Mentone, Australia

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VULNERABILITY – Guarded, Defensive.
Aechmea recurvata ( forms )

Lesson: You cannot hide from life. The only thing you can close down to are your feelings.

Positive – Opening to experiences beyond fear. Allowing your deepest wounds to surface in order to allow healing.

Negative – Closing down to your feelings in order to guard yourself from being hurt. Blind to the fact you have done so.

A Crash Course in the Doctrine of Signatures: The ancient Greeks and Romans coined a phrase called “Doctrine of Signatures”. This doctrine stated that when one looked upon the natural form of a plant species, many signature traits could be recognized as to it’s medicial uses. When read together, the story of the health condition; how it was created and how can be “cured” can then be known. This particular species exhibits many such signatures and makes a great example of this system of inspection. Here is a quick run down on how to “read” mother nature’s clues…

Red coloring – Indicates passion; not just “love”. Passion in terms of the feeling of an extreme emotion.

Flowers – Flowers equal “feelings”. Pay particular attention to how a flower displays it’s flowers. Here, the flowers are protected by barblike sheathes. This is a symbol of “expectation of harm”.

Recurving leaves – Opening, here indicates the way through the drama is to be open. The counter signature is to close or “guard oneself”
The flower of Vulnerability helps one to recognize that one’s feelings are important. By closing down to our feelings, one cannot recognize the presence of pain or suffering in one’s life… nor the presence of love and support either. The flower helps to let down one’s defences and expectations of harm; that defensive reflex which takes us out of feeling… and places us into mental projection of our reality ( based upon past references and not current one’s )

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