The Bach Flower Remedy System Of Healing is composed of 38 different flower essences developed by the visionary Dr. Edward Bach. The system is based on Dr. Bach’s philosophy developed from learning that came through a long career in medical research, working as a physician and from spiritual studies. This simple, yet powerful approach is based on the idea that humans are all innately perfect and at the core are spiritual beings.
Dr. Bach saw disease as the result of a conflict between our spiritual and mortal selves. He held that in order to achieve health, happiness and ease of well-being, we must be in harmony with our own essential nature and follow the path that we feel most called to in our lives and our work. According to Dr. Bach,
“Disease is the reaction to interferences. This is temporary failure and unhappiness and this occurs when we allow others to interfere with our purpose in life and implant in our minds doubt, or fear, or indifference.”
After many years of treating patients, Dr. Bach abandoned all conventional medical treatments instead choosing to use nature’s “medicine”. He felt that the healing benefits of flowers and plants were a divine gift and that no special knowledge or medical training was needed to find relief from suffering. He believed it was necessary to treat the whole person not the disease and he defined seven main categories of imbalances which include:
- Insufficient Interest In Present Circumstances
- Oversensitivity To Influences & Ideas
- Despondency Or Despair
- Over-Care For The Welfare Of Others
He also identified seven stages in healing disease:
The Bach Flower Remedies bring these positive qualities vibrationally into our energy field and help to transmute interferences and limiting patterns, feelings and beliefs so that we may connect with our true essence of perfection.
In my work as a Bach Flower Remedy practitioner over the last 15 years, I have come to see 5 specific remedies as being beneficial for what we might term “depressive” feelings. I’d like to stress that in the Bach System and other holistic modalities, we look at indicating factors but are not treating based on a diagnosis whether for a physical or mental health related condition. Rather, we are addressing the whole person and looking for areas of interference or imbalance to support a return to wholeness.
The remedies which I consider when someone reports experiencing feelings of depression are:
- Star Of Bethlehem
- Sweet Chestnut
You can learn a bit more about each of these remedies in “How To Beat The Seasonal Blues With The Bach Flower Remedies“.
In a consultation, all aspects of a person are considered. Often even though the motivator for seeking support may be “depressive” feelings or another specific emotional state, it is essential to consider other emotions or personality traits to ultimately uncover the root cause an individual’s suffering or discomfort.
With 38 different remedies, there are actually over a million possible combinations and it can be beneficial to seek the support of a practitioner or take a course to initially to learn how the remedies work and how to treat with them.
It’s been a few months since I have included a Bach Flower Of The Month post. The intention of these posts is to offer a way to learn about the remedies and explore working with them. If you feel you need additional support, I am available for consultations by Phone/Skype or In Person in Annapolis, MD.
Today, I would like to highlight Sweet Chestnut. This remedy is in the category of Despondency Or Despair; I would add that it is one of the stronger remedies in that category. It’s indication according to Dr. Bach is as follows:
“For those moments which happen to some people when the anguish is so great as to seem unbearable. When mind or body feels as if it has borne to the uttermost limit of its endurance, and that now it must give way. When it seems there is nothing but destruction and annihilation left to face.”
This came up for me this month when I learned of the sudden passing of a dear friend. Like many of us, I have gone through some periods when losses were compounded. Since then, I have found that a new loss can easily stir those feelings and at times put me into a state where I feel I have endured all I can. Often, this state is more acute and doesn’t last too long, especially when supported with Sweet Chestnut remedy, but when we are in it – it is overwhelming. Any state such as this may dissipate on it’s own but the remedy can help to ease through the extreme anguish that can arise. At some point, a shift happens into a lesser state of emotion but still the feelings of loss and grief are at the surface. This is what I experienced this month and found that by taking Sweet Chestnut I was able to move through my emotional experience more easily. I then continued with Star of Bethlehem for loss and grief.
Here are some of the indicating factors of Sweet Chestnut:
- Extreme mental and/or emotional anguish
- Intense sorrow
- Feeling you have endured all you can bear
- Uncontrollable crying or tears
- Feeling forsaken by God/Creator
- On the verge of a nervous breakdown
- Overwhelming feelings after a huge loss or life challenge
- Fear of being abandoned
- A sense of emptiness due to bereavement
- Utter dejection
- Feeling depleted of energy due to emotional overwhelm
- Feelings of helplessness
- Overwhelming loneliness
Some of the benefits that come from working with Sweet Chestnut include:
- Freedom from despondency and despair
- Peace of mind
- Recovery of faith
- Access to inner strength
- Feeling heard and supported by God/Source
- Ability to face external struggles with positivity
Bach Flower Consultations are offered as part of One-on-One Sessions in person in the MD/DC area or by Phone/Zoom. I also offer courses and mentoring on working with the remedies for personal or professional use. Come explore!