The Sun - Light, Warmth and Wellbeing
The sun is an integral part of our solar system and enables life on Earth. Ancient civilisations had an intimate, reverent and intuitive understanding of the importance of this great and mighty star at the centre of our solar system. The sun regulates the Earth’s climate and weather and has a profound impact on humans, animals, plants, trees and many other organisms that inhabit the Earth.
Light is emitted from the sun across a broad spectrum of frequencies or wavelengths that vary from being very long to very short and include ultraviolet, infrared, radio and x-ray waves. The visible light from the sun gives us the rainbow hue of colours that vary in length – red having the longest wavelength and lowest frequency of light and violet having the highest and shortest frequency according to modern scientific interpretations of light frequencies.
The different frequencies of light from the Sun have effects on humans, animals, plants and other organisms enabling certain necessary biological functions to occur. In the plant kingdom, the process of the absorption and concentration of light from the Sun – photosynthesis, converts light energy from the Sun into chemical energy that can be later released as fuel for the plant to carry out various activities.
Our hormonal system is strongly influenced by light and the amount of sun exposure we have. Light entering our bodies through our eyes is converted into nerve impulses which are then transmitted to the hypothalamus, the body’s master gland that regulates hormonal activity in the body.
When we don’t get enough sun exposure or light for example, serotonin levels (one of our ‘happy’ brain chemicals) decline, which is one of the reasons why people can experience low mood, depression and a condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (aka S.A.D) during the winter months when sunlight levels are lower and exposure is reduced.
Sunlight is also essential for the production of Vitamin D in our bodies. When UV rays from the sun touch our skin, cholesterol is converted into Vitamin D which is essential for healthy immune system function, bone and musculoskeletal health, mood balance and cardiovascular health.
We need not be ‘S.A.D’ though when the sunlight wanes during the winter months. When we attune ourselves with nature’s cycles and rhythms we align ourselves with the natural order of things. Winter is a time when we naturally tend towards a more introspective way of being. Just as bears go into hibernation, we can embrace the cooler, darker months and use them as a time for reflection, regeneration and to strengthen our connection with our inner world.
Flower essences carry the frequencies of light contained in the plants that they are made from that have been imprinted into water with sunlight. The frequencies of light embodied in flower essences effect positive, harmonious changes within our cellular consciousness. The First Light® flower essence range are made from specific plants of a particularly high order and contain different levels of high frequency light energies to uplift, restore, enhance, balance and enable us to move from lower states of consciousness to higher states.
The following First Light® flower essences can be very useful to use when we need to bring more light into our lives and help to uplift and support us during the winter months, when experiencing darker times, recovering from illness and when we are feeling at a low ebb energetically.
- Flowers of Transformation essence No 6 New Zealand Jasmine helps us when we are lacking energy and the ability to persevere, and is particularly good when we have been overworking and feel exhausted. No 6 New Zealand Jasmine supports our innate ability to resist illness and helps us to use our energies wisely so as not to overextend ourselves. This is a good essence to enhance our ability to enjoy the ‘simple things in life’.
- Life Enhancement plant essence No 77 Clematis helps to dispel darkness and suffuses our being with white light protective energies. No 77 Clematis reminds us not to take life or ourselves too seriously and is a great essence to use when feeling drained or sapped of energy and devitalised. We can use No 77 Clematis to clear our energetic or personal space when we have been unwell and when heavy emotions, fears and negative energies are weighing upon us.
- Life Enhancement plant essence No 81 Tanekaha is the essence that corresponds to the sun. No 81 Tanekaha suffuses our being with the joyous, radiant, and life-giving properties that are associated with the sun. No 81 Tanekaha helps us to warm up and lighten up. When we are in our joy – that pure expression of our soul on fire, we radiate warmth and light like the sun and experience life with a child-like sense of awe and wonder. No 81 Tanekaha helps to dispel feelings of ‘doom and gloom’ and restores a cheerful, sunny disposition.
— Lana Raill
Lana holds diplomas in Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine and New Zealand Native Flower Essence Therapy, and is a First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® Registered Practitioner. Lana specialises in working with vibrational plant medicine in the form of First Light® flower essences and is available for consultations in Grey Lynn and Avondale on 021 02468952 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org