Qualities: Mental Strength, Endurance
Message of Self-Mastery: Knowing there is no failure, only another chance to succeed; courage; belief in oneself; invincibility; psychic protection; stability; remaining unaffected by the diverse energies of crowds and traveling; hope.
Pattern of Disharmony: Fear; weakness; nightmares; withdrawal; defensiveness; addictions; shyness; minor hesitation to severe terror; defeatist attitude; instability; for the stress of city life.
With strength and courage, I face all my trials!
|Believing in oneself
|Renewed while traveling
|Fearful of failure
|Fearful of known causes
|Fearful of unknown causes
Perhaps you have heard the Chinese quote: “Fear knocked at the door; faith opened it, and there was no one there.” This is a Tomato maxim indeed! We might call Tomato “bottled ammunition.” The positive Tomato condition can be summarized in one word-empowerment. Where tests drag on for some duration, Tomato helps us to develop steadfastness. Tomato speaks of hope, victory and the ensuing sense of celebration.
Tomato aligns us with the understanding that “quick is the succession of human events; the cares of today are seldom the cares of tomorrow, and when we lie down at night, we may safely say to most of our troubles, ‘Ye have done your worst, and we shall meet no more.” Thus wrote English poet Cowper, beautifully paraphrasing Tomato’s essence.
Tomato also vibrationally addresses future fears based upon past trauma, such as accidents, illness or surgery-all of which are invasive experiences to the human body and aura. “I took Tomato first to help with my courage in dealing with a near-crippling motorcycle accident,” recounted Todd. “It gave me added mental strength. I took it as the shock was wearing off and fear was trying to set in. But the fear never got a chance to develop.”
For many people, travel can generate fear. Addressing states ranging from a sense of vulnerability and disorientation in foreign environments to the raw terror of air flights, Tomato Essence makes a welcome traveling companion. Even if we are only trekking to the nearest town for a day of errands, Tomato affords psychic protection and shields us from foreign or negative energies. “My new executive job required that I travel frequently,” Virginia shared. “I am terrified of planes. In fact, you couldn’t pay me to fly without a Valium and two plane-sized bottles of scotch! Tomato has replaced the sedative and the scotch. I take it the day of the flight, and then I’m fine.”
Tomato helps us battle anything from mildly annoying bad habits to major addictions. Webster defines addiction from the Latin root, addicere, as in “to give oneself up habitually to.” Addictions may include substance abuse, smoking, overeating, wrong eating, harmful relationships and even the seemingly insignificant difficulty in getting out of bed in the morning.
Through the repetition of wrong habits, we empower them. These wrong actions wear a groove in the brain, as it were, making them more difficult to overcome. “I know Tomato has helped me immensely,” wrote a woman from Sacramento. “I ran out of it a few days ago, and can really tell the difference. It’s enabled me to end a very abusive relationship with my boyfriend, despite his repeated attempts at reconciliation.”
Could we safely assume that addictions are rooted in a basic, though misguided, desire for happiness? In some obscure way, the pursuit of addictive substances and actions is an attempt to achieve freedom from misery. Tomato empowers us with the positive vibrational experience of happiness from within, replacing a compulsive need that can eventually become physiological if continued.
Perhaps our battles are not always so grandiose. Maybe we’re only trying to lose a few pounds. Still, the discouragement of failure-especially when repeated-creates a snowball effect that weakens our hope of succeeding in the future. When we hear ourselves saying, “Oh, I shouldn’t,” or “I’ll start tomorrow”-somewhat similar to negative Corn’s procrastination-we are verbalizing the negative Tomato state. What we are really saying is, “I secretly don’t believe I have the strength to deal with this right now.” Tomato helps us remember that “our strength grows out of our weakness,” as the naturalist Emerson wrote over a century ago.
The negative Tomato state expresses itself as fears of both known and unknown causes: fear of weakness, of planes and cars, and the residual fear that follows accidents. It also addresses issues of repeated failure, of a lingering sense of inadequacy, and of faltering and uncertainty. Tomato also helps you to stand up for your own beliefs.
“I took Tomato for letting go of my firstborn when she left for college,” wrote Alena. “This was the first time that I was really clear that the essences do not negate your emotions, but rather help you to deal with them, and then let them go. This was my strength. I wasn’t taking Tomato to prevent me from crying; I took it so that I would be centered in my tears and then be able to let go of my daughter with joy.”
When fear plays through the subconscious mind during sleep, we experience the negative Tomato state of nightmares. These ”night demons” play over and over like a “broken record syndrome,” unable to be released from the subconscious mind. Tomato replaces these night fears with a sense of inner knowing that they have “done their worst” and can then vanish as night into the day.
Read books-especially autobiographies-about heroes, heroines and saints who have overcome monumental challenges in their lives through acts of strength and courage.
Make a list of your “failures” in one column. In the other, write the lessons you have learned and the qualities you have developed through those failures.
Write down your fears. Mentally play out the “worst-case scenario” with each one and say, “That wasn’t so bad. I can handle it.”
Any time you have a nightmare, try to remember it in detail and then offer it into a mental fire, much like the following visualization.
Sit up straight, away from the back of your chair. Drop your shoulders back to expand your chest, your chin parallel to the ground. Place your hands comfortably at the juncture of the upper legs and torso. With eyelids closed, relax your eyes and let your gaze, like a lazy trail of smoke, drift upward. Allow your breathing to be deep and regular.
Imagine in your mind a crackling fire, blazing in its varied stages- first, the match catching the crumpled paper, followed by the burning of dry twigs and, as the fire spreads, the thin kindling. Then visualize the smaller logs igniting, pockets of sap making snapping sounds as a slight draft spreads the flames to larger wood stumps at the base of the fire.
Into this fire, mentally cast all fears. One by one, name them, tossing them into the flames. Feel that every cell in your body is purified of the poison of fear, and awakened as never before to the bright light of courage. Every crackle of the log is a new burst of that courage. Each shooting blaze is an affirmation of the fiery warrior within you, now and forever at your command.