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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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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