I spent some time with Andrea Mathieson yesterday at Grey Heron. I love visiting her serene home alone or for a spirited gathering where peace seems to permeate. Being there is like viewing an art gallery where the white walls display her personal art collection which act as sacred objects highlighting the surrounding welcoming energy.
I can find her pearls of wisdom which are quite synchroniztically helpful to my own journey. I met her at a women's circle where she told the story of how she began creating her essences.
Intuitive Soul Witnessing
"As a creative intuitive, I am dedicated to listening to Nature’s way for guidance in every aspect of my life, including my work with clients. Though people often seek a consultation when something is aching or stuck, my focus is to witness and unearth what is already strong and true, and to sense how the creative life-energy wants to move within you and through your life," Andrea explains.
"Trusting my grounded heart-wisdom, I often start the session intuiting an energy-image, then explore, with metaphors, the direction(s) this leads. I tend to address my clients’ needs from an oblique rather than literal perspective and sometimes a good question helps to stimulate deeper understanding." This is what Andrea says about what she does refer to as a psychic ability.
How flower essences are made
On the physical level, making a flower essence is very simple. When plants are in full bloom, flower petals are placed in a bowl of pure water and placed in the sun. Water retains the memory of whatever it is exposed to; the plant’s energy-code is transferred into the water, as the sun’s energy fuses the particular vibrational imprint. After several hours, the ‘imprinted’ water is preserved with brandy as the ‘mother tincture’ which is diluted into solution bottles for sale. Essences can only be diluted one more time into dosage-bottles for, unlike homeopathic remedies, flower essences do not increase their potency when they are diluted.
On another level, there is an alchemical ‘art’ to creating essences that involves a deep communion with Nature and a well-developed intuition to ‘hear’ and articulate the particular properties of each plant. From my perspective, the entire process is highly subjective, engaging the consciousness of the producer as an essential part of the process. Each producer brings their unique soul-blueprint and approach into the creative process, thereby directly influencing the subtle frequencies of their system.
I left Grey Heron with a sense of connectedness with my own inner creative fire. It was a peace filled feeling yet infused me with an excitement to create in a doubtless way. Alignment with self can come from many sources. It is up to us to redirect our purpose back to "making a fresh start, at any moment we choose", (to paraphrase the actress Mary Pickford). This one quote I would read in one of my first art journals to continuously remind myself that we can't go back in time to correct things. Our creative power lies in the actions we take from this moment on.