Day 19: Oak
Oracle Card(s) for the Day: Mawu ~ Mother Earth // Mary Magdalene ~ Unconditional Love // Artemis ~ Guardian
Mindful Moment: Without reason I woke up with an urge to go to Petersham in Richmond on Easter Sunday by myself. Affirmed when Artemis was pulled because her card features an illustrated deer >>> Richmond is known for frolicking deer. I had an intuitive day filled with all sorts of synchronicities.
Meditation: 16 minutes // Zen Guitar // Kangse (Ending bell)
Notes: [A day of many meditative moments but here are my observations from this morning’s drop-in] Fire face of tears arose and burned behind my eyes and face. I recalled all the times I met with posture-related specialists in an attempt to relieve the constraint I have come into awareness of within my chest and back. Feelings of sadness because it was soul feeling trapped and suppressed and neglected. I wish someone would have told me that. I hope to relieve others of this feeling. Tell them what is really going on. Sadness for having lost that connection and pushing it into a corner left to be unheard. Minimal tears. I hope to have a good clearing soon (lots of tears >>> naturally of course, without force).
The IKEA poinsettia is an external reflection of my own healing journey. I am to be patient, still in healing and will rapidly heal into abundance when I am ready. Continue to listen – to it and my soul. It will tell me what it needs. The poinsettia needs a loving pot (Anthro or Petersham-esk) and I am not to over water. Only tend to it when I am called to. Do not over fuss. Just let it be.
Arrangement: Remedies pulled at random from their beds in the carrying case and placed in the shadow of the plant centrepiece on my table at Petersham Nurseries. Called to give no fucks about the passerby-ers and whatever real or perceived judgement they may have of me.
The Pick: I could clearly read the label of Oak and though I never like to pull by words this one was resonating.
Observations: I came into awareness of my anxiousness and fear around the judgements of others before taking the remedy. Only once this subsided a little did I feel I could accurately focus on my present state. Upon taking it I felt my mind ease. Protection from others. Artemis (the oracle) came to mind. Artemis. Artemis. Artemis. Anxiety subsiding. I am safe and spiritually protected.
Called to photographically capture the Oak remedy among the essence of Petersham and in its home among the flowers.
Flower Remedy: Oak
Latin Name: Quercus robur
Grouping: Despondency or Despair
Issue: Right to survive is challenged
Chakra: Root // Red // 1st Chakra // Foundation of life
Other Remedies in this Group: Larch, Pine, Elm, Sweet Chestnut, Star of Bethlehem, Willow, Crab Apple
Specific to Oak
Bach Classification: For our fixed way or habit of being (1st 19 - 7 Helpers)
Preparation: Sun method
Primary Remedy: Overworked and inability to enjoy rest and relaxation. Never giving up the good fight!
Secondary Remedy: Heading towards burnout. Ignorant bravery and hope even if it defies all logic.
Receptivity: Naturally high levels of strength and courage. Increase in patience and common sense.
 Oak people often find themselves in the hub position in their spoke-like network of friends who need advice and assistance. With tireless enthusiasm, energy, and fight, those in need of Oak have a hard time when to remove themselves and decompress. Their desire to serve others is noble however their tendency to avoid their own needs for recharging can result in physical symptoms and those associated with burnout. They can also become dismissive of sound advice to better their own lives.
I just started A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (Chapter 1) podacast with Oprah and Eckhart Tolle where Oprah talks about rediscovering the Oak trees in her garden >>> how fitting that I would also choose Oak.
~ My own anecdotal notes appear in italics ~
Reference notes are from two sources: Ainsworths Bach Flower Course by Tony Pinkus  and Flower Remedies: A Complete Guide to Dr. Bach’s Natural Healing System by Stefan Ball