I can only describe my initial meeting with her as cosmic in source, a connection strung from the stars. Amongst the well worn boulders, water and sand of Pedernales Falls stood American Water Willow in her full regalia. Delicate pairs of tiny orchid-like petals curled open, milky white with a spotted tongue of violet sticking out at one. Her feet stood in single file formation as she coaxed the shallow waters through her verdant skirts. Once hidden pockets of her began to appear as if out of thin air, she manifested a map for one's feet to follow from stand to watery stand.
Water Willow clears our central channel and fosters a stronger relationship with our crown chakra.
I first experienced this flower essence as energy moving in a clockwise elliptical cycle in my head, flowing back through my right eye, to the base of my skull and around. This progressed into a surge of energy building at my crown and quickly shooting down my spine to my root and back up again. A feeling of clarity came forth as she was clearing out gunk (as she put it) from this central channel where one's chakras originate. She said that as she clears this central channel, other channels would begin to clear as well, allowing a free flow of vital, pranic energy throughout the body.
Water willow is associated with the crown chakra as her doctrine of signatures implies with her light reflections of white and purple, those colors of the ethereal upper chakras, nobility and spirit. She helps one to develop a stronger connection to their crown, to the spirit realm and to one's higher chakras beyond the physical body. As one's central channel clears, more energy is able to descend from these higher dimensions/realms/beings and be integrated into our body and awareness. This essence was created under the balancing influence of the Taurus sun and new moon as the grounded, slow moving earthiness of the Taurus bull helps to draw water willow's ethereal crown energy down to our root and embody the changes underway.
As one works with this medicine she invites us to "Speak Up" to enhance her power. This is of course open to one's interpretation, for me it has manifested as stating my prayers and intentions out loud to the universe. Our spoken words are powerful vibrations that influence the grid of potential outcomes. As she has the ability to help one create a clear and open channel to the source of creation, she is also empowering us to co-create what we call reality. (On that note this is not the fluffy, self help, law of attraction sort of creation that creates spiritual bypass.) If we have not cultivated a deep relationship with spirit and consciously delved into the depths of our shadow, then maybe the things we are praying for are not our true path. Maybe we must first pray for clarity so that we may know what else it is we are to be praying for, and thereby creating.
Work with this energetic medicine intentionally, perhaps setting aside time to sit and meditate with her. A powerful way to cultivate a healing relationship with essences is to sit with them everyday for a moon cycle while keeping a journal of your experiences together. These divine beings have so much wisdom to share with us if we are willing to sit down and listen.