Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

Alaskan EssencesIn 1983, my job as a wilderness fire fighter allowed me to be stationed in a remote village situated on the northern shore of Lake Minchumina, the largest lake in the interior of Alaska. Located in the geographical center of the state, Lake Minchumina sits like a jewel in the crown of the Alaska Range, with an imposing view of Denali, the tallest mountain on the North American continent. It was here in this pristine wild flower paradise that I began preparing the Alaskan Flower Essences.

I founded the Alaskan Flower Essence Project in January of 1984 to coordinate the preparation and research of new flower essences from the extensive and unique ecological regions of the state. That summer, I pioneered the concept of co-creating essences directly from the environment with the preparation of the Solstice Storm essence.

Shabd-sangeet Khalsa joined the project as a co-founder in the fall of 1984, bringing her considerable botanical expertise and extensive knowledge of native Alaskan flora. Shabd-sangeet worked very closely with the project preparing and researching essences until 1991. During this eight year period, she was the initial preparer of 42 of the essences now featured in our repertory.

In 1985 Janice Schofield, a well-known herbalist and author, contributed a series of flower essences from the Kachemak Bay and Rocky River areas of Alaska.

Essences from The Last Frontier

My inspiration to prepare essences in Alaska began with an awareness of the vibrational purity of this land. Alaska is one of the very few places left on our planet where the environment is much as it was thousands of years ago. Less than 700,000 people live in an area one fifth the size of the continental United States, and over half of these are clustered in the three largest cities. The plant and elemental kingdoms here are still intact, healthy, and exuberant because much of the state has never been impacted by human activity.

All of the life forms here have had to develop special adaptations to insure their chances for survival in an extreme climate characterized by constant movement and change. As we move into the second decade of this century and beyond, the skills and abilities that enable us to thrive in an environment of continual change and transformation are becoming increasingly relevant. These qualities are embodied by the Alaskan essences. Through the study and use of these essences, we can awaken and master them in ourselves.

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