SEASON’S GREETINGS

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My wishes for the New Year 2015 are contained in the following two quotes, for you to ponder:

“I’ve been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul”. Rumi

“There is no easy way from the Earth to the Stars”. Seneca

In 2015, May you find Your way to the Stars, by listening to the Teachings of your Soul!

 

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Dr Edward Bach’s explanation of the real cause and cure of disease

Dr. Edward Bach’s “medical-philosophy” is contained in his booklet Heal Thyself, first published in 1931 in Great Britain. In his book, Bach gives great importance to the individual’s spirituality, and being first of all a physician, he relates Body and Spirit, that is disease with the individual’s evolution. According to him, disease is nothing but a conflict between Soul and personality, as to say that we fall ill whenever we don’t go toward the right direction, toward our true evolution, free from social and psychological conditions.

Bach, like Epicurus, was convinced that true disease is the one that hinders happiness. He thought that happiness equals wellness, because he was convinced that a happy man – that is a man whose true Self is not in conflict with his mind – does not suffer of any disease. To confirm the latter, Philip M Chancellor in his book on the Bach’s Remedies, reported case studies in which as soon as the patient was feeling happier, more hopeful and less depressed, his body was responding faster to the remedies, and the patient was healed.

As Dr Edward Bach himself wrote, he hoped that his booklet Heal Thyself  would be “a guide to those who suffer to seek within themselves the real origin of their maladies, so that they may assist themselves in their own healing”. As a matter of fact, loss of one’s individuality (which is the result of our interference with another person) is for Bach one of the main causes of disease, because the meaning of life of each individual is to acquire experience and understanding, in order to single out and then make one’s personal evolution perfect.

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.

Nourish Your Soul

In the same way as we feel the need to take care of our Body – by means of massage and/or self-massage, aromatherapy, ablutions, mud-baths, etc. -, we should also take care to nourish our Soul.

Each one of us has one’s own way to relate to one’s Spirituality: some by reading, others by practicing meditation, or even by listening to music, going to the theatre, or by praying….. It is not important the way we relate. But as sentient beings we should feel the need and the duty to stay in touch with ourselves, to listen to those hidden emotions within ourselves that everyday life does not allow us to express the way we should.

Hence, the importance of devoting some minutes each day to listen to our inner selves with the greatest attention, in order to try and understand who we really are and where we intend to go to, by relaxing completely and freeing our mind from those thoughts that keep us worried.

Every now and then we really need to “reset ourselves”, perhaps by thinking over a verse written by the mystic poet Rumi (ca. 1200-1273): “The Mind started telling its stories, but the Soul said: ‘Now I have no time to listen to you’.”

Ayurveda and Astrology: the sciences of life and inner light

In ancient times Jyotish (the Indian word for Astrology, which literally means “inner light”) and Ayurveda (the Indian traditional medicine and what is believed to be the oldest healing science in existence, literarlly meaning “knowledge of life”) were part of the same science because they can both help the individual live mentally, physically and spiritually healthy.

These two sciences share the same philosophy of life, and they both see the individual holistically, that is as a union of Body, Mind and Soul which are interacting and never separated the one from the other. Therefore, both Ayurveda and Astrology make us aware of the functions of our Body, Mind and Soul. However, they differentiate in that Astrology is the science that emphasizes the “inner light” of the individual (jyotish), that is his most hidden Self, in order for him to be conscious about It and live a better life, whereas Ayurveda focuses on the body, and teaches how to take care of it with the flow of life, through time but also through the changing of the seasons.

The ayurvedic physician would understand the overall unbalance of an individual upon the occurrence of a physical disorder inside him, whereas the astrologer would understand a physical unbalance in an individual by his mind disorders and inner turmoil. But both of them would investigate into all aspects of life. Therefore, an ayurvedic physician cannot be asked to treat the illness only: his task is to understand the disease along with the way the individual’s Mind works and interacts with his Body, never forgetting about his Soul, that is the spiritual life of the individual. In that same way an astrologer, when asked to see into a natal chart, has to consider not only the physical side of the individual under examination, but also his intellectual faculties as well as their interactions with the Spirit within himself.

Ayurveda’s place in the individual’s chart is found in the 6th/12th houses as far as the physical and spiritual planes are concerned, and it is related to the 3rd/9th houses as to the function of the Mind. The 6th house is the field related to medicine, health and care of the material side of the body. This field, in a person’s chart, indicates the way he relates with his body, how much care he is giving to it. But there is no Body without Soul, therefore the 12th house is telling us what his vision of the immaterial world is, how he interacts with the latter, that is also with his feelings. However, in this interaction the Mind has a leading role. Therefore, looking at his 3rd house, we would understand the relation between his “Lower Mind” and his Body and Soul; whereas looking at his 9th house the relation between his “Higher Mind” and the latter will be shown.

This is a continuous flow of information that is inside us since birth and will stay till the end of our life. By using this information, the ayurvedic physician is “enlightened” in comprehending the causes that produced a specific illness.

Therefore, it is understood how the same illness would be treated differently from person to person, just because – as both Astrology and Ayurveda teach us – each individual is unique in this world.

Ayurveda is interested in our physical, mental and spiritual health as much as in our “life project”, because the latter is interrelated with our spiritual growth.

In Astrology, this aspect in the life of a person is shown especially by the placing of Rahu and Ketu in his natal chart, because the latter show us the path that would lead us to our spiritual growth.

Article published in: CASAR News (India), Year 1 no. 4/2003