Thursday, March 12, 2009

Soul in the Grass

"Landscapes have a language of their own, expressing the soul of the things, lofty or humble, which constitute them, from the mighty peaks to the smallest of the tiny flowers hidden in the meadow's grass." -- Alexandria David-Neel

One of the basic tenets of Flower Essence Therapy, indeed, one of the tenets of ancient alchemy, healing and astrology, can be summed up in the old saying: "As above, so below; As within, so without." What you see in the wide world-- in the movement of the stars and planets, the change of seasons and life cycle of nature, to the collected myriad ways of expression found in every plant and animal-- is also reflected in ourselves and in the universe as a whole. If you think of life as a hologram or, better yet, a fractal painting you can get the gist of the idea. The microcosm is a representation of the macrocosm. It's the infinite nature of things expressed in the infinitesimal, similar to the solar systems expressed in the atomic construction of atoms, the building blocks of every cell.

Different aspects of nature express different aspects of this fractal painting. Grasses and trees both grow with roots planted into the earth and rise up from the ground to meet the sky. But a grass is not a tree and a Pine is not an Elm. Each species of grass, each species of tree has a specific mode of expression-- a signature gesture (way of growing), a signature shape, a preferred growing location, and a community of species it attracts or repels. They have distinct "personalities," so to speak, and when we can start to recognize these trademark expressions we find that every plant, every animal, every living thing has a something to share about living in harmony on the planet.
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Diamondaj said...

Your banner is gorgeous.

Kathy Crabbe said...

I enjoyed reading about the 'signature' of plants - do you know of any books that describe plants in this way? Kind of like a plant personality book? (I know that Susun Weed does this a bit in some of her books) but would like to find other books along the same lines.

Kathy C.

Anonymous said...

Great picture.

Sheryl Karas said...

Bach Flower Remedies Form & Function by Julian Barnard is the best I've seen for the plants used in the original Bach Flower Remedies. I'm writing one that will include signatures for all the North American ones but that's only half way done.