Highlights from Summer 2013: Plants & Planets: Embracing Your Inner Waters
“The Plants and Planets Flower Essence class with Jen Gouvea and Jaysen Paulson was terrific! I went in with very little knowledge about flower essence formulas or the workings of my own natal chart. Jen and Jaysen delivered the information in a way that was easy for a beginner to understand but would also be effective for all levels of understanding. The group was just the right size so that we all had time to discuss our experiences and have questions answered. I liked the format in that we each received a flower essence on the first night and were able to talk about our journey and reflect on plant and planet influences on those experiences. I would highly recommend this class to those who are interested. I would also recommend, to those wanting to learn more about a large variety of flower essences, checking out Jen's other courses.”
- Chelsea, Naturopathic Student
I would like to express my appreciate for Jen Gouvea’s and Jaysen Paulson’s class. I found the material intriguing and personally significant as they relate current astrological events and the life challenges of their students directly to the material. That class sizes are small gives everyone the chance for individualized attention and we are all given the opportunity to share and learn from each other. I am definitely integrating some of their fascinating material into my own work as healing practitioner, counselor, and minister. I highly recommend it or both experienced healing facilitators, those starting out in the field, and those who are merely curious. There is something for everyone here.
~ Kurt, Professional Counselor
Each participant worked with an individualized healing formula in depth for one month. During the class each student also received a copy of their natal chart and an astrology map of key terms. Basic natal themes in the chart and key transits were discussed. Participants learned about their personal moon and aspects in their natal chart and a description for how this moon signature suggests key themes for emotional nourishment and happiness. The Water transits of this year and the grand trine in July (specific dates are July 17-19, 2013) were discussed as well as an experiential meditation and exercise. Key flower essences for understanding the sacred feminine and the balance between masculine and feminine were reviewed. There was a large emphasis on being present with emotions and opening to the inner space with the opportunity to create art work and share insights. Each participant experienced significant transformation.
These illustrations were created by a student who worked with the flower essence Olive. After suffering with rheumatoid arthritis and heading into retirement she felt that she deeply needed to experience peace. While working with the essence Olive she found she was drawn to the book “Gifts from the Sea’ by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. This book tells the the story of a woman who retreats into solitude and contemplation at a cabin by the ocean.
Olive flower essences supports a person to develop a sense of well being and cultivate the conditions for deep rest and renewal.
A student who had an underlying fear of psychic phenomena after some uncomfortable childhood experiences worked with Monkshod flower essence. After working with this flower she found herself to feel more grounded and embodied and able to receive self nurturance. She found she had less of an urge to “separate into oblivion” and felt overall less fear.
Monkshod flower essence helps a person develop a capacity for clairvoyance that is well integrated with social and moral values when they have previously developed a repression of spiritual capacities due to fear of psychic opening. This repression is often associated with traumatic memory or of near death or related threshold experiences.
A student who had ongoing trouble with premenstrual pain for 14 years worked with the flower essence Quince. She began to have more acceptance for her competitive nature.
Quince flower essence supports a person with the integration of masculine initiating power and feminine nurturing qualities.
A student who had been through some trauma in relationships felt that he been “in the ethers” for over a year. He had experienced some powerful visionary psychic experiences but was having trouble integrating this knowledge. After working with the flower essence Rue he processed through a period of grief and then began to feel more grounded. He found he was able to develop a deeper connection with his heart and emotional body and felt less “stuck in his head”. He then felt a greater sense of direction on his life path.
Rue flower essence helps a person develop internal cohesion and containment of psychic forces when one may feel scattered or confused and may need greater clarity and discrimination in the activation of psychic abilities
A student who had the tendency to daydream worked with the flower essence Clematis. She felt that after working with Clematis she became more aware of “tending the garden of her mind” and its negative thought patterns. She felts she was able to become more present in a conscious way.
Clematis flower essence supports a person to develop awake, focused presence and the ability to manifestt inspiration in practical life and develop conscious embodiment. Clematis supports a person to develop interest in the world when there is a tendency to experience fuzzy or vague states of floating consciousness.