Archetypal Essences And Their Place On the Spiritual Path

Three examples of the series of flower essence that can be helpful on the spiritual path

The Pilgrim: Pineappleweed

The pilgrim walks around looking for something he does not yet know and has no idea of what and how it could be found. It is the search for something unknown, so it is usually not easy to find an inner motivation. The pilgrim stage is essential for maturing and growing up. It makes one start to find one‘s own direction in life. The best pilgrim is the one who loves to learn.

Pineappleweed is the flower that cannot be damaged. Pineappleweed plants grow on field paths where they are run over by trucks and tractors a few times every day. However, this plant does not complain but stands up and recovers. This resembles the way children learn to behave. No matter how often they fall, after having unconsciously decided to learn to let go, hardly anything can stop them. Action is learning; it develops new sensory interconnections. Everything one wants to learn has to be accessed, integrated, stored, remembered -- and most of all -- understood.


This flower has a special relationship to children and learning. It helps one learn like children do: by repeating what others do, by playing, by being fascinated and absorbed by a subject, by never giving up -- thereby strengthening the nervous system. No matter what subject one feels unable to cope with -- be it swimming, reading, mathematics or dancing -- Pineappleweed helps one change the self image in a way that matches the self with new skills.

The Martyr: Oak

Martyrdom is not the same as victim mentality. Quite the contrary: first one needs to be a winner -- a hero -- in order to become a martyr. Martyrdom in this sense means to be strong and mature enough to renounce a victory.

Female Oak

The Oak represents a powerful, big and wise personality. One who knows their abilities and who is self confident and responsible and strong enough to care for others. Problems may come up if this person tries to take on more than he can cope with because he does not want to disappoint the ones he cares for. What he ignores is the fact that for them, a weak hero is of little worth. Oak teaches such heroes, who can even be convinced of being irreplaceable, to care for themselves. Unselfishness, helpfulness and generosity do not mean one has to neglect one‘s own needs. In fact, it is with the ability to take breaks and rest regularly that this person will be of the most service to others.

Evening Primrose: The Magician

Evening Primrose

All the experiences one has had on the spiritual path are helpful and necessary in order to master this stage. You have to be strong for the following lesson: to face your own shadow. In the hero stage, you learned to look at and accept your weak points, but what comes up now is a little harder. Evening Primrose opens its bright yellow flowers around 6:00 p.m. to light up the night, and so can help one to confront one‘s own shadow. During the previous stages you were always looking for perfection or wholeness, however, it cannot be gained if you ignore your dark side, your frightening aspects. The shadow hides the aspects of our personality we do not like in ourselves. We prefer to ignore them or pretend they are not there or simply forget about them. If you want to find real inner peace, you must integrate your shadow aspects, and this means you first have to learn to know them, accept them and make friends with them. A real magician does not fight his own negative aspects but uses them as inner resources. Evening Primrose essence helps you to succeed in doing so.

Lungwort: The Trickster

This is your trump, your joker. Everybody should have one. The trickster is an inner archetype just like all the others; he already exists within us. However, sometimes he is not easily available because parents especially do not like him very much, and often try to suppress him inside their children. The trickster is the one who always finds a way out of a situation, a sudden solution in cases where others tend to give up. His ideas are not conventional, sometimes even against the law, and he never takes things too seriously. He is smart, charming, crafty, full of fantastic ideas. Beyond that, he finds entrance in every existing realm and can lead people there; for example, into the underworld (and out of it) and into the dreamworld. He is a harum-scarum but at the same time an experienced guide. On the plant level, Lungwort represents this archetype, indicating it by her flowers showing different colours at the same time. He is the joker you need when nothing helps and you feel stuck. His genius will help you to find a new, unexpected -- and perhaps funny -- solution for your ‚hopeless case‘, which may originate from other realms you usually cannot access.


These cycles on the spiritual path can be seen as a spiral. Once you have completed a full circle you find yourself at the same point, but on the next higher level. If you experienced the strength to overcome a particular stage once, you certainly will not be as frightened and desperate as before when it comes to a repetition. Everything becomes easier for you if you use your own experiences as inner resources. However, if you missed an earlier lesson, you will have the opportunity now to learn it yet again. Being successful on a higher level will cure the pain of the corresponding lower one. Thus, you may cycle through the Archetypal Essences again and again, always finding help through them in taking your path to a new level of mastery.

© Dirk Albrodt

I know many people are not very familiar with the expression „archetype“, but to be honest I have to admit I do not know any other or better
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