People in the Red Chestnut state do not fear for themselves but for others. If a loved one is late home, they will imagine something terrible has happened to them. These people experience an overwhelming compassion for others and the world. However, their anxiety causes them great distress. They feel that they cannot keep safe what they care for so much.
Getting to Know the Essence
Nickie Murray explains how Red Chestnut fear is a natural thing to feel, but unnecessary
‘I watched my mother-in-law, arms outstretched, following my toddler around the drive, ready to catch him should he fall off his tricycle. I understood her concern, but also felt that this would just make him more nervous. I trusted him to know how to stay safe. Should he fall, I knew that it would be a good learning experience. On reflection, my mother in law is clearly a Red Chestnut type!’
‘My mother starts to worry the minute I say I'm travelling somewhere. She asks me to let her know when I arrive and also when I get back home. She believes she is helping by being concerned about me, which is a natural, loving thing to do. In her mind, to not worry would suggest that she did not care.’
Questions and Reflections
In so many ways the world is in crisis.
How does this make you feel?
Do you have fear and anxiety about the world and the many beings that live on it?
Are you able to find some inner trust that all is well?
How do your friends and family feel about this? If you don't know, ask them.
Red Chestnut is a hybrid of the much-loved White Chestnut tree. Its bright red flowers, which spring up and outwards from the tree, are dazzling against the dark green of the leaves – they shout of an emergency.