Part of my personal practice with the flowers involves regular meditation with one or two essences around an issue I'm working through. Today, I was guided to work with Impatiens, a Bach essence, and Sage, a Flower Essence Society remedy, together.
Lately I've been pulled into fears about the future, such as: "Have I been making the right decisions? Am I in the right place? How long are things going to feel like a slog?" I was hoping for a shift in perception as I'm aware that everything which is pulling me into fear is my own creation.
Here's what Sage & Impatiens had to share:
Who wrote the rules around what you believe you need in order to be happy?
Be guided by what you have, work from the positive, the heart space.
Do not decide what you need based on what you believe you don't have, from fear. This is working from lack and true abundance cannot be created from scarcity and lack.
Everything is a gift if you're in your heart.
You will never be ok with the future if you're not ok with the present. Again, you're trying to create based on the fear of the void--you're trying to fill it up instead of simply existing within it--or better yet, playing in it.
You want a magic formula telling you the future is all fine and dandy when it is YOU who decides the fate of what's to come by being right here, right now.
The words of a healer, Mary Elizabeth Mason, came to me. "What is required of me in this precise moment?" If you truly ask yourself this question, you can never be wrong.
Be careful where you're looking for answers outside of yourself. This doesn't mean you should should be working in a vacuum, but seek counsel as needed and then look inward for what's true.
Co-creation happens in the present.
- as told to me by Sage and Impatiens, May 1st, 2017
Impatiens was the first essence Bach created, it was supposedly a very important essence for him personally. I reach for Impatiens when I come across Type-A people (that's me!) who tend to get the job done and expect things to unfold on their time. Impatiens types can be tense, fretful, and have a hard time relaxing and trusting in the future. A lot of times when a child didn't feel safe to rely on their caregivers, or needed to be self-sufficient at an early age (a common occurrence in first-borns), the personality goes into overdrive, needing to control in order to feel comfortable. Mechthild Scheffer calls Impatiens ""The Time Flower"... from impatience, to patience."
Sage holds tremendous wisdom. It reminds us of the bigger meanings and teachings of our experiences. Patricia Kaminski of the Flower Essence Society says this of Sage and its relationship to time, "Seeing large sweeps of time, making sense of life biography and destiny." And so it supports a deeper conceptualization of time--past, present, and future so one can make sense of what is unfolding. Sage is an important essence when there is any resistance to acceptance. It supports the growth process; one can integrate what's necessary in order to advance to the next stage.