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Sub-family 1 – The Tillandsioidieae

In Botanical Archetypes, Flower Essence Research, Flower Essence Therapy, Uncategorized on May 30, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Vriesea dubia 003CCIt is suggested to read or refresh yourself with the article on The Bromeliad Family before reading this article. Although not imperative, a deeper understanding of the subject below will be gained by doing so. Click here for the article.

The bromeliad family contains 3 sub-families – the first of which is the Tillandsioidiae subfamily. Scientists believe that plants belonging to this Bromeliad subfamily are among the most highly evolved on the planet in their ability to directly source moisture and nutrient directly through their leaves and not just through their roots. An unusual and rare trait among plants!

Not only this, but the floral genera belonging to this sub-division are predominantly epiphytic ( tree-top dwelling ) and have ‘left the ground behind’ –  a metaphorical signature of leaving our day-to-day concerns with basic ‘ground’ survival and support behind.

Although there are many other flower groups that belong to this highly evolved sub-family, there are only two that are used in the Skyflowers – genus Tillandsia and genus Vriesea.

In flower essence therapy, these ‘air’ flowers deal with issues of MIND – I.e. Issues with thought, mental wavelengths, thinking patterns and awareness. The other 2 sub-families deal with issues of EMOTION ( *sub-family 2, the Bromeliodiae ) or issues of MANIFESTATION / FORM ( *sub-family 3, the Pitcairniodiae ).

Let us now look at these 2 botanical flower groups, each in turn, and the flower remedies which belong to them…

Genus Vriesea – the Flaming Swords ( Type: Yang / Activating Flowers )

Symbol_VrieseaIn the botanical world, the Vriesea’s are known collectively as ‘The Flaming Swords’ – a tag phrase to indicate their bright sword-or lightning-bolt-like flower stems.

When using one of the remedies from the Vriesea group, you can know that the root of the problem is a lack of mental clarity resulting in confusion. When engaged in ‘poor’ thinking, our conduct is lowered leading us to act in ways that are less than our finest – a telltale sign that a Vriesea is needed.

  1. The King of Bromeliads ( Leadership ) – Vriesea heiroglyphica ( confused thoughts )
  2. Inspiration – Vriesea flammea ( heavy, tiring thoughts )
  3. Calm – Vriesea heterandra ( worried or anxious thoughts )
  4. Affirmation – Vriesea dubia ( poor thoughts about self )
  5. Intention – Vriesea goniorachis ( unclear thoughts )
  6. Reverence – Vriesea vagans ( disrespectful thoughts )
  7. Mercy – Vriesea appenii ( harmful or aggressive thoughts )
  8. Gratitude – Vriesea neoglutinosa ( thankless thoughts )

The Vriesea’s sharpen the mind, help one to focus and hone one’s energies in desired directions. This is helpful in initiating new creative ideas and taking decisive and clear action.

However, every now and again, we need the reverse. What do we do, when the mind is too sharp, too focused and engaged in problems and too consumed with negative thought? What does one do when the direction of ones thoughts is toward a negative end as in the case of obsessive thinking, bad habits and addictive tendencies? At this time, we do not need to activate more thoughts… we need to de-activate the troublesome thought pattern that is inspiring our self-destructive actions. At this time, we need one of the Tillandsia remedies to uproot our negative thinking!

Genus Tillandsia – the Air Plants ( Type: Yin / De-Activating Flowers )

Symbol_Tillandsia_No LabelIn the botanical world, the Tillandsia’s are the close cousins of the Vriesea’s. In fact, they are so closely related that botanists have difficulty – even to this day – separating the two. And in recent years botanists have classified – and reclassified plants from these two groups time and again.

When using one of the remedies from the Tillandsia group, you can know that the root of the problem is a habit of negative or poor thought. When engaged in a habit, the outcome will be consistent with the original motivating thought. While the same root consciousness is activated and habitually driving our actions, we become bound in an ‘addictive’ cycle until the mental pattern is broken – a telltale sign that a Tillandsia is needed.

  1. Determination – Tillandsia disticha ( the habit of focusing elsewhere )
  2. Patience – Tillandsia scaposa ( the habit of focusing on too many things at once )
  3. Simplicity – Tillandsia streptophylla ( the habit of focusing on hardship, problem and difficulty )
  4. Spanish Moss – Tillandsia useneoides ( the habit of focusing on distance, difference and isolation )
  5. Purity – Tillandsia andreuxii ( the habit of focusing on things that ruin your experience )
  6. Self Acceptance – Tillandsia canescens ( the habit of focusing on criticism and self judgment )
  7. Understanding – Tillandsia latifolia ( the habit of focusing on things you have no real understanding of )
  8. Involvement – Tillandsia queroensis ( the habit of focusing on self )

Summary – Just as the Vriesea’s helped to clarify thought… the Tillandsia’s help with our mental habits – i.e. the things we habitually focus upon. When placed together as the complementary pairs of yin and yang that they are, Vriesea and Tillandsia…  Thought and Habit ( or what we call ‘Pattern’ ). These highly evolved ‘air’ plants which belong to the 1st sub-family help to clarify our thought patterns, rooting our the impurities that distract or divert us our desired intent.

So… Vriesea’s ‘activate’. They are good for clarifying the mind, sharpening our conduct and lessening the time between thought and action – so lessening the chance of doubt or fear creeping in. This is good when taking command of the situation, making leadership deicisions and taking firm action.

And… Tillandsia’s ‘deactivate’. They are good for defusing negative thoughts, softening destructive tendencies while you uproot the consciousness behind it and giving you greater time between thought and action. This is good when dealing with ‘automatic’ habits, obsessive compulsions, addictive tendencies and other habits which you you do but don’t think about… and therefore, cannot inspect your thinking or the logical outcomes of your behaviour before taking action.

For more information…

  • The Bromeliad Family ( Bromeliacieae )
  • Sub-family 1 – The Tillandsioidieae. Click here.
    • Genus Tillandsia – The Air Plants. Click here.
      • Working with Genus Tillandsia. Click here.
  • Sub-family 3 – The Pitcairnioidieae. Click here.

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  3. Thank you.. i love the bigger context to put all the jigsaw pieces together a little bit more. =>

  4. I love to grow Tillandsioidiae flowers.

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