In-Depth Case Studies
The Flower Essence Society is dedicated to training practitioners in case-taking skills, and the principles of in-depth flower essence therapy. Although flower essences can have immediate, short-term effects which provide relief of symptoms, the most profound results come about through long-term therapy in which clear transformation or metamorphosis of the soul can be noted. As Dr. Bach wrote in his classic treatise Heal Thyself, our suffering is an invitation to change, an opportunity to perfect our soul evolution so that we may more fully express our life purpose. Flower essences are often interpreted as palliatives intended to relieve physical discomfort, or address fleeting, surface emotions. While they can be used for emergency treatment, their true therapeutic value is achieved through well-considered health care programs that involve a component of inner work and self-awareness.
On the basis of four decades of case collection and practitioner clinical reports to the Flower Essence Society, we have observed that flower essence therapy generally involves four basic levels of outcome. This healing phenomena is referred to as the Four R's of Flower Essence Response, as outlined in the original research by Patricia Kaminski. Please note that these stages do not automatically occur in every single case of flower essence use. Also, while they usually occur in the chronological order listed below, more than one stage can operate simultaneously, or in a slightly altered sequence of development unique to the individual case.
The Four R's of Flower Essence Response:An OverviewStage One:
Release, Relaxation or Rejuvenation
This is the most immediate and perceptible response to flower essences. It is often felt as a physical release or shift. In this first phase of healing, the energy systems within the physical-soul bodies have been stimulated and are working toward a new center of balance. A general sense of calm, relaxation, or alertness is usually experienced, although a spectrum of other physiological responses can occur, such as changes in breathing, sleeping and eating. While most responses promote a sense of well-being, some may feel unpleasant or unexpected, such as the release of tears if being treated for grief, or pronounced sleepiness for some conditions of stress and overwhelm. These initial physiological responses gradually subside as the stimuli from the flower essences are integrated and balanced with the mind-body complex.
Stage One Summary
Most immediate effect of flower essences. A perceptible response to flower essences often felt as a physical release or shift.
In this stage the archetypal qualities of the flower essences work more deeply into the soul, producing new cognitive awareness about feelings and behavior. A “witness consciousness” is developed which allows insight into the hidden, or “shadow” aspects of the personality that have been contributing to dysfunctional patterns. By recognizing these parts of ourselves, we change not only physiologically, but psychologically. As in Stage One, these initial psychological insights can at times be uncomfortable, but as we come to know ourselves more honestly and gain control over previously hidden aspects of our personality, we achieve greater emotional and mental clarity, inner resilience and well-being.
Positive Healing Results
The first two stages deal mostly with present time, and can be sufficient healing for body-soul issues which are not deeply patterned. However, in most healing work we can trace far more profound soul influences that operate at subterranean depths of consciousness, affecting the over-all health, belief systems, attitudes and creative potential of each individual. These more significant soul wounds usually involve soul history, such as early childhood experiences at times of great vulnerability; religious, political or other cultural conditioning; traumatic stress which was not fully resolved at the time of occurrence; or karmic patterns inscribed into the soul destiny at birth. Skillful application of flower essences in Stage Three facilitates deep psychological work, combined with complementary modalities like counseling, dream and journal work, meditation and visualization, art therapy and other self-awareness techniques. This stage may appear retrogressive when old patterns leap up to oppose forthright efforts of change. The alchemical stage is set for an "awareness crisis" which releases both physical and psychological residue from the past. By reconciling the buried aspects of self-identity and integrating them with conscious understanding, the soul achieves in-depth healing and transformation.
It affects our present awareness and future potential.Hallmark of Stage Three: Healing Crisis
Healing of Stage Three: Practitioner Skills and Client Engagement
While the first two stages operate primarily in present time, and the third stage reaches into the deep past of the human soul, the fourth stage in flower essence therapy points to its future destiny. In Stage Four we are able to identify new possibilities concerning life purpose and the ability to manifest that purpose. One of the profound truths of genuine flower essence therapy is that when soul wounding is addressed in a transformational manner, those very areas of previous pain and limitation become nodal points for new potential and soul evolution. For instance, an individual who may have been the victim of social discrimination and suffers from low self-esteem, anger and poor physical vitality, can use flower essence therapy to transform these limiting conditions into positive qualities of inner-strength, self-worth and compassionate consideration for the suffering of others. These soul virtues will in turn lead to new possibilities in the destiny and creative potential of such a person.
Examples of Growth and Transformation in Stage Four:
Stage Four healing does not mean one lives “happily ever after.” The gift of Stage Four healing, is that one proceeds with greater strength and consciousness to the next steps of soul evolution.
By Patricia Kaminski © Flower Essence Society. All rights reserved.
|Case studies by Dr. Ernesto Bolio, medical doctor from Mexico City||
Using Flower Essences to Address a Rare Nervous Disorder
Transformational Stages in Flower Essence Therapy
Additional reports from practitioners can be found here.
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