One of the more esoteric things I do is to make vibrational remedies or essences. On Lord Howe Island there are huge Banyan trees, some of which cover three acres of land. The tree in the paddock where our cottage was located was of a good age, and had been pruned to feed cattle for several generations. The original tree where the fig seed had germinated was now gone, so that when we stood in the middle of the ring of trunks we looked up into a circle of branches that framed the sky.
The original seedling had sent a root down to the ground, gathering strength and nutrients for the tree to grow, then each branch in turn sent down aerial prop roots, like long tassels, which took root when they reached the ground too. Once rooted the long thread thickened to eventually become another trunk, supporting the branch above as it continued to grow, sending down more exploratory tassels which would become trunks.
We had come to Lord Howe on the spur of the moment, when we decided to go somewhere for a short break. We talked idly about a Pacific Island such as Noumea, then did our research separately, and were astonished to find we had both separately decided on Lord Howe. No we had never mentioned it before! So we knew we were supposed to be there and the delays flying in were all part of the deal … if the Universe wants you somewhere you know it will happen regardless of the weather. When I travel I am always prepared to make an essence, and I respond to the energy around me to know where and when and how. This time it seemed to be the Banyan, the one near the cottage.
One morning I went to sit with it, observing, listening, meditating. I carried water in a clear glass, which I sat in the space under the circle of branches, and I put a quartz crystal beside it to help focus the energy.
A cow came to join me for a while, then Stuart came to sit and draw, and finally I felt the essence was ready.
I poured it into a small bottle, added brandy as a preservative, and thanked the tree within whose great circling trunks I sat. I counted about fourteen trunks in the inner circle and about fifty in the wider circle of its spread.
So what is it like? It feels like community, like a great mother supporting her young, like people working together in harmony; it feels strong, like being held and encouraged, part of a network reaching out. I think it is an essence to build community, to knit people together, to help bring in those who feel like outsiders so they also begin to realise that we are all one, an essence to strengthen the awakening of the human race so we can learn a better way of living together in peace.
For anyone who is interested the essence is available in a small dropper bottle, you take 7 drops twice a day, or just keep it near you. Like all vibrational remedies it is very gentle, working harmoniously with your own energy patterns. It might be the kind of thing you would like to spray in the air in certain places, local government buildings perhaps! Picture your own community of love and peace growing like a great banyan.
I don’t usually talk about the essences, being a kind of ‘out-there’ activity, but if you are interested in my essences please see the separate site I am trying to make! http://livingearthessences.wordpress.com/