Medicine Man to Mystic. Bach’s Transformational Journey
This is the story of Edward Bach’s transformational journey from Medicine Man to Mystic. Bach died on 27th November 1936 (85 years ago) so I’d like to dedicate this article to this amazing man, his discoveries and the development of his incredibly powerful healing system – the Bach Flower Remedies.
Perhaps ‘Mystic’ is not quite the right word as it might conjures up images of wizards. If it does, I’ve given you a false impression. I think, in today’s world, a good way to describe Dr Edward Bach would be as a ‘sensitive intuitive’. He was certainly ahead of his time,
Bach was born in Birmingham, England on 24th September 1886 and was what we’d now call, a spiritual man. Bach’s transformational journey had a solid foundation. He believed firmly in God and that we are all part of God. He was interested in astrology, the chakra system and belonged to what he called ‘ the Brotherhood’. In his writings, he frequently mentions ‘The Brotherhood’, but gives no further explanation. Bach believed that there was a loving force, bigger than ourselves and that we each have a soul, that is part of God. And our purpose in life was to ‘walk the path of our soul’.
There is a definite spiritual connection to the remedies should you choose to explore it, as I did.
Bach’s journey of transformation
Bach was a sickly child and he dreamed of becoming a doctor. He qualified about the end of the First World War and went to work in one of the London hospitals where, he literary, had hands in the blood and guts of humanity. At this time, disease and illness was very physical to him.
Time passed. and Bach moved from the hospital and started a private practice in Harley Street. And it seems that his focus was beginning to move too. It seemed there was one question he kept asking himself “why do we get sick?” He wanted to find the cause of disease.
The search was on…
He observed his patients closely and noticed that no matter what their disease or ailments, people would always react one particular way – no matter what the problem. This meant that people could be grouped together by their reaction to their life’s circumstances.
I believe that we’re all, in one way or another, searching for one practice or philosophy that will light our soul passion and give our lives meaning. I believe we are all searching for a practical, spiritual wisdom that’ll guide our lives.
The next shift …
The next shift in Bach’s transformational journey was that he discovered homoeopathy and became a homoeopath. Homoeopathic remedies are made in a very particular way that captures the nature, the energy of the substance and raises and refines it vibrations. Homoeopathy uses energy remedies that carry a refined imprint of the original substance.
Whilst working at Harley Street, Bach observed that illness began in the emotions. (In fact, our emotions ‘drive’ our lives).
Bach had made his first shift from purely physical sickness and drugs to vibrational energy healing.
Although Bach loved the principles of homoeopathy, one of which was treat the patient and not the disease, it was too complex a system for the ordinary man to use daily.
Bach wanted a natural, simple method of healing that could be found in every first aid cupboard.
The events that led Bach to leave London in 1930, were as much about the man as they were about the remedies. Bach had cancer of the spleen and was given 3 months to live.
He took a brave step and left his lucrative Harley Street practice and determinedly set about trying to find a natural and simple method of healing: a method of healing the emotions first and so the body would follow.
Bach believed that as God had given us everything we need in life: the earth to live off, water for life, air to breathe and the sun for warmth and growth: then God must have also provided us with a means of heal our ailments. So he turned to. what he called, the ‘healing herbs’ of nature.
A growing sensitivity …
His growing sensitivity drew him to flowers he called ‘the herbs of the field’ and he began to make remedies the homoeopathic way. But he wasn’t satisfied with the results.
He then started to gather, early in the mornigns, the tiny drops of dew from his chosen flowers. As you can imagine, this was tedious and time consuming but it lead him to find two different ways of making the remedies that involved the earth, water, air and heat.
But how did he choose which flowers to use?
Bach became aware of his increased sensitivity and his intuition. As he walked the hills and the moors searching for plants that would heal, he would find himself drawn to certain flowers and as he came close to them, he felt a wave of particular positive feelings. His intuition was sharpening and his sensitivity deepening.
He was becoming, what nowadays is called ‘a sensitive intuitive’ and he chose the flowers by ‘sympathetic resoanace’.
Bach’s transformational journey …
Edward Bach’s transformational journey was from perceiving sickness as physical ailments, to homoeopathy (that considers the mind and beliefs as the cause of disease, where you treat the patient and not the disease) and the use of finely refined energies through a process of dilution and succession and then onto his own discovery: a natural and simple way to heal our emotions – the cause of disease.
The shift was from ‘disease happens to us’ to ‘disease begins in the emotions’ and then on to his own discovery of a natural process to transfer the high, healing information and vibrations of flowers into water to form an extraordinary powerful healing essence.
In the spring and summer of 1935 Bach discovered and made the final remedies of the Bach Flower Remedies. The system was now complete and there is a flower remedy for every emotion we feel. He updated his writings and burnt all his previous notes.
It was about 18 months later, his ‘purpose’ now complete, he succumbed to the cancer on 27th November 1936, His doctors told him me had three months to live – and he lived for a furthere 7 years. He left behind him a powerful healing system which Bach himself referred to as “The Medicine of the Future.”
The Bach Flower Remedies have guided my own journey of transformation and personal growth. They are the guide that has led me to a deeper understanding of who I am and why I’m here. Through the use of the remedies I have found my soul-connection and am now ‘walking the path of my soul’.
You can use the remedies to help you cope with the stresses of the day (and thousands of people do), or you can go deeper into your study and use them as part of your own life journey.
Are you aware of how the remedies help you on your transformational journey?
Over to you
If the remedies have helped you on your transformational journey, and you’d like to share it – I’d love to hear from you.
If you’d like to learn more about the remedies, I have an online Foundation Course which covers all 38 remedies so you can confidently help yourself and your loved ones. Click here to find out how you can heal your emotions and fulfil your potential.
Excellent article! I am so inspired to learn everything Bach! Thank you so much Rose!! ????????????
Hello Julieanne. Thank you for the lovely comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the blog.
I understand entirely you being enthusiastic to learn more about Bach and the remedies.
Do you know I Have an online course you can take to studyt about the Remedies?
In case you’re interested, here’s the link.
Thank you again.
Warm wishes. Rose
This is much like the transformation of Milarepa… who changed from a Master of the Dark Arts to a Mystic seeking enlightenment, by listening to inner guidance. Sad that he succumbed though. I had hoped that he continued his practice, healed.
Hello Merilyn. Thank you for leaving a comment on Edward Bach blog. I don’t know of Milarepa – but I do know that all of us are on a journey of transformation, and I pretty sure that, more than once, we succumbe. The question is, how long to we stay down before we get up again? I often ‘fall off my bike’ and sometimes I’ve stayed down longer than I should have done. But with the help of Bach Flowers, its always possible to rise again, stronger.
Keep well, If the intention is there – we’ll find a way. Thank you for leaving a coment. Rose.
I have suffered with anxiety and a movement disorder after a brain and spinal cord injury caused by a disease called acute disseminate encephalomyelitis (ADEM). I’ve tried many therapies to help myself from cognative behavior tharapy to hypnotherapy I found these helped a little but didn’t get to the root. My sister in law was looking into natural body scrubs made from plants and I’ve always believed that God gave us healing plants as medicine for us and how our ancesters would have used them regularly to heal. I decided that I would go on a walk in the countryside of Hereford and pick the wild plants and show them to her and see if she could use them. As I was doing this I felt a deep connection and a peaceful feeling and I really enjoyed it on the way back after collecting all the plants I nipped into our local church and in there I found books on wild plants and what they do and where there from. This exited me more and more but I was doing this for my sister in law so I gave her all the things I came across. I then finished my training in becoming a sports massage therapist and I then started my journey in essential oils and then dug deeper as this is what I do naturally and came across the wonderful Dr Bach and his expertise and exceptional knowledge and Ive fallen in love and would be very blessed to know and learn much more of his works. Its funny because I now have come to realise that those things I came across weren’t fro my sister in law it was for me. When I was a child I often would make potions of plants and water mixing them smelling them and I’d forgotten about that until recently. It brought me such joy as do the country walks there’s so much to see and learn right in front of us.
Hello Donna. Thank you for taking the time to share such a lovely story. When people are looking for the purpose in life, I always direct them back to their early childhood to find the answer, just as you remembered a part of your childhood you enjoyed.
I’m sorry to hear you’ve had a hard illness. However, as many have found out, its their illness, and their search for healing and wellness that brings them to their purpose and great joy.
The brand of Bach Remedies I use is made very near Hereford. It’s a beautiful part of the country. And I can imagine the peace you felt in walking through countryside.
To me, its seems natural that your interest in nature and plants would naturally, at some point, lead you to the Bach Flower Remedies. I am passionate about the Remedies and even after 35 years of experience, I’m still awed by their depth of healing.
You talk of wanting to know more about the Bach Remedies, You can go to my website..
http://www.thebachflowerschool.com or you can email me directly and perhaps we could arrange to have a chat. I look forward to hearing from you. Warm wishes Rose [email protected]
Well I do hope to learn more and thank you for responding I will look into things more in the new coming year God willing. For now I will continue to read a little more of Dr bach works
It’s a pleasure Donna. That’s how I started. I had one book (which became “My beloved Bach Book”. And I read and read and read some more! I’m here to help so get in touch if you need to – or even because you’d like to. Take care. Rose
Hi Rose, did he not die at 50?
Hello Maria. Thank you for yoru comment. I was so sure I’d answered you. I’m sorry, I must have dreamed it.
Bach was born in 1886 and died in 1936 – so yes. He was 50 years old when he finally succumbed to his cancer.
It took him7 years to discover and develp his natural healing system. He left London and his practice and started to look for his healing system when he was told he had 3 months to live.
So he did well – 7 years, instead of 3 months. 🙂
I hope that answers your question. If you have any others, please get in touch.
What a wonderful tribute.
Your dedication and work with the remedies is appreciated and I feel Doctor Bach would have been grateful and proud of how you, and others, have worked to make the remedies known to this world.
Hello Gary. Thank you for your very kind comment. I’m glad you liked my tribute. Few know that Bach’s life was hard in many ways, or that it took him 7 years to discover and devleop his healing system. As you know I’m passionate about the the remedies, and ‘spreading the word’ comes easily and naturally to me. I’m glad you think Doctor Bach would be proud of us all. Thank you once again Gary for your kind words.
Thanks for the reminder of the Anniversary Rose. He was a wonderful clever man and I’m very grateful that he left us his gift. The remedies are truly amazing and life changing! I’m so proud to have my Bach Flower Diploma. I can’t believe I’ve had it almost a year! lots of love Sue 🕊🌸💜x x
Hello Sue. Sorry for the delay. I too think Bach was a great man and I treasure the gift he left us. And one of things that continues to amaze me, is that even after 40 years, I’m still learning more about the remedies.
Time does go quickly doesn’t it. I know you’ve done good work in the last year Sue. Well done and thank you. Take care. Rose
I want to do your course
Hello Bindu. I’m please to hear it.
I’m always delighted when anyone wants to know more about the Bach remedies.
You can find out about the Bach Flower School courses on this link….
I look forward to welcoming into the Bach Flower School.
Thank you for your intereest.