Editor's note: The following account was sent to us by Elly Van Ekelenburg, a flower essence therapist who lives in town of Venray in the Netherlands. Elly has come to America twice, to participate in our Practitioner Intensive and Advanced Practitioner Programs. We have been very touched by her warmth and sincerity and her great dedication to flower essence healing.
This story suggests how flower essences might work at a collective or archetypal level for group or family healing. As well as treating an individual case, we can also consider flower essences within the larger "soul context" of a family system. This is a very important and relatively unexplored topic in flower essence therapy and we welcome further practitioner reports and comments.
is Elly's second language, this article was edited in some
areas for flow of language
Over a longer period of time I noticed that each member of the family met fire again in some way, through accidental burns and so forth. I treated them for these minor episodes, especially the burning accidents, with Self-Heal creme and St. John's Wort mixed into the creme.
One day the grandmother contacted me for a flower essence consultation. She had been suffering from psoriasis for some time and had witnessed the beautiful healing outcome with flower essences for her daughter and grandchildren. I chose the following formula for her: Impatiens, Crab Apple and Mountain Pride. The Impatiens was for the irritability which often accompanies such skin disorders, the Crab Apple for the feeling of uncleanliness and disturbance which she felt, and the Mountain Pride, because she felt this to be an extremely difficult and challenging health problem. Finally I added Self-Heal to the formula to give her the faith that she really could heal herself and that the source of the healing could come from within her Higher Self.
In the beginning, her skin disorder actually got worse. I made a very large jar of Self-Heal creme for her and blended her formula of essences into this creme base. Her whole body was reacting to the healing crisis and she needed frequent applications of the creme. After some time, her situation began to improve. She was ready now to explore essences which would address the deeper cause of her illness. The formula which I discovered for her was comprised of Centaury, Pink Yarrow, Impatiens and St. John's Wort. This formula helped her to realize that she had a deep-seated need to serve others, which left her emotionally drained and devitalized (Centaury and Pink Yarrow). This imbalance of energy made her extremely restless and irritable (Impatiens). The excess of fire within her caused a burning reaction in her whole system which manifested outwardly as the psoriasis. The St. John's Wort helped her soul to come into the right relationship to the fire element and to feel protected rather than attacked by the fire.
special member of the family whom I was able to help was
their horse, named Esther. The veterinarians had given
up all hope
of being able to help this horse. She had a major skin problem
called ďsummer-eczema.Ē This condition gave the horse severely
disturbed skin. Her skin was not a source of protection,
and all of this was especially aggravated by strong sunlight.
family was on the verge of making the decision to have Esther
put to sleep. The father called me to ask if I could help
with the flower essences.
skin condition healed beautifully! Sometime later the veterinarian
came to see another animal and was amazed to learn that Esther
was alive and so healthy. In fact, during the following two
years, Esther birthed two colts and is still happy and healthy
to this day. The story of my success with Esther spread to
other people who lived on farms or had domestic pets. From
that day on I have been asked to treat many different animals
with the flower essences.
The mother used flower essences during her pregnancy and all went well. However, when the time came for the baby to be born there was a problem. The baby was overdue. There seemed to be some resistance or obstacle in its ability to come to earth. I massaged the mother with Mugwort oil and prepared a dosage bottle for her to take which would help her contact the baby: Oregon Grape (for trusting that the earth would be a safe place to come), Shooting Star (for the courage to incarnate), Yarrow (to build a protective sheath after he left the womb), and finally St. Johnís Wort. Again, the St. Johnís Wort was an important remedy to provide the divine protection which this baby needed. I felt a strong sun force within him which was trying to make its way safely to earth. Within two days the baby was born. He was a very healthy little boy and the family gave him the name of Quincey.
A few weeks ago Quincey was burned by the sunlight. Even though he was only in the sun for a very short time, his head received an extraordinary sunburn, more severe than normal. The mother and I massaged him several times with St. Johnís Wort oil and we also gave him the flower essence internally. He can now play in the sunshine again. His skin has become stronger and it is more able to protect him.
I do not know what the future will bring for this family. But I do know that if something happens, my first thought is to take the St. Johnís Wort with me!
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