Thursday, July 23, 2009
Recently, as readers of this blog know, I have been working with a dog and a cat using flower essences.
The dog, about whom I have written before, received another set of essences. The shift in her has been quite dramatic and immediate. The whining, which had started again in earnest after finishing her last bottle, stopped almost immediately after beginning the new drops.
The cat had an adjustment problem with a new kitten being introduced into her home. One week she looked completely distraught, matted fur and tense shoulders. The next, after a few days of essences, sleek and queenly and playing with the new kitten.
My thought is that these two animals represent places on a spectrum that humans also inhabit. The cat had an immediate adjustment issue, which was addressed with essences that were about letting go of reactive patterns. The dog had more of an ongoing, post traumatic stress kind of issue, which has taken longer to uncover, required more patience to work with, and may still require more time to resolve. The dog has to take care of everybody in order to feel "ok", on some level, and this is what has to be gently addressed and allowed to manifest in a positive way. I have observed that dogs can often have these kinds of stress issues without any immediately apparent "reason", so it is important to be open to this sort of possible causation for misbehavior.
If you take the time to pay attention to the entire organism and its' situation, you can often have a really positive result using essences. They can help entrenched, as well as situational, feeling states to loosen up and harmonize. We are so used to expecting an immediate result that the patience called for is not available, and people give up on things too soon. Flower essences are a safe and powerful resource for anyone, young, old, two or four footed, and I encourage you to explore them!
Kelley Rico is a trained herbalist and aromatherapist, and a Certified Flower Essence and Jin Shin Jyutsu® Practitioner.