Exploring flower essences that
can prepare you to see favorable chances.
- a set of circumstances that make it possible to do something
- a side-effect of change
Do you see opportunity every day? Or is it a fleeting occurrence that visits you only occasionally? Opportunity means that the right set of circumstances exist, or that there is an opening, to make something happen. When you are able to see opportunity everywhere, life becomes an adventure. The smallest and most mundane things can be rich with meaning and possibility.
The word opportune comes from the Latin opportunus, which describes the wind driving toward the harbor. For a sailor, having the wind gently take the boat toward the harbor is fortuitous, indeed. When you see opportunity, you feel that chance is the wind behind your boat, that possibility exists, and that you can create something you want.
Many of us have become so entrenched in our thinking that opportunties pass by unseen. We may see a situation but our perception doesn’t encompass the inherent possibilities. Or, even if we glimpse an opportunity, we are quick to talk ourselves out of embracing it as one. At other times we are not ready to accept an opportunity when it arrives because we are too attached to how we think we want things to be. How can we prepare to see opportunity where it exists? Let’s look at a few flower essences that are excellent support for exactly that.
Opportunity is in the Eye of the Beholder
“No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Why do some folks seem to find a myriad of opportunities while others seldom do? I think that a state of being is responsible for helping us see opportunity. Having an attitude that is gloomy and despairing, being close-minded, or tending to hold on to a specific way of perceiving are sure ways to limit seeing opportunity where it exists.
Opportunity doesn’t just appear in the things outside you, it really begins within. If you are stuck in perceiving your growth process from a despairing or gloomy perspective, you limit opportunity from appearing. Indian Tobacco can help you perceive the opportunity in your growth processes instead of seeing them as a hinderance or a limitation.
You can only see opportunity if you have an open mind. If you are closed-minded, or if your thinking is set in a rut, you cannot see where it resides all around you. Cane Cholla Cactus can bring an important support for being open to seeing opportunity. This is the flower essence that helps us when we have a tendency to define situations as problems. When your mind is used to dealing with stress and difficult situations, it becomes used to automatically seeing things as problems. The real problem is not the present situation, but in how you look at it.
Cane Cholla Cactus helps us let go of our present attitude so we can leap to a new perspective about what is happening. It helps us stop empowering problems into being, softening our way of thinking, so that we experience an attitudinal shift. In this state of openness, opportunities appear when and where we least expect it.
Pink Pond Lily can also help you prepare to see opportunity, but in a different way. Like Cane Cholla Cactus, Pink Pond Lily can help you perceive things differently, but it is for those who hold onto past images of themselves or other people. Often underlying the Pink Pond Lily pattern is old trauma, whether conscious or unconscious, that has left an underlying residue of feeling unsafe. When we feel unsafe, we want people and things around us to remain the same, so we insist on perceiving them that way. It is a form of self-deception to which we cling for safety. This flower essence helps us let go of old ways of seeing things and brings a freshness of perception. We begin to see the world, other people, and even ourself through new eyes.
Once you are open to seeing opportunity, you often do see it. Yet there are a few other important aspects to consider.
The State of Expectancy
Those who expect to see opportunity around them, actually do. This is a natural state of being that many of us lose from time to time. Imagine that you were a flower. How would it feel to expect that a bee will come along to fertilize you? Pretty natural, isn’t it? If the Creator put us here to have experiences, wouldn’t there be opportunity all around us? How can we cultivate this state of expectancy?
My favorite flower essence to restore this important state of being is the Celebration of Abundance Formula. Opportunity is a set of circumstances that allows you to do something. This composite formula helps you know that the universe will support you at all times, whether it is in the particular form you wanted or not. It helps you see the abundance of support that is around you every moment, which encourages you to live in the state of expectancy. It is amazing that when you expect things to go your way, you easily adjust yourself to recognize how perfect they are, even when at first they may see otherwise.
Receiving the Opportunity
Once you actually see an opportunity, can you actually accept it? Or do you push it away, telling yourself that you are deluded.
Pablo Picasso once said, “I’m always doing things I can’t do, that’s how I get to do them.” I think that this attitude embodies the attitude of receiving opportunity. If we always think that we are limited, how will we ever exercise the unlimited aspect of our nature?
Owning the Level Formula is excellent for helping you see that you already have within you an amazing array of capabilities. This formula can show you that you can adapt the capabilities that you already have to other applications. You learn that you can deal with whatever you are faced with, just by using what you already know in different ways. When you understand that, you are then ready to receive opportunity when it appears. As a matter of fact, once you realize how capable you really are, you are positioned to see opportunity where you wouldn’t previously.
Obstacles to Opportunity
Sometimes we are stuck in seeing limitations as obstacles. Canyon Grapevine helps us change this perspective to one of seeing an apparent limitation as an opportunity to grow. Something that seems to limit you may actually be the foundation from where you begin to build.
It is a blessing to be limited in some way because it narrows all the possibilities into a direct focus for your energy. Canyon Grapevine helps you shift to this important perception. When life spreads before you with no limitations it is incredibly difficult to choose a particular direction. When there are specific limits, you can use them as the defining structures upon which you begin to build. This flower essence helps you turn apparent obstacles into opportunities.
Once you begin seeing opportunity, a very real challenge presents itself. So many opportunities appear that you cannot use every one of them. Discerning which ones are appropriate for you to act upon is important. Just because an opportunity is apparent doesn’t mean that it will enhance your life.
Connecting with Purpose Formula is excellent for creating the foundation for clearly evaluating opportunties. When you know your life purpose, you can use it to evaluate opportunity. Does the opportunity support your purpose? Or does it distract or pull you away from it? Purpose can help create a foundation and an anchoring point for everything in your life.
Some people have difficulty in clearly discerning what actions are in harmony with their essential nature, which is essential for evaluating opportunity. Birdcage Evening Primrose is the essence of choice for changing this dilemma. This is the essence to use if you are overly influenced by ideals that others have created but that don’t fit your own deepest nature. You wish that someone outside of you would just tell you what you should do, believing that someone else knows what is right for you.
This essence softly opens the channel to our higher self, helping us trust and appreciate our own uniqueness. It shows us that no one else knows better then we do what is best for us. For those who seek to find answers outside themselves, this essence can help them appreciate that the desire to seek is a gift when it is directed inward.
The Ebb and Flow of Cycles
We are constantly changing. Opportunity is a side-effect of change. In every situation of change there are opportunties to see, evaluate, and either act upon or not. There are also broader cycles in life that may span months or even years. If you have a sense of these cycles, you will know when to be patient and wait, preparing for a time when there will be more movement.
How many times do you wish you had more time to catch up with things in your life? Yet when the time does appear, do you feel that the universe forgot you, that you “should” be busier with more work?
Prickly Poppy is an excellent flower essence for helping you be more in touch with your natural rhythms of work and play. It supports your knowing the ebb and flow of the cycles of fullness and leanness, of activity and rest. You learn to know when to wait for the right wind to sail your boat. In this awareness of your natural cycles, you learn to find opportunities in times when you might otherwise not.
Working the Opportunity
“The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.”
~ Thomas A. Edison
Some people see what they think might be an opportunity but have difficulty conceptualizing how to act upon it. In that way, many opportunities lose their potential to bear fruit. The Anchor Manifestation Formula is for exactly that.
This is a formula to assist us in conscious manifestation. It helps you realize your connection to universal energy while manifesting it on the earth. For those who have creative ideas but have difficulty in actualizing them, it helps you draw down from the realm of dreams to present reality. It connects spirit with the body, thought with realization. Anchor Manifestation Formula can help you break things down into small steps that lead you at your own perfect pace to the manifestation of opportunity. The essence is great for those who feel overwhelmed by how to get from conception to a final result.
Selecting the Most Appropriate Flower Essences
Not every flower essence mentioned above will be appropriate for every person’s specific needs. The process itself of exploring and contemplating how you perceive opportunity is important. It is the foundation for successfully selecting the most beneficial flower essences. Usually, careful self-examination can clearly show you which of the above flower essences are most appropriate for your particular needs.
Though you can use more than one flower essence together, you probably will not need to use all of the ones mentioned here. After contemplating your relationship to this issue, select the flower essences that apply for you, or use an intuitive method to select among them. (For more information on how to do this, see The Art & Technique of Using Flower Essences.) A general guideline is to use four drops at a time, four times a day, in water. However, it is fine to follow your intuition and use them as often as you like. Most people find that they tend to use them more often in the beginning and less often towards the end of the cycle. Unless otherwise indicated, a cycle is usually two to four weeks. [more]
For information on how to clearly evaluate the effects of the essences you have used, see The Art & Technique of Using Flower Essences.
List of the Flower Essences Mentioned in this Article
- Anchor Manifestation Formula
- for those who give up or ignore opportunity because they feel overwhelmed by or have difficulty conceptualizing how to actualize something into being
- Cane Cholla Cactus
- close-mindedness or thinking that is set in a rut
- Canyon Grapevine
- seeing limitations as obstacles that keep you from opportunity
- Celebration of Abundance Formula
- for those who do not expect to see opportunity
- Connecting with Purpose Formula
- inability to discern if an opportunity will enhance or detract from your life
- Indian Tobacco
- a despairing or gloomy perspective about your growth process keeps you from seeing possibilities
- Owning the Level Formula
- for those who feel they are not capable of seizing an opportunity
- Pink Pond Lily
- holding onto old ways of perceiving yourself or others, usually due to past trauma, keeps you feeling safe but limits your ability to perceive opportunity
- Prickle Poppy
- blockages to seeing opportunities because you are unaware of the greater cycles of your life
- Birdcage Evening Primrose
- difficulty in clearly discerning what actions or expressions are in alignment with you essential nature