Someone asked me recently why I have a sunflower on each page of my website instead of having a picture of myself. Well, aside from the fact that I am not too thrilled with most of the pictures that get taken of me (how did I ever get that old and that fat?); the sunflower is the symbol for the religion of Spiritualism. The sunflower was chosen as the symbol for many reasons, partly because it is bright and strong, and the seeds are nourishing, but mainly because it turns toward the sun as the motto of Spiritualism puts it: “As the sunflower turns its face toward the light of the sun, so Spiritualism turns the face of humanity toward the light of truth.” So you will often find that Spiritualists have art, jewelry, or other knickknacks with sunflower designs.
An interesting thing about sunflowers is that when the plant is young and still growing it rotates from east to west following the sun over the course of the day. This is called heliotropism (sun turning). Once the plants are mature the movements stop and the mature flower heads generally face east (where they get the early sun) and do not move. This is a bit like people, when we are young, if we are not restricted by family and societal expectations, then we will tend to check out philosophies and religions to see what suits us best and then as we are older we tend to stick with the philosophy that works for us.