Essences made from Sacred Trees
MAKING THE ESSENCE.
When we make an essence, we are entering into a special partnership, a union with a tree. Its important to remember this beautiful union (the oxygen/carbon exchange) ensures the survival of both parties in this world. I have a supposition, a belief, that before humankind came here, trees walked this earth as we do now. Trees are the integral life support system for this planet, and once they reigned supreme. At some point in evolution, they agreed to become the sentient caretakers of the Earth, and sacrificed their mobility in love of the earth. They turned themselves upside down, their consciousness beneath the earth, their feet above. This is born out by ancient findings that show, at wood henge’s the central tree is upturned exposing the roots to the skies and the eyes of humankind. In Africa, the most sacred of trees, the Baobab, has its roots above, and looks so strange to our eyes, yet its power is undeniable strong.
The tree is a living being and each part of that tree mirrors, in some respect, our own bodies and minds and spirits. We have a physical presence, and my wish is for every child who wishes it, to hear the heartbeat of a tree. It is the most beautiful sound, and all trees thereafter offer up this heartbeat, to be heard. It is a very healing sound and our heartbeats slow down immediately to match its pace. We slow down. It is in this relaxing state that we can communicate. Listen to your thoughts and respect your feelings. It is the tree talking to you.
The tree has a counterpart for all our physical elements. Think of the roots, trunk and branches as forming a complete circle of energy that replenishes constantly. The yin and yang forces are totally balanced. The branches and leaves are the lungs, the buds and flowers the reproductive organs, the trunk the body, the bark the skin and the roots the nerve centre and brain.
It is also important to understand fully the solar and lunar energies at the time of making the essence. If you want full solar energy, the essence must be made at the height of the sun, between 12:00 and 2:00pm. If you wish to make a lunar essence, this must be done either at a full moon or a new moon. Full moon essences are aligned to releasing emotional blockage and new moon is for inspiration, new initiatives and forgiveness of self and others. Always make the essence on a waxing moon, never waning.
A clear crystal bowl.
Take a close examination of the tree, prior to collecting equipment together. Is there a good niche to fit the bowl into? If the tree has buds and branches 60 feet up (ie. Douglas Fir) then ladders are out! And a good quartz crystal will do an excellent job of transmitting, transceiving and transducing all the tree energy from a neat base at the bottom of the tree.
The jam jars are excellent for tying to the branch tip, for leaves buds and flowers. This way the circle of energy remains intact, and nothing is cut away. It does take more time, some negotiation and balancing, but I’ve discovered this produces a stronger signature and I always use this method whenever possible.
There will always be some foreign bodies appearing along the way. These are taken out through using a mesh or gauze filter, when the essence is ready to transfer to the bottles.
I had a beautiful encounter with spider energy, during the making of the Fifth Element essences at the Hamble. I had put a series of four crystals out in bowls, in a circle in very overgrown grass. The companion essences, all from young trees, nearby, and created for children, were heating up in the full summer sun.
I should note here that at no time during or after, can the essence be touched by human hand, this leaves your signature there, not the trees. Plastic, or glass implements are used, or, as in the case of the spiders, a twig or two!.
When the essence is “cooked”, it is transferred to brown medicine bottles, after being cleaned. The alcohol is added 50%/50%. It should be good alcohol, as it will be preserving the essence for several years. Most essences are good for two years and those that have past their “sell-by” date will taste sour.
Please enjoy the experience of essence making.
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I also present small free get togethers to promote the Essences. These are usually done in people's homes or in shops that deal with Essences and they cover what the Essences do. I will dowse for each attendee to see which Essence would benefit them. They do not have to purchase anything, this is done as an added interest in the presentation.
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