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Mullein: Standing Tall with the Light of Conscience

Oct 01, 2015

As we enter this autumn season at Terra Flora the Mullein plants are standing tall with their bright yellow flowers shining sparks of light. Mullein flower essence connects us with our inner voice, with the light of conscience, to help overcome falsity to self and others.

In reviewing our files, we found a delightful essay about Mullein by flower essence practitioner Jack Braunstein. Participants in the Flower Essence Society practitioner program are asked to write about a particular personality, historical or fictional, who embodies the positive archetype of a flower essence plant. Jack chose Henry David Thoreau, to embody someone who remained true to his inner light and voice, the epitome of Mullein. Here are some excerpts from that essay.

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a 
different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears…" Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau's unswerving, perhaps stubborn, idealism and his almost obsessive immersion in nature provided the fertile soil that have made him an archetype of the poetic naturalist. For two years, two months and two days he ventured into the woods near Walden Pond to live the simply and "confront only the essential facts of life."

Walden Pond was Thoreau's sanctuary, a place where he could bathe in the rejuvenating powers of its water. During those two years his reflection in the pond was his only mirror, and his close observation of the seasons were how he measured time. To him, nature was a musical instrument that he listened to in the depths of solitude. During his most enlightened moments, he heard her melody accompanied by a voice-his "inner voice." This was the higher voice of moral conscience regarded highly by Transcendentalists.

Mullein is the archetypal wildflower of inner light. It is no coincidence that its dried stems were used as candles by the Romans, who called it candelaria. (Today there are the fireworks called Roman candles.) Because of its expectorant qualities, Mullein prepared as an herbal remedy Makes an excellent decongestant, ridding the lungs of phlegm. Prepared as an oil, it clears wax from the ears. As a flower essence, Mullein clears the mind of trivial pursuits, enhancing the ability for one to hear a distinct "inner voice." The essence also strengthens an individual's moral conscience (or "inner light"), which can be empowering against social pressures that hinder one from reaching their potential.

The physical characteristics of Mullein embody its essence properties. The plant sometimes reaches six-feet and grows straight up, unswerving like an idealist which Thoreau was. Its leaves are hairy and larger at the base, maintaining much water, the symbol for renewal just like Walden Pond. With an inner light so intense, it radiates this quality outwardly in a way similar to how introspection builds up one's reserve. Twelve inches or more of its upper stalk gradually blooms in a fireworks-like display, showing a few bright yellow flowers at a time. It sometimes grows in clusters among other mullein plants but quite often it grows by itself, unafraid to stand alone-just like the individualist Thoreau. Throughout the following winter, Mullein's tall stem reminds its viewer of how it graced the field with its radiant light, much like the fireworks display we have to view in Thoreau's writings. ...

Patricia Kaminski captured the essence of Mullein’s healing message with these affirmations:

I stand true to my inner guidance.
I hear the spiritual call which guides me.
I witness this truth to others.
I bear aloft a Torch of true Spirit-Light.

 

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