So many of us are struggling under the burden of living a life we have not chosen. We may feel uninspired by our work, disconnected, and lacking any sense of joy in our lives. This is a common issue many of my clients seek my help to heal. Luckily, there are many flower essences that help uncover the roots of this issue, releasing you from the weight of imprints and beliefs that are not actually your own.
Cerato Flower Essence
One of Dr Bach’s original flower essences, Cerato, speaks to this issue directly (Ceratostigma willmottianum). This flower essence helps you connect to your deep sense of knowing, the truth of who you are. The classic indication for Cerato is someone who is constantly asking for advice, yet never able to make a decision or take action based on any of it. They are stuck in the loop of seeking guidance, and will ask anyone they meet, whether or not the individual can offer pertinent advice or not.
This pattern often emerges in someone who has been overwhelmed by domineering authority figures and was never able to learn to trust their own thoughts or feelings, unable to develop their own guidance system over time. We all make mistakes and wrong turns, the the challenge in maturing is to learn to correct and make better choices. But if we have become paralyzed by an overbearing personality, we may never have learned to trust ourselves. Cerato is helpful to restore the primacy of our own inner guidance system – we can seek wise counsel from others, filter it past our own knowing, and then take appropriate action.
The Magnolias in general act on the initiating soul impulse of embodiment and purpose. This family of flower essences assists the seating of your spirit into your physical form, and guides you back to the knowing of why you are here and what you came to do.
Kobushi Magnolia Flower Essence
The Kobushi Magnolia flower essence (Magnolia kobus) is beneficial when you were deflected from your path by cultural or familial pressures, pushing you into a life path that was not of your choosing. For instance, your family may have insisted you study to be a doctor or lawyer when your true interests were elsewhere. Many people bow to the will of their families, and find themselves deeply unfulfilled later on. Kobushi Magnolia can help you identify and reclaim your gifts and interests that were not allowed to flourish, and may only be barely remembered. You may have been taught to disdain and diminish your talents. Kobushi Magnolia flower essence will help you uncover and nourish them.
Siebold’s Crabapple Flower Essence
Another essence that works on this issue is the Siebold’s Crabapple (Malus sieboldii). It has a similarity to Bach’s Crabapple, in that the overall energy of the remedy is one of clearing. The Siebold’s Crabapple’s healing gift is to release the false concepts that were absorbed from your family or culture, ideas that a part of you knows to be untrue, but still impact your life. This flower essence helps you release these imprints fully, so they no longer “run in the background” of your mind.
Persian Walnut Flower Essence
The Persian Walnut is another I use often in situations where family or cultural beliefs cause trouble in the present. The Persian Walnut (Juglans regia var kamaonia) is a non-domesticated subspecies of the English Walnut (Dr Bach made his essence from the domestic walnut, Juglans regia). I find the wild species to have a more direct resonance to the aspect Dr Bach referred to as “link-breaking”. The Persian Walnut flower essence is specific to releasing the karmic or tribal ties obliging you to conform to the expectations of others. It can help you release these ties that do not serve your growth, while keeping the benefits of generational wisdom and experience.
There are many flower essences you can call upon to help you overcome patterns that were placed upon you by family or culture. While not all of these influences are problematic (and some are very useful), the ones that inhibit your growth can be modified or removed so you can accomplish your goals. Having these patterns active is much like driving with your brakes on – it is very hard to move forward and takes so much more work and effort.