As humans, we are three-part beings—Spirit, Soul, and Body. Spirit is our connection to God; the “new” man when we have been redeemed by Christ and this part is perfect, made in HIS image. The Body, as we all well know can seem very imperfect from time to time with the aches, pains, trauma, and illnesses we can experience. Then there is the Soul: the mind, will, and emotions. Our thought processes, our beliefs, and the emotions connected to the thoughts and beliefs. As natural health practitioners, it is our ministry to help others achieve balance in the whole being, and it is the soul or emotion part we will focus on today and discuss how emotions affect our well-being and how we can bring harmony into this area for better health.
We all have these expressions called emotions and may even have experienced a wide range of them this past year as we have experienced the unknowns in our society. Emotions are a critical part of our human nature. They communicate to us just like physical cues of hunger, pain, fatigue, and tension communicate to us. Emotions tell us where we are in life and relations to ourselves and others. They inform us of our spiritual and social needs. The word “emotion” comes from the Latin root of emovere which means to move, remove or agitate; therefore, emotions were given to us by our Creator to move us or prompt us to do something. They evoke emotion, and contrary to popular belief, emotions do not lie. They are accurately communicating what our needs are, but our thoughts about those emotions can certainly be deceptive because they can misinterpret the message the emotion is trying to convey. The thoughts about the emotions were shaped by those cues we received from the world around us. Following these thoughts instead of the emotion messengers can lead to being out of touch with our emotions, therefore our needs. When this occurs, we rely on two equally dysfunctional ways of dealing with our emotions. We either suppress and deny our feeling or we blame and vent. Neither of these strategies is effective because neither leads to a feeling of wellbeing.
Our goal is to find Emotional Balance. To achieve emotional balance, we must learn to listen to the messages our emotions are telling us as well as identify the actual need behind the emotions. We must then take responsibility for finding ways to get those needs met, not place that responsibility on another. While many may try to reach this balance by attempting to change their emotions through their mind or body (that is, trying to change their thinking or take drugs that alter chemical messengers in the body that are involved in emotional response) there are ways of dealing directly with our emotions that can produce lasting changes. One of these tools for emotional balance or healing is flower essences.
What are flower essences?
Flower essences are vibrational remedies made from the flowers of plants. While “vibrational” remedies may sound a little strange, let me bring to mind other areas that are more familiar where vibrations or energy therapy is applied: X-rays, radiation therapy for cancer, electrical nerve stimulation for treating pain, and full-spectrum light used to treat seasonal affective disorders. So not a new idea, but certainly an effective one. They were founded by Dr. Edward Bach, an English medical doctor born in 1886. Dr. Bach had become frustrated by the symptomatic approach of “modern” medicine. He felt that medical doctors focused too much on the pathology of illness and not on the patients themselves. In his own observations, he noticed that each of his patient’s emotional states were a crucial part of their healing process. It was this observation and theory that prompted Dr. Bach to begin work on his own remedies using the power of plants. The flower essences were (and continue to be) created by placing fresh flowers in pure spring water in the sunlight. The flowers were then removed and the water preserved with brandy to make a mother tincture. The tincture is then diluted homeopathically. The dilution is so great that only the “vibration” of the plants remain. The theory is that each flower used in the essence had to overcome many challenges in nature: extremes of temperature and harsh environmental conditions, and that plants, like people, have an “energy” or characteristics that help that person to overcome adversity. Just as associating a person with positive traits can help us learn to meet life’s challenges, so can associating the right plant energies to bring balance to the soul of a person. A flower essence captures the vibration of the plant’s personality which helps our own emotional energy.
When we take a flower essence, we are taking in the emotional energy of the plant which can break through blocks in our emotional world and help us feel things we may not be acknowledging. This increased awareness of our emotions helps us make constructive changes in our lives and bring balance to the whole body.
During this next year, as we discuss holistic approaches to well-being in the home and body, I will bring to you each month a flower, its characteristic’s and the emotional challenges it can help a person to overcome. I am excited about this opportunity to share with you and I hope you find flower essences as exciting as I do.
Health and Blessings,
Kimberly Anderson, ND
Randy Lee, BSE, MS, ND, is the owner of The Health Patch, 1024 S. Douglas Blvd, MWC, 73130. Call us at (405) 736-1030, and visit our website at www.thehealthpatch.com.