Newsletter - April 2017
We were very sad to learn of the death of Steve Johnson on 17 March. Steve founded the Alaskan Flower Essence Project in January 1984, developing the three-fold system of healing with flower essences, environmental essences and mineral essences. He was one of the major contributors to the development of vibrational essences in the last part of the twentieth century, along with Sabina Pettitt of the Pacific Essences and Ian White of the Australian Bush Flower Essences. He was a soft-spoken, sensitive soul whose work and life had a positive impact on thousands of people as well as the planet. He will be sorely missed. In accordance with Steve's last wish, Alaskan Essences will continue to flourish with Steve's wife Judith, at the helm.
We have all experienced grief at some point in our lives: the death of a loved one or close friend, the end of a marriage or relationship, the loss of a job or our good health. Personally I find unexpected loss the most difficult to deal with.
Fortunately there are many essences that can assist us in our grieving process. Of course, the first essences that come to mind are those that calm during moments of crisis, such as Assistance (DEVA), Balancer (Pacific), Crisis Remedy (South African), Emergency Essence (Australian Bush), Emergency Care (Green Hope Farm), Pear (Spirit-in-Nature) or Soul Support (Alaska).
While the various emergency essences can help us get through the initial periods of loss, it is important to acknowledge how we are feeling and process those powerful emotions which we are holding in our bodies. River Beauty (Alaska) is an essence of emotional recovery, reorientation and regeneration when we are overwhelmed by grief, sadness, or a sense of loss. It also helps us realize that as we release that which has been lost, we are given the opportunity to create new experiences full of beauty and joy.
Grieving is important, but it is equally important not to get stuck in our sorrow. Grieving Heart (Wild Earth) provides powerful support for releasing the emotional pain and tears that need to be shed in order to move forward. Purple Crocus (Pacific) enhances our ability to embrace all aspects of pain and grief and to release the heaviness and tension related to loss. It allows us to experience grief and emptiness without resistance. As such it is effective for those who, after a loss, turn their own blocked energy against themselves, often leading to serious health problems. It assists the Lung meridian, the channel related to grief in Chinese medicine, to provide life-giving energy to the whole physical body.
Another essence related to the Lung meridian is Sturt Desert Pea (Australian Bush) which resolves deep pain and sorrow held in the body. It diffuses sad memories, even if they have been locked inside for many years, while motivating and re-energising us to let go and move on with our lives.
Starfish (Pacific) helps us to move through the experience of loss without paralysing our inner resources. This essence helps us to appreciate the unique soul path of each individual and to remember that "to everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven". It acts on the crown chakra and allows us to experience a deep spiritual connection with those we love, even when they are no longer in physical form.
Life is a continual ebb and flow. Even as we come to terms with loss, new experiences are waiting to flow into our lives. It is a cycle of change and renewal. When we submerge ourselves in grief, that flow of energy is blocked. Let the essences help you re-establish the natural rhythm of your existence.
In honor of Steve Johnson, his life and his work, we are offering a 15% discount on all Alaskan essences during the month of April. Offers valid through 30 April 2017. Good for internet orders only, while stocks last.