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Flowers and Colour as a Healing Tool

by Suzy Chiazzari(more info)

listed in flower essences, originally published in issue 53 - June 2000

Flowers for Healing While all these natural therapies make use of physical medicines derived from flowers, there is an older and more direct way we can use the subtle vibrations of flowers for healing. This therapeutic use of flowers is traditionally known as flower psychometry. As the name suggests, flower psychometry links flowers to our psyche which we can use to mirror our state of health and identify aspects within our being which are out of balance. A 'chosen' flower can be used as a counselling device to provide insight and ideas for solutions to our health and personal problems.

Macrocosm to Micrcosm

The plant kingdom is a bridge between the macrocosm and the microcosm. The flower acts as a prism which reflects healing rays of light into our system. We can therefore use a flower to mirror our state of being and at the same time use its healing power to correct any imbalances we find

Looking at a flower can be the same as holding up a mirror to your soul in which you can see your life more clearly. Your personal flower will reveal your state of being at that time and help you learn to appreciate your own individual beauty and talents. This self-knowledge is empowering and generates a deep feeling of being loved – two essential elements which facilitate the healing process. I call the process of discovering the message a flower has for you, a Flower Reflection Reading.

A major part of modern flower psychometry entails finding your personal flower which can impart deeper understanding of both the problem and the remedy. The habitat and growth pattern of the flower as well as its shape, aroma and colouring contains personal information about you and holds the exact pattern of energy you need. It is the fact that flowers radiate light and aroma vibrations that gives them this ability to heal.

Sunlight acts as the catalyst which transfers the vibrational pattern from the flower to the water
Sunlight acts as the catalyst which transfers the vibrational pattern from the flower to the water
The energy in this pink and red poppy can be used to help dreamers who find it difficult to face up to the realities of life
The energy in this pink and red poppy can be used to help dreamers who find it difficult to face up to the realities of life

Energy Medicine

For many years we have harnessed the energy from invisible waves of energy. Radio waves, X-rays, infra-red and ultra-violet rays have all been used by medical science, but it is only recently that we have woken up to the fact that the visible spectrum can also be used for healing.

Light, sound and aroma vibrations are now being harnessed in what we now call Energy or Vibrational medicine. Energy medicine is in fact one of the oldest and purest forms of healing known to us. It is entirely safe and gentle and for this reason is used successfully on young and old alike. This type of medicine is not made up of physical matter, but is light energy which is invisible to the naked eye. This invisible energy is difficult to manipulate, but is naturally reflected in flowers making them the perfect physical healing tool.

This natural package of colour and aroma affects both the physical body and the subtle bodies, restoring harmony at a deeper level than medicines made from physical matter. These fine vibrations address the psychosomatic aspects of disease, dissolving many energy imbalances before they develop into physical symptoms. In cases where illness has developed, the positive frequency transmitted by the flower helps create an inner environment in which permanent healing will occur. This is why vibrational medicine is proving effective in the treatment of chronic illness, especially in cases where the cause is elusive and the symptoms recur.

Flowers as a Healing Tool

Good health can be viewed as a balance of energy between different parts of our being, and when the vibrations in our physical, mental and spiritual bodies are in alignment, we experience good physical health, vitality, and lead a full and happy life.

This fine energy balance can however be disturbed by outside conditions such as environmental pollution and internal imbalances, including a poor diet, lack of sleep, negative thoughts and repressed emotions. If stress is maintained for a long period, our physical body drains energy from our subtle bodies, with the result we may feel tired, moody and depressed. Unlike physical medicines, the fine vibrations of colour and aroma held within flowers are able to penetrate to the more subtle areas of our being, bringing into alignment energy in the different parts. In the physical body every cell is receptive to light energy, and when a colour frequency is received it will affect the growth and behaviour of the cell. This means that the colour wave-lengths affect the very core of our being, even our DNA patterns.

Plants can be viewed as a microcosm – a reflection of the outside world. As the human organism is composed of a mass of moving energy particles of light, sound and electrical energy, we are instinctively attracted to the flowers whose vibrational energy is similar to our own. In the past it was thought that the plant mimicked the organ or illness that it could heal, so that the lungwort leaves resembled the lungs, while walnuts look like the two halves of the brain.

The idea that like may be cured by like was used as far back as the German physician, Paracelcus, born in 1493 during the Middle Ages. This is now a fundamental principle in homoeopathy and other areas of complementary medicine.

Dr Edward Bach (1886–1936), an exponent of this theory, developed the idea that we will naturally become attracted to a flower which mirrors a discordant state of mind. He believed that the flower also contained the energy pattern we require to regain harmony between the ego and soul.

Dr Bach created a series of 38 preparations from wild flowers and plants by transferring their healing vibrations to water through a method of solarization. Many modern flower therapy practitioners have extended Dr Bach's ideas, considering that not only do plants mirror our state of mind, but we can find parallels in other areas too. Often the shape and growth of a plant mimics our body language, so reflecting our body's response to stress. By using flower psychometry we can build up a picture of ourselves in a thoroughly holistic way. We have also found that flower remedies not only relieve elements of discord in the mind but are able to restore harmony within our whole system, including the physical body.

A few years ago I met a woman whose career as a teacher and personal life was being ruined by ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis). She had tried all types of treatment without improvement. In desperation her husband decided to take her on a special break to a spring garden, well-known for its azaleas and rhododendrons. While moving through the garden, one magenta coloured azalea bush caught her attention and she spent some time seated next to the plant. She told me that as she sat there she felt a rush of energy into her body, and ever since that time her energy levels have continued to improve. She is back teaching part-time.

We can use flower psychometry to help identify the flower energy you require. This bloom will contain the healing blue-print required to establish energetic harmony by releasing the build up of energy held within your system. You can do this with the aid of the flower itself by holding the flower or bringing it within our auric field. After the energy is introduced the hues in your aura will become much clearer and brighter. Kirlian and aura photography, first developed in Russia during the nineteen thirties, confirms the differences in the intensity and range of colours in the aura when the colour vibrations are picked up by our energy system.

As vibrational medicine is able to penetrate into the subtle bodies, it can dispel energy blocks which often cause physical and emotional pain. The violet vibration in the form of the Lavandula flower can release a migraine or pressure in the temples which may be causing sore and tired eyes.

The colour violet has a high vibrational frequency which has natural resonance with our brain, so it is not surprising that this colour has been found to have a narcotic and euphoric action on the mind. Violet light has been used to balance the psyche, and is especially useful in cases of obsessions, phobias and mood swings. Recently, a leading researcher of photo-biology Dr Jacob Liberman has offered evidence in his book Light Medicine of the Future that the short-wave lengths of light have a positive effect in the treatment of addictions. Flower essences made from blue and violet coloured flowers such as purple monkeyflower and periwinkle have also been found to have a similar effect.

Colour remedies can be made using glass pyramids which also energize flower essences

Colour remedies can be made using glass pyramids which also energize flower essences

Flower and Colour Charged Essences

When you have picked a flower for a flower psychometry reading it is possible to enjoy its beauty for a short time until it withers and dies, but we can turn flower and colour vibrations into potentized remedies.

One of the most effective ways of preserving your healing flower vibrations is by creating a flower essence. This is a simple method which transfers energy patterns into water, can be kept for a long period of time and can be used as a healing remedy. Flower essences are often described as liquid consciousness as the life-force vibration is held in a form which can influence and benefit a person's life. Sunlight is essential for making flower essences, for it is the action of the sunlight on water that transfers the energy pattern of the flower into the liquid.

While the vibrational energy patterns of flowers can be captured in flower essences, water also provides a perfect medium for holding electro-magnetic energy of specific colour vibrations. One can create a colour essence in much the same way as a flower essence, by placing a specially designed colour filter over a bowl of pure water. The filter allows only a particular wave-length of light to pass through. Sunlight is the catalyst causing energy transfer from one medium to another. The colour charged essence is then diluted into different homoeopathic dilutions. Colour essences can be used for a whole range of problems. Blue essence makes a cooling gargle with antiseptic qualities, while yellow essence helps dispel fear and stimulates the digestive system. Several homoeopaths in both the UK and USA are now involved with collecting data on colour remedies of different potencies.

Ideally flower essences should be made directly from your chosen flower, but you can also select appropriate flower remedies from a manufactured range. It is very helpful when selecting flower essences from the thousands of remedies available to use colour as your guide. For example, red flowers will have a stimulating effect on your energy levels, circulation, and sexual functions. On an emotional and mental level, red flowers will contain grounding and motivating energy.

Many plant remedies are yellow-green in colour and these work on the digestive system, strengthening assimilation and elimination processes. Colour-charged essences of these colours will also help de-congest blocked energy in the liver, pancreas and gall-bladder. Emotionally and mentally, yellow flowers can help address issues related to the ego, self-confidence and mental alertness. Shorter wave-lengths of blue and violet will have calming and sedating qualities.

The full healing potential of vibrational medicine has to be unlocked. It is my belief however, that in this highly complex world we are searching in the wrong place and are overlooking the solutions which can be found in the most pure and simple creative force – light. It is in the flower that both the scientific and spiritual qualities of this natural resource are brought together.

The healing energy in yellow daises promotes clarity of mind and the abilityto absorb information. As daisies resemble eyes, they are often made into remedies for the treatment of sore and strained eyes

The healing energy in yellow daises promotes clarity of mind and the abilityto absorb information.
As daisies resemble eyes, they are often made into remedies for the treatment of sore and strained eyes

Gold and orange vibrations in Nasturtiums make their homoeopathic remedy useful for elimination of toxins and detoxification of the liver, pancreas and gallbladder

Gold and orange vibrations in Nasturtiums make their homoeopathic remedy useful for elimination of
toxins and detoxification of the liver, pancreas and gallbladder

Case Study 1

Flower Chosen: A fiery red and yellow snapdragon from a tall spike.

Martha is a middle-aged woman who was suffering from pain in her jaw just in front of her left ear. She had been to an osteopath and had the doctor check her ear for infections but neither of these treatments had found the source of her problem or alleviated the symptoms.

Reading: Martha was attracted to a red and yellow snapdragon. As the name suggests, the life-theme of this flower reflects someone who is snappy and angry. Red is associated with anger and yellow with the 'ego' and so this flower shows someone who finds it difficult to express their feelings and who may be in conflict with another person.

Treatment: After taking the Snapdragon flower essence for a week with no change, one morning Martha woke up with the realization that she was holding a deep-seated anger towards her mother. She was encouraged to talk about these feelings and within a few days her painful jaw eased.

Case Study 2

Flower Chosen: Bill chose a small white daisy growing in a wall in the sun.

Bill was born in Australia and has just joined his partner Jane who lives in the UK. Bill misses the sunshine and his love of sailing, especially as they now live in a city far from the sea. Recently Bill has been suffering from a spastic colon (irritable bowel syndrome), which can be very painful and debilitating.

Reading: The life-theme of the daisy family is one of innocence and the inner child. Here is someone who is wanting to recapture the freedom and joys of childhood without adult responsibility. The daisy was growing in a wall which was a metaphor suggesting that the circumstances in which this person finds themselves are difficult. However, as the flower was thriving in a sunny position this suggests they have inner resilience and the ability to find success and happiness even in these circumstances. For Bill the daisy reflects the problem of adjusting to his new life, but it brings a message of hope that he has the support so he can find a place to blossom and grow.

Treatment: Bill was given hot infusions of daisy-like chamomile flowers to which a few drops of yellow essence were added to drink twice a day. After a week, he reported that the bouts of pain were not occurring as frequently, but that his spirits were still low. He had found a large poster of a field of daisies which he hung on his wall and used this as a focus whenever he felt depressed. After a month Bill said he felt much more relaxed and his physical symptoms were much improved. He was now involved in a local children's charity.

Case Study 3

June is in her forties and recently her GP discovered a lump in her breast. She had the lump removed, and although this turned out to be benign, June is worried that this problem may recur and take a more serious form. June is a single mother who works from home designing children's clothing.

Flower Chosen: June chose a pink climbing rose from a hedgerow. The plant was intertwined amongst blackberries so it was very thorny and difficult to reach.

Reading: Roses have the life theme of love and sacrifice through emotional suffering. This rose was growing wild and freely, showing a freedom of spirit and the ability to create a strong life of her own through connection with like minded souls. The pale pink of this rose shows someone who is sensitive and loving and who needs to be accepted for who they are and not to have to conform to anybody else's idea of who they should be.

In the case of June, the flower reflects her creative and at times difficult path to fulfilling her dreams. She is a loving mother who has the determination to succeed. Her thorns, like the rose, protect her delicate centre, and perhaps she needs to see that others find her hard to approach as she has such high ideals. The lesson for June is to relax more and let down some of her defences, so she can allow love to flow. If she doesn't hold on so tightly for fear of losing what she has, the crystallized energy in her breast can be released for good.

Treatment: June not only took essence made from her rose, we also made a massage oil from Rose absolute and essential oil of palmarosa which she rubbed on her wound. The effect of the essence was almost immediate for June, and she said that she intuitively knew this problem would not occur again. She used the massage oil regularly and found that her scar healed exceptionally quickly. It is now three years since June was treated and she is in good health and she has developed a loving relationship with a man with who shares her creative interest.

Further Reading

Chiazzari Suzy. Flower Readings. CW Daniels Co. June 2000.
Chiazzari Suzy. I. CW Daniels. 1998.
Von Rhor Ingrid. Harmony is the Healer. Chapter 1 – Discoveries of Dr Edward Bach; Chapter 5 – Kirlian Photography. Element. 1992.
Liberman Jacob. Light Medicine of the Future. Chapter 10 – Light: Nature's Miracle Cure. Bear & Co. 1990.
Wauters Ambika. Homeopathic Color Remedies. Page 48 – Color Remedies. Crossings Press. 1999.

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About Suzy Chiazzari

Suzy Chiazzari is a leading healer and teacher in the area of Colour Therapy and Vibrational Healing. She has written four books including Colour Scents and her new book Flower Readings both published by CW Daniels. This article is based on ideas found in Flower Readings and Colour Scents. Suzy founded and runs The Iris International School of Colour Therapy in Devon but also giving lectures and workshops. She is a full Member of the International Association of Colour MIAC, Association of Stress Consultants and practitioner member of the British Flower and Vibrational Essence Association. BFVEA. Suzy will be giving practical flower reading and healing workshops in Devon during the summer. Suzy can be contacted at the Iris School Tel: 01803 868 037; iris@eclipse.co.uk

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