Her true fragrance:
Accept change is constant:
Slow down and smell the Jonquils. ~Ally.
Flowers, plants and trees have been used by indigenous people from all over the world for thousands of years to bring gentle holistic healing. The oldest known living tradition lies with the Nyoongah Aboriginal people of the South West of Australia.
Dr. Edward Bach introduced flower essence therapy to the Western world in the 1930’s with his system of 38 healing remedies made from English wildflowers, to correct emotional imbalances where negative emotions are replaced with positive.
And may we ever have joy and gratitude in our hearts that the Great Creator of all things, in His Love for us, has placed the herbs in the fields for His healing. ~Dr. Edward Bach: Heal Thyself.
Since then flower essences have been crafted from wildflowers, growing in wilderness area all over the world from the celtic plains of England to the rainforests of the Amazon to the desert and mountain regions of Australia.
The effect of these essences is similar to that of meditation in that they enable the person to access the wisdom of their Higher Self ~ Negative beliefs and thoughts are dissolved, balance is restored and true healing occurs. ~Ian White: Australian Bush Flower Essences.
Visual energy and vibrational fragrance:
When I was painting on silk in the 90s, a herbalist introduced me to the idea of absorbing the healing vibration of a flower from a photographic image of that flower.
‘Holding’ the healing energy of a flower as I was painting it, was quite a challenge at the time, but opened out a whole new way of working as my belief in visual energy transmittance increased.
It wasn’t long before I began to make my own flower essences from Australian wildflowers growing around the rural areas of Sydney. Some of the flowers with their healing properties were not yet listed in any of the publications at that time and so my task became to intuit what their healing properties might be.
For instance, I was fortunate to see a Xanthorrhoea spike in full bloom and make an essence from it. I was later told it was one of the most powerful of all the Australian essences ~ Too powerful if not used correctly and so not available commercially. I wasn’t selling my essences ~ But giving them to friends for their feedback.
Beginnings of this piece:
A rockpool with a ‘natural’ appearance was formed with a scattering of small rocks, sculpted to leave the shape of a heart at the centre. The arrangement was then partially covered in water and frozen.
Shells were placed on top of the ice, inside the heart shape. Double jonquils were positioned on the edges of the heart shaped rockpool.
If your heart is already awakened:
Sleep peacefully, sleep in the arms of Love. ~Rumi.
See with your heart the beauty of Jonquil.
The healing essence of Jonquil will allow you to more fully accept that life is continually changing. So that as you gather the force that your lifetime of experience has given you ~ You can move into the being you, in your true heart know yourself to be.
The heart can remember its true fragrance ~ Always. ~Ally.
Breathe in Jonquil.
The healing essence of Jonquil will also help to ground you so that you can ‘Slow down and smell the Jonquils’ and then ‘Go with the flow’ and move more confidently into ‘The New You.’
About my work:
Relatively small assemblages are built from flowers, weeds and plants combined with other natural materials that I find in the local bushland or surrounding urban streets.
During the creation of these pieces ~ The process is incredibly magical. Thoughts of anything else are silenced. I simply watch as the different elements greet, merge, compliment and/or contrast with each other.
Hundreds of photographs are taken at different stages of the arrangements. Then ideas/thoughts/words that come to me, as I look at the resulting images give form to a new expression ~ Short ‘poems.’
Most of my materials, like these shells and stones, and the lichen covered branches and twigs are recyclable. After being photographed all the materials are gathered up and restored. The flowers are often floated in bowls of water, as simple house and garden decor.
Introduction at: Welcome to Earth ♥︎ Sand ♥︎ Water ♥︎ Ice
I work with the notion that the energy that supported the creation of these assemblages in ice ~ Can be made palpable in these photographs.
In viewing these images you may be led to see another dimension to them, from your own reality. If you have other layers of thought to add ~ Please do.