Blackberry for Manifestation: Anchoring Thoughts and Ideas In Our Will
May 27, 2016
Blackberry brambles are spreading and starting to bloom here at Terra Flora. As we were taking a spring evening walk by one of our ponds, I spied these blackberry canes reaching out from along the pond dam, beginning to spread their tentacles. This invasive “weed” is the gardener’s bane, but it has an important lesson to teach us as a flower essence, developing the motivation and tenacity to bring ideas into manifestation, to overcome inertia and procrastination to get things done.
One practitioner reported, “I put Blackberry in a young woman’s formula, and within a day she was hanging all of the art in her house which had remained in boxes since she had moved into her house 6 months earlier.” Another practitioner reported, “A male client, going through a transitional period, wanted to develop more responsibility; he didn’t have good track record with work, only did odd jobs, and was somewhat ‘dreamy.’ He didn’t want to apply himself to work. I gave him Blackberry flower essence, and within three days, he had a job.” This was a person who said he didn’t “believe in flower essences.”
A third practitioner was using Blackberry essence with a client, when she decided to try it for herself. She reported, “Within a day of adding it to my formula, I "suddenly" cleared off a crammed bookshelf in my office with great pleasure and energy; the next day I did the remaining long shelf and closet.
Blackberry grows from a vigorous perennial root stock, sending up long arching branches (canes) that can grow as much as 20 - 40 feet (6-12 m) long and up to 10 ft (3 m) tall, in a single year. In their second year of growth the canes put out numerous side shoots, and these produce the flowers and fruits. The canes are covered with sharp, rigid thorns, and even the leaves have “prickles” on the pedicels. The leaves are compound, generally five-fold, but occasionally in threes. The flowers, white, often tinged with pink, have the typical Rose Family five-petaled shape, with numerous stamens and pistils. The berry which develops is actually a cluster of “drupelets.” (A drupe is a fleshy fruit surrounding a single seed.)
This plant is so invasive because it can spread both by seed, carried by the many animals that feed on the berries, and vegetatively, through the underground growth of its roots, but also by the canes themselves, which can form roots where their arching reach touches the ground again, far from their origin. Even if the canes are cut back and the root mass chopped up, new plants will sprout from any piece of root left in the ground.
Despite the ferocity of the vegetative growth, the flowers themselves are quite delicate, opening only in the fullness of the day, and falling off at the slightest touch.
One way to describe the Blackberry plant is that it is “all limbs.” Our limbs — our arms and legs — are the way we manifest our will, and the Blackberry shows us an extreme case of manifestation. Rose Family plants in general demonstrate an ability to incarnate deeply into the earth, through their strong rooting process, vigorous vegetative growth, even when severely cut back, and the fecundity of their fruiting and seeding process. What has become excessive in the Blackberry can be a necessary corrective for someone who is blocked, and whose intentions are never manifest through action (the limbs). Without anchoring our thoughts and intentions in our will, they become mere fleeting fancies, somewhat like the ephemeral blossoms, quickly fading and falling away. Blackberry helps us learn to bring these thoughts and intentions to fruition by activating the vigorous life force of our will to action.
Blackberry essence is available here: http://store.fesflowers.com/…/quintessentia…/blackberry.html
It is also a key ingredient in the Activ-8 Flourish Formula spray: http://store.fesflowers.com/activ-8-1-oz-dosage-spray-bottl…