Meet Australian Flower Essence Practitioner Tracy O’Meara Smith!
Tracy combines Flower Essence Therapy with a gentle and holistic form of bodywork (Bowen Therapy), and through this integration guides clients through periods of profound inner transformation, crisis, and pain. She empowers individuals to trust their intuition, act on newfound insights, and discover effective ways to cope, live, and ultimately be.
Well-versed in the Australian flower essences, Tracy was recently certified by the Flower Essence Essence Society through the online FES Practitioner Certification Training course taught by Ruth Toledo Altschuler.
Our conversation spans her profoundly connective experience of participating in an Aboriginal flower pit ceremony, how the FES training up-leveled her understanding of flower essence therapy, and the deep integration that bodywork brings to the process.
👉 Learn more about the Flower Essence Practitioner Certification Training Program at the School for Flower Essence Studies.
Flower Essences discussed during the show:
- Arnica – FES
- Buttercup – FES
- Echinacea – FES
- Lady’s Mantle – FES
- Baby Blue Eyes – FES
- Mariposa Lily – FES
- Purple Flag – Living
You can find Tracy @ Silverdale Holistic Therapy: www.silverdale.com.au
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Learn more about Tracy’s Free Yourself Program
Rochana Felde: [00:00:10] Welcome, friends, to The Flower Essence Podcast. Today we have another special guest with us, Tracy O’Meara Smith from Australia, and we are really excited to hear how she as a practitioner uses flower essences and uses them with her bodywork practice and how she has incorporated not just the Australian flower essences, but the Bach and FES flower essences with her bodywork practice. And so I’m going to read you a short bio for her. Tracy O’Meara Smith is a holistic healing practitioner whose garden clinic, Silverdale Holistic Therapy, is nestled in the serene Perth Hills of Western Australia. Her unique and comprehensive approach to healing combines flower essence therapy with techniques of Bowen Therapy which is a gentle and holistic form of bodywork. Through the integration of Bowen Therapy and Flower Essence Therapy, Tracy guides individuals through periods of profound inner transformation, crisis, and pain. She empowers individuals to trust their intuition, to act on newfound insights, and to discover effective ways to cope, live, and ultimately be. Additionally, Tracy provides flower affinity readings that serve as a remarkably accurate catalyst for newfound perspectives, inner healing, and empowerment enabling her clients to navigate life with a deeper understanding of themselves. Welcome to the podcast, Tracy.
Tracy O’Meara Smith: [00:02:28] Thank you so much, Ro.
Kathleen Aspenns: [00:02:30] We’re so glad to have you here.
Tracy O’Meara Smith: [00:02:32] Thank you, Kathleen. Before we get started, I would love to do a acknowledgement to country. Here in Australia, we have one of the oldest cultures in the world, and I would just love to play acknowledgement to the Whadjuk people of the Noongyar nation and elders past, present and emerging. And I’d love to honor the first peoples of the country that you and Kathleen would live and love on. It’s very important for us to acknowledge our indigenous folks, and also to understand with the weaving of that connection that it has in my practice and for us all.
Rochana Felde: [00:03:17] I’m so glad that you brought that up, Tracy. And honestly, it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while, but we haven’t quite incorporated it into our podcast, so I really value you bringing that to the forefront and beginning of our conversation. I live and work on the unceded lands of the Kashaya Pomo on the west coast of California in Sonoma County.
Tracy O’Meara Smith: [00:03:44] Beautiful.
Kathleen Aspenns: [00:03:46] Hey, Tracy and I also, even though we are quite a good distance apart, I am also living and working on Pomo land. And it’s really an honor to have you here to share that new opportunity for us to appreciate our elders, our ancestors and those who’ve come before us on this beautiful land.
We would love to hear how you got involved in essences. We’re talking to you on the other side of the world. It’s really quite exciting what we can do with that now. And your origin story is very different from ours because your ecosystem is so very different from ours. I’d love to hear how you got involved in essences to begin with.
Tracy O’Meara Smith: [00:04:33] I first started– got involved with flower essences, my youngest has hip dysplasia, and she went through a process where we had to have her in a brace and she wasn’t sleeping, and I just felt like I needed to do something for me. And I felt quite helpless in the situation. So I needed to find something that was just for me. And so I started looking for certain things that could really nourish and feed my soul and also support me with my daughter. And so I found Flower Essence Therapy and I found teachers, Vasu and Kadambii who live north of me here in Perth who run the Living Essence academy. And that’s how I started. And the process was life-changing because it opened my mind and my heart to certain things that I wasn’t aware of and the emotions that I had been carrying, this underlying sadness and sense of helplessness that I just couldn’t put my finger on and didn’t know where it had come from. And lo and behold, I started to understand what generational healing and intergenerational trauma was, and the process and the understanding deepened. Through my training, I was exposed and blessed with the knowledge of the Aboriginal indigenous people of the lands here through a process called a Flower Pit Healing. And this is plant medicine and deep, deep connection to the earth in a process where tribe comes together and they dig pits in the earth and fill the pits with coals and flowers, and they cover that with bark. And then you lie in the pit, and then they’re covered with kangaroo skin. And then the tribe will chant.
The process itself really helped me understand the intricate relationship between man and the earth and the symbiotic relationship with earth and the tribe, and how intricately your process and the trial process were one and everyone could feel what you were going through, and everyone was incredibly present for each other. So speaking directly to that, from my experience, it blew my mind in terms of the depth of healing in relationship to the earth and also the relationship to the flowers and the relationship to family, and there’s an energetic connection where I sense indigenous culture, understand that transformative healing process of when we are born that we take on that psychic imprint of our mother and our father. And so there’s this understanding of healing generational when we come through onto the earth plane that we can clear that through using Earth medicine. And this was one way to do that.
Speaking directly to it, there is an elder, Nundjan, who oversaw this process and very generously shared this information. And there’s a video on my website where he speaks to this directly, and it’s very, very powerful. But the the process really helped me understand that what I was carrying was not mine, that it had come through generations, and now it was my responsibility to be able to look on that and heal that for my daughters. So there’s this powerful understanding that even though we take our individual process to heal ourselves, we’re actually influencing the collective. So it’s not just about us, it’s about us taking control and responsibility for things that we know aren’t right and we need to somehow come into our own consciousness so we can clear it not just for ourselves but also for the collective. And so with that, it has always stayed with me. So I’ve used the West Australian and the East Australian flower essences with that strong indigenous connection and with the greatest respect and understanding that the earth we can’t– you cannot disconnect from that earthly connection. And that’s why I think flower essences and flowers are so powerful because they open us up on that natural level that are non-threatening, and it’s our love and connection to them that make the therapy and also the essences so easily integrated when we just open ourselves up to that healing. So that was that was my introduction and I’m incredibly grateful for it.
Rochana Felde: [00:10:11] That does sound like an incredible experience to have. I’ve had some of my own shamanic initiations with plant spirit medicine, but what you’re describing with the Pit sounds really amazing. And I’m wondering, were there specific flowers that were used, that they used for that kind of process?
Tracy O’Meara Smith: [00:10:37] Mostly seasonal. So that was in spring or even just a lot of orchid Geraldton Wax from memory. And the power of having that heat with the flowers, so the essence you could really feel the movement. But what was mostly also very powerful is the interconnection between everyone. And this is amazing energy with the connection to the earth. And this was a cultural experience from my perspective. So I don’t want to take away from the power of the voice from the indigenous. Nundjan explains it more on my website in terms of that deeper connection on a cultural experience. But there was a myriad of flowers in there that just opened us all up to an incredible sense of connection, community, love, and this really sense of tribe that you’re not alone. And I think isolation and loneliness is the biggest thing in terms of healing is that we feel so isolated in the depth of our experience and really there is, when we open up to the flowers, when we open up to the natural earthy connection, and if I’m going to give an example, like the Redwoods who are incredibly connective and also here in Australia with oh gosh, so many flowers, I couldn’t even name one, so it’s just that natural, earthy connection that brings us together and knits us back together. So what we’re carrying comes into consciousness, and then we can release it.
Rochana Felde: [00:12:44] Yeah. So after this incredible experience that you had, you decided to learn about the flower essences and begin training with that. And you started with the Living Essences of Australia which is my understanding that’s a fairly large producer in Australia along with the Australian Bush Essences. Is that correct?
Tracy O’Meara Smith: [00:13:08] Yes. So for, I think it’s probably the last 10 years, I’ve just been using the Living Essences and Ian White’s Australian Bush Flowers. And then I met Ruth Toledo who we’ve all been working with through another business contact. And my world just completely and utterly opened up. Flowers are a universal language. And then I started the FES course and I have been just blown away in terms of applying flower essences in a completely different way.
Kathleen Aspenns: [00:13:55] And it is so cool that Ruth is able to teach the FES Practitioner Foundation training online, and you and Australia can attend without having to fly around the world to be with these plants in person. And can you speak to that experience of doing a training that is essentially a virtual training and how you can still get that depth of experience of knowing these plants without actually having to fly?
Tracy O’Meara Smith: [00:14:25] Or actually see them, which I think it’s because the depth of the connection of the flowers is that you’re just intuitive. For me, it’s just such a deep, intuitive connection. And I think once you start working with one or two, they start to speak to you, and then you start to work with them and build a relationship with them, and then your intuitive knowing of what you’re looking for, you look for the repertory of course with keywords and stuff, but then when you start to work with them, they come to you naturally and you go, oh, I might use this flower, or I might use that flower. I mean, for me, through the case studies, I used a blend of Arnica, Buttercup, and Echinacea in terms of really supporting trauma and then adding in Mariposa Lily and Lady’s Mantle and even Baby Blue Eyes if and when there was that disconnect from the parents. So the Mariposa Lily and the Lady’s Mantle really helping to nourish for that mother– that missing, nourishing, a nurturing mother element and then bringing in the Baby Blue Eyes for that masculine protection. And I found those five flowers in particular really supported the women that I supported to release deep trauma and being able to step outside their comfort zone and reclaim the things that they needed to act and shift.
And I’d love to talk about one of the case studies in particularly because it was incredibly powerful. So I had a lady come in. She had recently lost her father probably 18 months prior, and as a consequence, her marriage fell apart. And she was working in a business that was originally her father’s. So the connection to her job was the connection to her dad who had recently passed. And she was being utterly undermined and bullied in that situation and in her position. And as a process, she had learnt through survival to mask where she was at. And so when she came here there’s something that happens when people walk through the door. They just start to cry. There’s something– they just naturally know that they can release. And so you could imagine the grief, loss, and sadness and the intense, grand sense of responsibility because you had a family to support. So using these flowers in order to bring back a sense of normalcy, to able to put the anxiety aside and able to clear through the clutter of all the grief and the sense of hopelessness in her situation being bullied in her work environment, and also then having to deal with her son who was acting out and noticing this pattern of the masculine line within her situation. So she had the grief of her father, the loss of her marriage, being bullied by the men in her workplace, and her son acting out. So the Baby Blue Eyes was a consistent through her case study. I think we were at the fifth month. And this case study she was incredibly intuitive. So there was a certain time when her son was acting out which triggered she didn’t even know was there. And this is the beauty of the flowers is that they present you with things that come out of the psyche and the subconscious where her son’s behavior actually was triggering a guilt from relationship and situations around the loss of her brother who had taken his life years prior. Now, this is deep trauma that has been sitting latent, and the flowers open up the psyche and the mind for things to come to consciousness so we can clear them, which is again on the masculine line. And so with that understanding, a few weeks later, she chose to engage legal advice and then was released from this job, was able to be financially rewarded, and then given six months grace to be able to spend time with her family, deeply heal, and then be offered a position in a managerial position and now is running one of the top practices in Perth and now changing the culture within that to be more human and not being so rigid and corporate. I mean, the transformation from where she was to where she is now is absolutely incredible. And to be able to witness that and be guiding the facilitation of her healing, that it just showed me the power of it when we take on our own individual responsibility. She’s now changing a culture within that same industry but doing things completely different. So it’s affecting hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people. I just think that’s in itself is so– that’s what we’re here for. That’s what we’re here for.
Tracy O’Meara Smith: [00:49:11] Oh, me too, Ro. Me too. I mean, the depth of the love of flowers, you can’t articulate that. You can’t. But when you bring people together who read and understand that the healing process and what the flowers offer, they all speak to us in different ways. And the most beautiful thing that I’ve come to understand is everybody’s perspective is valued and adds to the legacy of what we’re building here. And that is a collective healing unto itself because there’s so many modalities or processes that are so rigid and have to be a certain way. And I’ve just so loved to being able to add in my little input and feel very valued in that, and also being able to leave a legacy for the history of flower essence therapy and flower essences. It’s been an amazing journey and I know it will continue forever. I don’t plan to stop any time soon, that’s for sure.
Kathleen Aspenns: [00:50:21] Thank you for joining us and sharing your experiences and sharing your practice and your insights with us. And dear listeners, all of you and you, I’m talking to you, if this has piqued your interest, I hope that you will check out the FES Practitioner Training. We have a new cohort forming getting started in January, and if this is interesting to you, just check it out and see if this is the moment for you to jump in. And we hope that it is. If not, I’m hoping that you are part of this community, you are part of this community, you’re listening right now. We are so happy that you’re here and helping us spread the love and the word of the flowers and the healing of the flowers in any way that fits into your life and your practice. Thanks for being with us, Tracy.
Tracy O’Meara Smith: [00:51:15] Thank you so much for having me, Kathleen, Ro. Really appreciate. Thank you.
Rochana Felde: [00:51:22] Thank you. Bye-bye now.
Kathleen Aspenns: [00:51:25] 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.