April 02, 2021
I’m sure you’ve heard before: The opposite of love is not hate; it’s fear.
How do we embody courage?
How do we practice fearlessness?
How do we dissolve fear of conflict?
One of my favorite quotes from Chogyam Trungpa is:
One of the fears I see most these days is fear of conflict. We don’t want to offend anyone. Or be attacked. We don’t want to face anyone’s wrath. And we’re even MORE afraid of what we’ll do if we express our own anger.
In reflecting on other types of fears, I keep coming to the conclusion that in most cases:
We’re primarily wary of what we might feel -- in the situations that we’re afraid of.
Boiled down ... we’re afraid of feeling.
The root of the word courage is ‘cor’, which means heart.
The earliest definition of courage was: “To speak one's mind by telling all one's heart.”
Often, the first step is to speak our mind to ourselves about what we’re actually afraid of.
Once we’ve faced the overwhelm of looking at our fears head on -- that’s when the transmutation starts. Then we can lean into flower essences for support.
From the list below …
Which fear are you most acquainted with?
Which fear would you most love to transmute and go beyond?
And if you get overwhelmed … stop reading and just look at which flowers attract you the most. Start there.
Nectarine Blossom helps you see benevolence everywhere.
Bonsai Plum Flower amplifies curiosity, exploration and risk-taking.
Crown Flower magnifies equanimity, discernment and freedom from fear.
Desert Milkweed helps us experience the world as a friendly, understanding place.
Cannonball inspires us to surrender into deeper intimacy in life without fear of being exposed.
Jade Vine helps us fearlessly engage with the world around us.
Sacred Datura shines a light into dark places and gives us a new perspective.
Shower of Orchids inspires a profound understanding of your value + contribution in the world.
Red Clover turns down the volume of the influence of the collective fear and amplifies your natural courage (also found in Radiant Energy).
Magenta Epidendrum amplifies our open-heartedness to life & helps us experience acceptance when people or situations don’t live up to our expectations.
Pink Torch Ginger heals old wounds, dissolves our yearning for another to complete us and helps us radiate from the inside.
If you made it this far, I congratulate you.
It’s not easy to reflect on all the different kinds of fear.
But once we acknowledge our fears, we can work with them. Flower remedies soften and dissolve them so we can go beyond them. And then we can inspire others with our fearless heart.
My flower essence teacher used to tell me that if 3% of the world’s population was working with flower essences regularly, it would create enough ripple effect -- for the future of our planet to radically change for the positive.
Imagine this: as a result of you expressing more courage and fearlessness, everyone around you feels it -- and is empowered to be more courageous in their lives.
Love + flower petals,