Have you ever wondered what it is like to make a flower essence? In this episode, Rochana and Kathleen share their stories of essence making and connecting to the plants. Nature has a sense of humor and when you are working in partnership, things don’t always go according to your best laid plans.
Flower Essences discussed during the show:
- Sweet Chestnut – available from Healing Herbs
- Western Heart’s Ease – available from WiseFlower
- Purple Sage – available from Flora of Asia
- Yarrow – available from FES
- Yeddo Hawthorn – available from Flora of Asia
- Calypso Orchid – available from WiseFlower
- Artemesia – available from Flora of Asia
- Poke – available from WiseFlower
Ruth Toledo Altschuler’s Deepening Circles
In her own words Ruth says:
“Serving as an Educator and Mentor helping the evolution of our field of Flower Essence Therapy is something I do out of a spirit of Devotion and Inspiration.
I have lived and breathed in-depth Flower Essence Therapy for three decades now, having gathered a unique combination of experience unparalleled in the field.
From my time based in Brazil, all the many years sponsoring and translating classes by the most important Mentors in the field of Flower Essence Therapy, has given me an intimate insight into their understanding and approach. All the while, when preparing my own classes, I am always committed to deepening my studies even further, to offer renewed perspectives.”
Here are some highlights on Ruth’s unique combination of experience in the Flower Essence Therapy field:
- Ongoing effective work with great numbers of clients over more than three decades
- Multiple opportunities of learning directly and working alongside our contemporary researchers and founders
- Educator in the field of Flower Essence Therapy for three decades
- Experienced in teaching online using technology for bringing beauty and healing to this world
Kathleen Aspenns: [00:00:18]
Hi, flower lovers, we are back. Today, I’m really excited about this topic that we’re going to tackle. It is going to be– we’re going to share our stories about making flower essences. And this is such a funny topic because everyone that I’ve ever talked to who makes flower essences has an assortment of wild and crazy things that have happened to them as they were making essences. And whenever you’re in this magical, liminal state, working with the intelligence of nature, very interesting things happen. And I’m really excited to share my stories. And I know, Rochana, you have some stories ready to go. And we’re going to dive in in just a minute. We wanted to share a new piece of the show where we are highlighting a beloved friend of ours who will be sponsoring this episode.
Rochana Felde: [00:01:36] Yeah, we are having Ruth Toledo Altschuler from essencecircles.com sponsor this episode, and she has a unique community of Essence Circles that she facilitates that deep dive into flower essences and flower essence therapy. Specifically, she’s offering these Deepening Circles, which is an in-depth study program for both professional practitioners and dedicated students to further our relationship with the plants, the essences, and each other.
Kathleen Aspenns: [00:02:13] Now, Ruth has been a mentor to both of us, and studying with her is a unique experience that we both really deeply value. We’re both enrolled in the Deepening Circles’ class and we absolutely love the quality and the depth of her program. So get ready for inspiration and reading the flowers on a whole new level and find out more about Ruth and this offering at essencecircles.com. We’ll put a link in the show notes.
So the first part about making, in essence, is I know that this is really important to me and I know it’s important to you as well, Ro, this quality of connection, this quality of relationship. We live in such a commercial culture and we tend to have a colonial attitude that’s just– it’s just part of how we’re built, where we just think we can just go and buy something or we can just go and get something. If it’s just sitting there, we can take it. And nothing could be further from the truth when we’re working with nature, we’re working with the intelligences of nature. We have to join in a sacred relationship with the plants that we are interested in working with. And I don’t know about you, but I’ve been interested in certain plants for years sometimes before I get a yes that they want the– that the timing is right and that they’re ready to work with me, making an essence. So it is part of a lot of essence trainings where you learn how to make flower essences. But I would certainly say if you’re asking and you’re not getting a no on a regular basis, you may not be really asking with the true openness to receiving a true yes. I think consent goes over throughout all species and throughout all kingdoms. This is something that’s really important to me. And I think that you too have a very similar perspective.
Rochana Felde: [00:04:25] Yeah, absolutely. And even more so coming from a herbal world where foraging is sort of a hot new trend, it’s very Instagrammable and bloggable. And people post a lot of pictures about going and collecting plants for medicine. And this is– there’s certainly a romance to that. And we’re all, gosh, so attracted to doing that. It’s like deep in our soul and our hearts and our bones going back to just our DNA of how we as humans have evolved with the plant community and the environment here on this Earth.
However, it’s not that simple, and there is harm that can be done not just to the plant, but to the whole ecosystem as well. So things like foraging take not just learning how to identify plants or even not just how to take a certain percentage of the plants to– there’s just so much more nuance to it and so much more study. So the good thing about flower essences is they are the least amount of impact to the plants and the flowers because we’re not taking the whole plant. We’re just taking a flower or a couple of flowers. But there’s still considerations. Is it a rare plant and all of those sort of logical things that you want to think about.
But on top of that, there’s also the non-linear permission that, Kathleen, you were talking about, which is, is this the right time energetically to make a flower essence? And what is that all about? So there is definitely building that relationship with the environment, with the plant on those levels that I talked about, and then also on that energetic level, because it needs to be sort of like a two-way communication for we’re not just asking to take the plant. We’re also communicating the whole time we’re making the essence and sort of hearing or channeling its messages to us. And so we have to make sure that it’s the right time to do that.