Dr Edward Bach (1886 – 1936) is remembered especially for his discovery of how to harness the healing powers of various plants, and his organisation of this knowledge into the system of natural healing known as the Bach Flower Remedies. Although primarily based on plants that were commonly found in England in the 1930s, the practise of the Bach Flower Remedies has now spread throughout the world and there are practitioners in all continents to guide people towards healing.
Bach’s philosophy is really very simple, but remains strangely out of fashion to the modern Western mind which still thinks that the most important things in life must be both visible and measurable.
Bach’s first principle is that man has a divine soul which is his real self :
‘ a divine, mighty being, a son of the Creator of all things, of which the body, although the earthly temple of that soul, is but the minutest reflection…..’
The second principle is that our reason for being in this world is to gain the knowledge and experience which can develop the virtues which we lack and eliminate that which is wrong with us, thus advancing us towards the perfection of our natures.
The third principle is that the short passage on earth which we think of as the whole of life is in fact but a moment in the course of our evolution.
From these there follows a fourth great principle, that so long as our souls and personalities are in harmony all is joy and peace, happiness and health. Conflicts – which are the root cause of disease and unhappiness – arise when our personalities are led astray from the path laid down either by our own worldly desires or by the persuasion of others.
The next great principle is the understanding of the Unity of all things. The Creator of all things is Love. Everything of which we are conscious is in all its infinite number of forms a manifestation of that Love.
The philosophy behind the Bach Flower Remedies is mystical. It is also incarnational – materialistic not in the shallow modern sense of seeing visible matter as the total reality, but in the profound sense that all things are imbued with the divine energy, and that our reason for being here is to realise our own divine nature.
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