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EDWARD BACH’S WALNUT REMEDY…PERFECT FOR THE FALL EQUINOX AND THE APPROACHING NEW MOON IN LIBRA

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The flower remedy Walnut is, “the Remedy for those who have decided to take a great step forward in life, to break old conventions, to leave old limits and restrictions and start on a new way,” so said Dr. Bach.

In this sense, Walnut helps us  cut the ‘ties that bind’, a phrase often quoted by the 1970’s motivational speaker, Dr. Leo Buscaglia.  Thus, it’s the perfect remedy for navigating the change of seasons as we welcome the fall equinox that took place last Friday.  I say this because there’s a lot happening astrologically around this year’s Equinox and the new moon that  involves shedding old ways (which I plan to blog on next time).  However, because Walnut is such a BIG remedy, I want to focus on it here…stay the course which is  another specific effect of this remedy.  It helps us to ‘stay the course’ and not become distracted by ‘the next shiny thing’ or others.

When I teach about the remedies, I remind people to think of them like the color spectrum;  we have our 7 primary colors, but within each color are thousands of subtle vibrational hues connected to that color…and so it is with the remedies.  When you read standard books about the Bach remedies in particular, there’s always some sort of ‘classical’ phrase or word to describe the action of each remedy.  For example, you’re likely to read that Walnut is for ‘change and transition’…which it is.   It helps us to navigate us through major changes in our lives…positive or negative. The circumstances could be marriage, divorce, new job, losing job, pregnancy, puberty, menopause…teething, surgery…the list is endless.

But Walnut is also helpful for several other states of mind and circumstances as well.  Like the ‘Walnut’ with its hard outer shell protecting the nut meat,  as a remedy it helps to ‘protect’ our solar plexus, the gravitational center of our body where we feel before we think.  It protects that delicate energy center within us from unhealthy ‘mundane’ outside influences that may be attempting to distract us from our intended life path.  On an energetic level, Walnut also helps to protect us from negative external energy that can be quite damaging particularly from those who do not have our best interests in their heart.

On a practical note, one question  I’m often asked relates to ‘nut allergies’…or ‘tree allergies’.  Not to worry…All of the Bach remedies (save Rock Water) are made from the ‘blossoms’ of the plant.  Because of the methods(sun and boiling) proscribed by Dr. Bach to produce the remedies, there’s no molecular structure in them…remember:  flower remedies are about energy and vibration…they’re about the plant’s healing  life force, Prana, Qi, energy…whichever term you are comfortable with…so no worries regarding allergies.  Although like many herbal tinctures, they’re preserved in alcohol(grape brandy), but there are ways you can still benefit  if you are alcohol sensitive.  For more information on this issue, check my website.   

 


EDWARD BACH’S GORSE FLOWER REMEDY-THE REMEDY FOR HOPE ON 9/11

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I had planned to blog under Writer’s Work today, but  media coverage of the 9/11 remembrance triggered recall of my particular experience with the source of this wonderful remedy a few days following 9/11.

On 9/11, I had just begun giving an 8 a.m. training(outside in the gorgeous early morning ) to the Whole Body department at Baltimore’s Whole Foods when a staff member rushed out of the store to tell us  the 2nd tower had been hit. 

In the hours and days  that followed, it was questionable as to how I was going to get back to Chicago.  Flying was out of the question; a friend who worked for SBC in Chicago on wire taps with the FBI,emailed me.  All she said in her one line email was, ‘Do not get on any trains. At the end of the day, I was lucky; I had a rental car and ended up driving myself back to Chicago.  And while it was  a very long trip in so many ways, just as I came down a slip ramp outside of Washington DC to head West on the interstate, I saw something unbelievably remarkable.

The hillside to my right was flooded with the golden brilliance of massive Gorse bushes.  I had seen this bush cover hillsides in the UK over the years, but never before in the United States.  Knowing  the significance of Gorse as a flower remedy,  its appearance under the circumstances was indescribably powerful.

Dr. Bach’s flower remedy, Gorse is specifically given for the negative emotional state of mind which says, ‘there is no hope’, no light at the end of the tunnel; nothing will help; all faith has been lost.   Gorse shifts this internal message and perspective so that the individual comes to a place within themselves that believes there IS indeed hope.

As a flower remedy practitioner, I have seen Gorse shift states of mind from very transient,  situational  losses of  hope and faith to the drama of the extreme where the individual wants to go to sleep and never wake up. 

The healing energy of Gorse floods the heart and soul with faith reminding us always, that there is light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how illusive it may seem from time to time.

Gorse courtesy of the Dr. Edward Bach Centre. 

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THE LESSON OF DR. BACH’S GENTIAN DURING JUPITER’S RETROGRADE

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On August 30th Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, began its annual four-month back up motion in the heavens.   This mammoth planet known to astrologers as the King of the Gods, the planet of expansion, optimism and good fortune now bids us to contemplate a course correction.  As I mentioned in my recent posting regarding Mercury’s retrograde, when planets enter a retrograde phase,it’s a signal to us to go inside and quiet down to contemplate, re-evaluate what the energy and chart placement means to our evolutionary agenda.  This retrograde is in Taurus, so we are directed to consider earthly things such as security and priorities.  What is really important to us for our well being?  With Jupiter, where have we been over enthusiastic, over optimistic regarding these issues?  

Thus, because Jupiter is all about faith and optimism, we can become easily deluded and tricked in the face of reality— if we aren’t careful.  Jupiter in our charts reflects the necessity of walking a fine line of balance between having faith in ourselves and optimism in our dreams against reality.  When we lose our balance within this framework we can be easily opened up to the shock of disappointment and discouragement.  Jupiter’s retrograde highlights which old beliefs and self-imposed benchmarks  are no longer useful,  may be dragging us down; in other words, they need to be jettisoned.  This lesson can be and  often is,  disheartening.  We are ready to throw in the towel when it feels like the wheels are coming off…but there is help on the way!  

Dr. Bach’s flower remedy Gentian, is there to help us when we lose our Jupiter balance.  As one of Bach’s original ‘Twelve Healers’, the negative Gentian mood state  is all about discouragement, self-doubt and perseverance.  According to Dr. Bach the purpose of the Gentian remedy is to lead us to an:  understanding that there is no failure when you are doing your utmost, whatever the apparent result’.  

This understanding helps us realize that that steady perseverance is essential to overcoming self-doubt.  A vital key to our own soul evolution is to remember that cosmic law dictates trusting the perfect timing of the universe; that the universe provides us with whatever we  need for our expansion and growth. When we find change and challenge difficult, Gentian helps us to understand the value of, and engage in, perseverance in the face of adversity and disappointment.  

In case you are wondering…in my own birth chart I have Jupiter in my first house of ‘self’ and it is also my chart ruler… which is why I have Gentian in the large economy size on my desk! 

                                                                                                                                                                   

 Gentian Photography courtesy of the Dr. Edward Bach Center


DR. BACH’S ‘STAR OF BETHLEHEM’ FOR SHOCK AND TRAUMA

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Star of Bethlehem one of the most powerful remedies in the famous 38 Bach Flower Remedies repertoire, is classically  described as THE remedy for ‘shock and trauma’, whether it be a very recent shock or trauma or one that is very old, yet remains at some level within our consciousness and our bodies.  I had not planned to blog about ‘Star’ quite this soon, but given the recent events experienced by those on the eastern seaboard  in the last several weeks, first the earthquake and now Irene, it seems the time is now.  

Although these dramas  have been extremely traumatic for all of those touched by them, as a practitioner I have never met anyone who can not benefit from this remedy.  ‘Star’ is so deeply powerful that Dr. Bach included it as one of the five flower remedies in his famous combination, ‘Rescue Remedy'(Dr. Edward Bach Centre-UK),  which is also known as ‘The Five Flower Formula'(Healing Herbs Ltd.-UK).  

Grief is another form of wounding, which can be deep and long lived.  For this reason I have always called upon Star of Bethlehem for clients who are experiencing or have experienced loss of any kind, whether it be the loss of a loved one or a shattered dream.  In this context, we are within the boundary of the spiritual aspects of this remedy because as spirit in body, each of us comes into this incarnation with a karmic contract, soul lessons to master, wounds to heal.  

As I wrote in Igniting Soul Fire, Spiritual Dimensions of the Bach Flower Remedies,If there is one remedy that represents the Divinity found in each of the remedies, it is ‘Star of Bethlehem’…. [it]seems to promote a release from the wounds that cause us the deepest of hurts. Physical traumas heal; but inasmuch as we are spirit in body, the wounds that cause us the deepest grief are those rooted within us emotionally. These wounds have a symbiotic relationship to Star of Bethlehem that is divinely healing.

On the spiritual level, the flower, Star of Bethlehem presents a balanced image of six perfect petals of white, evoking the image of the spiritually-significant six-pointed star, the perfectly counterbalanced triangles, the phrase ‘as above, so below’ and the culmination of the colors in the spectrum. As a practitioner, I have heard this remedy referred to as the ‘ultimate healer of all wounds’ and ‘the Divine Mother essence’. In other words, it is truly a remedy for a heart in distress.”

Photography Courtesy of the Dr. Edward Bach Foundation


DR. BACH’S “PINE” FLOWER REMEDY FOR SHAME-BASED GUILT: THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

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Among Dr. Bach’s famous 38 flower remedies, the negative emotional state of Pine is one that I see in clients a great deal of the time and hear about when I am teaching.  While it is not among Bach’s original ’12 Healers’ but rather one of his  ‘final 19’ remedies  (discovered between 1934-35), nevertheless it is a remedy that is incredibly powerful and runs deep.  I have found over the years that the negative Pine dynamic  gets set up when we are very young and can be entrenched within us for a lifetime.  

As I wrote in Igniting Soul Fire-Spiritual Dimensions of the Bach Flower Remedies, in my experience, the ‘drivers’ underlying this state are a result of one or all of the following:  A hypercritical parenting/family dynamic environment, strict cultural  or strict religious(note I am not saying ‘spiritual’) environment.  And, it is my experience that for  someone experiencing a negative Pine state, they are likely to be on it for some time; why?  Because again,  Pine’s negative, internal dialogue runs so deep within us.  

So what is this dialogue?

The negative Pine state is one that is a reflection of shame-based guilt. In this state,we operate from a core of unworthiness, simply by being in the body. From day one, in  the negative  Pine mood-state (or if it is part of what Bach called, the ‘personality-type’), we feel and believe that we are unworthy. We tend to ruminate over what we have done, did not do, should have done or said. Additionally, we will often take on the responsibility for another’s dysfunction; ‘it’s my fault’ is the chronic internal and external dialogue.  If you have ever known someone who constantly apologizes for things having nothing to do with them, you are witnessing negative Pine.

Unfortunately, when we carry such beliefs within us,  we can also experience repetitive episodes of betrayal…this only reinforces our interpretation. Furthermore, for those in a negative Pine state,  laden with shame and guilt, the internal dialogue is one that says we are always the problem and always the reason behind such experiences.  Most likely this assessment is far from accurate, but in the mind it is and therefore, we can never do enough or say enough. In a phrase, we will ‘never be good enough.’  

How does Bach’s Pine remedy work?  Like all of the remedies, it ‘shifts’ our perception of our internal and external environment; it lifts the fog  created by the negative state that masks the innate wisdom of our Soul so that we may ‘see’ clearly.  The power in Dr. Bach’s Pine remedy is that it leads us back to the road of forgiving….ourselves.  

                                                                                                                                                       

 Photography courtesy of the Dr. Edward Bach Foundation©