Vibrational medicine, connection with the natural world
What is an essence?
My exploration into plant spirit medicine and working with vibrational remedies was to perceive the essential quality of the plant. This particular existence that I called the essence was often reflected in the gesture of the plant and was like meeting a unique intelligence.
From this I understood that essence is the intrinsic nature of something. The word essence has an association with the root or origin of something, mirroring the healing process of finding what is at the root of an ailment.
The Lasavia essences are vibrational medicines. The idea of vibrational medicine is that it contains the essential energy that is within the physical form and not the actual physical form of the plant, animal or mineral.
How the essences work
Illness can be beneficial in that it indicates the conflict that lies within us and that an essential part of the healing process is the work we need to do upon ourselves. The patterning of our psychological condition sets up a rhythm in the body that can distort its normal workings, the remedies will work on the subtler bodies and act upon the pattern that is causing the disharmony.
How are the essences made?
To make an essence is to allow the essential quality of the plant, animal or mineral to be conveyed into water. The creation of vibrational medicines is an ancient alchemical process that involves the interrelated process of four elements; air, fire, water, earth and a fifth element is aether or spirit. I see the element of aether as the hidden glimmering within the object, the essence as connected to source.
I also experience how landscape partakes in the making of an essence, and all of this is conveyed into the water, which when it is complete, I then preserve the water with brandy. This is the mother tincture. From this mother tincture I take a few drops into a 10 ml bottle of 50%brandy and water and create a stock bottle. This becomes the vibrational medicine or essence.
Choosing your remedy
If you are an intuitive person you may notice that particular remedies seem to jump out at you. I encourage you to listen to this; if a remedy jumps out at you it will probably be the right one to take at that time. Alternatively you could muscle test or use a pendulum to discover if a remedy is right for you at that time.
It is also good to balance your intuition with your thoughts and inquiries. Take the time to read about the remedies you have chosen and see whether the information matches what you experience. You may also wish to simply read the meanings and see which descriptions resonate with you. If you’re choosing for friends or family it’s best to involve them, perhaps ask them which one resonates for them and why.
We recommend that the essence of choice be taken over time, a few drops three times a day. When taking them pause and observe what arises. These essences are an invitation for you to participate in what they offer.
Note: Essences are in a brandy and water base. If you prefer apple cider vinegar, please add this request to the ‘Order notes’ on the Checkout page.
Lasavia Weeds Collection
Developing a more intimate relationship with the wild weeds in our own back gardens is to discover rich, forgiving and abundant friends. It is with the greatest pleasure that I made these particular remedies, I was surprised by their potency and their service to humankind. Some of these essences felt like a joyful shouting in my ear. It was hard for me to weed the vegetable gardens without some kind of general explanation to them about giving space to broccoli, or rows of carrots. I feel enriched by my relationship with these plants and in many ways feel their essence bringing me into life.
I encourage you to get to know them for yourself, to take a moment to taste the dandelion leaf or place the flower in water to drink or gather the chickweed and the cress for your salads. I give immense thanks for all those before me who have brought attention to these great little healers.
Into the World is a beautiful introduction to the work of Lasavia Healing. It contains the elements of year one of The Lasavia Foundation Course and introduces the wild weed collection. This is the first book of four which correspond to each year of the full four year training.
Lasavia Native Plants Collection
The plants chosen in this first collection grow around me on Waiheke Island. The island would have been mostly broad-leaved coastal forest. Although it was burnt for pasture during the 1920s, it has significantly reforested in the last thirty years. Ponga and Kanuka formed the first wave of this reafforestation. I have an intimate relationship with all the plants in this first collection, and I have known some of them for a very long time. Particularly Pohuehue which was the predominate plant in the sand dunes where I grew up. It was beautiful to find it growing here, wild and tangled amongst the honeysuckle.
Lasavia Insects Collection
The insects help to remind us of the nature of the ecosystem that we live in, and that we’re essentially part of this ecosystem, not separate from it.
All these remedies are created energetically through the conduit of water and are then preserved in brandy. They have been made with the physical insect nearby in energetic relationship with the practitioner and the water. Each remedy contains the vibration of the insect and has its own unique story. In writing about these remedies, I have chosen poems that convey a gesture of the insect that is relevant and beautiful.
Lasavia Minerals Collection
The predominant experience that most people have in their relationship with the kingdom of minerals is a sense of preciousness, sometimes verging on possessiveness. There are many mysterious and magical stories in literature where a person becomes possessed by the very thing they wish to possess. The force of mineral is integral to the material world on which our society is based. It is a force that can create a deep rift in our human relationships, creating feelings of superiority and deep unhappiness. Awareness and understanding of our relationship with the material world can lead to co-operation without the need to renounce or discard. I often think that what balances all that power and strength of the material force is tenderness.