The year was 1977. A blending of
the Bach preparation method with the Indian sage Paramhansa
Yogananda’s interpretations of the psychological and
spiritual qualities of foods began to form Spirit-in-Nature Essences.
Developed in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains
just north of Nevada City, California, by founder Lila Devi
, these 20 essences have since gained worldwide recognition
as the oldest essence line outside the UK.
Holistic healing, at its best, supports the entire living being by strengthening its life force, which is the true healer. Flower essences are one such method. As Hippocrates, considered the father of Western medicine, said nearly 2,000 years ago, "Our natures are the physicians of diseases." They are also the harbingers of our health.
In this rugged desert climate, wild blackberries
thrive along winding footpaths and a prolific apple orchard
provides tasty snacks for wandering herds of deer. Blossoms
are gathered primarily from the gardens and orchards at Ananda
Village (www.ananda.org). The first yogi to live in the West, the Indian
master teacher Yogananda is best known for his autobiography published
in over 2 dozen languages.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are filled with
life force, Yogananda said – and even more so with the
blossoms, or the reproductive system of the plant. If the
cherry fruit contains the "vibrational vitamin"
of cheerfulness, it is the cherry flower that contains the
highest concentration of this subtle energy. "I’ve
been taking vitamins all my life," said a flower essence
client, "and I always forget to take them. But on the
Spirit-in-Nature Essences, I can't wait to take my next dosage.
They are really shifting things for me, affecting me very
Practitioners and laypeople alike are finding
that Spirit-in-Nature Essences help to activate a wide range of psycho-spiritual strengths. Much like the plucking of a string
on a musical instrument, other strings of the same note will
vibrate as well on that same sounding board. Based on the
law of “sympathetic resonance,” flower essences
strike a similar note in our consciousness – stimulating
ennobling qualities that lie within our nature.
Spirit-in-Nature Essences have been
researched for over 3 decades, including a pioneering biofeedback
study by the late Dr. Jeffrey Cram and countless direct testimonials
from essence users about their clients, families, friends,
pets and even plants.
Lila Devi graduated with honors from the University of Michigan with a B.A. degree in English and psychology as well as a secondary teaching certificate.
Before developing Spirit-in-Nature Flower Essences, she taught high school English and later ran a group home for developmentally disabled women.
Her first experience in taking a Bach Flower
Remedy proved so extraordinary that she began studying the
few essences books available at the time. This led to preparation
of the first batch of Spirit-in-Nature Flower Essences and
the rest, as they say, is history.
Lila lectures nationally and abroad. She
brings an expansive view of plants, animals and people to
her seminars, radio shows and television appearances. Drawing
on her skills as a writer of songs, poetry and plays and on
her talent as a musician—vocalist, guitarist and composer—her
classes present a refreshing approach to the Nature and an awareness of human nature.
Lila lives at Ananda Village outside
Nevada City, California, with her husband and cats.