Australian Bush Flower Essences conducts education and training to over 42 countries internationally.
This covers workshops for individuals and practitioners.
R. is a man who is always on the go. He chats at a million miles an hour and I’m sure if he could do some paperwork while he was having a massage he would do so. However, today he struggled onto the massage table and was completely wasted. His recent overseas work trip - several countries in seven days - had taken its toll. He said he was feeling very low. He usually keeps fit by jogging but had just not felt up to his daily routine. He felt there had been an anticlimax after all the overseas travel, now he was back at work, every day was the same as the next. He couldn’t quite put his finger on it but agreed with the key words of ‘disheartened’, ‘lethargic, ‘low in spirit’, and ‘frustrated and flat’ in the information about Banksia Robur. I made up Banksia Robur and asked that he take it for a week only. As I felt that his usual dynamic self would have returned by then. He reported back after five days that he was now feisty and full of beans, and was getting back into the swing of things. The Essences seemed to work very quickly with this man.
I was teaching a class of adults at TAFE. There were two girls in the group who were hyperactive. One 50 year old couldn’t let anyone else do anything for her because she felt that they couldn’t do it right. She couldn’t even let someone take the washing off the line because they wouldn’t do it exactly the way she wanted it done. I gave her Black Eyed Susan and two days after starting to take it she was at home when it started to rain. She called to husband to take the washing off the line for her. He was surprised – he had given up offering a long time ago as she always rejected his offers. Over the next couple of weeks she slowed right down and her life changed. She later did a Flower Essence workshop and is now totally committed to using Flower Essences. Her husband says that taking Black-eyed Susan was the best thing that had happened to her.
The second girl never sat still. At each break would run down the corridor to get a cup of coffee and she was always the first back in the classroom. She took on too much work and couldn’t say no to a request. She just never stopped. She also took the Black-eyed Susan Flower Essence. Next day at TAFE she didn’t come back from coffee when the others did. She dawdled in much later. When I asked what had held her up she said that she had been coming to TAFE for two years and had never before really seen the building, or the people in it, because she was always in such a hurry to get more work done. On this morning she stopped and talked to people along the way. She continued to ease the pressure she put on herself and soon, work for its own sake, was no longer her top priority.
The first Essence I ever used on someone outside the family was Bush Fuchsia and it had almost miraculous results. At a party I met the mother of a four year old girl, E.. This child had been diagnosed as being developmentally delayed and the parents had just been advised that they should send her to a Special School when she reached school age the following year. They were very upset about this. E. didn’t speak much and when she did it was in a whisper. She did not interact well with other children and she had a very poor appetite. I knew almost nothing about Flower Essences in those days but had read in Ian White’s book, Australian Bush Flower Essences, that Bush Fuchsia could help children with learning and developmental problems. So I suggested it to the parents, and they were willing to try anything. The change in E. almost from the moment she took the first dose - was extraordinary. She started talking in a ‘big’ voice. She began playing well with other children, her movement improved and she started to eat well. The parents were over the moon. She kept taking Bush Fuchsia, off and on, for several months. Her mother said that when E. was not taking the Essence she didn’t notice a big difference in her behaviour but when she started taking it again there was always an instant positive change. Six months later E. was again tested by the Education Department and found within the ‘normal’ range for children her age and so was able to go to a normal school.
I am a 42 year old female with no major health problems. I took Bottlebrush for four weeks morning and night. Bottlebrush seems to fit my emotional needs. I found Bottlebrush to be very quick acting.
Emotionally, I had been feeling overwhelmed with daily life of working full-time, educating my daughters, cleaning and feeding them and having to take care of everything. After taking Bottlebrush, I had noticed a change in the way that I thought about my daily chores. It was clear to me that I had control and that I could break old habits that keep me feeling stuck. I began to give some of my chores away. It all of a sudden seemed okay to let others help me more.
I had been feeling stuck and unable to write my case studies. It was nine months since I had gone to the Level I workshop. After taking Bottlebrush, I wrote my case studies in a matter of three weeks.
I noticed I tried to simplify my life and get rid of my clutter. I began to clear things out. I found myself cleaning my closets. I found things that I was not willing to get rid of before, but after taking Bottlebrush I was able to let go and get rid of some things that I was holding on to. Also, I allowed myself to utilize resources needed in order to finish tasks to my liking. I had kept for many years an expensive broken camera and an expensive broken purse. I finally followed through and had these items repaired.
While I was taking Bottlebrush, I happened to go to a yearly garden show at the Botanical Gardens in City Park. There were thousands of flowers and plants being displayed. I did not have much time and found myself briskly walking through. At one point I just had to stop. I looked down and saw for the first time in my life a live beautifully blooming Bottlebrush. I realized that my experience came out of being on the Bottlebrush, which creates a space for new things to enter your life. Thank you for letting me see that.
As part of a workshop I was attending, we all chose a card from the Australian Bush Flower Essence Insight Cards, then expanded on the meaning of the card as it applied to us. Bush Iris was picked randomly by my partner and I immediately resonated with it, even though I couldn’t understand why. When it came to me choosing a card, I shuffled the cards and randomly chose the same card, Bush Iris! At the time, I couldn’t see the relevance of this card for me, but I had a strong sense that it would all unfold so I decided to take it as my case study remedy. We muscle tested in class and we got a yes, that it was the correct essence for me. The dosage was 10 drops of stock in a 25ml bottle twice daily for 3 weeks.
The first thing that came to mind was that it was physically helping me with the pain I had been feeling around my old appendix scar/right ovary for months. Later that evening during a meditation I realized that I have been obsessed with death and dying for a long time. This surprised me as I hadn’t really noticed this, but now it was very clear to me.
I enjoyed surfing but would consistently pull back at the last minute. I likened it to the feeling of standing on a cliffs edge, one more step and I could fall to my death. It had become clear through taking the essence that my fear of the take off was actually a metaphor for the moment of death. Whilst I am not afraid of what happens when I die, I actually fear the dying process and the moment of death!
Taking this essence was extremely powerful and quick acting. It really connected me to my Higher Self and showed me clearly what was going on and gave me the confidence to tackle it head on with ease and grace. Before I knew it 3 weeks had passed and throughout that time many images came up portraying my fear of death in many forms. Bush Iris helped me to face up to these fears and to realize that if I didn’t stop I could manifest my worst fear - death at a young age from cancer. I now choose a healthy and happy life! I am so grateful to Bush Iris.
For as long as she can remember, stress has been an enormous problem for Anne. Even as a child, she would get very nervous about lots of little things - the car running out of petrol, being late for school etc, and now that she is older and working full-time she is finding that her stress levels are on the rise and it is becoming harder for her to cope with it. As well as her job and finances, she is constantly in a state of worry about her health and relationships. I prescribed Crowea for Anne because of its power to calm people, help them find their centre and stop worrying. After two weeks with the Crowea, she came in very happy and could not stop raving about how much better she was feeling! It was a really positive experience for me to witness just how powerful the Essences can be. Anne revealed that she had not really been expecting a lot from taking the Essences and was pleasantly surprised on her third day of taking Crowea that someone at work commented that she seemed really calm and de-stressed. A regular customer even asked her if she’d been away on a holiday because she sounded so peaceful! Anne said that that was a real turning point for her, she hadn’t even noticed that she was not stressed, she was just going about life normally! Once she acknowledged that the Essences were clearly helping her, she went the extra mile to help herself. She had two massages in the next week and went for a 30 minute walk most days. Her whole outlook on her health has improved dramatically. She realises that she needs to take responsibility for her health and reduce her stress naturally.
One case I had recently was a young man who had a very difficult childhood. His father was an alcoholic and he had often had to defend his mother. Very deep resentments developed and he had a hard time to forgive, even though he is a very sweet person. He took the Dagger Hakea for two weeks and after that I received a long-distance call from him - a changed person - I could feel his happiness through the phone. He wouldn’t stop talking, he was like a fountain of happiness. All his family relatives felt this as well. A strange thing happened at the same time - the skin on his hands and feet peeled. Maybe this was a cleansing. For me it was also an indication that he had torn down some walls, even down to the physical level, but he can now walk free and light and his new hands are ready to give fully with his heart.
My husband definitely needed Gymea Lily for his personality. While many people, including me, love him, it must be admitted that his personality traits are exactly as listed in the Bush Flower Healing Book for Gymea Lily (extrovert, dominating, charismatic and used to getting his own way). Immediately after starting on the Essence he had much more time for others and suddenly (overnight) was prepared to listen to others and their point-of-view. It was not only me who noticed this - other people mentioned how much more pleasant he had been to deal with. His disabled sister comes for dinner nearly every night and he never makes any effort to speak to her at all (probably because she is hard to talk to and he knows I will do it) but on the first night after taking the drops he actually engaged her in a conversation about the amount of fruit she had on her trees. She and I nearly fell off our chairs in shock!
During the course of a massage 42 year old A. had an emotional release. She confided that she was brought up as a child by a woman who she believed was her mother but who was in fact her grandmother. She had a wonderful relationship with her ‘father’ who she remembers as extremely loving and caring. He passed away when she was eleven years old and then she was delivered the ‘double whammy’. Her ‘father’ was not her father or her ‘grandfather’ because her natural mother was not his daughter. So, the person she truly loved was no blood relation at all. She felt entirely abandoned, rejected and carried around this feeling all these years. She feels left out of family and work situations. She does not feel good about herself, that she is not worthy of love. I prescribed Illawarra Flame Tree. When she came back for her next session she appeared more confident and she tells me with delight that she has spotted Illawarra Flame Trees all over the neighbourhood, she seems to be attracting them!! Every time she sees one, she is reminded of her own potential. She has decided to trace her family origins, something that has been too painful before, but she is doing this as a ‘curious onlooker’ rather than trying to fit every piece together. She is feeling happier, more buoyant and self contained.
I began taking Kapok Bush because I needed persistence in my life. I needed application to deal with changes in my life and I was lethargic and tired often. The issue that was forefront in my thoughts prior to taking Kapok Bush was acquiring a horse. I had felt within myself that a horse was coming my way. When I found him, I discovered that he was very expensive and I hesitated. However, I bought the horse because I knew he was the one for me. He is an amazing animal. I knew that I would need commitment from myself, persistence and problem solving if this horse and I were to get along and keep going.
I noticed the difference in myself within days of starting on the Kapok Bush, finding myself beginning to take deep breaths when tackling a problem and instead of running from it or finding an excuse or fear to rule the outcome. A door seemed to have opened to my thoughts and it was giving me answers and directing me to solutions instead of it being blocked by my negative thoughts. This has occurred on all levels as well, I am finding I am having more energy, more discipline and being focused on jobs that need doing. Delays or put offs are a thing of the past. If something needs doing, I do it NOW. No matter how hard or how complicated, it gets done. ‘Now’ is a key word I have found with Kapok Bush. Jobs that had been sitting on the back burner for years have suddenly been completed or worked on. Opportunities are now coming my way more often and I am ready for them and facing them head on. I am continuing to take Kapok Bush at the present as I feel it is still needed to consolidate these changes.
After reading about the Abund Essence in the last newsletter and really needing a boost to my finances, I decided to try the essence. A few days after I started to take the essence, I received an unexpected cheque for nearly $4,000. Naturally this wasn’t the only area this essence affected. My relationships (partner, children, friends) seem incredibly richer. Life in general seems kinder. I was also anticipating a large bill, which never eventuated.
I’ve had excellent results with most of the essences I’ve used and given to others.
In mid year 2001, I read about Abund Essence in the newsletter .. thought it couldn’t possibly hurt. I was in the middle of a very full year. I was studying full time and my younger 2 kids were in Yrs 11 and 12 .. (altogether now!). There’s already enough to deal with. But I made up some Abund and took it .. vaguely thinking I didn’t have the time to work on abundance issues .. perhaps in the holidays at the end of the year.
By the end of 2001, I was exhausted – physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I’d just done 2 years full time study (first full time study since leaving school in 69), and was supporting my youngest 2 kids through their HSC, as well as become a grandmother for the second time. I added some part time work to that, regular time with my first grandson, I had used essences extensively, but I could not negotiate lessening my overall plate of commitments. The support network I thought I had went on an indefinite leave! Then, I get a bit arrogant and determined because I have the essences and I think I can get through anything with them so close by.
Anyhows, Christmas Eve (2001) came along and a phone call announced to me that I’d won a car in a $2 raffle – yes, my one ticket was the winner! A beautiful little cyber green Daewoo Matiz – reminiscent of a tree frog. So very me, yet I never would have picked it. Drives like a dream .. does 500-600km on a $30 tank! My first new car .. with 4 speaker CD, aircon, airbags and 3 year free car care warranty. How good is that! Love it.
I would have bought the tickets around the same time I was taking Abund, but pinned the ticket on the notice board and forgot about it too. I did put a bookmark with ‘Expect a miracle every day’ on my PC .. so I’d remember that while I studied. Silently I was praying that my aging car would be OK, or it could bring my studies to a halt. The studies were important to me. So was supporting my kids through this time. That’s all I really had time for that year .. getting to Level 3 Workshop in Sydney of October was my highlight and treat of the year – something I loved – and that was Abund-flavoured when I stop to consider it. November brought a new grandson whom I helped deliver at the local hospital because their buzzer didn’t work for us! (My first birth attendance – how lucky was I!) then to literally dash away for end of year exams. My son got to the finish line with his HSC .. I wasn’t sure it was possible. Then when I didn’t have anything left in energy, in came the car!
It wasn’t the only thing I won .. also $40 in a sheep-sweep (green and groovy) when I went to help at a local fundraiser that August/Sept! The car was raffled by The Australian Wool Fashion Awards .. my daughter gives her time to model for them. That both should come in through volunteer organizations I find really interesting. I am not in the habit of winning things .. but I have had a habit of volunteering my time.