Small introduction to the area of shamanic essences
Card set Archetypical flower essences
Brand new since a few days, there is the card set with the photographs of archetypal flowers. There are 36 of these, which are grouped in sets of 12 essences each.
- Family archetypes
- Path of Life Archetypes
- Helper archetypes
The sets build on each other, you can already start working with the first one alone, to add later the other two, if you want, which will extend your scope further.
The family archetypes are those flowers that have been found to be associated in culture, history and folklore as well as in the application of essences with figures from the personal living environment that are more or less familiar and familiar to each person. It does not matter on which continent you live, what a grandpa, a sister or a child is, no one needs to be explained. This knowledge is archetypal, with some cultural colorations, but generally the same all over the world.
You have a different relationship with your mother than with your brother. As important as the mother is, sometimes a brother is more helpful, especially when the mother proves to be too powerful and slows down your development rather than fosters it.
The question which is the right flower right now asks whose strength is most needed. The wise indulgent grandmother, the child who still lives in a magical world, or yet the sister who knows things that one would not ask anyone else.
The path of life archetypes work in a similar way, they are just not about ideals or personalities, but about situations that are common to all life. No life without birth, to take the simplest example. Literally and figuratively, one has to leave a world, the inside of the womb, in order to enter a new, unknown outer world, in which one has to develop qualities quite different from those in the inner world. You are no longer one with the mother, you must develop some independence, e.g. call or better cry when you are hungry. Things do not self-regulate anymore.
Only a few years later, the events are repeated. One is forced to leave the protective cocoon of the family to go to kindergarten. Again, you have to adapt, become more independent, enter new territory. Then comes the school, the professional education, the love, the children, and so on. Like a spiral, after a revolution you arrive at the same spot where similar tasks are set again just a few years later, but with the knwoledge of your previous experience you will have the basic know-how to handle the situation. If you missed the lesson in the earlier stage it will make the current one harder to cope with..
These are the life path archetypes: the pilgrim, the warrior, the magician and more.
Finally, the helpers archetypes that elude a more precise categorization that fit in nowhere really. The artist, the hero, but also the savage, the beginning and the end.
Each archetype has a representative plant. And of every plant there is an essence and now also a photo card.
How do I use them?
Intuitively. As it comes to mind, and thus possibly very different than I would like to introduce here.
You can spontaneously pull a card. Without knowing which card it is, as the deck is shown upside down, you pull one or more from the stack. This is the beginning of an investigative conversation between consultant and client. Questions are asked like what is your first impression, what kind of feeling arises. The general attitude of the client is not so important at that stage. Whether he or she likes sunflowers (if that is the flower on the card) is of lesser importance, what matters is how they are responding right now.
The counselor, who of course has an idea what the sunflower stands for, can now ask associative questions, what comes to mind, how you like it or why not, etc. Then questions become even more specific like did a sunflower ever play a role in a certain situation or in your life generally. The consultant can draw on his or her own knowledge base and focus specifically on self-esteem, assertiveness, relationship to one’s father, relationship with men in general, and so on.
At the beginning there is the „random“ selection of a card, from which crystallizes the image of a personality who may need a few drops of sunflower essence.
One can of course do without the survey altogether, given many imponderables it still seems desirable. She needs to verify if the seemingly spontaneous, intuitive selection really has anything to do with the person seeking advice, or perhaps just with the presentation of the cards. Perhaps the sunflower card was just on top, peeking out of the stack, or vice versa especially hiding what tempted the client to choose it. Maybe it was just a mistake, a coincidence or the person has no access to intuition. All this can be discovered in conversation.
But you can also do it very differently. Namely, let the cards show. The client therefore consciously chooses which has advantages as well as disadvantages. Is he e.g. not completely open, because the situation of sitting here with a counselor or a therapist causes him stress? Is he perhaps doing something that he thinks is expected of him? Or does he erpress his preconceived notions (sunflowers are beautiful) and ignore the spontaneous feeling of resistance - who could have something against sunflowers? Nonetheless, a deliberate choice can lead to as insightful conversations as an intuitive one.
Finally, you can work very differentiated with photo cards. This is possible when dealing with someone who is aware of their feelings and emotions, who has the gift of watching themselves well, without being influenced by wishful thinking or expectations and beliefs. A spontaneous response always occurs within tenths of a second, before conscious thinking turns on and can distort the view of things. The speed with which you choose demonstrates the inner decision-making process.
By the way, the adviser’s knowledge of micro-expressions can be very helpful here, if she is trained to recognize the finest and most fleeting movements in the face of his counterpart....
Now the client is shown one card at a time, and she has to express spontaneously and quickly, if and what feelings the viewing causes: positive - negative - neutral. I like - I do not like it - I do not care.
Every card he does not care about is put aside. Make a stack from the „negative“ and „positive“ cards and show the two uppermost ones side by side. The client is asked to state which of them provokes the stronger response, regardless of whether it is positive or negative. If the feeling that occurs when looking at the „positive“ card is stronger than what appears when looking at the „negative“ card, the latter is put away.
Now there are two cards open again. „The winner“ of the first round and the second card in the other stack. The question is repeated. Again, the card that triggers weaker reactions is set aside. This is repeated until you arrive at a single card that you know will trigger the strongest reactions. This indicates which essence the person needs.
Or you stop the process beforehand if it is clear that the client needs more than one flower.
In this way you can put together a flower combination remedy for yourself or your client. However, it is also possible to work with the photo card itself. Once the most valuable flower of the moment is identified, you move your photo in the form of a lying eight at eye level of the client. With a gentle sliding motion, one directs the gaze along the lying eight, while the client mentally sticks to his topic / problem until it loses its emotional effect. This may take several minutes. It can be recognized by the fact that now also the eye movements are sliding and no longer halting.