|Poison OakPositive qualities:
Emotional openness and vulnerability, ability to be close and make contact with others.
Patterns of imbalance:
Fear of intimate contact, protective of personal boundaries; fear of being violated; hostile or distant.
Many souls have difficulty coping with softer, more vulnerable feelings. This can be especially true for men,
who are culturally influenced to display little intimacy or emotion. Those who need Poison oak actually have
within themselves very deep sensitivity, and can feel quite insecure about their personal boundaries. They fear
that if they are too open or too intimate with others, their personal defenses will be violated.
however, rarely show their vulnerability and sensitivity, for they learn to cope by projecting an overly tough,
Mars-like exterior. They erect negative barriers between themselves and others by showing hostility, anger, and
irritability, thus keeping a “safe” emotional distance. At the deepest level, such persons are afraid
of the inner feminine or of being engulfed by feminine values. This attitude can sometimes extend to feelings
about Nature, so that the individual develops a relationship with Nature only through sports or activities that
conquer the elements.
Poison Oak flower essence teaches such souls to open gently by learning to identify and
accept the softer side of themselves. In doing so, the soul creates boundaries that are inclusive rather than
exclusive, learning that the essential strength of the Self also includes the most sensitive and gentle aspects.
- from the 'Flower Essence Repertory', by Patricia
Kaminsky and Richard Katz. The most comprehensive and user-friendly flower essence book we've found. Highly recommended for any practitioner.