The first time I heard a flower speak to me, I was traipsing through a Hawaiian jungle. It was as if a little purple bloom raised her hand and said, “Pick me!”
The words rushed joyfully through my body, and I knew she was offering herself in service to my wellbeing.
What I didn’t know at that time was that in ancient cultures, shamans and tribal medicine people formulated their plant medicines because the flowers sung to them about the healing they could offer humanity.
This may sound bizarre to those of you who don’t speak Flower. But science now confirms the efficacy of many indigenous medicines created this way. Further research, explored in books such as The Hidden Life of Trees, explores the vast communication abilities of plants.
So often the case, science is slowly revealing what our ancestors knew all along: We are all family here on earth. We speak to each other, whether we know it or not.
I follow the in the lineage of our ancestors. I create flower essences — herbal infusions that spark creativity, joy, and intuition — by listening to the flowers.
In some Native languages the term for plants translates to “those who take care of us". - Robin Kimmerer
Here’s the story of how I became a plant intuitive.
THE OLD FRIEND
Between the ages of 21 and 24, a series of unexpected spiritual awakenings opened my perceptions and psychic abilities.
It began with an invisible sun. I was walking down a wooded path on a sparkling September day, at my new college. Suddenly, within me a well broke open and drenched me in joy. I knew, absolutely knew, something wonderful my soul had waited for would soon happen to me.
Also, I knew there was an invisible sun behind me, a few feet above my right shoulder. It smiled down at me, and my whole body started saying: Thank You, Thank You.
I remembered — not realized, but remembered — I was not alone, I never was. And I was not afraid, because an old, dear, invisible friend was with me.
Second, I had a past life awakening, which was as real to me as the hand I hold in front of my face. I woke from a dream of grief that knocked the wind out of me.
This was what I knew in the dream: the one I loved had died, and I could not show the world my grief. What I also knew: although we wore different faces in different places, this person was in my life now.
I didn’t want to know that. It made things very complicated. Past lives were neither provable by science or approved of by my religious beliefs at the time.
But I knew, I knew, I knew. Neither a lack of proof nor approval could undo the memory in my soul.
THE LIGHT AND THE FIELD
The next awakening blew out my neural circuitry with cosmic Light. Proof and approval became even more impossible, but thankfully more unnecessary.
While receiving an energy treatment, I had a kundalini awakening, where light shot up my body and catapulted me out of time.
Ancient Ayurvedic literature describes kundalini as energy coiled, serpent-like, at the base of the spine. If this energy aligns up the chakras, leads to spiritual liberation.
And, for a moment that held eternity, I was spiritually liberated. Rumi wrote, “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing or rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”
I found myself in that field, connected to all that is, gazing into the eyes of the universe.
When I came back to earth (the spiritual liberation didn’t last, unfortunately), I didn’t know what to think. I couldn’t think. With both relief and terror, I allowed the foundations of my perception to dissolve.
Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable. - Mary Oliver
OPENING THE EYES OF MY SOUL
With those experiences, the portals were opened.
Visions and visitations from loving spiritual beings came while I meditated, or happened in the midst of daily activities.
The most powerful visions included seeing how my soul came into the earth and how she would leave. I saw the work I came here to do, and felt the love there is to receive.
Although this was initially an emotional rollercoaster, I felt at my core that I was becoming my true self.
I needed to develop my psychospiritual capabilities to be the healer and leader my soul called me to be.
INGREDIENTS FOR PLANT INTUITION
Open to the world beyond my five senses, and having honed my psychic abilities, plant intuition came easily. The journey to get here wasn’t easy, but this part was.
My perceptions were receptive enough. My psychic abilities were practiced enough. My personality was gentle enough. My soul was eager enough. And my ego was softened enough.
I considered the lessons I’d learned on my journey, and found two that were critically important to becoming a plant intuitive.
First, I developed an immense measure of self-trust. Our limited perceptions hold us back from abundance, connection and love. My calling is to help others see beyond the culturally-limited perceptions that keep us sick and unhappy.
In order to open perceptions, I must trust a reality broader and deeper than what Western culture prescribes. If I measure my experience against the cultural yardstick of “normal and acceptable reality,” then I can never change that yardstick.
For example, if I subscribe to the scientific concept that reality is only what’s currently measurable, and therefore souls don’t exist, then I can’t change that limited perception.
Second, I got a heavy dose of humility. After having my reality shattered over and over, I realized we humans know very little about what’s happening in the universe. When I gave up trying to know how the world worked, I could be enchanted by it.
And when I was properly enchanted by Mother Nature, then I could be in service to her.
It’s not fear that is the beginning of wisdom, but awe.
SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
During this period of awakening and shifting perceptions, I struggled to reconcile my experiences with my current religious and scientific beliefs.
At first, I did mental gymnastics to fit a big truth into a small box. This made me brittle and fearful and defensive.
Exhausted, I released myself from the dogmatism of both institutions. I felt liberated but ungrounded.
For the next few years, I immersed myself in resources that helped me form a worldview that encompassed my experiences and left room for the unknown. This includes the works of spiritual mystics (such as Pierre Tielhard de Chardin, Martin Buber, and Caroline Myss), and scientific philosophers (including Thomas Kuhn, Rupert Sheldrake, and Gary Schwartz).
It is a sign of great inner insecurity to be hostile to the unfamiliar. Anais Nin
THE SHAMAN’S JOURNEY
The Hero’s Journey is an archetypal path to discovering one’s true self and gifts. Joseph Campbell coined the term after extensive study of parallels in cross-cultural ancient myths. Just as the Hero’s Journey spans time and cultures, so does the Shaman’s Journey.
In the Shaman’s Journey, individuals are called work in the role of healer. The journey includes an illness that takes them to the brink of death (for me, a life-threatening autoimmune disease), and an initiation into the spirit realm (spontaneous or induced by hallucinogenic herbs).
Once initiated, the shaman can access different states of consciousness and the spirit realm, allowing them to share healing wisdom with their community.
Modern sickness is that of disconnection, the ego unable to feel an organic part of the world […]. But when the healers — the physicians of mind and body — do not know themselves what it is we need to be connected to, how can they solve the syndrome of disconnection? - Monica Sjöö and Barbara Mor
THE TWO IMPORTANT THINGS
I created Floral Song and share this journey because I want you to know two things.
First, the entire plant kingdom is here to help you become your true self, so you can be of true service to others.
- Second, just like the human body instinctively knows how to heal itself, the Body of Earth also holds this intelligence. If we allow her, Mother Nature will balance and heal all parts of herself, including us.
I am delighted and honored to share Floral Song flower essences with you!