The kurrajong and the orchid

The reason I haven’t been blogging much over the past few years is because I’ve been hard at work writing a biography about my grandparents and my great uncle Peter Fannin, as well as working on a revision of my grandmothers wildflowers book. All of which takes up most of the writing energy I have!

The lovely thing is, I finally have some time off work to focus on these tasks. My husband, myself and our dog friend Rocky, are currently at a rural property in Nymboida, Northern NSW, living in a tiny home that is half the size of our old bedroom. We’re off grid and I’m in my element, with nature all around me.

Every morning, I either go for a long walk with Rocky, do some work on clearing a fire-break around the tiny house, or go into battle with the monstrous lantana groves. Afterwards, I come back red in the face and warm all over, with my heart thumping loud and hard in my chest. Each activity is giving me all forms of the exercise I know I need to stay healthy: strengthening my muscles, expanding my flexibility, and improving my cardiovascular health. Then I sit down and write for the rest of the day, with breaks here and there for cooking, conversations and gardening. We are usually in bed by 8pm and up again at the crack of dawn.

Not long after we arrived, I found what immediately became my favourite tree on the block, not far from the house, just inside the area that had been designated as “must be cleared” territory by the fire-fighting neighbour. The tree drew me in and enchanted me, even from a distance, and when I got closer I could see it was in full bloom! It seemed so familiar to me, as though I should know what it was… like a friend’s name you’ve forgotten.

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The mysterious identity nagged at me for weeks until one day we were in the carpark at Bunnings and I looked up to find a kurrajong in flower beside me. I’d never met this particular kind of kurrajong before, but I just knew it was a kurrajong- no mistaking that flower and leaf shape. Something went click and I started to wonder if my new friend on the block was a kurrajong. I’ve since discovered it’s a brachychiton populneus, a kurrajong native to the east coast of Australia.

I’ve been so busy with writing and lantana-pulling that I haven’t had a chance to visit my new friend in the past week, so I started going in spirit at night. The first time I went, I was amazed by the quantity and diversity of nature spirits around this tree. Even more so, the potency of them. We had a conversation about a near-miss the tree had had, when Stephen and I cut down a messy tangle of dead trees leaning against a live tree, that the previous owner had created during his own unfinished clearing work. The dead trees were precariously balanced and had to come down for safety’s sake but the only way we could safely bring them down was to cut down the tree that was holding them up. Besides which, the supporting tree was in the “you must clear a fire-break around your house” zone.

“Can we please not cut down my favourite tree?” I asked my husband. He agreed. Unfortunately, it was only a few metres away from the messy tangle that did have to come down. We did everything we could to try to get the poor condemned tree and its dangerous load to fall away from the kurrajong. After some strategic chainsaw cutting and ratchet-strap rigging, we went back to the house and waited. Nothing happened for about 15 minutes and then we heard the first cracks and watched from the distance. At first, the messy tangle headed straight for the kurrajong and then everything seemed to pause, as though in slow motion, and gracefully sweep off to one side. The kurrajong lost a few branches, but it survived!

In my night-time spirit-conversation with the kurrajong, it showed me a movie-replay of the event. I could see a cushion of air appear above the kurrajong as the trees came towards it, deflecting everything away from it, as though the kurrajong had protected itself. The attitude behind the image shown felt a little like someone dusting their hands off and putting their hands on their hips in a sassy way, as though to say “I can take care of myself thank you!” Ha!

After this image was shown, I was invited to sit under the tree, and the flowers gave me some healing. It almost felt like a Harry Potter sorting-hat was coming down over my head, but instead of sorting me into some kind of group, it was helping me sort my thoughts. Then I could feel energy lines from my head slowly being cleared all the way down to my feet. Kurrajong species’ definitely have a grounding action! As this happened, I spoke to the tree, and it explained that it was helping me focus my thoughts, rather than wasting time on ideas or lines of thought that weren’t practical.

I’ve been back to visit the tree at night a few times now. Last night I asked the kurrajong flower-spirit for healing, because I was in pain from an old injury that had flared up. The healing began and not long into it, the imagery shimmered and I could feel the kurrajong step back. In it’s place appeared an entirely different flower. In my mind, I kind of zoomed in, the way you would with a camera lens, to get a closer look. At first I was puzzled, then I realised it was an orchid. But I hadn’t seen any orchids of that colour on the block, and I knew from the mood of the shift from one flower to another that this orchid must be somewhere on the block, not far from the kurrajong.

Both the kurrajong and the orchid insisted I had already met the orchid. Confused, I ran though my memory of the many walks and then suddenly remembered seeing a single stem, like a grass stem, with tiny little pods on it that might have been closed flowers. They had the same colour as this orchid. “Is this you?” I asked, showing the orchid my memory. “Yes! I’m in flower now. Come and visit me tomorrow.” DSCN0838

So this morning I dutifully headed off in search for the flower, half-chuckling at myself for believing my night-time imaginings, and wondering how I was going to find such a tiny flower on 100 acres of land. I said hello to the kurrajong on the way past, stopped to photograph a bird, and spent a good 10 minutes searching for the orchid. I knew I’d seen it down near the creek bank somewhere, but where? I was just about to give up when I decided to try one more area. There was a lot of dead wood and bark on the ground and my first few steps almost up-ended me, because there were large holes hidden beneath them. Feeling a bit worried, I started to back away when I looked up and there it was! The orchid, in magnificent bloom!DSCN0878

How beautiful! Anyway, had to share this magic moment with you. On the way back, we visited the strawberry gum we planted a month ago. It’s doing really well and is one of the many bush-tucker plants I want to grow here in the lantana-reclaimed areas. It’s said to bring the flavours out in a dish. We’ve also planted a native mint and a finger lime, and I’d love to plant some macedamias!DSCN0881

Blessed Be

Om

 

An interview with Jennifer Wyatt

Jennifer Wyatt is an Aura Soma and flower essence therapist who lives and works in the rural area of Darwin, Australia. This is the second in a series of practitioner interviews conducted by Omanisa. 


DSCF1187What do you do professionally?

I work with flower essences, colour therapy and energy healing, At the moment I have a special energy healing package, which includes a card reading using either angel cards, flower cards or your aura cards plus an energy healing session. Also included is a take home pack of an essence, a pack of my wellness motivation cards, a crystal and a colour meditation to work with.

I also offer a colour reflection reading, where I either use your Aura Cards or the Aura Soma® bottles. The aura soma is excellent for tapping into issues that are really affecting a person. It’s a colour therapy system, wherein you choose four bottles and your choices tell your story. The first bottle reveals your mission and purpose, what you are here to be working on. The second bottle is your challenge and talents bottle; your challenge, once you work through it, becomes your talent. The third bottle is to do with your here and now. The last bottle represents what you are currently creating for yourself .as bottles

Aura Soma® is a non-intrusive colour-care system because the client chooses the bottles themselves and the colours are a mirror of the client. I just interpret the positions, colours and colour combinations. I also give the clients tools to work with and ways to incorporate their chosen colours in their life.

If someone books in for an Aura Soma® session I usually send them home either with their second Aura Soma bottle choice or with a bottle of flower essence. If people want a specific flower essence or a blend made up, they can call and ask me to make something up for them without an appointment or they can book a flower essence session with me.

IMG_0001Like you, I make my own flower essences, but I also work with Bach and Australian Bush Flower Essences. I did a herbal course many years ago and one of the units was about flower essences and that was it; it was like coming home. “Oh this is my thing!”. This was when I first I learned about the Bach flower essences and then some time later I learned about the Australian Bush Flower Essences and eventually bought my own kit.

I have a beautiful home clinic on my rural property in Humpty Doo, where I spend a lot of time in my garden! I love working in my garden and I love plants . Using flower essences in my work is an extension of my deep love for Earth and my garden. It’s like bringing the essence of my garden into my healing work.

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Where does your gardening passion come from?

I could probably trace it back to Mum. She always had a vegetable garden. We were brought up on fresh fruit and vegetables. Of all us seven siblings, six of us have a vegetable garden, and it’s been passed on to my children too. I really only developed my passion for gardening as I grew older, when I became more settled with children.

DSCF1048Do you have a favourite plant in your garden at the moment?

The bauhinia tree is flowering now, and it’s so beautiful!

Is there anything else you do professionally?

I’m currently doing a Red-Tent facilitator’s course. It’s a course for women, a women’s sharing group. I also teach Ageless Grace, a set of 21 tools or exercises that help keep your body and mind mobile and flexible. It’s so easy, done sitting down on a chair and it’s great fun, no two exercise sessions are ever the same. The founder Denise Medved works with people who have had strokes, or people with dementia or Alzheimers. She has a wonderful story about a client who couldn’t actually do one of the exercises, so she advised the client to simply use visualisation and eventually she was able to move her leg. I’m a big fan of visualisation!

What do you love the most about your work?

I love working with women. I love facilitating, making it easier for them to grow their spirituality, to tap into their inner most self and be authentic. I love helping them realise their potential. Obviously that doesn’t happen in one session, but you can be a catalyst, helping them onto their path. I also love working with the gifts of nature.


Jennifer Wyat can be contacted for bookings or more information on 0407398233 or emailed at in wellness@outlook.com. You can visit her website here. 


RED KURRAJONG – Flower essence

Brachiciton paradoxum

 

Description- Flowers grow directly from branches of small straggly tree after all leaves have dropped. Red, bell-shaped in clusters on very short stalks in old leaf axils. Flowers Jun-Oct.

 

Possible symptoms due to energy imbalance:

Exasperation. Frustration. Impatience. Easy pushed off centre. Reactive. Taking things on, taking it personally, getting too involved. Being offended, getting angry or upset about other people, situations. Feeling harassed and set upon. Conflict. Impasse. Tendency to give up and blame the ‘other’ or take over responsibility for the situation completely. Loosing sight of the bigger picture. Competing with team members. Wanting to run away.

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Clear Action Flower Essence

CLEAR ACTION

Unidentified

Description:

Tiny, white, four-petalled flower with yellow centre geometrically divided into four parts by a cross.

Keywords:

Clarity. Focus. ‘Do it Now’. Completion. Emotional Honesty.

 

Possible symptoms due to energy imbalance:

Procrastination. Leaving it until tomorrow. Getting distracted. Mentally scattered. Dithering. Impractical. Being ‘up there with the fairies’. Disorganised. Poor time management and budgeting. Unclear on priorities. Avoidance. Vagueness. Poor memory. Indecisive. A sense of being ‘unmoored and off target’. Denial. Delay tactics. Elusive endings.

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My nature spirit teachers – part 1

On a recent trip through central Australia, my country, my place of birth, spirit spoke to me. We travelled 6000 km and travelled through 15 communities but there was only one place that reached out and said hello. I was curious as to why it was that particular place that spoke to me, so when I got home, I reached out and reconnected. I remembered that the voice had come from the mountain. I wasn’t sure if it was the mountain itself, a cave, or some flowers on the other side, but now as I write this, I hear a voice telling me it was ‘the spirit of the land’. I asked the voice why this place connected with me:

“Because this is your place. It’s the best place for you, where you resonate with the land and the female earth energy. It’s the best place for you now, not always, but now. Come visit and we will talk with you, teach you. We know you and have worked with you before. Some places in Australia will talk to you because they recognise you. You’ve been allowed access to some layers/levels of knowledge-wisdom because of who you are and your history.”

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Flower Essence Bushwalk

Just came back from camping at Darwin River. Had a great time! Got up early yesterday morning, gathered up flower essence making kit and went searching. The first essence I made was of a grass flower, one I’ve met before and photographed but never actually sat down and had a conversation with. The setting was beautiful- on the edge of a pandanus strip, beginning of April, slightly mossy wet ground, surrounded by birdsong. I heard some calls I’ve never heard before! My husband came looking for me towards the end of the session and I guided him towards me via walkie-talkie by telling him to walk towards the kookaburras. Continue reading

Frangipani Flower essence

Frangipani flower essence is one of my favourites essences for dissolving tension in relationships. It tends to work best if I give it to both people in a relationship conflict. I’ve had really good results giving it to siblings who are at war with one another and also to parents and children who aren’t getting along with each other. It’s particularly appropriate when there are power struggles occurring between people. The particular frangipani I use to make my essence is ‘sunrise’ or ‘fruit salad’ frangipani. It contains visual frequencies of the following aura colours: Vulnerability Pink, Wholehearted Pink, Warmth Yellow and Compassion Orange. These are all heart chakra frequencies. If you are interested in flower essences, you might want to read my blog about a flower essence bush walk I did in April 2012

Om makes and sells her own flower essences and teaches the ‘no pick’ technique for making flower essences.