Timely Flower Essences

This is the list of the flower essences mentioned in our recent newsletters that address issues many of us are experiencing during these times of accelerated inner growth and adjustment to a profoundly changed world.

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Index

May 22, 2020 – How to Be Safe Going Out

What do we need in order to be safe as partial opening of the quarantine happens? I think that logical precautions are important. Are you in a higher risk category? Do you have family members that are at high risk of having complications if they get sick with Covid-19? Do you need to foray out into the world or can your errand be done online? Will you be outside with plenty of space around you or in a closed environment without enough distancing from other people? These and more questions are important to answer before you throw caution to the wind.

I think that a combination of good logical precautions married with listening to your intuition are a dynamic combination that can keep you safe.

Claret Cup Hedgehog Cactus

Claret Cup Hedgehog Cactus, which is the Essence of the Year 2020, is wonderful to help you pay attention to the information that you need to take rational steps to keep yourself safe. It helps you focus your energy on that which is most important and keep you from getting side-tracked onto that which is not.

Queen of the Night Cactus

But equally important is the information that comes from your intuition. Every time I consider going out I ask myself, “Is this appointment/grocery trip/foray out/ safe for me to do? Will I be safe from Covid-19?” I have been surprised sometimes at the answer. But most importantly, listening to your intuition is a continuous process that requires that you be present and aware of yourself and of your surroundings and adjust your behavior as conditions change.

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One of the most important lessons that the desert here in Arizona has taught me is that safety requires being present and cultivating a here-now awarenesses of myself and of my surroundings. Safely moving around in the desert environment, with prickly plants, poisonous snakes, scorpions, extreme heat, and lack of water and shelter, is somewhat similar to safely moving around during a pandemic.

A great flower essence that helps you listen to your intuition and learn to trust it is Queen of the Night Cactus. This flower essence can help if you are too stuck in your head and either not asking for or listening to your intuition, which can bring information that your mind does not, and cannot have.

Spanish Bayonet Yucca

Spanish Bayonet Yucca is one of the desert essences for fear. It helps if we have fear in facing a challenge, and going out during a pandemic fits that description.

Fear can keep us from making decisions as we face challenges. How often do we falter in making decisions because we doubt ourselves? Just as the sword-like leaves of Spanish Bayonet Yucca pull our focus into the center of the plant, so too does the flower essence help pull together three important qualities within us. They are: courage; intention; and our personal will.
Courage comes from within ourselves. Courage is simply the judgment that something else is more important than fear. Perhaps that is the real decision to be made when we are indecisive.

The Alchemy of the Desert – Fourth Edition, page 277

Spanish Bayonet Yucca helps you let your hesitations and fears fall way so you can have resolute clarity of your intention. It supports you in aligning your will, your courage and the power to take action.

May 7, 2020 – Sweets, Vulnerability, Communication, Relationships

Hairy Larkspur

Are you finding yourself with great cravings for sweets lately? You are not alone as many are acting out addictions to sweets or carbohydrates.

Often, Hairy Larkspur flower essence comes up for those who were rewarded as children with sweets when something upsetting happened. You may equate sweets with emotional comfort. Hairy Larkspur helps you untangle your association between sweets and self-nurturance.

If you find you are avoiding looking inside yourself because you feel you are not worthy, this is the flower essence to use. It helps you see how beautiful you are. If you feel locked into something uncomfortable, the essence helps transcend you represent perspective.

Spineless Prickly Pear Cactus

Feeling vulnerable? Spineless Prickly Pear Cactus is excellent for finding how vulnerability is a strength, rather than a liability. The more open you are, the closer you are to the Creator.

Fishhook Cactus

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Being closely together can bring discomfort when you feel you need to say something but you fear the other person’s response.

Fishhook Cactus flower essence helps you if you think you know the other person will react unfavorably. It supports you if you fear losing love or the other person’s respect if you say what you really want to. A wonderful flower essence for all issues of communication.

Venus Cycles Formula

Are relationships a challenge at this time? Venus represents the force of love that holds things together, that creates voluntary bonds that can endure.

The Venus Cycles Formula can help you find the harmony that can be reestablished and the foundation for stability. When we are stressed out, instead of taking it out on others, this formula can help you find what binds you together. The formula can also help you to feel and experience your connectedness to the collective and celebrate your contribution in consciousness.

Wherever Venus operates, one can clearly see the harmony produced by something in accordance with nature and itself.

Robert Hand, Horoscope Symbols

April 19, 2020 – What You Focus on Expands

Arroyo Willow

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Arroyo Willow flower essence helps you if you are creating a negative reality and then blaming outside forces for it. It can also be indicated if you feel bitterness for what life has done to you.

Things are changing. If you spend your time blaming everything outside, you miss the chance to take advantage of this time as an incubator for future reality. It helps you let go of victim-consciousness and take responsibility for creating a reality that is flexible and uplifting.

What you focus on expands. Arroyo Willow supports you in allowing your mind a flexible outlook. You can garner your strength and focus on what this time affords you.

Palmer Amaranth

Palmer Amaranth, the Flower Essence of the Year 2019, can help you focus on whatever is most essential. It is great if you are engaged in things that are not essential to you.

It is great for those who can’t find what truly nurtures them, whether it is related to the food you choose, or the activities in which you engage. It helps awaken an aspect of consciousness and brings you to a grounded and centered state of being so you can understand how to nourish the roots of your being. The essence is very centering and grounding as it helps you find what is essential.

Water Element Formula

Water rules the feelings, sensitivity, empathy, and inward looking. The Water Element Formula is a great flower essence for helping you balance feelings of empathy that leave you feeling helpless. Having empathy and silent prayerful support for others is a gift to the collective. But if it leaves you feeling helpless, this flower essence can help.

When the water element is in balance, you can feel that you are an important part of collective support for others, whether they are dealing personally with COVID-19 or are providing healthcare support for others. We all have an important role. The Water Element Formula can help you understand yours.

The water element is also the ruler of fear. When it is out of balance you can have difficulty managing fear and you may believe whatever you mind thinks. When in balance, you can manage your fears by looking squarely at them and seeing that they are not true in the here and now.

April 10, 2020 — Bringing out the Best in Us

MANifesting the Inner King Formula

The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing out the best and the worst in us. Once we embrace the tremendous changes the pandemic has brought, how can we continue to assert the best within us?

This is where MANifesting the Inner King Formula can help. The archetypal inner king is the force within you that empowers the qualities of dignity, order, justice, generosity, confidence, love, and respect. It is the part of you that draws upon these inner qualities as the foundations of your decisions.

The king is the part of us that gives us the courage to claim our position in life and be everything we can be for the common good of all. He does not act only from his own personal needs but bases his choices on whatever will support the entire kingdom.

At this time, staying at home is a heroic deed. It is what supports the good of all of the community. Never doubt that your actions are affecting everyone. MANifesting the Inner King Formula can help you find greater meaning in your actions and peaceful purpose in letting go of “doing” and instead, being a force for the peaceful flow of life.

Spineless Prickly Pear Cactus

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Many people feel vulnerable right now, but vulnerability does not equal weakness. You may feel that there is something else you need in order to be OK, but Spineless Prickly Pear Cactus helps you find that because you exist, there is a deep core of strength in each moment that always supports you. What are you vulnerable to? When you feel that way you are closer to the Creator than ever. This flower essence is excellent for helping you find the power and strength in vulnerability.

Spineless Prickly Pear Cactus helps you recognize that whatever you are, whatever you have in any given moment is all that you need. It supports you in knowing that you don’t need anything else in order to simply be. It is the feeling of being in the flow of destiny and in alignment with the Universe.

Making & Honoring Boundaries Formula

For those who are spending more, and closer, time together than usual, Making & Honoring Boundaries Formula can help you understand your needs and appropriately make the boundaries you need in order to get them met. It is also for helping you focus on your own self-care so you can be better available to others when appropriate.

Cardon Cactus

Cardon Cactus flower essence can help us with a very human tendency. It is for when you see the dark side of yourself and project it onto someone else. The flower essence can help you own your inner shadow or dark side and make friends with it. When you recognize dark things in others, you can ask what it is showing you about yourself.

In the darkness Cardon Cactus blooms. In our own darkness we can bloom as well.

The Alchemy of the Desert – Fourth Edition, page 100

April 2, 2020 – Peace in Times of Change

Candy Barrel Cactus

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Candy Barrel Cactus is a flower essence that can help you with a level of inner anxiety that you might not even be aware of until it is gone.

All of the flower essences from the Barrel Cactus Family allow you to be in touch with deep inner peace, a state of being that is natural once you can look beyond the effects of worldly concerns. However, many of us have been raised in dysfunctional families or situations in which peace was the exception, rather than the rule, and you may be more aware of a level of anxiety that had been a low-grade background to your daily life.

Whether you are experiencing an anxiety that has been with you for some time, or whether it is a new inner state, Candy Barrel Cactus can help you find where peace resides in your core. In this moment, in this breath, there is simply peace.

Candy Barrel Cactus has revealed that it is a great flower essence for those who have lived with post-traumatic stress disorder caused by their upbringing. So many who grew up in dysfunctional families live with a level of anxiety that seems normal, until it doesn’t.
Candy Barrel Cactus flower essence helps those who have underlying anxiety. It is great for those who are poised, waiting for the other shoe to drop. It’s as if they are are always on guard, constantly waiting for the next difficulty or trouble to appear.
The essence promotes mental clarity and emotional stillness, alleviating inner stress that has no apparent cause. It creates a greater foundation for living without the sense of impending doom.

Cynthia Athina Kemp Scherer, Email Updates, December 2018

Candy Barrel Cactus also helps you find that everything you need, all abilities and creativity, resides within you. It helps open the inner doors to capabilities and instincts that you didn’t know you had. It is empowering through peace.
If you seek peace, calm, patience, and stability, Candy Barrel Cactus is an essence to choose.

Celebration of Abundance Formula

With all of the changes that have happened and are still unfolding, many of us wonder if we will get through these times intact. There is so much that is changing that it is easy to get into a perception of lack and limitation. Celebration of Abundance Formula is great to keep you in a state of being to attract the grace of abundance. When you focus on what you have and are grateful for, that attracts abundance to you. What you focus on expands.

Crownbeard

If you are experiencing the world as hostile or unsupportive, Crownbeard can help.

This essence can help us connect with a faith and love for humanity. A timely essence, it can show us how to simultaneously be aware of the seriousness of the world situation and still find the joy in remembering the best in man […] When we feel a sense of defeat with world situations, Crownbeard helps pull us out of a depressed view and find faith and joy in being. This essence encourages positive interaction and relatedness to the environment and the world and can bring us out of a fatalistic view. […] We see that, when viewed from a greater perspective, things are perfect the way they are, even if they don’t appear so immediately.

March 19, 2020 – Adapting to a New Reality

Sacred Datura

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Sacred Datura has been constantly in my mind over the past week. This essence is a blessing when your daily reality becomes obsolete. It helps you let go of your ideas about how things should be and helps you accept the new reality of what IS. It is a great support for helping dissolve your illusions or beliefs about reality. It supports courage for letting go of the familiar and what has helped you feel secure.

Once you can embrace the new, you are left with an empty space where the old once existed. What comes next? We need to become comfortable in the limbo state that exists before we can become established in a new reality. Sacred Datura helps you be comfortable in not knowing. It brings a flexibility that being in limbo requires.

The essence is also excellent for helping us find expanded vision, to push the envelope of our minds and see what is beyond. Many folks have admitted having a fear that they were going crazy, or a fear of insanity, during times when this essence was indicated. Their feedback has been that Sacred Datura helped them not only embrace the changes, but accept that they did not know what would come next. It has also helped folks dare to dream, to imagine, and to vision what could be. It helps us to a vision that retreats inward or a vision that penetrates the world, uniting inner and outer.

Crisis-Desert Emergency Formula

If ever there was a crisis, this is it. We are called to be grounded and centered in the midst of chaos and rapid change. The more centered you can remain, the easier it is to listen to your inner voice which guides and directs you. It is centering, calming, and a wonderfully anti-anxiety. You can use Crisis-Desert Emergency Formula continuously throughout the day by putting seven drops in a water bottle and sipping it whenever you feel you need support.

Claret Cup Hedgehog Cactus

Claret Cup Hedgehog Cactus is the Essence of the Year for 2020. This essence is telling us that we need to focus our attention where it really matters and have a clear vision of where you want to go as an individual and as a caring member of a community. It can have a calming effect on the mind when it faces chaos by helping you focus, and also by helping you discern between what is the best way to spend your time and energy and what is not.

Fairy Duster

Fairy Duster is excellent for when you have been overstimulated and your nervous system is having difficulty keeping up with all of the input from the news. Its soothing effects helps to gentle down your nervous system so your body, mind, and spirit can renew and replenish.