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Gurus in the Garden: Communicating with Flowers

This post was written by Anna
on June 11, 2013 | Comments (2)

Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Tess Whitehurst, author of The Art of Bliss, The Good Energy Book, Magical Housekeeping, and the new Magic of Flowers.

One of my very favorite things to do is visit Descanso Gardens, an amazing botanical wonderland nestled way out on the edge of Los Angeles where the city gives way to the foothills. For Tess Whitehurstme, it’s not just about ooh-ing and aah-ing at the pure physical beauty of the tulips and camellias (or whatever happens to be in bloom), although that’s part of it. It’s more like a spiritual pilgrimage to visit the wisest sages I know, all of whom are more than generous with their wisdom and healing abilities. The only prerequisite is that I sit quietly, listen, and be open to receive.

How to Talk to a Flower
When I have what I call a “conversation” with a flower (but what might more accurately be called a “session”), I begin by sitting or standing comfortably in close proximity to it. While gazing at the blossom, I consciously relax my body and become aware of my breath, allowing it to naturally deepen. When the time feels right, I might silently ask something of the flower, like, “How can I relieve stress?”, “How can I gain clarity (on a certain situation)?”, or, more frequently, “What wisdom or healing would you like to share?” I ask these questions not simply with silent words, but with my heart and feelings. Then, I continue to relax and gaze at the flower. In time, feelings and thoughts begin to emerge within me, which I identify as communications or responses from the blossom. Perhaps I feel a warmth in my belly or an opening in my heart, or perhaps I see a picture of myself spending more time in nature or drinking less coffee. Sometimes I will bring a notebook along and translate the information into words, so that it’s almost like I’m receiving dictation.


A Tiny Sampling of Flower Wisdom and Healing

In The Magic of Flowers, I relate a lot of the wisdom and magic I’ve received from blossoms, but below you’ll find a brief sampling of some of what they’ve had to share. (Although, of course, you don’t have to take my word for it—the flowers would love to commune with you as well!)

  • Iris is a master energy healer. She’s excellent at balancing the subtle energy patterns throughout the body, aura, and chakras.
  • Morning glory says, “Relax! You are one with All That Is, so why worry? Why struggle? Why rush? Relax into your true nature, into the arms of the Divine.”
  • Cherry plum supports digestion, circulation, and overall energy levels.
  • Lantana helps with depression by jump-starting your emotional flow.
  • Bleeding heart says, “Don’t fight your old pain and heartache! Relax and breathe into it. Let it be what it is. Send love to it continually until it naturally begins to disperse.”
  • Orchid reminds us to express our uniqueness and to know that we are beautiful and elegant exactly as we are.

Our thanks to Tess for her guest post! For more from Tess Whitehurst, read her article “Seven Flower Magic Rituals.”

Reader Comments

Written By jenifer
on June 12th, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

Hi Anna,
I love my garden, it is simple but truly a magical place. After I read your blog, I realized I do this too. It is so nourishing to care for my plants to discover in turn they nourish me too. As I have watched my garden grow over the years, I have discovered I do this with the entire ecosystem of the yard. The birds, bugs, spiders. My husband has called me silly for “talking” to spiders and insects but I’m usually not the one to get snacked upon. Thanks for the uplifting read!

Written By Diane
on June 13th, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

….and here I thought I was the only one who talks to plants! Every plant in my home has a name and a personality. I talk to each one every day and they respond if something is bothering them. When it is fertilizer time I say “okay, guys…yum-yum time” and I can feel their excitement. I wonder how many others will think I’m “nutsy”, as my husband does, thats okay, I’m happy and so are the plants that live with us!
Thank you Anna for a delightful article….

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