Bach online conference

Bach online conference
by Christine Davison BFRP, England

I was one of the 25 Bach practitioners who were lucky enough to attend the first online Bach International Conference. My thanks go to Igor Pietkiewicz for his commitment in setting this up and his calmness at the start of the conference, dealing with time differences and non-working microphones.
We were lucky to have three presenters, Stefan Ball, Lynn Macwhinnie and Igor himself. Each presented a personal take on the Bach remedies and expressed the diversity of practice. Whilst this is entirely my own view, I heard Bach healing being represented in three different ways: the honest, simple form of healing; the combination form of healing; and the allopathic approach to healing.

Simple healing, as represented by Stefan, was the one that touched my soul. Being a Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner means holding the philosophy in your hand, and being true to Dr Bach and his legacy of a simple, self-help system for everyone to use. The Bach remedies are the simplest form of self-help we can offer to our fellow human beings and as importantly to ourselves. Dr Bach, himself a natural healer and spiritual person, recognized that each and every one of us is a healer.

Part of his philosophy involved balancing the soul and not always curing people of the physical ailments that are very much part of the life path chosen by that person. Being the ‘Elder Brother’, a title Stefan used for his presentation, allows us to show people how they may learn to listen to their soul, or that small voice that comes from within. In that way, we are not offering a cure or suppression but rather an ability to deal with anything life or our chosen path throws at us, good or bad.

Moving on to Bach remedies working alongside other therapies, this I know happens because I use them when doing healing work. However, we must not lose sight of the fact that they are a powerful healing system in their own right. For me, the downside of combining the remedies with other modalities can lie in not knowing which therapy is working for the client. Dr Bach wanted a simple, self-help system, and as practitioners we are committed to teaching our clients, friends etc., to treat themselves. Therefore, it is necessary for the client to be able to identify which particular remedy has done what for them, so that they are able to recognize it and use it again to balance themselves.

One of the bridges to be crossed in holistic therapy is gaining recognition from allopathic medicine. Listening to Igor’s presentation clearly he has been able to cross this bridge within the work that he does as a psychologist. The danger in working in mainstream medicine is that the remedies could be used out of context. Dr Bach was a doctor who believed that physical illness was an issue caused by our soul being out of balance, and thus allowing physical illness to enter our body. This is part of Dr Bach and what he believed in. Will allopathic practitioners teach the Bach philosophy to their patients, whilst at the same time working with the remedies? Or will the remedies be swallowed up by the cure-or-suppress philosophy of many allopathic doctors? My belief is that if we as a society followed a more holistic approach and a less suppressive one via allopathic medicine, we would be much healthier than we are now.

During the conference, it was mentioned that the full system of Bach remedies is still not widely known. Whilst I understand the Vervain streak in many of us that wants the Bach system to be known worldwide, sadly, increased awareness, if approached in a commercial way, could mean that the ‘Essence of Bach’ (to quote Lynn’s heading) might be lost. There are new combination remedies in the shops, and I am sure there are many more to come. The mass-produced combination remedy goes completely against the teachings of Dr Bach. People who buy such combination remedies have little or no information about the whole system. Customers who buy the eating disorder kit, for example, and discover that they still have that eating disorder, will not easily be persuaded to try flower remedies again. We are often told that things cannot stay still, that we have to keep progressing. Would Dr Bach have stuck with his simple approach to healing in this modern world? I think he would.

Most of us as practitioners work in a fairly solitary way and we are perhaps not aware of current thinking with regards to the remedies. I do hope that similar conferences will be held in the future, to give us the opportunity to communicate with fellow practitioners, and learn from each other. I always feel blessed if along my path I have introduced one person to Dr Bach and his beautiful flower remedies, and to the Bach philosophy. Because that is what defines us as healers – a philosophy – a way of living, loving and giving.

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