Robert Reeves, N.D., is a best-selling author and accredited naturopath who blends his herbal medicine and nutrition training with his psychic and mediumship abilities. He has a strong connection to the angels and to the natural world, believing that nature holds Divine healing properties. We spoke with Robert to learn more about angels, the best nutrition for intuition and how to harness the healing energies of flowers.
How did you discover for yourself the healing power of flowers?
I’ve always loved nature and the outdoors. Since I was young I’ve been planting gardens, growing potted plants and bonsai trees, and of course flowers. I always felt great when I’d be outside with my plants, watering and caring for them. It wasn't until I began studying to be a naturopath that I discovered the healing power of flowers.
As part of my degrees I had many essays and assignments. I’d find myself getting overwhelmed and confused with the amount of work. After a while of reading textbooks it would all become one complicated mess in my head. So I’d unchain myself from my desk and venture outside. I’d admire the flowers, inhale their aroma, and start to relax.
I noticed a pattern that when I would do this, I’d suddenly get moments of clarity and insight that would help me easily complete my assignment. So I began meditating with different flowers and over time came to discover Flower Therapy healing.
What impact has this discovery had on your life and the work you do with others?
I work with flowers every day, whether as fresh blooms or as photos. The flowers help me to feel relaxed, confident, and spiritually connected. I find that people will rarely question your motives for having fresh flowers, or pictures of flowers in your home. I also love working with crystals, and I have had way more questions about those than flowers.
Flowers are so beautiful that people love when I introduce them to their healing properties. After a healing I will often give the client a flower to take home so they can continue the healing process.
You say that each flower has a ‘personality’. Can you give us some examples from some common flowers?
A flower’s personality is my way of describing their unique and individual energy. If you think of three close friends you’ll be able to observe their different personalities. Some are loud, some are gentle, and others are wise and helpful. Well, flowers are just the same. For example, a bluebell has a very playful, uplifting, energy similar to a youthful, happy child. A dahlia has a stronger personality, which reminds you that you are more powerful than you realise. It tells you that you can make a difference by standing in your power. Pink lilies are like a supportive friend who encourages and motivates you until you’ve completed your important task. As you connect with different healing flowers you’ll soon discover their unique personalities for yourself.
You also have a Flower Therapy Oracle deck. What happens in a flower therapy reading? And how does it benefit the person seeking it?
During a Flower Therapy reading you hold the cards in your hands while silently asking a question. This could be specific such as “What should I do about my work situation?”, or a more generalised question like, “What do I need to know today?” You can also call upon your angels, guides, or other positive energies you enjoy working with. You then start shuffling the cards and continue until you feel guided to stop. Next you’ll intuitively pull some cards from the deck to answer your question. These can be from the top, or any card you feel drawn to. You can pull as many cards as you like, but a general guide is one card for a brief answer, or three for greater detail. Each card has information on it to help with interpretation as well as a beautiful flower photo. This helps to give insight and healing to the current situation. It can bring new perspectives as you read the guidance upon the cards.
Since becoming more aligned with nature, I don’t like the thought of cut flowers anymore. Is there a way to take flowers responsibly and with respect, without harming the plant?
You can definitely pick flowers in a respectful and harmonious way. Convey your thoughts and prayers to the plant, explaining how you will use the flower’s energy. Tie a white ribbon below the flower before carefully picking it from the plant. That being said, you may not need to do this at all! You can still benefit from the flowers energy while it is connected to the plant. Sit or stand in front of the blossom, close your eyes, and allow it to send you healing. You can also take photos of the flower as this allows you to call upon the healing vibrations at any time of year.
What relationship do fairies and angels have to the flowers?
Working with flowers means you’ll also be working with the angels and fairies. The Talmud, an ancient sacred text, says that there is an angel praying over every blade of grass helping it to grow. Angels also watch over and encourage flowers to bloom. Fairies are almost like miniature angels that are strongly connected with nature. They help protect the plants and flowers.
How can we work with flowers, elementals and angels to promote healing in our own lives and for the planet?
This is such a powerful question! In my experience having a pure intention and an open heart are the most important tools. When you come from a place of love and compassion, the angels and elementals bring tremendous amounts of healing energy. I find flowers are a wonderful reminder to stay peaceful and loving. I have several photos of flowers around my office, as well as on my computer. When they catch my eye I take a moment to centre myself by taking a few deep breaths. When you become peaceful and loving you create an aura of healing around you. Other people subconsciously feel this and may ask you what you’ve been doing differently, or why you’re happy all the time. This is how we heal the world. You see, that interaction has adjusted the other persons view and attitudes. They want to be more peaceful like you. Allow flowers to be your reminder to relax, call upon your angels, and set positive thoughts for the world.
I know your favourite flower is the white rose for its purification properties. Are there any other flowers that you like to work with on a day-to-day basis and why?
Yes, the white rose is amazing and such a gift to work with! Slowly taking a fresh white rose through your aura is powerfully cleansing and incredibly relaxing. I also love to meditate with the magnificent lotus. It’s rare that I find fresh lotus flowers to work with, so I often use pictures. The lotus helps to clear and balance all of our energy centers. It helps to deepen your meditation and remove distractions. Another one of my favourites is the happy sunflower. You can’t resist smiling when you look at them! I love to laugh, and I really feel that a part of my purpose is to heal through loving laughter.
You’ve just finished writing ‘Nutrition for Intuition’ with Doreen Virtue which is out early next year. What can you tell us about the book?
Doreen and I have discussed how our energy and spiritual gifts respond to different foods and eating behaviours. We are both really excited about this book as we share methods that we both use personally. Previous books have spoken about how to become psychic, and how to trust your intuition, through meditation, prayer, and so on. And, of course, these methods are extremely effective. However, this book is different because it recognises that meditation alone may not change your intuition if you continue to ingest unhealthy, low-vibration foods. Nutrition for Intuition speaks about how to enhance your natural gifts by combining good dietary practices with energising spiritual techniques.
How does a diet free from animal products help with intuitive and psychic abilities?
Animal products can carry a ‘heavy’ energy that lowers your vibration and dampens your spiritual gifts. Removing or limiting them can make you feel lighter and more connected to your intuition. Fresh fruits and vegetables have a much higher life force energy. Of course it’s always best to enjoy recently harvested, organic produce. I always encourage people to listen to their own guidance when making dietary choices. When you eat something (whether it’s an animal product or not) notice how it makes you feel – are you more energised, uplifted, and inspired, or sluggish, tired, and unmotivated? This simple technique will ensure you are only consuming foods and drinks that are in alignment with your personal energy.
Many people who argue against veganism/vegetarianism say that vegans are hypocrites for claiming not to kill anything as plants have feelings too. What would you say in regards to that?
I don't think there’s any benefit to shaming people about their eating habits – whether they consume animal products or not. Doing so is a very low energy and only brings unhappiness. People don't learn through judgemental views, instead choose to inspire by making healthy choices for yourself.
Plants do have feelings, but they also want to support us in our health and well-being. Interestingly sensitive children gravitate towards fruits and avoid root vegetables. Perhaps this is because the fruit tree continues to grow after the fruit is harvested and the root vegetable does not.
Tell us about why you made the decision to live a compassionate lifestyle and how it benefits you in the work you do.
I actually made the decision back when I was in high school, aged 13. At the time it wasn't for any spiritual or even health reason. I did it mostly because I didn't like the taste of meat. Looking back it was probably more the energy I didn't resonate with. It helps me stay clear and focused, as well as having a strong connection to my angels.
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