Posted by admin on Feb 25, 2011
©2002 by Jannet Unite-Penny
Editors’ Note: This article is excerpted with permission from Jannet’s chapter in, I’m Fine! Learning to Unblock Your Emotions, edited by Dr. Andrew Tresidder, 2002 by Gill & Macmillan Ltd. If you would like more explanation of the concept of the shadow, see Jannet’s earlier article in our archives.
Carl Jung first popularised the concept of the Shadow in his work with the unconscious aspects of the Self. The Shadow is actually a component of the Self, more than just the sum of its parts. Since it is always with us and holds so much of our life energy, anyone serious about increasing self-awareness or about growing spiritually, must of necessity, tangle with this Shadow Self.
To work with our Shadow we need to look at the characteristics of the people in our lives whose behaviour pushes our buttons, at people we dislike or hate, at what irritates or angers us the most. It is very possible that we may pride ourselves on having the opposite of these particular qualities for, ironically, the more intensely we polarise ourselves in any characteristic, the more we will attract its opposite to us in our lives. Also we need to look at what we really admire in others. This is information that teaches us so much about ourselves.
Posted by admin on Feb 19, 2011
Change is a constant throughout life, yet most of us resist it with all our might, making the inevitable harder than it needs to be.
However, we now live in an era of extreme change, and the pace seems to be continually accelerating. We are expected to adapt to sudden changes in nearly any area of life — personal, family, local, national, or international — at the drop of a hat, with little time for gentle, peaceful transitions.
Transitions do seem to be the toughest times to get through. You’re nine-and-a-half months pregnant and wishing to God the kid would get here already. Or you’ve resigned from the job, but before you can leave, you’ve got to finish closing out all your files and breaking in your replacement — not to mention enduring the inevitable going-away party.
Or you’re pretty well packed to move to your new home, but you’re living out of boxes, waiting for the movers to arrive. Or you’re finally there and the moving van has left, but you’ve got a zillion cartons to unpack, and it will be weeks before you know where anything is.
The good news is that there are flower essences that support us through these neither-here-nor-there times of transition. I call them bridge essences because they help us bridge the old and the new with a greater degree of comfort and clarity.
Posted by admin on Feb 12, 2011
©2003 by Barbara Mazzarella
Note: The following is an excerpt from Bach Flower Remedies for Children: A Parents’ Guide , published 1997 by Healing Arts Press, Rochester, VT, and reprinted here with their permission. This parent-friendly guide to the Bach remedies contains wise and valuable parenting advice, as well as charming fairy tales for the children about the remedies they need.
Honeysuckle is for children who are homesick, for the first days of school, or for vacations when they want to go home. It is for those who are stuck in the past and refuse to grow.
For this reason, it is beneficial to children who do not want to grow up, like Peter Pan. They may be thirteen years old and still go on vacation clutching a teddy bear stained and musty with age.
If they are visiting relatives or going off to camp, give them Honeysuckle to help them enjoy their vacation without suffering from homesickness. This remedy is also useful for adolescents stuck in infantile attitudes and behavior, rebelling against the normal evolutionary process.
What these children need is a sense of continuity. Accustom them to the fact that, although the past is valid and memories are beautiful and important, the here and now is where we live our lives.
Posted by admin on Feb 5, 2011
©2009 by Sheryl Karas
Before Paul and I moved out to the “wide open spaces” here in Arizona, I was guided to take Corn Flower Essence ALL the time. Over and over, practically any time I asked for help with my emotional state, Corn was one of the essences I was guided to use.
It made me feel similarly to the Wild Oat I’m working with now — much more grounded and, energetically, I could feel the energy in my body clearing up and down that central core connecting each of us to heaven and earth that I talked about in this blog. But usually I could feel the energy moving down into the earth.
Corn is supposed to be for people who need to feel aligned with the planet but find it challenging to do so under the stresses and constrictions of modern life.
I don’t tend to think of myself in this way–I have always wanted the conveniences and perceived benefits of modern life. But I have also felt abhorrent of many of the choices people make to have it as well.
Let me explain this further. As a child I studied my fellow classmates intently trying to figure out how to fit in to the social system I found in school. I NEVER felt like I could accept those conventions. I didn’t want to fit into the society of “outcasts” I was pushed into. I wanted to know how to be one of the “popular” kids but what I saw never ceased to amaze and confuse me.