Today, Dr. Pantzer and I made a yellowwood (Cladrastis kentukea) flower essence because (shockingly) nobody else has done so. We stuffed the flowers into a clean jar with spring water and are exposing it to the sun. While we got that process started, we sat beside the tree and “listened” to it, “felt” it. When we get into a heartful listening space (go read Stephen Buhner’s “The Secret Teachings of Plants” to learn more about this process), the first impressions we feel in the presence of a plant are those of the plant.
Dr. P was enthralled with the way the inflorescences swung and danced in the breeze, without a care in the world. I was struck initially with the feeling that yellowwood helps us to let go. In a sense, this tree serves a lot of people in Brown County, Indiana well. People go to Brown County to release their burdens and their cares, to retreat, to heal. This county is one of the few places in the state where this tree thrives.