During my Bach training I noticed a common opinion of 5 remedies in particular, and their universal reputation as being ‘the bad guys’.
Like a lot of people I started my Bach love affair with his emergency formula, more commonly known as ‘Rescue Remedy’, but it was a good 10 years later before I discovered this wonder tincture derived from a system of 38 plant based remedies. Wow, who knew!
I fell in love with the Bach remedies as soon as I took that first individual stock bottle, and I was desperate to know more. This deep rooted desire led me to complete a Bach centre approved qualification and in short succession, achieving my BFRP status and completing all 3 levels in only 10 months. During my level 3 training at the Bach Centre, which is the final qualification required to practice as a Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner (BFRP), I started to notice how difficult myself and my fellow students found it to approach these 5 in mock consultations. There was an apparent fear of upsetting or offending the client by suggesting they take one or more of these remedies, and almost a personal insult if it was suggested you need to take it too!
Later after qualifying, I met with a few BFRP’s and self taught flower practitioners in and outside of my area, by way of wishing to witness and connect to the different ways in which people work with and love this natural system of healing. I remember meeting one therapist for a coffee and I ordered a water which was made by a company called ‘Willow’. When I excitedly pointed out the synchronicity with Willow being one of the Bach remedies, she said ‘no-one wants to be a Willow!’ and that always stuck with me, as at the time I tended to agree. But this collective opinion doesn’t help the undeserving stigma attached to these remedies.
I have been utilising Bach flower remedies personally, and now professionally, for some years. Learning with every new situation and experience, the many layered intricacies and subsequent positive reactions people have when releasing these conditioned ways and emotional traumas. Together with my Bach qualification as a strong foundation, this has taken me on a real journey of discovery, which never ceases to amaze me. Through meeting many wonderful clients and various holistic practitioners who use the remedies in their work, I have witnessed these same 5 remedies have a negative ripple in the wider community when my suggestion has been to take them. When my ego isn’t in check and my own insecurities of ‘impostor syndrome’ raises its ugly head, then even I as a BFRP can still find it hard to suggest to clients that they need one of these 5. Especially as these remedies in particular might appear more through interactive behaviour, aura or body language in a consultation, rather than actual words spoken by the client, which doesn’t give me an easy route in to suggesting they take it.
So, without any further ado it probably makes sense at this point to share what the famous five are!
They are Beech, Chicory, Heather, Vine and Willow.
Now, it’s important to mention that this is my opinion and that it is stated nowhere in any publication or learning tool that these 5 remedies are the bad boys of Bach. It’s merely a collective observation, together with my own preconceived opinions at the time of learning, which made me realise just how many ways resistance to the Bach system and in turn our own healing can occur.
The reason I think these remedies are so difficult to broach is because they all relate to the ego and have an element of self-centredness, which lets face it, no-one wants to admit is out of balance! When we tend to be in any one of these states, or have them as a ‘type’ remedy, we like the sound of our own voice in many ways. Our connections with others become limited due to our overwhelming need to be heard, validated or the most important person in the room. Our feelings, opinions and emotions take hierarchy over others whilst in the negative aspect of these remedies, and we often can’t see this before taking them.
But what I have learnt through going on my own personal journey with these remedies, and in turn seeing my clients taking these remedies at the appropriate point of presenting; is that the only way to gain the healing you seek is to address every aspect of your wholeness, and that includes the ego and the shadows. There is no negative connotation to these remedies, its a myth.
Beech‘s in the positive will be strong people who are able to see the beauty in every situation. They will be tolerant and considerate types, who are able to value the individuality of each person and learn from any differences.
Chicory‘s in the positive will be loving, open hearted, mindful and selfless. They will be willing to constantly check in with their ego and to take self acceptance for when it’s out of balance, correcting it with compassion and independence.
Heather‘s in the positive will be those who are caring and close to hand. They will be able to communicate well, striking up conversations across a broad scale and on all levels. They will be great at ‘reading a room’ and a situation, knowing when it’s appropriate to share and when it’s right to hold back and allow others the floor.
Vine‘s, we all need Vines. Some of the strongest leaders and advocates will be Vine’s. In the positive, Vine’s are powerful types who can really lead from the front, whilst being flexible in that approach. They will understand the need to see plans through, but not to exclude or dominate others in doing so. A positive Vine is one that softens and climbs whilst encouraging others without agenda.
Willow‘s, contrary to what was said before, everyone want’s to be a Willow! For a positive Willow will be forgiving, generous, accepting and adaptive. They will be able to support others and relish in their successes, even when they have their own troubles, and are able to see the lessons in all situations, even the bad ones!
Now you have heard all of that, how can any of those remedies be negative eh?
To explain the remedies we often need to look at the negative in order to identify why we might need them, and perhaps that’s where we have gone wrong. We all grow up learning ‘good and bad emotions’, and the 5 aforementioned remedies feed into what is perceived to be the ‘bad’ ones. But when you go on a healing journey you begin to understand that there is no such thing as good and bad emotions. To be whole, we must embrace every emotion. We must learn to balance them and find a point of equilibrium, which puts us no more in the positive than it does the negative. We find harmony in every characteristic and every unique trait, discovering new ways to bring the best versions of ourselves to the table.
So, next time a BFRP suggests one of these 5, or you see traits of yourself in any of these remedies, then step aside from the ego and think of the positive aspect of each remedy and just what it can bring to your life. Don’t see this as a character flaw or a slight on your part, for we will all be every single one of those 38 remedies at multiple times on our personal journey.
The best thing you can do for yourself when working with the remedies is to take the ones you don’t want to. As when taken at the right point in your journey, they can bring the biggest breakthroughs!
Yours in love and light,
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