Flower Essence Insight Cards are becoming more and more popular and with Steve Johnson bringing out his Alaskan Flower Essence Insight Cards, I thought it would be timely to review what's available and how people use them.
All the different Insight Cards show beautiful pictures of the sources of individual Essences, Australian Bush Flower Essences, LightBringer Essences, Wild Earth Animal Essences, Bach Flower Remedies and now the Alaskan Flower Essences as well. If you already work with a particular range of essences, a pack of Insight Cards could help you to develop an intuitive approach to essence selection and facilitate a visual and fun way of choosing essences whether for yourself, your family and friends, or in your practice.
Using the Insight Cards in practice is a great way to introduce clients to the essences, as pictures of flowers and animals are immediately appealing. It also involves them directly in the process of choosing essences which helps them take responsibility for their own healing journey.
There are many different ways of using Flower Essence Insight cards, someone can pick the images that they feel most strongly about, it could be images that generate both positive and negative feelings, or they can pick 'blind' with the cards upside down so they aren't automatically drawn to their 'favourites' or just play safe. They can choose as many as they want, usually up to about 5 or 6. Sometimes they just feel they’d like 1 or 2. It's good to pick cards with their non-dominant hand to by-pass the mind, which can be so effective at avoidance, denial, controlling.
The cards can be very revealing, sometimes allowing us to see what is behind the issues and giving insights that may not occur to our rational thinking process. For a practitioner this can be useful for understanding of what is really happening in the case. And for the person seeking to take a step forward on their journey, there is often a sigh of relief, if not an expression of amazement and gratitude that the cards have ‘got’ them so spot on. It is always extraordinary how accurately we attract the right cards, seemingly at random and the realisation of one of our patterns of behaviour, or just bringing an unconscious issue into focus is a big step towards starting to address it.
Energy clearly shifts by working with the cards because healing energy is available directly through the image as well as in the essence itself, so healing often starts simply by focussing intention on the card although people also love to have a bottle of their essences to take away and continure the process.
Other ways of working with the cards include doing a spread of 3 cards - the first card represents the past , the second card the present, and the 3rd the future. You could also set 3 cards in order as where you are now, the challenge you are facing and then the outcome. Insight cards also provide an aid to meditation. When you meditate deeply on a flower, or it's image, it can have a profound healing effect.