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Introducing Botanical Archetypes – the Next Generation of Flower Essence Therapy

Authors Note: The article below was originally published under the name “Finding the Nature of the Issue with Flower Essence Remedies” and was presented in a lecture at the 2006 Australian Kinesiology Conference in Brisbane, Australia. The piece was the first article I ever produced on the botanical archetypes and the new method of applying flower essence remedies. ( Click here to see how to apply the Botanical Archetypes. )

The Relevance of Botanical Classification in Plant-Based Medicine

We should have much gratitude for the simple-yet-potent form of medicine offered to us by flower essence remedies. After all, it is just “a few drops under the tongue” which can create palpable changes in both mental and emotional well-being. No doubt, you have some amazing stories of your own to tell of your experiences while using them.

However, such miracles-of-healing can blind us from the further possibilities and greater potential of this very effective method of treatment. So, the question is, what more could there be to discover about flower essence remedies and this amazing therapy?

A Flower for Every Occasion – The Current Aims of Flower Essence Research

To date, flower essence research has concentrated its attention on the emotional condition or “issue” that a remedy can “cure”. Given the influential nature of emotion – and the fact that our overall sense of well-being seems to hinge upon them – this would seem to be a logical pursuit.

Due to the efficacy of flower essence remedies in treating emotional conditions, the many testimonials over the years have inspired the numerous remedies we now see on the market. With so many to choose from, the growing diversity of flower remedies leads us to a necessary question. Is it enough to reveal as many flowers as there are emotional conditions?

Even if we could match every condition with a specific flower essence remedy, would we be any further along to solving our original problem?

Two main factors – “a need for a cure” and “effectiveness of the remedies” – have been the main drive behind flower essence research to date. However, these are incomplete as purposeful motives. There is a third critical factor which should also be in the hearts-and-minds of flower essence researchers as they conduct their investigations. That factor being, “to remedy the cause”. With this goal firmly in mind, flower essence research then turns in a whole new direction.

Comparing Notes with Mother Nature – A Whole New Direction for Essence Research

Although there are several other approaches, one of the main methods used to ascertain the medicinal healing properties of plants is a system of observation called “The Doctrine of Signatures”. ( See Below for full definition. )

Developed by the ancient Greeks and Romans, the basic premise of the doctrine is that when one looks upon the growing habit of a plant species, there are telltale signs or “signature clues” as to what the plant species will effectively cure. By contemplating this “language of form”, one could then piece together “the story of the health condition”, thus deepening ones insight into the remedy made from that particular plant species.

But, what if the plants we examined were telling us more than just the issue it could cure? What if, in their leafy language, they also spelled out how to treat the emotional condition and provided details as to the origin of the affliction?

The Opportunity for Greater truth – An Insight into Nature

During my 6th year of flower essence research, I discovered that plants did in fact offer such information. The discovery emerged while I was comparing some notes on two flower remedies that I was having difficulty translating into emotional terms. Both of these flowers belonged to the same plant group – a *genus named Neoregelia.

( Note – In botanical language, a genus is a group of plants which have similar characteristics or floral architecture. )

As I compared the notes I had made side-by-side, I began to notice similarities between their written descriptions. My instinct told me that there was a common link but I was not sure what it was.

It then struck me.

I realized that these “two different remedies” both dealt with their emotional issues in exactly the same way! I reached for more notes on other flowers from this plant group and found that each in turn held the same equal truth!

Here was the discovery that genus Neoregelia – some 17 of the flowers I had been researching – all dealt with issues caused by beliefs based upon a (mis)perception of the truth! The sheer amount of plants from this one flower group provided enough comparative overlap to tell me that what I suspected was in fact true. Although the emotional symptoms seemed to vary considerably for each of the flowers, I could see that each condition stemmed from this same root cause!

( Note – It is interesting to note that the two flowers that lead to this discovery were Neoregelia gavionensis, the flower of Opportunity and Neoregelia carolinae, The Blushing Heart ( Truth ). “An opportunity to perceive a greater truth was on offer, perhaps? )

Discovering the Tree of Life – The Next Generation of Plant-Based Medicine

When I began to fathom the depth of this find and its implications on the practice of flower essence therapy, I soon realized that it also greatly affected other forms of plant-based medicine also. And in those few moments of discovery, the ramifications just seemed to grow the more I thought about it, opening up to seemingly encapsulate the whole of the natural world.

By definition, Taxonomy ( systematics ) “… is the science of classifying plants, animals and the natural world by evaluating shared features and organizing them into a hierarchy of like forms”. It seems – and quite unknowingly – that botanical science with its hundreds of years of expeditions, dissections, research and physical comparison – had also been classifying plants by their vibrational and energetic behaviour pattern.

By building a hierarchy of the plant world – and arranging flowering plants into structures of uniformity within that hierarchy – popular science has unwittingly provided a valuable framework for more advanced research into the vibrational qualities of whole plant groups. By revisiting the text books prepared for us by scientific method, we could now use the information to learn much about the world of energy, vibrational pattern and human consciousness.

As I thought about it some more, I realized that this insight was a real turning-point for plant-based medicine. I had discovered an important bridge between the worlds of science and vibrational medicine – a kind of “backbone” that researchers in the field of vibrational medicine could use to put order to their findings.

What would happen to the practices of Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Homoeopathy, Naturopathy and other medicines if we could precisely detail the effects of the plants used within those disciplines? How much credibility would these fields gain, thus prompting proper scientific research into these veins of logic? How would knowing the vibrational characteristics of common foods like apples, peas, potatoes, oranges and bananas affect our understanding of our dietary requirements?

Needless to say, the discovery was something that greatly excited me, satisfying my long-term desire to go beyond treating surface symptoms in order to rectify causes.

The Botanical Archetypes and the Doctrine of Signatures

The “Doctrine of Signatures” states that when one looks upon a plant species, there are telltale signs as to what condition the flower effectively cures. In addition to this, the new finding states that there is also information relating to the cause of the condition itself. This new piece of information is defined by the botanical flower group or genus. The finding is as follows…

Cause

.1. The botanical genus ( which similar plant species are grouped under ) names the cause of the issue.

I.e. The genus = The context of the issue or “the root behaviour which gives rise to the prevailing condition”.

Effect

.2. The botanical species ( which is the lowest taxanomic unit ) names the emotional symptom.

I.e. The species = The emotional issue or “the emotional husk surrounding the root consciousness”.

When combined, the two pieces of information offer a holographic representation of the condition under examination. A “bearing” or precise location in consciousness. This system of “mental longitude and emotional latitude” provides three vital pieces of information for a proper and effective cure. .1. The emotional condition. .2. How it was formed. And .3. How it can be properly resolved.

For more information…

Q. How Do I Apply the Botanical Archetypes? Click here.

  • 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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