How do you research a new flower essence? How do you unlock the gifts that are inside a preparation that is fresh, undiscovered and invisible. Flower essences are mysterious, only because we are locked into a way of thinking and perceiving reality. Flower essences - if we let them - take us into a different way of perceiving what is real, into an experience of a change in ourselves that we can feel but not interpret. Although we can sense something is changing and we can reap the benefits of a positive shift, we cannot - really - understand how this is happening. And since we cannot admit that we are largely working in the dark, we create a general language that gives us some sense of how an essence will affect everyone. This general language condenses into “threads” or mini definitions intended to give you some sense of what might happen to you if you take a specific essence, or under what conditions the essence might be used. Here are some examples of responses to Comfrey flower essence to give you sense of how elusive research can be and how these “threads” can only do partial justice to the richness and potential of a single essence.
Client 1 - After taking Comfrey for a week, this client began to feel emotions in her therapy sessions. She had spent 9 years in therapy without feeling a single emotion.
Client 2 - After taking Comfrey for 8 days, this client had a spontaneous memory of a childhood molestation by an uncle. She had this memory while cutting carrots.
Client 3 - After taking Comfrey for only 3 days, this client was able to control and lower his heart rate with his conscious mind, enter an unfamiliar state of relaxation and sleep more deeply.
Client 4 - This client broke a toe and recovered overnight after using Comfrey in a foot soak. The bone straightened, and she was able to hike after not being able to walk.
As we struggled to find the common thread between these cases, we saw that the opening of the nervous system was the key. The nervous system closes down to protect the self from a trauma experience, and it closes in response to a physical injury - in both cases, to insulate from pain. As you can see, all of the clients' responses are very different. The physical, mental and emotional are stimulated in various ways in each case. Although we may say that Comfrey "opens the nervous system," we are unable to say exactly how or why this will unfold for each person. For those of us who are open-minded and enjoy delving into mystery, flower essences represent a modality that can teach us something about ourselves that we don't know.
We are presently using Comfrey to help clients recover repressed memories - and in a blend with two other essences to support recovery following surgery or physical injury.
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