Case Study: Helping Children to Feel Empowered in Self-Isolation
After some time in self-isolation with two school age children, our First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® registered practitioner Stephanie Young sent in a case study of her elder son, to share with the many others who have found themselves in unforeseen lockdown. Both Stephanie and Theo have given us their permission to share this case study and photos with you. We hope that you will find this case study valuable to you personally and in your work with others.
Theo is an 11 year old boy. Very healthy and active. He has just started Intermediate school and has been catching the train to and from school with friends. He has started making new friendships and has been settling in well, enjoying the new freedoms and responsibilities he is growing into.
Theo plays in multiple sports teams, has practices or games each day and connects with friends through online games and group chats. He is very competitive and serious about sports and gaming.
Theo is experiencing very sudden restrictions in his life. He is at home due to circumstances beyond his control while his friends were still at school. One by one all sports practices, games and a weekend football tournament cancelled. Prize-giving for Summer Sports have been cancelled and school camp is cancelled. Theo is unable to see his best friend who has just arrived into the country due to their family being in self-quarantine. He feels a loss of purpose and says he is feeling like he doesn’t want to be alive anymore if life is like this.
He is prone to angry outbursts, reports being bored and frustrated, and sometimes tired and sad. He is fighting a lot with his younger brother and displays a lack of patience or understanding towards others.
Theo has an intellectual understanding of what is going on and that it is a collective experience. He has set school-work to complete, he is playing sport with the family each day and has remote contact with friends each day. But he is highly reactive to each disappointment.
Theo’s keynote essence or ‘power flower’ is First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® No 13 Kanuka and his life path essence is First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® No 76 Native Hawthorn. Theo was born on Thursday which corresponds to the First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® No 46 Totara tree essence and the solar plexus chakra.
First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® Registered Practitioner, Stephanie Young selecting a First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® blend for her son:
What is your focus for Theo?
My focus is to support his personality to respond in a more temperate manner to the sudden restrictions in his life. Treating his shock to the circumstances of his life changing so quickly and living in the midst of uncertainty.
I am focused on connecting his sense of purpose and connectedness with what he is doing to help his community by adhering to new restrictions.
I want him to know that this isn’t forever and there is plenty of great things in his life. His activities will resume again, and hopefully we will live a better life on the other side of this.
Which First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® would you choose for Theo and why?
First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® No 13 Kanuka – Theo’s keynote essence – Spontaneity – to address his feelings of being unable to cope with life the way it is. To support natural restoration of his inner vitality and his inner spark. Find pleasure in his work and being creative in a new framework.
First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® No 15 Mingimingi – Dignity – to enhance his capacity to feel cheerful and serene, to engage in his life with consistent creativity. To address his tendency to overdramatise and resist what he needs to do and aid him to put his energy into positive tasks.
First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® No 79 Fragrant Fern – Hope – to provide him with a source of hope and assistance in this time of upheaval. To help him tap into the highest energies for help, healing, inner strength, inspiration, protection and guidance. To help quell his feelings of depression due to being disconnected from his inner light.
First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® No 76 Native Hawthorn – Theo’s life path essence – Moderation – To support him to experience inner harmony. For wise management of his energy and to feel more tolerant and mellow. To assist him to allow things to gently percolate in their own time. To help moderate his emotional responses and temper his personal desire.
First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® No 78 Akeake – Change – To help him re-orientate after the shock of his (and the) whole world changing. To aid him to free up energy and utilise it into practical activity. To help when restrictive circumstances are draining energy. To help facilitate movement into the new and bring focus into the present.
First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® No 44 Kahikatea – Structure – To help light up his power of inner strength and stability. To aid him in creating and sustaining structures with his time so he can feel empowered through his work and contributions to his home environment. Help him feel that he is the master of his destiny and give him a sense of order and dominion over his life. Helps when life feels unsafe or uncertain. Help to feel safe and supported through knowing his physical needs will be met.
First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® No 46 Totara – Inner Power – This relates to the solar plexus and is the First Light® tree essence for the day he was born. It offers the potential to use his personal will wisely, help enhance his capacity for rational thought and balanced emotion and to help harness the power of will. To help him overcome emotional temper outbursts, and to help him face and accomplish tasks with a sense of confidence, competence and ease.
First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® No 77 Clematis – White Light Protection – To keep hid spirits up, facing his fears and creating emotional and mental freedom from fear. To Assist with liberation from the weaker aspects of his nature, and to gain a sense of composure, order and connectedness. To help create order out of chaos or chaotic situations. To help enhance the sense of humour and the capacity not to take himself too seriously.
“I offer you the mantle of freedom through the embrace of order and structure. Through me you walk in light and know no fear”
First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® No 77 Clematis Deva’s Blessing
What are the next steps?
I have created a personalised First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® blend for Theo by adding 3 drops of each of the selected First Light® flower essences to a 25ml bottle with 5ml brandy and pure water in it.
Theo has started taking 3 drops of this blend 3 times a day and he has already noticed the positive shifts. He will continue taking the First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® blend until the bottle is finished.
About Stephanie Young:
I am qualified as a Naturopath and Medical Herbalist, and have used the First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® range in my practice for over 15 years. My work has changed drastically over that time, and I now see clients for tarot and astrology readings, and counselling at a soul level. This work is much more fulfilling to me and is well supported through First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand®.
During my client’s readings many themes and issues arise, and I have found by giving my clients a blend of First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand®, they can work through these junctures with renewed strength and grace. The First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® essences allow a deeper level of holistic healing and allow new and exciting patterns to emerge.
Whilst I still work with herbal tinctures for physical ailments, First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® are my first port of call for each and every client who walks through my door.
Stephanie Young, Dip NZNFE, Dip Nat, Dip Med Her, MNZAMH, First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® Registered Practitioner lives in Auckland, New Zealand. View contact details on First Light® Registered Practitioners page
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