Tansy: Achieve Greater Productivity & Creative Mastery
Sep 27, 2015
by Patricia Kaminski
During the season of autumn here at Terra Flora, we are busy cutting back our perennials. It’s interesting to note the gestures of plants at this stage – the mighty sunflower bends its seed -saturated head slowly earthward, the strong yarrow stalks remain vertical through the fiercest winter rains, the fine feathered Cosmos slowly dissipates in wind and water, but the Tansy slumps quickly to the earth even while still blooming. If the expression, “falling down on the job,” were to apply to a plant, Tansy would be a top candidate. Its tightly compacted seed head of disk flowers only briefly maintains its vertical alignment before losing way to gravity. This inherent tendency in the Tansy helps us understand its qualities as a flower essence.
The Tansy type typically presents as lethargic, apathetic or lazy, with a tendency to procrastinate, or be lacking in sufficient will forces to bring projects to conclusion. Significantly, one of the old herbal uses for Tansy was during the late winter, to rouse metabolic forces that were sluggish or too phlegmatic. The flower essence of Tansy works more directly on the self-awareness of those who “energetically downshift” as an avoidance mechanism. With sustained use, such individuals are able to contact their Core Self more readily and align with their true strength and purpose. By doing so, they achieve greater productivity and creative mastery in their lives.
Renowned teacher and herbalist Steven Horne shared this profound experience of Tansy as a single flower essence:
“During the 80's when I first became interested in flower essences…my staff decided to conduct a blind study wherein they chose an essence for a person, and gave it to them in an unmarked bottle. The person agreed to take the essence without knowing what it was or what it was supposed to do....One of the people in the study was the woman I was married to at the time. She was a crafty person and loved crocheting, painting, knitting, that sort of thing. She would get 70-80% through with a project, then put it down and start something else, without finishing the project she started. The essence chosen for her (unbeknownst to me) was Tansy, to address lack of follow-through and procrastination. They gave it to her in an unmarked bottle and didn't tell her what it was or what it was for. I was blown away! I noticed that after she starting taking this flower essence, suddenly she'd pick up a project that she had started years ago and finish them. In a course of two weeks, she finished 3 or 4 projects that had been lying around for years. I've been sold on flower essences ever since.”