Qualities: Enthusiasm, Hope
Message of Self-Mastery: Energy; banishing melancholy; for cultivating an inner smile; resolution of conflict; lightness; emotional integration; “light at the end of the tunnel”; renewed interest in life; for the power to endure difficulties.
Pattern of Disharmony: Mild to severe depression; hopelessness; despair; self-pity; for past or present abuse issues-physical, emotional or sexual; apathy; the “might as well get used to it” attitude.
My thoughts dance on air with cosmic energy. Singing joyfully, they soar above every dark valley of sorrow!
|Expressing the power to endure
|Renewing interest in life
|Smiling from within
|Lacking in energy
Certain individuals are able to take trauma and crisis in stride; others buckle under and suffer greatly. Some children do better with teething than others. Some of the elderly, although understandably lonely, weather the passing of a spouse better than others. This leads us to the conclusion that it is not the experience itself, but the way we choose to react to it-similar to Cherry-that indicates the need for Orange. Culturally, we are faced with some shocking statistics on depression.
Clinical depression affects twenty to thirty percent of adults at some time during their lives.
The lifetime risk of suicide from major depressive disorder is fifteen percent, a higher mortality rate than that of many medical disorders.
Depression and anxiety disorders are twice as common in women than in men. In women, the mid-thirties and forties represent the peak period of new-onset depression and anxiety.
I remember one particular afternoon of consultations following a morning Spirit-in-Nature workshop. Four people in a row came in to the office and recounted their life stories of serious childhood abuse issues. One man was then suicidal; one woman had chosen a homosexual lifestyle that was proving problematic; another gentleman was undergoing long-term psychotherapy; one woman with a difficult childhood had become an elementary school teacher. All had suffered similar abusive situations and had adapted according to their own personalities. Each individual, however, indicated the need for Orange.
Positive Orange is the loving parent by whom we may not have had the opportunity to be raised, who gently takes us by the hand and says, “This is a tough test, but you’re going to be okay. We’ll just see this through and come out the other side.”
Orange is the essence of choice for those heavier-than-Cherry moods or chronic depression. “I took Orange to dispel moods after a serious accident where I sustained a concussion,” Patrick wrote “I was told it would take time for the brain to heal, and to be patient. On Orange, I was able to get though the post-trauma weeks with little or no problem caused by down moods. I was also very steady emotional-ly-in fact, steadier than I have been at other times when I wasn’t going through a healing phase.”
Orange embodies the vibration of not giving up, or giving in, no matter how convincing the case in favor of despair. Orange is indicated for any experience which leaves us feeling as though we can’t go on- the death of a loved one, divorce, miscarriage, thoughts of suicide, a disfiguring accident, or surgery or a chronic, lingering illness. Orange embodies hope and leads us through even the most long-term suffering to the light at the end of the tunnel.
One in the negative Orange state is far beyond the help of Cherry. The negative Cherry state may be likened to waking up on the wrong side of the bed; negative Orange is more like waking up on the wrong side of your life. Orange is helpful for long-standing problems-or long-term, counterproductive attitudes in dealing with those problems.
The negative Orange state, especially when prolonged, is that “end of one’s rope” feeling. It may also indicate the need for other modalities of therapy in addition to taking Orange. (A repeated word of caution: flower essences do not replace proper medical attention.) “I’d been depressed all day,” Verna admitted. “I don’t usually get depressed, but there it was. I was so depressed that I didn’t even want to close up shop. I was going to binge on a box of cookies. Instead, I prayed for an answer and went right over to the Spirit-in-Nature Essences display. I picked up a bottle of Orange and felt better with the first dosage. I took it the next day too. The depression disappeared.”
The dictionary defines depression as a hollow or low place. Certainly for all of us, this describes those times in our lives when we have felt empty inside and hopeless. In the negative Orange state, it is easy to find justification for this absence of enthusiasm. Orange is like a “vibrational fork-lift” that scoops us out of the doldrums.
Seek counseling or other forms of constructive help.
Join a support group to band with others going through similar difficulties.
Join an organization where you can give help and support to those who are going through the same or similar tests that you have overcome.
Practice viewing your life-especially the particularly difficult parts-as a passing dream. Do so without reacting emotionally, as if it’s someone else’s life you are observing.
Find happiness in the little things in your life, gradually expanding to bigger ones; reading a favorite book, planting a flower garden or jogging with your dog.
For this exercise, you will need to stand in front of a mirror.
Look into the reflection of your eyes. What do you see there? Are they laughing, sad, contented or disgruntled? Now look at the shape of your face-its contours, its features, the texture and color of your skin, and the way you hold your head and shoulders. What does your posture tell you about yourself? Are you self-confident? One-pointed? Contented?
Having assessed your body language and facial expression, place the tip of each index finger at the corners of your mouth, all the while studying the face staring back at you. Push the corners of your mouth upward, forming a smile of sorts, or at least the beginning of one. Now place your hands at your sides, maintaining the expression. Allow the smile to glide over the contours of your face like a cloud leaving a sunlit trail in its wake on a hillside. In the physical process of smiling, let your face be bathed in the exhileration of this smile.
Watch your reflection as the smile reaches your eyes. Observe the change in your energy, your posture and finally your heart. Now, repeat the following affirmation.