A few years ago, my family enjoyed watching the television series Monk. It was about a former police detective who was excellent at solving crimes but was plagued with multiple phobias. Of course, the character’s extended list of fears gave great comedy to the program and we the viewers got a few laughs from his great attempts to overcome a phobia only to add several more to his list each week. While this served for a few laughs in a fictitious setting, phobias and fears can be very debilitating. When we do not discuss them, leaving us to our own devices, it is very isolating.
Our Flower Essence this month is “The Bravery Flower” or Mimulus. Dr. Edward Bach described the person the most in need of this flower as: “….fear of worldly things illness, pain accidents, poverty, of dark, of being alone, of misfortune. The fears of everyday life. These people quietly and secretly bear their dread, they do not freely speak of it to others”.
I have a confession. This is my personality state. I benefit from Mimulus. In many ways, I have improved in this state from how I was when my children were small. When they were young I, of course, fretted about their well-being on a regular basis, but I also held deep fears of losing their father to an accident. He was my life partner, and I could not fathom a life without him and the life of my children without their father. These fears, along with many others, seemed absurd when mentioned in the light of day, but they held such strong bonds in my mind. Maybe my fellow Mimulus personalities might recognize these behavior patterns:
- You fear a certain situation but do not talk about it.
- You imagine everything to be more difficult and dangerous than it really is.
- You suffer from specific anxieties, and they cause inner tension.
- You are hypersensitive to cold, noise, bright light, loud voices, and strong smells.
In fact, the Mimulus personality finds it difficult to tolerate too much of anything. It is not uncommon for our personality, when caught in a negative state, to fall ill when pressures become unbearable. We are sensitive people and sensitive to the needs of others around us. This can be an invaluable trait, but to be in a healthy state there are two crucial things we must learn:
- We need to learn to rejuvenate. This includes learning to withdraw from the world at times without feeling guilty in order to recharge.
- We must learn to come to terms with our fears. This means understanding that fear can materialize. Like with all thoughts, each anxiety will reinforce the other, tying up our energy.
Mimulus helps us come out of the confused state our fears can cause. It helps us come to our true nature and this allows us to deal with thoughts and fears more effectively.
Jesus states in Matthew 16:33 “In this world, you will have trouble; but take heart! I have overcome the world.”
1 Peter 5:7 reminds us to “cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you”.
Philippians 4:6-7 says “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God”.
Mimulus can help us clear out the confusion, and with time set apart, really cling to the hope of these promises. Our positive potential then becomes:
- I can grow beyond my anxieties, know my limits, and be able to face the world with a cheerful composure.
- I feel up to the world’s challenges and I am able to get involved in the next task.
I can be brave. I can step forward. I can be my true nature.
We here at The Health patch would love the opportunity to help you with any of your wellness needs.
Health and Blessings