Healing Sexual Trauma

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Recently there has been a heightened awareness regarding sexual harassment and assault with many women (and men) sharing their personal stories, inspired by celebrities coming forward about their experiences of sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry. In the wake of a growing openness and willingness to address the issue of sexual abuse, as a Practitioner specialising in New Zealand Native Flower Essence Therapy I would like to offer advice and support to those who are wanting to heal from sexual trauma.

Sexual trauma covers a wide spectrum of experiences, at it’s extreme this includes rape, sexual violence and sexual abuse. It can also be experienced in more subtle ways including uninvited comments, conduct, or behavior regarding sex, gender, or sexual orientation. Certain gynaecological or urological procedures and the process of giving birth can also have a negative impact on our sexual expression and wellbeing. While sexual trauma can be experienced in various ways, there is usually a common theme with all of these experiences – one is left feeling that one’s personal boundaries have been violated. Sexual trauma can distort our relationship with own sexual nature, diminish our sexual power and lead to sexual dysfunction and dis-ease.

It’s not uncommon for people to feel like they have moved on or resolved a trauma, only to realise years later when triggered by a similar experience that unconsciously they are still very much being affected by the initial event. Traumatic memories can become locked in the cellular consciousness, while our conscious mind may have moved on, the intelligence of our body still remembers. Flower essences are excellent tools for clearing unconscious cellular memories of trauma and abuse without having to re-experience the initial trauma.

The principal plant ally for sexual trauma is No 38 Rasp Fern, which gently clears cellular memories of sexual abuse, sexual harassment and violation of sexual boundaries. Rasp Fern heals the emotional layer of the aura, also known as the astral or desire body and helps us to re-establish healthy sexual and emotional boundaries. Indications for use include avoidance around emotions and sexuality, frigidity, sexual or emotional dysfunction and a sense of soul loss or disconnection from one’s feeling, emotional or sexual nature. Clearing the negative imprints of trauma from the aura with Rasp Fern is the first step to gaining freedom from sexual trauma.

 

From a holistic perspective everything we have ever experienced is recorded in our aura and this is where trauma will leave it’s imprint initially. These negative imprints if not cleared, can manifest at deeper levels of our holistic being over time. Unresolved trauma creates blocks in our energy body, these blocks impede the flow of life force leading to de-vitalisation and eventually degeneration of our physical being. It is not uncommon for someone to experience a serious trauma and them fall ill within 6 months of the incident. The shaman, medicine men and women of old understood the connection between trauma and ill health and knew how to clear these negative imprints from the energy body. In the 21st century we have plant allies in the form of flower essences to help us with this subtle yet powerful work.

 

If there has been a sexual trauma and it has not been resolved at the level of the aura within 28 days it can migrate and manifest at deeper levels of our holistic being. Sexual trauma primarily impacts the sacral chakra, our energetic centre for emotions and sexuality. The sacral chakra also corresponds to reproductive organs and it is the chakra we work with when addressing the energetic aspect of health issues such infertility and sexual dysfunction. For historic or ongoing sexual trauma, I recommend working with No 45 Matai, which strengthens, protects and clears the sacral chakra and promotes healthy sexuality. If the sacral chakra has been impacted then you may experience bi-polar mood swings, sexual addictions, poor sense of emotional boundaries, suppressed emotions or sexual expression, guilt or anxiety around pleasure or sexual intimacy, frigidity/impotence, lack of desire and denial of pleasure.

If there is a pattern of sexual trauma in a person’s life or in their ancestral line, then I recommended using the seed essence No 52 Nikau Palm. This essence is helps clear  fears, blocks in consciousness and depression relating to sexual exchanges. Unless the trauma is fairly recent (past 8 weeks) and there is not history of similar experiences, I recommend Nikau Palm. Nikau Palm is useful for core negative beliefs and limiting life patterns around one’s relationship with sex, sensuality, pleasure and partnership. Nikau Palm is used to heal distorted sexual behaviours and attitudes and create new wholesome patterns around sexual energies.

 

For issues relating to sexuality the three essences No 22 Manuka, No 23 Lacebark and No 24 Poroporo can be helpful. Manuka is used for a primal wound to one’s sexual nature and for pain, anger or avoidance relating to sex, sexuality and intimacy. Manuka allows deep pain to be transmuted and purified. I recommend Manuka to consciously reclaim one’s sexual power and to feel at ease with ones powerful sexual energies. Lacebark balances sexuality and sensuality helping one to embrace one’s sensual and desire nature. Lacebark is helpful for stress and anxiety relating to sex, sexuality and intimacy. Poroporo promotes sexual confidence and clarity around sexual values. I recommend Poroporo for any depression, inhibition, despondency or fear relating to sex, sexuality and intimacy. Poroporo is particularly helpful for longstanding deep emotional depression.

 

For sexual abuse and violence I recommend the shamanic essence No 111 Giant Flowered Broom. It assists in clearing energetic debris transmitted from sexual encounters and shame or guilt related to sexual abuse. As a specialist shamanic essence it addresses and clears the impact of sexual projections on one’s consciousness, whether or not there has been physical contact. For women I also recommend No 65 Tree Fuchsia, which is helpful for the emotional effect of any intrusive physical and psychological experiences directly impacting the feminine including gynaecological procedures.

 

There are other fern essences that may be appropriate depending on a person’s unique case. If physical violence or threats to one’s physical safety or security have been an aspect of sexual trauma then I would recommend No 37 King Fern. For bullying, intimidation and harassment I recommend No 39 Shaking Brake Fern. Often the perpetrators of sexual abuse are people we already know and if this is the case No 40 Silver Fern can be helpful for abuse of trust. For feelings of shame and humiliation I recommend No 41 Prince of Wales Feathers Fern. There may be other essences that are appropriate based on a person’s personality type, situation and history.

 

I recommend working with a flower essence blend containing a combination of these essences to help heal from sexual trauma. You can order a custom made flower essence blend here.

To get the best out of flower essences treatment I recommend having a private consultation to get a custom made flower essence blend for your unique situation and symptoms. If you would like to work with me please contact me.

Information sourced from “The Sacred Plant Medicine of Aotearoa, Volume One.” by Franchelle Ofsoske-Wyber.

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Deep Healing Programme

 

Deep Healing

“In every culture and in every medical tradition before ours, healing was accomplished by moving energy”
– Albert Szent-Gyorgi

When working with First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® it is often appropriate to work with an essence treatment programme. While using one’s constitutional essence blend on a regular basis is a simple and effective way to support wellbeing, there are times when one may desire or require a more comprehensive and deeper level of healing. I am increasingly recommending a Deep Healing Programme for my clients, which involves taking First Light fern essences, tree essences and seed essences over a six month period. The three stage process replicates the natural order or matrix that restores and sustains holistic wellbeing and inner harmony. It is also a perfection reflection of the sacred healing methods used by shamans, medicine men and woman for thousands of years.

AURA CLEANSE & DETOX
The first stage of the deep healing programme involves taking an essence blend of First Light fern essences for two months (two lunar cycles). This aura cleanse and detox programme addresses the seven individual layers of the aura that hold the seven fundamental traumas and the associated tertiary fears, which express as an unconscious avoidance of specific life situations. The aura holds within it energetic imprints and the cellular memory of everything we have ever experienced and this is why it is important to work with the aura when we are restoring wellbeing. To maintain holistic wellbeing it is vital that all of the layers of the aura are clear, functioning correctly and working together harmoniously. The fern essences can be used to ensure that a river of pure ‘chi’ circulates through our holistic being. By using the fern essences we enhance and support a healthy, robust and strong aura, free from disharmonious energetic imprints.

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No. 38 Rasp Fern. From The Fern Collection, First Light Flower Essences of NZ®

CHAKRA CLEANSE & DETOX
The second stage of the deep healing programme involves taking an essence blend of First Light tree essences for two months (two lunar cycles). This chakra cleanse and detox programme is designed to balance, strengthen, protect, energise and clear the seven major chakras that correspond to the seven ductless glands and the vital organs of the body. The tree essences address chakra imbalance, impactation and malfunction that can result in over-compensation or under-compensation of the chakras. The tree essences also address secondary fears held in the chakras that generally express as anxiety. The chakras can become blocked when levels of anxiety reach a critical mass and inhibit the natural flow of energy through the chakras, which can prevent or limit the energy flowing through them, which in turn compromises holistic health and wellbeing. Healthy fully functioning chakras direct vital energies to the major organs of the body and facilitate a harmonious energetic resonance throughout the physical and metaphysical being.

46. TotaraNo. 46 Totara. From The Tree Collection, First Light Flower Essences of NZ®

ANCESTRAL HEALING AND RELEASE
The third stage of the six-month deep healing programme involves taking First Light seed essences for two months (two lunar cycles). This ancestral healing and release programme can address ancestral, hereditary and past life issues facilitating the release of problematic patterns and blocks that manifest as health and behavioural problems. The seed essences release primary fears held at the DNA level that generally express as deep unconscious fears, blocks in consciousness or as depression. This programme is designed to release core negative beliefs and distorted limiting programmes, enabling one to redefine, reorient and realign distorted patterns in consciousness. The seeds act as catalysts for deep shifts in consciousness and empower one to break through karmic cycles and overcome inertia. The seed essences enhance, support and maintain optimal DNA function and restore the master patterns for harmonious living and right relationship with all life.

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No. 51 Broadleaf. From The Seed Collection, First Light Flower Essences of NZ®

This deep healing programme is suitable for people of all ages and can be undertaken for a variety of reasons. It is particularly beneficial for people who are experiencing chronic or on-going health issues that they have not been able to overcome or move beyond. This deep healing programme can compliment a physical detox to produce a deeper level of detoxification, making it an excellent addition to pre-conception care for those wanting to be in an optimal state of health before they conceive. The deep healing programme can be undertaken by anyone that is wanting to experience deep healing and holistic wellbeing. The programme is a great process for the whole family to go through, promoting harmonious relating and holistic health.

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Ideally a deep healing programme should be undertaken before chronic conditions or dis-ease occur. Once dis-ease has manifested in the physical body it can be a difficult and lengthy process to restore harmony and balance, if we can shift or transform dis-ease in the energy body before it manifests at the physical level we can not only heal much more rapidly and with greater ease but we can prevent physical dis-ease from actually manifesting. The individual formulas can be used on a regular or on-going basis to maintain the integrity of the aura, chakras and one’s energetic core (DNA), in this way the essences can support holistic wellbeing in a very proactive and effective way.

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Information sourced from “The Sacred Plant Medicine of Aotearoa, Volume One.” by Franchelle Ofsoske-Wyber.