FEP09 Focus

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We are all immersed in an overstimulating world with constant and distracting inputs. Flower Essences can help you calm, focus and ease your overworked mind and nervous system so you can think clearly and act from your center.

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Show Transcript

Rochana Felde [00:00:42] Hi everybody, welcome back to the Flower Essence Podcast. And good morning Kathleen, how are you? 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:00:48] Good morning. I’m doing really well thanks. 

Rochana Felde [00:00:50] So today we’re gonna talk about focus. Focus meaning mental concentration. Ways to help from getting distracted, especially when we’re suffering from overwhelm or overstimulation. We want to look at things that can help us have the energy to finish projects or manifest our intentions, and deal with some of the mental cloudiness and exhaustion that comes from the modern lifestyle. So is there anything that you want to start off with when we’re talking about the subject of focus.?

Kathleen Aspenns [00:01:28] Yeah I think focus is something that is there’s such a deficit of focus right now. We’re so trained to be overstimulated and distracted all the time that I think that there’s a piece of learning how to focus and find a calmer state. It is really useful to think about, emphasize, and build into your lifestyle. You know, I see people walking around.. And you know every 30 seconds your phone chirps at you and wants to distract you from what you’re doing. And the reality is that multitasking isn’t real. No one can do it – you’re just simply distracted all the time. And I think that that learning how to focus and and release yourself of distractions and turning things off and being okay with that your phone didn’t get checked every 30 seconds can be a really good aid to starting to deepen into whatever it is that you want to do, whether it’s a creative activity, or whether it’s an intensive work project. Learn how to turn things off externally, and then now we can talk about some essences that can help you learn to turn things off internally because those two things play into a lack of focus. Don’t you think?

Rochana Felde [00:02:46] I agree. And I really like what you say about multitasking. You know that’s something that I have always done. It really doesn’t help get anything done faster, and it’s been shown that you can’t do multiple things at once well. With tasks that don’t take a lot of mental energy, of course, you can listen to a podcast while you’re driving. That’s a type of effective multitasking because you don’t need all of your focus and concentration for listening to something. But if you’re trying to work on a report and watch TV too, you’re doing yourself a disservice. And what I found and have read more studies is that the more you do that, the more you’re creating these pathways in your brain that are making it harder and harder to stay focused when you really do want to have deep focus time. So the flower essences alone.. You know it’s really about some lifestyle choices that have to be incorporated with the flower essences to increase our ability to focus and to get out of that cycle of the constant checking of the phone, like you say, and having our brain just go off in all these different directions constantly. The more we do it perpetuates the problem, getting worse and worse and so we have to set aside time for deep focus work and we have to be a little more aware of what we’re doing when we are bouncing around from thing to thing and maybe why we’re doing it too. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:04:49] Yeah I agree, I think that on some level learning to think deeply or engage deeply in anything nowadays.. It’s almost a practice you really really really have to intentionally turn your phone away. I’m just I’m pointing out the phone because that is the massive addictive object of the 21st century because it’s just constantly desiring your attention. You know there are constant alerts and things that pop up, and it’s built into the design of the system to give that little dopamine burst of “something exciting might be happening in the world or on your Facebook feed” or whatever it might be and to recognize “oh this is actually just trying to you know trigger my buttons” and it’s designed that way because that’s how these systems pay for them. Advertising is all about attention now. The advertisers are dying to get your attention. So it’s a practice there. 

Rochana Felde [00:05:53] Absolutely. And it’s called gamification. It’s a you know it’s a very well studied thing that’s programmed into all of these apps and Facebook and social media that give us that dopamine rush and make us want to look at it more and more often for sure. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:06:10] And that desire of that infinite scroll where you could just do that all day. And there’s the possibility that something interesting could happen, and yet it’s just robbing your life on some levels. You know, doing it in limited bursts to stay in touch with friends is a wonderful beautiful thing, but to just keep constantly hoping to get a little another dose of excitement is probably robbing a lot of your life. 

Rochana Felde [00:06:39] Yeah I really agree. And we didn’t have this issue 10 years ago, even definitely before that. So part of what I think we have to develop more in ourselves with this modern age is discernment and the ability to prioritize where we put our attention and where we put our time. So one of the flowers I think in general for focus and being disciplined in where we’re  putting our energy is the Madia flower, Madia elegans. I like the Alaskan flower essence for this and it’s really an interesting flower. Have you seen that one?

Kathleen Aspenns [00:07:32] I think the Madia is made by the Flower Essence Society. I think that you said the Alaskan. 

Rochana Felde [00:07:37] Oh, I’m sorry, not Alaska. Yeah you’re right. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:07:40] Easy to get mistaken, not Alaskan. Are we focused? I don’t know. 

Rochana Felde [00:07:48] Yes, bouncing around between Alaskan and FES, it’s easy to do. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:07:53] Yeah I think Madia is a really valuable essence for that. And I think that next piece, that bridge we’re talking about where the technology is constantly distracting us. I think that the best and most beautiful antidote for that is to engage with nature. Just literally observing a tree or observing the sky – it turns off those centers in your brain that are hyper stimulated because you start to go into sensory noticing, and just watching, and it’s not overstimulating. So literally just shifting your gaze – if you have a window to look at, or a tree, watching it move in the breeze can change that wiring and change you from that overstimulated state from technology. And so Madia I think is the flower essence that offers that energetic of helping you focus down into awareness in your body and then just sort of being in your environment. That’s a really natural state. 

Rochana Felde [00:09:03] Yeah. And what I found so interesting about that flower is that it closes during the day time during the hottest part of the afternoon yet it’s not a night pollinated flower. So most other flowers that do that are open during the night and closed during the day – because they’re pollinated during the evening. But the Madia is pollinated during the day, and yet the reason why it closes during the afternoon is because it needs to protect itself from water loss, water evaporation and so it is actually making a choice for what’s more important being pollinated or losing the water and wilting. And I find that really interesting from from this evolutionary perspective with this flower. And I don’t know of any other flowers that do that. It actually completely closes up the petals, they curl into each other and so it looks like it’s going from a full bloom to a small bud. And then after the late afternoon it’ll open back up again and be open all night and into the morning. And there’s some there’s a neat video that you can see that with on the Flower Essence Society website where there’s a little plant study about that flower. So I think that has something to say about what we should be doing. You know, figuring out what’s the most important thing right now – you might have a whole lot of important things to do. And in a small window of time, we have to get good at prioritizing so that we can do what is is necessary right away. So I like to include that when that’s part of the issue. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:11:07] Very cool. I know Chicory also does that where it closes during the heat of the day. But it doesn’t reopen until the morning, as far as I know. But that is a known thing that preserves during excess heat and during the hotter part of the day. And plants will open up and then be receptive in the cooler part of the day and then closed down to preserve moisture. It’s an interesting concept. If you looked at it through a Chinese Medicine lens, where what the plant is doing is preserving its Yin in the most Yang part of the day. The heat, the dryness, it would lose its moisture which is a Yin quality and so it withdraws and retracts into itself so that it doesn’t have too much Yang. And I think that’s an interesting notion for us to think about, because when we get overstimulated, when we get “hot headed”, when we get burned out that’s too much Yang. It’s excess Yang – and preserving ourselves with the Madia,  thinking about bringing in and down, centering into our bodies, that’s preserving the Yin qualities. The Madia helps too to bring that Yin down to keep you from being overstimulated by excess Yang. It’s excess heat, or any sort of overstimulation would be considered excess Yang. 

Rochana Felde [00:12:37] Yeah that makes so much sense. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:12:44] If you’re thinking about a combination formula that’s very helpful for focus, I think of the Mind-Full combination from the Flower Essence Society. It’s one of the premade formulas that covers a lot of bases and I think it contains Madia. It’s a really effective – sort of the first line where you can go and start taking that and using that as a combination formula to help to resolve the overstimulation and help you focus when you need to. So it’s really useful to keep it on your desk nearby when you’re trying to finish a project or report or what have you. 

Rochana Felde [00:13:22] Yeah and do you use Bunchberry? I like that one. That’s the one by Alaskan Essences. 

[00:13:27] Yeah. I like it. I think maybe I haven’t used it as much as you, so I’d like to hear what you talk about when you use Bunchberry. 

Rochana Felde [00:13:37] Yeah well it’s a more recent discovery of mine but I’m really interested and excited about this flower. It is in the dogwood family but it’s not a tree, I think it’s a low growing bush. And what is so interesting about it and using it in a focused formula is that it’s the fastest flower in the world. It shoots out its pollen like an explosion.. I have in my notes here that they’ve done tests of the of the petals.. And it’s just a tiny little white and assuming four petaled flower.. It can move at 22 feet per second. When they open with explosive force there’s videos that you can look at that where the pollen is ejecting and it’s like you know one of those slow motion bullets coming out of a gun kind of thing and they liken it to a bullet moving through a rifle in how fast it moves. So that is such a focused concentration –  if you imagine like with that flower that flower is all of that concentrated force. You know, to release its pollen to get into the air to be dispersed. It’s really interesting. They liken it to those medieval catapults and so forth. And another little stat is the pollen is ejected ten times the height of the plant. Yeah. Very very interesting. But so anyway for Alaska when you know they talk about it as use being used when there’s lack of mental focus or if you’re easily distracted or caught up in emotional and mental turmoil and not having enough time to complete tasks. So that kind of helps get your brain on the track of.. The word I’m looking for is execution. Executing your task. There you go. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:16:04] Yes that can be really a trick because you can get wrapped up into the thinking cycle and the rumination cycle and not be able to make that leap. And I think that maybe that Bunchberry piece of helping you to release that focused energy into the action, and taking that action. 

Rochana Felde [00:16:24] Yeah. So pretty fun. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:16:26] One of the things that I like to think about, when somebody tells me that they’re not focused or that they have trouble focusing is, I want to know why. Because it might be that there’s poor “hygiene”, like never turning your phone off or never putting yourself in a place where you’re not distracted and that can be a really useful thing to learn the skill of. OK. This is not a good study habit for you to have the TV on while you’re trying to do this piece. But I think also one of the things that can be a piece of the lack of focus can be that you’re worried, your system is always running. You’ve always got a cycle going on. It’s a little bit like with your computer with the Rainbow Wheel of Death. You know, nothing really works very well when you’ve got a huge program running in the background. And I think worry can be one of those things if you just feel generally anxious and worried all the time, that can really suck a lot of your life force. And I think that White Chestnut would be one of my first go-to’s for that. That’s one of the Bach essences. And is white chestnut something you’ve worked with quite a bit? 

Rochana Felde [00:17:40] Yeah a little bit. I also like other grounding essences when that’s the case. So we talked in episodes before about the trees. And so you know, a lot of the different tree essences are great for that feeling of grounding and getting back to your roots, and getting off the hamster wheel. So that would be specific. You know, there’s so many that are nice for that, with Redwood and Oak and so forth. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:18:12] Yeah I think we keep talking about grounding because it’s a really big issue. It’s definitely a sign of the times, we are so distracted and so up in our heads all the time that we aren’t grounded. And it’s just part of the process of starting to get back in your body and start to get more grounded that you’ll feel less anxious, less overwhelmed, and more focused. And I think that anything that helps you get into your body and to get into your center is a good essence for you. I think about Clematis too. I think Clematis can be a really useful essence. And that’s one of the Bach series. Clematis is really helpful for bringing in all of those diffuse mental forces, a dreaminess. It’s inherently unfocused, helps you come back into your body and make a decision about particular things that you need to do and actually be able to execute them. 

Rochana Felde [00:19:19] I like working with Lotus as well to just kind of center and in a more calm way get clearer on what’s needed. And I’d like both the traditional Lotus, the sacred Lotus, and I use the FES one for that. And that helps get into the spiritual side and synthesize what’s going on in with life experience and bring it in to get clear on things. But I also really like the Blue Lotus, that’s technically a water lily, and I have a lovely version of that from Flora Corona. I almost look at it as like an adaptogen in the way that it can have this calming euphoria on one aspect, but being mildly stimulating in another, and that’s the herbal action when that’s that plant is used herbally. So it’s interesting that the flower essence… Deborah Craydon of Flora Corona says it gives your body a feeling of cellular effervescence that permeates your skin and uplifts your spirit. I just really love that. And so that’s bringing back an energetic focus to the self to the physical body, the energetic body. And I think providing a lot of alignment that can help in conjunction with some of these other more concentrated focus essences to become of a nice blend. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:21:11] So interesting. I’m just thinking of the water lilies and how they grow, obviously submerged in water, and then their flowers and leaves are up on the surface. So they have that really interesting quality of balancing fire and water. Right. They get no shade. They get no protection from the direct sunlight. And anybody who spent time on a boat or by the water realizes how intense the sun can be. It’s almost like you’re getting twice the amount of sunlight, you get burned. If you think about what water lilies and lotus too, is they’re balancing those two pieces. So that’s really interesting, what you’re saying about the blue lotus having that balancing quality. 

Rochana Felde [00:22:04] Yeah. And while you were talking I was just thinking of the Thich Nhat Hanh quote “no mud, no lotus”. I think that might be a classic saying in that, you know, the lotuses and the water lilies, they don’t grow without mud. And so there’s a lot of deep contemplation that can be had with that. I hadn’t thought about it in the way that you’re talking about it with that balancing act of the sun the heat you know the cooling aspect balancing the part that’s exposed and in the sun. I like that. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:22:51] Yeah it’s really interesting because to me when I’m overstimulated it feels like I’ve got a type of heat stroke. Overwhelmed. There’s just so much energy firing at you, and voices or overstimulation or electronics and it just it feels like heat to me it feels like that energetic of heat and that would be how you would describe it from a Chinese medicine perspective. And so these essences that have these qualities of being able to manage that are an interesting element to add into any formula that you’re looking for help with focus from that angle of being overstimulated. 

Rochana Felde [00:23:32] Yeah that’s so interesting to how it kind of aligns with how Madia is preserving and managing its water evaporation, and then so with the Lotus.. I like that. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:23:44] Yeah it’s interesting. Yeah I think that is there is there another piece sort of along this line that we’re talking about. That balancing quality, the one that I’m thinking about is Tea, the flower essence of the Tea plant of green tea fame or even black tea. It’s all the same tea plant that makes all true teas. But the flower essence of Tea is one that is in my Flora of Asia line, and I find it to really help you bring everything back into the center. Green tea is inherently cooling in the medicine sense, and I think Tea essence helps to sort of cool and calm and ground, and help you create this bubble of focus around you where you’re not overstimulated as much. 

Rochana Felde [00:24:37] Yeah. That is so interesting that that cooling calming yet like mentally stimulating action of tea right translates there into the flower essence. And have you worked with the Camellia? You know the garden one, not the green tea one right. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:25:02] Well you’re talking in the same family, and in the family Theaceae, which contains the camellias and the Camellia sinensis is green tea. A number of different camellias that we think of as camellias… So we have Camellia japonica, one of the classic garden Camellias where it might have red or white or pink flowers. I’ve worked with the Camellia japonica which has a red flower, the species has a red flower. And I found it to be really helpful for focus as well. I mean, it really draws in all your energies into a direct area of focus. So I think that when you look at plant essences from a family (botanically speaking) you’re really working with the qualities of an overarching sort where the Theaceae have all of those qualities, and each one has a different facet of those qualities. 

Rochana Felde [00:26:00] That is true and that japonica that’s the one that’s typically grown in gardens and it’s such a beautiful flower. What most people don’t know it is tea leaves and you can ferment them and drink them as tea. I don’t think it’s as caffeinated but it does work at tea. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:26:19] The caffeine levels in tea, in Camellia sinensis tea, come from the fermentation or the drying processes so there can be more or less depending on the way that they’re processed. I don’t know that I’ve ever really heard of anybody using Camellia japonica but it just may not be as great of a tea. 

Rochana Felde [00:26:39] But it’s edible. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:26:41] Yeah yeah for sure it would be. I don’t see why it wouldn’t be caffeinated. Yeah I think that the next piece is when you’ve gone further down the road towards exhaustion, when you’ve been overstimulated for a period of time and crossed that barrier – then you might be thinking more into Nasturtium. It’s a good choice for when you’ve really burned yourself, a little too far. You know what’s interesting.. I’m thinking is that the plant really watery, full of water as well when you break off the stems. 

Rochana Felde [00:27:20] There’s a lot of water going on in that plant. What I also really like about Nasturtium, what’s so interesting about the plant form is if you look under those kind of wide round leaves that it has there’s the way it grows. Is this just total connected network of stems. It reminds me of a neural pathway. You know it’s kind of like all over and in and around, and it’s a very extensive kind of complex network the way that the stems grow. And that makes me think of the ways that it can help connection in the brain, and add to creative intelligence maybe. It’s a very spicy edible plant. You put it in your salads and so it has that sort of energy that I liken to a flash, like a flash of insight. So it’s cooling. It’s calming to that dry state of intellectual burn out. I think it can really help with studying and making new connections when you’re feeling burned out so that you can keep working intellectually. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:28:48] That’s so interesting right. I’ve grown it in the past and I remember if you sort of look under that that tile work almost, of the leaves, like you’re describing of these beautiful circular leaves that form these quite cool patterns and then the flowers pop up above. But if you peek underneath there it is quite a tangle. It’s not an organized plant in any stretch of the imagination. So it’s interesting to think about it in the signature of that sort of neural network that forms where it has. I think it has a lot of redundancy built into it right? That’s not just a stem and then tangles out and then has foliage – it seems to really have a lot of built in ability to adapt to different conditions. It will go over a wall, it’ll go between plants, it has that adaptability and I think that that’s interesting part of the signature that you can address to this focus issue because it helps you adapt to whatever is going on and define that focus within that. 

Rochana Felde [00:29:51] Yeah. And also part of the signature the little buds which are capers and you can actually pickle them and eat. They’re a yummy little thing. You could add to your salads, taking the little flower beds and pickle them in vinegar. And they kind of look like little brains, they’re round but they have the little bumps. And there they remind me of little brains. So it’s that signature repeated, funny. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:30:21] Yeah. So they’re not true capers but they can be treated in the same way as caper flowers. How interesting. And then the little seeds are huge. I mean, not little seeds. Going back to the plant – they have they have that wrinkly little they almost look like little bee bees, but really wrinkled. It’s so fun to really get to know plants. Rather than just to have one experience of them where you just saw a picture, and then maybe what it’s about in the sense of a remedy or an essence. But it’s such a useful practice to grow the plants, and to live with them, and to find out about them on deeper levels and it gives you more and more insight. So thanks for your insights on Nasturtium. 

Rochana Felde [00:31:09] Yeah yeah. And that’s so true. That’s why when there’s a plant or a flower that I haven’t grown or I haven’t observed in the wild like the Madia, it’s helpful to do research. And I was thankful that there was a flower study on the Flower Essence Society site that talked more about its growing pattern, and reiterated the importance of getting to know a flower or a plant through its lifecycle because you just really can’t get to know it by a static picture that’s one moment in time. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:31:46] I agree the Flower Essence Society has been a really wonderful resource for the community for decades now, of really solid research and really intentional focus on learning about these essences and learning about their qualities. And like you were saying their website is a great resource for finding out more information. I think there’s quite a bit more behind their membership wall –  it’s not the right word, but you know you pay a little bit, for an annual membership, it’s really valuable because you’re supporting their work but you’re also getting access to some really great content on the back end. 

Rochana Felde [00:32:27] Yeah yeah yeah. And Alaskan essences also has some free downloadable resources as well. So those are great. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:32:40] And don’t forget the living book – the Alaskan essences living book is amazing. It’s it’s a very modest amount to pay. That’s, I’m pretty sure a lifetime membership and you are able to get onto the living book website where you can find out a lot of information about them. And it has a really good repertory system where you can look up issues like qualities and be able to get really good information and images as well. And I think the Easy Learning is the next step, right? Where we were talking a little about what might help with this these qualities. And the Alaskan essences formula Easy Learning, and I’m pretty sure it has Bunchberry in it, is a wonderfully easy to find formula to help with the mental processing. And I think that’s really the biggest thing, when you’ve decided you want to learn something new or try something new to be able to help yourself organize that information and be able to access it in a better way. Do you recommend Easy Learning for going back to school? 

Rochana Felde [00:33:49] That’s a nice off the shelf one to grab for going back to school and doing any kind of studying. I really like that they have the regular internal drop dose formula but also a spray that has some essential oils in it and it’s got a nice spicy scent with coriander as one of the notes, and rosemary of course. So it’s really bright and I like it has that spicy but not overwhelming scent. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:34:19] Yeah. And I think that using a spray can be a really great way to sort of regain focus as you’re trying to work through a project. Just keeping a spray on hand or nearby and giving yourself a little mist on a regular basis can help you retain focus and move through your project. 

Rochana Felde [00:34:38] Yeah because we you know we just constantly have to reset, you know reframe, realign, because of always being pulled in all these directions. So  any little thing that can just kind of help snap out of it or snap back into place and an essential oil or a scent is a great way to just immediately. Do that and you get that immediate feedback in the brain. OK, now we’re going to go back to reading this paper, or writing this thing, or whatever it is. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:35:12] That ability to refocus. Because it’s focus, and then refocus. Focus and focus again. That’s the process, you’re continually having to focus on something. And how do you feel about the ending stage where sometimes we can get stuck at the very end and not be able to complete. 

Rochana Felde [00:35:35] Yeah, the Jacaranda comes to mind. That’s another one that’s a little bit newer to me, but it’s another one of Flora Coronas that I have. And boy that tree is beautiful. It’s just that beautiful purple flower tree that I’ve never met. I mean, I don’t think it grows around here. It needs a no frost, warmer environment. There’s no kind of jacaranda at Quarryhill is there? 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:36:05] No no, Jacaranda requires a frost free environment. It grows really well in Southern California. And I remember growing up. There are some streets in Pasadena area where it’s Jacaranda as the street tree. And when you go there in June and everything is just this purple bath. It’s beautiful. It’s just overwhelmingly beautiful and the Jacaranda is just a gift at that time of year just to be able to drive under that and to experience that. You know it’s like this pale lilac purple color covering the sky. I love Jacaranda. 

Rochana Felde [00:36:44] It’s kind of like my dream tree. I had never met it but, it’s like oh my gosh I was just looking at the pictures online is incredible. I just love how that tree looks in bloom. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:36:56] It’s from South America. 

Rochana Felde [00:36:59]  Exactly. And the one I have, Deborah made it in Hawaii, but it’s also very common in Australia. And I was reading some interesting folklore about it in Australia. They call it “purple panic”. It is the term that they use for student stress during exam times. And when it blooms late spring and early summer in Queensland Australia. So the purple refers to those trees that have been planted all throughout that district and the panic of course is because students are panicking about completing their assignments and studying for their final exams. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:37:45] Well that’s interesting. 

Rochana Felde [00:37:47] Isn’t that amazing. I was really shocked to learn this. And the thing that’s really interesting is there’s a little legend at the University of Pretoria that if a flower from the Jacaranda tree drops on a students head, the student will pass all their exams. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:38:08] That’s cool. And you just wait until that happens you get to stand under the tree and make it happen. You will eventually get dropped, on a little flower on top of your head. So that’s good. So that’s a focus you can inwardly focus on your intention. That a Jacaranda flower will fall on your head. 

Rochana Felde [00:38:27] It is. It is as a flower essence it is known to give energy to finished projects and realize intentions. I just find it so fun to find folklore that matches up with what the flower essences do, I love it. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:38:42] That is fascinating. I hadn’t ever heard that story which is really fun. But yes I have wonderful positive associations with Jacaranda and I look forward to trying the Flora Corona version. I haven’t run across that yet. So that’s quite cool. One of the ones that I think of for keeping the energy going until you’re complete is Hibiscus Pollen from Jane Bell’s Hawaiian Essences. And that has this potentizing quality that helps you to build that level of energy and really be able to push when you need to push. But it’s because it’s a Hibiscus, it has sort of a balancing quality I think, inherent to it, that it helps you keep from overdoing. But it’s just enough to be able to get done. 

Rochana Felde [00:39:35] Which just came to my mind just now is that hibiscus is used as a tea for being overheated, for staying cool. So again we have this theme of cooling which is really interesting. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:39:50] Yeah that is interesting. Yeah the Hibiscus that Jane made, for the pollen essence was from a white flowering Hibiscus. And so it has even cooler energy than the red, right? But it’s interesting, because jamaiaca, the hibiscus drink, those are those are little red hibiscuses and they’re a different species that has little red flowers.  And I love the beverage, it’s quite delicious if you ever had it. So the Hibiscus that Jane used to make her essence is a white flowered one. But it’s the pollen used to make the essence and the pollen is like an orange red. So the bowl was just covered in these little orange red pollen granules and it was like a fire in a cool place. 

Rochana Felde [00:40:42] Oh how interesting. With all of this theme about cooling you know it’s we know that the brain works better and thinks better when you’re not overheated. You know, say you’re working in an office or studying in a library when the temperature’s cooler it’s a lot more conducive to mental processes. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:41:04] I mean it makes sense even if you’re thinking in a strictly practical matter or a mechanical matter – like your computer works better when it stays cool right? When your computer’s overheated it can’t really run well and it will seize up on you. So if your brain, if you think about it that way, which I think it’s much more than that, but it’s true, when it’s cooler it is easier to think. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:41:29] Yeah yeah. Another one – I think we haven’t talked about any gem essences and I really don’t want to end the episode without talking about Fluorite because it’s such a great one for mental clarity and helping that prioritization process and just really clearing any congestion in the entire kind of seventh chakra, head, area to begin with. The regular Fluorite by Alaskan is the purple fluorite and I do like that purple fluoride for increasing focus but also, they make a combo that has a couple of different colors and I think that would be kind of the same as a rainbow fluoride which really aligns all the chakras and brings it all together in alignment. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:42:31] Yeah I think Fluorite is a really good option. The one that comes to my mind first is Aquamarine. I really like Aquamarine. Another one of the Alaskan gem essences for that cooling.. 

Rochana Felde [00:42:46] That cooling lightbulb keeps going off! 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:42:48] Exactly. Even just thinking about the gem, how beautiful cool blue it is – it has almost that glacier color you know. And I think that aquamarine as the energetic of it, in the essence really does booster this quality that we’re looking for you, cooling and calming. So I think that’s a good option. 

Rochana Felde [00:43:10] Yeah. That’s a great idea. Any other any other gems that you’d like to use?

Kathleen Aspenns [00:43:17] Yeah, I’m thinking about the essences we’ve talked about so far. So we’ve talked about a number of the different flowers that can help with sort of bringing your focus in, cooling it, and bringing it down and then with the gems helping to anchor that energetic of inward and downward and cooling and then I’m even thinking about some essences, maybe some environmental essences that help with that cooling. So that would be the next piece that I’d be thinking of. And you know just in that cooling energetic I think about Stone Circle, which is one of the Alaskan environmental essences, because just in general in Alaska it’s gonna be cooler – although the summers recently have been a different sort of situation. But Stone Circle has these incredible.. There are large stones that are naturally arranged in a circle. It’s just a magical little location that that Steve Johnson found. And I really think about it as being that grounding energy, so it it it emphasizes that quality of coming inward and downward and cooling and bringing it all the way into the ground. So that would be the piece that I would think of next to add into this mix of focusing energy. 

Rochana Felde [00:44:39] The environmental essences are so neat and there’s a few that are glacier specific which would also have that cooling energetic. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:44:52] Exactly. And Greenland Icecap has that quality of mental silence so that you can listen to what’s under, really deep, you know the processes are going on so deep that are below the level of conscious awareness. It can help to silence the chatter and the noise and the stimulation so that you can really go inward and listen to what is being called for. 

Rochana Felde [00:45:22] Any others that you want to talk about?

Kathleen Aspenns [00:45:25] Those are the ones that I felt the most compelled to share. I think that if I were to have sort of an essence that might help one more little piece I really love Cerato for this topic. I think that once again we’re talking.. The flower has that blue color, that sky blue color, and helps to bring in your intention. And helps to bring in that quality of inspiration. The Cerato helps to connect to your higher self and bring all of your energies together so that you can take the right action. The Cerato, when it’s out of balance, that essence state out of balance is somebody who is constantly looking around, and asking advice and asking the authorities, and they and they can never come to a place of saying “OK. Now I know what’s the right action to take.”  Cerato can help you find that center of yourself, that wisdom that resides in your heart and in your base, and be able to listen to that wisdom and take action based on that wisdom. 

Rochana Felde [00:46:38] That’s that’s beautiful. Yeah. And that is what we’re striving for is with Flower Essence Therapy really, getting back to our self and learning how to listen to ourselves. Being able to observe ourselves, understanding where it is we want to go. But not forcing it in an external way, not being hit over the head with a hammer, with a pharmaceutical. We’re working not just with our body but with our spirit and bringing those all into alignment. And it’s a beautiful feeling, what you just described, being able to just go within and be centered and find that place that you can come from as you go out into the world. So I do love the way that you describe that. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:47:33] And I want to give a big “woo hoo” to everything you just said. I’m completely in alignment with that. I think that it’s just so beautiful when you get connection with who you are and you stop reacting to the world. You stop having to feel the need to perform, or to be, you know, you’re constantly being triggered. But to be able to have that level of clarity, and it’s not a clarity like a top down clarity it’s almost a bottom up clarity where you just really get rooted into yourself, and you get really clear on who you are. 

Rochana Felde [00:48:08] Or even middle out, from the heart. It’s like you’re just right there in the center. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:48:14] Yeah. Oh what a beautiful beautiful beautiful image. Thank you. Thank you for getting that going. That was wonderful. 

Rochana Felde [00:48:22] Good. Well I think that probably a good place to wrap it up unless there is anything else. 

Kathleen Aspenns [00:48:29] I’m in agreement, I think that this was a nice a nice touch in on this topic of focus and we’d love to hear from our audience. Please feel free to comment on Facebook or Instagram posts. We’d really love your feedback on the help that you found from the essences or what you have to say, when you hear what we have to say. We love to share and collaborate and be part of the community. We feel so drawn to sharing this information with the world because we’re just so in love with nature. 

Rochana Felde [00:49:05] Absolutely. Ditto to all of that. It’s a labor of love.

Kathleen Aspenns [00:49:15] Love to you and we’ll talk next time. 

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