The Little Prince is the main character of the well-known eponymous novel written by the French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Some people usually think this is a story written for kids, but it’s not. The symbolism is so powerful we can be touched by it and learn something at every age. In this essay, we are going to quickly review the story before explaining the connection between the Little Prince and Lewisia remedy.
The story takes place in a desert where the narrator, who is a pilot, had a plane accident and is trying to fix his engine, when the Little Prince walks to him from nowhere. We only meet the Little Prince through the narrator’s eyes. The first thing the Little Prince said to the narrator is the famous following quote, "If you please, draw me a sheep," which is an odd sentence as an introduction to someone.
The Little Prince comes from the sky, and more precisely, from an asteroid called B612. His planet is pretty small with three volcanos that he carefully sweeps. He would also take away the baobab seeds (which are very dangerous because once grown, a baobab destroys a planet). Through the Little Prince’s storytelling, we find out he also loves looking at sunsets and taking care of a capricious flower who gets easily upset. At some point, he decided to start a journey to explore the universe.
He visited six planets, each one inhabited by one character: a king, a conceited man, a tippler, a business man, a lamplighter and a geographer. On every planet, the Little Prince found himself not understanding the behaviour of those people. The seventh planet was eventually the Earth. He arrived in the middle of the desert, so surprised to see how big the planet seemed to be, and also surprised not to find any human beings. Nevertheless, he met a snake which is there, a metaphor for death, a one-way ticket to the stars. Then, he came across a garden full of roses, alike the one on his planet. He felt some disappointment in facing the truth: his show-off flower is just one among many others. Then, the next adventure is the most famous of the whole book: his encounter with the fox. That one taught him how to connect and bind with others.
After sharing those experiences, we are back to the present moment with the author because of an emergency: they run out of water, so they begin a walk in the desert to find a well. This is another beautiful metaphor in this chapter, teaching us that the water from the well is more than just regular water. This one is nurturing because it contains the moments shared together during the walk to find the well. That’s also the moment the Little Prince chooses to announce to the narrator that he is about to go back home, to his planet. So, he gets the narrator prepared for his departure, before going back to the desert waiting for the snake to "do his work" (the metaphor of the death).
The Little Prince is a special being. He looks like a human, a “little man” as the narrator describes him when they met. There is something ageless about him during the whole story: he seems to be young and old altogether. His physical appearance looks like a kid, and so is the way he speaks at some points. At other times, he speaks like an old soul, like a wise person who conveys a message for humankind. Either the narrator or the reader might lose track of which part of him is present at any moment.
The star-like child profile starts to appear through the Little Prince…
The Little Prince does have a human appearance but he comes from the stars and he is still aware of it, when most people don’t remember what lies before birth. So for the Little Prince, his real home isn’t Earth, but his asteroid, among the stars. Earth is just a planet he visits during his long journey.
“I wonder whether the stars are set alight in heaven so that one day each one of us may find his own again. Look at my planet. It is right there above us. But how far it is” (Chap XVII)
The other being who notices his purity right the way, is the snake which in that story is the metaphor for death, the one who will help him to get back home.
A feature that resonates with Lewisia, is the way the Little Prince stands out by holding back from people. Every time he visits a planet and meets inhabitants, he seems removed from what is happening. Even though he talks with those characters, we can feel there is something lacking in the connection with others, like there is a gap between him and the rest of the world. The Little Prince keeps on repeating that “the grown-ups are very strange.” He clearly doesn’t understand what’s going on with people’s behaviors.
The irony is that he left his planet to explore the world and to meet people because he felt lonely. But that inner solitude is always present even when meeting new people. The reader witnesses a lack of connection, as if he is not in the same space, on the same page as people around him.
"Be my friends. I am alone." (Chap XIX)
From there, we can picture the features of what we call an indigo, autistic, or star-like child. Those persons are so aware of what’s going on around them and at the same time, so unable to fully connect because there is a huge gap between them and the world.
Then, two major events happened and brought about a major shift. Until that moment, the Little Prince was discovering places and people, being more passive than active in some ways. When coming into the garden where he found many roses like the one he owns, he faced the disappointment of thinking he owns something unique: his capricious flower. That meltdown will then bring about a new encounter and a new way of thinking. He then met the fox who wanted to make friends, and who taught the Little Prince how to bond, how to connect with people, how to tame and to be tamed. In that process, the Little Prince has a part to play, that’s why he becomes active in his learning process. The fox taught him that patience and time spent with someone are some of the key values at the beginning of a relationship, and the foundations of love.
“and now, here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye”
That’s how he understood his flower is special because they have tamed each other. The Little Prince needed to experience it the whole way.
Then, from that episode in which the Little Prince is the learner, he then turns into the teacher to the narrator. When they are in a critical situation, running out of water in the desert, the quest for a well will be an amazing experience for both of them. The Little Prince manages to pass on the teachings learned by experience through another experience with the author. When they drank water from the well, it was more than just water, it was full of what they had shared.
“This water was indeed a different thing from ordinary nourishment. Its sweetness was born of the walk under the stars, the song of the pulley, the effort of my arms. It was good for the heart like a present” (Chapter XXV)
Through that quest, the Little Prince has passed on what lies underneath it and offers a second gift to the narrator:
This is a beautiful story for Lewisia-type people. They come to Earth carrying within themselves the beautiful gift of remembering where they come from, a glimpse at an old memory of what's before birth. Even though that memory is not completely conscious, they do remember their spiritual essence and the expansiveness of the soul.
That gift isn't an easy one. For those special human beings with such expansive souls, embracing life on Earth can be very hard, especially binding with others who don't have the same mindset. Lewisia remedy will give them all the support to feel that crystalline, star-like connection and expansiveness of the soul within the density they might feel due to the incarnation.
Those souls have such a beautiful path ahead. Experiencing love and connection with others to blend it with their spiritual awareness is such a beautiful lesson. Those star-like persons can be amazing spiritual teachers. Due to their spiritual awareness, once they understand how to connect and create deep connection with others, they can carry people to open onto that dimension and fulfill their own mission on Earth.
About Nathalie George
Nathalie George is a French Osteopath working in Paris. She desired to pursue healing work as a vocation since she was a child. She met Osteopathy when she was a teenager and she instantly fell in love with that type of manual medicine. Around the same age, she was given her first Bach flower formula and was amazed by the results. Her fascination for the body-mind-spirit connection kept on growing. After graduating in Osteopathy, she studied Bach flower remedies before going to California to study with the Flower Essence Society. Nathalie uses flower remedies along with the Osteopathic approach, as a helper and a support to let health express itself within the patients. Both approaches rely on natural principles which create a beautiful synergy in the healing process.
Le Petit Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (French Version)
The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Translation by Katherine Woods
Flower Essence Repertory, by Patricia Kaminski and Richard Katz
"Range of Light, Celebrating the Soul of the Sierras," by Patricia Kaminski and Richard Katz
"Lewisia, Spiritualization and Sensitivity" on FES Blog (no longer available on the website)
Affirmation Set Cards by Patricia Kaminski
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