Fragility to Independence
Linda was a 42-year-old woman diagnosed with malignant
melanoma. She suffered a severe reaction to the chemotherapy she
was undergoing and came close to death from the treatment. In her
initial meeting with Anne she came across as fragile, frightened,
and disillusioned with the medical system. She was a single parent,
had a very demanding career, and was feeling that she “needed
to get back to her life.”
Metamorphosis—a reflexology-based therapy—was
the initial therapy used. After her first treatment Linda told Anne, “You
have changed my existence.” A few days later, Anne began giving
Linda flower essences. She also started a series of Lightbody Healing
treatments, often administering essences before and after treatments.
Because of her extreme physical sensitivity, Linda couldn’t
handle massage, but a combination of gentle energy healing and flower
essence therapy was effective.
As soon as Linda began to use the flower essences,
she loved them. She expressed that she wanted to use flower essences “to
keep other people’s feelings off her,” so the first
essences Anne used with her were Self-Heal,
Aloe Vera, Angel’s Trumpet, Calla Lily, Forget-Me-Not, and
Linda spoke in particular of being “pulled” by
family and others. She was suffering still from chronic exhaustion,
but felt driven to get back to work to preserve her career. She also
had issues with men. She was divorced, and was in a relationship
that was creating stress. She talked about her late grandfather,
after whom she named her daughter, and about the deep connection
she had had with him. She had a very deep, moving vision of him during
this session with essences.
As weeks went by, Linda commented that people
were, as she put it, “getting to her.” She very much
liked using the flower essences and wanted the whole FES Quintessentials
set, which she purchased, along with Patricia Kaminski’s
Flower Essence Repertory. She said she wanted the reassurance of
working with Anne, but was also ready to explore her own healing
by using the essences on her own. Four months into treatment, Linda
was using Aloe
Vera, Arnica, Echinacea, Forget-Me-Not, Garlic, Lotus, and Pomegranate as
other, deeper personal issues surfaced. Linda planned to take a
vacation to Mexico, where she hoped to come to some resolution
on the direction to take for a healthy future.
In the fifth month of treatment, as the Lightbody
Healing sessions continued, the essences used were: Yarrow
Special Formula, Pretty Face, Quaking Grass, and Queen Anne’s
Linda was feeling stronger at this point and felt
as though she could handle her life again, though issues with her
boyfriend were coming up. The next week she experienced a healing
crisis as her “deepest fears about love” surfaced. Her
heart opened, and she knew a change was needed.
By the sixth month, Linda was stronger, saying, “I
feel whole unto myself.” She was becoming noticeably more “incarnated,” and
the man she was with was now “outside her space.”
In the seventh month of treatment, Linda declared, “I
need my own space—I need to carve out my own space and my
own life.” During this session, particular attention was
focused on the navel center. The energy was blocked; Linda was
ready to take over the power in her life, but some resistance to
moving forward still remained. Anne applied a few drops of Five-Flower
Formula on Linda’s
navel center—actually placed it on top of the blankets and
sheets that covered Linda—and it was quickly absorbed into
her being. The energy moved, centered, and opened. Essences used
after this session were Aloe
Vera, Pomegranate, and Lotus.
During month eight, Linda’s sessions with
Anne dropped off, but Linda continued using flower essences on her
own. Her whole life had changed: she had a new job, had moved to
a new community, had left the relationship she had been in, and had
the support of her family, to whom she now lived near.
Anne says, “That’s
what happens with my patients—whole lives change, and they
move on. We succeed together.”
Internalized Grief with Flower Essences
“Donna” was a Hospice Social Worker/Grief
Counselor whom Anne knew professionally. Anne began working with
Donna in January and continued until the following September, almost
two years later.
Donna initially presented with physical symptoms
and requested massage therapy. In the sixth month of treatment,
Anne started using flower essences with Donna. Her physical condition
had improved with massage therapy, but she requested the use of
flower essences to explore longstanding relationship issues, including
her relationship with her mate. The first combination of flower
essences Anne used with Donna was Sticky
Monkeyflower, Sunflower, Pennyroyal, Green Rose, Naked Lady, Peach,
and Wisteria. Soon
after, Anne began using the Seasons
of the Soul Herbal Flower Oils in
their work together.
Monkeyflower Mimulus aurantiacus
By the fifteenth month of treatment, Donna’s
life was becoming overwhelming. She expressed a fear of acquiring
diabetes, her pancreas being the focus. She also had kidney tension
and exhaustion. Flower essences used during this month were Agrimony,
Cherry Plum, Holly, Hornbeam, Olive, Star of Bethlehem, and Walnut. Anne
instructed Donna to take the essences four times a day for a week
and see how she felt as a result. But the very next day Donna called
and said she felt much lighter in spirit and joyful—she hadn’t
felt joyful in a very long time.
of Bethlehem Ornithogalum umbellatum
Three weeks later Donna came back—her body
was very open. She’d experienced significant dreams in which
there was light inside her body. She realized that she had carried
the grief of so many people for so many years along with her own
life’s grief, and realized how difficult life had been for
her. During that session she had a past-life memory of living at
the time of the Holocaust as a child, and of dying. Also during this
treatment, she had an experience of “coming home” to
After this treatment, a chronic sore throat of two
and a half months’ duration cleared up: she’d been literally “choked
up with grief.”
In the sixteenth month of treatment, Donna’s
arthritis (representing not being able to do what she wanted: as
a counselor she always needed to keep pressing on, no matter how
she felt) was addressed. Flower essences used for this cycle were Beech,
Cherry Plum, Honeysuckle, Mimulus, Mustard, Vine, and Five-Flower
During their session in the seventeenth month, Anne used Arnica
Alleve Herbal Flower Oil for
general massage and Benediction
Oil on Donna’s
head and heart. The flower essences used were Angelica,
Arnica, Cosmos, Lotus, Cherry Plum, Elm, and Olive. Anne
says this was an absolutely amazing session, during which Donna
experienced “giving birth to a new heart—the heart
of the soul.” Donna felt heart “symptoms,” and
Anne says she felt Donna’s release of tremendous grief,
her body opening up and feeling literally like she had given
birth to a new heart. During the treatment, using a polarity
hold on Donna’s head—a mental/emotional hold—Anne
focused on Donna’s pancreas and was able to sense and “see” the
entire endocrine system “turn on,” starting with
the pineal and going through the body. Anne experienced a “popping” on
the side of the body where the pancreas is located. The earlier
intuitive fear of diabetes was recognized and released.
Plum Prunus cerasifera
In the twenty-first and last month of treatment,
major life issues came to the fore for Donna: she was preparing
to move to Ohio, leaving a stepdaughter in the care of the daughter’s
addicted mother, which caused Donna great concern. She was also
experiencing a sense of self-determination and a recommitment to
her husband during this time. She was very energetic, and had been “working
on her stuff” in the days prior to the session. Donna was
looking forward to closing her practice, and her arthritis had
improved—she had released her resentments, and was able to
verbalize this. Arnica
Alleve and Benediction oils were
used again during this session, and she felt the “weight
of all her clients” releasing. She felt she could finally
claim her place on the planet.
Donna moved back to be near her family in
Ohio with her husband, and was able to retire from counseling work.
Bomb Diffused with Flower Essences and Massage
Anne worked with a client named “Mary” who
described herself as a “basket case”—she was physically,
as she said, a “time bomb” waiting to go off. She was
in recovery for deep vein thrombosis when she started seeing Anne
in the fall and presented with very poor circulation, indicated by
a bluish coloring in her face and very cold hands and feet.
Mary worked in management at an advertising firm
and was extremely stressed. She was living with an alcoholic man,
and had serious difficulties with her son. She would call Anne in
a panic and expect an appointment in half an hour. Anne initially
saw Mary for massage therapy, but in November, Mary began speaking
of having a “broken heart.” Anne was concerned that Mary
could literally have a heart attack. Mary was not interested in flower
essence therapy at that point, however.
Several months passed, and Mary became concerned
about diabetes (her mother had suffered with the disease). She
had deep concerns about her health. By March, Mary told Anne that
she was interested in using flower essences, and said she was “amazingly” stressed.
Anne gave her Five-Flower
Formula and she went
deeply into relaxation, which surprised her.
The next month, Mary began having regular
weekly sessions. Anne was using Arnica
Alleve oil during
Mary’s massages, and as a result her heart chakra and major
energy points began to open. During this time Mary’s husband
was destroying himself with alcohol, and she felt she was at the
During their session in May, Mary’s
entire body shuddered—similar to having a sexual orgasm—and
she was finally able to accept healing energy into her body. Anne
described her last session with Mary as “amazing” and “miraculous.” Anne
Moon Magic oil during
massage, and Mary experienced a deep release in the left breast
area that she described as “Goddess longing.” Anne
herself felt Mary experiencing much grief, as well as guilt being
released; these feelings were validated by Mary. Mary experienced
the shuddering again during this session.
Anne felt it was like a miracle when, during
this last session, Mary’s hands and feet were blazing hot.
Anne attributes it to the Mugwort
Moon Magic oil used
Anguish to Blessed Transition
Anne describes her work with Carol, a hospice patient,
as a “brief and awesome experience.”
Carol was extremely ill with metastatic breast cancer.
She was in severe pain, and had fractures of the left leg that could
not be treated. She was given intravenous morphine and kept immobilized,
though immobilization is difficult for someone in so much pain. In
addition to Lightbody Healing sessions, flower essences were introduced
in early April. They were used both orally and from a misting bottle.
The flower essences used at this time were Angelica,
Angel’s Trumpet, Holly, Forget-Me-Not, Mariposa Lily, St. John’s
Wort, and Yarrow Special Formula.
Carol’s husband was “going through living
hell” because of Carol’s illness, and he and two of their
daughters were open to receiving support from Anne during the last
week of Carol’s life. Anne wasn’t able to actually work
on Carol physically during this time, but the family opened up to
receiving massage therapy from Anne.
Anne used Metamorphosis with Carol to help release her from her body.
Anne felt she was able to facilitate the grieving of the family during
this time. After receiving massage from Anne, Carol’s husband
was able to express his grief—he cried for the first time and
spent time with Carol, telling her how much he loved her.
The same release occurred for one of their daughters.
There had been no response from Carol for a time, but Carol opened
her eyes after her daughter expressed her love for her.
Anne gave a massage to the second daughter,
who then said her goodbyes to her mother; and shortly after, Carol