October 23, 2017

Activate: Fearless speech
Message: Speak your mind.

I was tickled with delight when I saw Grevillea for the first time in a garden north of San Francisco. The little flowers looked like red snails to me—and they looked like they were giving me the middle finger!

I later saw them in the beautiful Bay Area nursery, Flora Grubb, and was finally able to identify them with their proper name, instead of calling them “red snail flower.” I have since found many beautiful versions of this flower, in different colors and varieties, on Australian Instagram profiles.

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Grevillea is native to Australia, Indonesia, New Guinea, and New Caledonia—areas that have both rain forests and wide open habitats. In the U.S. I’ve seen Grevillea growing in both Northern and Southern California.

Australian Aborigines traditionally loved this plant because the flower is filled with sweet nectar that can be shaken out into one’s mouth or hands; the nectar was mixed with water to make a sweet drink. Grevillea flowers are still known as “bush lollies,” or lollipops of the wild bush, in Australia. As fun as it sounds, nowadays it’s not recommended to drink the nectar directly from the flowers, as some of the cultivars contain toxins.

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What it Reveals

If you’re attracted to the Grevillea flower, you may have a tendency to hold back your words for fear of hurting someone’s feelings. You may have clear insights that don’t get expressed for fear of appearing too brash or direct.

In most cases, this kind of hesitation or repression of speech keeps situations stagnant and prevents learning. To constantly hold back in an effort to appear “nice” or be politically correct can keep relationships stuck on a level that lacks compassionate honesty.

Alternatively, there may be a situation in your life in which you are experiencing dread, anger, aversion, or even disgust. You may be unable to voice how you really feel or get to the bottom of why you feel that way.

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What the Elixir Catalyzes

Red snail flower, the name I had given Grevillea, fits the action of the flower, as it helps us come of out of our shell and express ourselves, without fear of how someone else will feel about it.

Grevillea gives us the courage to speak up and say directly things that we would usually hold back. It eradicates the habit of hesitation, and we find ourselves with the ability to deliver a clear message and shoot straight from the hip.

With Grevillea, we no longer fear losing a relationship as a result of something we say, and we’re able to speak calmly and honestly. In turn, people around us respond well to our frankness. It helps us understand difficult situations quickly and not obsess about the details.

When we’re able to freely communicate and express our truth without fear of hurting another person’s feelings, we can cut to the chase, evolving our relationships faster, and feeling more authentic in everyday interactions.

Once we learn to be direct and honest in our communications, people trust us more. Oftentimes, they actually don’t respond in the negative way we imagine they will; our sheer transparency is refreshing and creates more elasticity and spaciousness in our exchanges with them.

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In Essence

{Magnifies}Fearless speech; coming out of your shell; expression that enhances engaging with others

{Dissolves} Fears around speaking your truth; suppression of anger and frustration; apathy, dread, resistance, aversion, disgust


Drawn to the superpower Grevillea has to offer? Experience the magic with its elixir.



Love + flower petals,

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