Dr. Vandana and Nancy Whitlow
This is from the last series of conversations between Nancy and Vandana on the flower essences from SAIIIHR. This conversation centres around the flower of the Eucalyptus whose significance according to the Mother is Abolition of the Ego.
V So we start with Abolition of the Ego. It is very interesting because the first on the list of flower remedies is Abolition of the Ego and the last is always Without Grief. So most of the remedies I have made come somewhere in the middle of these two as the list is alphabetical. So perhaps the way to Without Grief begins with Abolition of the Ego. What would you like to know about it: how it was made, or about the remedy or about my experiences with the remedy?
N You can talk about it the way you like. I am ready for a story.
V Abolition of the Ego is the flower of the eucalyptus tree. It has two colours, one is cream-white and the other is red. Of course there are many other varieties, but in our surroundings these are the ones we mainly have. Normally it is not easy to get the flower because the trees grow very tall and high and the flowers bloom at these heights. So very rarely does one see flowers close to the ground. The first time I made this remedy I felt very lucky and grateful to find a tree whose flowers were easily accessible. This was near the Ganesh temple of Auroville. The remedy was finished after a few years. Now I had to make the remedy again and the trees near the Ganesh temple were not blooming.
There is something very interesting about the flower: it has a very hard bud and is covered with a very hard cap. It’s like a stem. Then this cap suddenly splits open and there are these pinkish flowers waving in the breeze, with a beautiful fragrance.
So when the remedy was finished I was having great difficulty finding this flower. I asked everybody I met if they knew of a tree with blooms close to the ground. Françoise told me that she believed there were some and that she would enquire. She did so and told me that it seemed that there were some in the Matrimandir gardens. At that time it had only buds. She told me she would keep a check. Then one Sunday I thought I could go to make the remedy. She told me that there was no need to bring anything as there were very few flowers. But inside me it was very clear that today was the day to make the remedy. It seems I had become a little more conscious! When I arrived at Matrimandir gardens, she met me with the one branch of flowers that was blooming. But you can’t make a flower remedy with flowers plucked a long time ago. You have to be in contact with the tree and make it near the plant when you pluck the flowers. You cannot pluck a branch, carry it away a distance and then make the remedy. The vibration must be very pure, nothing in between, only the flower and the water. So, she said, “Okay, it’s gone!” I said, “Let’s see where it is growing.” She told me how she had discovered this tree. She had been asking Andrea about this tree, standing in the gardens. Andrea said, “Well, just look behind you.” And there was a huge tree, a really huge tree. She had been standing just in front of it and she hadn’t even noticed — it was so discreet. Françoise is not someone who is unconscious, she has a deep link to plants. It was strange because being there, she could not see the plant. So we went to that tree and as we reached the tree, we discovered a whole forest. There was a whole grove of trees! Yet, she had only seen one, but behind it there were twenty other trees… and they were all in bloom. This was our first lesson on Abolition of the Ego.
And so I walked up to this tree which was really the most beautiful and it was so high, just as it is shown in the book and the leaves touched the ground. It was flowering, flowering, flowering and one could go near to touch the trunk. When you did that you were surrounded by these beautiful leaves and flowers. It was like you were embraced. It was so beautiful — there was such a presence. It was neutral, just neutral, so calm, still and neutral. There was a red one and a white one and the trees were full of flowers. I didn’t know which one to make, so I made them both. When in doubt, do both! Interestingly the water turned to a wine colour… a golden brown. In both remedies, from the white and red flowers, the water had exactly the same colour — golden brown. In the pink and white, the water had interestingly the same colour, exactly the same taste, and exactly the same smell. There was no difference. And well… the effect was also the same. The Australians call it ‘The Silver Princess’. I always liked that name, ‘Silver Princess’. This tree is really so tall, so dignified, so noble. It is there and yet not there.