by Julie Walker
It was Halloween 1998. I had a dream which said “There is to be a set of essences made for the Isle of Man.” I muttered something such as “too tired, too busy, too unfit, go away”, and slept. When I awoke to streaming sunshine I had all the instructions for making the set.
There were to be nine essences in the set, to be made on each of the 8 Celtic Wheel celebration days, and on one unspecified date. Dowsing, muscle testing and intuition were used to find the sites and the sources of water. The mantra, often repeated, was “ASK THE ISLAND”. There were three of us essence makers working in the health and healing world, and all practised in rod and pendulum dowsing, kinesiology, and body-electrics work with chakras and meridians.
We worked independently, dowsing the 1:25,000 big scale map to find each site for making the essence. It was exciting and awe inspiring to discover each person’s dowsing response pointed to the same grid square. We then went to the site to dowse where best to place the bowl of water so that it “absorbed” the land vibrations.
There were several “aha” moments during the year of making the first set. Our credulity was tested and we learnt to trust the dowsing process. The first surprise came when the pendulum indicated “No” to the use of preservative brandy as used by many flower essence producers. “Yes”, however, was indicated to Manx spirit, a vodka-like alcohol. Confirmation came when an alignment line drawn between the source sites for Essence 1 (associated with Samhain, 31st October) and Essence 2 went straight through the distillery!
Some essences required more than one water source. Essence 2 (associated with the Winter Solstice) needed four different waters, one of which would be found on-site at Ballaugh Old Church. It was decorated with holly and ivy for Christmas, but there was no water in vases, font or tap. In the churchyard the rods drew us to a wych elm tree where we found the 4th water, a tiny puddle in the bole where the branches met. The essence-making-bowl of waters then sat there for the 24 hours we had dowsed to be needed.
Each essence had a different length of time for the water to absorb and “remember” the vibrations of that particular place. The shortest time was Essence 7 with three different sites and three times ranging from 20 minutes to 3 hours. The longest time was that for Essence 6 which took 24 hours on the site followed by a month between two new moons sitting under a pyramid in the garden of one of the makers. The other seven essences were made in 24 hours on their specific sites.
The source of water for Essence 4 (associated with the Spring Equinox) took us to a map-dowsed dry track near Mt. Karin. The stream was far below as we climbed steeply, doubting the process. We came to a tiny runnel off the pasture. Although not marked on the map, a small spring with a flat stone handy for placing a jug, and a flow of two pints a minute, indicated use long before the advent of mains water.
Essence 6 for ‘cleansing’, associated with the Summer Solstice, was made with three waters. One from a reservoir of dubious water quality near iron workings, one with sea water from near where the ferry boats dock, (the main island harbour) and the third from a site on the Crogga River.
The water for Essence 8 (associated with Lughnasadh, 31st July) came from near the Cringle Reservoir. The bottle of water was placed under one of several large quartz boulders which lay in a line down a sloping field. Quartz is found all over the island, some of the largest and most complete crystals being discarded by the lead miners. Dry-stone walls often had a milky quartz stone built into them, so a walker or herdsman could see its gleam on a dark night.
The date for making Essence 7 was not stated in the original dream instructions. We dowsed significant 1999 dates (blue moons in January and March, and an eclipse in August) until “YES” was the dowsing response to Tynwald day – 5th July. This date added the Viking element to a Celtic focus for the set.. The Vikings arrived on Man in the mid-9th century, and gave the island its unique and independent system of government. Tynwald day is the annual parliamentary gathering and public holiday held to celebrate this. We feel that the essences we have found do reflect the Celtic and Viking strands of the island’s cultural heritage – its language, music and dance, its crafts and its plant lore – and the quiet approach to life of the Manx people.
Manx Island Essences (shortened to MIE which means “goodbye” in Manx Gaelic), are vibrational essences. The earth resonates at approximately 7.5 cycles per second: Human bodies resonate at from 6.8 to 7.5 cycles per second. In a theta brainwave meditation state – approximately 7.5 cycles per second – humans and earth resonate and exchange energy vibrations. When people exchange harmonious vibrations with chosen places there is a positive dowsable response from the Earth’s energy field.
These connections between earth and humans have benefits for all which can influence the quality of life. I find essence work can be of benefit as first-aid, and also as a longer term method of reconnecting with the rhythms of the seasons, the weather, the Moon, the tides, and the cycle of the year. I slow down, I calm down and I feel good! We do not know how essences work any more than dowsers know how pendulums and rods work. We know that dowsing does work, and essences also do what they say they do. The basic discipline is one of clear questions and an open mind. Double check dowsing clears doubts.
© 2004 Julie Walker & BSD EEG
‘Dowsing for Health‘ by Dr Patrick Macmanaway, Lorenz 2001
‘New Vibrational Flower Essences of Britain and Ireland‘ by Titchner, Monk, Potter and Staines, Waterlily Books 1997
‘At the Centre of the World‘, John Michell , Thames & Hudson 1994
British Flower & Vibrational Essence Association, PO Box 3, Exmouth, Devon EX8 1YY www.bfvea.com
Julie Walker is a member of the BFVEA and the Quaker Spiritual Healers as well as the BSD.