“We must earnestly learn to develop individuality according to the dictates of our own Soul, to fear no man and to see that no one interferes with, or dissuades us from, the development of our evolution, the fulfillment of our duty and the rendering of help to our fellow-men, remembering that the further we advance, the greater blessing we become to those around us.”
~ Dr. Edward Bach
I have been a Bach Flower practitioner for 15 years and have been taking the remedies for even longer. They were a major part of my process of healing through Fibromyalgia and although I came to them to address a specific issue in my life, over the years I have come to know them as tool to be used for lifelong transformation and healing. There are 38 different flower essences in the Bach Flower System. Most folks are familiar with the well-known Rescue Remedy, the only pre-blended Bach Flower Remedy. With this repertoire of 38 remedies, there are well over a million possible combinations to address each individual at each point in their lives.
The remedies follow the philosophy of Dr. Bach and holistic medicine in that we are treating the whole person, not a specific symptom or disease. Usually at any given time there are 5 – 7 remedies that are indicated for a person based on what they are experiencing in the lives, their personality traits and emotional state. Also, each person has two type remedies which are ones they carry throughout their lifetime. In a sense, this is a pattern that their soul has chosen to work through to have the experiences necessary for their evolution. It often takes a long time to determine one’s type remedies and I have only in the last couple of years come to know mine.
While taking the remedies, one is not so focused on identifying their type but on addressing what is at the surface; looking at what they are experiencing most strongly on a daily basis is key to selecting the most beneficial remedies. This is one of the reasons the remedies are so effective – they are addressing what is at the surface and they help to settle whatever feelings and patterns are currently activated by transmuting them so our next layer can emerge. This is truly an evolutionary process.
At some point an awareness comes that a particular remedy is strongest over time. After many years of exploration and only when I completed my final training with the Bach Centre in 2011 to become a BFRP (Bach Flower Registered Practitioner), did I come to recognize that Wild Oat is one of my two type remedies. I have always had a fondness for this remedy and have benefited from it personally and continue to today. I have also seen tremendous changes occur for folks who take Wild Oat when indicated whether it is someone going through a big life transition, trying to choose their course of study or needing to change careers and/or struggling to know which path to take. For some this will be indicated at various times in life due to transitions or it may be an overall pattern.
Here is Dr. Bach’s description of Wild Oat from his book The Twelve Healers and Other Remedies:
“Those who have ambitions to do something of prominence in life, who wish to have much experience, and to enjoy all that which is possible for them, to take life to the full. Their difficulty is to determine what occupation to follow; as although their ambitions are strong, they have no calling which appeals to them above all others. This may cause delay and dissatisfaction.”
I have always been someone who is called to do many things and I love each of them just as much. I have found as a result I tend to fit the description to a tee! Part of this has to do with being passionate about many things. I have found that my work as a shaman, holistic practitioner, facilitator, speaker, and writer suits me because there is diversity in what I do and who I work with, but still, I tend to feel there is something more. Maybe there is something that everything I am now doing is leading to or maybe one path will become illuminated above all others at some point. When I am feeling uncertain about where to put my energy, Wild Oat is my saviour. And, since I have been taking it as a type remedy, I have gotten much more clarity about my life and my work. Actually, The Heart Of Awakening Blog was created during this time!
Here are some questions to ask to see if Wild Oat is indicated:
- Are you feeling like you have come to a crossroads in life?
- Do you have issues with finding your true life work, mission, purpose, or calling?
- Do you have a feeling that life is passing you by?
- Are you unhappy with your current work?
- Do you find yourself dissatisfied due to unfulfilled ambition?
- Are you unable to choose a course of direction for your life?
- Does it feel like you’re stuck in rut with your work or creativity?
- Do you lack a sense of ambition or achievement?
- In some way, do you feel like a ‘lost soul’?
- Are there so many things you are called to do, that you are unable to focus or progress in any one thing?
- Are you searching for your “niche” in life?
Wild Oat is a remedy of Soul Purpose. Dr. Bach not only created the remedies themselves, but left us with a body of writing that is a great guide for living as a spiritual being on earth. He created the remedies to support our journey in transformation and awakening. Dr. Bach saw disease and suffering as a sign we are out of alignment with our Higher Self. There is so much wisdom and understanding to be learned through exploring Dr. Bach’s philosophy and life. Here is some of what he shares about soul purpose:
“Many of us in our childhood and early life are much nearer to our own Soul than we are in later years, and have then clearer ideas of our work in life, the endeavours we are expected to make and the character we are required to develop. The reason for this is that the materialism and circumstances of our age, and the personalities with whom we associate, lead us away from the voice of our Higher Self and bind us firmly to the commonplace with its lack of ideals, all too evident in this civilization.”
In our modern world, it is easy to be led away from the deeper desires of our Soul. Wild Oat can help you to find your true purpose or mission in life. It can be helpful in resolving occupational issues, finding fulfillment with your work and accessing your creative fire. In essence, it is helping you to become receptive to the wisdom of your higher self and inner guidance concerning what direction is most in alignment with your Soul. It offers insight into the path ahead with clarity and purpose.
Wild Oat may also be used as a Polycrest remedy. This is a remedy that helps to move a case forward when it is unclear what remedies are to be taken. This may occur between taking a blend of remedies or when there is so much happening at the surface that is unclear which remedies are indicated. The two remedies that Dr. Bach indicated to use as a Polycrest are Wild Oat and Holly. Wild Oat is indicated for a person who appear more quiet and passive; they maybe more of an introvert. Holly is indicated for a person who is more active, intense and extroverted. The Polycrest is taken in the same way as a regular remedy until the next layer emerges; this may be indicated by a wave of emotion or greater clarity about what issues need to be addressed.
As you can see there are many nuances to the Bach Flower Remedies. Dr. Bach created them to be used by the practitioner and the layperson; they are considered a complete self-healing system. In the later years of his work, Dr. Bach treated with the Bach Flower Remedies alone giving up conventional medicine to treat the whole person; he had tremendous success! Sometimes, it can be beneficial to work with a practitioner for a period of time to experience how the remedies work and learn how to use them effectively or you may just wish to explore on your own. It’s important to know, the remedies can do no harm as they work vibrationally rather than medicinally.
As always, feel free to stop by to share your experiences with Wild Oat and the Bach Flower Remedies, share any reflections or let us know how you are doing!