Listening to FlowersDina Saalisi
By Dina Saalisi, Article published on Schiffer Publishing Blog
Working with the energy of flowers is my passion. Through the years I’ve learned to listen carefully to the 38 Bach flower remedies, and to receive their messages as medicine. As a Holistic Healer, I recognize the power that lies in being able to shift negative thought patterns and limiting beliefs, through inspiring language. Listening to Flowers uses the lens of the Bach flower remedies alongside spoken-word affirmations to spark positivity within. To find the right medicine, we must first initiate a dialogue with ourselves, and be receptive to what calls to be heard.
When I notice that my stomach feels fluttery, I can pause and attune to the sensations inside, and notice what created the stir. I might recognize that my mind is over-full, and I can’t stop worrying. I can reach for White Chestnut remedy, for over-thinking, and I can connect even more deeply by using the affirmation: “From stillness of mind, I embody calmness of spirit.” With the added essence of affirmative declaration, I begin to shift thought patterns, and I can use this at will, when I notice over-thinking arise.
Often, spiritual teachers guide students in the use of affirmations as a profound part of the healing process. This method utilizes ancient principles that re-connect us with the vibrant life force that is available for nourishment through the spoken word. By utilizing the beneficial energy available through a positive inner dialogue, we develop an ability to transform the stories we tell ourselves, and the limiting beliefs we harbor. Far beyond simply eradicating our challenges, we transcend and include all aspects of our experience, leading to true healing. By allowing a space free from self-judgment, we reclaim, and renew our wounded parts.
ver time, I’ve heard dozens of women talk about feelings of shame and guilt for having suffered traumas that they blame themselves for. I’ve offered Pine remedy countless times, and the affirmation stands strong as an elixir of self-love: “I am worthy and deserving of life’s gifts.” I’ve witnessed the transformations of many, as they slowly embraced this truth as reality, which created pathways for their healing.
In my work with others, I find positive affirmations coupled with flower remedies to be especially transformational to help balance the after-effects of trauma. This combination provides potent medicine that works on a deep soul level, as we begin to shift our perspectives, and view our goals for healing in a positive light, rather than focusing on the negativity of our symptoms. It’s an enlightening process to notice which words and phrases might be difficult to speak aloud, and how this relates to our deeper sense of self, and where we need to focus our attention, to grow.