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Findhorn Flower Essence Spring 2014 Newsletter Dear friends,

Warmest wishes from Bodghaya. I mentioned in the last newsletter I was going on a pilgrimage to India - so here I am in the most iconographic mandalas for Buddhists - one tree.

It was just here, under the tree, in the morning on Holi, at the Aries full moon I made the essence of Lotus lily (Nymphaea stellata).

Often I have said that essences 'make' themselves. This one is a point in case.

Dear friend, Majella offered to accompany and assist, and indeed her help was invaluable. You have to picture the scene, hear the unceasing chanting, pilgrims doing kora ( around the mahabodhi temple, the place - the tree - where Buddha awoke to enlightenment. Green Tara shrine is carved into the temple's exterior and here we made flower offerings on arrival, a week earlier. And so it was these same flowers that I chose as the essence to be made. Apart from knowing it to be a member of the lotus family, anything I have learned about this flower comes after having made the essence. I need to keep my mind clear, without preconceived ideas.

One single blue flower, rare, I think, sat in the centre of the bowl. This is the Blue Lotus of India (since it is likened to the colour of Krishna). Lotus lily blooms at night and the moon is its ally, it is said. A pond full of kumuda (Sanskrit) is a favourite simile for beauty. In making the essence I had to keep moving the bowl to follow the sun. It is as if the flowers were wanting to be out of the suns light.

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