My spir­i­tual in­spi­ra­tion

Flower essence healer So­phie Knock re­veals how an an­cient yew tree has given her pro­found ad­vice

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Flower essence healer So­phie Knock talks about seek­ing mes­sages of pro­found wis­dom from an an­cient yew tree when­ever she needs guid­ance

Magic works!

When I was 25, my boyfriend Tim, who’s a film-maker, and I were asked to film the prepa­ra­tions for the May Day cel­e­bra­tions at the sa­cred and holy Chal­ice Well in Glas­ton­bury. We ac­tu­ally ended up step­ping into roles of Sun King and Spring Maiden af­ter the orig­i­nal cou­ple split up at the eleventh hour. This in­volved us get­ting in­ti­mate in a spe­cial bower, in a mag­i­cal moon­lit fer­til­ity rit­ual. What I hadn’t bar­gained for was it work­ing – I con­ceived that night!

Tim and I loved each other and had been to­gether three years, but I wanted to know whether I should marry him now that I was preg­nant. So, on Samhain (Hal­loween), I de­cided to seek the ad­vice of the an­cient yew trees of Chal­ice Well, as ac­cord­ing to folk­lore, you can seek guid­ance from these trees on this date.

We have more than one soul­mate

I was drawn to the en­ergy and pres­ence of a par­tic­u­lar tree at the en­trance to the Chal­ice Well gar­dens. I placed one hand on my heart and the other on the trunk. Then I rested my fore­head against the tree and asked, ‘Is this per­son my soul­mate? Should I marry him?’ Im­me­di­ately, I heard the tree’s words in my head, say­ing, ‘In life there’s not just one soul­mate, but a num­ber who can help you com­plete your jour­ney. This is one of your soul­mates who you can learn life lessons from.’ I took this as a mes­sage that Tim was some­one who I could ful­fil my soul’s pur­pose with, and we mar­ried at Win­ter Sol­stice, six weeks later. On Fe­bru­ary 4, 1999, our baby, Os­car, was born. The first time we took him out was to visit the Chal­ice Well gar­den where, in the shadow of the great yew trees, we anointed his head with wa­ter from the well, to wel­come him into the world.

Be open to di­vine in­spi­ra­tion

Com­mu­ni­cat­ing with this an­cient yew in­spired me to learn how to make plant and flower essences, for the good of oth­ers. I co-cre­ated the Wild Medicine Flower Essences com­pany in 2004 and use them to help peo­ple emo­tion­ally and spir­i­tu­ally. When I take a group that I’m teach­ing into the Chal­ice Well gar­den to make essences, I al­ways greet my favourite an­cient yew tree by rest­ing my head against it.

Over the years, I’ve turned to my spe­cial tree for guid­ance many times.

I remember one oc­ca­sion when some­one I was work­ing with wasn’t be­ing a team player, and had said some hurt­ful things. I asked my yew tree what to do, and as soon as I put my head against its trunk I heard its words in my mind: ‘Get out of the de­tail and into the depth.’

I took this to mean you can’t be ac­count­able for what oth­ers do, only for your own ac­tions and that I should cast aside all the dis­tract­ing su­per­fi­cial stuff, and fo­cus on be­ing true to my­self. The tree’s wis­dom has helped me to be­lieve in my­self.

Love takes many forms

Tim and I are in the process of separat­ing, af­ter 22 years to­gether. When I went to ask 'my' yew tree for guid­ance a few weeks ago, it was re­as­sur­ing to re­ceive the mes­sage that, ‘You might not be in a mar­riage to­gether, but this per­son is still go­ing to con­tinue to give you deep and mean­ing­ful life lessons.’ This mes­sage from the tree made me un­der­stand that love evolves and to ac­cept that the form of re­la­tion­ships changes and that is fine. It’s all part of the cy­cle of life, just like in na­ture.

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