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WHEN THE DARK AGES AND GLOOM OF WINTER ARE UPON US, A REVISIT OF DR. BACH’S MUSTARD FLOWER REMEDY IS CALLED FOR

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In reviewing my various posts, I see that just little over  a year ago  I wrote about Dr. Bach’s Mustard flower remedy to help with the winter gloom normally referred to as ‘seasonal affective disorder’ or, SADS.  So many people suffer from the lack of sunshine during winter, especially in Northern climes,  that temporary depression is more common than not. 

Many years ago I had the opportunity to experience Scotland’s Outer Hebrides.  I traveled to the furthest place north, up to the ‘Butt of Lewis’ where I looked out at the sea and thought, ‘this is the end of the earth…in the words of the medieval map makers, “Here Be Dragons”.  In those days there was no such thing as satellite discs or internet in every crofters’ cottage, not to mention that the cottages were often miles apart from one another.   Even though I was there in June(when the sun shines as if it were high noon at two o’clock in the morning!) I distinctly wondered about what had to be wide-spread depression during the winter months of howling winds, massive snow and endless darkness…and this was in the 1980’s…imagine what it was 200 years ago!  Fortunately today, technology has come to the Hebrides, but nevertheless the mood swings that accompany lack of sunlight can affect us all.  For this reason I thought it appropriate to re-post my piece on Dr. Bach’s Mustard from a year ago as his remedies, like the change of seasons, are timeless.

If Colonel Mustard did the dastardly dead in the library with a pistol, he’s clearly not your man to help with seasonal gloom.   As I look out my office window at the December rain that’s  pouring down, I’m reminded there’s an emotional fog that can come with the onset of the winter season or suddenly appears for no reason at all.  This fog can settle over any one of us, especially for those in the more northern areas of the country.   For some, this ‘funk’ arrives like clockwork throughout the months that I call ‘the dark ages’ when sunlight takes a holiday replaced by grey days that are endless.  For others, they’re fine one moment and in the next, they feel like they’ve suddenly fallen into a black hole.  When this happens, there’s relief to be found (besides taking vitamin D), in Dr. Bach’s flower remedy Mustard.

Mustard was not one of Bach’s Twelve Healers and therefore wasn’t one of the Soul Type remedies that I’ve been writing about in previous posts.  And, it wasn’t one of the ‘Seven Helpers’ which were next in the line of discovery.  However, it is one of the final 19 remedies which Bach discovered between 1934-35.  He described these remedies as being more ‘spiritualized’, functioning at a ‘higher vibration’ than the earlier 19 and that they functioned on a ‘different plane’. 

How and why these or for that matter any of Dr. Bach’s 38 remedies work, we don’t know as yet in a way that is understood by the bio-medical model.  But, at the end of the day, this isn’t really the issue.  More importantly, when there’s a resonance between a remedy’s vibrational energy, life force, prana or Qi (whatever word you want to use) and the individual, there’s a shifting of perception and mood.  With Mustard it’s as if the remedy ‘lifts’ the gloom up and out of wherever it has settled within the person’s energy fields and emotional experience. 

The key to identifying a ‘Mustard state’ is that there’s no one specific event or happening that throws you into the sense that you have a black cloud hanging over you.  It can simply be that you  are routinely sensitive to the lack of sunlight or that you occasionally experience a sudden onset of feeling low-spirited.  If you happen to be someone who experiences these moments or seasons of depressive gloom, Mustard is the remedy.

For clients who often experience a negative Mustard state, I recommend making a ‘personal formula bottle’.  This will help the 20ml ‘stock bottle’ you buy in the stores go a lot further, nor will the fact that the remedy is diluted in 1 oz of water, affect its power in any way.   On my website, look at the sub-link, What if you feel you need more than one remedy?  There you will find directions for making a personal formula bottle for one or a combination of remedies.

Mustard

DR. EDWARD BACH’S MUSTARD

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FOR SANDY HOOK’S SHOCK & TRAUMA, GRIEF & LOSS ~DR. BACH’S ‘STAR OF BETHLEHEM’

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Last Friday as we watched, listened or heard about the events unfolding at Sandy Hook’s elementary school, time seem to stop.  As a nation we were stilled,  frozen in  horror that such a diabolical event was reality rather than fiction.  My instant reaction was visceral rather than mental.  It carried the same energy as the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, Columbine, certainly 9/11 and sadly, so many others.  This morning is the first time since Friday that I’ve watched the news as Friday’s coverage was enough for me.  I watched this morning, hoping the initial  impact, my thoughts about  the tiny victims, those who died with them and those left behind three days later might have lessened; they have not.  

I’ve written about Bach’s Star of Bethlehem before; you can find those entries listed under my ‘Balance’ category.  Nevertheless, I feel revisiting  this remedy might be useful  in light of this horrendous tragedy.  There was a reason Dr. Bach included it in his famous ‘Rescue Remedy’; as a Bach practitioner for nearly 20 years, to this day I believe it is one of, if not the most powerful remedy within the 38…it IS the ‘umbrella’ remedy. This said,  I’ve included here, an excerpt about ‘Star’ from my book, 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’. This remedy is the remedy of comfort for pains and sorrows, according to Bach.  Traditionally always given for shock, trauma, and grief, this essence 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.”

Dr. Bach said of Star of Bethlehem: For those in great distress under conditions which for a time produce great unhappiness.  The shock of serious news, the loss of someone dear, the fright following an accident… For those who for a time refuse to be consoled, this remedy brings comfort.”

As we hold the families, the first responders, the support professionals and certainly the ascending souls of the tiny ones and their protectors in the light, we can call on Dr. Bach’s Star of Bethlehem or  ‘Rescue Remedy’ ,  which contains ‘Star’, to bring us support and comfort.

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DR. BACH’S STAR OF BETHLEHEM FOR SHOCK, TRAUMA, GRIEF & LOSS

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Suggested Readings:

The Collected Writings of Edward Bach-Julian Barnard

The Original Writings of Edward Bach-Judy Howard & John Ramsell

Bach Flower Therapy-Mechild Scheffer

Igniting Soul Fire-Spriritual Dimensions of the Bach Flower Remedies-Gaye Mack


THE HOLIDAYS~ EASING THE PAIN OF GRIEF FROM THE PAST WITH DR. BACH’S GORSE AND HONEYSUCKLE FLOWER REMEDIES

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For those of you familiar with this blog, you may wonder if I’ve totally abandoned writing about medieval England.  The answer is, not at all (speaking of the past)!  The fact is there’s been so much astro-news and the energy that’s come with it, I’ve felt it more important to offer information on these events as well as supportive suggestions regarding Dr. Bach’s remedies, than writing about 900 years ago.  This said, for those of you ‘history buffs’, for certain I’ll be retrograding back to the 12th century in future, but not quite yet.

 With the holidays upon us, rather than a time of joy, for many it triggers the painful emptiness that accompanies loss of the tangible and loss of hope.  Hopefully, most if not all of us, recognize that grief is part of the human condition; nevertheless ‘knowing’ doesn’t make it less painful when it happens to us. Knowing is mental, grief is certainly emotional.  The experience of this emotion comes in many packages but the common denominator is that it’s always triggered by some type of loss; loss of a loved one, shattered dreams, loss of job, home, expectations…loss of hope; any, some or all of the above.  Some embrace it, others try to ignore or acknowledge it…and some of us have no conscious awareness that grief is what we ‘are in.’ 

 It isn’t unusual for people to be in a state of grief, recognized or not, for years.  Under such circumstances, this emotional state takes a tremendous toll on the central nervous system which in turn, affects the entire network.  Eventually we can ‘short out’.   We’re brought to our knees in some manner and yet have no idea why our body is abandoning us. Externally, remaining in unchecked or recognized grief, we are unable to manifest our greatest good, the evolutionary intention or agenda of our Soul.  Either way, the outcome is not a rosy one.

 Following Dr. Bach’s early 1930’s discovery of his famous, ‘Twelve Healers’(which he originally called ‘The Twelve Great Remedies’), he went on to discover his ‘Seven Helpers’, an additional seven remedies, Gorse being among them.  At that point, Bach believed his work was finished…except that it wasn’t.   It’s unlikely we’ll ever be certain what specifically inspired Bach to continue his work, as it’s well known that he burned most of his notes before he died…another story.  What we do know is that between 1934-1935 he went on to discover his ‘final 19’ remedies, including Honeysuckle.   These 19 remedies he deemed as being in a higher class of plants that were  ‘more spiritualized’, having the power to elevate our vibrations, and thus draw down spiritual power, which cleanses mind and body, and heals.”

 Bach’s remedy Gorse which comes from the exquisite plant of blazing golden color is specifically for ‘loss of hope.’  For those who find themselves in the ‘negative’ Gorse state, there’s  no light at the end of the tunnel, there’s nothing that will make it better, nothing that will help change whatever ‘it’ is for them.  Over the years I have seen and have myself experienced, the powerful effect the Gorse remedy can have on ‘lifting’ the individual out of such a depressive state.  It’s as if the vibration of the remedy floods the heart and soul with golden light and hope.

 Honeysuckle is all about the past; this state can manifest as a chronic ‘pining’ for times when things were much better or it can be about  grief for what was.  In this case, the individual simply can’t shake loose of the loss or the memories. For those who’ve lost a loved one, the Honeysuckle state is far deeper and can develop to the point of wanting to ‘join’ the loved one on the ‘other side’.  No matter how this state specifically appears, the issue is that the person is not ‘present in the present.’  Honeysuckle as do all the remedies shifts the perspective.  When particularly used in tandem with Gorse, these two remedies have the ability to help the individual leave the past behind and embrace the present with hope and joy for a better future. 

 So, particularly at this time of the year when old memories or yearnings threaten to become too much to bear, think of Dr. Bach’s Gorse and Honeysuckle to support you through the holidays…or any other time when memories become difficult.


 

DR. BACH'S GORSE

 DR. BACH’S GORSE

 

 

 DR. BACH'S HONEYSUCKLE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

    DR. BACH’S HONEYSUCKLE

                   Photography©Dr. Edward Bach Foundation

 

Suggested Readings:

Collected Writings of Edward Bach-Julian Barnard

Bach Flower Remedies, Form & Function-Julian Barnard

Igniting Soul Fire~Spiritual Dimensions of the Bach Flower Remedies-Gaye Mack

 

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REACHING FOR THE STARS WITH DR. BACH’S ASPEN & WATER VIOLET AS DECEMBER’S NEW MOON ARRIVES AND URANUS GOES DIRECT

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Not only will  December 13th bring us a new moon in Sagittarius, but a few hours after this exact conjunction with the Sun, Uranus finally ends its retrograde motion which began last July.  And this isn’t all; these two astrological events come packed with significant energy, pushing open the cosmic gate, compelling us to step through.

For more than a year, the doomsday mongers have been wringing their hands in anticipation of ‘the end of days’ through their misinterpretation of the Mayan Calendar coding.  But this isn’t the first time such dire news has been predicted.  Back in 1184 the Toledo (Spain, not Ohio!) astrologers put all of Europe in a panic over an ‘unusual’ forthcoming planetary alignment.  Obviously we’re still here but if you’re interested, you can access one of my prior posts on this event.  As in the case of that misinterpretation, we’ll be here long after this December.  Nevertheless, we ARE due for important shifts in our perspectives and actions; no longer will the focus on the material and duality serve us well.  This ‘Super New Moon’, (when the moon is closest to the earth) marks a momentous fork in the road along with the solstice (December 21st). 

 Cosmic Law reminds us that the macrocosm is a reflection of the microcosm and visa versa.  In other words, the state of our landscape outside is a reflection of the energetic landscape within us as well as the reverse.  As I write this posting, the morning news is full of the ‘level 5’ earthquake in Japan with its Tsunami warning, the escalating concern over Syria’s government using deadly bio-chemicals on its people and the intransigence stalling compromise in Washington.  The energy coming in with this new moon, Uranus’ forward motion and other timely planetary alignments will compel us to adjust our lens to new perspectives around participating in the solution rather than exacerbating the problem.

 Astrologically Uranian energy ‘rules’ the sign of Aquarius-the mental sign that sees the ‘bigger picture.’ Once this planet’s motion begins to move forward, we’ll be pushed in our soul evolution to ‘think and act out of the box’, personally, nationally AND globally.  As refreshing and exciting this interpretation of the Sagittarius New Moon and Uranus’ forward motion might be, they understandably come with the trepidation that always accompanies us when we step into the unknown.    Mythological half-man, half-beast, Sagittarius shoots his arrow to reach for the stars, unconcerned about the mysteries, for the excitement of the exploration is where it’s at.  Archetypically Uranus is the ‘light bringer’-the force behind those ‘light bulb moments’ of insight and wonder of the cosmos.  Nevertheless, some support as we step out into the unknown, is helpful.

Dr. Edward Bach’s flower remedies Aspen and Water Violet come to mind.  Bach placed Aspen in his category of fear, but Aspen’s fear is illusive rather than concrete knowing-not unlike the illusiveness of the Pisces/ Neptune energy, which I blogged on last time.   There’s a facet of Aspen’s energy that’s a mix between nervous anticipation and excitement.  You feel it in your gut, but you can’t quite put your finger on what ‘it’ is.  Often Aspen can be about heightened sensitivity or an intuitive perspective that simply needs quieting and grounding.

 The energy of Bach’s Water Violet is very ‘old’.  In my book, Igniting Soul Fire~Spiritual Dimensions of the Bach Flower Remedies, I discuss the concept that as one of Bach’s original Twelve Healers, Water Violet was a ‘soul type’.  In this manifestation, the ‘Water Violet’ comes into this life with a very deep knowledge, vision and wisdom that’s meant to be imparted for the greater good.  However, because of karmic betrayal issues, the type is reluctant to interact with others or to share its wisdom.  Thus, as a remedy, Water Violet energetically provides the courage needed in order to shift this perspective so that the individual can step out into the unknown with conviction, sharing its vision in the deep knowing that this is its destiny.

 

 DR. BACH’S ASPEN

 

DR. BACH’S WATER VIOLET

Photography©Dr. Edward Bach Foundation

 

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CLEMATIS & MUGWORT FLOWER REMEDIES~HELP IS ON THE WAY WHEN NEPTUNE HITS YOUR CHART

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For today’s post I was verily tempted (as they say in the 12th century!) to blog on the effects of the current Gemini full moon.  Perhaps this is because I’m a triple Gemini with a Sagittarius full moon and partial to these two signs, who knows? However the energetic pull of Neptune just won’t leave me alone, demanding center stage for reasons I can’t quite understand (very Neptunian, by the way!)  However, as Neptune’s energy is about intuition in many respects, I’ve decided to take the hint and chat about what happens to people when Neptune’s orbit hits a sensitive point in the birth chart, otherwise known as a ‘transit’.

 For those unfamiliar with ‘astrospeak’, a brief side bar on what ‘transit’ means.  Each of the planets in our solar system has an orbit that rotates them through the twelve signs of the zodiac; some planets for example like speedy Mercury and Venus move quite quickly.  The ‘outer planets’ i.e., those furthest from the Sun take a very long time to lumber their way around the heavens.  For example, Uranus takes 83.75 years, Pluto takes 248.6 years and etheric Neptune takes 163.72 years. 

 From an evolutional perspective, there are no accidents in a chart.  Everyone’s chart is uniquely orchestrated for optimum soul growth opportunities.  When a planet’s orbit ‘hits’ a sensitive point in our natal chart, such as the birth position of the Sun, Moon, Ascendant (i.e., the sign on the horizon the moment of your birth), as well as other important points, this is called a ‘transit’.  Transits can be very important because the energy they carry comes with a personal agenda for us.  Whether or not we take advantage of these perfectly ‘timed’ events is another matter; we can respond positively or negatively, the choice is ours. This said, for the sake of space here, I want to zoom out to Neptune and talk about what it feels like when its orbit hits a sensitive chart point.

 A significant Neptune transit typically throws us into a landscape of fog and sand.  At the deepest levels Neptune stands at the edge of consciousness…it’s the planet of self-transcendence.  Known as the dissolver, its energy confuses the mind.  Intentions become fuzzy, goals evaporate; you can’t see the way forward. Relationships dissolve or change in ways you could never have imagined.  These are just a few of the effects of Neptune’s transit.    Many years ago before I was leaving for a trip to India, I met someone who said to me, “India.  You’ll either hate it or love it…either way you’ll never be the same.”  This is how I look at Neptune’s transit.  Because we can’t figure it, (whatever ‘it’ is), out…we can find the experience frustrating, annoying, angering, depleting.  The mental air signs of Aquarius and Gemini have a terrible time with this transit as do the ‘get things done’ signs of Aries and Capricorn.  Where’s the map, where’s my compass?  Forget it, you don’t have one.

 The best way to navigate a Neptune transit (which can last a couple of years depending on retrogrades) is to understand there is ‘no time’.  You can’t articulate specifics but you sure can feel them.  The good news is that if you quiet down, go within you can perceive other dimensions for which there is no language but the experience is there; sit with it.  The information is valuable and it’s there if we can just listen.  For these reasons, understandably the ‘Mystic’ is the archetype of Neptune.

 Fortunately, there are helpful resources to support us when faced with such a transit.  From a flower remedy perspective, Dr. Bach’s Clematis and Flower Essence Society’s Mugwort remedies are ideal.  Clematis was one of Bach’s original Twelve Healers which I discuss as ‘soul type’ remedies in my book, Igniting Soul Fire~ Spiritual Dimensions of the Bach Flower Remedies.  Clematis’ vibration helps us to stay focused and grounded, but not in such a way that access to the higher realms is prohibited. As with all of the remedies, it’s about ‘balance’.   Mugwort, found in the FES repertoire, assists our ‘dream-time’– the realm of Neptune.  In general Flower remedies can be very helpful in sharpening the images of our dreams, helping us to remember them in our waking state.  Mugwort, according to FES’ Repertory, has the positive quality of “integrating psychic and dream experiences with daily life; multidimensional consciousness.” 
     

 Wisdom of the Universe within Us

 

Further Reading:

The Inner Sky-Steven Forrest

Planets in Transit-Robert Hand

The Astrological Neptune and the Quest for Redemption-Liz Greene

Navigating through the Neptune Fog”-Kathy Rose

            (Article: April/May 2010 The Mountain Astrologer)


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