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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


A BIG MONTH FOR SCORPIO, DR. BACH’S CHICORY, PINE AND STAR OF BETHLEHEM

Posted on by Gaye Mack in Balance, Karmic and Self-Discovery Astrology, Writer's Work Leave a comment

As I thought about the focus for this post, Scorpio’s energy kept pushing itself into my thoughts, increasingly deeper, increasingly insistent; clearly a reflection of its nature.  Paraphrasing the adage, ‘whatever you resist the most, this is what you need to embrace’, this is definitely one of Scorpio’s mantras as well as a mantra for Dr. Bach’s  flower remedy, Chicory.

 But first, a look at Scorpio and just a few of the astrological aspects that he’s part of this month.  Elementally, Scorpio’s a water sign.  To quote the esoteric astrologer Joan Hodgsonwater

“creates, nourishes and destroys physical form…[it] is concerned with the soul of things—with the psychic aspect of our being, that part of us which senses, reflects, and absorbs the impressions of the world around us.”

 By sign, Scorpio rules the eighth house in the zodiac, the house of among other things, the occult…those things, circumstances of life that are hidden, that are deep.  So first and foremost we’re talking about emotions, particularly those emotions lurking within the nadir of ourselves that we purposefully, consciously or with lack of awareness subconsciously, keep hidden.

On October 22nd, the Sun moved into Scorpio joining by ‘conjunction’ that task master, Saturn (remember HIM from the last post?)…what a pair, one that takes no prisoners amidst their joint message, “you have some work to do, and excavation is afoot;” never mind that we really DON’T want to go there!

As Hodgson implies, all water signs (Scorpio, Cancer & Pisces) are highly sensitive. This sensitivity is now combined with the no nonsense energy of Saturn demanding that we look at what’s been holding us back, for us to ‘see’ and acknowledge where we’ve been limiting ourselves within the landscape of our evolutionary growth…this is pretty scary territory, its deep territory.

And still, we’re not done.  On Monday, October 29th the Full Moon   is exact in Taurus, opposing the Scorpio Sun.  The Moon by its nature is all about emotion.  It doesn’t think.  The Moon’s energy is that intrinsic part of us that just ‘knows.’  So now we have the Scorpio Sun (in cahoots with the teacher, Saturn) shinning its light on earthly Taurus… whose goal is to find inner peace and tranquility.  The lesson is clear:  in order to find peace we must excavate our deeply hidden feelings despite our fears, guilt and perhaps even shame.

Enter Dr. Bach with his remedies.  Although I’ve written about Chicory, Pine and Star of Bethlehem before,

 http://gayemack.com/2011/11/08/dr-bachs-chicory-the-flower-remedy-that-meets-the-energy-of-plutos-hard-questions

http://gayemack.com/dr-bachs-pine-flower-remedy-for-shame-based-guilt-the-gift-that-keeps-on-giving/

http://gayemack.com/2011/08/29/dr-bachs-star-of-bethlehem-for-shock-and-trauma

here they are again in different circumstances.

When we are in a contracted emotional Chicory   state, we tend to expend a great deal of energy either consciously or subconsciously in order to avoid acknowledging feelings, emotions, past actions or behaviors that we’re responsible for.  This contracted energy  can manifest in overly tenacious, self-absorbed, controlling, micro-managing and often, narcissistic behavior that uses emotional manipulation to get what it wants.  Worse, it’s typically directed toward those who are closest to us because if we project all over others, we don’t have to look at our own ‘stuff’.

Fortunately, Chicory helps us to see what it is that we’re doing to ourselves and others; it’s essential energetic action helps us to ‘let go’ with a feeling of safety to do so and when we do so, we find that we have more support from others than we thought possible.

However, in this excavation process it would be an anomaly if one were not to feel some form of guilt; after all, feelings of guilt and shame are part of our human condition.  Fortunately we can look to Bach’s Pine.  As I’ve written previously, this remedy goes very deep.  It’s not unusual for someone to be taking Pine for a long time as the contracted Pine state can get set up when we are very young. Pine is very powerful and as you can imagine, has multitudes of applications…it’s the perfect pairing for Chicory and Scorpio’s energy.

Finally, we must always include Star of Bethlehem when embarking on any kind of emotional excavation.  Bach referred to this remedy in so many words as ‘the ultimate healer of all wounds.’  Whether we’ve been ‘stuffing’ such wounds and guilt for a life time or as recently as days ago, this remedy must be part of our healing process.

Chicory, Pine and Star of Bethlehem; perfect partners for diving deep, doing our evolutionary work and finding peace.

 

 

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