If you have had an appointment with me, chances are you received a flower essence (also referred to as a Bach blend or flower remedy).  I do try to explain during the appointment when I give any remedies; however, you may still have questions.  I will endeavor to explain these wonderful, healing beauties here.

In Flower Essence Repertory by Patricia Kaminski and Richard Katz, flower essences are defined as “subtle liquid extracts, generally taken in oral form , which are used to address profound issues of emotional well-being , soul development, and mind-body health.”

According to Dr. Edward Bach, discoverer of these remedies, “This system of healing, which has been Divinely revealed unto us, shows that it is our fears, our cares, our anxieties and such like that open the path to the invasion of illness. Thus by treating our fears, our cares, our worries and so on, we not only free ourselves from our illness, but the Herbs given unto us by the Grace of the Creator of all, in addition take away our fears and worries, and leave us happier and better in ourselves.”  (The Twelve Healers)

All life is interconnected in many ways.  Plants and flowers are another example of this.  In fact, flowers are an outward expression of particular patterns of life force, patterns that express themselves in us as thoughts and feelings.  These patterns or qualities function on an energetic level.  By harvesting and specifically processing these plants, we are able to maintain their energy.  Then, when we ingest or absorb the liquid storing the energy, our energetic patterns are changed.  This change can be subtle yet life altering.

In understanding how this is possible, it is important to remember it is not the chemical composition of the liquid.  It is the life force of the plant that is contained within.  Flower essences are vibrational in nature, similar to homeopathic remedies.  By working vibrationally on the energy field of a person, flower essences are able to have an influence on all levels of human life – mental, emotional, physical, and energetic (or spiritual).

Imagine hearing a moving piece of music or seeing an inspirational work of art.  Both sound and light reach us as waves, or vibration, and affect us on many levels.  They resonate with us and within us.  This is one way to think of how flower essences work.

Kaminski and Katz offer this further explanation.  “Another model which may be useful in understanding the vibrational resonance of flower essences comes from holography. A holographic photograph consists of light-wave interference patterns, any portion of which contains information from the whole and can be used to re-create the original three-dimensional image. Thus, we can describe the water containing the blossoms as receiving a kind of holographic imprint of the essential qualities of the plant. Each drop of water contains the whole configuration of the plant’s archetype. As we dilute the flower essence, we attenuate the physical substance of the infusion so that it is no longer biochemically significant. However, the full etheric “message” of the plant essence remains in the few highly dilute drops we take into our bodies.”

I hope this helps further your understanding of how and why flower essences are one of the first things I think of when offering suggestions.

As always, let me know if you have questions.  Love, light, and happiness to all!

Dr. Hartford

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