Hello lovely friend,
Now you know more about Dr Bach, pictured here, and how he developed his system of healing, I’d like to delve into why and when we may like to experience the beauty of the Flower Remedies.
It’s quite a large topic and I have pondered it over the course of the week.
Beginning with emotions is the appropriate place to begin, because the consultation, and indeed if you choose to use the system for yourself, invites us to be clear about our emotions…
Sometimes I think we know our best friends better than we truly know ourself. It’s a wonderful discovery that isn’t about becoming perfect, but rather agreeing to see ourselves as we truly are, hidden feelings, fears and all..
The first thing Dr Bach wanted us to do was to return to our true nature, the ‘us’ that lies within, often buried through prior conditioning, unhelpful prior patterns, and other people’s opinion on who and what we should be. Sometimes we’re the ‘people pleasers’, wanting to impress others, holding unrealised dreams, or giving in to fears preventing us from living a truly fulfilled life.
He believed the vibrational energy of the flowers could flood our soul with the opposite virtue of a heavy emotion, in turn revealing our soul, our purpose, however simple that may be. We cannot be the best version of ourselves if self doubt, insecurities, inadequacies, and fears keep us locked into a place whereby we cannot move forward.
Life is pure potential through discovering our true natures and finding a home for them to shine their light.
From the place of a peace and living according to our own values, even the most simple of encounters each day can provide the opportunity to Love…to make someone else feel like they matter, our replenished heart is able to reach outwards for others.
Life is about progress and movement, as the flowing river and the changing of the seasons teach us.
Every part of us is vibrating, constantly changing through the sloughing of what is no longer required or in a state of renewal.
Emotions, ‘E-Motions’, are purely ‘energy’ in motion.
They are all here for a reason, otherwise, according to evolution, they would have died out. Even the so called ‘negative’ emotions have a purpose. They are only called negative because they impact our health adversely if we allow them to remain trapped and unseen until we have a trigger that brings into our consciousness. That’s just what the ‘pain body’ loves, as defined and described by Eckhart Tolle in his book tilted ‘A New Earth’ and ‘The Power of Now.’ He states, ‘Pain can only feed on pain. Pain cannot feed on joy. It finds it quite indigestible.’
In another book titled ‘Molecules of Emotion’, Candace B. Pert, PH.D. states this about emotions; ‘And the emotions are felt throughout the body as sensations.’ And further… ‘All honest emotions are positive emotions…The key is to express it and then let it go, so that it doesn’t fester, or build or escalate out of control.’
The growth lies in looking at them square in the face and asking ‘Why are you here, and what have you to teach me?’
Only when we fully own and accept an emotion we are embarrassed or ashamed to admit to feeling, can we tame it and watch it lose its power and hold over us.
It’s not easy to accept we have feelings of guilt, jealousy, fear, anger. They have certainly been given a bad reputation. If we can find a quiet place to really feel…perhaps allow tears to flow, to go within, be truthful and honest with ourselves, may we begin the journey towards ‘healing’.
One example of Healing as described in the Cambridge dictionary;
‘The process in which a bad situation or painful emotion ends or improves.’ It goes on to add an example, ‘Healing only begins when the hurt is shared with someone.’ Or, I will add, when we know what we are feeling. It wants our attention…When these feelings cannot flow freely through our body, this can often present itself as an illness or a real physical pain.
We aren’t to blame at all, as it’s part of life to be moved by things, and to feel, but awareness of the power of our emotions is our right, and once we know, we have more incentive to manage them.
The potential resides within us, awaiting our permission for emotional wounds to be cleared from our subconscious.
And so, once we have become aware of how we are feeling, the gentle flower remedies can be called on to restore our faith in ourselves, and our ‘Being’ in the world, to return us to balance and encourage healing.
I heard a lovey phrase by Panache Desai describing himself as ‘an old friend who is here to remind us that we have everything we need to be whole. We are not broken.’
I thought that was the most beautiful way to describe himself.
We could also describe ourselves in the same way… to be here for each other, to give of our time, share our presence.
The Remedies are too, like dear old friends, who are here to remind us of that very thing.
They guide our hearts and our soul to provide us with moments of gentle awakening, returning us to what is inside all along.
They gently whisper to us…’Come on my love. You are returning to yourself.’
They work differently from the pharmaceutical model we are used to. They don’t provide an instant shift in gear, as they aren’t prescribed for physical ailments anyway, but create more of a awakening through a ripple effect over days, weeks and months.
As Stefan Ball, who is the head consultant at the Bach Centre in Oxfordshire, explains, we don’t always remember or realise our headache has gone. We just get on with our day and it’s not until later on we remember ‘Oh yes, I had a pain in my head this morning’. That’s how the remedies work. We may realise after a period of time that we feel more confident, or don’t react to things the way we used to. We begin to remember how we are supposed to feel.
‘They will always work,’ explains a teacher in one of the books I read on Flower Remedies.
The difference lies in the density of our energies that may be heavy and stuck from the emotional pain we haven’t been able to access, often for a lifetime. In those situations, there may be layers of an onion that need to be peeled away, always beginning with what is currently occurring in our emotional body.
There is no blame, no shame, as we are all in the same situation called life, with our hurts, disappointments, grief, losses…
The gift we can offer each other is to listen and be present, with no judgement.
I myself can relate to every one of the 38 remedies, and can think of a time whereby I could have ‘received’ their encouragement back to healing.
It’s from that place we can be here for each other, seeing ourselves in another. This fosters true compassion.
The remedies may give us unique ‘aha’ moments once we are better in tune with ourselves.
It can be a truly beautiful journey of getting to know ourselves on a deeper level, and how we can make the world a better place just by being who we are.
My wish in sharing is to invite you into yourself. Whether you choose to discover the healing thereafter from the remedies is entirely up to you. I would love to support you on the journey, but trust you have the inner knowing that you are a beautiful, already whole person, who perhaps has lost their way temporarily. We all find ourselves in that space from time to time.
Thank you for reading and being here. I send much love to you on this journey called life.