Excerpts from writings of Edward Bach

"Man, the child of the Creator, has a deeper reason for his disharmony than the draught from an open window. “Our fault lies not in our stars, but in ourselves,” and how full of gratitude and hope can we be when we realize that the cure also lies within ourselves! Remove the disharmony, the fear, the terror, or the indecision, and we regain harmony between soul and mind, and the body is once more perfect in all its parts."

"We have so long blamed the germ, the weather, the food we eat as the causes of disease; but many of us are immune in an influenza epidemic; many love the exhilaration of a cold wind, and many can eat cheese and drink black coffee late at night with no ill effects. Nothing in nature can hurt us when we are happy and in harmony, on the contrary all nature is there for our use and our enjoyment. It is only when we allow doubt and depression, indecision or fear to creep in that we are sensitive to outside influences. It is, therefore, the real cause behind the disease, which is of the utmost importance; the mental state of the patient himself, not the condition of his body."

"Any disease, however serious, however long-standing, will be cured by restoring to the patient happiness, and desire to carry on with his work in life"

"So again let us clearly understand that our physical illness is of no consequence whatsoever: it is the state of our minds, and that, and that alone, which is of importance."

"Disease is in essence the result of conflict between Soul and Mind, and will never be eradicated except by spiritual and mental effort. Such efforts, if properly made with understanding, as we shall see later, can cure and prevent disease by removing those basic factors which are its primary cause. No effort directed to the body alone can do more than superficially repair damage, and in this there is no cure, since the cause is still operative and may at any moment again demonstrate its presence in another form."

"Let it here be briefly stated that disease, though apparently so cruel, is in itself beneficent and for our good and, if rightly interpreted, it will guide us to our essential faults. If properly treated, it will be the cause of the removal of those faults and leave us better and greater than before. Suffering is a corrective to point out a lesson which by other means we have failed to grasp, and never can it be eradicated until that lesson is learnt. Let is also be known that in those who understand and are able to read the significance of premonitory symptoms disease may be prevented before its onset or aborted in its earlier stages if the proper corrective spiritual and mental efforts be undertaken."

".. we must realize that the short passage on this earth, which we know as life, is but a moment in the course of our evolution, as one day at school is to a life, and although we can for the present only see and comprehend that one day, our intuition tells us that birth was infinitely far from our beginning and death infinitely far from our ending. Our Souls, which are really we, are immortal, and the bodies of which we are conscious and temporary, merely as horses we ride to go a journey, or instruments we use to do a piece of work."

".. Then follows a fourth great principle, that so long as our Souls and personalities are in harmony all is joy and peace, happiness and health. It is when our personalities are led astray from the path laid down by the Soul, either by our own worldly desires or by the persuasion of others, that a conflict arises. This conflict is the root cause of disease and unhappiness. No matter what our work in the world - bootblack or monarch, landlord or peasant, rich or poor - so long as we do that particular work according to the dictates of the Soul, all is well; and
we can further rest assured that in whatever station of life we are placed, princely or lowly, it contains the lessons and experiences necessary at the moment for our evolution, and gives us the best
advantage for the development of ourselves."

"Disease is in itself beneficent, and has for its object the bringing back of the personality to the Divine will of the Soul; and thus we can see that it is both preventable and avoidable, since if we could only realize for ourselves the mistakes we are making and correct these by spiritual and mental means there would be no need for the severe lesson of suffering. Every opportunity is given us by the Divine Power to mend our ways before, as a last resort, pain and suffering have to be applied.

It may not be the errors of this life, this day at school, which we are combating; and although we in our physical minds may not be conscious of the reason of our suffering, which may to us appear cruel and without reason, yet our Souls (which are ourselves) know the full purpose and are guiding us to our best advantage. Nevertheless, understanding and correction of our errors would shorten our illness and bring us back to health. Knowledge of the Soul’s purpose and acquiescence in that knowledge means the relief of earthly suffering and distress, and leaves us free to develop our evolution in joy and happiness."

"The reason of disease is to cause us to cease wrong actions; the most effective method to harmonise our personality with our soul. Were it
not for pain how could we really know that cruelty hurt? Had we never any loss, could we realise the suffering caused by robbery? True we should learn our lessons on the mental plane, and so save physical suffering, but many of us fail to do this. And so disease is sent to us to hasten our evolution. Cruel as it may seem in our narrow outlook, it is in reality beneficent in its nature. It is the method adopted by our own Fatherly Loving Soul, to bring us to the path of understanding."
                              
"So the perfect science of healing teaches and assists the patient to develop that virtue which will make, once and for all, immunity against that adverse quality, which it is his particular battle to efface."


      

On Healing

"Disease will never be cured or eradicated by present materialistic methods, for the simple reason that disease in its origin is not material. What we know as disease is an ultimate result produced in the body, the end product of deep and long acting forces, and even if material treatment alone is apparently successful this is nothing more than a temporary relief unless the real cause has been removed."

-  Dr. Edward Bach


We are accustomed to associating with our ill-health a variety of factors from microbes to the weather and the food we eat. But experience tells us that the 'cause' of our illnesses cannot lie entirely in these external factors - for the same person who is now sensitive to the slightest breeze would have, a few years before, loved the exhilaration of cold wind. The same person who could sleep soundly after a cup of coffee now suffers insomnia on eating the slightest bit of the 'wrong kind' of food. The same person who would go happily on with life for months without any kind of illness, now gets a fever or a cold on the slightest "exposure to microbes". Obviously, something has changed within the patient, and this has rendered the person sensitive to all these things which never bothered him before.

Dr Edward Bach, a respected physician, bacteriologist and homeopath of his times, discovered during the later years of his research that illness of the physical body is very often rooted in disharmony of the mind - the physical illness being just an end product of that internal disharmony. Bach found that once harmony is restored to the patient at mental and emotional levels, the body naturally regains its vitality and a majority of its physical 'diseases' disappear. Further, the patient finds a renewed interest in life and is able to lead a fuller and more meaningful life.

Today's medical  theories lead us to see 'disease' as a purely mechanical consequence of the state of the physical body and the environment to which it has been exposed. But even casual observation reveals relationships between the mental outlook of people and the kind of diseases they suffer from. We find short tempered people more likely to have symptoms of hyperacidity, high blood pressure or heart diseases; asthmatic people, often tend to have a weak personality, tending to suffer from fears, lack of confidence etc, or, in some cases, a tendency to always boss over others. Let us for a moment consider present day medical science's approach to treatment of hypertension ( or high blood pressure). According to conventional medicine, the cause of 90% of the cases of hypertension is 'unknown' and hence treatment of the same must focus on the symptom rather than its cause. From the perspective of Bach Flower Therapy, the reason for this cause being 'unknown' is that it is being sought for in the physical body alone, completely ignoring the fact that we are conscious beings, with our every thought and emotion having an impact on our physical bodies. Unfortunately, this style of treating the symptoms alone has become more or the less 'mainstream' - for hyperacidity, what causes the imbalance is ignored and the treatment merely attempts to temporarily restore balance through intake of a base compound. Treatment of allergies, often is just limited to temporarily alleviating the symptoms through intake of anti-histamines. We are not questioning the effectiveness or the need of such an approach in handling emergencies or in temporarily alleviating the symptoms but are merely pointing out that the approach is limited by the fact that cure is often temporary - due to the simple reason that the cause is still operative.


"This disharmony, disease, makes itself manifest in the body for the body merely serves to reflect the workings of the soul; just as the face reflects happiness by smiles, or temper by frowns. And so in bigger things; the body will reflect the true causes of disease (which are such as fear, indecision, doubt, etc.) in the disarrangement of its systems and tissues" - Dr. Bach

Edward Bach pointed out that we, as conscious beings, are bound to have our physical selves impacted by our mental states and Bach Flower Therapy is founded on this insight - that the 'cause' of a significant proportion of diseases a person suffers from is within himself -  in mental conflicts such as fears, depression, apathy, boredom, hatred etc. So, in healing, this system focuses on removing from the patients mind these negative factors.

In fact, the insight that fundamental healing must start with the mind is not unique to the system developed by Dr Bach. Ayurveda, Classical Homeopathy, ancient Chinese medicine all emphasize the importance of a virtuous and harmonious mind. In classical homeopathy it is understood that the direction of cure is 'inside-out' - it starts at the moral plane, then the mind is healed and then the physical body. Chinese medicine lays high emphasis on virtues and good moral conduct - seeing disease as merely corrective, aimed at pointing out to us the mistakes we ourselves are making.

"Changes in the psychological sphere as well as the general sense of vitality and well-being are often the first signs that show the healing process has begun. A sense of spiritual quiescence, mental harmony and physical well-being are complementary aspects to maxims [regarding direction of cure] of above to below, from within to without, and from the most important to the lesser important. In many cases the state of mind may be considered more important than the physiological condition, as in the end, the mental condition of a person is more important than the state of their body." - Constantine Hering, a highly revered Homeopath, considered one of the founders of Homeopathy in America.

In healing with these herbs, the focus is on restoring  balance and vitality to the patient at the emotional and mental spheres and the Healing of the physical body follows naturally. Bach Flower Therapy makes use of 38 remedies, each of which can heal a particular negative state of mind.


Healing oneself and Beyond

Bach emphasized that in healing there must be effort on part the patient to fundamentally improve himself and that resignation to one's own flaws or to the adverse circumstances of life must first be removed. Bach flower remedies, by themselves, can eliminate a lot of negative emotions and heal the mind to a great extent, but we urge you to take advantage of this state to work further towards the perfection of yourself, to explore your interests and to strive to be of the greatest service to yourself and to those around you. 'Health', in this system, is not seen as a goal in itself, the goal is our own perfection, and our diseases are understood to be merely corrective when we are on the wrong path.

"We can judge our health by our happiness", Dr Bach Wrote, "and by our happiness we can know that we are obeying the dictates of our souls." and beyond doubt, the surest measure of our 'health' is our happiness, our outlook to life and how sincerely we are working towards our own perfection and for the good of our fellowmen.

Though not related to Bach therapy, we urge you, very much, to explore the mind-body cultivation practice of Falun Gong. In ancient China such systems were known as Xiulian or 'cultivation practice' - 'cultivation' meaning to cultivate one's heart-nature and 'practice' referring to the exercises. The benefits of true cultivation practice were believed to far transcend what can be achieved through medicines or external messages (as in Bach Flower Therapy).  Falun Gong is an ancient, extremely high-level system of mind-body cultivation, practiced by over over 100 million people around the world. The system is easy to learn, is taught completely free of cost, and may be learnt from exercise instruction videos and books, all of which can be downloaded from http://www.falundafa.org. We sincerely urge you to explore this system of cultivation practice.


Disclaimer

The content in this website is meant to be an educational exposition on Bach Flower Therapy and is not to be considered a substitute for professional medical advice. As with any other system of medicine, if you are under treatment, do take your physician's advice before using Bach Flower Therapy. Please remember that chronic, serious or life-threatening conditions require professional healthcare.

 

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