the Earth and to the truth of our existence.
For me, working with plant essences has been all of these things. As with anything, the longer we work at or with something, the deeper down the road we travel with one practice or modality, the more profound the experiences and teachings are.
With a grounding in Buddhist philosophy and practice I have experienced the wonderful calming effect on the mind that living with ethics has. I have explored the convolutions of the mind through years of meditation and worked to make my self-sabotaging and self-depreciating thought processes have less hold over me. But it wasn’t until I started working with plants and trees that I really started to understand life, spirituality and transcendence on a more profound level.
Just like us, plants and trees have their own unique vibratory resonance, a signature frequency that makes them Oak or Primrose for example. And just like us, this frequency is composed of many other frequencies that make up the whole. What this means is that plants are multi-faceted in terms of the healing qualities that they carry. Anyone familiar with the basics of herbalism will know that one plant can be used for multiple physical issues. When we approach plants from emotional and spiritual perspectives the same principle applies here also and the longer you spend with one plant or tree the more these diverse transformational qualities are revealed.
A plant or flower essence is vibrational medicine in that it is the imprint of the unique resonance of the plant in water. When we work with plant spirits we consciously invite the spirit of the plant into the water. This is possible because water’s crystalline molecular structure can be ‘programmed’ to hold memories, vibrations and emotions (see Dr Emoto’s work on the effect of human intention on the living consciousness of water).
By ingesting or applying a flower or plant essence to acupressure points, the vibration of the medicine is assimilated into our own vibration, therefore we are aligning ourselves to the frequency of nature, re-patterning ourselves back to our original blueprint and if you want to go even deeper, immersing ourselves in the blessings of the Goddess of the land.
So what does this teach us? Is this a short-cut to spiritual development? Well, not quite!