With all of the stories of violence and destruction that affect humans, animals and our beloved Mother Earth, how are we to keep from closing down in despair? How can we instead keep our hearts and minds open with a calm focus on living and taking action for the benefit of All Beings? As I pondered this for many years, the name Earth Keeper kept coming to mind. When Indian Pipe Flower Essence was made last year, July of 2008, I knew it would be a key essence in the Earth Keeper blend. Now Earth Keeper is ready to be introduced and Indian Pipe is the featured essence for this month, July 2009.
Indian Pipe Flower Essence
Let’s start with a story of the Origin of the Indian Pipe Plant as told by John Rattling-Gourd. I found this story:
“Before selfishness crept into the world–that was a long time ago–the Cherokee people were happy and peaceable. They used the same hunting grounds and fishing grounds as their neighbors. They fished in the same streams and hunted in the same stands of forest. There were no arguments about boundaries and there were no arguments about fishing rights. But this was before Men became greedy. All this changed when Men learned to quarrel.
The first quarrel that arose was between the Cherokee and a neighboring tribe. It was a long and bitter quarrel, so bitter that the chiefs of the two tribes decided to meet in council to try and settle their trouble. And so they met, one day, and they smoked the peace pipe in solemn council, but they did not stop quarreling. A puff on the peace pipe and a bitter word was the way it went. Days passed and still the council sat and smoked and quarreled.
Now the Great Spirit was much displeased that the Indians should quarrel while smoking the pipe of peace. And the Great Spirit said, “I shall have to do something to you men that will show you that People should live together in peace, and that when Indians smoke the pipe, it must be done in peace.”
The Great Spirit looked down at the old Men sitting in all that smoke. And he saw how gray they looked and how their heads hung down in weariness because it had been many nights since they had slept. And so he turned the old Men who smoked there in the council into small silvery gray flowers, their heads bent over and their petals hoary.
If you should find one in the woods and turn it so that the head is down and the stem up, you will see that it looks like an Indian pipe, and so it is called to this day. But in the woods where they are often seen clustered together, they appear to be little gray People sitting in long council.
Now after the Great Spirit had changed the quarreling Indians into flowers and set them out in the forest, he noticed that the smoke from their pipes still hung heavy in the air above the place where the council had been. So he gathered up the smoke and draped it over the mountains as a reminder. And he left it there until such time as all Men shall learn to live peace together.”
On the flower essence level, Indian Pipe activates rising above arguing, warring, resentment and grudges to see how each person, including yourself, is playing a role in a conflict that is providing lessons for your spiritual growth. From this perspective access forgiveness, personal peace, embody the lessons and step away from the drama.
Peace starts with each one of us–within ourselves, with our families, friends and neighbors. Indian Pipe essence supports our personal and spiritual development by bringing to light any part we are playing in a conflict and emboldens our ability to forgive our self and others involved. It then encourages us to disengage emotionally, mentally and physically from the dispute.
As Indian Pipe Flower Essence says of itself:
I AM encouragement for peaceful conflict resolution.
For more information on Indian Pipe Flower Essence and the amber, bloodstone, black onyx, chrysophrase, green tourmaline, Inca jade, smokey quartz and drusy quartz crystals, and sound imprints of vocal chant and drum with eagle feather that energetically grounded this essence while it was being made, go to the link below.
July’s Flower Remedy Blend:
Love our Mother Earth! The Earth Keeper blend of 24 flower and tree essences supports living in sacred harmony with Nature and all Beings who are here on Earth. It encourages peacefully engaging life while actively living and working with the health of Earth in mind. It reminds us to honor each other and all creatures. Earth Keeper provides solace when you are weary of strife and destruction, a deep connection to your spiritual roots, and personal peace as you work for the wellbeing and sacredness of our planet.
Earth Keeper Flower Remedy Blend can be used by people who are sensitive to scents because it is made without essential oils. It is in a base of red shiso herb tea with organic white vinegar. (Read more information about the red/shiso vinegar base). Earth Keeper comes in a one-ounce spray bottle for easy use. Spray around your body, into a glass of drinking water or directly into your mouth.
For more information about the Earth Keeper Blend and the chrysocolla, red aventurine, turquoise, variscite and drusy quartz gemstones that energetically grounded this blend, go to the link below. Note: Some of the essences in this blend also contain sound imprints.
Indian Pipe and Earth Keeper Flower Remedy are active allies as we learn respectful and peaceful ways of living. Love our Mother Earth and honor each other.
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