Traumatic Experiences

Using flower essences to recover from any type of shock, distress, or upheaval

trauma

  1. a deeply distressing or disturbing experience
  2. emotional shock following a stressful event or a physical injury
  3. physical injury

When we experience any type of trauma, it is imperative to have support. Reaching out to friends, family, professionals, and spiritual support persons is vital to recovery. You can also find help from nature. By adding flower essences to your support system, you can more quickly and effectively understand your feelings and find your spiritual center, where meaning can be restored to your life.

Recovering from trauma requires patience. It takes as long as it takes to process the situation and then reclaim trust, strength in vulnerability, and a feeling of safety. For some situations it can take years. Other times it may only take a day or a few hours to reestablish yourself. Whether the trauma you experienced was recent or from years past, it is possible to recover from its effects.

Being in the Moment

The one essence that can be used consistently for calming and helping you deal with shock and intense situations is the Crisis-Desert Emergency Formula. We have used and researched this formula since 1984 with outstanding results. Countless people have reported that this essence has helped them remain centered and in-the-moment. When you are in the moment, you can take one more breath, then just one more breath. Even if the trauma is from years earlier, Crisis – Desert Emergency Formula can help you remain present as old feelings arise to be processed.

Change in Reality

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Trauma causes your normal reality to be challenged, and you may find yourself disillusioned, fearful, and confused. Attachment to what used to be is not helpful when you are faced with a shocking new circumstance. Sacred Datura is an exceptional flower essence that helps you let go of attachments to your former reality and open the doors of perception to a new, more expanded experience of being.

Following are other flower essences we have found effective in working with recovery from traumatic events. For more in-depth information on each flower essence, please see, The Alchemy of the Desert – Second Edition.

Anger

Anxiety

Dissociation

  • Coral Bean – spaced out, loss of will or concentration, especially if you have experienced trauma or dangerous situations in the past

Emotions

Fear

Flashbacks

Giving Up

  • Saguaro Cactus – feeling like you can’t go on, that you want to give up

Grief

  • Hackberry – not wanting to feel grief; resurfacing of old grief
  • Wolfberry – unable to move through your grief and find spiritual understanding or transpersonal meaning

Guilt

  • Evening Star – feeling guilty and helpless because you couldn’t, or can’t, do anything about the situation
  • Red Root – feelings of guilt, including survivor guilt; worrying about unresolved issues with those involved; feeling that you somehow deserved the actions against you

Hopelessness

Isolation

  • Desert Sumac – isolating yourself from family and friends

Memory

Mood

Overwhelm

  • Fairy Duster – overwhelmed by too much input; nervous system overwhelm
  • Wolfberry – overwhelmed by changes happening within you that you can’t understand
  • Woven Spine Pineapple Cactus – overwhelmed by too much going on; unable to regenerate or recover

Presence

Reality Change

  • Sacred Datura – attached to your former reality and unable to embrace a different experience of being

Shock

Spiritual Meaning

  • Saguaro Cactus – unable to find spiritual meaning in a traumatic event

Survival

  • Mexican Star – feeling that to survive you must have a certain person or thing
  • Organ Pipe Cactus – feeling unable to handle your daily needs after a traumatic experience

Trust

  • Syrian Rue – trusting yourself to know whom to trust

Vulnerability

Worry

Recommended Flower Essences

Bougainvillea
agitation or nervousness, especially accompanied by shallow breathing or a spastic diaphragm
Buffalo Gourd
emotional swings, instability
Cellular Joy Formula
reliving the feelings from a previous traumatic experience (use together with Crisis – Desert Emergency Formula and Rainbow Cactus)
Compass Barrel Cactus
holding on to anger and resentment
Crisis-Desert Emergency Formula
reliving the feelings from a previous traumatic experience (use together with Cellular Joy Formula and Rainbow Cactus); anxiousness accompanied by thoughts of impending challenges and difficulties (use together with Strawberry Cactus); unable to be present and in the moment; numbness, disbelief, feeling out of your body, dissociated, or ungrounded
Crown of Thorns
projection of your anger onto others
Desert Sumac
isolating yourself from family and friends
Emotional Awareness Formula
inability to recognize what you are feeling
Evening Star
feeling guilty and helpless because you couldn’t, or can’t, do anything about the situation
Fairy Duster
temporary memory loss from the resurfacing of old, stressful traumas (use together with Sacred Datura); overwhelmed by too much input; nervous system overwhelm
Hackberry
not wanting to feel grief; resurfacing of old grief
Mala Mujer
fear of your anger; moodiness and irritability
Melon Loco
emotional over-zealousness, over-reactive emotionally
Mexican Star
feeling that to survive you must have a certain person or thing
Organ Pipe Cactus
feeling unable to handle your daily needs after a traumatic experience
Pink Pond Lily
fear concerning your safety or the safety of others
Purple Mat
fear of rejection by others
Queen of the Night Cactus
feeling a victim of the frailty of life
Rainbow Cactus
reliving the feelings from a previous traumatic experience (use together with Crisis – Desert Emergency Formula and Cellular Joy Formula)
Red Root
feelings of guilt, including survivor guilt; worrying about unresolved issues with those involved; feeling that you somehow deserved the actions against you
Sacred Datura
temporary memory loss from the resurfacing of old, stressful traumas (use together with Fairy Duster); attached to your former reality and unable to embrace a different experience of being
Saguaro Cactus
feeling like you can’t go on, that you want to give up; unable to find spiritual meaning in a traumatic event
Scorpion Weed
any type of fear (use together with Thurber’s Gilia); fear of a certain person or group, or of things outside you
Spineless Prickly Pear Cactus
feeling vulnerable or powerless
Star Primrose
anxiousness accompanied by thoughts of impending challenges and difficulties (use together with Crisis – Desert Emergency Formula); expecting things to go wrong and be difficult
Strawberry Cactus
anxiousness accompanied by thoughts of impending challenges and difficulties (use together with Crisis – Desert Emergency Formula); expecting things to go wrong and be difficult
Syrian Rue
trusting yourself to know whom to trust
Thurber's Gilia
any type of fear (use together Scorpion Weed); fears that keep you frozen or inactive and unable to help yourself
Violet Curls
emotional overwhelm; feeling that too many feelings are arising all at once
Wolfberry
overwhelmed by changes happening within you that you can’t understand; unable to move through your grief and find spiritual understanding or transpersonal meaning
Woven Spine Pineapple Cactus
overwhelmed by too much going on; unable to regenerate or recover
Zephyr Lily
processing and releasing any type of old or new shock or trauma