August 12, 2012

Carica papaya
Activate: Receptivity
Message: Gentle is powerful.

The first time I saw Papaya flowers growing in the jungles of Mexico I was amazed. I was familiar with Papaya, but to see the tree from which this large orange fruit came was a surprise. And they were just growing on the side of the road!

I used to eat Papaya fruits all the time while I was living in Mexico. A common breakfast there, I was eating it with lime and chili or in smoothies.

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Why it's Special

The Papaya tree is native to southern Mexico and Central America, but now it's grown in tropical areas all over the world. There are three different kinds of Papaya tree flowers: male, female and hermaphrodite. The male produces star-like flowers; the female gorgeous flowers that look like fallopian tubes. Whereas the female tree needs the male tree’s pollen in order to produce fruits, the hermaphrodite tree can self-pollinate.

The Papaya’s green fruit and the tree’s latex are rich with an enzyme called Papain, which helps us digest food, acts as a natural skin exfoliant and tenderizes meat.

Papaya Fruit

What it Reveals

If you are attracted to the Papaya flower, you may be exerting a lot effort and overextending yourself. You may feel the desire to collaborate instead of compete, yet find it difficult to accept help.

Being drawn to Papaya flower may indicate that you are reevaluating your relationship to masculine and feminine qualities within yourself. You may crave to rely more on intuition and listening versus being heard or expressing your energy outwardly.

In the Western cultures, when feminism first arose, it promoted equal opportunity for women, which often got translated into women doing the same activities as men (instead of culturally placing tremendous value on what women were already doing).

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Culturally, in the last few decades, the pendulum swung toward an imbalanced excess of the masculine way of doing things, with a depleted feminine energy. For example, we have all heavily placed value on action, competition and expending our energy externally, or ‘doing’. Our media has been previously top-down, one voice and hierarchical.

What the Elixir Catalyzes

Just as the enzyme in the fruit is known for its ability to tenderize and soften, the Papaya flower plays a special role in helping our planet recognize the power in being tender and soft. 

 As we enter into a time of increasing female leadership, Papaya flower elixir prepares our collective consciousness for honoring the feminine just as much as the masculine. We are re-learning to value and cherish both masculine and feminine aspects within ourselves, and how that plays out in our every day actions.

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A new kind of era is upon us, where we are recognizing both masculine and feminine ways of being and doing things within ourselves. In the last few years with the explosion of social media, communication and media is embodying more of a feminine style of communication: networks. As a culture, we are learning to find a balance of masculine/ feminine energies, focusing more on ‘being’ just as much as ‘doing'.

Papaya flower teaches us how to flourish by attaining a healthy balance of both yin (feminine) and yang (masculine) qualities in ourselves and our culture. Both are necessary and vitally important. However, if we are to find a balance, it is time to enhance the yin qualities which have been historically devalued: receptivity, listening, nurturing, intuition, collaboration, compassion and tenderness.

By honoring the feminine, the Papaya flower elixir helps us perceive events such as menstruation, birthing, breastfeeding and menopause as sacred and divine - activities that relate to giving life and supporting the sustainability of humankind.

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It also helps women accept support and assistance from men with grace and tenderness. It inspires both men and women to re-create the healthy and harmonic balance of yin and yang aspects in each one of us as individuals, as well as in our world.

Papaya flower elixir also assists greatly in any type of relationship by clarifying compatibility, sexual orientation, and our ability to love ourselves and others with the unconditional love that a mother shows her child. Beyond romantic relationships, it also helps us understand our relationship with our mother and anyone that we ‘mother.’

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In Essence

{Magnifies}: Balance of feminine and masculine aspects; enhanced ability for collaboration, receptivity, receptivity, intuition, nurturing and community mindset; learning the balance between ‘making it happen' and ‘magnetizing’ what you need; compatibility within all types of relationships; harmony within relationships with mother or children; clarity regarding sexuality/sexual orientation.

{Dissolves}: Any excess of hardness of character, competition, envy or refusal to accept help; devaluation of feminine energy or roles; past trauma with mother or mothering; discord within romantic partnership; confusion regarding sexuality or sexual orientation; fears about pregnancy, breastfeeding, motherhood, menopause.

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Experience the magic of Papaya!

Love + flower petals,

Katie Hess Signature LOTUSWEI 

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