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SELF LOVE - WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?

I have been speaking with my Star brothers and sisters from Sirius for the past week or so.  They wanted to talk about Love in it's many shades and forms.  I transcribed and sent out their messages and the next subject that THEY wished to discuss was a more indepth conversation about SELF LOVE.  If you recall, they spoke about the importance of SELF LOVE before the highest level of relationship romantic love can be fully reached and appreciated.

Meanwhile, last night I was drawn to a book on my shelf entitled STEP BY STEP WE CLIMB.  As I read the first few pages, I could see that the description of SELF LOVE that I was reading  was something I knew I should reproduce here and share with you.  I am sure that I will consult once again, at some point, with the Sirians on this topic, but meanwhile I would like to reproduce some excerpts from the STEP BY STEP discourses.  The following is, while out of complete context, some excerpts that drew my attention while I read.  I offer these to you in love and hope these words will bring you a deeper understanding of SELF LOVE and LOVE in general.  This which follows is, in no way, intended to be a thorough answer to the question of Self Love, but it will be, we hope, of some service.


From ORDER--THE FIRST LAW
by El Morya and St. Germain








(Remember, this is not the complete Discourse, but only a paragraph here and there that was chosen to share with you from the complete Discourse)

The first rule has always been to be silent and know that I AM is God.  This silence will permit the individual to turn within himself, and the knowledge, the vision, the contact with his Presence will quickly follow.  I say to the student often:  There is nothing so important as your own harmony and peace of mind.  You cannot acquire that from others;  that comes only as a result of your own earnest desire and longing for the glories of life, for the outpouring of Light from your own Great God-self, which is within and above you. 

The only reason for life expressing in the physical world is to expand more Light.  That expansion we have called service, and that service begins with the love of the God Flame within, first, and then a love of the God Flame within all manifested things, second.  Yet, even though we say that one is first and one is second, still, really they are both first, for when the individual turns within himself sufficiently and gives the gratitude, the love, and the adoration to his I AM Presence, he/she is in reality loving the Presence of Life within all things, for all is One.

To observe imperfection in another is a certain indication that you yourself have not reached your goal.  Each one's duty is to see most of all the perfection which everyone should have.  Even though your outer sight may deny that the perfection is there, still, since only the Inner is real, you will quickly see that the perfection which should be there is there.  It is your duty, your obligation as a part of life to expand that perfection.  As that perfection expands there is less room for imperfection.  To call to the I AM Presence into action to release perfection into any person, place, condition or thing is the greatest possible blessing that can be given. 
(Note from JOY:  and this begins with the self!)

To discuss the seeming inabilities, shortcomings, and failures of your acquaintances is to draw those qualities into yourself, and also it intensifies them in the worlds of others.

Many do not know how to release Divine Love, for to many the consciousness has been given that Divine Love is an attribute of the physical senses, and I assure you that is not so. 
Divine Love is the All-enfolding Flame of Creation, it is the Spark of Life, the Unfed Fire within each one which can be kindled into a roaring conflagration when the attention is turned within and above to the Blazing God Presence, I AM, for that Blazing Presence is Love, and only from the Heart of All Love can more love come forth.

Thus, to bring any given thing into manifestation, the individual who will stop, turn, and recognize the I AM  within him, will cause a ray of Light to proceed from his mind, which will form the mental picture of that which he desires.  And holding that mental picture consciously in his mind, still within the I AM Consciousness, he will call forth another ray of Light from his feeling world, pouring it into that mental picture which he has held, so that he directs the electronic stream from his Godself to bring about the creation of anything he desires.

WISDOM FROM MARY SUMMER RAIN'S NO-EYES

I was directed to EARTHWAY, by Mary Summer Rain ~ specifically, to the last chapter in the book entitled In Search of Rainbow's End--The Purpose of Life.  Mary writes about her teacher and mentor, an aged Native American woman by the name of No-Eyes.  Here is some of the wisdom that No-Eyes imparts in the last chapter of the book.  I was guided to share this with you and will type some excerpts from it straight from the book for your consideration.

IN SEARCH OF RAINBOW'S END
The Purpose of Life

" . . . remember before we talked 'bout how peoples lookin' all over?  The searchin's they do?"
"Yes," I said.
"Summer ever think what they really be searchin' for?"
"Their truth.  No, not their truth, but the truth.  They look all over for it.  They make it very difficult for themselves."
"But it be so simple," she said with a grand smile.  "Everybody's lookin' hard for somethin'.  Everybody's searchin' for end of rainbow.  It never there for them.  They lookin' for all wrong stuff in all wrong places.
"Peoples think they need new job.  They not be happy with it.  They think they need new house or car.  They not be happy with them either.  They think they need love.  They not be happy.  They search an' search.  They still not be happy.  They die not happy.  They only be happy when they find Great Spirit here," she said, pointing  softly to her heart and the center of her forehead.  "Then they not search more.  They be happy an' content when they find Truth in Great Spirit."

. . . Her choppy sentences couldn't have been more eloquent.  Her words were beautiful.  So many, many people wasted their happiness.  They sweated out two or three jobs attempting to gain the sacred dollar--the golden calf that would buy them all the material things that, in the end, wouldn't make them happy at all.  They would then discover that happiness had eluded them and they would begin the search once again, only with a more intense obsession to obtain the elusive golden ring.

. . . We entered the forest and the old one wasted no time.  "What you see?" she asked, directing the question at no one in particular.
We questioningly looked at one another, not certain of her meaning.  I attempted a reply.
"The pine and aspen, all of nature, the spirit of nature."
"Anybody see that!  What you see?"

After searching for a deeper meaning, Bill tried.
"Nature is preparing for winter.  All of nature is busy with it."
She shrugged her narrow shoulders.  "That one be better.  How nature do busy thing?"
We talked as we strolled her well-worn woodland paths.  I spoke next.
"They gather and store a season's supply of food.  They insulate their nesting places for hibernation and warmth."
"Good!" she spat.  "What store they get fur coats from?  How they gonna chop wood for warmth?  Where the market where they buy food, huh, Summer?  Huh, Bill?"
We grinned at her simple point and Bill replied, "All their needs are amply provided.  The Great Spirit gives them all they require and the spirit of the woods makes sure they are distributed."
She sighed with a decided nod.  When she looked up into our faces, her eyes were misty.
"Peoples be dumbest animals of all," came her tired voice.  "Great Spirit provide all for them too.  Great Spirit give good food, powerful medicine that grow on Earth Mother's breast, great powers for people's energy needs.  But they no see this good Mother Earth stuff.  She give all beautiful life stuff. . . for all peoples. . . for all times.  She give all she got to give, but peoples take an' take all wrong stuff from her body.  They be so blind, they no see this."
She paused before continuing.
"Great Spirit be so loving to His peoples.  He give four great things.  He give love.  He give truth an' way to it.  He give faith.  He give bounties of Earth mother for peoples to live good earthway lives."
Her obsidian eyes glistened as she looked to the turquoise sky that peeked above the morning clouds.  She looked up for the Great Spirit.
"Peoples can find end of rainbow with them four things.  They never need more."
Eyes closed, head lowered, she continued.
"But peoples be so dumb.  They not realize that they be big, big part of all of life; life of nature . . . life of Great Spirit . . . that they be one brother to all brothers.  They not see how they be part of life of spirit of all living things.
We walked into the jewellike forest while the wise visionary softly spoke of mankind's need to raise their collective consciousness to the reality of the greatness of the living hoop of life.
"Peoples need to understand,"  she nearly pleaded with a voice barely above a whisper.  "Peoples need to understand what they be seekin' be in own hearts, deep down in own spirits.  When peoples run to end of rainbow for big pot of gold, they say, 'It be not here!'    They cry, 'It never be here for me.'  But they need to see that big pot of gold is there.  It be standing at the end of rainbow . . . it be in peoples' hearts an' in peoples' own spirits.  It be inside all 'long."
Our old friend slowly shook her head.  She whispered in her great tiredness.  "Peoples need to wake up.  When they ever gonna see that the Great Spirit be livin' inside them?  When they ever gonna see that the Great Spirit be that rainbow end?"
And there was nothing left to be said, for she had said it all.

WORDS OF WISDOM FROM LOUISE HAY

What follows here is from THE LOUISE HAY NEWSLETTER.  Louise Hay is an author and the founder of Hay House, Inc.  Her well-known and often referenced book, HEAL YOUR BODY,  lists the mental causes for physical illness and gives the metaphysical way to overcome them.

LOUISE'S 12 COMMANDMENTS--OR HOW TO LOVE YOURSELF


STOP ALL CRITICISM
Criticism never changes a thing.  Refuse to criticize yourself.  Accept yourself exactly as you are.  Everybody changes.  When you criticize yourself, your changes are negative.  When you approve of yourself, your changes are positive.

FORGIVE YOURSELF
Let the past go.  You did the best your could at the time with the understanding, awareness, and knowledge that you had.  Now you are growing and changing, and you will live life differently.

BE GENTLE AND KIND AND PATIENT
Be gentle with yourself.  Be kind to yourself.  Be patient with yourself as you learn the new ways of thinking.  Treat yourself as you would someone you really loved.

BE KIND TO YOUR MIND
Self-hatred is only hating your own thoughts.  Don't hate yourself for having the thoughts.  Gently change your thoughts.

PRAISE YOURSELF
Criticism breaks down the inner spirit.  Praise builds up.  Praise yourself as much as you can.  Tell yourself how well youare doing with every little thing.

SUPPORT YOURSELF
Find ways to support yourself.  Reach out to friends and allow them to help you.  It is being strong to ask for help when you need it.

BE LOVING TO YOUR NEGATIVES
Acknowledge that you created them to fulfill a need.  Now you are finding new, positive ways to fulfill those needs.  So lovingly release the old negative patterns.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY
Learn about nutrition.  What kind of fuel does your body need in order to have optimum energy and vitality?  Learn about exercise.  What kind of exercise do you enjoy?  Cherish and revere the temple you live in.

MIRROR WORK
Look into your eyes often.  Express the growing sense of love you have for yourself.  Forgive yourself while looking into the mirror.  Talk to your parents while looking into the mirror.  Forgive them, too.  At least once a day say, "I love you, I really love you!"

LOVE YOURSELF . . . DO IT NOW
Don't wait until you get well, or lose the weight, or get the new job, or find the new relationship.  Begin now--and do the best you can.

HAVE FUN
Remember the things that gave you joy as a child.  Incorporate them into your life now.  Find a way to have fun with everything you do.  Let yourself express the joy of living.  Laugh.  Rejoice, and the Universe rejoices with you!

HOW AND WHY FLOWER ESSENCES WORK

What follows may be repetitive information -- please pardon this, if so.  I have pulled from various sources here and will put forth information that I have on hand at my home that were obtained  from some local healers. 

Here is what Gilda Lee, who resides right here in the Appalachian Mountains, has to say.  This is  from her book,  FLOWERS CAN HEAL.   Gilda studied with Herbal Master Michael Moore, at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine, in Albuquerque, New Mexico and became a Certified Clinical Herbalist.  She says that she was literally led to this area (just like me!) in North Carolina where it is abundantly lush and green -- this area is "an herbalists dream" -- to quote her.  She said that it was revealed to her that "Vibrational Therapy" was to be a common healing method of the future.  She combines crystals and flowers of the same colors which correspond to the chakra colors, listens to Spirit and follows her intuition while making healing essences.
She starts from the beginning:

IN THE BEGINNING -- GOD IS ALL THERE IS -- GOD'S ENERGY IS.   God's love created the Earth and all things and there is no end . . . Love and the creation of God goes on in mankind . . .

Knowing this love and energy are within us and in all things, allows us to form bonds with the plants, rocks and all creations of the Earth.  This knowledge of connectedness to all things can help us to heal!

We think of disease as purely physical, but it manifests first in the mind, emotions and on a soul level, starting in the subtle bodies before ever reaching the physical.    Scientists recently started working on what they term a "new" field of medicine called "Psychoneuroimmunological" research to prove the relationship between illness and emotion; a large word for an ancient theory.  Fear and negative attitudes cause disharmony between the body, the personality and the soul.  Correcting emotional factors and increasing physical and mental vitality aid in resolving disease. 

An internal harmony is created to increase resistance to disease and even cure it.

Conventional medicine treats separate parts of human bodies, instead of whole beings, which are balanced systems of energy.  Considering the entire being (body, mind, emotions and spirit) as it functions in its environment makes a huge difference not only in healing, but in staying  healthy.

Well-being is the body's "natural" state.  Proof is, that no matter what we do to ourselves with poor nutrition, bad air and water, stress, lack of exercise, smoking, alcohol, coffee, sweets, et cetera, our bodies strive to function smoothly.  It often takes years to show the effects on our bodies of even combinations of these abuses.

Doctors today are learning that, what starts as a negative thought and is felt deeply as an emotion, can eventually create disease in the physical body.  Like it to throwing a pebble in a lake . . . forming rings, ever-expanding outward from the original cause.  The pebble can be stress, improper diet, lack of self esteem, anger or fear.  It is the starting point or cause.  It is VIBRATIONAL, not tangible, until it manifests as discomfort.  Subtle energy systems coordinate life force within the body.  The body is a wonderful creation that wants to be well.  Discomfort is the warning signal that repairs are required.  Pain has a profound purpose.  It says, "Look at me!"  Flower Essences work toward eliminating the cause, usually emotional issues, so the effect of well-being is restored. 

Einstein's "Theory of Relativity," equates matter with energy.  Energy vibrates at different frequencies, i.e., furniture as a solid is dense matter which vibrates, but very slowly; human bodies, not as dens, vibrate so fast that they cannot be seen.  Human bodies are complex energy fields because they integrate body, mind, spirit and emotions, which all vibrate at different frequencies.  The energy of the mind vibrates as thought; emotion as feeling; spirit as life-force or chi.  The light body or aura which surrounds the physical body as an energy field, vibrates so quickly that normally, it is invisible.
Vibrational energy is used in many ways.  All are connected in the universe:  sound, color, musical notes (which also correspond to numbers), electromagnetic fields (magnetic therapy), biofeedback, aromatherapy and sense therapies, etc.

That flowers have subtle energies has been known for thousands of years.  It is thought to have originated in Lemuria at a time when souls were in tune with the plants, believing both had been put there for the help and welfare of each other.  The Atlanteans used them differently, more clinically and allopathically, to heal as we do today.  Ancient Chinese teachings make reference in the Tao to a similar healing system, as the Egyptians did in the time of the Pyramids.

Hilarion, a Master Healer and teacher from ancient Greece, said: 

NATURE WHICH SURROUNDS MAN
CAN HELP HIM, NOT ONLY IN
PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL
WAYS, BUT IN SPIRITUAL AS WELL.
THERE ARE PLANTS THAT CAN OPEN
THE SOUL UP TO ENERGIES FROM YET
HIGHER REALMS;  THERE ARE OTHERS
WHICH CAN STIMULATE THE
DEVELOPMENT OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS;
THERE ARE STILL OTHERS THAT CAN
BRING THE CHAKRAS OF THE HIGHER
BODIES INTO CLOSER CONNECTION.
SOME SPECIES CAN TURN THE
MATTER-BOUND SOUL UPWARD TO
MORE SPIRITUAL CONCERNS;
OTHERS CAN RID THE LOWER MIND
OF THOUGHT-HABITS THAT
INTERFERE WITH THE SOUL'S
GROWTH TOWARD PERFECTION; AND
STILL OTHERS CAN LEAD ONE TO A
TRUE UNDERSTANDING OF REALITY
--AN UNDERSTANDING FROM THE
HEART.  WHEREVER THE TINY
COLORED FLOWERS BECKON IN THE
WILD, KNOW THERE WAITS AN
ENTITY WHICH HOLDS A PRECIOUS
GIFT FOR MANKIND"

Many well-known people have communed with plants and nature spirits.  They have found that all living things depend upon one another in the natural network of energized relationships. 

Born just before the Civil War of slave parents, George Washington Carver (1863-1942) from boyhood onward saw and communicated with the spirits of plants.  He claimed they talked to him during quiet walks in the Iowa countryside, revealing their secrets upon request.  His career was incomprehensible to his fellow scientists because he said he learned everything he knew from watching and loving everything he saw.  He conducted experiments in his lab which he called "God's Little Workshop.".  Carver became famous for his research on how to avoid and rectify soil depletion by rotating cotton crops with peanuts and sweet potatoes, which were previously used only to feed hogs.  This replenished the soil, and other experiments brought knowledge of 280 different products that could be made from the new crops, including peanut butter and peanut oil for massaging polio victims. This remarkable man said this, all not long before he died, when he was tenderly touching a little flower: 

WHEN I TOUCH THAT FLOWER I AM
TOUCHING INFINITY.  IT EXISTED LONG
BEFORE THERE WERE HUMAN BEINGS ON
THIS EARTH AND WILL CONTINUE TO
EXIST FOR MILLIONS OF YEARS TO COME.
THROUGH THE FLOWER, I TALK TO THE
INFINATE, WHICH IS ONLY A SILENT FORCE.
THIS IS NOT A PHYSICAL CONTACT.  IT IS
NOT IN THE EARTHQUAKE, WIND AND
FIRE.  IT IS THE INVISIBLE WORLD.  IT IS
THAT STILL, SMALL VOICE THAT CALLS UP
THE FAIRIES.   MANY KNOW THIS
INSTINCTIVELY AND NONE BETTER THAN
TENNYSON, WHEN HE WROTE:
Flower in the crannied wall,
I pluck you out of the crannies,
I hold you here, root and all , in my hand,
Little flower -- but if I could understand
What you are, root and all, and all in all,
I should know what God and man is.

No talk about Flower Essence would be complete without mentioning
Dr. Edward Bach.  He was a physician, then a homeopathic doctor and a sensitive.  He found that if he helped his patients cure their emotions, their physical bodies would get well.  He developed the methods used to day to prepare and use Flower Essences. 
Dr. Bach said:

DISEASE SHOULD BE CURED,
NOT BY ATTACKING A SPECIFIC ILLNESS
OR AILMENT,
BUT BY RESTORING THE
NATURAL HARMONIC BALANCE OF
THE PATIENT SO THAT THE BODY
ITSELF WILL REJECT DISEASE.

He discovered 38 flower essences plus his Rescue Remedy, a combination of five of his essences.  He became so sensitized that he could taste or hold a flower in his hand and intuit its effect on people.  Dr Bach also said,




HERBAL REMEDIES HAVE THE
POWER TO ELEVATE OUR VIBRATIONS,
AND THUS DRAW DOWN SPIRITUAL
POWER, WHICH CLEANSES MIND
AND BODY, AND HEALS.





Energy fields around living things have been studied and photographed in living color with Kirlian photography since 1940.  Many scientific studies with plants and flowers have proven that plants and flowers can think and feel and can pick up even the intentions of thoughts and feelings of human beings. 










When you work with your plants and flowers, speak to them telepathically.  They do have a cellular consciousness which is common to all life forms.  It has been scientifically proven that plants and flowers can read minds!  You can see the work of Marcel Vogel for more information about this.

Treat your plants and flowers as friends.  Native Americans have always been aware of the communicative abilities of plants and flowers.  They would lean on a tree to replenish themselves with its power, support and wisdom.  Vogel felt that, from our communing with plants and flowers, we can learn the art of loving and know that our thoughts and emotions release a powerful energy into space. 
Remember, Essences assist the body to balance so that disease cannot take hold.  Essences support growth, self-knowledge, transformation and relinquishing that which no longer serves.  We can release old patterns and behavior with the support of essences, because they alter the frequency of limitation, by changing fear into love.  Fear depresses and causes disharmony within and paves the way for disease.

Essences go into the bloodstream and throughout the circulatory and nervous systems to the energy meridians until, on a cellular level, they reach the parts of the body that are out of balance.  These essences are relayed by the chakras which contain certain crystalline properties.  The process is immediate, but the results make take a while to become apparent.

There is a relationship between flowers and gems and these crystalline properties, so in the physical and subtle bodies they act as relays to penetrate the physical body to be of help.   

GEMSTONES can be used in conjunction with Flower Essences.  The mineral kingdom is also attuned to the etheric forces that coordinate and harmonize the human being's physical and etheric bodies to bring healing, wholeness and spiritual unfoldment.  The vibrations from gemstones can help us maintain a proper balance in human health:  physically, chemically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. 
In her hand book, FLOWERS CAN HEAL, Gilda Lee speaks about using the color of flowers and gems in combination to balance particular chakras (energy centers).   Color therapy is an ancient healing art from THE TEMPLES OF LIGHT AND COLOR in early Egypt and Greece.  These chakras refer to the seven rays of celestial origin, which influence the nature of the personality and growth of the soul.  Chakra colors are the colors of the rainbow.  Each major color has a link to the chakra it influences.  Here is a graphic of the chakras and the colors associated with them.  Some say the crown chakra is light violet and others think it is white.  As we are integrating new vibrations, some say there are now new colors, but this chart will give you the general idea for the purposes of our study here.
You know that I have always said that your own intuition rules, but I am giving you a general idea of what one healing  practictioner teaches.  My recommendation is to follow your own inner guidance using the information that I am giving you here as a base line.   Again, her way of making flower essences, as she was directed by Spirit, is to combine a gem and flower of the same color of the chakra (above) to balance that particular chakra.
Generally, here is a very basic idea what each chakra governs: 

  • First Chakra ~ Root Chakra (red) for Vitality/Passion
  • Second Chakra ~ (orange) Assimilation and Creativity
  • Third Chakra ~ Solar Plexus (yellow) Intellectual stimulation
  • Fourth Chakra ~ Heart Chakra (pink/green) Inner Harmony
  • Fifth Chakra ~ Throat Chakra (blue) Self-expression/Communication
  • Sixth Chakra ~ Third-Eye Chakra (purple/indigo) Inner Vision
  • Seventh Chakra ~ Crown Chakra (white/clear/violet) Higher Mind
In order to balance or stimulate any chakra, the idea with Flower Essences is to combine a gem and flower essence of the color that corresponds to the chakra's color.  For example, a Six and Seventh Chakra Gem and Flower Essence would be great to use when meditating.  For an imbalance in any part of the body that is ruled by a particular chakra, use that particular  flower and gem essence which is the color of that chakra. 

This information is not intended to be thorough and conclusive.  I am only giving you the general idea to open the door for further study which you may like to do on your own.  Let the flowers and crystals guide you!  Intuition Rules!
These recommendations come from Gilda's book; however, I have read numerous others with a twist here or a tweak there ~ each one following their own inner guidance.  Your own intuition rules ~ and when in doubt, ASK THE FLOWER for help! 

Here is the list of items that Gilda says you will need to make your
own Flower Essence:
  • CLEAR BOWL ~ 12 ounces or more, made of glass or quartz.
  • SILVER KNIFE, SCISSORS, A SMALL SHARP SLIVER
       OF CLEAR QUARTZ ~ for cutting flowers
  • FUNNEL ~  glass or quartz is best, or stainless steel
  • STORAGE BOTTLES ~ dark amber 8 oz, 16 oz, 32 oz  (one bottle with be the Mother Essence Bottle)   
  • LABELS ~ to label the bottles
  • DISTILLED WATER or CLEAR UNPOLLUTED SPRING WATER
  • NATURAL PRESERVATIVE ~ Korbel brandy, vodka or alcohol.  She uses 190-proof pure grain alcohol.  Each Mother Storage Bottle is filled 25% to 50% with the natural preservative.  From 7 to 10 drops goes into the Stock Bottles.
  • POT FOR STERILIZING ~ Glass or enamel is best.  If you use metal, it should be stainless steel or copper.
  • Sterilize items 10 minutes or more, in boiling water.
  • WAX BAGS ~ for storing flowers, if necessary
  • COPPER PYRAMID ~ if possible, to potentize
HOW TO MAKE
YOUR OWN
FLOWER ESSENCES
Prepare on a cloudless, sunny day, early morning, preferably Spring or Summer when the sun is strongest.

PICKING FLOWERS to be used based on the vibration of the place where they grow ~ find a place that feels good to you.  Sit amongst the flowers and ask which ones would want to come with you to be made into a powerful medicine for healing.  This is the Native American way of honoring the flowers.  Your instincts will guide you if you stay in a quiet, open, meditative state and if you KNOW you CAN connect with the Devas or Nature Spirits of the plants.  Each plant has a deva or angelic presence which holds the 'thought-form' of the plant, so that it may grow and thrive and reproduce.
Preparation
Solarization (Sun) Method
Thank the devas for their help and for the giveaway of the flowers your harvest.  You can leave an offering of dry corn kernels, corn meal, tobacco or say a simple, heartfelt "Thank You."  The loving thoughts and feelings that you have during picking and preparing are energies that permeate the essence that you make.  The Nature Spirits of the plants are willing coworkers.  Just as you are a Spirit, so are they. 

Explain to them what you are doing and they will understand and help in the process of transferring the life force of the flower into the water. 

When picking the flowers, hold the stem of the flower with a leaf from the flower so as not to touch it.  Place the flower face down on the water and repeat until the water's surface is covered by flowers if you can.  If there are not enough flowers to cover the surface, tilt the bowl with a rock under it to lessen the surface area.

Near the place where the flowers are picked, place the bowl on a natural surface (i.e., a rock, if possible) for three hours in the direct sunlight (longer if overcast). 

Only if absolutely necessary, cover the bowl with cheese cloth to protect the contents from bugs and debris.
Preparing the
Storage
Bottles
MAKING THE MOTHER ESSENCE:  While waiting for the infusion of energy to take place and BEFORE pouring the water from the bowl, fill up to half of each storage bottle with alcohol or brandy (natural preservative).  By doing this first, the essence will not permeate the glass.  Remove the flowers from the water with a leaf from the same plant, being careful not to touch the water.  Use the leaf to lift out insects or debris as well.  The water should look clear and it is often bubbly or sparkly.  Through the funnel, pour off water into the previously prepared storage bottles.

Always label each bottle immediately, especially if doing more than one at a time.  Place the bottles in the copper pyramid (if you have one) to potentize them each time they are used if possible.

MAKING STOCK BOTTLES:  Into each 1 ounce dark amber bottle, first place 7 DROPS OF ALCOHOL.  Add 7 drops of the mother tincture *(above) to each bottle and fill it up the rest of the way with distilled water. 
Using
The
Essence
Shake the bottle 7 times to activate the mixture.  This is to be done each time before using the essence, to reactive it.  Then, place 7 drops under the tongue.  The numerous blood vessels under the tongue help transfer the energy quickly through the physical body.  For children, the elderly or weak, or those who don't care to ingest the essence,  the drops can also be placed on the third eye, the temples, wrists (pulse points), or massaged into the soles of the feet and palms of the hands.

The essences (7 drops) can be placed in the bath water.  Our skin is the largest organ of the body, and water is an electromagnetic conductor. 

Idea!  Slip into the bath water with the essence in it after putting 7 drops under the tongue and meditate while the essence permeates the aura ~  a delightful experience!

You could also mix 7 drops into massage oil or lotion and massage into chakra points.

Store bottles upright in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight and away from strong odors such as perfumes, coffee and essential oils.

Essences are different from essential oils.  Flower essences have no fragrance or taste -- they are considered vibrational remedies. 

The more we walk our spiritual paths in awareness, the more we learn the value of trusting our own inner guidance.  No one knows you like yourself.  Learn to trust your own Higher Self since you are part of All That Is.

To get desired results with essences, or anything in life,
establish INTENT,
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY AND FEELINGS AS YOUR GUIDES
and
always follow through with action!
FLOWER LIST
WITH
HEALING PROPERTIES
OF EACH
Note:  You may find some repetition or even slight contradition below, as I have cut and pasted this information from  several different sources.
Dalai Lama ~ On Life
The His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama on Life

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three R's: Respect for self, Respect for others and
Responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation.  Don't bring up the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for eachother exceeds your need for each other.
QUOTES ON
THE LAWS OF LIFE
FROM THE STEP-BY-STEP BOOK SERIES
"Every time you think a thought, every time you breathe a breath, you are using God's pure and perfect energy.  You are the qualifier at all times as to how that energy shall affect you and others, for it comes to you pure and perfect, but you are the qualifier."
---Urlando
"Freedom is man's natural estate.  Anything less than freedom is a man's own creation."
--El Serapis Bey
"There is nothing so important as your own harmony and peace of mind.  You cannot acquire that from others; that comes only as a result of your own earnest desire and longing for the glories of life, for the outpouring of Light from your own Great God Self, which is within and above you."
--El Morya
"Is it not ridiculous that man feels he must lean upon others, when the very Light that beats his heart, the very power by which he turns to lean upon someone is the Limitless Power of God . . . ?"
---Saint Germain
"The KEY, the SECRET WORD, the understanding to this Great Law is in your heart.  It is only in the heart that the desire of the individual can be made pure enough and unselfish enough for the Doorway to open and the Limitless Energy of God flow forth."
--Maha Chohan
MISCELLANEOUS INSPIRATION
"Life is a constant metamorphosis from one stage to another.
But why do we live so hard against this fact? Why are we afraid?
In truth, we never leave anything behind, but carry it inside.
Nothing is ever lost, only when we try to hold on.
Then all is lost. Our whole soul.
But if we let go, then we can take everything with us,
because we become strong in our own invisible centers,
and the world becomes light."
~ Jim Ralston

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
It is the source of all true art and science."
-- Albert Einstein
Angel Prayer

May the angels keep you till morning,
May they guide you through the night,
May they comfort all your sorrows,
May they help you win the fight.

May they keep watch on your soul,
May they show you better ways,
May they guard you while you're sleeping,
May they see you through your days.

May they show you new hopes,
May they still your every doubt,
May they calm your every fear,
May they hear you when you shout.

May the angels keep you till morning,
More than this, I cannot pray,
And if the angels ever fail you,
Then may God be there that day.

Author Unknown
What is the difference between
a morning star and an evening star?
What many people call the morning or evening star is actually a planet, usually Venus but sometimes Jupiter, Saturn, or Mars. When one of them appears close to the Sun as viewed from Earth, sunset or sunrise watchers are treated to starlike brilliance of one of our planetary neighbors, which may be brighter than any of the true stars in the night sky. The distinction between "morning" and "evening" simply refers to the time at which the planet is visible.
Due to the orbital motion of planets around the Sun, a planet might be a "morning star" at one time of the year, and then later, as its orbit carries it behind and then to the other side of the Sun, it appears as an "evening star."
Know your Sun Sign?
Here is the Archangel Assigned to you:

GABRIEL ~ Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
AURIEL ~ Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
RAPHAEL ~ Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
MICHAEL ~ Leo, Aries, Sagittarius

NOTE:  Remember, you can
coodinate a crystal with the same
color as the flower you are using
and place the crystal in the
bowl with the flowers!
FROM BACH WEBSITE ~ THESE ARE READY MADE FLOWER ESSENCES THAT YOU CAN PURCHASE WHEREVER BACH FLOWER ESSENCES ARE SOLD

Agrimony: This Essence helps those who appear carefree and humorous, but actually they hide behind a mask to hide their anxieties, worries and inner pain and fears. They dislike being alone and are very sociable, seeking company as a distraction. Agrimony helps them express their pain, fears and worries, moreover their cheerfulness will come from within, instead of covering up pain and worries.

Aspen: This Essence helps those who feel fears and worries of unknown origin. The fears or worries comes suddenly without any specific reason. A typical need for Aspen is on waking in fear from a bad dream, even if the dream itself is forgotten. Aspen helps us to an inner peace, security and fearlessness.

Beech: This Essence is for those who are constantly being  critical

Centaury: This Essence is for those who can't say "no." They let themselves be imposed on and even bullied by others. For example, if your boss knows that you have to leave early on Wednesdays, to pick up your daughter from soccer, but every Wednesday you boss has something you need to have done before you leave and you always end up staying longer and therefore always shows up late after your daughter's soccer is over over. Centaury helps you say "not today, I need to pick up my daughter. Any other day is okay but not on Wednesdays." Centaury will help you stay in touch with your own wishes and you will be able to express and defend your own opinions.

Cerato: This Essence helps you when you have a hard time making decisions. When you have to make a decision; such as, where to live, what to wear or where to go. You tend to seek advise and confirmations from others, not listening to your own intuition. You might often follow others advise and later regret is, since you actually knew that it wouldn't be what you wanted. Cerato helps you listening to your own wisdom and follow it.

Cherry Plum: This helps you when you are on the verge of breakdown, possible suicide. You feel in such despair that you feel that you are loosing your sanity. You have a feeling that you are going to explode and are afraid to give way to violent impulses. Cherry Plum helps you to find an inner balance so that you can think and act rationally.
Chestnut Bud: This Essence helps you when you keep doing the same mistake over and over again, you just don't seem to learn. You keep repeat the same mistakes, such as falling over and over again for the same partner, or continuing to work in an unsuitable job. Instead of learning from past mistakes you tend to forget them. Chestnut Bud helps you to take full advantage of daily experiences and learn from them so that you can move forward in life.

Chicory: This Essence helps you at times where you get too selfishly possessive, you tend to manipulate your loved ones and expect others to conform to your values. You may be too critical, interfering and nagging. Chicory helps you to be less selfish and be able to offer genuine love. You will feel fulfilled and self-assured.

Clematis: This Essence helps you when you loose interest in the present. You have difficulty in concentrating, due to a tendency to daydream rather than lack of innate ability. Clematis helps you get a lively interest in the world around you and in life.

Crab Apple: This Essence helps you when you feel self-disgust or believe that something about yourself or partner is unclean. Crab Apple it the cleansing essence for mind and body. This Essence is needed when you can not look in the mirror and appreciate how you look. Crab Apple helps you look at yourself without unrealistic critique.

Elm: This Essence helps you when you feel overwhelmed by responsibilities. It can be at work, at home, or at life in general. You just feel that thing are over your head. Elm helps you calm down and think rationally. Elm will help you take one step at the time and before you know it you will feel that you have everything under control again.

Gentian: This Essence helps you when you feel discouraged and despondent. You get easily discouraged and depressed when things go wrong or faced with difficulties. Gentian helps you realize that there is no such thing as failure when one is doing one's best, no matter what the result. No obstacle seems too great, and no task too daunting to undertake.

Gorse: This Essence helps you when you feel hopelessness and despair, you may suffer from a chronic illness and been told that nothing can be done. Gorse helps you get a sense of faith and hope, despite current physical or mental problems.
Heather: This Essence helps you at times where you are too self-preoccupied, you may talk to others about your problem without realizing that you have buttonholed anyone of them. Heather helps you put your own suffering to good use by empathizing with others.

Holly: This Essence helps you when you feel jealousy, envy, suspicion and hatred. These feelings often come from insecurity and mental suffering and lack of ability to love. Holly helps you feel compassion, love and inner harmony.

Honeysuckle: This Essence helps you move forward when over-attached to past memories, you may feel regrets over things that happened in the past. Honeysuckle helps you move forward and to live in the present. Aging is accepted as a natural process.

Hornbeam: This Essence helps you when you have the "Monday morning feeling" all week. The weariness is rather mental than physical and it is difficult to face the day's work. Procrastinating is often as result of the mental imbalance.

Impatiens: This Essence helps you when you get impatient and irritated. Other people appear slow and inefficient and you get nervy, frustrated and impatient. Impatiens helps you relax and feel sympathetic to those who are slow. You will cope calmly and diplomatically with irritating problems.

Larch: This Essence helps you when you lack self-confidence and self esteem. You doubt your abilities and therefore do not even try. Although, you are aware, secretly, that you have potential abilities you refuse to acknowledge it and thereby avoid the risk of failure. Therefore, you tend to become discouraged and depressed. Larch helps you regain a realistic sense of self esteem and confidence, unworried about failure or success.

Mimulus: This Essence helps you when you have fear of known things, such as, fear of spiders, fear of not being good enough, fear of being old, fear of not succeeding, fear of heights, fear of public speaking etc. You might also be shy, tongue-tied in company, you might even be blushing and stammering. Mimulus helps you regain courage to face trails and difficulties with humor and confidence. You will be able to stand up for yourself, and with the emotions under control can enjoy life without fear.

Mustard: This Essence helps you when you get depressed without any reason. You feel like a black cloud suddenly appears and disappears without reason. It destroys your normal cheerfulness and everything suddenly feels utterly hopeless. Suddenly for no reason the cloud disappear and you feel cheerful again and life suddenly feels full of hope again. Mustard helps you lift the cloud so that you can enjoy life in all aspects.
Oak: This Essence helps you when are exhausted but you keep to struggling on. You are normally strong and brave, but because of your sense of duty you ignore your tiredness and do not allow yourself rest. You feel tired, frustrated, stressed and depressed. Oak helps you restore your energy and makes you recognize the need to take time off to relax and look after yourself.

Olive: This Essence helps you when you feel utterly tired both mentally and physically. Olive restore strength, vitality and interest in life.

Pine: This Essence helps you when you feel guilt and self-reproach. You may blame yourself for other people's mistakes and everything that goes wrong. Pine helps you regain energy, vitality and pleasure in life. Responsibility is accepted realistically.

Red Chestnut: This Essence helps you when you worry about the health or well-being of your loved ones. Usually the worries are un-necessary and un-welcome.

Rock Rose: This Essence helps you when you feel terror, such as after being in an accident or having a near escape, or from witnessing an accident. The fear gives you a sense of frozen fear and helplessness. Rock Rose helps you to be present in mind and act calm in emergencies.

Rock Water: This Essence helps you when you are over-conscientious and set too high standards for yourself. Rock Water helps us hold high ideals with a flexible mind.

Scleranthus: This Essence helps you when you feel uncertain and can not decide between two possibilities, such as, choosing between pizza or chicken salad. Scleranthus help you make choice without a second thought.

Star of Bethlehem: This Essence helps you when you have been through an traumatic experience both during and after, even an experience that have happened when you were a child. Star of Bethlehem neutralizes the effect of trauma.

Sweet Chestnut: This Essence helps you when you feel hopeless despair. You feel a intense sorrow and feel almost destroyed by it. You may feel on the point of nervous breakdown. Sweet Chestnut helps us to feel a sense of optimism and peace of mind.

Vervain: This Essence helps you at times that you get over-enthusiastic, you put too much effort into everything and pushes yourself beyond your physical limit. You may feel that you are burning the candle in both ends. Vervain helps you to relax both mentally and physically.

Vine: This Essence helps you when you get too dominating and inflexible. You are most likely in a position where you are the boss, but you use your power to put others down. Vine helps you see the good in others and encourage and guide without controlling them.
Walnut: This Essence helps you go through changes, such as, moving, change job or through a separation. Walnut helps you go through transitions calmly and remain steadfast in your own path. It's a great protection against negative energy from other people.

Water Violet: This Essence helps those who are private and sedate, they are mostly knowledgeable, calm and capable. The are often lonely, because they keep a distance from others and seem un-reachable.

White Chestnut: This Essence helps you when your mind is full of unwanted thoughts and mental arguments. These mental arguments can often keep you from sleeping at night. White Chestnut helps you clear your mind and get the thinking under control and can be put to positive use in problem-solving. Worry is replaced by trust in a positive outcome.

Wild Oat: This Essence helps you when you feel uncertain as to which direction to take in life, such as, choosing an career, you have reached a cross-road in life and are completely undecided as to what way to go. Wild Oat helps you get a clear picture of what to do in life, with positive idea and ambitions, and the ability to decide upon one's true path.

Wild Rose: This Essence helps you when you are resigned to an unpleasant situation, but feel to apathetic to do anything. Wild Rose helps you to regain a lively interest in life and therefore helps you find your purpose in life.

Willow: This Essence helps you at times where you feel bitterness and self-pity. You ask yourself "Why does this happen to me?" "I don't deserve this." You feel grumble and critical. Willow helps you regain faith and optimism. You will be able to forgive and forget past injustices and enjoy life. You are in control of your own destiny.
Depression.
Stress

Rescue Remedy: Helps at any stressful situation where you need to be able to collect yourself and be in charge of your emotions.

Oak: Helps you when your inner strength wanes. Usually because you are an over-achiever and will overwork and ignore your tiredness.

Elm: Helps you when your responsibilities overwhelm you. You feel depressed and exhausted and may loose self-esteem.

Sweet Chestnut: Helps you when the anguish is too great and seem to be unbearable. Your mind or body feels as if it had bore to be the uttermost limit of its endurance. It feels as there is nothing but destruction and annihilation left to face.

Cherry Plum: When you feel like exploding and loose control of your emotions.

White Chestnut: Helps you when your mind is cluttered with thoughts, usually arguments, ideas, thoughts which you do not wish to keep repeating in your mind.

Impatiens: You feel irritated, impatient and other peoples lack of
speed get on your nerves.


Fear
Rock Rose: Helps you when you experience, such a terror or fright that you feel frozen unable to move or think clear.
Mimulus Helps you when you feel fear, the type of fear that you can put a name on such as, fear of spiders, being alone, loosing a job, not being able to do car payments, illness etc. Also fear of speaking freely of it to others and shyness.
Cherry Plum: Helps you when you fear that your mind is being over-strained, you feel like you are going to explode or do irrational things. You are afraid of loosing control.
Aspen:  Helps you when you feel fearful without knowing why. 
Red Chestnut: Helps you when you find it difficult not to be anxious for other people, you are afraid that some unfortunate things may happen to your loved ones.


Self Concern
Crab Apple: Helps you when you feel that there is something not quiet clean about yourself. You may need to wash hands often, find things dirty without any reason, you may find yourself ugly although others find you very attractive.
Heather: Helps you when you get unhappy being alone for any length of time, you are always seeking the companionship and find it necessary to discuss your affairs with others, no matter whom it may be.
Rock Water: Helps you when you expect too much of yourself.
Larch: Helps you to regain self-esteem and confidence in yourself.
Willow: Helps you when you have suffered adversity or misfortune and find it difficult to accepts. You feel sorry for yourself and are grumble and sulky.


Interfering with other people.
Chicory: Helps you to be less critical, opinionated and argumentative. You always find something about others that you believe should be put right.
Vervain: Helps you when you spend much of your energy trying to convert all around to your own views of life.
Vine: Helps you respect other peoples views and ideas, you tend to try to persuade other people to do things your way.  
Beech:  Helps you be less critical toward other people and accept them as they are.
Red Chestnut: Helps you when you find it difficult not to be anxious for other people, you are afraid that some unfortunate things may happen to your loved ones.


Panic Attacks.
Rescue Remedy: Helps at any stressful situation where you need to be able to collect yourself and be in charge of your emotions.
Rock Rose: When you feel that the fear is so great that you are unable to more or react, a frozen fear.
Mimulus Helps you when you feel fear, the type of fear that you can put a name on such as, fear of spiders, being alone, loosing a job, not being able to do car payments, illness etc. Also fear of speaking freely of it to others and shyness.
Cherry Plum:  Helps you when you feel that your mind is being over-strained, you feel like you are going to explode or do irrational things. 



Jet Lag.
This combination helps you adjust to time change and the physical tiredness and impatience that comes from sitting in a plane for hours. Start taking this combination a couple of days before the flight and continue while flying and afterward until all symptoms are gone.
Olive: Helps you over the physical exhaustion of traveling and being on the road for several hours.
Walnut: Helps you adjust to a new time zone and place.
Impatiens: Helps you from getting impatient while sitting in a plane for several hours without much to do.



Stuttering.
Mimulus: This Essence helps you when you have fear known things, such as, fear of spiders, fear of not being good enough, fear of being old, fear of not succeeding, fear of heights, fear of public speaking etc. You might also be shy, tongue-tied in company, you might even be blushing and stuttering. Mimulus helps you regain courage to face trails and difficulties with humor and confidence. You will be able to stand up for yourself, and with the emotions under control can enjoy life without fear.

Seperation Anxiety
Mimulus: This Essence helps when a child suffer from separations anxiety. Separation anxiety is fear, fear of being left alone, fear of Mommy not coming back, fear of all scary things a child may think about.
Walnut: Helps the child or adult adjust to a new schedule or situation.

Being unable to fall a sleep
White Chestnut: When your mind it too cluttered with thoughts that you are unable to fall a sleep.
Impatient: When you get irritated and impatient with yourself, you start counting hours until the alarm clock will wake you up.
Vervain: When your mind is too wind up

Music Playing is Whispering Forest ~ Native American FLUTE Meditations