15 Jul 1996
Copyright 1996-2004, Eileen Nauman
All Rights Reserved
AREAS OF POTENTIAL USE ARE:
Spinal column injuries (nerve related), back injuries in general, headaches, psychic vampirism (stops it), Master Healer, general tonic, dissolves psychic blocks in aura, dizziness, dyslexia, seasonal disorder (winter ‘blues’), sore throat, insomnia, over-active mind, heart wounding emotionally, eyelids, and respiratory or breathing distress. On a spiritual level, it is the “visionary.’
MAJOR CHAKRA :Crown chakra, the head.
SECONDARY CHAKRA: Mental body of aura and Solar Plexus Chakra, the stomach.
THE HISTORY: A member of the Lily family, this bulb wildflower was used by Indians in many ways. The leaves were bleached and used to weave garments as well as baskets. The dark brown, wrinkled, elongated shaped bulb was roasted. Even today, the leaves are used by florists in flower arrangements. It is found from British Columbia to central California and east to Idaho and Montana, deep in the pristine cleanness of the mountains at higher altitudes. Other common names for this incredible flower are: Elk Grass, Turkey Beard, Bear Lily, Squaw Grass, Indian Basket Grass and Pine Lily.
Bear grass is a favorite of Rocky Mountain Sheep during the winter and the Elk who traverse the Rocky Mountains at high altitude and it’s a wonder this plant survives at all–such is its popularity as a food resource. This bulb plant barely sits below the soil. It is said that it flowers only once every 6 to 7 years, much like the Saturn cycle of 7 years. Slopes can be peppered with hundreds of this two to five feet tall yellowish-white ‘candles’ that look like pale, dramatic “flames” embracing mountain meadows and slopes here and there. They have hundreds of tiny whitish-yellow flowers and a delicious honey-like fragrance that scents the air around them. As you walk a high mountain path at six or seven thousand feet, the breeze will waft this incredibly heady, sweet perfume surrounds one as they walk nearby. It reminds me of what Nirvana must smell like–a delicate, light scent that, when pulled deeply into our lungs, cleanses us, quite literally, from the inside out.
The flowers are flat petal-like segments measuring no more than 3/8 inches long. The leaves are basal shaped and about 1 to 21/2 feet long and very narrow. If one is to negligently run their hand up this leaf, they may well cut their fingers or palm on it if not careful. Bear Grass is found in clearings and open woods areas. It usually blooms May through August. They are easy to identify–standing so tall, the stout stalk erect. It grows one, single stalk. At the top of it is hundreds of tiny flowers that create a dense, broad white raceme.
THE STORY: In August of 1995, Dave, my husband, and I, went up to Whitefish, Montana area to finally, after many years, visit Glacier National Park. We drove the “Road to the Sun” and became infatuated with the grandeur and magnificence of so many dramatic and powerful vistas. The mountains, carved by eons of glaciers that have now, for the most part, retreated, are hardy, rugged survivors poking their peaks up through Father Sky. Down below ten-thousand feet, one of the most dramatic flowers we saw were candle-like swaths of Bear Grass in all their glory.
There is only one, main stalk and it reminds me of a person’s spinal column; proud, erect and unbending. This is not a flower that is flexible–just the opposite. But it must be that way to support the upper 1/3 of it as it blossoms–and the blossoms begin flowering at the BASE and move upward. And at the top, they swell outward than the rest of the flowering raceme so that it looks like a ‘head’ sitting on the top of this ‘spinal column’ from a Doctrine of Signatures standpoint.
I was very excited when I found this flower and knew instantly that I wanted to make an Natural Essence from it. I sensed that it would be, indeed, special. Below are the Stage 2 findings and I think you’ll agree with me, that this is one incredible wildflower!
DOCTRINE OF SIGNATURES: The way a plant is shaped, where it grows, the color of the flowers, the surrounding soil it lives in, and the weather it endures yearly, will have a direct correspondence to the human body anatomically and physiologically as well as symbolically on a spiritual, mental and emotional plane, too. This is recognized in homeopathy and is known as the Doctrine of Signatures or DOS.
Bear Grass from a strictly physiology and anatomy standpoint, when compared to the human form, is a plant that is specific for two major areas of the body: the entire spinal column bone vertebras and the head. This is confirmed by the provers and the symptoms they experienced after taking this Natural Essence.
The white colors of the flower, which have a pale cream or yellowish over lay on them, speaks of two areas. First, the color white is ALL colors. From a metaphysical stand point, that means any white flower can address any block of any chakra in our body, and that it will go to that dysfunctioning chakra and begin to address the issues with it. Bear Grass, because it is white, has a primary chakra of the Crown Chakra or our head. Anyone having head-related problems on any level (spiritual, mental, emotional or physical) should check out the symptoms more closely to see if you have them. If you do, then this is the NE for you.
The cream color or yellowish cast to the flowers is indicative of the yellow color of our mental body in our aura, which is a yellow color, too. Yellow is also the color of our Solar Plexus chakra, where we carry all our fears and anxieties, too–as well as our desire to shape the dreams and visions we want for our future. Bear Grass works in a secondary fashion on this particular chakra.
Bears from a symbolic and mythological standpoint are powerful, natural healers. It is no accident that this wildflower got that name. The Native Americans accurately knew that this plant has special abilities and powers. There are only three animals on ‘turtle island’ (North America) that have ‘humps’ on them: bears, buffalo and turtles. It is said that they carry powerful magic and healing in those humps–the type of healing they can do is known only to the medicine man or woman who is given the gift of journeying into that hump to see what is there. It is a sacred and secret information and once it is divulged to the healer, it remains as such. However, the medicine person can then ‘call’ upon that animal as a powerful assistant during ceremonies to heal others–and the gift within the hump can be transfer to the sick individual, as a result.
The ‘hump’ at the top of the Bear Grass, which looks like a human’s head, is reminiscent of this. There is a gift within the Bear Grass that affects us on all levels–but starts first and foremost, with our head, our attitudes, our prejudices, our fears, anxieties and everything else that clutters our growth or stifles us from evolving more quickly.
Bears also have an innate ability, like turtles: and that is hibernation. This plant helps us go inward, to discover the best of ourselves, our potential. Our best teachers are within us. All we have to do is take time to listen. Bear Grass helps us reach these deep levels within ourselves and to mine the treasure trove that each of us possesses. It inspires a unique kind of creativity of ideas, of dormant skills or talents that have, up to now, lain passive and unused. Not with Bear Grass being taken!
People with the seasonal disorder may want to try this Natural Essence; since it has an affinity for hibernation. It is a powerful cleanser, and people with this disorder usually have blocks in the Pineal Gland or third eye chakra. It may be able to clear away the block or dross so that the endocrine gland can work properly and in doing so, the seasonal disorder symptoms will dissolve.
Along metaphysical lines, the spinal column is known to house the Kundalini Energy which resides in our Root Chakra as the base of our tailbone or coccyx region. Kundalini is well known in Eastern Religions. Hatha Yoga is said to cultivate not only its ‘awakening’ but to training it to rise upon one’s will. It is said the ‘snake’ of the Kundalini, that pale, clear liquid, rises and then moves in a specified order upward, weaving in and our of our Chakras, but always returning to the spine as it moves upward. Once the Kundalini is activated, it moves into the head, like a pressure that is felt from the inside outward. Once the Crown Chakra opens, the Kundalini energy shoots out the top of our head and connects in with the white, loving energy of the Cosmos/God/Goddess. It is in that state that a person becomes ascended. The halo seen around the head of Christ is indicative of a fully realized Kundalini, for example.
Because Bear Grass looks like our spinal column and the ‘head’ of the flowering raceme is large and looks like a head on a spinal column, the potential to develop our Kundalini, get it up and moving, can be realized here. How much or little depends upon the individual, where their heart, intent and growth is at or where you want to go with it. Bear Grass does clear out etheric dross from the spinal column to allow smooth transit of the Kundalini energy up and down our spinal column. If you want to stimulate the Kundalini, look to Ocotillo to do that–but use it judiciously. Bear Grass paves the way for further Kundalini development.
Bear Grass has the affinity of a ‘general tonic’–and this means that it can be taken routinely, perhaps seven days out of each month, to do a ‘tune-up’ on ourselves, clean out our Chakras, clear our head and keep in touch with the creative, growing parts of ourselves.
STAGE 2 PROVING DATA:
Stage 2 proving. Date: 10-17-96, Sedona, AZ with Medical Astrology Seminar participants. They each took 4 drops under the tongue and sat quietly, eyes closed, for 5 minutes and then wrote down the sensations from taking the Natural Essence. These are written in their own words and descriptions. No changes have been made.
1. Pulsating sensation.
2. Mild ache in my temples.
3. Dry throat.
4. Promoted coughing.
5. No visualizations.
1. Sensation of opening up of throat chakra, followed by white energy coming in through the crown, which then got stuck around thoracic vertebrae 10, where it started vibrating as if to dissolve a block, which it partially did.
2. After partial unblocking energy moved further DOWN the spine.
2. Color: blue.
3. Peaceful, relaxed, yet highly aware of environment.
4. Deep breaths.
1. I feel disappointed that I didn’t notice anything.
1. Saw a big flame with pinnacle.
2. Had an immediate sensation of yellow energy (sparks) going up through roof of mouth and out top of head–like a spray and over my body.
3. Immediately felt clear in the head and tingly on the arms.
4. I felt like I was having over-seeing experience.
1. Not much of a feeling really.
2. Slight heart palpitations and a sensation of throbbing in my chest (in the heart area).
3. Before he essence I had to use the bathroom to urinate–but now, taking this essence, I get the feeling of a full bladder.
1. Bitter going in.
2. Increased my headache I already had.
3. Back of throat chakra opened.
4. Relaxation/some sadness.
5. Began to see the color yellow–then to dark green.
6. Reflecting largely to upper Chakras.
7. Steadying–detaching from energy of others.
8. I see a small deer.
9. Back of head activated.
10. Light in my head–white.
1. Initially, my stomach began to ruble–in the solar plexus chakra area. Energy pass to prostate (root Chakra), then to both feet.
2. Felt hand begin to get warm.
3. After 2 minutes began to perspire.
4. Has a tonic affect on overall body’s vial force. Like ginseng.
1. A quivering DOWN the spine.
2. Almost like a rumbling sensation.
3. Discomfort, burning in the throat.
4. Dizziness, light-headed.
1. In mind’s eye I saw star bursts of light.
2. Tasted of bananas–sweet taste, sensation.
3. Calming and soothing feeling.
4. Breathing deepened and slowed.
5. Heart/lung areas of the body felt lighter and expanding.
6. Feeling of lightness in head region.
7. Cooling effect of whole body, pleasant, not harsh.
8. Clearer thinking (she’s dyslexic).
1. Flowering smell as I drank it. Pleasant.
2. Sensation in my fingers, like tingling.
3. heartbeat is more pronounced, noticeable.
4. Throat feels a bit restricted.
5. Saliva in mouth more than usual.
1. Sweet smell–fruity, like grapes.
2. Numbing of throat. feels funny when I swallow because throat area feels like I had a shot of Novocain there. Feels like throat is opening larger.
3. Did take deep breath spontaneously.
1. Feel detached and sitting high.
2. No sensation (which is a response–sensing is very much my nature).
3. Feels like blank/peaceful.
4. A little of an impatient feeling.
5. makes me feel like: “I don’t care” or “it doesn’t matter.”
6. Vision became clearer.
5. The color yellow
6. The whole right side of my body felt warmer and balanced.
1. Light energy around my heart and down my arms.
2. Coughed–hit throat chakra.
3. Clear headed.
1. Pressure on crown chakra.
2. Energy moving left to right inside my skull.
3. Energy at front of my skull.
4. Energy at base of skull.
5. Sense of peace.
6 Energies were puzzling, not scary.
1. My mind got quiet and my eyes feel teary.
2. All I could see was yellow flames like ground fire slowly covered in black until all black and quiet.
3. Conscious of heart beating and small ache around my heart or center of my solar plexus.
1. Became very aware of energy around my heart. Could feel my heartbeat very strongly.
2. Felt a little cool at extremities and fingertips.
3. A few nervous ticks on left eyelid.
1. Ball of energy between my legs, pushing UPWARD.
2. Left thigh I felt pressure.
3. Breathing deeper 3–not as shallow as I normally do.
4. Heaviness in feet 3.
5. Heat down from knees.
6. Felt digging into pelvic cavity on LEFT side.
7. Breathing–breath work–lungs–ease of breathing–clearing and relaxing to take deeper breaths–like yogic meditation work.
8. Pressure has gone away between my legs.
9. Lighter feeling in the chest cavity over all.