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As an Animal Communicator, it is my responsibility to listen to the animals and be their voice. When Ian White first asked me to teach the Animal Wellbeing & Australian Bush Flower Essences Workshop in Australia and overseas, I wondered what topics would be important for this workshop; but I didn’t have to wonder for too long, as it was the animals who chose what was needed! As I began to write the content of the workshop, it became apparent that the animals were very clear about what they wanted the workshop to cover.
It is the same when I am teaching the workshops: I listen to the animals who constantly remind me of what needs to be spoken about. Sometimes I wonder why I’m about to say something, but then there is always confirmation via the response from a number of participants in the workshop showing that it needed to be said. The same can be said when I am consulting. I am often guided by the animal to say things, not always knowing why, or concerned that it may be too personal; but each and every time it has been exactly what was needed in the moment. I never cease to be amazed and in awe of the wisdom of the animal kingdom! I see this time and time again when I say what they have guided me to say, only to have their human react the way they do, and confirm that they needed to hear what was said.
And so this wisdom has also become apparent when it comes to how to use flower essences with our animals. Time and time again, in the ‘strongest’ possible tone, I am told by the animals that they do not read books and so don’t care what is written in them! They do not adhere to the rules and regulations of humans when it comes to using flower essences. What they care about is what they need on an individual basis, which is most times very different to what humans think they need. They are not concerned with what other animals or humans may need, but only in what they need and when they need it. If I start to refer to the standard dose of 7 drops twice a day, I am quickly (and forcefully) reminded that this dosage is not applicable to them as they have their own needs, including how they would like to use the flower essences. They may not want 7 drops twice a day, but one drop more frequently may feel right. They may want several doses in one day, and then stop for a period of time before starting again. It is not possible to ‘overdose’ on flower essences, as the animal or human will only draw on the amount of vibrational energy that they need from the flower essences.
When making specific blends of flower essences for animals, I am sometimes asked by the animal to include a particular flower essence that makes no sense to me. If I question the request, I am usually told to ‘stop being human’ and over-analysing and put it in! I always trust this message, and inevitably some time later the reason for the inclusion will become known to me. As humans, we at times think we are superior to our animals; but I am shown on a regular basis that this is not the case. Time and time again, I see an animal come into a family, or ask for a flower essence blend that is needed for themselves; but which in turn is also needed for someone in the family and ultimately brings the healing that is needed.
As you may now be aware, I have been making a number of Moonah Goddess Blends. When I decide which flower essences to include, I am guided by my inner knowing; the flowers; and the animals. As a result, most of the blends I have put together contain ten or more flower essences with the Liberation Blend (which I wrote about previously) having 20 flower essences in it! The flowers keep evolving, and so it is important to be open, listen, and feel what is right when working with them. If you are choosing which flower essences to use with your animals (or yourself), then let go of a particular number of essences within a combination being too much. If you get the feeling to add a flower essence, then do so. Trust your inner knowing, and the messages that you receive from the flowers and your animals.
It is the same for using more than one blend of flower essences at once. Through listening to the flowers and the animals, I have seen that is ok to use more than one blend at a time. Information we receive from books, workshops and other places is a great general guide, but the best source of information is the flowers, the animals and our own inner knowing. I know through my own needs and those of my dogs, Daisy and Ralph, that we may on any given day use two or three different blends. The key here is to be clear in your intent when using the flower essences. It is important that we take the time to ‘talk’ to the flowers, and convey what we want and need from them when using a blend. When I’m using the Brain Blend with Ralph, I am asking the flowers very clearly to help calm and rewire his brain. When I use the Compassion Blend, I am asking the flowers to place a filter around myself, or my animals, so that energies are not absorbed and taken on. I regularly use these two blends in one day with both Daisy and Ralph. Depending on what I am going through in a day, I can also be carrying several blends on me at the one time.
Which leads me to explain the different ways of using flower essences. The most widely used method is giving the drops orally, but again we need to listen to the individual needs of the animal (or human). I often see in my work animals that are particularly sensitive, and so we need to adjust how the flower essences are administered. For some, taking drops orally is too much. If this is the case, then the drops can be placed on the fur/skin of the animal; placed in their water or food; placed on their jacket, rug, harness, or bedding; or in any area that they frequent. Placing the Insight Cards near the animal is another way that the animal can receive the healing benefits of the flower essences. Each day, on a number of occasions, I spray my working space with a blend that calms and clears the space while I am consulting. Shortly after the spray lands on Daisy and Ralph’s bed, they both roll around in the droplets from the spray. Adding flower essences to creams such as Arnica, for example, is another way of using them. You can also add pure essential oils to a cream or spray containing flower essences (of course, ensuring they are safe for use with you or your animal). Flower essences are not negated by food or strong flavours, and so can be used alongside or in combination with many other things.
I am very sensitive and so don’t take the drops orally. Given that flower essences are a vibrational energy, it is not necessary to take the drops orally for them to work. Nor is it necessary to increase the number of drops according to the volume of liquid they are being placed in. Whether you are adding flower essences to a bowl, a bath or a dam it is the same; adding more drops doesn’t make the essences more powerful, as they are a vibrational energy. I hold the bottles of the particular blend and sometimes I carry several blends on me all day in my pockets or bra. I also sleep with blends at night. I use 2.5ml bottles that have a stopper in them (pictured below, left).
I find that as I ‘draw’ on the vibrational energy of the flower blend, over time it does become ‘drained’ of energy and so I empty the small bottle, and then refill it with more of the blend. The same can be done for your animals. If they are particularly sensitive, then putting a bottle in their bedding or in the room where they frequent may be strong enough. If you want to give flower essences to wild animals, then you can place drops in the area they may walk through or use meditation to send the healing energy of the flowers to the animal.
Again, your intent is most important when using any of the flower essences. Be clear about what you are asking or wanting from the flower essences. I remember working with a human client who had recognised a physical patterning on her husband’s side of the family. When we discussed the use of Boab, she wanted to know how to administer it to the whole family when visiting the dying family member in hospital. Through listening to the Boab, it was clear that by carrying a bottle with her into the hospital room - and being very clear on what she was asking the Boab to do - its energy could do its work without having to be physically administered to each individual.
Given that animals are not concerned about what is written in a book, it is important to treat the animal on an individual basis. What works for one animal in your family may not work for another. There are times when an animal may be so sensitive that they may want their ‘own’ bottle of flower essences, even though they may be using the same blend as another animal or human in their family.
Through all my years of working with animals, and using flower essences, I have found that it is incredibly important to listen to the needs of the animal. When wondering about the dose to give to your animal, be guided by them. If you give a dose in the morning, and find yourself again thinking about the drops several times during the day, then your animal is telling you that they need a dose at those times. I often find that when an animal first starts to use a new blend of flower essences, they will want more than the ‘usual’ doses to begin with, and may then taper off. They may stop for a period of time, and then you may start to think about that blend again. This is your animal indicating that they want to start using it again.
I have heard from a number of people that the flower essences ‘no longer work’ for them. I can’t emphasise enough how important it is to communicate your intent to the flowers. Equally important is the way you prepare and administer the essences. You need to be fully present for your animals and the essences, which requires that you are fully present for yourself. If you are talking on the phone, watching TV or have the computer running when preparing your blends, or when giving them to your animal, then you are not present and your intent is not clear. What you do alongside administering the flower essences is also an important factor. I often work with humans who need to alter and change things in their lives that have been impacting not only on themselves, but their animals. If you don’t change, then you can’t expect the flower essences to work if you aren’t doing your part! The more I have taken the time to listen to and trust the flower essences, the more powerful they have become. The blends that I have made - guided by my inner knowing, the animals, and the flower essences - are powerful blends that are getting amazing results.
The scope of how we use flower essences is really only limited by our ability to trust in ourselves, which in turn gives us a greater capacity to listen to our animals and the flowers. As the flower essences continue to evolve and change, it is important that we give them the respect that they are worthy of, and take the time to listen to and learn from them. By being more present, we have access to more of ourselves. Which means we have more of ourselves available to listen and receive the messages; not only from the flowers, but from our animals. There’s endless wisdom available if we’re prepared to take the time to be available to receive it!
Many of you have been asking about more of the Moonah Goddess Blends and so as promised, the next emailed Messages from the Animals will be about some more of the blends (if you are not already subscribed to my email newsletter, you can do so for free here). In the meantime, you can read all about the first three of these blends here.
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Warm wishes to you all,