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The Practice of Presence – Episode 2

In Videos on February 27, 2009 at 8:42 am

Episode 2 – The Mosaic of Self Image
This episode we look at how our self image is more limiting than life enhancing.
When you look closely, your self image belongs to limited mental and emotion impressions from the past – old information that often becomes a barrier to your living in the present moment. In other words, the only way to truly live the moment is to be empty…
( click the video bar on the blog main page to see the episode )


Homework – What Are You Doing NOW?

In Homework, Study Group on February 27, 2009 at 4:06 am

As a reminder, the homework set in study group is to notice what you are doing right now.
Now, the practice is not to make up stories about what you notice, justify what you see or even to assign what you are doing to a far away goal… it is to simply notice what you are doing.
As we practice awakening – and re-awakening – to what we are doing, the insight raised by your awareness will fill in the gaps as to why, what for and to where you will be going…

More Notes of Puya Mirablis

In Essence Trials on February 26, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Puya mirabilis, as pictured left, like all plants shows the type of condition it is good for. In terms of “the doctrine of signatures’ – the reading of nature’s form – we often look at the branches, roots or leaves for clues as to the curative properties.
However, if we look beyond the obvious and look at some of the less glamourous aspects of growth cycles, we can see some interesting clues.
In this case, the way a plant displays it’s older, worn out leaves provides some great clues as to the progression of the mental and emotional condition.
If you look at the basal leaves of Puya mirabilis, you will see signatures of feeling brittle, jagged, frayed and falling apart. Likewise with the flower of Alignment, Canistrum triangularis, it is the older leaves and the ‘sheathes’ that these form which provide the most telling of clues. In that case, the ‘chakra’ flowers appear to connect to the layers of the human aura – which is in fact what that plant deals with, shock and trauma to the energy body.
In the case of Puya mirabilis, when we put the new growth ( on top, conscious ) with the old growth ( on bottom, subconscious ), we see a condition that points to a conflict between the conscious and subconscious mind. In this case that is exactly the condition that Puya mirabilis deals with – rapid growth in consciousness that causes instability, panic feelings or feelings that you are losing control ( over yourself, that mirrors as losing control over your life. )
The reason for these feelings of chaos is due to the difference, the ‘rift’ between the subconscious and conscious mind. In other words, the old material and ‘map of reality’ no longer works or is valid… and a new one has not been drawn up yet. The flower eases transitions and reduces ‘downtime’, helping you to remain grounded, in tact and whole as you do so. Great clues indeed!


In Terminology on February 26, 2009 at 9:18 pm

‘Downtime’ is a term used in the Skyflowers world to describe the period that sometimes occurs after an emotional shift or transition has taken place. It refers to the ‘flattened’ feelings that arise after one has begun releasing the old patterns of consciousness, emotions or trauma. Read the rest of this entry »

Day Time Classes Confirmed for April

In News, Study Group on February 24, 2009 at 9:46 pm

The Skyflowers study group ( traditionally only held on a Wednesday night for the last 5 years ) will now also be run during the day time as of April this year at The Yoga Tree in Elsternwick.
The first ( of several proposed ) study groups will begin The Practice of Presence on April 22nd at 1.30pm. Other times are yet to be secured and will be posted both here and on the website when available.
For a sneak preview of what a Skyflowers class is like, see the video’s on the blogs main page.
For more information about The Yoga Tree visit the website at

Incubation of the Soul

In Essence Trials on February 24, 2009 at 9:20 pm

It’s one of those strange things about the essence making process. To this day – after making essences for just over 11 years now – I still have no ‘set formula’ or process that I follow when making a new essence remedy. One thing is for sure, it’s not a decision that prompts the making of a remedy.

So how does anything get done?

In the case of the meter tall beauty, Puya mirabilis, the process began about 2 years ago. ( Right at the point I said “No more essence making!” ) You would think that 2 years is a long time to make an essence, but like a good wine, it takes that long usually… or longer to produce.

Now before you think that I’m slaving away over study notes and laborius trials-in-error ( that was no mistake, I meant “in” not “and” ) the process is ‘back to front’ to the modern mentality of how we come to ‘know’ things. Read the rest of this entry »


In Billbergia, Flower Remedies, Study Group on February 24, 2009 at 4:41 am

SATISFACTION – Dissatisfied, Failure.
Billbergia amoena var. stolonifera

+ Savoring your experiences. Going after goals without selling yourself off to them. Focused on quality of life.
Balancing your emotional state on perceived success or failure. Putting off celebration because of incomplete goals.
The flower of Satisfaction is the subject of Wednesday nights study group.

For more information on Genus Billbergia and the Botanical Archetypes click the Research Tab at the top of the page and read the article.

Teaching Dates – Workshop One

In Weekly Classes & Workshops on February 22, 2009 at 2:32 am

The Melbourne dates for Skyflowers ONE – The Practice of Presence have been scheduled for March 21st & 22nd, 2009.
The Workshop will be held in Brisbane / Sunshine Coast on April 18th & 19th, 2009. Additional Sydney, Adelaide and Darwin dates will be posted shortly. See Website for details

Puya mirabilis

In Essence Trials, Flower Remedies on February 22, 2009 at 2:09 am

Puya ( pooy-yah ) mirabilis is one of the Earth-dwelling Bromeliads that belongs to ‘the ancestral’ sub-family – the Pitcairnoidiae. Like all other Bromeliads from this sub-class, Puya mirabilis must have an Earth-bound root connection in order to survive.
Looking very ‘grass like’ in appearance, this puya species has large buttercup yellow flowers which are borne on a flower spike that is 1m in length. As of yesterday, the plant in my garden has come into bloom.
The key words for this essence are ‘falling apart’ or ‘unraveling at the seams’. This useful essence – which is nearing the end of essence trials and will soon be released – ‘holds you together’ when you feel as though your world is falling apart.

Testimonial – Connie M, Yoga Instructor & Founder of YogaFun for Children

In Testimonials on February 22, 2009 at 1:36 am
“Brendan’s weekly classes and workshops are amazing and are certainly not to be missed. His approach to drawing on your inner qualities and bringing them to surface is certainly an art that he has mastered…
The flowers are discussed interactively and the teachings are applied in a very practical way – ready to be integrated into your everyday life. The workshops entice you to explore your present life from a different perspective, leaving you equipped to live more mindfully and free to pursue your full potential and hearts desires.
I highly recommend the weekly classes and workshops for a life changing experience.”