If you’re reading this blog then you’re likely to have already been using the Bach remedies at home or have had success with one or more bespoke blends from a BFRP.

Either way it sounds as if the remedies are working for you and you are feeling empowered in the process; perhaps now considering taking over the reins of remedy self-selection as a result…which is great!

Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner’s (BFRP’s) work to a strict framework and code of practice, as detailed in the legacy of Dr Bach and upheld by the Bach training centre in Oxfordshire. One of the main requirements of a BFRP is that they give their clients the tools to help themselves, which is an expectation I feel confident all BFRP’s are passionate about upholding. For this reason I personally share a lot of my knowledge, perhaps on occasions going over and above to simplify the system so as to enable many people to access it. I do this through blogs, self-empowering newsletters and detailed consultations and workshops, all with an aim of supporting people to feel confident in using the remedies for themselves. Therefore, it is something I come to expect when my clients start to build their own remedy stock and go it alone, or perhaps even feel inspired enough to do the Bach training for themselves, which I take as a huge complement rather than an insult.  However, there can be some flaws in this plan as sometimes people forget to ‘check in’ with a BFRP, or try to run before they can walk in some cases, which can have an effect on their progress and Bach relationship.

The answer to the opening question is that it’s a personal choice. There is no set time period for starting to use the remedies at home for yourself or indeed to build up your remedy collection, and it comes down to confidence and an ongoing willingness to learn.

The only thing to bear in mind, and I say this from personal experience, is that Rome wasn’t built in a day. Although the Bach system is marketed as a self-help system and one that prides itself on simplicity, I do feel that there are more complexities to the system and the remedies than perhaps books portray, which makes it open to errors when we go it alone too soon.  And as we all know, when we don’t get the results we want we tend to blame the system or therapy rather than perhaps admit that there are holes in our own knowledge.

Of course, there is no right or wrong and you cannot cause any harm if you select the ‘wrong’ remedy for example, but I just don’t think you get as much from it as a system of healing or in turn find it so easy to help family or friends, if that’s your aim. I find the remedies warrant respect and a period of earning your stripes so to speak. They are intricate and they weave deeply into the fabric of your very being, presenting surprising new layers each time you use them. Therefore, it’s a good idea to read up about them and to go on a bit of an apprenticeship with them before you get too confident I feel. And I truly believe that part of that apprenticeship is a process of working with one or more BFRP’s and taking time to process your feelings and the changes that occur.  As did I before, during and after qualifying.  The best books to read about Bach remedies is actually your own journal! One that you write during the process of taking remedies and as you experience first-hand the changes that occur, which is invaluable knowledge! You can make mistakes when you are not sure what you are feeling or indeed which remedy is most appropriate, and then it’s harder to witness the changes that occur as you can’t often link the feeling to the remedy.

Before I trained in the remedies I spent a year using them intuitively and reading books. Although I gained a sense of healing from this ‘trial and error’ approach, I wasn’t really in tune with the remedies and I did make mistakes about how to use them and mix blends accordingly. I also feel that my body chose to reject a lot of the remedies I took due to them being selected on a deeper level to what I was ready to deal with i.e. they were not selected based on presenting emotion and rather on higher guidance, or gaps in my knowledge. To qualify it took me 10 months from level 1 to completion of level 3, which is actually the quickest amount of time I would say you could achieve this in, but I was not only passionate but hugely determined to gain this knowledge as soon as possible as I was thirsty to learn. However, it was the year or so after qualifying that I feel I really started to understand each individual remedy and in turn how to best utilise them in accordance with Dr Bach’s original intentions. . For the books I read, and even my Bach approved training just didn’t prepare me for a personal relationship with the remedies and their many individual layers. Even now the remedies continue to surprise me and I learn new ways in which each characteristic may present differently in people, including myself. Becoming a practitioner has also opened my eyes to the many ways in which the system is perhaps misused and just how many misunderstandings there are about flower remedies and indeed the companies that manufacture them. There really are a lot of ‘old wives tales’ out there, and I think this feeds into not utilising the system in the most successful way, and so working closely with a BFRP can sort a lot of the facts from fiction.

When you see a BFRP although you get the opportunity to take home your own bespoke mix, the main thing you are signing up for is knowledge. The missing blanks and the opportunity to clarify things about the system that you do not understand. Of course you only get a short amount of time as consultations are not designed to be training sessions or to replace Bach approved courses, but you are working closely with a BFRP and forming a relationship. Like anything in life the more you put in the more you get out and committing to a long term relationship and regular follow up sessions not only gives you the healing and growth you seek, but you are being supported and held along the way with a BFRP’s knowledge and expertise.

It really is a personal choice but I would say that a year of regular 3-4 week follow up consultations is a good basis of knowledge and indeed healing that will help you to understand the system, remedies and in turn yourself and where you want to go from here.

The thing that sets the BFRP’s apart from other therapists using the remedies intuitively or having studied a short module in their course to become something else, is that it is a therapy which empowers its clients. You will be given knowledge and tools to help yourself rather than just told to take a blend or particular remedy and come back at a later date. Therefore you really are further forward on your path to self-empowerment and using the Bach system in everyday life than you perhaps first thought. So when you think about it, is it really too much to ask of yourself to invest in a relationship with a BFRP for a period of time? To give the practitioner who has worked so hard to master this field the respect to help you in ways that perhaps at this early stage you may not be able to equate to this knowledge through books or going it alone? Don’t forget, BFRP’s will have a goal of supporting you to a stage where the relationship between practitioner and client is reduced. Where you may only need dip in and out of seeing them due to having a greater understanding of remedy selection or possibly even being inspired enough to learn the system for yourself.

In simple terms it’s like learning to drive. How likely are you to pass your test after 1 lesson? Or even 3 or 4?

It’s likely to take a period of practice and a commitment to meet with a qualified instructor on a regular basis, so that you are supported to correct anything you are perhaps not understanding before you pick up too many bad habits and hit the open road. And even once you pass your test you may still need to complete a ‘pass plus’ to give you the confidence to drive at night or on motorways. There might even be a further period where you have a couple of little bumps and scratches to your first car whilst you are perfecting driving alone and you may need a refresher course as a result. And then if you go on to drive a motorbike or HGV you are going to need to do further training, and gain a deeper and more appropriate knowledge. I’m not saying any of this to put you off, infact I take it as a compliment when people feel ready to go it alone so quickly after seeing me as it means I am good at what I do, but as someone who has worked hard to gain her qualification as well as someone who is an intuitive channel, I know it’s not always as easy as people think to just choose a remedy intuitively or from a brief write up on a website, and it can leave them open to slowing down the success they have been having with a practitioner.

So for all those Impatiens or Vervain’s out there, who are keen to speed up the process perhaps or have a tendency to get over excited, slow down and work with someone who lives and breaths the system. Allow them to support you and share their knowledge, and trust that they are there to help you get the best from your Bach experience.

All good things come to those who wait!

Yours in love and flowery light,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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