Have you ever thought about the co-creative act of making a flower essence as a spiritual or self-development practice in and of itself?
It requires surrendering to the moment, really listening to Nature, and going with the flow to accept all parts of the experience. The lessons the plants impart in the process may continue long after the essence is bottled, so an awareness must also be cultivated to notice, interpret, and work with what comes up.
Kathleen and Rochana reflect on how years of essence making have enhanced their individual personal growth — in all its messy glory.
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Flower Essences discussed during the show:
- Purple Sage – Flora of Asia
- Redwood – FES
- Night Blooming Cereus – Jane Bell Essences
- Rainbow Leaf Seaweed – Wiseflower
Kathleen Aspenns: [00:00:17] Hi, flower lovers. Rochana and I are here today to talk about the topic of the flower essence-making process as a process of spiritual development, as a path. Both of us have independently been making essences for a very long time now, and we have some interesting experiences to tell you about and just kind of wanted to share our thoughts on this process. It’s not one that I find gets a lot of attention. Especially when you’re starting to learn about flower essences, you sort of see them as something that’s accomplished and there’s a book about it or there’s printed information available. But the process that goes on behind the scenes can be fascinating. And it’s much messier, I’d have to say, than any sort of description that might show up in a booklet or a website later on. And we wanted to talk about that process and the things that we’ve learned directly from the plants and how it might impact you in your process of working with and maybe making flower essences. So, welcome. Hey, Ro.
Rochana Felde: [00:01:49] Hey, Kathleen. I love this topic because I’ve always felt that way with making flower essences that I get so much out of the process. I get so much information from the plant that’s not just how to use this in a practice, but information and experiences I feel like are helping me grow. They’re spurring my own self-development in a way that is, it’s almost like supercharged, right? And there’s some aspects to it that I think are sort of unique. They are working with a plant and having a relationship and learning to sit with the plant and communicate it. There are practices that do that. You don’t have to be making a flower essence to do that. in fact, I recommend everyone to try that and to sit with the plant and see what comes with that practice. So right there, that in and of itself is a spiritual practice. Yet when we sit and make the essence, there’s something else that happens. There’s a connection with that higher spirit of the plant that in this co-creative process and in a way it’s almost sort of like a channeling that’s happening, there’s a non-ordinary state of reality that’s happening and it’s like the plant is taking you on a journey in some way or another, whether you’re conscious of it or not. And so all of the things that happen that day leading up to making the plant make the essence, while making the essence, and then after. And that could last for several days. I don’t know about you, Kathleen, but there’s some times where I feel the effects of it for a week after that’s happening. And sometimes I’ll continue to work with the essence and take the essence and really explore it. And sometimes, for whatever reason, I don’t have time to be that conscious about it. But if I’m at least aware of just circumstances, then synchronicities that are happening, I feel like that message keeps coming through.
Kathleen Aspenns: [00:04:31] There’s so much in there. I guess I’d go back to the very beginning in that when a plant calls you to make an essence, there’s a reason that that plant has something to share with you. There’s something in you that needs the connection of that plant. I think that the process of making essences starts to teach you about the next piece you’re ready for. And so you don’t just make essences because you decide to make essences. You make essences when the plant asks you to or signals some sort of openness to do so. And for me, that’s been such an interesting thing because I started out very excited about making essences, and I’d be like wanting to connect with a particular plant. And they just would be like, “Not yet. Nope, not today. Not yet.” And when you’re choosing to interact with nature on this conscious level, you have to be able to take a no. You have to be able to have your desires thwarted. It has to be a consensual relationship from both parts. And then when you do get the yes, it can be really astonishing what will come forward. Do you have thoughts on the Yes-No process?
Rochana Felde: [00:06:02] Yeah, it’s not just about the plant, too. It’s about everything. It’s about the weather. It’s about the other outside forces that may come up that day. And so it’s really it has to kind of be this perfect storm of the weather, the plant calling, and your ability to actually go out there outside and do it and have everything ready to go for that opportune time, all your supplies and everything. And if you’re working– many of the things that we make flower essences from bloom around the same time. So you may go out to the garden or into nature and there may be several things calling your attention at once. And so that’s another aspect. It’s like, well, which one? And you really have to get that sense of feeling into it. I may have in my mind been really wanting to make this certain flower essence for a long time but then I get out there and there’s something else growing around it that’s actually calling even louder. And so I have to release that attachment to what I wanted to do and go with what nature is showing me and telling me.
And a really good way to determine that is to see what the insects are doing, what the birds are doing. If I see bees really pollinating or putting a lot of attention on this one particular plant, or maybe I notice, I get out there, I’m looking around, I’m trying to get a feel and I see a hummingbird just swoop in and it goes into the plant, or a butterfly, to me, it’s nature helping me to decide, it’s helping to point me in the right direction. And so it’s developing that practice too of mindfulness to just feel into it with your senses and then watch what’s happening and take your cues from nature and the plants. Part of that process, I mean the plants releasing pheromones and telling the insects to come, it’s just all connected and it’s all part of that communication process.
Kathleen Aspenns: [00:08:39] Well, then there’s that perfect moment, and where that plant is just in that state. And I love that you’re talking about that other aspects of animal nature connecting and recognizing that this is a peak moment right now. And so yeah, I too have had hummingbird visitations where they’ll just stand and stare at me like, “Hey, hey.” It’s really intriguing when you start listening to the other voices of nature helping to guide you along which direction. And yeah, so many times I think I’m going for one thing and it’s like, “Oh, wait a minute, this is the thing I’m actually here for.” And then you have to reverse-engineer your day or even the night before or even days before where you start to look for a pattern of things that are happening internally with you. Certainly, when you’re on your way to making an essence or that morning of, you’re already in that state. You’re outside of the time of when the bowl gets laid out. These things are happening in this numinous state. It’s very different than normal waking reality.
Rochana Felde: [00:09:52] Yeah, and that’s where I liken it to shamanic practices because it’s a non-ordinary reality or an altered state of consciousness that is made up of this non-ordinary perception. And a non-duality state of knowing which is where you might call it claircognizance, where you start to connect into just knowing, knowing what the right flower is, the right time is, and knowing what the plant is telling you. And the experiences run the gamut. I mean, I’ve had some plants I’ve had weak experiences and not a lot came through, and then some were likened, they were so strong it was almost psychedelic, and with the visions or being pulled into a real journey with that plant, and then sort of everything in between. And I think part of the practice for me, we call it like a spiritual practice, it’s also setting the container.
So when I sit down with the plant, in a conscious way, I like to call the directions and really not just the four directions, but above and below and within. So there’s a seven points of a container that is around me and the plant. And I like to do that consciously as part of the ritual of working with that plant. And I find that really helps to get me onto the right level. Like, the plant doesn’t need it, but I need it, and I need it to settle into that space and to allow that information to come and to allow that conversation to happen to get into the right frequency. And in order to get out of my head, sometimes I’ll sit there and sing or hum or just do whatever comes up to get out of the head, just anything that comes up. And I find that singing, it’s a really nice way to get into that space. And I always have a journal, so I’m always writing whatever happens and how I’m feeling. I may have residual emotions that are just from something that just happened right before I sat down with the plant. And I think that’s part of it. And I make note of it because I think that’s what’s coming in for healing. So even though we have these really personal experiences making essences where sometimes I wonder, okay, was this message and this healing just for me, or is this for everybody? Would I use it the same way for other people? And that’s a question that comes up a lot. And people ask that about making essences. And I feel like it’s not an either/or. It’s like an and/yes, it’s both. And that when you’re thinking about synchronicities and how everything is connected, then healing and working with my issue or emotions or experience is helping others. And that plant is doing both. And that experience that I’m having is the message that helps others as well. And I’m not sure if I’m articulating that. What do you think?
Kathleen Aspenns: [00:39:16] Well, thank you for being with us. Thank you for sharing this time with us talking about experiences of making flower essences, of working directly with nature and her gifts for us. We really appreciate your listening to us and sharing your time on a regular basis. It’s so fun to hear from you podcast listeners. You’re hearing us because Ro and we just do this thing and we put it out and sometimes we really don’t realize who is connecting. So we do love to hear from you. It makes us so happy when we get the mails or the comments. And should you feel inspired to offer a few stars and a review on your podcast catcher, we’d be so grateful. So thank you so much for playing along and we look forward to our next interaction with you.
Rochana Felde: [00:40:15] Bye, everyone.
Kathleen Aspenns: [00:40:21] This podcast is meant for educational and entertainment purposes only. We are not physicians and do not diagnose, prescribe, or treat medical conditions. Please consult with your own physician or healthcare practitioner regarding the suggestions and recommendations made by the hosts and guests of The Flower Essence Podcast.