August 12, 2012

Papaya Flower

I used to see bright green Papaya trees in the jungle landscapes when I lived in Mexico years ago and I ate Papaya fruits all the time. A common breakfast in Mexico, I was eating it with lime and chili or in smoothies. The Papaya tree is native to southern Mexico and Central America, but now it’s grown in tropical areas all over the world.

Papaya Fruit

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. 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.

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. This particular elixir is made from the female flower.

I made this flower elixir several years ago and have been waiting to share it. Every now and then I would check to see if the timing was right … not yet. Not yet. But now! Now is the right timing. This flower helps us maneuver more effortlessly through the cultural shift that is occurring; where 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.

In the Western cultures, when feminism first arose, it promoted equal opportunity for women, which sometimes got translated to women doing the same activities as men (instead of culturally placing tremendous value on what women were already doing). Remember the shoulder pads in the suits? (What was that all about?!) Thank goodness those days are over.

Papaya Blossom3

Culturally though, in the last few decades, the pendulum swung more 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 was previously top-down, one voice and hierarchical.

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’. Equally as important to action and activation, is receptivity, intuition and nurturing. Forward-thinking businesses now are not just looking at profit and competition, but also measuring happiness and engaging in collaboration.

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. It makes the collective more open to what are traditionally known as ‘feminine’ or yin qualities: receptivity, listening, nurturing, intuition, collaboration, compassion and tenderness.

Papaya flower teaches us how to flourish by attaining a healthy balance of both yin and yang qualities in ourselves and our culture. Both are necessary and vitally important; however, if we are to find a balance, it is now time to enhance the yin qualities which have been historically devalued. Cultural indicators that we have gone too far to one end of the spectrum include the following: a sense that menstruation, birthing, and breastfeeding are dirty or strange; the absence of maternity/paternity leave; an environment that’s highly competitive, not collaborative; and soft character traits like tenderness being commonly perceived as ‘weakness.’

Papaya Blossom Buds

Papaya Blossom

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. 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.’

Experience the magic of Papaya!

papaya elixir

{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.

{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.

Love + flower petals,





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