"Droplets of love sparkle in true souls, but in spirit alone is found the Sea of Love"
- Paramahansa Yogananda
Spirit. God. Water.God's Spirit - moving through and on water. How powerful! We are familiar with the power of light - the power of the sun and its lesser lights the moon and stars. Man is accustomed to looking upward to God to be healed. The ancients sent their prayers aloft in the perfumed smoke of fragrant woods and resins hoping to be heard. We climb mountains and even send up spaceships to meet Him. But the ocean; deep, ominous, mysterious, unknown, even terrifying. It holds everything - everything we don't know, can't see and can't reach. This greatest of mysteries surrounds us, holds us and contains the very elements we are made of - our entire evolutionary history. But more important the ocean contains incredible healing energy for those very mysteries we hold within ourselves.
"From the ocean we came; to the ocean we will return."
Plant Essences - Bach to the Ocean
Dr. Edward Bach, a conventionally trained physician and homeopath, started the 20th century re-emergence of plant-essence traditions. In 1930, he quit his practice and started developing the now-famous flower essences which bear his name. In developing these essences, Dr. Bach used both his insightful intuition and his extensive scientific training, providing another example that these perspectives need not be exclusive.
Since that time, many other essences have been prepared. For example, the Flower Essence Society lists over 100 other essences in their repertory guide. In addition, Sabina Pettit has extended the concept to create essences obtained from plants that live at the ocean's surface (e.g., anemone, sponges, etc,). This article discusses the next evolutionary step in this process: the creation of essences from plants that live under great pressure in the ocean depths.
"I am the bubble … Make me the sea."
Vibrational essences are tinctures which are infused with the unique vibrational imprint or "energy signature" of anything in nature. To our bodies, essences act as gifts that remind us of our spirit and cheer us on to our full creative potential. They help us to recognize our wholeness and to reach the core of disease or imbalance, while assisting our bodies to heal any symptoms. If two people experience the same symptoms, they may not test for the same essences because the core cause of their imbalances are different.
Vibrational essences and humans interact through an instantaneous exchange of information. Our bodies receive essences directly into our cells, bypassing the normal filters of our mental judgement and five senses. In the case of Ocean Essences, this osmotic exchange is heightened even further due to the pressure the plants exist in. As an example, an Ocean Essence that assists us to act with more compassion and openness literally triggers our cells to remember compassion. This creates a cascade of memory triggering throughout our systems, bringing not only the memory of compassion, but also the experience as well. In our bodies, what specifically happens is the sheath of energy surrounding our DNA receives the information from the essence's signature. This energy sheath translates this information for our DNA, which can then read it and instruct the cells to alter any unbalanced energy being held inside of them. When we introduce these energy reminders into our bodies often enough, long-lasting changes can take hold, and balance will be maintained.
A Personal Odyssey
The following account represents my personal odyssey, a spiritually transforming odyssey that also represents a traditional shamanistic intuitive approach to developing vibrational healing essences.
I believe that if we follow our heart and spirit, simple intuition will blossom into physical reality. More than a decade ago, after relinquishing my corporate existence and worldly possessions, I started to travel the planet intuitively led by my inner spirit. In Australia, I became involved with whale research. This became a life-altering experience, especially the time I spent in the water with these magnificent 40-ton creatures. Little did I realize then that over 10 years later these interactions would lead to the development of new forms of energy medicine with great healing potential.
Although nature-derived therapies, such as plant essences, have become increasingly popular, I believe that inevitably many will lose their efficacy because of nature's inherent evolutionary tendency. One example of this trend is the increasing emergence of infections resistant to lifesaving antibiotics. Where do we turn after we have exhausted the availability and purity of plant potencies found on the surface of the earth? My interactions with whales gave me insight into new methods that may help to extend and maximize the vibrational and energy healing available from nature.
Specifically, it became quite clear that individuals benefit not only from being in water, but from being in water under increased pressure. The structure of the human body can be defined as mostly water, (80%) contained within and without cell walls. In this model, we have the illusion of separation within the body (cells and interstitial fluids). One way to describe this illusion is to imagine each of our cells as similar to a fully closed glass bubble or fish bowl in the ocean. As the water within the glass bubble or fish bowl is separate from the water in the ocean, the consciousness associated with each cell will appear separated from its neighboring cell. Pressure is the key to shattering the walls of the enclosed glass bubble or fish bowl releasing its contents to a greater level of consciousness.
Human consciousness is but a drop in the ocean. It is nature that knows the inherent order and balance that exists in all things.
We have discovered through actual experience that by increasing the pressure between the outside and inside of the cells, it is possible for an individual to obtain a new level of consciousness, and manifest greater levels of openness, awareness and balance. For many of us, what often evolves after a high-pressure personal crisis, is a new and expanded perspective of reality.
My insights were consistent with my observation that most scuba divers who spent a great deal of time under water and increased pressure seemed to have greater personal balance than the average individual.
I started to remember some of the significance water had played in the ancient mysteries. The symbol of Jesus was a fish, and ancient Baptism rites had long held importance with water. I even recalled the biblical quote: "One can not enter the kingdom of heaven if not by water and the spirit"
We often refer to the earth as the primordial mother. I began to consider the possibility that if the earth is our mother, could not the ocean be the womb space from which all new birth is conceived? In fact the salinity of the human womb is the same as that of the world's oceans.
The main obstacle to discovery is the illusion of knowledge.
- David Boorstin
Over time, I experienced a series of holographic and miraculous circumstances demonstrating the relationship between pressure, water, the human body and nature - one I had first learned of more than ten years earlier. I became aware that some of the "deeper truths" about restoring new levels of holographic balance in the human body, lay with the plants that existed deep within the ocean; "deep" as in 175 feet to 300 feet. Living at one level atmosphere of pressure, human beings have not yet attained the balance that allows ocean plants and algae to naturally and organically maintain equilibrium under extreme conditions of 9 to 10 atmospheres of pressure. These levels of pressure are significant in that they actually assist in the creation of homeostasis.
I knew that some of the plants at these depths held the keys to dissolving some of the issues plaguing so many individuals in these rapidly changing times. These realizations inspired me to consider additional and highly specialized dive training, that would allow me to go to depths of 200 feet and greater. This training is called Technical Diving. I instinctively knew that what I was about to embark upon would bring with it new implications for co-creative science. I had gained experience with Flower Essences and Gem Elixirs eight years earlier. However I knew that the potential from the oceans offered a unique extension of energetic medicine, and that in all that was unfolding, I was co-creating with nature, in a way that was beyond anything my mind could conceive.
Elan O'Brien surrounded by the mass of equipment required for deep Technical Diving
Technical Dive Training
The ability to scuba dive to depths of 200 feet and beyond is a highly specialized skill. Less than one percent of the world's scuba diving populace have mastered the skills to do this. Just 10 years ago, these were uncharted waters in many ways. Because of the significant depth, it is necessary to breathe a blend of helium, oxygen, and nitrogen. Multiple tanks of varying mixtures of oxygen are necessary to minimize decompression time (the time needed to return safely to the surface). It is necessary to learn complex technical algorithms and to develop highly refined scuba diving skills.
The specialized training required to do Technical Diving at these depths, was a unique experience that required what I might describe as an alchemical process. Alchemy is best described as a method or power of transmutation where several elements can miraculously change into another or something else. I needed to become conditioned to staying calm, and handling the most life-threatening conditions and intricate details with ease. The alchemy emerged in that while maintaining focus there was a necessity to retain the conviction that I was totally supported and suspended in the balance of nature. In other words, it was necessary to be both focussed and unattached at the same time.
Needless to say I questioned my ability to do this. Invariably, after moments of doubt there would be a miraculous flow and realignment, and tasks would be completed with great ease. If I had not been documenting this, I might not have noticed an emerging pattern. The greatest openings and gifts always came after I believed that things were falling apart and seemingly hopeless. Put this way, all expressions of co-creation are born from a place of emptiness. This same place is often described as the void. In metaphysical terms, it is the place where nothing exists, but from which all manifestations occur.
Ocean Harvest: Mysteries Revealed
Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.
- John Ruskin
The collection of plant samples from these ocean depths constantly revealed themselves as the unfolding of some greater mysteries. In Hawaii, for example, the collection process revealed two unique algae / plant samples. In addition to the samples however, the dive also led to the discovery of a physical ceremonial altar and statue of Quan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion holding a child to her heart. Both these structures resided at 180 feet beneath the ocean's surface, in the sandy bottom of the channel of Pearl Harbor. This is particularly noteworthy because Hawaii's Pearl Harbor marks a significant place and time in WWII history. Who better to reside in such a place, but the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion? It was clear that there was wisdom hidden in these depths that was quite beyond logical explanation.
As a holistic practitioner, I also believe that there are a number of associations that show an interrelationship between the plants deep within the ocean, and what is experienced in the womb prior to birth. It is almost as if these components of nature can assist to re-set the human body's karmic patterns so that we can better remember the purity and alignment to "Source" we had known prior to birth and social programming. In our previous analogy of the enclosed glass bubble or closed fish bowl within the ocean, our consciousness represents the fish within the bowl. The fish believe that they exist in their own contained environment. When the enclosed glass-bubble shatters, there is an epiphany-like realization of the universe's infinite expression. This realization and its acceptance as the Ocean of God can evolve into a transcendental spiritual experience in which all-imprisoning concepts and paradigms disappear and are replaced by ultimate truth. This represents the ultimate mind/body spirit balancing.
I feel that ocean plants hold keys to dissolving some of the issues - such as anger, fear, lack of self worth, survival, and trust in life's evolutionary process - plaguing people in today's rapidly changing times. These seemingly overwhelming concerns can be dissolved into the infinite expression of Self, similar to a sugar cube dissolving into water. The sugar merges with the whole. The issue soon becomes dissolved in context to the wholeness of self.
Healing with Ocean Essences
A total of 12 Ocean Essences have been created with the guidance and assistance of Nature, and the blessings of gifts from the world's oceans. The Ocean Essences have come from five different oceans in the world.
Essences are usually prepared from a sun infusion of the plants in a bowl of water. This mother tincture is further diluted (potentized) and preserved with pure grain alcohol. Because virtually no physical aspects (oil, plant detritus, etc.) get transferred into the final preparation, essences cannot be compared to herbal preparations.
Traditionalists often prepare essences through an intuitive, metaphysical process. This process is called "co-creative science" because one connects with the plant's consciousness and nature to intuit the essence's preparation method and properties. The preparations of Ocean Essences are based on this tradition.
Essences are commonly administered by placing several drops under the tongue or in bath water. In the case of the Ocean Essences, massage therapists and bodywork practitioners have further extended usage, and report significant benefits can be realized with clients by placing several drops on their hands before sessions. Drops may also be applied topically to the area of the client's body that poses difficulty. Furthermore, acupuncturists who have tested the Ocean Essences have suggested that potential benefits may accrue by dipping the needles in specific essences before insertion. To allow their fullest expression, essences should be used consistently over a 21-day period. Changes are usually recognized or noticed, within several days. However the additional time allows for permanent changes and rebalancing of the surrounding energy field.
How to Select Ocean Essences
Most vibrational essences are usually selected through muscle testing or kinesiology techniques. However in the case of Ocean Essences the basis for testing procedures is somewhat different. It is important that the testing is not traditionally based on what a client will "need" or "can use to fix". This line of questioning still utilizes a dualistic, symptom based, diagnostic framework. Ocean Essences represent new models of consciousness. Because Ocean Essences work at such a core level, it is important to test which Ocean Essences are in Divine Order for one to co-create with as an expression of the perfection that "Is". This allows them to work at an organic level, in harmony with the organic nature of matter; in harmony with all that we are, in harmony with all that surrounds us, and all that we are comprised of. In short, this method allows them to work at core level as an expansion of the Universal love and connection found in all things. This allows them to act within the law of natural harmony that nature is constantly teaching us. In essence, so to speak, it enables the Ocean Essences to support co-creation as an evolutionary advancing aspect of human potential.
Elan O'Brien is an energy teacher, speaker and founder of The Essence of Creation, the company that produces the Ocean Essences. She is the co-creator with nature of vibrational essences derived from plants found deep within the world's oceans, as well as a line of Peruvian Essences from the mountains and jungles of Peru that combine with the Ocean Essences. The creation of these essences are the culmination of more than 12 years' work in holistic medicine, energy healing, deep sea diving, world travel, and work with whales and dolphins in the oceans of the world. She travels extensively to obtain new essences, teaches workshops and classes in energetic medicine, and offers personalized retreats. She is currently residing in the heart of nature, on top of Lookout Mountain in Alabama. She claims it is the enchanted forest, and lives in her own personal Stonehenge and Fairy Ring, in a home surrounded by a ring of massive boulders.
To contact Elan for product information, orders and essence education, please write her at: Elan O'Brien, 111 County Rd 600, Mentone, AL. 35984. Phone: 256-634-8000. You can also email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Acknowledgements by the Author I would like to thank and acknowledge the assistance and support of Dr. Lawrence Johnston, Pam Parsons, and Sonja Bearden-Taylor