Flower essences are very dilute extracts of plants, often the flowers. The vibration of the plant is held in the memory of the water and preserved in the purest of alcohol. Plants have different vibrational energies that connect with human beings. The energy from the plant is held in the flower essence.
Flower Essences can also be made from crystals, earth vibrations and in fact any vibration that exists. But the Bailey Essences are all made from plants.
They are usually taken internally, a few drops at a time. Sometimes people use them on the skin, in a spray, or in the bath.
Bailey flower essences are used for developing areas of our spiritual and emotional growth, for helping us to grow and understand ourselves and to make the very best of our lives.
Most of our illnesses relate to our way of living and our attitudes to life and the world around us. Diet and environment do have a major influence on health but so also do our mental attitudes. Indeed, for many people, mental attitudes are the key factors which affect their health, for good or ill.
Fears and tensions can lock up muscles, distort the skeleton, depress the immune system, affect all the endocrine secretions, and therefore compromise our health. On the other hand, if we are relaxed and coping easily with the stresses of life, then our health will benefit accordingly.
Mind and body are not separate and the reactions of each depend on what is happening to the other. Indeed, they should really be called body-mind – a composite whole. Exercising the body can therefore help to clear the mind (as has been known for centuries by Yoga practitioners). Similarly, exercising the mind (as in meditation, for example) can help to free the body. Anything that can help to free up the body-mind system can thus be considered as a healing agent.
Flower essences help to release pent up emotions that may otherwise cause damage in our lives.
For example, if someone is having issues with anger, there are a whole range of different flower essences that can help.
Anger can come from a variety of different roots. Flower essences work towards the root causes of different emotions so that we can have the opportunity to let go and move forward.
Pictured here is Red Poppy, a beautiful essence that helps us to stabilise our fire energy so that we can leave our limitations behind and find our true energy and power. Too much fire energy can be destructive to ourselves and others, but too little fire energy makes us ineffective and lacking in creativity.
Patterns of behaviour are formed early in life and become so familiar to us that we don’t always realise that we are re-enacting old ways of behaving instead of dealing with the here and now.
In addition, although some people deny its existence, we do have a spiritual dimension. Our intuition stems from this area, and if there is disharmony here, it will spill over into our everyday lives.
In this spiritual dimension we are still, however, in the realm of duality. Put simply, there are demons as well as angels! However, as in ordinary life, it is usually the apparently negative things that test us. Without such testing we never know whether our personal strengths are real or imaginary.
Spirituality is not therefore superior to everyday life, but simply a part of it. There is a dimension beyond the spiritual that is non-dualistic. In different cultures this has different names – God, Allah, Buddha, Nature, The Great Spirit, etc., etc. Here, too, flowers can help us make contact with the original source of our being.
There are Bailey flower essences that are for working quite specifically with the spiritual aspects of life. For example, Solomon’s Seal, pictured on the left, which brings quietness and detachment to the mind, or Speedwell, picture on the right, to help with increasing powers of insight.
The Bailey essences can bring about much-needed change in our life. They act as catalysts for this change, and are concerned with bringing us up to date rather than dwelling on past difficulties. We are then able to move forward along our own true path, to sing our own particular life-song, a song of rejoicing.
They have been referred to as a “new generation of flower essences”, and that is indeed what they are. In truth, they bear no relation whatever to conventional allopathic medicine; their action is far wider. They are concerned with personal healing and growth at all the levels of body, mind and spirit.