Hawthorn: A Special Affinity to the Heart
Jan 14, 2016
by Patricia Kaminski
The vibrant red berries of the wild Hawthorn trees around Terra Flora brighten the winter landscape and quicken the heart with their cheer. The Hawthorn – like so many members of the Rosaceae family – has a special affinity to the heart. Hawthorn berries have tonifying compounds that strengthen the walls of blood vessels and the vascular system in general. Thus, various decoctions and tinctures of these berries been used in healing programs for congestive heart failure, irregular heartbeat, chest pain, low and high blood pressure, angina, atherosclerosis, and high cholesterol.
In Celtic mythology the Hawthorn was a “threshold” plant that one must encounter in order to acquire the necessary soul forces of courage, ferocity and enduring strength on the spiritual journey. Hawthorn is especially related to how the heart uses its will forces. In many modern studies regarding heart health, one finds excessive stress and tension in those who then develop significant heart ailments. A classic example is the “Type A” individuality, who is unable to relax or pause sufficiently throughout the day. Even when coming to a stop light when driving, the type A personality experiences tension or irritability, rather than taking this small opportunity to rest and draw inward.
Hawthorn flower should be used for anyone with a history of heart disease, accompanied by related forms of tension. But it is also helpful in a broader manner for those who “push” intensively with their will forces, and are unable to find equilibrium between engagement and rest. Just as the physical heart expresses itself through expansion and contraction – the systole and diastole – so also does the soul need to learn to direct these forces in how daily life is approached.
The flower essence of Hawthorn channels and purifies the potent will forces of the heart so they become a vehicle of every greater love, compassion and service on behalf of others. Ultimately, the personal will works at the direction of, and is illumined by the higher spiritual will. The affirmation for Hawthorn by Patricia Kaminski speaks to this deeper healing of the heart:
My heart is harnessed to a Higher Power.
Not my will, but a Greater Will works within me.
Now I feel my blood’s force flowing freely.
Now I become the Power of Love.
The photo affirmation card for Hawthorn can be found here in the Range of Light card set.