Article initially published on the Flower Essence Society website.
Flower Essences are a true blessing, nurturing the Soul Journey through the many passages of Life, as well as through the major transition of the Soul when leaving physical incarnation. As described by Patricia Kaminski, Alpine Aster is an essence for the dream time, for a Soulful Life, and for the final transition of death!
The Flower Essence Therapy journey that I describe below has evolved through a period of 22 years, showing us that a commitment to deeper healing and integration while living, also prepares us to transition fully into pure Soul essence when the time comes to cross the threshold of death.
In this case, our work with the essences spread over a span of 22 years, offering my client comprehensive support for her self-awareness and growth, as well as bringing balance during a wide range of life situations.
My client was also a Flower Essence Practitioner, who trusted the essences and gave them a major role in her life: she regularly reached out for their gentle support. In our frequent consultations, we helped her and her children through major relocations, as well as supporting her role as someone who always helped many others. We followed her through new studies, while deepening her own inner work on early childhood issues that were at the core of deeply-held stress patterns.
We are all still learning about how developmental trauma and disruptive bonding patterns result in deeply-held stress patterns that may eventually affect the person’s immune system on the long term. For many years, my client did deep work, aided by the essences, on her relationship with the intensities of being raised by an alcoholic mother. She made important discoveries, and was gradually able to forgive and accept how things had evolved. But how this ultimately affected her health we can’t fully explain. All we know is that, at one point, she found a breast cancer lump and had it removed.
Alpine Aster came as her guide earlier in the Journey
Not much further along in her Flower Essence Therapy journey, the Alpine Aster (a flower I had began studying when she and I were roommates during an FES flower essence course in the Sierra Nevada) started to have a prominent role in her formulas. I knew this one had to do with strengthening our connection to our Soul, but at that time, little did I did I know about how meaningful this one essence would become as she moved towards the completion of this earthly Journey.
After some years, the cancer returned, rapidly progressing and taking her quickly to the terminal stage. She was very accepting of the process, seeing it as an even deeper healing journey for her Soul.
“I feel my Spirit expanding…it is clear that it is so much larger than my physical body”
”So much of my time now has been about healing old wounds and clearing my being of unnecessary and non-useful thought-processes. There is no doubt in my being that I want to live and be here, yet as my body seems to weaken, I feel my Spirit expanding so much that it is clear that it is so much larger than my physical body….”
Working with her on this long (and deeply committed) journey, inspired by the guidance of the Alpine Aster flower essence, eventually took her through the steps of a gently, luminous and inspiring passage.
“In my Spirit, I feel powerful, strong, and energetic. My body just reminds me that I need to tend to it so that my Spirit can soar. My journey has been about healing and even though it seems that might not include complete curing, somehow I feel at peace with everything that is going on.”
She communicated with her relatives and numerous friends around the world as she gradually made her passage, receiving an abundance of love and appreciation from everyone around her. The Alpine Aster qualities became truly alive, as revealed through some of the last words that express the core of my client’s journey in her passage to death. She gave me explicit permission to share her story in whatever ways I choose that can help advance Flower Essence Therapy.
”I now understand my “rebirth” is truly a Spiritual one. This all sounds so trite when one is trying to put it into words. … It is all the same, physical or not, problems large or small, all of our trials and tribulations can be understood as a challenge for our Souls to grow and expand beyond any limits or boundaries.
I know that when my Soul becomes too large for my body, it will be time to let go of my body. I will not be sad, please do not be sad for me, there is no fear. This is a gift I never would have understood if I had not been on this particular path.”
I have come to understand that, as flower essences nurture our alignment with our Soul, and as we are progressively able to integrate this alignment, whatever the Soul needs to face can be done in ways that are more conscious, truly Soulful and Transcendent. And that includes the very passage out of this life!
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