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A COURSE IN THE BACH FLOWER REMEDIES
 
by Candy Hillenbrand


 
LESSON 11

AWARENESS-ENHANCING TECHNIQUES

There are a few techniques which can greatly add to the effectiveness of the remedies, and I call these awareness-enhancing techniques.

Of course, the remedies will work regardless of what you do, but they will work better if you work with them, by doing work on yourself.

POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS

One of the easiest and most helpful methods is to use positive affirmations with the remedies. The following is drawn from several sources which are listed below:

Affirmations for the Bach Flower Remedies

AGRIMONY ...... INNER PEACE
I am finding peace within myself.
I allow others to see me as I really am.
ASPEN ...... TRUST
I have faith in life. I am being guided.
I am filled with courage and inner strength.
BEECH ...... TOLERANCE
I release all feelings of judgement and criticism.
I accept other peoples' differences.
CENTAURY ...... INNER STRENGTH
I am the master of my life.
I share from a place of inner strength.
I serve others by being true to myself.
CERATO ...... INTUITION
I trust in my own inner guidance.
I am confident that I know what is right for me.
CHERRY PLUM ...... COMPOSURE
I remain balanced and strong under extreme stress.
I acknowledge a higher force guiding my life.
CHESTNUT BUD ...... WISDOM
I recognise and am able to let go of old patterns.
I am learning something new from every experience.
CHICORY ...... SELFLESSNESS
I respect the freedom and individuality of others.
I love and nurture myself.
I draw on the source of universal love to share freely with others.
CLEMATIS ...... CREATIVE IDEALISM
I am inspired to manifest my ideals.
I am happy to be here now. I am involved in life.
CRAB APPLE ...... PERSPECTIVE
I accept my imperfections. I love my body.
I cleanse myself of any toxicity or disharmonious energy.
ELM ...... SELF-ASSURANCE
I am confident and capable of meeting my responsibilities.
I always have the help I need.
GENTIAN ...... PERSEVERANCE
I persevere despite difficulties and setbacks.
Everything has a deeper meaning.
GORSE ...... OPTIMISM
I have faith in life. Hope brings healing.
Every new day is a new opportunity. Life is a gift.
HEATHER ...... COMPASSION
I am secure within myself. I nurture myself.
Through caring for others, I forget my self.
HOLLY ...... LOVE
I open my heart. I love and am loved.
Love is the greatest healing elixir.
I feel united with all life.
HONEYSUCKLE ...... LETTING GO
I let go of the past. I am here now.
They are free and I am free.
I move forward in life with joy and ease.
HORNBEAM ...... ENTHUSIASM
I have all the energy I need.
I am involved and interested in my daily activities.
IMPATIENS ...... PATIENCE
I relax. I accept the flow of life and the pace of others.
I allow the process of life to gently unfold.
I am patient and understanding.
LARCH ...... SELF-CONFIDENCE
I act with confidence. I express myself creatively.
I can do it. I will do it. I am doing it.
MIMULUS ...... COURAGE
I act with courage and inner strength.
I recognise each problem as an opportunity for growth.
MUSTARD ...... JOY
I am moving from darkness to light.
I am filled with the joy of life.
My heart feels light and happy.
OAK ...... STABILITY
I experience renewed strength and stability.
I feel strong and energetic. I accept my limits.
OLIVE ...... REJUVENATION
I feel revitalised in mind and body.
I tap into an unlimited energy source within me.
I relax and experience a new strength.
PINE ...... SELF-ACCEPTANCE
I release all guilt. I accept my mistakes.
I forgive myself. I love and accept myself.
RED CHESTNUT ...... OBJECTIVITY
I trust in the unfolding of life.
I have a healthy detachment from the problems of others.
I am radiating peace, calm and optimism.
ROCK ROSE ...... SELF-TRANSCENDENCE
I face the most extreme challenges with unshakeable courage.
I am immortal spirit. I am in God's hands.
ROCK WATER ...... FLEXIBILITY
I am open to new insights and experiences.
I allow the joy of life to flow freely through me.
I am flexible and relaxed.
SCLERANTHUS ...... BALANCE
I am decisive in thought and action.
I bring balance to all areas of my life.
I act from inner certainty.
STAR OF BETHLEHEM ...... HEALING
I feel calm and soothed.
I am freed from the trauma of the past.
My soul finds consolation and healing in the divine light.
SWEET CHESTNUT ...... FAITH
In the darkest hours, I find courage and faith in a divine  power.
When the need is greatest, God's help is nearest.
VERVAIN ...... MODERATION
I practice moderation in thought and action.
I allow others to hold their own beliefs.
I feel relaxed, open and balanced.
VINE ...... HUMILITY
I am tolerant and respectful of the individuality of others.
I harmonise my will with the universal will.
WALNUT ...... TRANSITIONS
I break all links which hinder my growth.
I now have the strength to follow my own inner guidance.
I move forward with ease into the next phase of my life.
WATER VIOLET ...... SHARING
I am sharing love, humility and wisdom.
I need the world and the world needs me,
WHITE CHESTNUT ...... TRANQUILLITY
My mind grows calm and peaceful.
I become quiet within and the answers I seek begin to emerge.
WILD OAT ...... SELF-ACTUALIZATION
I express my soul's purpose in my life's activities.
I am clear about my life direction.
WILD ROSE ...... VITALITY
I feel alive with interest in life.
I am developing new and positive life goals.
WILLOW ...... FORGIVENESS
I release all feelings of blame and bitterness towards others.
I accept responsibility for my life situation.
I am now thinking, doing and achieving positive things.
RESCUE REMEDY ...... EMERGENCY
I ask for help and divine guidance.
Balance and harmony are restored.

REFERENCES

Mechthild Scheffer, Bach Flower Therapy
Louise Hay, Heal Your Body
Richard Katz, Affirmations for Bach Flower Essences
J & M Barnard, The Healing Herbs of Edward Bach
I.S. Kraaz & W. Von Rohr, The Original Bach Flower Cards

USE OF AFFIRMATIONS

With positive affirmations, what we are doing is visualising and affirming our healing and also affirming our positive qualities.

When I make a remedy for someone, I often include a list of affirmations for the remedy, unless it seems inappropriate. It is very important that you do what is appropriate for the person, otherwise you could turn them off.

If you feel they might not be responsive to affirmations, you can write instead a list of the positive qualities of the remedies, or you can write the positive and negative qualities, if you would like a more balanced approach.

I do feel that if you just give someone a bottle of medicine, with no description of the remedies or affirmations, then there is less potential for that person to become more self-aware. In some ways, it doesn't seem much different to taking a prescription drug.

So, if you can, do try and give extra information with the bottle.

BECOME INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS

And do the same when you are taking a remedy yourself. try and become involved in the process. Be aware of both the negative and the positive qualities of each of the remedies you are taking.

First, take note of the negative quality or condition of imbalance, but don't over-dwell on this. Just become aware, in a detached way if possible, of the nature of your emotional problems or mental conflicts.

Then focus on and absorb the positive qualities related to the flower essence. Affirm to yourself that as you take the remedy, you are being infused with these positive qualities.

USEFUL TOOLS

So positive affirmations and creative visualisation can be very useful tools to use in conjunction with the flower remedies. Your awareness and positive efforts will greatly enhance your healing process.

ADDITIONAL TOOLS

There are also additional exercises that you will find in a wide range of metaphysical books. For example, in Donna Cunningham's book Healing Pluto Problems, there are several very useful exercises that can be used for problems related to guilt, hatred, resentment and self-dislike, or the Bach remedies Pine, Willow, Crab Apple, Honeysuckle, Holly and Vine.

The book includes guided meditations for cleansing yourself of guilt, cleansing yourself of resentment, for letting go and for forgiveness.

OTHER RESOURCES/BOOKS

If you are interested in extra personal growth techniques, I recommend these books:

Shakti Gawain, Creative Visualisation
Piero Ferrucci, What we may be,
and any books by Louise Hay.

Louise Hay's book, Heal your Body, can be very useful at times. It contains an extensive list of physical problems with the probable metaphysical cause, and a new thought pattern or positive affirmation for healing that problem.

For example, it says back problems are caused by a lack of support, stomach problems by an inability to accept the new, and headaches by self-criticism, and so on. I think it's important to mention here that this book, and others like it, should not be taken as gospel. These associations don't necessarily apply to everyone. There are other causes of illness which we may not understand.

If you have ever talked to a person suffering from cancer, you will realise that some of this metaphysical stuff can go a bit overboard. This is because cancer sufferers can be made to feel that it is all their fault, or that something terrible has happened in their past, or that they are full of hatred and resentment. This may not be very helpful, so there's a need for a balanced approach to the whole subject.

BACH'S ASSOCIATIONS

Edward Bach did make similar associations, in relating physical illness to emotional and mental states. For example, he wrote that if you suffer from stiffness in the joints or limbs, then you were probably also suffering from mental stiffness and holding onto rigid ideas and beliefs.

This is the same principle as Louise Hay's, and there is a lot of truth in this. But I would advise you to use this knowledge on yourself first. See if the associations fit for you, and be wise and careful about putting it onto others.

In the next and final lesson we will look at where to purchase the remedies and we'll also take a brief look at other flower essence systems.


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