In my work as a flower essence therapist, the essence I most recommend to almost everyone these days is Walnut. There are so many important applications for this time-honored essence, that I am hard-pressed to see where Walnut doesn’t fit into a formula.
Every day, on many fronts, we are challenged with discovering more of our own inner natures and the ways in which we can walk our own walks proudly and freely. Often this can mean diverging from the crowd or the weight of the status quo. It’s easy to fall in line and not make any waves, but this is not progress. We must examine ourselves and our patterns, as well as our relationships and dwellings, to identify and release what is no longer useful or beneficial. This is a lifetime process but never more so than now.
Many, if not all of us, are surveying our lives now and tuning into what is relevant and what must be cleared out.
No one who wants to be happy and healthy would nurture dark feelings of anger, jealousy, fear and resentment (to name a few) if she/he felt there was a choice. These dark feelings which most likely have come from past traumas and negative conditioning or habit, can be loosened and released. Techniques for such include spiritual practice, mindfulness and awareness, effort; and some good tools such as flower essences, journaling, story-boarding, therapy, art and or a combination thereof.
I want to link-break being on automatic pilot and be free to choose with consciousness and clarity what I want to take in and put out.
Everyday I take the New York City subways and encounter people who are angry, inconsiderate, and down right emotionally ill. There is no judgment intended in wanting to protect one’s own energy field, which we often work very hard to maintain and uplift.
Since nearly all my clients and students seek to make heartfelt changes in their lives, Walnut is an essence I whole-heartedly and often recommend both alone and in conjunction with synergistic essences.
Marrying at 21, with two children by the age of 24, Linda (pictured at right with her granddaughter) divorced her husband of seven years, and at 28, began a search for her self which initially led to the “rock and roll years” and substance abuse, culminating in a one-year in-house recovery program. In 1986, at 35, successfully leaving rehab, Linda had to learn how to nourish herself and her two young girls. While transitioning from rehab back to her apartment on Central Park West, Linda began her thrilling adventure into holistic healing. She started studying traditional Japanese karate; she began Buddhist studies; and she began studying food and healing with AnnaMarie Colbin. In 1991, Linda graduated with honors from Gary Null’s Holistic Nutritional Counseling Program and is mentioned as a top counselor in Manhattan, in his book, Healing Your Body Naturally. But, through beginning work with flower essences back in 1987, Linda’s greatest discovery was that emotional healing leads the way for physical healing and self-actualization. In 2001, after a nearly 17 year affiliation, Linda became a certified flower essence therapist through the Flower Essence Society, and today teaches and counsels using flower and gem essences exclusively. As a pioneer in this underutilized art, it’s Linda’s mission to bring to light to as many as she can the importance and relevance of flower essences and other vibrational remedies. She counsels, teaches and facilitates apprenticeship programs regularly (and can often be found playing with new granddaughter, Bee). Visit her website.
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