Very recently a Facebook ‘friend’ of mine lamented her resistance to change which got me wondering, how many of us can really come clean with such a freely offered revelation concerning a facet of ourselves? This said, I applaud her honesty and at the same time as someone who thrives on change I can appreciate how difficult it must be for those who aren’t so comfortable, to manage the chaos that seems to be all around us on so many levels.
In prior postings I’ve written about the planetary energies reflected by the global upheavals politically, economically, socially and even in the weather. For example, living in Wisconsin and the Chicago area my entire life I never thought I’d see a winter with the virtual absence of snow while the East coast and Mid-Atlantic states, even the South, are being battered by Mother Nature and yet here we are! Such is one aspect of change…climate change in this case, which unfortunately has been dismissed by far too many resistant politicians when we had the opportunity to take serious proactive steps…now we are paying for it.
Closer to home so to speak, the concept of change on the personal level and spiritual level is terrifying for so many. My experience over the years as a practitioner, educator and teacher in the mind/body/spirit arena is that the culprit here is fear of the unknown. “Better the devil you know than the one you don’t,” as the saying goes. However equally, the devil we know can take us right down the road of self-destruction, whether it be the result of a bad relationship, job or other life choices.
From an astrological perspective, the psychological energies of the planets and their zodiacal signs of our natal chart are constantly disposed to change. While the ‘essence’ of our birth chart remains our foundation blueprint, these planetary energies continue to move around the zodiac, offering us ‘windows’ of opportunity to shift the lens of perception about ourselves and how we relate to society and culture against the backdrop of our Soul’s agenda this lifetime. Not an easy task!
When Dr. Edward Bach discovered the final 19 flower remedies to complete his famous 38 Bach remedies, ‘Walnut’ was among them. He identified this group as I’ve written previously, as possessing a ‘higher spirituality’ functioning at a higher vibration than those remedies already discovered.
Walnut IS the remedy for change and as such, it can be called upon for an assortment of applications. Classically this remedy helps us to, in the words of the well-known author Dr. Leo Buscaglia, “cut the toxic ties that bind.” It helps us to get our foot over the threshold, to let go of those things, behaviors and relationships that no longer serve us well…the ongoing theme by the way of the current planetary energies. It also protects the solar plexus against assimilating toxic energy from others and the environment…ever wonder why we have ‘gut reactions’?
Spiritually, when we can let go of outmoded beliefs that may be too rigid or too entrenched for the times, we have the opportunity to step back and see perhaps, a bigger picture that’s inclusionary and collaborative through differences rather than exclusionary and controlling.
All of these considerations are a tall order, no matter the platform, for the ‘old guard’ and our own egos never want to acquiesce to a shift in power. This said, there’s a caveat in mind/body/spirit philosophy… “that which you resist the most, is that which you need to let go of.” Before you’re brought to your knees in resistance, reach for Dr. Bach’s Walnut…you’ll feel better in the morning!
Dr. Edward Bach’s ‘Walnut’ flower remedy
Photography©Dr. Edward Bach Foundation