Created on the ancient pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, this collection holds the wisdom and spiritual momentum of specific places along this thousand year old pilgrimage trail. This collection supports us in the trials and tribulations of our own spiritual journeys, offering particular discernment about the choices each of us must make about who we travel with, how we travel, what we invest in and what we leave behind.
MORE ABOUT THIS COLLECTION
The Camino Collection of Flower Essences was made by Elizabeth Sheehan as she walked the ancient pilgrimage route across northern Spain to the Field of Stars at Santiago de Compostela. This pilgrim trail has long been called quite simply, the Camino, which in Spanish means ‘the Way’. It is from this nickname that we got the name for this collection.
The five hundred mile Camino offers each pilgrim a course in healing. Located on powerful ley lines, the land of the trail is very high in vibration and holds significant divine purpose. In addition, millions of pilgrims have walked the trail with a single-minded focus on their spiritual lives. This has cleared the trail of ego static and imbued it with the spiritual wisdom the untold numbers of pilgrims learned on their journeys.
Elizabeth made nineteen Flowers Essence mixes on her first journey down the Camino and then made a second collection called The Healer’s Toolbox on her second journey. A description of the second collection follows the description of this first collection.
After both Caminos, Elizabeth returned to Green Hope Farm to spend time with each Flower Essence mix, seeking to understand its energetic gifts. On both Caminos she discovered that the healing intention of each Essence she had made dovetailed with what had happened to her at that place on the trail. This reflects the nature of the Camino as a very specific course in healing, with different places on the Camino acting as classrooms for different spiritual challenges. To walk the Camino is to step into a healing groove carved by divinity and to partake in a divinely orchestrated healing journey.
In her definitions, Elizabeth shares both the universal gifts of the Essences as well as a description of what she was learning at that point in her journey. I thank her for bringing us these wonderful Flower Essences and making it possible for those of us who haven’t walked the Camino to partake of its healing gifts. And now, I turn this document over to pilgrim Elizabeth.
A SHORT HISTORY OF THE CAMINO
For well over a thousand years, pilgrims from all over the world have walked the Camino. Because medieval pilgrims began their pilgrimages at their front doors, trails to Santiago begin in places all over Northern Europe. At the French and Spanish border, many trails converge into one five hundred mile trail across northern Spain that is known as the Camino Frances. This spot of convergence is the small town of St. Jean Pied de Port in the foothills of the French Pyrenees. From there, the pilgrim route goes over the mountains and across northern Spain to one of two places. The Galician city of Santiago de Compostela is the traditional ending for Christians while the seacoast peninsula of Fisterra, a hundred kilometers west of Santiago, was the traditional ending place for Celtic and other pre-Christian pilgrims.
Santiago de Compostela translates as St. James of the Field of the Stars. The name refers to the Christian disciple St. James. The story is told that after St. James was killed his remains were put in a stone boat that floated across the Mediterranean to come ashore near Fisterra. The story does not end there, for in the year 807 a shepherd is said to have found the remains of St. James in a field illuminated by a multitude of stars. At the spot where the remains of St James were found, a cathedral was built to house his bones. No one is certain that the bones belong to St. James, but his long association with the trail has forever linked him to this pilgrim route.
During the middle ages, the Camino was considered one of three major pilgrimages that a Christian could walk to atone for sins, to thank God for blessings or to ask for divine intercession. The first two routes were to the more remote destinations of Rome and Jerusalem. This meant the third pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela was the most affordable, accessible and therefore vastly more popular pilgrim route with literally millions of pilgrims walking this trail during the middle ages. Many of the hostels along the route have been giving shelter to pilgrims for over a thousand years.
As noted, the tradition of walking this route is older than the discovery of St James’ remains. For the souls waking the trail in Celtic times, the end of the trail was a hundred kilometers beyond Santiago de Compostela at the seaside promontory of Fisterra.
Before the discovery of the western continents, this spot on the coast was thought to be the end of the world, hence the name Fisterra, which roughly translated means “end of the land.” Fisterra, where the land falls away and the ocean goes out into the unknown, has been a place long associated with ideas of transition. On arrival at Fisterra, it is still a pilgrim tradition to burn something of significance that one has carried along the trail or to throw one’s walking stick into the ocean, thus signifying the completion of one part of one’s journey and the beginning of a new chapter.
Pilgrims, including St Francis of Assisi, Charlemagne, and the Spanish monarchs, Isabel and Ferdinand, walked the Camino. The pilgrimage lies on land that has long been seen as sacred by many different groups of believers. Part of its strength comes from how it aligns with the Milky Way constellations. This alignment reflects its spiritual purposes beyond the ownership of any one religious group.
After falling into quiet times, the trail has seen a return of pilgrims in the last few decades. This reflects how the trail holds timeless spiritual gifts in its very ground, gifts offered with infinite generosity to the hearts of the more than one hundred thousand people who walk the trail every year.
ELIZABETH EXPLAINS HOW THIS PARTICULAR COLLECTION WAS CREATED
I set out on the trail in June of 2008 with no idea what awaited me along the way and little more than my heavy backpack and my own courage to guide me. I set off from St. Jean Pied de Port, one of the more popular starting places in southwestern France.
Along the way, many Flowers called to be included in the Flower Essence mixes. All of the Flowers involved in the Essences were very clear about their purposes. Each of the Essence combinations is named after a place near where the specific Flowers were collected. Each Flower Essence combination holds both a personal story for me as well as a universal healing dynamic.
It is often said that the experience of walking the Camino is one of intensity. Everything is heightened. The major spiritual issues of one’s life journey are brought into focus to be seen and resolved. In an effort to make the dynamics crystal clear, the characters one meets and the emotions one feels are sometimes larger than life. The journey reveals many things by bringing everything to the surface.
This dynamic translated into a collection of Flower Essences that offers support to see all our spiritual journeys with a similar clarity. The Essences offer ways to heal, release or move through specific dynamics each of us face on our journey through life. They are about the flow of the hero’s journey and the way in which our lives run in cycles of growth.
The trail teaches many things, but one of the most important gifts that it bestowed upon me was the ability to be exactly where I was. These Essences, made throughout my journey, help us experience all the stages of the hero’s journey, knowing that each stage, either beautiful or painful, will pass and a new landscape, a new moment of the journey will arrive.
The trail has a history of being claimed by many different religions or groups. But the trail, its Flowers and the Flower Essences in this collection are clear in their desire to serve the light in each of us as individual souls. In doing so, the Flowers and these Essences help to heal some of the ancient wounds that have long been a part of the Camino.
Each Essence is named after a place on the Camino. The definitions explain the spiritual dynamic of each place as I experienced it. Along with each of the Essence definitions, I wrote a short description about my personal experience on the trail during this stage in the journey. My hope is that sharing this will help explain the Essences’ gifts and helps us all heal and live our heroic journeys.
“The Camino Essences feel like spring in my water glass.” S.W., Indianapolis, IN
“The Camino Essences are helping me to resolve a sticky clingy multiple lifetimes issue that I am not even ready to articulate fully. This resolution came up unexpectedly like a thunderclap… and it feels fabulous to be …getting some clarity as these pieces shift.” anonymous
MESSAGE FROM THE DEVA OF THE CAMINO
I am healing at its deepest core. I am not a façade of spirituality or religion. I am the oneness of land and spirit. I have come to share the ancient gifts of healing that this land can give to humans. I have long been covered in blood, shed by confused souls battling for the illusion of ownership of my pathway. I have lain dormant for many years as the battles raged on. I have come again in this modern age to guide souls back to their true journey on this Earth, a shared journey.
The Flowers along my pathway hold an exponential amount of healing energy that will assist all that use them in being able to get down to their real work. I am the combination of the physical and spiritual planes as they come together to aid each soul in finding their way to healing. I am the grounded vision of the future, if humanity can do the work that they are being called to do. I am the reassurance that as each soul faces the inner journey, it is a gift to the light of the world and one that cannot be denied.
The vibration of my pathways is swiftly rising. I must be clear that the work is more valuable now than ever before.
I AM the courage.
I AM the journey back to wholeness.
I AM a trail of light that will serve the world through every soul it touches.
I AM the taste of what the planet’s vibration will now need to become and a view into the intensity of the light in the ages to come.
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ESSENCES IN THE CAMINO COLLECTION
All of our Camino Collection Flower Essences are combination remedies, meaning that they are mixes of many individual Flower Essences. They are available in 2 sizes: a 1/2 ounce size bottle for $9.00 each and a 2- ounce size bottle for $30.00
Click on the name of the flower essence for an expanded definition:
RONCESVALLES- Courage. For finding the strength to begin a journey or to change to a new way of being
ZUBIRI- Flow. Allowing the momentum of your life to fuel its forward flow, entering a state where you create energy as you go, versus depleting reserves
ARRE- Conviction. For trusting our life’s pacing and standing by it
PUENTE LA REINA- Clarity. For lightening our energetic load, being clear about who supports our growth and whom we want to travel forward with
LOS ARCOS- Release. Finding the bravery to move ahead on our own, while being open to support from unexpected places
LA RIOJA- Creativity. For discovering and cultivating our unique autonomy and creative strengths to create the life we desire
BELORADO- Faith. For holding faith in the emptiness before the dawning of the next chapter when we will find authentic and supportive community
HONTANAS- Tenderness. For finding the inner kindness to listen to our bodies with compassion
SAHAGUN- Surrender. For breaking down behaviors triggered by fears that cause us to push ourselves out of balance
MAZARIFE- Joy. For realizing the potential to create oases of color and joy in the bleak stretches of our lives
RABANAL- Empathy. Help to contain other people’s stories with compassion and clarity
MANJARIN- Discernment. Looking beneath the surface to find the energetic core, breaking down the external worldview to recognize true gifts as well as red herrings
TRABADELO- Truth. For finding the courage to acknowledge and let go of old patterns, even as we are unsure what our lives will look like without them
O’CEBREIRO- Strength. For the strength to keep moving forward and leave behind the people and places in our lives that we must leave for the onward growth of our souls
GALICIA- Grace. Moving with kindness and grace as we travel alongside souls who are not on a similar intensive internal course
ARZUA- Vulnerability. Allows us to be taken care of and supported during moments of vulnerability
LAVACOLLA- Cleansing. Help to clear our emotional fields of any clutter remaining from past and finished energetic work
SANTIAGO- Integrity. For moments when you experience false endings created by our culture when in truth, the journey is ongoing
FISTERRA- Birth. For the shifts from one way of being to another, for when a soul is at the end of a long process of laying down a major paradigm from this or many lives
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