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Pineapple Weed for Children
Pineapple Weed, which is regarded as an inferior little sister of the ‚real‘ chamomile due to the lack of the pharmacologically active essential oil, grows inconspicuously on many dirt roads, where only a few plants are rooted. Where others give up and die from being run over by the tractor, Pineapple Weed doesn’t care and just gets up again. It is extremely robust, resistant and adaptable.
The subject of this flower essence is learning, but certainly not mindless memorization, rather an integration of new experiences. New skills have to be integrated into our nature, they change our self-image and self-confidence. This distinguishes us from robots, which can also be taught new skills, but nevertheless remain stupid machines. Learning changes us humans, and this change has to happen not only on the skill level but also on the soul level.
Learning does not on the first day of our life, but it takes a different direction. Lesson 1 is that we unexpectedly have to take action on our own. The convenient food intake via the umbilical cord comes to an end, now it is time to do something ourselves to get fed up. Then the teeth come and we change from sucker to biter, in a sense get to know the value of aggression, of biting off.
Little people perceive the world from the carpet perspective, everything is huge and their parents are recognized more by the appearance of the underside of their chin than by the other facial features. Once the little person has risen and learned to stand, they See the world completely differently. They discover what was previously hidden from them. For example, what’s on the table. That may seem banal, but it means a significant broadening of one’s perspective. You can move from one place to another much faster when you walk upright, and anyone who still behaves like a crawling child has not yet adapted to the new perspective.
In short: whenever our body and mind change, our psyche has to adapt to the changes. With every newly acquired skill, our self-confidence and our independence grow. We don’t lose anything, we gain something. Only the one who loses, forgets what the world looks like from a crawling perspective and has no understanding for the little ones. For such people, the archetypal flower essences are suitable for promoting the inner child.
Learning to walk includes a bitter lesson in addition to the acquisition of gratifying speed. We usually prefer to learn from success: I tried something, it worked, so I always do it from now on. This usually works, but not when it comes to walking. Let us observe a toddler who has successfully put one foot in front of the other for the first time without falling over as they try to repeat the same step with a radiant face. What dismay do we have to see if they fall. A successful step with the right foot cannot be repeated without creating a new problem, a step with the left must follow. We notice for the first time that there are occasions when one can only learn from failure.
Learning to walk therefore teaches us more than is generally assumed. It includes preparation for reading and writing, because we integrate left and right coordination as an essential prerequisite for this. It is easy to see whether a child has really integrated the learning experience. Let’s just watch it run. With every step, the arm swings with the opposite side of the body. If there is no integration, the arm on the same side swings, which gives the gait something rocking (seaman’s walk). In fact, this can be seen in adults, who luckily can make up for the missed lesson at any time, for which there are flower essences such as Pineapple Weed.
Later we learn to swim and ride a bike and finally read and write. Anyone who has expanded their perceptual capacities in such a great way loses their innocence in a sense, because they will never be able to pretend that they do not have the new skill. If you walk down a street and notice a sign that says ‚supermarket‘, you just have to read and understand it. Your brain does it automatically, of course and without further action, even against your will. You cannot pretend to not know what the letters tell you.
People with dyslexia write letters in reverse sometimes. The reason for this is poor left-right coordination. The foundation stone for this may already have been laid while learning to walk (seaman’s walk). Kinesiologists therefore ‚prescribe‘ people with this problem to practice cross movements at home, in which e.g. the right hand grabs the left foot and the left grabs the right one.
Not long after having learned how to read, there is an unexpected learning shock: we learn what our genital organs are all about. There is no going back here either. How easy life was when you could say „girls respectively boys are stupid“! Suddenly you see things a little bit differentiated. Or you try to cling to the pre-pubescent state by becoming anorexic and trying to prevent the further development of the body.
Whenever the body changes, the psyche has to adapt. For example when we lose our integrity due to an accident and can no longer walk without walking aids. Pregnancy and menopause also bring about changes that must be integrated or cause despair.
The right flower for all the cases mentioned is Pineapple Weed. It supports our nervous system in adaptation and coordination. It makes it easier to overcome the obstacles to physical development. It also supports you with every consciously chosen lesson in our life, regardless of whether we want to learn ice skating, pole vaulting or elderly care with its gentle lifting techniques. You do not let yourself be dragged down easily, you get up again when you fall, and you develop stoic serenity. The sense of balance is coordinated with new skills. If a dancer practices a new jump, they land on their feet, not their butt.
Make everything a little easier for yourself, try Pineapple Weed, the flower that makes learning a breeze.