Sunday, February 15, 2009

Creating your own Rescue Remedy Art.

Collage by Lani

I'm having fun creating challenges for a new course: Resilience, Transformation, and Art. It is a pilot course and each week participants get two art challenges and several self-care strategies. I am having a lot of fun looking into a variety of healers' ideas and research. I'm finding it all extremely inspiring and supportive of self-care. (And the participants seem to be enjoying it as well.) So here's one of the challenges to play with:

Do you know Bach's Rescue Remedy? Do you know the history of this tincture? It's a very popular remedy that you can find in any health food store. When I first became aware of it, friends were giving it to stressed out pets and anxious children. It struck me that these visibly calmed young children and pets were responding totally without the benefit of the placebo effect, since they had no idea why they were being given these few drops of flower essence. So I read a little bit about Dr. Bach's history and found the whole thing very puzzling to my pragmatic, semi-rational mind. My unconscious, however, loved the poetry of this story. Dr. Edward Bach (1886-1936) was a physician who moved from an orthodox and very successful medical career with a Harley Street practice, to a rural setting and a more natural form of medicine which treated emotional and spiritual dis-ease with essences of flowers, gathered from dew on flower petals. Poetic, no? Details of Dr. Bach's life can be found in BachFlower.com, Wikipedia, and The Ananda Apothecary.

In his treatise Heal Thyself he wrote:

"Disease will never be cured or eradicated by present materialistic methods, for the simple reason that disease in its origin is not material . . . Disease is in essence the result of conflict between the Soul and Mind and will never be eradicated except by spiritual and mental effort."

So how did he pair up the conflicts of soul and mind with flowers? He had 7 Flower Groups that he paired with 7 emotional dis-ease groups. The groupings include feelings, such as, fear, despair, loneliness, uncertainty etc.

For example fear is assuaged by these flowers.

Rock Rose: Helps when you experience fears, such as, terror or fright that makes you feel frozen and unable to move or think clear.

Mimulus: Helps when you feel fear, the type of fear that you can put a name on, such as, fear of dogs, spiders, being alone, losing a job, illness etc. Also fear of speaking freely of it to others or shyness.

Cherry Plum: For those who fear losing control of their thoughts and actions and doing things they know are bad for them or which they consider wrong. Teaches trust in one's spontaneous wisdom and the courage to follow one's path.

Aspen: Helps when you feel fearful without knowing why. The fear is vague and unexplainable and may hunt you day and night.

Red Chestnut: Helps when you find it difficult not to be anxious for other people, you are afraid that some unfortunate things may happen to your loved ones.

Want to read more of this mysterious poetry? You can find it here.

Now I have no idea whether or not any of this is really useful in any material sense, but poetically, I love the idea of a Harley Street physician quitting his practice to go gather the dew off flowers in the spring. It's just lovely! It's inspiring! We should all feel so free to follow such interesting dreams.

So here's your challenge:
If you were to create a Rescue Remedy of your own, what would you put in it? What would it look like? Create a work of art or journal entry that will embody the idea of rescue remedy for you.

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