Remembering Edward Bach

Edward Bach’s personality, as it is revealed through the few writings he left us, is characterised by a great “simplicity”, which has been a peculiarity throughout his whole life.

We could describe Dr. Bach as a man in search of harmony, both within himself and in the outer world. He believed harmony and beauty were one, therefore, how could he not notice the beauties of Creation, of Nature, with its plants…. and its flowers?

And for sure he was also a lover of perfection, like the one he was noticing in Nature’s simplicity…. that is, he used to love perfection, of course, but he would never forget his own limits, his being a man, earthly, and therefore imperfect.

He himself was convinced that Nature is God’s creation and, humble as he was, he either could not nor he would not ever even think of creating something as perfect as His Creation. But he loved to observe Nature, as well as he used to enjoy being part of that… Divine Nature.

His spirituality was so intense that he was convinced that Creation of all things could never exist without Spirit or “Soul”, as he loved to call it. And therefore, so simply, in his life Spirituality and Materiality were following one another, beating the time of his existence.

It is in this balance between Matter and Spirit that lies the true essence of Bach’s thought, as well as the direction taken by his medical researches. Matter and Spirit are in fact two aspects of our human nature, linked by another element, that is Mind. When body, Mind and Spirit are in harmony, then we can truly state to be part of the beauties of Creation, to be able to observe and love this world, enjoying being part of it. Therefore the importance of our Mind.

Another feature of Bach’s personality – which has conditioned his life both as a man and as a physician – was compassion for all human beings. Compassion was part of the spiritual aspect of Bach as a man, and it has been an important feature, that made him not only pursue his researches without caring about the opinions of the medical milieu of the time, but also take care night and day of those suffering “souls” who needed help, whom he wanted to heal not only in body but also in mind. It is narrated that Bach understood and “felt” this truth for the first time when he was a young boy and observed that those who were working in his father’s foundry and who were suffering of some physical illness were also disturbed in their mind because of worries of a material nature, or only because they were unsatisfied by their work. Later on, when he was a physician, Bach went on noticing how important it was for his patients to live without anxieties and worries, in order to be in harmony with themselves and therefore enjoy good health.

In a healthy body, mind had therefore to find a balance with Emotions and Spirit, that are cherished therein. This was the meaning of harmony and beauty for Bach. But as true harmony and true beauty could be found only in Nature, it was in Nature that the method had to be searched for, which could help regain them when lost.

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