All posts tagged: Oak

Naturally Occurring Nervous Tension

“Back Flower Essences for Naturally Occurring Nervous Tension” it says on my bottle of Oak flower essences. And probably all the Bach essences. What struck me about it today is that it refers to “naturally occurring” nervous tension. I believe I have been under the assumption on some level that nervous tension is not natural. And suddenly I realize the weight that that belief carried. If I am nervous then it is something that I should not be and I must fix it right away. Ahh, dear Dr. Edward Bach, already in 1932 when you were presenting your work on flower essences you knew that nervous tension is a normal and natural part of being alive as a human. And what a relief for all your patients. I can see this shift of thinking applying so easily to my own work as a healer. When I work with someone, whether with herbs or Reiki or sound I am mostly honoring them as a perfect being in the process of awakening to themselves. Any discomfort is …

Oak

Oak is quietly present. Majestic but unobtrusive. Oak was one of the first plants I really felt. When Viridian, my daughter, was just a toddler we used to go to Piccolo Park in SE Portland. There are 3 ancient Oak trees surrounding the playground. I would find myself sitting under the tree leaned right up against the trunk, which is at least 4 feet across. Under the tree my thoughts were calm and clear, focused and grounded. But it was a cool day, so I moved out into the lawn past the edge of the shadow and quickly my thoughts found their way back to their busy, anxious trails contemplating all I had to do. I was so struck by this contrast that I moved back and forth, in and out from under the tree until I was certain that the tree itself had altered my thoughts, my feelings and my whole way of being. After that I would frequent the park just to bask in the calm, cool, steady feeling under the oak. It …