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You might not think of Wild Rose right away in working on a long-standing blockage for a client or for yourself. It is a remedy for apathy and resignation, and who wants to believe they are apathetic? No, it's just that we have other priorities, or we have outgrown those silly youthful dreams, or we don't have the time or energy. Resignation? No, really, we're just more realistic. Grounded. Mature. Tired. MAYBE that's all true. Or, MAYBE we've become resigned to a wallpaper-paste grayness to our days. To living without a dream. We no longer believe in the power of Intention to make our dreams come alive.

We so much want to deny that we've become apathetic -- it's practically UnAmerican to admit to it -- that I firmly believe Wild Rose is the most under-prescribed remedy in the entire Bach collection of 38. When was the last time you gave it to a client? When was the last time you took it? Never, right? And yet, if we looked really hard at ourselves, are there not areas where we have simply given up? Which of our promises to ourselves as young people have we broken? What talents and abilities have fallen by the wayside when we didn't get the applause and acceptance we craved? What paths did we not pursue after meeting adversity time and time again? What did we give up on because it was just too hard and there was no support from others? Was there a failure that broke your heart, and so you put your dream aside for more practical endeavors?

Let's say it's not true. You're not apathetic. You're not resigned. You're just all growed up now. You don't need Wild Rose, not you. If that is so, then you'd have nothing to lose by taking a bottle of it as an experiment, would you? If you took it as a single essence rather than part of a big mixture, maybe you'd just be giving yourself a direct experience of the remedy so that you'd more readily recognize clients who needed it. But let's just suppose that maybe there IS a dream down inside you that deserves to be resurrected, now that you have the maturity to pursue it in a more grounded, capable adult fashion. IF there's a dream down there, you have nothing to lose by taking Wild Rose and everything to gain. Aren't you curious?

I talked one of my students into taking Wild Rose as an experiment. Oh, she was capable and accomplished in many, many areas, and so she was regarded as successful, even as a go-getter in those areas. She's hardly the person you'd label apathetic, and when nothing surfaced after a couple of weeks on the remedy, she wanted to stop. Keep taking it, I counseled. Don't be a quitter, I taunted.

Lo and behold, out of the clear blue nowhere, she signed up for a gym. For much of her adult life, she'd battled weight problems and lethargy, but she'd given up on dieting and exercise decades earlier. She wasn't making a commitment, mind you, but she did love to swim and her neighbor was giving her a lift and a pep talk several times a week, so it was easy enough to keep going. She lost 10 pounds pretty quickly and felt much more energy -- she even confessed that she was kind of enjoying it.

The next out-of-the-blue development was that she stunned us all by signing up for an online dating service. After years and years of painful fiascoes in the love department, she hadn't been in a relationship in ten years, hadn't even looked for one in seven. She had professed to be totally uninterested, and she pretty much convinced herself and everyone who knew her. But now she was working hard at exploring what she wanted and what she had to offer and what kind of people there were out there in the world of internet dating.

Was Wild Rose the magic bullet that solved her weight and relationship difficulties? Of course not. In fact, once she tackled those difficulties, she quickly moved beyond Wild Rose into mixtures that addressed the underlying issues that played into her long-standing blockages in those areas. What Wild Rose did, however, was to get her back in the game. She moved, in fairly short order, from inertia to new energy and motivation. She let go of resignation and became hopeful once more. She looked and felt younger, because she had reconnected with a younger self that still believed she could succeed.

So what do you think? Is there something Wild Rose could do for you? I do believe that Wild Rose could be an important remedy for our era -- maybe even a polycrest for the new millennium. A polycrest is any remedy that has almost universal application -- regardless of the condition, it can help clear away barriers to recovery so that other remedies can begin to take effect. Working in the 1920s and 1930s, Dr. Edward Bach applied this concept, which originated in homeopathy, to the flower remedies, and noted that Holly and Wild Oat had this kind of effect in the cases he followed that seemed to be stalled.

That was then -- and surely these two remedies do still have a strong effect -- but are there remedies that are more universally needed in our current era? In my view, the Bach/Healing Herb remedy Wild Rose may be just such a remedy. It could even be an antidote to the widespread political, social, and economic apathy. In the face of massive global powers, so many of us are deeply despairing and feel so helpless about the world situation that we no longer believe we could make a difference in the road humanity is traveling. Even if Wild Rose could help us believe once more that we could take effective action, it would be worth a try.

Have I persuaded you to try this too-long neglected remedy? Well, I've been so persuasive that in the midst of writing this, I've just gone ahead and mixed up a dosage bottle of Wild Rose for myself!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Donna Cunningham, MSW, is the co-editor of Vibration and a long-time educator and writer in the field of flower remedies. To see her recently published ebook about flower essences -- as well as her ebooks about astrology -- visit Moon Maven Publications.


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