It begins in 1990…

Tanmaya in 1994I was living in a remote valley of the Indian Himalayas for about four months in 1990 when the flowers began speaking to me.

I have always loved flowers. As a child one of my greatest joys was finding and picking wild flowers in the spring. A few years ago whilst reading a book on Astrology, I came across a passage which said that when you find your life’s work you will be amazed that it was something you were already doing when you were a child. I thought back and immediately dismissed the idea, saying “Well in my case it’s not true.”

After perhaps three months of very simple mountain living, picking herbs and wild foods, chopping wood and carrying water; walking, meditating and soaking up the awesome splendour of the mountains, the mind stilled enough to hear the flowers speaking.;

In tune with the flowers

They told me to eat them, sit silently and feel their effects. During this time they would tell me about themselves, and how they could be helpful to human beings. They asked me to share them with as many people in the world as possible.

They called themselves Flower Enhancers, saying that they are not remedies for something that is wrong in man, rather their work is to enhance what is right, by shining their lights or vibrational frequency into particular parts of the human body, opening them up and dispelling any darkness blocks or stored negativity.

Their action is to stimulate and provoke wholeness, which is our natural state. The nature of the body is to be an open channel for the universal energy and the flowers spark a remembrance in the cells of this wholeness – this flowering.

The strongest life force

I asked them if all the flowers contained such powers and they replied “Yes all flowers have their individual properties, but because of man’s abuse there are few places left on the earth where the life force is still so strong and vibrant as the Himalayas.”

Consequently the Enhancers made from flowers growing at around 3,000 metres in this region, inspire in people an awareness of the sublime beauty and vitality of the planet as well as healing and aligning their own bodies through awareness.

The Himalayas are the youngest mountain range on the planet and my experience of them is they are pulsing with a life force such as I have never experienced anywhere else on the earth in my twenty years of travelling.

They are also traditionally the lands of the Buddhas. Many sages have attained their enlightenment in the Himalayas, and have returned there to leave their bodies. So perhaps it is a two-fold phenomenon – the pristine energy and beauty of these mountains provokes men to their ultimate flowering, and the aura or energy-filled of these sages further heightens the vibrational level of the mountains. It seems natural and fitting for flowers growing in this soil and climate to possess properties that help the sleeping Buddha in man to awaken.

In those few weeks the flowers revealed to me which of them to use to make essences for all seven chakras or energy centres of the body. In some cases there were several flowers for each essence. Since that time many more have been added to the repertory.

Wild jasmine offered itself as the sharer of universal love, of brotherhood, of wonder and awe. It suggested I use a few drops as a catalytic agent in all the enhancers as it provokes a sharing. When the energy begins moving, when the chakra starts opening; then the impulse is to share, to offer itself back to existence, to dance, to sing, to celebrate. This is Gratefulness.

Another flower – a wild Iris of immense beauty – called itself Hidden Splendour, saying she provokes the emperor or empress within. When I first ate this flower – which is quite a mouthful – I was high on a mountain slope – I then walked along a path beside a glorious river and was filled with a feeling that this whole earth was my dominion, my birthright.

From then to now

It is now over twenty years since the flowers first spoke to me, and my own experience and understanding has been shared and expanded by many, many people all over the world. Each one experiencing the flowers in their own unique and individual ways, testifying to their power and efficiency.

Flowers are simple beings and they echo the simplicity of self-enquiry. No great system or philosophy is needed – just quietly turn in and attune with yourself.

Flowers are the expression of the love of the earth, the highest expression that plants can attain, and in them is embodied all energies of renewal, beauty and creativity. A shout of Aha! A dance of celebration; they open their petals to the sun and pour their fragrance to the wind and they say “feel us within your body, feel our ecstasy, our joy, our dance of life, for no other reason than we exist in this moment.”
Tanmaya