Last week my Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii) bloomed. The flowers are actually the very small orange bits in the middle of the red bracts. The bloom is similar to a plant you may be more familiar with, the Poinsettia, in that the colorful impact is made by the bracts, not the flowers.
I got the plant three years ago for my birthday. When I saw it at the local plant shop I was drawn to it immediately. I really like its long thorny stem.
The plant has bloomed every year, but this is the first year that the plant initiated the co-creation process. Once I had the call from the plant spirit, I needed to determine exactly how to accomplish the process of essence making. The small number of blooms precluded (at least to my mind) cutting the flowers from the plant. The Euphorbia appeared to share this sentiment. We agreed that I would place the bowl as close as humanly possible to the plant's flowers and in this way the plant spirit would transmit and record its healing pattern into the water.
The sun was beautiful and strong, facilitating the transfer which took just over four hours. The above picture was taken near the beginning of the process, and the one below shows the bowl at the completion.
Thus, the first Lichenwood essence of 2007 was born. I did receive information from the plant spirit about the properties of this essence. My experience is that over time, more will be revealed about the gifts that the essence offers. This flower essence can be used by people who feel undeserving. They have trouble taking joy in the good things of life. They are not kind to themselves. They disproportionately put off their own enjoyment in favor of work or service to others. These are very empathic individuals. They feel the suffering of others more keenly than they feel their own. This is also an essence for someone whose martyr complex is used to manipulate or control, or to gain the attention of others and, at the same time, will help those who are the objects of such manipulation.
Time, experience and testing will help me to refine the definition for this flower essence.