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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 »


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 »

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 »

Embracing the Mystery of Life

In Flower Essence Research on July 23, 2009 at 11:16 am

IMG_8025In researching the properties of flower essence remedies, you are always poised between two distinct opposites – clarity and mystery. Despite the natural drive to produce clear definitions of the flowers you are researching – so that other people can understand what they are used for – the truth is that you have to contend with ( and concede to ) the fact that you will never completely gain a full insight into the issue in question. And even if you did gain enlightenment, would you be able to convey it through written words or communicate it through language?

Case in point. 2 years ago I thought ( in my infinite wisdom ) that I would write a piece on ‘the interaction between a flower essence and an emotional issue’. In other words, I set out to describe the way that a flower remedy influences consciousness and as part of my foolish genius, I planned to ‘take the reader down the microscope of the mind’ and draw up the landscape. Being the spiritual daredevil that I am, I then submitted a proposal to the Australian Kinesiology Association for inclusion in their Adelaide conference program ( which it was ) saying that ‘I would have the paper in question ready’ in time. Read the rest of this entry »

Aiming for Comfortable Transitions

In Flower Essence Therapy on March 10, 2009 at 4:39 am

In flower essence therapy, there seems to be a trend among many practitioners that the remedies should bring a perceivable emotional release whilst using them. It seems that many people use the presence of emotion as a marker to tell them that ‘positive change’ is occurring – and that the bigger the release while taking the remedy, the better the ‘healing’ must be.

I believe that the aim of any therapy – not just flower essence therapy – is to produce a smooth and comfortable, almost invisible change in consciousness – a change that does not upset ones current lifestyle. Read the rest of this entry »

The Transcendant Nature of Consciousness

In Billbergia, Flower Essence Therapy, Homework, Study Group, Testimonials on March 7, 2009 at 11:24 pm

flower_change3Yesterday I wrote a small article on Genus Billbergia and the regression-in-consciousness that a class member underwent during Wednesday nights study group.

Rather than being an emotional event, it was a conscious one whereby the woman was ‘clear’ rather than upset during the transition. She noticed the ‘scenes’ shifting as though the layers of consciousness that made up her issue were photographic slides – a slideshow of old thoughts, resistance and experiences. Read the rest of this entry »

The Paradigm of Whole Health

In Flower Essence Therapy on March 6, 2009 at 4:58 am

After a conversation last night I thought I’d write a brief note about “The Skyflower approach to health and wellbeing”.

When I’m writing about the Skyflowers, it never really enters my mind to speak in terms of specific body systems. In class we don’t talk about the chakra system, the meridians, auras or any of the other topics that health practitioners commonly deal with. Read the rest of this entry »