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The Mind Can Heal Itself

In Conscious Living on March 3, 2010 at 8:57 am

The ability of the human mind to peel away the layers of falsehood and reveal ones truth has always amazed me. So much so that I have devoted much of my life to the study of it. How does the mind work? How do emotions interact with our thoughts? How do we become aware of things and ‘know’ new things? What inside us makes new knowledge ‘stick’?

What amazes me most about the human mind is it’s ability to provide it’s own healing. How is it that we can be confused one moment… and wise and enlightened about our circumstance the next? What are the mechanics of this? How do we make such shifts… and more importantly, can we harness this ability?

Making a Practice of Rooting Out the Disturbances in Your Life

In my life, I’ve adopted the practice of examining the disturbances in my life. Whether it be an outer situation that has knocked me in some way or an internal clash, I take the time to address each instance and become aware of what troubles me.

So as part of my daily practice, I take the time to ‘pull out the weeds when I see them’ ( a mentality left over from my days of working at Gardenworld. ) It is either done right there and then or later during my evening reflection-meditation. This may seem laborious to some – of focusing on each disturbance – but my philosophy is “I’d prefer to deal with it once… than to live it again.” This is based upon my ( current and evolving ) belief that each negative incident in my life belongs to a ‘pocket of awareness’ inside me. I may be wrong but until I find a more accurate model to live by, I’ll follow this one. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Roots of Anxiety

In Billbergia, Conscious Living, Homework, Puya, Vriesea on February 27, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Today I had to make a decision on a rather benign and non-life threatening business issue. As I approached the point of commitment, I noticed that I was extremely anxious about what I was about to do.

As my practice is to ‘notice and not judge’ what I do, I decided to get to the bottom of the anxiety. Now when I say this, I wasn’t looking for a clear answer or a “memory of the time I…” which set up the current axiety. What I was looking for was a simple comfort with what I was about to undertake. After all, anxiety didn’t fit the situation… but it did fit my perception of the situation.

I was nervous.

My usual practice whenever something is stressful or emotional is to ‘sit with it’. By this I mean I sit with my ill feelings and allow them to float up into my awareness. If I don’t have time right then and there, I sit down at a later date and review the ill feelings when I can. Usually before bed.

My point is that I always review my inner stress the day that it happens. And it doesn’t take long to do so and bring closer either. Read the rest of this entry »

Where Are Your Roots?

In Conscious Living on February 25, 2010 at 9:12 am

If I were to ask you the question, “where are your roots?’, what would your reply be? What springs to mind when you are asked this question?

Do you think of your family and your ancestral roots? Do you think of you nationality and cultural roots? Do you think of your spiritual or religious roots? Do you think of something else?

When you think about it, human beings have a very complex ‘root system’. And should you follow any one of those roots and delve into any one theme, you often gain less insight rather than more. Why? Read the rest of this entry »

The Temple of Silence (Part2)

In Conscious Living on February 24, 2010 at 1:05 pm

This is the second part of “The Temple of Silence” article. For the first part, click here.

When The Cathedral Flower, Aechmea bromelfolia var. rubra ( originally named The flower of Solitude ) became available in the flower essence catalogue, the flower soon rose to “the top 10” of most used essences.

Sometimes the flower was sought out for good and well thought out reasons, while other times  as an act of desperation. ‘A chance to screen out the world’, ‘carve out some space’ and at last ‘get’ some ‘inner peace’. As though inner peace were an object to hold and not an innate state of being.

The idea of finding inner peace for many people is a hard concept to grasp. That someplace within them, there is peace. “Yeah, right!” In the absence of the concept of peace we turn to externals for help. Outer ingredients to pamper ourselves with and starve off the noise that we feel inside. This is why we often feel the need to ‘produce’ peace and ‘do’ things that ‘make’ it happen. And why our efforts ultimately fail us. Because we pin our inner experience on the presence of that outer ingredient(s). Read the rest of this entry »

Discovering The Sacred Heart

In Conscious Living on February 24, 2010 at 11:59 am

Do you dream of those days where you wake up inspired? Energetic. And clear. You know the days where you make up and your on a mission. Today was one such day.

This morning I woke up with the name of my brand new, soon-to-be released essence firmly in  my mind. The words “The Sacred Heart” became clear in my mind as the perfect moniker for the 5th essence in The Skyflowers “Silver Series”.

As I arose for the day, I felt more-than-clear. Now, some 3 hours later, the clarity has changed. I don’t mean that my perception of the world has dulled, I mean that the clarity I had early this morning has now taken on a luminosity. Wandering around the garden just now has been wonderful; with each color of a rich intensity. *Luminous. Read the rest of this entry »

Comparing Notes with Shell Essences Australia

In Conscious Living on February 24, 2010 at 9:43 am

Yesterday I had the occasion to speak on the phone with Nancy Parker of Shell Essence fame. When she picked up the phone, I introduced myself as usual but rather than talk about the purpose of my call, I asked her “Do you have a new essences coming out?” A thought that hadn’t actually been on my mind but had crept it’s way to the fore of the conversation.

She said she did. it was a new essence made from a piece of amber ( fossilized tree sap ) that was in the shape of a dolphin. She told me the story of it’s origin and the prompts from those around her about the new remedy she was to make.

I cut in and said, “let me guess… does it do this, this and this?” “Yes”. She was excited at my ‘outsiders confirmation’ that mirrored her own keyword-insights. Read the rest of this entry »

General Ramblings on a Sunday Morning

In Conscious Living on February 21, 2010 at 10:30 am

Recently I have been looking into the world of ‘internet marketing’. Don’t worry, I haven’t gone overboard with it and I certainly won’t be blasting you, my loyal readers with any over-the-top ad campaigns.

The need for me to do so was simple. I wanted to use the internet to raise awareness of the flower essence project and my research into the botanical archetypes… as well as to draw a passive income from paying sponsors. The reason being that I wanted a way of keeping my content free for anyone to read while drawing a passive income that ‘pays-per-click’. In this way, I could then dispense with the last remnants of my day job and focus full time on providing good content and quality essence remedies.

Boy, it’s a big wide internet-world out there. And there are loads of really simple ways you can build an online income; all without selling your $oul. Read the rest of this entry »

The Temple of Silence (Part 1)

In Conscious Living on February 19, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Solitude. It’s one of those words that seems to dwell on the fringes of our vocabulary. And our understanding. Solitude  is a strange and mysterious word. As though it’s mere mention invokes it’s shrouded meaning, obscuring any inspection of it’s true nature.

When asked to describe what ‘solitude’ means, people generally answer that it means ‘to be alone’ or ‘be by myself’. On top of this, they will probably add ‘…to be away from other people‘ indicating that there is also a distance element necessary to the experience. In fact, we believe that ‘the distance element’ is the primary cause which the effect of blissful solitude hinges upon.

Of course, when we distance ourselves from a stressful work environment and take a vacation, the problems which go along with that environment do seem to disappear and ‘not exist’. At least for awhile.

As a result, when we are away on vacation our thoughts are focused upon the good time we are having. And any feelings about our work place fade from our mind. The thoughts and feelings that belong to our work are replaced by what we are currently doing or “experiencing” – in this case, sipping on a little umbrella-clad drink by the side of a pool someplace warm.

It is true that we do gain respite by distancing ourselves from stressful situations. We do gain some sense of rest when we are away from people who get on our nerves or other things which ‘get to us’ like work, traffic, noisy children, etc. But as we know, often distancing ourselves is a temporary solution at best. Read the rest of this entry »

You Can’t Hide from Your Feelings

In Conscious Living on February 17, 2010 at 3:15 pm

One of the greatest things that destabilizes and upsets us most are the feeling values we have for things. The truth is that the values we attach to things has a great baring on the stability and peace of mind we all seek – particularly the things we commonly deal with such as people, places or money.

In tonights class we look at the lessons offered by The Cathedral Flower, Aechmea bromelifolia var rubra and examine how we project feeling values onto the world around us and then try to hide from these feelings. This flower, helps one to reflect on the ‘negative feelings’ which you harbor inside your inner sanctuary. And the discord that this causes.

As we shall see in tonights lesson, it is futile to run from your own feelings. Or the experiences that put you back in contact with them… and more subtly, the ‘negative’ experiences you encounter in life are reflections of what you have long since held inside… but forgotten about.

The Botanical Archetypes Come of Age

In Botanical Archetypes, Conscious Living on February 15, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Back when I first wrote my original research paper on the Botanical Archetypes for the 2006 Australian Kinesiology Conference, the playing field in the natural therapies field was a little different.

Back then we were just emerging from ‘the age of emotion’. There were books on it. There were therapies devoted to it. We were victims of all kinds of emotions – negative emotions, old emotions, deep emotions, suppressed emotions…

It’s just a few short years ago, where our emotions seemed to dominate our lives and that we had to have them ‘in balance’ before we could get on with our creative lives. Emotion, if you will notice, no longer seems to be the big issue. ( Have you noticed too, that ‘fear’ isn’t what it used to be? )

So, writing an article on a method of knowing the conscious causes of emotional conditions in ‘the age of emotion’ seemed crazy. Therapists just weren’t thinking that way. And the market place was just not ready for it. Therapists were still looking at emotions… not the mental behaviour encased within them… Read the rest of this entry »