My first experience with essences was somewhere in the year 2000, when my daughter was prescribed Bach Flower Remedy Aspen because she was afraid to sleep alone. She didn’t want to go to bed, and one of us had to sit next to her, holding her hand until she fell asleep, with her panicking if we even let go of her hand for a second. Within a few weeks after starting with the essence, we had a child that ASKED to go to bed at about seven PM. No drama, no tears, we could take her to bed, read her a story, tuck her in and she’d go to sleep. Just like that.
An aunt had been trying to get me interested in Bach Flower Remedies for a while, which I’d been holding off because I didn’t have the time, but this tipped the scales for me.
I got the first two certificates from the official importer and then did a more intensive course in a nearby town. After that, I discovered the Dutch Flower Essences, Australian Bush Essences and Healing Herbs Bach Remedies, which helped me become aware that there were a lot of essence systems out there.
Apart from that, I’ve also had an affinity with crystals, and had collected quite a bit of them by that time. In passing, the idea had come up to see what would happen if used the technique of making flower essences on crystals, but due to lack of time and, above all, confidence, I didn’t do anything with it. In hindsight, over 10 years in, I recognise those thoughts as little pushes, but at the time I just dismissed them as ‘don’t be stupid’.
Then one night late 2005, I was visiting with someone and the subject came up. She encouraged me, which amounted to basically backing me into a corner and gave me the last push to ‘just try it and see what happens, where’s the harm in that?’. So I picked out a couple of crystals, cleansed them and put them in water.
After that it was a game of wait and see, checking them every day with a dowsing rod to see if they were ready to be bottled. In the weeks after that, I got the go-ahead to make them, and to start the process of sensing, testing, finding a name and writing down the descriptions. When the first three were ready, I went back for another visit and we ended up a bit giddy with excitement from the energy and from how the essences had turned out. This was such an encouragement that I continued making the other seven essences from the first series, and then the ideas kept on coming. I came across a few wonderful crystals and every time I thought ‘okay, that’ll do’, I found I was missing a certain crystal, or I found another one that I fell in love with and that I just had to buy.
When I’m making the essences, I go by feel and follow the ‘instructions’ I get. In hindsight, it usually becomes clear why the answer is no when I test if an essence is ready yet, like that time when I tested and got no, and when I asked why, the thought ‘tomorrow’ popped in my head. Ok, fine, tomorrow it is. Well, that night there was a rainstorm with a lot of lightning, so I guess the essences needed the energy boost from that. One of the crystals in that series was pietersite, which is also called storm stone. Funny, that.
Funny things also happen when naming essences, like with Blue Suede Shoes, when out of nowhere that Elvis song popped in my head. It fit the theme for that essence so perfectly that I didn’t look any further. Setting boundaries, standing up for yourself, this far and no further: you can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes.
When I had about 20 single essences, I thought I’d see what happened if I made combinations to tackle certain themes. Protective Bubble, an energy that shields against negativity and helps reduce energy leaks was the most urgent one for me at that point.
Other than that, my self-confidence had gotten a little better, but there were times when it was nowhere to be found as well, and I definitely wanted to see if I could do something about that. Going from there, I ended up with themes like fear, grounding, standing up for yourself, relaxing, sadness and feeling gloomy/discouraged. My attention also kept being drawn to things to do with high sensitivity. While I know I’m a HSP, I’d just taken notice of that fact and moved on with my life when I found out. The little that I knew of it was explanation enough for me at that point. But here was this sudden urge to dive into the subject again.
At the time I thought Protective Bubble would be protection enough, but I found that HSPs usually also experience emotions more powerfully and have trouble finding the balance between extremes. It turned out a new combination that also brought some balance worked better. Funnily, that urge for information about the subject disappeared after making Calm the Storm.
And then there were the sprays. I thought one spray would be enough, but Clearing Mist was so strong that it wasn’t going to be suited as an aura cleanser for most people. So I went back to the drawing board and made the aura cleanser (Gentle Mist) and a softer version (Soft Mist) as well. All three are made with the same single essences, but the quantities differ. With the move to Miron violet glass, the spray formula had to be changed because the bottles had a different capacity. That was a good point to do some experimenting with scents and essential oils. That was easier said than done, though, but I succeeded after giving up on the idea to have a grounding oil in it, because that one had the whole thing smelling like wet soil.
The system keeps evolving, and even though I regularly think that it’s enough for now, a new energy or theme will announce itself whenever it’s needed. When I hesitate because I’m not sure if that essence is something that needs to be added to the system, I’ll get multiple hints and pushes to get me into gear. Either the subject keeps coming up, or I (directly or indirectly) run into people that are dealing with that particular issue. Or I receive an email from my best friend saying she had to interrupt of her bath to write down a couple of concepts that I needed to do something with and that were dropped on her because I was too busy running around. Oops, sorry!
At any given time, there are several essences that are being tested, and sometimes they take a bit of a detour to end up where they’re needed. I made c57. Strike for someone I never heard back from, so I decided to shelve it. But then a friend of a friend heard about it and she emailed me ‘hey, that one’s for me! I have to work in a building with loads of equipment for a while and it’s driving me crazy’.
In 2016, I finished a big project: releasing 70 essences that had been made since about 2012, and as a final check I took the descriptions to my best friend, who’s an energy therapist and very intuitive. When I left, I had a list of 6 more essences that needed to be added. So much for being done for the time being 🙂 All this energy stuff never ceases to amaze me, though, and the more I learn, the more I realise I still hardly know anything about it. I just keep learning and discovering.
Well, that’s it for this little peek behind the scenes, and while I’m at it I’d like to use this opportunity to thank the therapists that work with the Flow Remedies essences, and the therapists that help me test the essences. Thank you so much and I hope you will enjoy working with them for a long time to come!