The essences have been carefully co-created
in their initial years (starting in 1998) at our earlier base The
Living Tree in the Milland valley in West Sussex. Their home is now
on the Isle of Gigha in Scotland, which is also where the bottling
and distribution is carried out. Made with orchids grown in greenhouses,
and using a non-cutting method for the essence making, these essences
depart from some aspects of traditional essence making.
Once one encounters the profound beauty
and depth of being found in these orchids, a non-cutting approach
feels compelling. And the fact that the orchids are in an artificial
environment may seem at first impression rather odd; but one may also
see that these plants are volunteering to work directly with us, and
have entered into interaction with us very consciously.
Made primarily by Don Dennis and Heather
Decam, with Natalie Shaw and Dominic Jones also participating, nearly
all of the essences were made by a male & female team. Peter Tadd
and Heather DeCam provided the major share of the information on each
essence, along with feedback over the years from our friends and customers
around the world.
One distinguishing feature of orchid essences
in general is their ability to act upon the chakras which exist above
our body. This combines with their action in the body to create very
powerful shifts in our energy fields, often with very immediate effect.
They also have an overall strong focus on helping us directly in relation
to our spiritual path.
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Single Orchid Essence Descriptions
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One name for this
essence could have been "Resurrecting Courage and Purpose,"
even when overwhelmed by the suffering all around, even in
the face of absolute physical challenge. Would help those
who have been victims of torture or major disasters in this
or a past life. This is a major essence to address the horrors
of human suffering and a way to experience what is meant by
The Compassion of Christ.
Balm for the
troubled soul. If you can only have one of the Living Tree
Orchid Essences, this one should be seriously considered,
as it is so helpful in these times. Angelic Canopy brings
nurturing to those who are in grief, despair or who have
lost hope. Releases the tension from the flight vs. fight
response, thus helping to increase one's sense of security
by realigning to the values of life. "All things can
be done in Grace." Great for space clearing and cleansing
is a very powerful essence with several layers of activity.
There is a profound effect on the pelvic centres as well
as on the crown chakra. It establishes a countercurrent
in the pelvis, reining in excess sexual energies. Base Regulator
also has a powerful effect on the liver in reducing heat
in the organ.
provides a pathway to enter into the profound silence of
universal being and invites us into a new relationship with
the future. As the future becomes more and more present
in the depth of our inner silence, the past goes back into
itself so that we no longer hold the past in the present.
In this way our former actions or karmas dissolve. What
remains is unobstructed action. Place 4 drops in a small
amount of water, and hold in the mouth for 15 seconds to
enable the energy to be absorbed through the roof of the
mouth and enter the crown chakra. Good for meditation, vision
quests, as a preparation for various rituals, and for becoming
aware of the sacredness of Nature.
A large and vibrantly
purple vandaceous orchid, the colour of the blooms is central
to the action of this essence. This essence is in part a
cleansing of one's old emotional pain that can appear as
physical distress or energetic blocks. Its healing process
goes deeply into the emotional centre of the brain; it also
releases tension from the kidney meridian.
Get the body
into 3-D time. Very important to enable therapists to bring
the client into contact with and stay in the lower half
of the body. Helps those who are reluctant to incarnate
fully into "the here and now". It does so by harmonising
the body's etheric cycles with those same cycles in Nature.
This is a calibration to a flow which helps one to manage
one's time better, especially when there is the sense of
having too much to do and too little time to do it in. GREAT
FOR JET LAG. The body can immediately harmonise and integrate
with the time-zone of the local area no matter what the
distance or direction of travel.
This beautiful essence helps
us reconnect with the soul’s blueprint, and the origins
of our soul. Blue Angel is a very reflective essence: it
is akin to looking up from the bottom of a clear blue lake
and seeing the light percolating into the depths of the
water, as we look up to our origin.
Blue Angel clears unwanted negative
imprints in the lower chakras, enabling channels to open
in the psyche, drawing our attention to aspects of the soul
that we have forgotten. This process can stir into consciousness
elements of the subconscious mind. Occasionally the essence
can give rise to an intense anger at being reminded of our
soul’s obligations on the journey, which we may have
conveniently forgotten or resisted. This anger is a necessary
response and is best not interfered with. It will usually
pass within a few days, bringing in its place a profound
longing to draw closer to our origins, and to fulfil our
soul’s purpose in this incarnation.
Imagine a translucent
jellyfish pulsing or champagne bubbles streaming to the
surface. Experience a sense of buoyancy, floating freedom,
and ease. Great for relieving tension in the frontal lobes
of the brain due to too much mental work. Opens up our consciousness
to active and productive dreaming. Space takes on a gentle
shape with delicate edges. Great for men who need to balance
their overly masculine temperament.
Rhythmic and passionately
sensual. Very large blooms. Very good for those who are overly
intellectual and live at some distance from their body. So
instead, distance from the stress of a busy day when you arrive
home and remember to enjoy a little, more and more.
After we have
healed the primary traumas which the psyche is inclined
to hold, once we have addressed the dead-pelvis syndrome,
and the ancient and recent heartaches; once the powerful
traumas of the past have been healed, what then? In effect
all essences that address remedial conditions ('negative'
states) are concerned with our Becoming healthier, more
whole. But once those conditions are healed, then we move
beyond the need for an essence of Becoming, and into the
qualities of Being. Celebration appears to have almost no
concern with remedial conditions, but instead invites you
to experience deep and powerful Being. Celebration will
be of 'benefit' primarily with people who have engaged in
the healing of their various traumas already, in one way
or another. For the orchids it represents a culmination
of 14 years of essence-making (as well as 14 years of orchid-growing!).
It is a powerful and beautiful essence, inviting us to experience
the depths of our spirit.
The growth habit
of this orchid species from SE Asia is remarkable: the long
thin pseudobulb hangs down from a branch, held by its roots,
and the blooms grow facing down to the earth. Yet the thin
tube with nectar at its tip (the "nectary") grows
back up towards the sky. And so when we take this essence,
there is almost always a pronounced postural change noted:
the head tilts forward, and yet there comes a sense of energy
moving back up through the head, arcing from the face through
the brain and back up out the rear top of the head. This
is then followed by a deep, lasting stillness of being.
Negative flames of thought are snuffed out like little candles
with a snuffer. There is a sense of the Higher Self calling
one's soul to remember its deepest and highest potential,
to reach towards the inner beauty of enlightenment, yet
remaining calm, rooted and centered.
perhaps never been as delightful as with this essence. Triangles
are formed by the blooms on each of the multiple spikes
of the plant, and energetically a series of triangles are
acted upon in the energy body from the pelvis up through
the head and above. Calm serenity and gentle clearing are
accompanied by lightness of heart with this orchid, and
as the action moves to the head and above, another geometrical
form develops, that of a torus. This is the fundamental
shape of the healthy human aura, and also of each of the
chakras as well. (The torus is the mathematical name for
the donut-shape.) Celestial Triangle helps develop the torus
of the aura as it moves above the head, but only after it
has first lightened the heart. One of our early "provers"
saw Kuan Yin appear to her when she meditated on this essence,
who told her this essence was about bringing in "new
consciousness". The prover asked Kuan Yin how she should
deal with people stuck in the older consciousness, she was
simply told, "Send Love. The new consciousness and
mind create a new air, which goes into people. Spread Love."
is the 2nd of an essence trilogy, which begins with Crown
of Serenity. True Connections is the 3rd essence in the
trilogy. There is significant benefit to be found in experiencing
each of the three in turn, as follows: take Crown of Serenity
on one day, then Celestial Triangle the next day, followed
by True Connections the day after that. On each day take
the essence drops from the stock bottle once, either before
bedtime or before meditation. Repeat this sequence for a
total of 21 days.
Renew the Dance of Life, the
movement of joy within. This essence acts at several levels:
energetically supports the digestive process; heals and
develops the energetic structure of the 3rd chakra; and
helps connect one with the Universe via the abdomenal chakras.
Clears and calms
the mind offering clarity of perception and reflection.
Eases mental tension from the mid-brain, "The Mental
Break" essence. Think of the clarity of a pale and
clear gemstone; the calm of a cool, cloudless, still winter's
night. A full moon reflected on a quiet lake.
Serves to strengthen
one's belief in one's own inner and outer spiritual resources,
and one's ability to move forward with projects and goals.
A wonderful "can do" essence. This essence helps
relax tension in the 8th chakra, a result of trying too
hard to be perfect and stay in control of everything in
A very important
essence to realign to our spiritual axis. This essence enters
into one's causal body, which is the "Spiritual White
Light". It appears as the central axis, a small-diameter
shaft of light running parallel to and just in front of
the spine. It is the origin of the chakra system. In a gentle
yet profound movement, the essence helps us to align to
the higher chakras that compose and create the causal body
light shaft and surrounding causal and celestial auric fields.
In doing so, the etheric, astral and mental bodies harmonise
This orchid is
one of the few in our range which gave rise to two essences,
related yet quite distinct in their actions. Base Regulator
was made when the sexual parts of the blooms (the white
& yellow elements seen in the photos) were still concealed
within the dark red forms of the petals. Core Release was
made some 18 hours later in the bloom cycle.
differences are substantial. As with Base Regulator, Core
Release has a major impact on the pulsation points of the
pelvic region, but without the damping impact on the libido.
Core Release enhances the sexual centre's sensitivity, and
at the same time brings an element of protection to the
entire pelvic area. This is a highly unusual feature of
this essence, which we have not encountered with any other
essence. Core Release also brings an impetus to get on with
things one needs to do, through its action on both the 3rd
chakra and the Ajana centre. Moreover one's intuitive abilities
are hightened. As it is a very new essence, our understanding
of it will be developing further in the months ahead.
A complete experience
of the entire crown chakra. THIS IS A BIG ESSENCE. This essence
wishes to welcome you home to the Hall of Records, a space
within, where you might find the Living Word of God, the Wisdom
of Creation. Surrender to the Beyond that is within and without.
Patience. Learn adaptability in approaching the Heart of Mystery,
the Light of Consciousness, the Shrine of Shrines
clarifying of one's Intention. This essence invites one
in to a high inner alignment of one's energies. Eases tensions
held in the 8th chakra, freeing mental energies for more
focused attention. This essence will be of greatest benefit
to those who have already worked with a number of the other
orchid essences in the range, as it builds energetically
upon the foundations they have helped to create.
impact is felt initially in sleep after taking this essence,
with tensions eased by the deeper dream-state and the dreamless
sleep which Crown of Serenity helps bring about. On a practical
level this essence will be a useful aid to studying. At
its more profound level it is assisting us with our spiritual
evolution, shifting the energetic forms of the subtle body
to enable higher energies to be incarnate.
In response to
a perceived global energetic challenge, this orchid called
out to be made into an essence in early October 2010. The
second part of the botanical name Pleurothallis phalangifera
translates as "phalanx-bearing" meaning the orchid
spike looks like it is carrying a small phalanx of soldiers.
A dream-time image which came to Don repeatedly one night
about this essence was of hundreds of elves with their bows
on their shoulders, marshalling their forces, preparing
for battle. And indeed the orchid looks reminiscent of that
Tolkien-like image. There is a sense with this orchid that,
while it knows the dark, it is not of the dark. Embodying
deep goodness of being, it is nevertheless not naive about
the threat posed at times by dark forces. There is an old
adage in American football, that the "best defense
is a good offense"; this essence provides both clearing
of and protection from high levels of dark energies through
its determined opposition to their intentions.
aspect of this essence is the fact that immediately upon
making, it made clear to us that it wanted to be combined
with several other essences. Rather than the one-size-fits-all
approach, this essence wanted a mini-series of Defender
combinations to come into being, to enable people to fine-tune
the best type of protection they or a client might need.
Potentially a powerful
experience of the 3rd eye, so can be useful for vision quests.
This is the same orchid that made the essence New Vitality,
but six months earlier when the blooms were in full alignment
of direction, giving an intensity of energy to this essence.
Use with care. Useful for meditation practices.
Strongly energising and yang,
this essence is likely to be experienced in one of two ways.
It will either bring strength and almost fierce focus to
the solar plexus and heart chakras, as well as the ajana
centre; or will be experienced as bringing joy and optimism.
In either case it brings a strength of heart and a renewal
of purpose to one’s day.
Eye of the Tiger motivates one
to confront hidden issues of the central body chakras, as
well as confronting the same challenges externally. Its
action then moves into the higher chakra domain.
The Fire of Life
is the masculine complement to Furnace of Life. Its yang
energy helps the highest of universal energies to incarnate
into consciousness, and sets this energy flowing into the
centre of one's being.
Fire of Life
gives courage and purpose to the journey of the soul. It
is the Yang energy to the yin energy of Furnace of Life.
In observing the bloom of this orchid, it is remarkable
how attractive it is to those who feel oppressed, suppressed
or unable to express themselves.
Fire of Life
will breathe new life into the (dwindling) flames of the
Ming Men point, thereby strengthening the will of the individual
to make choices more in line with highest universal intentions,
providing a revitalised opportunity to fulfil ones deepest
This orchid has
an unusual characteristic when the bud is developing. The
buds seem to become fully grown, but then remain closed
for several weeks, before finally opening. There is an air
of expectancy, akin to that of a pregnant woman. The blooms
open facing the earth, offering a gentle and exquisite fragrance.
Dendrobium alexandrae grows in the highest branches in lowland
forest in Papua New Guinea, often exposed to much more sunlight
than most orchids would tolerate.
The essence has
a strong impact on the root and sacral (2nd) chakras, as
well as the heart chakra; there is also a reach into the
Crown chakra and above. It is an essence of conception,
and of nurturing the state of pregnancy, as well as overlighting
the birth process. It acts in complimentary ways to the
action of Purity of Soul in helping to clear further energetic
pathways in the 2nd chakra relating to birth. It is also
about bringing in our highest light, found in the top branches
of our soul, so that we may fully incarnate our highest
In Chinese Medicine
there is a point situated between the Kidneys called Ming
Men (translated as 'The Gate of Destiny'). This key point
is the major 'gateway' for the infusion of all physiological
dualities in a way that supports life and fuels the process
If we fail to
accept life as an opportunity to cultivate virtue, or attribute
disempowering meanings to challenging or painful circumstances,
then the fires of Ming Men will be severely diminished and
life will be governed not by highest universal intentions,
but by self generated belief systems.
of the Ming Men point leads to further polarised dualities
within one's subtle energy system, which in turn will create
further painful challenges within the body and psyche. Furnace
of Life helps to clear the mist from the lens of perception
of the observer, enabling the truth of any given situation
to reveal itself effortlessly.
Furnace of Life
is the female principle, the intention of which is to incarnate
our own divine light into consciousness, and to enable us
to feel our cosmic purpose. For those whose feminine aspect
has been threatened or suppressed, it is best to take Necklace
of Beauty first for a few days. Then Furnace of Life will
far more readily be able to enter one's chakra system.
To bring one
into awareness of the radiance of one's Inner Light, the
"Ground of Being." Golden Radiance honours the
spiritual path above all else. This essence opens the throat
chakra and connects to a source of inner wisdom which appears
as golden light within the inner chamber of the heart chakra.
When the inner chamber opens, its "light" can
ascend into the throat chakra. Fundamentally not a remedy,
but rather an essence for developing a spiritual perspective
of everyday life. Probably our most universal essence.
Brings the courage
to look at the shadows and fears that inhibit one’s
progress on one’s spiritual journey. A deeply serious
essence, take it to enhance one’s meditation practice.
Paired energetically with Walking to the Earth’s Rhythm,
which is best taken at the end of meditating with Paph. Helvetia.
Very good for people
who are reluctant to incarnate. This essence brings energy
down to the 2nd chakra (Hara), then up through the solar plexus
and into the heart chakra. Helps eliminate conflicting emotions.
Helps one to be incarnate with a sense of purpose. This essence
infuses the halo with a diamond-like appearance, indicating
higher chakra activity. NB: Take this essence 2 or 3 times
within a 10-minute period for best effect and wait for one
to three days before repeating or use it as a one off.
unregistered hybrid, believed
to be Vascostylis Crownfox Red Gem x either Ascda. Yip
Sum Wah or Ascda. Peggy Foo
The one orchid
produced two forms, two essences: one by itself (Spirit of
the Higher Heart) and this one, which has essence of 24 karat
gold added, which enhances the orchid’s energetic action.
The higher heart chakra is a light turquoise color and is
responsible for releasing the heart chakra from emotional
blocks (either karmic or current). This essence centers itself
in the spiritual chamber of the heart and sends it roots into
the 3rd & root chakras. It then enters and heals the higher
heart chakra .
Heart of Light
provides a liberating feeling as it launches our emotional
body out of old patterns of defensiveness into Universal Connectedness
to be experienced an on-going pattern of endless flow. Rapidly
releases emotional armouring of the heart, expanding the chest,
allowing the heart chakra to extend back and re-connect to
the central axis of the aura. The 12th chakra then awakens
our memory of our unique spiritual inception into the Time/Space
continuum. The 15th chakra opens as well to the residence
of "Universal Order," the home of sacred geometry.
enables the communion of Love, as we journey to find the
gates to the mystic castle within. The only essence in the
range to act in all 6 primary categories (see the “higher
alignment” star): physical; sexual; heart; mental;
protective; and spiritual. When mastery of each area is
achieved, the inner temple is complete, and our soul moves
in Love towards our ultimate spiritual union.
The blooms of
this very small orchid Bulbophyllum saltatorium from central
Africa resemble bees getting into a hive. This is a decidedly
yang essence, the action of which begins in the head, as
light enters and expands into different areas of the brain,
expanding and clearing as they move. It then goes down the
neck (bypassing the throat chakra) extending into the chest
cavity and the heart chakra, clearing both somewhat like
the action of a bottle brush. The heart chakra opens with
a sense of renewal. This can also bring a sense of heart-felt
longing, as the essence then moves further down, to the
1st and 2nd chakras. The libido is stirred awake, connecting
inextricably with the heart's longing.
Prepares one to experience true
peace, as known by those who have reached the highest levels
of their spiritual journey. "That Peace which surpasses
all Understanding." This orchid's extraordinary gift
to us can be seen as a new energetic constellation, which
is perhaps the ultimate gift of the orchids.
This essence is
all about the internal cleansing of the body. Working away
without fanfare, it helps to clear up our etheric body's 'residuals'
- little packets of leftovers. Acts on the energetic pathways
of the throat, stomach, large intestines and liver, assisting
with detoxification. Now included in the full kit of 64 essences,
but wrapped in foil, at the request of the deva of this orchid,
to maintain a degree of separation between it and the other
Purifying the root
chakra for both men and women. For men it can initiate them
into the feminine understanding of purity and innocence. Whereas
we often think of purification as a painful or arduous process,
the action of this essence results in an experience of joy.
For women it will help with certain sexual abuse issues by
re-establishing the natural innocence of the root chakra in
a natural rise of white etheric light. This light moves very
efficiently and effectively, allowing one to work therapeutically
with the issues that have been held subconsciously in the
unique personality without being influenced by projections
and expectations of others. Accept our limitations not as
negative identities but as momentary states of our development
on the journey in creating a personal self-definition. The
world is in need of more characters. Very good for children
who have or do not feel loved.
In dark times it
may well be prudent to cloak one's light to enable one to
carry the knowledge of inner truth without risk of drawing
the attention of negative forces. This essence provides protection
to help one to remain concealed from those who may threaten,
bringing a sense of both invisibility and invincibility
This essence is
very playful, very forgiving, a large belly laugh from the
happy Buddha. Leave your troubles behind, effortlessly and
smoothly swirling away. Excellent for anyone who is prone
to take themselves too seriously or for those who feel emotionally
stuck. Laughing butterflies enters into the solar plexus like
two people dancing together in perfect harmony. Think of Ginger
Rogers and Fred Astaire spiralling across the floor in each
other's arms. Affects the brow and throat chakras, as well
as the eyes.
How do we fool
ourselves by projecting what we desire and not truly need?
When is the "light" just a diversion? What is true
liberation? Even on the inner path, how can we fool ourselves
in the quest for freedom? Where do we find the Buddha sitting?
This essence operates at two main levels. At the more obvious
level, it provides endurance and 'upward' strength, as well
as helping to cleanse, strengthen and protect the aura. It
would help with any new venture as well. At a more inward
or subtle level, this essence is about both recognising and
accepting inner beauty, as well as developing the discernment
needed to discover the ways in which we deceive ourselves
in the name of liberation.
Picture the drawing
of a bowstring to establish the direction of an arrow's flight.
So it is in our lives that our goals and our life’s
direction is best achieved by stepping back deeply within
ourselves. The hand pulls back and we make contact with the
centre of the chest, the heart. Being centered in this way
guarantees our best shot. Activates the heart and throat chakras.
Works well with the Dancing
Light Orchid Essence, "Purpose Flows."
Frog looks up to
the stars and Great Spirit replies showering light from the
heavens. Frogs are literally able to see starlight and register
this light one photon at a time on the retina. In a similar
fashion, this essence wants to help us 'see beyond the veil.'
Helps bring light into one's eyes even in dark times, such
as in winter. In native cultures the eagle represents the
power of, Great Spirit. It is swift and sure in its flight
and the model of spiritual power. Full of starlight, froggy
jumps off of his pad and plunges into life and the world of
water. This essence was made in participation with our friend
David Carson and his daughter Greta. David is Native American
and co-author of the Animal Medicine Cards.
Once the heart has learned the
lesson of the essence Unconditional Love, it is then ready
to open itself to an exquisitely high vibration of Love.
What is sought by most people in churches, temples and mosques
is a direct connection of the heart with the Divine. This
essence enables that connection, if one can give the time
in the bustle of our lives to meditate deeply upon its gift.
is an essence derived from an orchid that is the sole specie
of a monotypic genus, which means there is no orchid like
this one. Such genera are generally reckoned to be remnants
of a larger genus that was (nearly) killed off via various
geological & meteorological events. As such this is
likely to be a very ancient 'being', which is indeed what
Don heard about this orchid in the night after the essence
was made. It is from the lowland forests of Panama and Colombia.
The orchid has a pungent smell akin to a female in sexual
and verbal repartee are the hallmarks of Mercutio, the marvelous
character in the play Romeo and Juliet. Good for
those who are taking things (or themselves) too seriously;
good for students who are being bullied. Stand back from drama,
get the overview like the director of a play and watch the
interplay between actors and dialogue. Enjoy the movement
of words and meaning. Brings white light into the eyes, so
it is recommended if one has been reading a great deal.
Give voice to the
heart and communicate what you are feeling, without fear of
the consequences for speaking your truth. To help become more
aware of what is deeply valued within the heart, picture the
image of a messenger on a white horse, galloping along in
your heart spirited by the desire to be honest and true.
Moon Child has
an affinity with the pelvic energy constellation, and is
able to remove blocks to emotional evolution. We gain many
subtle and not so subtle energetic imprints during our 9
months in the womb, and Moon Child appears to be able to
help remove those imprints which hinder our health and well-being,
and our spiritual journey.
Necklace of Beauty
essence has been made with a beautiful orchid from SE Asia
called Bulbophyllum longiflorum (also called Cirrhopetalum
longiflorum, or Cirrhopetalum umbellatum*; this particular
form is found in Borneo). Necklace of Beauty brings an exquisite,
beautiful and loving energy to the area above the higher
heart chakra but below the throat chakra, enabling one to
feel uplifted, loved and at peace. This essence honours
one's inner beauty, and the light of one's true being.
also prepares one for further important steps of one's inner
journey, by enabling the ego or shadow side to relinquish
its hold in one, so the soul can continue its journey into
light. Necklace of Beauty appears to 'open the gate' for
one to experience more fully the high consciousness of the
new combination Spirit of Life (or its two components Fire
of Life and Furnace of Life).
* There are differences
of opinion regarding the correct nomenclature in the orchid-growing
world. 'Cirrhopetalum' is a name for either a section of
the Bulbophyllum genus, or a genus in its own right, depending
on one's point of view.
The plant from
which this essence was made very clearly indicates its gift
of stamina in that the blooms come in succession on each 'spike',
and each given spike of the plant can be in bloom for a year
or more. Provides vitality under circumstances of long-standing
tiredness and exhaustion. This essence can give an energy
boost to see one through these difficult periods.
A powerful essence
to help in the darkest of times, or to help heal from the
darkest experiences of the soul. When one experiences inner
or outer devastation, deep imprints are left at profound
levels of the psyche. Night Soul is a commanding spirit,
healing these deep wounds to help make one whole again.
Remember that you are the captain of your soul, no matter
the challenges that experience in this world may bring.
optimism accompanied by remarkable stamina. With this essence
the goal of any project is never out of sight, "like
a pole-vaulter visualising going over the bar before the run
up to the big leap." Use this essence to experience being
drawn ever forwards. Discover how to remain positive and steadfast
to your own rainbow's end.
is good for people who are travelling to places where personal
safety is challenged. Useful in times of major change (such
as moving house or career changes) to provide continuity
and protection. It helps one to re-connect with inner strength.
This orchid bears a resemblance to the protective "wrathful
deities" of Tibetan Buddhism with the sense that a
spiritual presence says "I go before you." Can
aid in discovering that actual protection comes from realising
the true nature of Being, which we find deep within.
Useful for the
stress of feeling there is not enough time. Like the slow,
clear, well-spaced tones of a sitar, this essence conveys
the understanding that there is "enough time to do anything".
Epitomises the Kaffa type of the Indian Ayurvedic system,
which is slow and unhurried, never compelled to rush. Brings
white light to the upper heart chakra, the brow and sacral
chakras and into the blood.
Purity of Soul
acts like a gentle yet profoundly purifying rain for the
soul, an ablution to cleanse us of the negative accumulated
baggage of the ego. Helps clear negative ancestral patterns
held subconsciously in the psyche. This essence is lovely,
calming, gently grounding and quietening; it brings an attentive
yet deep stillness of mind. Good to take before meditation,
or prayer, or before any sacred ceremony; it would be especially
appropriate to take before the wedding ceremony.
The essence has
a gentle dreamlike quality, yet also a firmness of purpose.
One feels a call for atonement, and an awakening of a lost
understanding of spiritual realms which have been forgotten.
Produces a state
of mind where vision and light become inseparable. Helps
elevate our thoughts to the point where we can see the Sacred
in life. An essence to help heal the destiny of humanity.
Not only does it aid our own personal growth, but also invites
the Light of the Future to Take Back the Night. Blockages
in the bahui centre, the Chinese Crown Chakra point, (on
the top of the head) are pushed out of the auricle field;
and in doing so, this enables us to extend an awareness
vertically into a temple within a celestial domain. In this
way the microcosm affects the macrocosm. In this time when
many negative karmas are being released upon the world,
this essence is especially important for helping people
not be distracted from a spiritual purpose and light.
helps the psyche to address deep layers of guilt or shame,
through bringing a shift to our dreams, enabling the mind
to either consciously or unconsciously to resolve these
issues. Guilt and shame are likely to cause a kind of compression
(or suppression) of the heart chakra, particularly by means
of blocking the higher heart chakra's ability to cleanse
and heal the heart chakra. Through this blocking of the
heart's energy, we lose the ability to love unconditionally,
and thereby also lose inner peace. In this way one can see
how guilt or shame can be major hindrances of our spiritual
path. Redemption Dream helps us to remove these hindrances
of the heart, specifically through vivifying and re-integrating
our dreams at night, to allow ancient and deeply held issues
to be aired as it were in the Theatre of the Psyche. In
general, most people will benefit from taking Redemption
Dream in the days before taking Necklace of Beauty; or at
the very least, the exquisite energy of the latter will
be more readily accessed and fully felt if Redemption Dream
has been worked with first.
patterns that are held in the eighth chakra. The eighth
chakra indicates how spiritual knowledge and power have
been misused in the past. This essence can make us feel
like we are spiralling out into the cosmos, thus it can
feel intimidating due to the feeling of being taken up and
away. Helps free up rigid belief patterns or merely parroted
ideas held in the eighth chakra. Helps up use and choose
words wisely when we speak.
A very gentle,
quiet essence, yet profound in its ability to reach many levels
at once. Clears ancient negative energetic patterns at the
cellular level via the 1st, 8th, 10th and 12th chakras, renewing
one's inherent health. The root chakra governs cellular patterning
and when combined with the higher chakra action of the 10th
chakra (the Source of White Light) and the 12th chakra (the
wholeness of the universe), it makes this essence a strong
candidate for healing at that level. Very helpful when added
to skin creams.
This essence is
about aligning and identifying with beauty. As modern societies
have distanced themselves from natural beauty and inner beauty,
dissonance, distortion and self-degradation have followed.
This has influenced us in ways that distract us from the simple
beauty in nature and in ourselves. What are the innate properties
of beauty? Proportion, integrity, harmony, and respect for
the forces and mathematical dimensions found in sacred geometry.
When beauty is a guide, the results of our actions naturally
and harmoniously follow Universal Principles. Beauty's strength
will banish evil and ugliness from her presence. Helpful in
relieving shoulder tension at the end of a working day.
provides vital energy to help with the release process and
breaks a vicious cycle of low energy and low achievement.
It helps to ground and release tensions stemming from subconscious
patterns held in the 2nd chakra. They drop down to the earth.
The energy in this essence affirms you are safe, strong and
returns our focus into the depth to the Inner Divine that
is found in the Inner Chamber of the Heart Chakra, which lies
just beneath the heart chakra. From here a vision arises,
the embodiment of serenity and silence which activates the
chakras in the head, and then directly awakens the 11th chakra.
This transcendental chakra offers us the perception based
on compassion and wisdom that honours "self as other
and others as self" and that "life is essentially
a mirror of our own thoughts and actions." This essence
is recommended for those who are well on their way along the
spiritual path .
Very helpful when
one is bogged down with too many responsibilities or just
feeling stuck. Works to align one's preparedness to move into
action with deeper dimensions of one's being. Helps bring
new insights into meditation.
Gain a serene
overview and perspective on life. Deva means radiant or
shining one, while Devata refers to the spiritual potential
of the soul, to the human heart warming the world with its
noble presence. This spiritual charisma can be found in
our nobler qualities: quietly regal, insistent but not aggressive,
acting with integrity. "Beauty is Inner Truth made
Creates a calm
and quiet joy. Helps the energetic lining of the stomach,
and the etheric activity of the liver and gall bladder. Good
to take after festive indulgences. Helps with emotional upset,
giving one a sense of security. When children are studying,
this essence will help to maintain focus.
Connects one with
the Hoop of Nations, the Council of All Creatures. Here the
mosquito and the moose, the sparrow and the eagle all have
equal voice. Shamanic mystery is encountered with this orchid,
which also invites you to face your deepest fears. Not to
be taken lightly or whimsically.
Shadow Facing is not included in the kit of 60 essences.
orchid, this essence was brought into being to assist the
integration of one’s shadow side with the onward journey
of the soul into the light. It stops the shadow from interacting
negatively with challenging archetypes, and enables grounding
of primitive fears. Enters the base of the skull and goes
down the causal body to the root chakra and below, connecting
the soul to the root of the soul's journey. This essence clears
one’s inner vision causing a change in perception, a
deeper reality, and enhances clairaudience. Shadow Warrior
is a very ‘yang’ essence, and the effect is sustained
with a minimum dose.
opens the yang polarity of the meridian system, the baihui
point on the top of the head, bringing in a spiralling,
very active energy. This essence is to a large degree the
masculine counterpart to Devata, where
we go inside to rediscover the Divine. Here the realignment
to our spiritual purpose found at the outermost level of
the universe opens the wisdom aspect of the crown chakra.
Very effective at removing psychic
‘hooks’ from people attempting to manipulate
you energetically. It has an exceptional yin quality, like
shimmering water turning inward in small waves, surrounding
the aura so no external energies can adhere.
a song of Love. By helping to re-establish the halo of light
over the crown chakra, it awakens one to the responsibility
of sound and speech and assists in being true to oneself -
an attunement to deep vows. Helps to grasp the concept of
being whole and with the development of discernment and clairaudience.
Connects to the sounds and choirs of the angelic realm.
Acts in part as an emotional
& energetic spam filter, enabling one to disregard some
of the myriad demands on one's attention, to create a self-protective
space around one, through which the choice of energetic
entries is under direct control. Sorcerer's Apprentice also
acts as an energy regulator, to help adjust the body's energy
reserves so that we avoid becoming drained.
This essence was originally made
by Don about 14 years ago, in his first year of essence-making.
It never became a part of the LTOE range, as he gave the
mother tincture to Shabd-Sangeet Khalsa, and she then sold
it under the name "Sacred Sphere" as part of her
Dancing Light Orchid Essences range. Don has always felt
a special connection with this phragmipedium hybrid, and
this summer one of two fine plants in the greenhouse called
out to make an essence again.
This is a profound and very significant
essence to heal and release deeply-held sorrow of the soul.
Many people carry a sense of abiding sadness in their heart
through their lives, a sorrow that has no clear source.
This is sorrow that has most likely accumulated over many
lifetimes, and is difficult to release. It can carry in
itself a sense that this sadness is the hidden reality of
the soul and of Being in general. If someone holds this
deep sorrow, then Soul's Grief Release will first bring
that sadness to be far more fully present for some hours,
or even a day or two. Gradually the sorrow is dissolved
and released, and as the days pass the heart opens to a
new possibility, a deeper reality in which it may be open
to receive the joy of Angelic song.
It should be noted by contrast
that Healing the Higher Heart and Spirit of the Higher Heart
are essences that help to heal grief brought on by known
causes, e.g., the death or loss of a loved one.
2010, this had a very interesting genesis. Adrian had been
hoping we would find the final energetic elements for his
Therapeutic Energy Kinesiology kit when I made Base Regulator
in early February, but wonderful as Base Regulator is, there
was a need for a further orchid essence to be made to create
the necessary energetic composition. Walking into the greenhouse,
Adrian felt this delightful and delicate species from Peru
calling out to him. We brought the orchid out of the greenhouse,
and set it up in a room in the house, with the bowl of water
placed under the blooms.
It is best to
take this essence in the morning, as it has a strong awakening
quality. This is not to say it is at all like coffee! The
effect is more subtle, and comes about slowly. A gentle
yet insistent alertness persisted with both of us for many
hours that night after we had sipped the mother tincture.
The most noticeable, even palpable effect of sipping the
mother tincture was what felt like a fine and cool spray
starting from area of the perinium, felt very clearly for
several inches down the insides of the thighs. Adrian was
delighted, as he could sense that this essence completed
the search he had been on for his TEK kit. When combined
with Base Regulator and one other essence, it created a
powerful composition we have called Sacral Regulator.
Adrian in his
notes said: the essence is unique in being the only orchid
essence which has an obvious selective target of the sexual
aspect of the Dan Tien point and part of the 2nd chakra.
It seems to enhance the sensitivity of the skin on the inside
of the thighs' "sex skin". It realigns the energy
systems in the pelvis, it rejuvenates the feeling of being
alive in the pelvis, and 're-lights' the sexual centres
to be aware of the deeper nature of ones sexuality.
This essence is
the same as that of Healing the Higher
Heart, but without the essence of Gold. Spirit of the
Higher Heart enables a gentle fusion of the energy of the
higher heart chakra with the spiritual chamber of the heart.
Its effect is subtler than that of Healing the Higher Heart,
and is a useful adjunct to Temple of Light or Temple of Light
(5) to help expand the consciousness of the heart chakra to
a state of unconditional love.
This essence was
made with the same orchid that produced Core
of Being, but when the plant was not in bloom. Its action
relates more to the alignment of the physical body, the spine
and the thoracic cage of the torso. This aligning of the body
provides a framework for more grounded energy flow within,
and allows more space around the heart. Very helpful for bodywork,
see also Shiva's Trident and Sacral
Release. Thoracic Alignment is now included in the kit
of 64 essences.
Within the circle
there is boundless strength, knowledge and affirmation of
the goodness that lies at the Heart of Mother Earth and Father
Sky. We can with confidence call upon and/or discover our
Power Animals when using this essence with the clarity, strength
and stillness of the timeless heart. This essence helps us
to step into the Hoop of all Nations - the Nations of Animals,
of Peoples, of Galaxies.
Zygolum Rhein Harlequin, Zygonisia
Blue Angel, Zygolum Louisendorf 'Rhein Moonlight'
This is a unique
essence. It was made with three different but closely related
orchids, each set up with its own bowl of water, and with
the bowls forming an equilateral triangle. These orchid
hybrids are all part of the Zygopetalum group: Zygonisia
Blue Angel; Zygolum Louisendorf 'Rhein Moonlight'; and Zygolum
Rhein Harlequin. It is neither a single essence nor a combination
in the traditional sense, as the 3 distinct essences were
all blended in a 4th bowl as soon as they were finished.
This particular manner of the making of True Connections
has given it some very unusual and extraordinary properties.
Crown of Serenity
creates the energetic foundation needed to fully benefit
from True Connections, and also Celestial Triangle builds
upon that structure further. As we build the vitality of
the higher chakras (the ones above the head) there are also
further refinements and interconnections which are able
to form or be brought into activity. True Connections has
little impact in the body, reserving its action for the
higher chakras. In so doing it helps us to connection to
the "spiritual internet" of humanity, that area
wherein we are all able to connect with one another at whatever
distance we may be. This is not some airy-fairy notion.
True Connections helps one to link with those people whom
we need to connect with at this point, regardless of time
and space. It enables us to know that there is a greater
connection in humanity than we have been prepared to admit,
and that at a higher spiritual level we are all a part of
the greater universal consciousness of all beings.
There is a yearning in the soul
to re-connect with our ultimate source, with Being which
is beyond our understanding. A key step on that journey
towards what some call the Divine, is to drop any pattern
we may have of only conditionally opening our hearts to
others. This essence helps us to dissolve the defensive
emotional barriers we have constructed, and invites the
heart to be open with love unconditionally. Only when the
heart has re-learnt this way of being, are we then able
to move forward on the next step, which is described with
the essence Love’s Gift.
unquestioning confidence. Take a focused, committed and unfailing
action. Meet that outer threat not with aggression but with
the clarity of a positive outcome. Highly recommended for
emergencies, or crises or when one is truly threatened. This
essence helps us to avoid distraction and giving our power
away to a source of trouble or potential harm. Clears the
energetic pathways of the head and into the brain by opening
the Da-zhui point on the 7th cervical vertebra.
For loving and
nurturing oneself, as well as opening our hearts with affection
to those around us. Good for anyone who has every felt emotionally
bereft, or who has difficulty valuing and caring for themselves.
To hold affection in our hearts, for both self and others.
This very first of the LTOE range remains a favourite.
This is a new
orchid essence that has profound effects on the 6th chakra.
Helps bring awareness of the angelic aspects and connections
of our being. Rewires the brain for the person to be able
to fulfil their higher potential. Facilitates portals opening
to higher levels, for accessing inner wisdom.
This orchid is
native to the Mentawai Islands off the coast of Sumatra
in Indonesia. It has a lovely cinnamon-spice fragrance,
and the bloom persists for many weeks.
Vital Core is
strongly energizing of the Root and 2nd chakras, as well
as the gall bladder meridian. While having some activity
on the Crown, Throat and Heart chakras, its action is primarily
in the two lower chakras whereby it provides a strong 'get
up & go' effect. The effect on the 2nd chakra is intriguing:
though energizing, it is not a sexual energizing. It helps
to release stored / blocked energies, including stored negative
energies, and thereby helps to resolve shadow aspects of
the Sacral chakra. In this way, it seeks to restore the
natural sacredness of the 2nd chakra.
Vital Core works
at levels beyond that of Sacral Release; it can be a good
idea to work with the latter first, and then to follow up
with some days of Vital Core. In some respects Vital Core
can be seen and used as a potent yang counterpoint to the
yin qualities of Celestial Siren, which was made the same
week in November 2009.
besseae is a species of slipper orchid which was discovered
in Peru in 1981. In our process of making this essence,
the orchid requested to have the process take place largely
in the evening and into the dark of the night. A full moon
on that clear night shone through the partially curtained
window, its beam upon the orchid and the bowl of water.
This not only brought out the yang qualities of the orchid,
but also enabled it to better access the shadow aspects
of our lower chakras. (This also accounts for Vital Core
having some very different qualities to the essence Radiant
Strength of the Dancing
Light Orchid Essences of the USA, which was made with
the same species of slipper orchid.)
A major essence
for healing deep levels of the solar plexus (3rd chakra),
as well as energizing the throat chakra. Brings strength
of courage as well as a renewed commitment to the soul's
deep purpose in this life. The solar plexus is likely to
take many 'hits' in the course of our life, and these minor
and major impacts on the 3rd chakra can often remain buried
deep within. Voice of Courage brings healing to the solar
plexus at these deep levels, and by so doing, and despite
being a very 'yang' essence, it also helps one's sleep to
be deeper and longer. Made on the 4th/5th of July 2010,
we will have more to say by way of its action in due course.
There are two
interconnected processes of this essence. The first is a
return to the original energetic imprint of our DNA. Many
magnetic and other electronic forces disturb this etheric
fabric. This essence works specifically to repair very old
ruptures within the etheric matrix of the throat chakra.
In step two, we find that we are walking in harmony with
the rhythm of the Earth herself. This is a calming and soothing
essence good for helping one to gently come back to earth
after deep meditations. Learn how to walk, and where to
walk by 'listening with the feet.'
aura with unconditional love, akin to that of a mother for
a newborn child. Nurturing and de-stressing. Refreshing
and mildly relaxing. Can be used as a post-trauma spray
for both people and animals.
An ancient Chinese
gong sounds its tone, awakening one to the inner calling
to the fire of the soul's mission and destiny. The weaving
of the tapestry of our myriad lives is completed in the
utter gracefulness of the dance of the soul which knows
its wholeness. Meditate on the peace of this essence to
discover the fecundity of the sacred and the flowing purpose
of our lives.
A very good essence
to help you manifest your goals, and which brings joy to
the heart yet is also grounding. Helps you to be awake and
in the present moment with a sense of cheer and lightness.
This essence wants you to straighten the spine, and not
slouch, thus enabling the heart to be both strong and open.
Feel the delight and excitement that you felt as a child
once more, despite the trials and troubles the years may
have brought your way. Having faced the challenges life
brings, let us not be weighed down by their memory. Slip
on these fairy-shoes, and step out with assurance into a
brand new day, on to a path which is either new or at least
To some degree
this essence presents a type of ‘litmus test’,
relating to our inner journey and its expression in life.
If we are on our deeper spiritual path, and living in accordance
with that, one will feel joy when taking this essence. If
there is any lack of harmony between the path and its outer
manifestation, then the emotional response will be subdued,
as the orchid helps one to realign within.
frostii is a specie found at about 1400 meters in evergreen
forests in Vietnam, and was first described in 1926. It
grows in the warm section of our greenhouse.
This orchid called
out gently and clearly for an essence to be made, with its
message of compassion for all beings. Made on the full moon
anniversary of the Buddha's enlightenment. The need for
this energy is fully apparent in the world at this time.
The path of this essence may follow this sequence: It enters
the ajana centre, a small but intense point between the
brows, a major point of spiritual manifestation. then it
begins encircling the head with a protective energy to finally
enter the crown chakra. Once the "palace" of the
crown is secure, this particular essence enters the heart
chakra, evoking the Light of a Golden Lotus in full bloom.
In meditation this essence is able to reach deeply into
the portal of the heart chakra. Its transformative effect
brings to the heart feelings of joy and eternal optimism,
and compassion for all beings.
There are two
forms of this essence, one with and the other without essence
of 24 karat Gold. This form is more appropriate for helping
remedial circumstances, for example if someone tends towards
selfdestructive cycles. They need compassion for themselves
first, and the gold helps ensure that this groundwork of
the heart's understanding is taken on board. Follow up after
a few weeks with the non-gold form of Wisdom of Compassion.
it can be useful to know that Wisdom of Compassion (without
the gold essence added) acts primarily on the Heart chakra,
Inner Chamber of the Heart Chakra, and the Crown Chakra.
Wisdom of Compassion
with Gold acts primarily on the Heart Chakra, the Ajana
Centre between the eyebrows, and the Dreamtime Point at
the back of the head.
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