March 14, 2017
If you find yourself attracted to the Rose of Venezuela, you may be on the brink of a breakthrough in an area of your life that has previously challenged you. There may be a bridge you’re crossing, a hurdle you’re jumping or a way in which you are expanding more rapidly than usual. It is possible you are diving deep into past patterns, uprooting them once and for all—in a way that will shift the dynamic permanently—benefiting you for the rest of your life.
You are most likely experiencing a time in your life when you are willing and ready to look at deep-to-the-bone challenges right in the eyeand either defy them or work with them gently to their point of dissolution.
On the other hand, you may have felt under pressure to perform or behave in a specific manner, from which it now behooves you to break free. You may suddenly feel irritated or incensed by rigid structures, rules or policies that don’t make sense to you.
You may have asked for or been given advice that doesn’t quite sit with your own inner voice, intuition or heart. If this is the case, now is the time to pave your own path and discover for yourself what is right for you. Take charge, ask yourself questions and wait patiently for the answers. Now is a time for trusting yourself completely.
The Rose of Venezuela flower elixir gives us the strength to break free from norms and patterns, whether our own or others’ limitations that we’ve adopted. It helps us learn to fully think for ourselves, without the influence of others or excessive concern about what they think. It reconnects us with the ability to think and act independently from projections or interpretations from the outside.
It gives us a sense of having a team of support and dissolves any fear of not being able to maneuver the hand we’re dealt. It rids our cells of old messaging such as, “You can’t do that,” “That can’t be done,” and “What if…” It liberates irritation that typically accompanies the feeling of being limited and held back and dissolves any fear of persecution, getting into trouble or others getting on our case for the decisions we’re making. Any sense or perception of something being "unattainable" goes by the wayside.
The Rose of Venezuela encourages us into a space of wild expansion, breaking through our own limited perceptions, to see new ways of doing things and know that we can achieve anything we want. It bestows a fearlessness and a freedom, along with a personal knowingness and a deep trust in our own intuition and wayfinding.
Rose of Venezuela (Brownea grandiceps) grows in the understory of the Amazon Rainforest in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. Also known as Scarlet Flame Bean, this tree’s flower is considered to be one of the most visually stunning of all tree flowers, with a brightly-colored, crimson inflorescence (group or cluster of flowers arranged on a stem) that resembles a large tassel hanging down. The flower does not have a scent but secretes generous amounts of sweet nectar that attracts hummingbirds.
Aside from the breathtaking flower, the Rose of Venezuela tree has two additional magical qualities: first, its new shoots have a special camouflaging capability to ward off predators. They start out brown, with the appearance of being dead or wilted; as the shoot grows, over time they turn a beautiful green. Second, during the night, the leaves rise up to expose the flowers to the dew and the moonlight. In the morning, the leaves sink down again on top of the flowers to protect them from the sun.
Herbalists have used the dried flowers in infusions to treat dysentery and the bark to reduce bleeding + help clot the blood. Rose of Venezuela has also been used as a contraceptive by Indigenous tribes in the Amazon.
MAGNIFIES:Wild expansion; strength to break through limitations; “I can achieve whatever I want” messaging; fearless action regardless of what others think
DISSOLVES: Prickly attitude, irritation of holding/being held back; sense of limitation; “You can’t do that” messaging; fear of persecution
Inner Knowing allows you to hear and listen to your own inner compass with lucid clarity. You don’t need to intellectually ponder anything—you can trust your direct access to the inner knowing inside you. And you begin to realize that what’s best for you is actually what’s best for everyone else.
Love + flower petals,