Sunday, December 06, 2009

Flower Essences of the Christmas Season -- Star of Bethlehem

Star of Bethlehem brings solace and relief to the person so defeated by the experiences they have been through that they retreat from life, sleep all day or refuse to participate by numbing themselves through drugs, inappropriate occult activities, or other escapist behaviors. The flower is also known as “Sleeping Dick” or “Nap at Noon” which gives great indication of the distress it is best known for curing. It was one of the key remedies in Dr. Edward Bach’s “Rescue Remedy” and is highly recommended for all cases of shock or trauma.

The signature of the plant is significant in Bach’s repertoire. It is the only flower he used with six petals, a structure ancients associated with the six-pointed star or Star of David. This sacred symbol was both an emblem of the Jews but an even older pagan symbol representing the harmonious coming together of heaven and earth. There are two intersecting triangles that make up this star. The point of one triangle points to the heavens, the other points to the earth.

When a person is out of balance in the sense of neither feeling God’s guidance and/or protection (the root cause of the dis-ease we are addressing here) they also tend to lose faith in life itself. The trauma that causes this can be anything from a serious accident, some deep-seated abuse from childhood, or the death of someone they hold most dear. It is symbolically as if the light has gone out their life and the Star of Bethlehem reflects this orientation by only opening on the brightest sunniest of days.

Star of Bethlehem is a plant that is both edible when cooked and a potent homeopathic, used for very serious conditions of the digestive tract, especially for cancer. It has beautiful white flowers that are said to sparkle like stars in the sun, quite attractive and fragrant. And yet it is a very poisonous plant and has been known to harm livestock and young children who find it and eat it raw in the wild. I have found this to be true of several other plants in the flower essence repertoire that are specific for the deepest trauma or hurt. The pattern of dis-ease these plants address are actually poisonous to the human system -- trauma and pain the psyche can’t or won’t digest and let go. That is why these feelings are so toxic. They permeate the person’s being and become the most overriding element in their world view. It’s as if the pain they have experienced is all there is and there is nothing more to look forward to. But that isn’t true. It never is. It’s just that the usual pattern of life has been disrupted and the person has to wake up to try to find what’s useful in life in some other way than what once was the case. When heated through boiling and used in the minute portions used in Flower Essence Therapy the poisonous aspects of the Star of Bethlehem are transformed as well. It then acts like a spiritual vaccine that brings the most potent of healing forces to the fore.

A person with a Christian orientation would say that the star that shown over the manger at Jesus's birth foretold of a similar healing solace for the world at large. The Biblical Star of Bethlehem was given as the name for this flower for good reason. The relief this flower bestows is so powerful it can serve as a person's physical salvation. Edward Bach used it in emergency situations and, as part of his Rescue Remedy formula as a whole, even had documented success in using it to bring a person out of a coma.

I was guided to include it in the first flower essence aromatherapy formula I ever made--Mama Love for Troubled Times.

1 comment:

Doris Sturm said...

Wow, what an informative and interesting post. I'm glad I found your blog. I will check in more often ;-)

Merry Christmas!