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