What do you think of when you think of a mirror? I immediately think of the mirror from the Harry Potter books. The mirror “Erised” which reflected what Harry most desired in life: to see his parents again. What a powerful gift that would be, but a mirror reflects the perfect image of the person or animal, every line, expression, feather or hoof.
Through my study for my book Bailey’s Flower Essences for Animals, a pattern began to emerge. A reoccurrence that could not be classed as a coincident was the amount of animals “mirroring” the emotional feelings of their owner to the exact same degree that they both needed to take the exact same flower essence. Our animals are very sensitive beings, and just like a sponge will take on our own emotional baggage. They are so connected to us that on an energy level they will mirror exactly what we are feeling.
When I work with flower essences I like to connect to the energy of the animal. I ideally use some of the animal’s fur (which is known as a witness) to help me to connect to their energy. Using a photograph I am able to connect visually and also energetically. I try to have no preconceived ideas of what I think is going on, but let the animal speak to me via their energy. Using a pendulum I dowse over each flower essence asking the question: “Is this the essence that (name of animal) needs at this exact moment in time?” By asking this question, I am able to select the precise essence that is needed. If I used a question which was not so exact, there will often be a larger selection of flower essences chosen. The reason being that the animal may well require all of them but not at this exact moment in time. It is here that the flower essences start to talk to me. They share their story of how the animal is feeling. Through the properties of the essences, I am able to understand the animal and to comprehend why they are behaving in a certain way.
Also, the choice of essences will often reflect the exact emotional problems of their owners. I have asked myself the question why? What are the advantages for the animal? Every animal has a survival code, survival is engrained in their very being: why would they become entrenched in our emotional problems? What are the advantages for them? Or at the simplest level, is it not the greatest gift of empathy that our animals can show us by reflecting the issues that we as owners need to address. Everything is energy, the lowest feelings vibrate at the lowest levels. When we are in the energy of a negative or unhappy person, you can immediately feel their energy bringing you down. Our animals easily and completely resonate with our negative feelings. Animals are wonderful teachers, as I get older and have spent time with lots of different animals, I have realised that they teach us in the most un-confronting way; they quietly lead us to the correct answer, we just have to listen with our heart.
When the flower essences chosen are a mirror of the owner, I strongly recommend that the owner take the remedy too. We have a responsibility to ourselves and to our animals. The point being that our animals are showing us what we need to sort in ourselves. If it takes your animal to get you to sort out “you”, then there is no greater kindness.
When you work with energies, you realise that there is this whole invisible world that is full of magic. You realise that we actually communicate with our feelings, even though we are unaware of this fact. The smile, the laughter, praise and love vibrate at the highest level. These feelings are contagious and cascade like a stone dropped into a pond enveloping everything in its path. This energy is beautiful, light and pure. If it were a song it would be musically brilliant as it would raise our emotions so that we would feel good. I like to imagine that flower essences are musical notes, the reason being that each one vibrates with their own unique energy to raise our animal’s feelings.
Through my many years of using flower essences with animals and also children, I have found that there is a perfect remedy “melody” which works perfectly with the emotional problems that are being exhibited. If I tweak or tinker with any of the remedy, it stops working, and almost immediately the owner or parent will say. “What have you done to this remedy? It is different” I will ask “How so?” They respond “My animal is not responding how he usually does”, or “My daughter always sings when she takes the remedy and is not now.” Why do I need to tinker and tweak? It is my ingrained training because Dr Bach described the essences to work on emotional layers, just like peeling an onion and that is what initially I would do. I would think to myself, where is the next layer of emotions? But in hindsight it was actually my ego wanting to change the perfect “melody” as this was something I had been taught to do. As often as I changed the remedy, I always had to go back to the perfect “melody”. Some of my clients have been on the exact same remedy for 3 or more years.
I started to listen to the animals and realised that they were teaching me to be patient and to understand that we each individually have a unique song that is specific to us. Just like our DNA there is our own specific remedy that feeds our soul and allows us to be the person or animal we are meant to be. It allows us to connect to our deepest souls desires and plays at the perfect vibration, it is magical. When I started my research, this was not something that I expected or even looked for, I thought I understood how flower essences work, I really did. Like everything in life, if we take the time to listen and let go of our ego, a multitude of things can happen.
My research continues and I look forward to what else the flowers are going to share with me. My motto is “Be sure to stop and smell the flowers”. It has a powerful meaning and has become so much more meaningful to me as I study the flowers in depth.
This combination of essences is the perfect “melody” for Quinnah and has allowed her to be the dog she was meant to be. The essences have allowed her to find her playful side and support her as her confidence grows. She is a highly intelligent dog and her owner has supported her, so she rarely gets bored now and is not destructive.