Bach Flowers for Crisis Care: Remedies for Emotional and Psychological Well-being

Overview

Bach Flower remedies for managing psychological and emotional crises

• Presents 50 case studies of common crisis situations—from divorce to losing one’s job or the death of a loved one—and the Bach Flower remedies used to provide relief

• Shows how Bach Flower remedies offer a means to transform a crisis into an opportunity for growth

The fast-paced tempo of modern life has eroded many of the traditional support systems used by our ancestors for aid in a crisis. Individuals are ...

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Overview

Bach Flower remedies for managing psychological and emotional crises

• Presents 50 case studies of common crisis situations—from divorce to losing one’s job or the death of a loved one—and the Bach Flower remedies used to provide relief

• Shows how Bach Flower remedies offer a means to transform a crisis into an opportunity for growth

The fast-paced tempo of modern life has eroded many of the traditional support systems used by our ancestors for aid in a crisis. Individuals are often left feeling powerless in such highly stressful situations as divorce, moving, generation-gap issues, losing one’s job, and the death of a loved one. In Bach Flowers for Crisis Care, Mechthild Scheffer examines 50 common life crises and how the 38 Bach Flower remedies can be used to turn these situations into opportunities for growth.

Bach Flowers create a therapeutic connection between the material and the spiritual domains of life, helping us access the inner guidance needed to navigate through a crisis. Each of the 38 flower remedies supports a different aspect of the psychic potential of human nature: Gentian, the belief flower, promotes optimism; Holly, the heart-opening flower, promotes an understanding of others; Honeysuckle, the past flower, helps us move forward without holding on to the past; White Chestnut, the thought flower, promotes clear thinking. Each remedy offers its own spiritual orientation and guidance as well as healing for the body. In the detailed appendix that lists the strengths and benefits of each flower, the author shows you how to create personalized remedies that address your current condition for maximum self-treatment—and transform a crisis into a real opportunity for growth.

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Editorial Reviews

Jan 2010 The Midwest Book Review
". . . a fine therapeutic connection between the material and spiritual healing aspects of life . . . a pick for any new age or alternative healing collection."
Dec 2009 The Pagan Review
"This book takes the Bach Flower remedies and shows you just how easy they can be to use, and how to use them effectively, to help you in the times you need help the most."
From the Publisher
". . . a fine therapeutic connection between the material and spiritual healing aspects of life . . . a pick for any new age or alternative healing collection."

"This book takes the Bach Flower remedies and shows you just how easy they can be to use, and how to use them effectively, to help you in the times you need help the most."

The Midwest Book Review
". . . a fine therapeutic connection between the material and spiritual healing aspects of life . . . a pick for any new age or alternative healing collection."
The Pagan Review
"This book takes the Bach Flower remedies and shows you just how easy they can be to use, and how to use them effectively, to help you in the times you need help the most."
From the Publisher

". . . a fine therapeutic connection between the material and spiritual healing aspects of life . . . a pick for any new age or alternative healing collection."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594772962
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 967,915
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mechthild Scheffer has been active in the field of Bach Flower Therapy since 1978. She introduced Bach’s work into German-speaking countries in 1981 with her first book and has represented the English Bach Centre in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. She is the founder of the Institutes for Bach Flower Therapy Research and Education in Hamburg, Vienna, and Zurich and is the author of many of the most authoritative books on the subject, including The Encyclopedia of Bach Flower Therapy. She lives in Hamburg, Germany.

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Introduction

Using Bach Flower Therapy to Resolve Emotional Crises

CRISES AT CATALYSTS
Life is an eternal process of development. Those who accept this, and go with the flow, will have an easier time traveling the river of life. If one blocks this flow—struggling against it consciously or unconsciously—developmental energy will be blocked and a crisis will occur. This crisis creates the chaos necessary for new movement to take place. Developmental energy comes back into flow, making possible the next step in the journey of life. Thus every crisis is a tool for psychic self-help.

SPIRITUAL MISUNDERSTANDINGS
Spiritual misunderstandings cause our personality to act without the inspiration of our inner guidance. The personality then sees itself not as a part of the Great Whole; instead it lives under the illusion of being entirely independent. Under these conditions, the personality does not turn inward but outward. For example, it relies exclusively upon social norms or the advice of other people, thus deviating from its own life plan. This leads to an interruption in the cosmic energy flow and to blockages in the development of character. We experience these blockages as destructive behavior patterns, such as being impatient, apathetic, or domineering. Edward Bach defined thirty-eight negative psychic states or distorted reaction patterns. These thirty-eight states form a repertoire of behavior that can be observed in all people, irrespective of time, race, and culture. Manifesting as symptoms, they show us in what areas we have lost our connection to our inner guidance and have been cut off from the energy flow. In crisis situations it can be observed that a great number of people repeatedly express identical reaction clusters in the form of negative beliefs. For each of these thirty-eight reaction clusters Bach identified a flower essence that would harmonize the negative energies, bringing them back into line with the wisdom of inner guidance. In this book, you will find fifty common crisis situations including the reaction clusters expressed by the affected person and the flower essence necessary to harmonize each reaction. At the beginning of a crisis you can determine your appropriate flower mixture to a great degree from the described cases.

Family and Children

4. My daughter (age 4) is in kindergarten. The separation is hard for both of us.

“For 4 weeks now Nicole has been in kindergarten. But each morning she cries a little when I drop her off. The teachers tell me she cheers up quickly, but are they telling me the truth? Nicole is still so little and can’t explain to me what happens in kindergarten and what she doesn’t like.
“On the other hand, I can’t spend the whole day worrying about her, because I have gone back to my part-time job as an accountant. I have only bad memories of my own kindergarten days; I felt abandoned and unhappy, and I cried a lot.
“I wonder if I am projecting my feelings from back then onto my daughter. Because Nicole actually enjoys being around other children.”

Recommendations

1.Write down your answers to the following question: Which reactions and flowers correspond to me? If too few reactions are found, read the other cases in this chapter.
2. Refer as necessary to the Reaction Clusters section of this book.
3. Read the further steps in the How to Use This Book section.

How do I react, and what Bach Flower patterns are identifiable?

— It is very hard for me to leave my child at the kindergarten.
Red Chestnut

— I feel like a bad mother when my child looks sadly back at me after I kiss her good-bye.
Pine

— The teachers tell me things are going well for my child in kindergarten, but perhaps they just want to placate me and they’re holding back the truth?
Gentian

— I can’t fully enjoy the things I do while my child is at kindergarten, because I have a guilty conscience.
Pine

— I often think back on my own unhappy kindergarten days.
Honeysuckle

— I am afraid that I’m worrying too much about my daughter and projecting my own memories onto her.
Cerato, Red Chestnut

25. Red Chestnut

The Cutting-Free Flower

Promotes:
- Release from emotional ensnarements and dependencies

- Building the boundaries of one’s own personality

THEME: EMPATHY AND BOUNDARIES

Recognize the spiritual misunderstanding . . .

At the root of this problem, there is the unconscious human yearning to merge with the Great Whole.
On the human plane, this can be imagined as follows: As a small child, you only felt at ease when your mother felt at ease. Therefore you unconsciously bound yourself to her feelings, sensing and experiencing them as if they were your own.
This pattern—unconsciously preserved—often leads later to a lack of clear boundaries between yourself and someone else’s personality. Therefore you also lack a clear perception of your own inner guidance and life plan. You cannot distinguish whose feelings you are actually feeling, you absorb unconscious feelings of anxiety from other people, and you do not feel really free and independent
internally.

. . . And correct it.

Your decisive task is to build your connection with your inner guidance, and so develop greater self-awareness.
Practice intentionally distancing yourself from external emotions and experiencing your own emotions very consciously. By doing this, you will find the right balance between independence and empathy.

Empowering statements:

— I am myself.
— I stay with myself.
— I am me and you are you.

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Table of Contents


Introduction
The Amazing Effectiveness of Bach Flowers for Crisis Care

How to Use This Book

Part 1
Crisis Situations and Bach Flower Reactions: 50 Sample Cases

Family and Children

1. My baby wants to be breast-fed all night long. I can’t stand it anymore!
2. My daughter won’t eat.
3. My child always wants to be the center of attention. Nobody wants to invite us over anymore.
4. My daughter (age 4) is in kindergarten. The separation is difficult for both of us.
5. Since my divorce, I have made sure my child (age 6) has everything he could possibly need. Am I neglecting myself?
6. Switching schools: yes or no?
7. As a single mother, I’m totally overextended.
8. My son (age 14) does nothing but sit at the computer.
9. Am I a good enough mother for my blended family?
10. My family is taking advantage of me.
11. Lena (age 14): No one understands me or my world.
12. Judith (age 37): I no longer understand my fourteen-year-old daughter’s world.
13. My son (age 19) doesn’t want to live at home anymore.
14. I have become unexpectedly pregnant in the middle of college. What should I do?

Partnerships and Relationships

15. I always fall in love with the wrong man.
16. It’s difficult for me to commit myself to a relationship.
17. Does my husband belong to his extended family, or to me?
18. My husband wants more sex than I do.
19. I have too low a priority in our relationship.
20. Should I confess my infidelity?
21. I can’t stand being in a long-distance relationship anymore.
22. I found out that my husband cheated on me.
23. My husband always accuses me of wasting money.
24. My husband is like an overgrown kid.
25. Should I take my husband back?
26. My wife has suddenly filed for divorce. Why?
27. We’ve gotten tired of each other, but I’m scared of the separation.
28. Thirty-something and single: When I don’t have anything going on over the weekend, I feel emotionally lost.
29. My friend sees me as nothing but a psychic dumping ground.
30. I’ve moved my bedridden mother in with me.

Career and Professional Life

31. Help, I’m in the wrong job!
32. I’m scared of public speaking.
33. I always take on more responsibilities than I can comfortably handle.
34. I’ve suddenly been promoted to management, but I’m not equal to the role.
35. I feel as if I’m being attacked.
36. I feel burned out.
37. I’ve lost my job, and I have massive fear and anxiety.

Aging

38. I’m upset about getting older.
39. I’m having trouble adjusting to my husband’s retirement.
40. Now that I’m retired, I feel useless and frustrated.
41. I feel exploited in my role as a grandmother.
42. The idea of having to move into a senior home makes me panic.

Other Crises

43. My nineteen-year-old son died suddenly.
44. Since my accident, I can’t sleep anymore.
45. As a foreigner, I keep going back and forth on whether I should stay in the United States.
46. I’m upset that I’m so disorganized.
47. Help, I can’t control my weight!
48. My horse broke his leg. Do I have to have him put to sleep?
49. I have to give away my beloved dog. I can’t bear it.
50. My dog rules this house.

Part 2
The Practical Application of Bach Flower Therapy

The Reaction Clusters

Elements for Individual Bach Flower Combinations according to Mechthild Scheffer

Selecting Your Personalized Bach Flower Crisis Combination

Determining When Rescue Remedy Is Needed as a First Step

Reaction Cluster Pool Questionnaire

How to Prepare Bach Flower Combinations

The Bach Flower Remedies

Dosage and Application

Number of Flowers, and How to Combine Them

Basic Principles of Flower Selection

Duration of Therapy

Initial Reactions

The Empowering Statements

The 38 Individual Bach Flower Remedies, Plus Rescue Remedy

1. Agrimony: The Honesty Flower
2. Aspen: The Psychic Flower
3. Beech: The Tolerance Flower
4. Centaury: The Service Flower
5. Cerato: The Intuition Flower
6. Cherry Plum: The Openness Flower
7. Chestnut Bud: The Learning Flower
8. Chicory: The Relationship Flower
9. Clematis: The Reality Flower
10. Crab Apple: The Cleansing Flower
11. Elm: The Responsibility Flower
12. Gentian: The Belief Flower
13. Gorse: The Hope Flower
14. Heather: The Identity Flower
15. Holly: The Heart-Opening Flower
16. Honeysuckle: The Past Flower
17. Hornbeam: The Vitality Flower
18. Impatiens: The Time Flower
19. Larch: The Self-confidence Flower
20. Mimulus: The Courage Flower
21. Mustard: The Light Flower
22. Oak: The Endurance Flower
23. Olive: The Regeneration Flower
24. Pine: The Self-acceptance Flower
25. Red Chestnut: The Cutting-free Flower
26. Rock Rose: The Liberation Flower
27. Rock Water: The Flexibility Flower
28. Scleranthus: The Balance Flower
29. Star of Bethlehem: The Comfort Flower
30. Sweet Chestnut: The Salvation Flower
31. Vervain: The Enthusiasm Flower
32. Vine: The Authority Flower
33. Walnut: The Manifestation Flower
34. Water Violet: The Communication Flower
35. White Chestnut: The Thought Flower
36. Wild Oat: The Vocational Calling Flower
37. Wild Rose: The Zest for Life Flower
38. Willow: The Destiny Flower
39. Rescue Remedy: The Emergency Remedy

A Note for Practitioners

About the Author

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