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Heal Thyself!

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Heal Thyself is the name of a book written by Dr. Edward Bach, creator of the Bach Flower Remedy System of Natural Healing; this is one of the main holistic modalities I utilize in my practice.  I have spent the last 15 years in the role of holistic practitioner, facilitator and shaman.  At the core of this work is the understanding that we all have the innate ability to heal ourselves.  It is through the process of self-exploration and increased awareness that we can find the resources and tools to support us on our journey of transformation and healing.

Here are some of Dr. Bach’s words from Heal Thyself, first published in 1931:

“Disease is in essence the result of conflict between Soul and Mind, and will never be eradicated except by spiritual and mental effort.  Such efforts, if properly made with understanding as we shall see later, can cure and prevent disease by removing those basic factors which are its primary cause.”

“Suffering is a corrective to point out a lesson which by other means we have failed to grasp, and never can it be eradicated until that lesson is learnt.  Let it also be known that in those who understand and are able to read the significance of premonitory symptoms, disease may be prevented before its onset or aborted in its earlier stages if the proper corrective spiritual and mental efforts be undertaken.  Nor need any case despair, however severe, for the fact that the individual is still granted physical life indicates that the Soul who rules is not without hope.”

“The development of Love brings us to the realisation of Unity, of the truth that one and all of us are of the One Great Creation.  The cause of all our troubles is self and separateness, and this vanishes as soon as Love and the knowledge of the great Unity become part of our natures.”

I have found these particular messages to be true in my own personal journey of healing and my work with clients over the last 20 years.  You can read more about Dr. Bach in my post, Visionary Voices: Dr. Edward Bach

I have found the message of “Heal Thyself”, to be at the core of my personal experience.  I would like to share with you a bit about my journey and how I came to the field of holistic health.

Amazingly, this path began for me at the age of 11.  I had a very inquisitive nature and I was an avid reader, often finishing a book a day.  I had a developed a propensity to peruse any bookcase that I came across to see what titles jumped out at me – I still do this today! One summer while spending some time at grandparents apartment in Queens, NY, I was looking through their books, which at that point, I knew quite well, but I happened upon a book, I had not seen before.  It was back a bit, wedged in between two other big books, The Joy of Cooking by Julia Child, and a copy of the Talmud, a Jewish text, that my great-grandfather had brought with him from Eastern Europe.  

For some unknown reason, I was drawn to the this little red-covered book, Healing Yourself with Foot Reflexology by Mildred Carter.  This seemingly random choice actually opened a big door for me.  As I read it, I began to apply the techniques of Reflexology, an ancient practice which uses pressure points on the hands, feet and ears to support health and wellness. It’s been around for thousands of years.  I was amazed to see that by pressing a few simple points on my body, I could feel differently.  I found I was able to ease headaches, quell sinus/allergy issues and lessen stress and anxiety, just by holding a few points on the body.  I was truly amazed.

When I was 14 years old, my cousin, who had been called Zed all his life, suddenly returned from India with a new name, Vijay, which means strong or victorious.  He shared that he was given this name by his guru, or spiritual teacher Osho.  He talked a lot about yoga and meditation and although he did not show me what this was, I was very intrigued.  He seemed so different, so much calmer, and more vibrant.  Once again my curiosity and my bookishness got me going.  I raced to the library and found all of the books I could on meditation and yoga.  Surprisingly, for 1981, the Paramus, NJ library, had quite a selection, and I was able to begin to explore a practice yoga and meditation within a just few days.

Once again I found that I was learning and growing and aware of my own innate ability to be clearer, calmer and more focused.  I came to experience the flow of energy in the body through yoga and the power of using the breath and awareness to create a change in my experience.  This was an amazing gift to have as a teenager.  I continued to learn and explore over the next few years.  Although a seemingly random experience, I credit developing these foundational practices in my survival through a very traumatic time growing up with a parent with schizophrenia.  And, they have continued to be a part of my life ever since. 

The awareness that I had gained as a teenager was also helpful when I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia at age 20.  This term was quite new at that time and conventional medicine did not have a lot of understanding about the condition.  In some ways, it is still a bit of an enigma today.  The only treatment at that time was to take heavy pain medication and anti-depressants.   I found myself in a place where I was physically in a lot of pain, highly fatigued and very despondent due to the limitations that I experienced. I did not find any medication really helpful and at age 20, having to drop out of college due to my illness, I felt certain I needed to find a my own solution.

So, having the basic awareness that I already had, that healing and change or at least what I call in my work, “a state change” was possible, I began a journey that took me most of a decade.  At the time I did not know it, but this journey was really a holistic exploration of life and healing.  As I explored a variety of modalities to help ease the symptoms of Fibromyalgia, I came to understand that for true change and healing to occur, it is key to embrace a holistic approach to not only health and to life itself.

What is a holistic approach to healing?

Holistic approaches focus on the whole person rather than just on an symptom, illness or specific aspect.  Holistic healing focuses on supporting a person in body, mind, emotion and spirit, acknowledging these elements of a person are interconnected and need to be supported, balanced and integrated to maintain overall health and well-being.  So, when one part of the body or mind is out of balance, it is understood that can affect the whole person and be a factor in disease.  Learn more

I spent the better part of a decade, exploring various approaches and modalities that addressed body, mind, emotion and spirit.  At the time, I didn’t know what I was doing was holistic, I was just trying to find things that helped me to feel better and to heal.

I focused on my body with diet, nutrition, supplements, bodywork and chiropractic care.  

I focused on my mind by exploring beliefs that were not supporting my well-being and worked to reduce the stressors in my life.  

I focused on my emotions, at first through therapy and later when I came to work with the Bach Flower Remedies, which are flower essences that support emotional health and balance.  At this point, I came to understand the role of emotions in the disease process and particularly how the impact of trauma was a factor in my physical experience of Fibromyalgia. 

I focused on spirituality and found ways to foster a sense of connection to myself, others and the world.  Finally, I came to study Shamanism, which is another ancient practice of healing, that has since become the heart of my life and my work as it embodies a holistic approach, which I have come to believe is key to living and being healthy, happy and vibrant.  It is based on the interconnectedness of all things – the “Unity” of which Dr. Bach speaks of in Heal Thyself. 

It has been over 16 years that I have been free of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia.  I credit this to embracing a holistic approach to health and wellness.  And, it was this exploration that lead me into the field of holistic healing.  As I learned and improved, I began to study some of the modalities, which supported me.  I felt strongly about sharing my experience and learning with others, particularly in terms of the importance of considering body, mind, emotion and spirit and the interconnectedness of these parts of ourselves in experiencing happiness and well-being.

I continue to explore resources and tools that support wellness for myself and for those I work with.  In my role as holistic practitioner, facilitator and shaman, I begin by introducing my clients to a holistic approach and asking how they care for their body, mind, emotions and spirit as it is my hope to support and awaken the healer within them.  There is no magic formula or pill; each person needs to know themselves and to seek their own innate wisdom for healing.  In the words of the great medical doctor, Albert Schweitzer:

 “The shaman succeeds for the same reason all the rest of us (doctors) succeed.  Each patient carries his own doctor inside him.  They come to us not knowing this truth.  We are at our best when we give the doctor who resides within each patient a chance to go to work.”

I wish you many blessings on your journey of transformation and healing!

Beth


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My Fibromyalgia Recovery Story: An Inteview On CFS Unravelled

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I am excited to share with you my recent interview with Dan Neuffer of CFS Unravelled.  Dan is committed to sharing resources and stories to inspire hope and support for recovery from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia.
 
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia at age 20 and spent most of a decade searching for healing and recovery.  It was this exploration and discovering that recovery was possible through an alternative and holistic approach that ultimately led me to the path as a holistic practitioner. facilitator and educator.
 
By age 28, I had shifted from dropping out of college, living in extreme physical pain and barely being able to get out of bed on many days, to becoming a full-time licensed massage therapist.  My healing continued for a few more years as I came to see the need to focus on emotional healing in an energetic way.   I discovered the Bach Flower Remedies and worked with them for over  a year – this is when I became symptom free of Fibromyalgia.
Although my personal focus was on healing through Fibroymyalgia, my journey revealed to me the importance of taking a holistic approach – one that addresses body , mind, emotion and spirit for healing and for well-being.  I learned firsthand the importance of Dr. Bach’s words:

“Treat the whole person, not the disease.”

I also came to understand that what works for one person, may not work for another.  During and after my recovery, I studied a number of the modalities that supported me as well as other holistic tools.  Some of these include Reiki, Massage & Bodywork, Nutrition, Bach Flower Remedies, Zero Balancing,  PEER Emotional Release Work,  and Holistic Self-Care.  Eventually, Shamanic Healing became the heart of my work as I found it creates a powerful foundation for returning us to our natural state of wholeness.  In my work with clients, I offer an integrative approach to meet each person where they are and to support a shift into greater balance,  joy and ease of well-being. 
 
In my interview with Dan, I share in detail about my journey through Fibromyalgia as well as what I have learned about healing overall serving as a wellness practitioner for over 18 years.
I hope you’ll take a listen and be sure to share it with anyone you know who is struggling with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or other chronic illness so they can know that RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE!

Read CFS Post & Listen To Interview

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Free Teleseminar ~ “A Holistic Approach To Life & Self-Care”

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Discover The Healer Within

I’d like to invite you to join me for my upcoming Free Teleseminar this Thursday, January 30th at 12 PM ET.  This month’s topic is “A Holistic Approach To Life & Self-Care“.

Adopting a holistic approach to life and self-care offers a framework for optimal health, wellness, and personal growth.  Join us as we explore what a holistic approach to life and self-care is; and how you can begin to incorporate this approach into your experience of daily life.  This is an opportunity to start fresh with a personal plan for wellness and self-care.

In the exploration, you will learn:

* What a holistic approach means
* The benefits of adopting a holistic approach to life and self-care
* Ways to support the four basic levels – body, mind, emotion & spirit
* A simple self-care plan to incorporate into your daily life
* How to develop a holistic resource toolbox to support your well-being

I will also share about my journey in healing through Fibromyalgia and how adopting a holistic approach to life and self-care was the key to my recovery and achieving optimal well-being.

Location: Where Ever You Are! Listen By Phone or Online

Cost: Free. Registration will offer access to the live event and audio replay.

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A Note From Facilitator, Beth Terrence:

I have been working in the field of Holistic Health & Wellness for over 17 years.  I came to this field from my own journey of healing through Fibromyalgia and Trauma.  It is my passion to help others to heal and support them in living a heart-centered, balanced and joyful life through discovering the healer within.

I started meditating and practicing yoga when I was 14 years old and this has been a foundation of my life ever since.  I believe that we all need tools to support our well-being – body, mind, emotion and spirit.  It is my hope that through sharing my own journey as well as my understanding, developed through both education and experience, that I can assist others in finding the holistic tools and resources that can support them in achieving wholeness and optimal living.

I hope you’ll join me to explore “A Holistic Approach To Life & Self-Care” this Thursday, January 30th at 12 PM ET or via the audio replay.

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Bach Flower Of The Month: Wild Oat ~ The Remedy Of Soul Purpose

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“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

Wild Oat

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!

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Five Steps To Becoming Your Own Agent Of Change

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“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” ~ Alan Watt

1. Accept responsibility for your own change or healing process.

The most common definition of the word responsibility is “the quality or state of being responsible” and sometimes this is seen as a burden.  I had an Aha moment with this word when I attended a college psychology class with a friend.  Oddly, I had dropped out of school at the time but while visiting went to class  and heard his professor define responsibility as “the ability to respond”.  I can’t even tell the exact nature of that lecture or the class overall, but hearing those words impacted in a way that has shaped my life.

Interestingly, part of the reason I had dropped out of school at that time was because I had been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and some of the symptoms such as fatigue and severe muscle pain caused me to be unable to attend classes consistently.  At the time, Fibromyalgia was a relatively new diagnosis and there weren’t a lot of treatment options available.  I learned quickly that if I were to regain my health and return to college, I needed to take “responsibility” for my own healing process.

Having that alternative definition of responsibility opened a door of possibilities for me as I began to explore holistic and alternative modalities so that I could become better able to respond to what I was experiencing and create change in my life.  “Being able to respond” is a core concept  in my personal work and in the work I share with others and I view it is a key to becoming your own change age

 2. Be curious and open to exploration.

As I began to explore alternative and holistic modalities, I began to learn and grow in ways I never imagined.  Carrying a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia for a young aspiring 20 something seemed like a burden, even a curse at times, and yet, this burden, led me to a path of self-exploration and discovery that defines who I am today.  This burden ended up being one of greatest blessings in my life and has led me to a life path I feel passionate about.

Some of the tools I explored were very beneficial, others not so much, but either way, I was building my toolbox and getting to know myself on a much deeper level in the process.  We don’t know what will help us in creating change until we try it and what works for one person may not work for another.  Being open and curious is such an important part of any change process.  In meditation and other spiritual practices, it is often suggested to come to it with a Beginner’s Mind.  This is a great way to approach life and change as well.  When we come to our explorations with this type of openness, new possibilities emerge that we may not have been able to see if we hold the “I already know” paradigm.

3. Track your experiences and build your personal transformational toolbox.

By now you are probably getting tired of me talking about the importance of journaling as a transformational tool, but without somehow tracking your experiences, it is difficult to truly identify what is working and what is not working in your change process.   Also, one of the keys to becoming your own change agent is to build a transformational toolbox that can support you in the changes you are currently making and in future changes.  Having some type of journal, log, and list becomes your personal guide to change.  And, no one can truly write this book but you.   In Five Steps To Mastering Anxiety, I share an example of some ways to track your experience and begin to build your toolbox that may offer some ideas to explore.

 4. Be willing to be uncomfortable and roll with the resistance.

This is a step that most of us don’t like and it is often where we tend lost our steam in the change process.  Being willing to roll with the resistance that arises as we initiate change is a vital component of any transformational process.  If we approach change with some of the above steps, we can be more conscious of our resistance and awareness as it is arising and this s a key to working with it.  Also, often doing some deeper work, such as an inner child process, can help to create safety and security within, which is often where our fear of change arises.  Developing practices that support being present with what is arising, such as meditation, can help.  Also, be sure to develop a good support system and use it

5. Recognize the need to continually adapt.

In the words of Greek philosopher Heraclitus,

“The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change.”

We are constantly changing, as is our world.  Our cells our changing, our relationships are changing, nature is changing and yet, we somehow long for things to stay the same.  This is where much of our suffering arises.  By acknowledging that we are always changing and that we will continue to change and by recognizing that as a result, we need to continually adapt, we truly become agents of change.

At times, it may feel like we need the majority of people to change for our world to change, however I feel much like Margaret Mead,

“A small group of thoughtful people could change the world.  Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Each step we take toward change in our personal lives and in our relationships creates the potential for transformation to occur in a greater way in our world as we are all connected through the beautiful, amazing web of life.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and reflections and most of all, enjoy the journey!

The Bach Flower Remedies: A Tool for Transformation

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One of the most transformational tools that I have benefited from personally, and as a result have become a practitioner of, are the Bach Flower Remedies.  I was first introduced to the Bach Flower Remedies when I was in the process of recovering from the effects of Fibromyalgia.  I had been on a journey of exploring holistic modalities and nutritional support, as I had not found traditional medicine to be helpful in dealing with this condition.  I would say I was about 70% symptom free at the time that I began to take the Bach Flowers.  It became clear to me at that time that although I had addressed my body and physical symptoms in a variety of ways, the key to healing really lay in dealing with emotional body and the unresolved emotional pain that I was holding.

Around that time, I really dedicated my personal practice to working on healing my emotions and learning to let go.  I found three key patterns that were related to Fibromyalgia.  It has been my experience in my own recovery and in working with individuals dealing with Fibromyalgia over the last decade that these patterns need to be addressed:

1) An inability to let go.  This includes an inability to relax and a tendency to hold onto to difficult feelings and stresses, which then leads to severe tension and rigidity being stored in the physical body.

2) Push, push, crash.  This is a tendency to push so hard, beyond one’s abilities and then become depleted.  It tends to happen in those moments when one feels better or stronger but I have found this to be an overall energetic pattern of Fibromyalgia.  I believe the crux of this pattern tends to stem from perfectionism and a powerful inner critic which continues to drive a person despite physical limitations.

3) Sponginess. This refers to one’s energy field to be depleted, and like a sponge, to have the tendency to absorb others energy and emotions.  Without developing a more stable energy field, it is very difficult to strengthen and heal.

As I was working on these issues, I began to work with a Bach Flower Practitioner, who helped to determine remedies that would support the changes I was trying to create in my life.  I found that within a short time I felt tremendous relief, and within a period of six months, I had profound life changes, ones I never thought were possible.  The remaining physical symptoms I was dealing with were resolved; my overall health and well-being improved dramatically.  Additionally, I felt the greatest sense of serenity, balance and hope that I had ever experienced.  That was 15 years ago.  Since that time I have become a practitioner of the Bach Flowers, working with individuals as well as giving talks and workshops on the subject.  I continue to take the remedies myself as I find them a tool for the times we are in.  They support being more  balanced, grounded and energetically stable.

I will be sharing more about the Bach Flowers in upcoming posts.  I find the remedies themselves are a beneficial tool and the teachings of Dr. Bach, the creator of the Bach Flowers, are inspirational and insightful.  To learn more about Dr. Bach, you can read a previous post, Visionary Voices: Dr. Edward Bach or visit The Bach Centre, the home and workplace of Dr. Bach.  I will also be including a Bach Flower of the Month post to help bring to light the benefits of specific remedies.  Dr. Bach intended the remedies to be accessible to all and used by individuals for themselves and their families.  It can be helpful to work with a practitioner for a period of time as the process is subjective but it is possible to learn to work with the remedies on one’s own.

The Bach Flower Remedies: A Tool for Transformation

The Bach Flower Remedies are a tool for transformation that can assist in moving forward and creating change in one’s life.  They can help to heal old wounds and to assist with new ways of being.  The remedies can facilitate a strengthening of one’s ability move more easily in the world, to have healthier relationships, and to experience greater joy and ease of well-being.

The visionary physician Dr. Edward Bach discovered the thirty-eight remedies, which comprise the Bach Flowers, in the 1920’s and 1930’s.  Dr. Bach was well-known in England for his work in the areas of bacteriology and homeopathy.  It was through this work that he began to see a connection between state of mind and the disease process.  He found that if he treated the person’s state of mind, all physical symptoms would disappear, and if he treated early enough, may prevent illness from arising.  He recognized that long-term stress from emotions such as anger, fear or worry can lower a person’s resistance to disease.

Additionally, by studying vibrational medicine and native British flowers, Dr. Bach discovered that certain plant essences have a profound healing effect on the mind.  He observed that the remedies affected a deep personal transformation in his patients’ character and behavior patterns, which not only prevented disease but also left the patient happier and more integrated.  According to Dr. Bach, certain flowers are of a higher order.  He believed that these healing plants addressed disharmony within the mental and spiritual aspects of our being by flooding our energy field with higher frequencies and thereby aligning our whole being.  The remedies actually transmute negative energies into positive ones.  They do not mask the effects of the emotions, but provide a catalyst for change to occur from within us.  He saw this change as necessary for our spiritual growth, and said:

“The action of these essences is to raise our vibrations and open up our channels for the reception of our Spiritual Self, to flood our natures with a particular virtue we need, and wash out from us that fault which is causing harm.  They are able, like beautiful music to raise our very natures, to bring us peace and relieve our sufferings.”

Dr. Bach defined seven main moods, which prevent us from being our true selves and thereby, contribute to disease and suffering in an individual.  These moods include:  Fear, Uncertainty, Insufficient Interest in Present Circumstances, Loneliness, Over-Sensitivity to Influences and Ideas, Despondency or Despair, and Over-care for the Welfare of Others.  Dr. Bach also defines the seven beautiful stages in the healing of disease: Peace, Hope, Joy, Faith, Certainty, Wisdom, and Love.  Treatment with the Bach Flower Remedies essentially floods ones being with these positive qualities, transforming all energies, which limit or restrict one’s true self from being fully expressed.

A Bach Flower Remedy Consultation is done though an interview and detailed questionnaire.  This helps the practitioner to determine core issues and treatment remedies.  It is a collaborative process; the role of the practitioner is to support individuals in learning about themselves and determining remedies can support their process of change.  Most often a combination of five to seven remedies is recommended.  The remedies are taken orally;  2 drops of each core remedy are added to a 1 oz. dropper bottle filled with spring water.  The remedies work vibrationally rather than medicinally and as such are gentle and effective; they can do no harm. They are so gentle that pregnant women, children and even animals can use them.

As the remedies assist in deep transformation and healing, it is important for the individual to be open and willing to address the issues, which may come up for them.  The remedies teach us how to resolve issues and heal, but we must be willing to listen to the voice of our own soul.  It is important to remember that the Bach Flower Remedies, like any alternative modality, assist in our transformation.  It is up to the individual to be responsible for and to direct his or her own healing process.

The Bach Flower Remedies are a powerful catalyst for healing and change.  In addition to supporting change and transition, they have been beneficial in relieving chronic pain, anxiety, depression, fatigue and grief.  Whether you are already in a period of transition or wish to create changes but are feeling stuck, the Bach Flowers can support your movement into new ways of being.  Although determined by the emotions, the remedies support transformation and growth on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, the Bach Flower Remedies may have something to offer you:

  • Are you going through a major or minor life transition?
  • Do you feel tired and exhausted?
  • Are you looking for direction in your life?
  • Are you feeling stuck?
  • Do you have pain that won’t go away no matter what you do?
  • Are you sensitive emotionally and energetically?
  • Are you aware that other people or situations drain your energy?
  • Are you ready to step forward in you healing process?

One of the major benefits of the Bach Flower Remedies for our current times is the effect they have on the energy field.  In addition to supporting transmutation of specific emotions and personality traits, the remedies also help to strengthen and stabilize our energy fields.  In order to maneuver in the world in 2012, it is critical to find tools and practices that support our inner stability.  The Bach Flowers Remedies offer such tool and can be a valuable transformational resource.

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To learn more about Beth’s work with the Bach Flower Remedies, visit www.bethterrence.com.  Bach Flower Consultations are offered in person in the MD/DC area, by phone and by Skype.  Bach Flower Consultations are available as an individual modality or as part of an Integrative Transformational Session, which is a customized session based on individual intentions, combining transformational resources such as Shamanic Healing, Bach Flowers, Body/Energy Healing, and Meditation.

Upcoming Bach Flower Talks in the Maryland/DC Area:

July 11th– Introduction to the Bach Flowers, Wholefoods, Annapolis, MD

August 8th – Bach Flower Q & A, Wholefoods, Annapolis, MD