Catskill Mountain Flower Essences

How To Use And Choose

Those who have already developed a clear and open relationship with their inner knowing and Higher Self will very likely be intuitively aware of which essences they need. For those who have not yet opened to these abilities, are just beginning to open, or who wish to check their choices, there are methods, such as dowsing and kinesiology (muscle testing), which can help you determine what essences are appropriate for your needs. (Note: Using flower essences can assist you in the process of opening to your intuitive abilities and to your guides and Higher Self.)


Reading the definitions is an important step. See what you are drawn to. If you are dealing with a particular issue, look for essences that approach that issue from different perspectives to see what feels best to you. Bear in mind that each flower essence has gifts beyond the primary definition, so if you are drawn to an essence and itís definition does not seem to fit, there may be a subtler aspect of it that will serve your needs. You can simply trust what you are drawn to or you can double check by dowsing or using kinesiology.

Jewel Weed


Pendulum dowsing and kinesiology, when used correctly, are dependable methods of tapping into the wisdom of your intuitive knowing and Higher Self. Both methods serve as a means by which you can receive communication from a greater part of yourself, which knows your deeper needs and can determine what will best meet those needs. Communication with your greater knowing can cut through interference created by your emotional state, expectations or beliefs. This is essential for making optimum flower essence choices.

 


BEGINNING THE PROCESS OF TESTING


Both pendulum dowsing and kinesiology in are methods that depend on a yes/no question format. When you want to test for essences, your first step is to connect to your Higher Self. This is done by simply stating aloud or silently, "I wish to connect with my Higher Self". Wait quietly for a few seconds. The next step is to ask (using whichever means of testing you have chosen) if you are ready to test for essences. If you get a "yes", begin testing. If you get a "no", ask if you need to hydrate yourself, do a few minutes of meditative breathing, do 2 or 3 yoga postures, or whatever else brings you to a more centered place so you can perform a clear test. Ask again if you are ready, and when you get a ëyesí, proceed.


Place your collection of essences
in front of you. For example, if you have 4 boxed sets of 9 essences each, hold one set at a time and ask (using your chosen method) if you need anything in that set. If the answer is ënoë, move to the next set. If the answer is ëyesí, hold each bottle and test them one at a time. For each essence that tests positive, ask how many drops you need, how many times per day, and for how long. Remember that all questions must be broken down so that they can be answered with a "yes" or a "no". For example, if you want to know how many drops to take, begin by asking if you need 1 drop and continue until you get a positive answer.

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If you test daily, you are taking an important step toward keeping yourself in balance and will not have to ask for directives beyond the needs of the day. Your Higher Self will know what you need for balance in the moment, and what you need in the process of your soulës evolution. You can also ask whether it is necessary for you to test daily. Sometimes it may be, and sometimes not. If you are working with a specific issue, ask for essences that will address the issue and follow up with the 3 questions, how many drops, how many times per day, and for how long.

 


DOWSING WITH A PENDULUM


Pendulums come in many styles ranging from simple to elaborate designs. The basic principle requires that a weight of some kind be attached to the end of a 5 to 6 inch cord or string. The weight moves in response to yes/no questions. It is recommended that you "program" your pendulum to respond in a consistent pattern. This is done by simply swinging the pendulum in the pattern you desire and it will then respond in this way until you reprogram it. For example, you can ask that your pendulum to rotate clockwise to indicate a "yes" (or positive response) and counter-clockwise to indicate a ënoí (or negative response). Or you can ask that your pendulum move North to South to indicate a ëyesí and East to West to indicate a "no". You can also ask that it move diagonally when for some reason it is unable to give a clear yes/no answer, perhaps due to the phrasing of your question. Once you have chosen the response pattern and programmed it in, your pendulum will respond automatically in answer to your questions. Practice with the process for several minutes a day until you are comfortable. Then you can begin to use this simple and powerful tool for testing yourself for flower essences.


Always begin by connecting to your Higher Self. Simply state aloud or silently, "I wish to connect with my Higher Self". Wait a few seconds, and then ask if you are ready to test. If you are, then proceed. If you are not, follow the steps indicated in the BEGINNING THE PROCESS section until you are ready, and then proceed with testing for essences. Hold the essence (or set of essences) being tested over your heart and ask if you need this essence at this time. Simply allow your pendulum to indicate a yes or no answer. If you get a ìnoí, move to the next test. If you get a "yes", follow with the three questions: how many drops, how many times per day, and for how long.

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Note: Pendulum dowsing has the potential to supply precision answers to complex questions when used in conjunction with charts, grids and other aids designed for use with the yes/no question format. If you wish to study the subject further, I recommend the American Society of Dowsers, which has groups all over the country that specialize in exploring the potential of dowsing.

Their website is www.dowsers.org and the phone number of their national headquarters is 800-711-9530.


USING KINESIOLOGY (MUSCLE TESTING)


Kinesiology, or muscle testing, is another effective method that can be used to self-test for flower essences. Like dowsing, it depends on a yes/no (positive/negative) question format. There are several ways to self-test and we will give a brief description of three. Always begin by connecting to your Higher Self. Simply state aloud or silently, "I wish to connect with my Higher Self". Wait a few seconds and then and ask if you are ready to test. If you are, then proceed. If you are not, follow the steps in the BEGINNING THE PROCESS section and then proceed with your chosen method of testing for essences. Note: The following kinesiology methods are not recommended for those who have hand injuries or conditions such as arthritis or carpal tunnel.

Peony


1. The first method is sometimes called the "O-Ring" method. With your non-dominant hand, make a circle, or an ìOî (which is actually an energy circuit), by touching the tip of your thumb with the tip of your little finger. Next, place an essence, or set of essences, in your lap. Ask if you need this essence, or anything in the set if you are testing a set. Then use the index finger of the opposite hand, hook it into your "O" and try to pull it apart, or break the circuit. Do your best to use the same amount of pressure to hold your "O" together that you use to pull it apart. If the "O" (or circuit) holds, you are testing positive for the essence. If it breaks apart, you do not need the essence at that time. Sometimes you need to sit for a few seconds with the essence in your lap in order to get an accurate reading.


2. The second method also begins by making an "O", or circuit, with the thumb and little finger of your non-dominant hand. Again put the essence being tested in your lap and ask if you need this essence. This time, you make a second ìOî with the thumb and index finger of the opposite hand and flatten the second ìOî enough so that you can insert it into the first "O". Spread the thumb and index fingers of the second "O"and try to pull the first "O" apart. Again, do your best to use the same amount of pressure to hold your "O" together that you use to break it apart. If it stays intact, you are testing positive for the essence. If it breaks apart, you do not need this essence at this time. Again, you may need to sit for a few seconds with the essence in your lap in order to get an accurate reading.


3. The third method has the advantage of allowing you to hold an essence with one hand over your heart while you are testing with the other hand. Choose which hand you want to test with (whichever is comfortable) and use the middle and index fingers as test fingers. Which finger is in which position is a matter of personal preference and may depend of the length and strength of your fingers. Place one finger on top of the other and use the top finger to apply downward pressure, while the bottom finger resists the pressure. In other words, one finger will try to press down on the other finger as it tries to resist the pressure. As you are holding an essence over you heart with the non-testing hand, ask whether you need the essence at this time. Apply pressure with the top finger while the bottom finger resists the pressure. If the essence tests positive, the resist finger will stay strong. If the essence is not needed, the resist finger will weaken and drop.


It is very important to practice whatever method you choose in order to develop confidence. It may be helpful to have an experienced person give you a demonstration of your chosen method, especially in the beginning stages of your learning process. There are also books and classes that can deepen your knowledge and help you expand the benefits of any of these methods. Enjoy the process.

 

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