I wanted to post an article I wrote on the Synergy of Flower Essence Therapy and Health Coaching. Being Editor of the InterBeing Newsletter at the Teleosis Institute has been a great experience and looking forward to many more.
“There is no true healing unless there is a change in outlook, peace of mind and inner happiness” ~ Edward Bach
Much of the work I undertake as a flower essence practitioner is on a personal level. Aside from using essences daily to help me maintain a greater sense of balance, I regularly take hikes on the many California trails burgeoning with wild flowers. Each hike is a new experience of discovery. I immerse myself in the adventure and give myself over to the mystery. I return home after each excursion with new insights into how nature abundantly affords us opportunities for healing and how I can best transfer this in my work with others.
In 1930’s England, renowned physician, bacteriologist and homeopath, Dr. Edward Bach developed a system of using plant essences to relieve the disharmony of disease. He felt strongly that there was a simple method of medicine that would allow for the mind, body and soul connection of each individual person, without placing an emphasis on physical symptoms. He was a pioneer in his field as he left behind a successful practice and he immersed himself in nature in search of a better way.
Through keen intuition, clever insights and deliberate trials he discovered that challenging emotions could be balanced with positive, energetic qualities using liquid extracts or “essences” from 38 select flowers of wild plants and trees. As Dr. Bach explained: “The action of these remedies is to raise our vibrations and open up our channels for the reception of the Spiritual Self; to flood our natures with the particular virtue we need, and wash out from us the fault that is causing the harm.”
In the nearly 100 years since Dr. Bach’s introduction of this healing modality, flower essence therapy has grown to include practitioners in more than 60 countries. Patricia Kaminski and Richard Katz of the Flower Essence Society have developed over 100 essences of California flowers. others have developed flower essences in far off locales including Australia, Scotland and Hawaii, to name a few.
When beginning work with a new client, I use the intake session to discover and clarify current challenges. At the end of this session, I mix a combination flower essence remedy that relates to the emotional imbalances the client is experiencing. Each client leaves with his or her own personalized formula and takes it internally until our next session. When the client returns, I am most often impressed with the positive inner shift that has occurred. This provides a solid foundation for a coaching program, offering support for growth challenges and enabling a deeper healing process.
I recently completed a coaching program with a woman whose healing topic was simply stated: To be better able to cultivate a stronger sense of self-acceptance. When she came to me, she wanted to address her negative self-image. She had feelings of anger and resentment over what she felt were physical limitations of being in a female body. I attuned to her need to develop a sense of love and acceptance toward herself even though her body had been the subject of her wounding throughout her life.
After our intake session I prescribed Alpine lily, which is used to promote a radiant feminine energy, grounded in physical presence. Alpine lily would allow her to connect more deeply with her body. When we met again for her second session, I instantly noticed her softened appearance and calm demeanor; she was feeling more open, accepting and capable of taking on deeper work in order to go more fully into her healing process.
We worked through her learning objectives:
To be more able to embrace my feminine energy; To be better able to express my needs and feelings to others; To be more able to cultivate a mindful rhythm throughout my day, with practices such as reading empowering stories about the feminine, participation in sensual movement activities and reflective writing questions.
“Flower essence therapy provides a catalyst for growth by asking us to pause and reflect on the emotions that are being experienced, enabling a connection with the potent, reciprocating energy offered.”
~ Dina Saalisi
These exercises along with the flower essences helped unfold into a more whole way of being. Flower essence therapy provides a catalyst for growth by asking us to pause and reflect on the emotions that are being experienced, enabling a connection with the potent, reciprocating energy offered.
Dr. Edward Bach said, “They are able, like beautiful music or any glorious uplifting thing, which gives us inspiration, to raise our very natures, and bring us nearer to our souls and by that very act to bring us peace and relieve our sufferings. They cure, not by attacking the disease, but by flooding our bodies with the beautiful vibrations of our Higher Nature, in the presence of which disease melts away as snow in the sunshine.”