Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Goldenrod Flower Essence

I looked up Goldenrod flower essence a month or so ago and it struck a chord for me.

I read that it is good for people who are fearful of being judged by others when they reveal their true selves. I realized I still have some fear about being a weirdo and alienating people if I really let myself be free and open.

I decided I would make an essence for myself as soon as I had a minute.

But I never took a minute.

And when I finally looked out at the lush fields of yellow goldenrod with my scissors and bowl ready.

The fields were dry, gray and crispy.

Ack! I missed my chance to make medicine to help me bust through my fear of being a freak.

(Here is a blurb about the flower essence from a website I found that quotes the FES book which I love)

Positive qualities:
Well-developed individuality, inner sense of Self balanced with group or social consciousness.

Patterns of imbalance:
Easily influenced by group or family ties; inability to be true to oneself,
subject to peer pressure or social expectations.

Our earliest sense of Self unfolds within the context of others-parents, extended family, and community. Gradually, through a healthy maturation process, the soul acquires a clear sense of individuality.

Some souls do not successfully complete this individuation process, remaining too subject to group more and family ties. These souls need to establish their own inner values and beliefs, otherwise their inherent weakness is easily exploited. They tend to be adversely influenced by social pressures and conventions, conforming their behavior to social norms in or
der to win approval and acceptance.

In some situations such souls will also display antisocial or obnoxious behavior as an extreme measure to acquire a self-image-this is especially true during adolescence.

Goldenrod flower essence helps such persons to find a true relationship to the Higher Self. It encourages vertical or individuated axis to counterbalance the overly broad, horizontal social axis, which influences the personality too strongly. In this way the sol acquires greater strength and inner conviction, learning to successfully balance the polarities of Self and Others.

- from the 'Flower Essence Repertory', by Patricia Kaminsky and Richard Katz. The most comprehensive and user-friendly flower essence book we've found. Highly recommended for any practitioner.

Then lo and behold! I looked out on my front stoop after the bus drove away with Lily.

There was a sweet sturdy little goldenrod blooming!

I ran inside and clipped half of it into my clear glass bowl filed with spring water.

And put it under our magical peach tree for a bit.

When it's ready I'll decant some of the water into a sterilized jar and add some brandy to preserve the vibrational power of the blooming flower.


Then I'll dilute it even more with spring water until I have a potent little bottle filled with goldenrod flower energy.

Then I'll take it and see what happens.....

1 comment:

  1. I'm impressed that you make your own flower essences! The word Golden Rod flashed through my head during meditation. I don't really know much about that flower. Thanks for the info!