Practitioner Bulletin no. 40 Nov./Dec. 2001

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Distance learning programme now in Italian

By the time you read this the Bach Centre’s Distance Learning Programme Level 1 course will be available in Italian. Thanks to the help of BFRP and translator Giusi Moretta, who translated the course, and of the many Italian-speaking practitioners who have come forward to mentor the programme, Italian-speaking students can now complete their Level 1 training with the Bach Centre.

Students on the course will apply direct to the Centre in the UK. We will appoint a mentor in Italy for each student, and oversee the completion of the programme.

The move into Italian is the first of what we hope will be many translations of this very successful course into other languages. We chose Italy for several reasons: the lack of a current approved education programme in that country, the many calls we get from Italians who are looking for training, and the existence of sufficient practitioners in the country to act as mentors were all key reasons for choosing the Italian language for the first translation of the DLP.

Once the Italian DLP has been in operation for a few months and we have had a chance to iron out any teething troubles we will be looking to expand provision into other language groups. Already the French Bach International Education Programme trainers have come together to plan the launch of the programme in French, and we are in discussion over how best to move the programme into Spanish. The German-speaking countries of Europe are also a major target for 2002.

If you want more details of the Italian DLP follow the link.

Two crisis stories

by Haripriya Dillon BFRP, USA

# 1

My friend Bonnie was leaving California for Nebraska. She had a “green thumb”, and her home was full of plants, indoors and out. I was lucky enough to be given many of the ones she couldn’t take with her.

One early evening, I went over to her house to load up my van with the larger outdoor plants. Together, Bonnie and I had to lift a star jasmine that was in a huge, heavy pot. As we lugged it towards the van, I suddenly felt sharp stinging shocks all over my arms and legs, and quickly dropped the pot with a scream!

Flying madly around us were an angry buzzing army of hornets. Apparently, they had a nest in the pot and we were rudely disturbing their peaceful refuge amongst the jasmines. I knew hornets stings could be very dangerous, and if one happened to be allergic could even cause death. Also, people previously “immune” could suddenly become allergic, so, I was worried. I quickly asked Bonnie if she had any Rescue Remedy in the house, as she had packed most of her belongings, and I feared it may not be available.

Luckily, she had not yet packed it, and in minutes I was ingesting it, and rubbing it on the firey hot welts that were swelling on my arms and legs. I repeated this every few minutes, until the pain had subsided and the burning was gone. It took about 5 minutes. I never felt any mental shock at all because we administered the remedy so quickly. The pains never returned and by morning I awoke to some slightly itchy welts (similar to mosquite bites). I took some more remedy just in case, and by the end of the day, the entire episode, which could have been a disaster, became just a faded memory… one I’d just as soon forget.

# 2

A few days ago I was outside in my garden standing on a lawn chair trying to clip some grape vines. Suddenly, losing my balance I took a very hard tumble, bouncing down a terrace, and landing on the cement stepping stones in the walkway. I lay for a few moments, gathering my sences and slowly moving my limbs to make certain I had not broken any bones. All my body parts seemed to work, so I slowly got up, stiff and sore and got out my Rescue liquid and cream and took it ( internally, and externally).

I had a lot of scratches and bruises, so repeated the procedure every few minutes until the pain subsided. Within 10 minutes I was free of the initial shock and back to normal, and never did feel any more pain.

I’m finding the sooner one administers a crisis formula, the more quickly the entire problem (accident, shock ect) seems to dissolve from the mind and body, and one becomes themselves again almost as it had never happened in the first place. As I said, it is a real Gift to know about this wonderful magical remedy from Mother Nature. Thanks Dr. Bach!

Animal healing with Bach flower remedies

by Peter Bryenton BFRP, UK

My small garden pond looked as crystal-clear as ever when winter melted into spring this year. A fastidious blackbird was a regular morning bather at the water’s edge. A frog flopped underneath the waterfall as I approached too noisily. I counted all four fish. Two weeks later, three previously healthy fish had died. I couldn’t see why.

The last survivor, Fush, seemed unaffected. Then, one fine spring day, she hovered listlessly, barely alive. I looked more closely. She did not dart for cover with her usual disdainful tail-flick. An ugly white fungus shrouded her dorsal fins. She took no food that day. If a fish can look depressed, then that was what she was doing.

I woke the next morning knowing Fush needed Crab Apple and Mustard. Nothing else for it: two drops from each stock bottle, straight into her normally life-giving watery world. It was a relief when three days later she was swimming around at her characteristically speedy pace.

Another week or so, with two more drops of Crab Apple along the way, and she was completely recovered. Her elegant, feathery fins shimmered as she searched for things to eat in the sunlit pond. Fush owed her life to the simple, effective healing properties of Dr Bach’s discoveries. I crept silently back indoors, thankful I’d known how to save her from whatever disease had killed her companions.

Your letters

We want you to use this Bulletin to keep in touch with each other. If anything wonderful, funny, interesting or just plain typical has happened to you in your work with the remedies, or if there are any questions that have been nagging away at you, or if you simply want to say hello, please write to us at the Bach Centre, marking your letter clearly as being ‘FOR PUBLICATION’.

We can’t promise to print every letter in the Bulletin, but even if we don’t use your contribution we always love to hear from you.

I am a final year student at the University of Westminster, studying homoeopathy and am writing a dissertation on “Use of flower essences with homoeopathy”. I would be very grateful if anyone could share their experiences of using the two together.

– Katrina Mountfort BFRP, UK

The essences, like violin strings, touch lightly my soul. Like notes they tune the disharmony. The river of life with its darkness and joyful parts is accompanied by the music of their notes. Today was a dark day but the right essence have tuned, like the right note, the disharmony, so as to allow the symphony of life to continue.

– Diana Yedid BFRP, France

I just loved that definition on page 3 of a recent Bulletin (July/August 2001, issue 38 – Ed.) of a ‘saint’. Following on from that I thought you might like another definition from an equally spiritual child of a friend of mine.

His name is Damon. He was having a discussion with his mum about death when he was about five or six and he said words to the effect: ‘oh, I understand, so when you die you just take off your earth clothes.’

Children are like the remedies, simple and uncomplicated. What a shame they get contaminated and hurt by life.

– Jan Ross BFRP, UK

Having received and enjoyed my latest practitioner Bulletin I would like to offer the following personal experience for future publication.

I awoke one morning recently, for no apparent reason feeling very tired and in a bit of a niggly mood. I looked out of the window and could see the grey clouds looming above in the sky as if to mirror my emotions. Try as a might I could not muster the energy or enthusiasm to get myself out of bed, and so I lay there for a while in general irritation.

I know, I thought, what I need are a couple of drops each of Mustard and Hornbeam. I lay with that thought, imagining how quickly the remedies would lift my mood and get me going again. But for some strange reason I could not bring myself to get out of bed and get the remedies from my remedy box. It was another half an hour before I finally made the move and even then it took a profound amount of effort psychologically.

I laugh at the situation now, but it did teach me a valuable lesson. It demonstrated to me the power of the mind over the physical and emotional self in the healing process, and also how important it is for the individual to take an active part in their recovery.

As another example of this, I share the tale of a friend I have who suffers awfully with anxiety and general jumpiness. I suggested she take a combination of Aspen and Mimulus. I explained the preparation process, how safe and non-addictive the remedies are, their individual benefits and how to take them and so on. I handed over the treatment bottle and suggested she take her first drops immediately. To my amusement she told me she would rather wait until she got home as she was afraid of what they might do to her or of how she might feel after taking them! Oh well, at least I knew I had selected the right remedies…

– Julie Lloyd-Jenkins BFRP, UK

Welcome to…

Since the last (September 2001) issue was prepared, 36 new practitioners have joined the register:

  • in Argentina, Estela Ada Acquarone de Noe;
  • in Belgium, Jos Lermyte, Maria Clicteur and Luc De Cock;
  • in Brazil, Isabel Batista Rego da Cruz and Miriam Salete Martins Lizidatti;
  • in Canada, Sherry Rundell;
  • in Denmark, Lise Matthews;
  • in England, Mandy Player, Eleanor Powell, Barbara Porter, June Dinwoodie, Caroline Fitzgerald and Joy Shankster;
  • in France, Catherine Coste-Chedefaux, Alessandra Buronzo, Nicole Lemoine, Badier and Jean-Marc Azorin;
  • in Greece, Sandie Staikou;
  • in Japan, Katsuko Nasu, Atsuko Yamada, Haruko Katoh, Michiko Tamura, Mayumi Watanabe and Noriko Nakayama;
  • in the Netherlands, Annet Brokamp-Peters, Anja School and Annelies Tol-Peters
  • in Scotland, Anne Riddell and Les Bremner;
  • in Switzerland, Catherine Seide and David Vilmen;
  • and in the USA, Maureen Clerici, Lisa Kelly and Eileen Warnock.

There are now 1,035 practitioners on the register.


This archive material has been edited to remove some out-of-date advice and information.