Plant Profile: No 52 Nikau Palm
No 52 Nikau Palm - Non-Attachment
Nikau Palm stands out in natural forest environments due to its distinctly tropical appearance. With a spectacular array of bright red berries that take nearly a year to fully ripen, the Nikau Palm is a favourite amongst New Zealand artists and New Zealand native birds such as the Kereru native wood pigeon and the now rare Kaka native parrot.
A Very Useful Plant
Nikau Palm proved to be an incredibly versatile and practical plant and Maori found many uses for it in daily life. As a food source, very young leaves were eaten either raw or cooked and also the berries were known to be eaten when green. Sometimes food was wrapped in the leaves for cooking and old fibrous leaves were used for baskets, pots, floor mats, weaving and thatching. Dwellings thatched with Nikau fronds and built from the native Manuka tree was said to have been as strong and as watertight as a house made from iron.
The Tale of Two Lovers
The Tainui people of the Bay of Plenty region who are descended from the Tainui canoe that came from Hawaiiki recount a legend that speaks of love, loss and the Nikau Palm.
Hoturoa, the high priest and commander of the Tainui canoe had a beautiful daughter Torere who he intended to marry off to a young chief. Torere had no intention of marrying anyone else as she had fallen in love with Rakataura, a steersman.
One day the two were spotted together by the young chief who chased after the pair. Torere spoke a magical chant that caused a barricade of rocks to rise up and protect them. In retaliation, the chief thrust his canoe paddle three times through the rocks, causing a cave to form. Meanwhile Torere and Rakataura took rest not far away and when the chief found them again, a fierce battle ensued. Rakataura won the battle yet Torere had run away in the midst of it and paddled up the river. Rakataura watched helplessly as she leaped out of the canoe into the river and, as she disappeared under the water a white rock sprung up in her place. Unable to bear the thought of returning without his beloved Rakataura transformed himself into a Nikau Palm on the banks of the river not far from where the white stone was. From then on, and even to this day the white stone and the Nikau Palm remain close to each other.
Nikau Palm Deva’s Blessing
I bring the light of awareness as you rediscover the mysteries of non-attachment and right action. Through me a seed of peace is restored to Earth
No 52 Nikau Palm is the Non-Attachment essence. This seed essence restores the original DNA pattern of right emotional behaviour. It is used to release blocks and limiting negative patterns around established negative emotional behaviour patterns. It helps seed in and restore to conscious awareness practical new improved patterns for right emotional behaviour.
No 52 Nikau Palm releases one from the primary fear of emotional insufficiency and lack that generally expresses as specific fears, blocks in consciousness or as depression related to emotions, emotional and sexual exchanges and emotional insufficiency that has come down the ancestral/hereditary line.
Core negative beliefs limiting life patterns around one’s relationship with emotional expression, sex, sensuality, enjoyment, pleasure, nurturing and partnership.
Non-attachment; right emotional behaviour; enhanced emotional awareness; emotional constancy; emotionally well disposed; interactive and responsive.
This article contains extracts from The Sacred Plant Medicine of Aotearoa Volume 1 by Franchelle Ofsoské-Wyber.