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October at the Bach Centre U.K.

Mt. Vernon Entrance October was quite an amazing month. I spent some time at Rosslyn Castle just outside of Edinburgh (more about that next week) then took a train across the lush landscape of Scotland and England to visit the Bach Centre in Oxfordshire, UK.The entrance is welcoming and invites you to Mt. Vernon, Dr. Bach’s final home and gardens. As you walk up the pathway you really do feel like you are someplace special.The pathway is laden with bushes and flowers many of which were still in bloom mid-October. I have to admit that I had chills of excitement as I walked up closer to the house.
Dr. Bach's Gardens Off to the left side of the house are Dr. Bach’s gardens.
Water Violet Growing in the pond I looked into the pond and saw a marker for water violet.
Oh my! This was the real thing.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Directly across from the pond and water violet was another marker showing me Mimulus.
I was standing right where Dr. Bach grew and harvested the blossoms for his remedies!!!!
Flowers OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA More flowers, more plants, more herbs all around me. A light mist started to fall so I snapped some shots and looked for shelter while the moisture stopped.
Bach Centre front door sign On the front door there is this sign.
Bach Centre Courses Next to the front door is a sign for the students and the coursework which is taught in the building at the back of the Bach house.

The centre was alive with activity and it felt very special to be on the grounds.

Inside, I met with June King and Stefan Ball. The bookstore is filled with fabulous books and I couldn’t buy as many as I wanted to because of the baggage limits on Virgin Air. I bought as many as I thought I could reasonable carry, among those books were some written by Judy Howard and Stefan Ball.

June invited me to wander around the house and to spend time in Dr. Bach’s consultation room. The house maintained a sense of calm and peacefulness. Sitting in Dr. Bach’s study was a gift beyond belief. Hanging on the wall is a quote that Dr. Bach loved.

Quote Deep Peace of the Rushing Wave to youDeep peace of the Flowing Air to you

Deep peace of the Quite Earth to you

Deep Peace of the Shining Stars to you

Deep Peace of the Son of Peace to you.

Dr. Bach's Typewriter This is Dr. Bach’s typewriter.
Dr. Bach's Remedies The glass cabinet contained some of the original remedies.
Box of Dr. Bach's Remedies More of Dr. Bach’s remedies.

I sat for a few moments in his chair. I sat in the client chair. I opened myself to bring in whatever sense of peace Dr. Bach felt and imparted to his patients. For just a moment, I was transported back to the 1930’s and I felt completely in harmony with the time, the work and the man.

I don’t think you have to travel all the way to Mt. Vernon in the UK to share this feeling. The remedies bring about a sense of peace and harmony no matter what part of the world you are in. It’s true that I felt very in tune with the house and the garden and Dr. Bach’s study, but I return to that same feeling each time I use the remedies in my own back yard.

I will never forget how special it was to be in the place where genius lived and breathed. And I know in every little bottle lives harmony ready to emanate when those small drops join spring water to make a sip of tranquility.

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Bikinis and Bach Flowers

Susan Irby

Susan Irby, The Bikini Chef

Susan Irby called me in early September and announced that she would be bringing her family through Cambria for a visit and asked if I would  like to be a guest on her radio show! “WOW!” I replied. “Of course I would,” I said clicking my heels together and jumping for joy. I was lucky enough to have been a guest on Susan’s show two years ago when my Heart Easy, The Food Lovers’ Guide to Heart Healthy Eating came out. Susan is a terrific interviewer and I loved how she supported my message and methods for supporting a healthy heart.

play button Kac Young and The Quick Guide to Bach Flowers Guest on Bikini Lifestyles Sept 18, 2013

 

I felt I had been an unlikely candidate for a heart attack, because, in my opinion, I was eating healthy and doing fine. Was I ever wrong! A heart attack in 2006 woke me up big time and since then, I have been on a mission to help others avoid the ER. I provide nutritional information, health tips, and delicious recipes for the heart health of the whole family.

Susan’s mother is a nutritionist and Susan followed in her footsteps creating an empire about low-fat healthy eating for the Bikini Lifestyle which includes wining, dining and working out. When Susan asked me to be on her show again, I was over the moon.

My newest book, The Quick Guide to Bach Flower Remedies, had  just been released and I couldn’t wait to share my new book with Susan. She immediately warmed to the idea and asked if we could also do an interview segment on the Bach Flower book, too. The Bach Flower Remedies are so close to my heart, that we needed no preparation. We just began talking. I hope you will enjoy the chat. The interview aired Sept 18th on KABC Talk Radio.

I have used Bach Flower Remedies for over 30 years. What I run into all the time is the lack of knowledge about the flower remedies and how they work. There are many books in the marketplace, but many are complicated and hard to ingest if you are a beginner. I wrote my book The Quick Guide to Bach Flower Remedies, the Natural Way to Heal as a shortcut that anyone can use to find which remedy is appropriate to use for their complaint. My mission:

I want to make access to the remedies easy, simple and effective.
I want, more than anything, for people to start using the remedies to self-heal the mental states and mindsets that create the illness in the first place.
I want them to use the remedies proactively in times of stress and pressure than can lead to illness.
I want people to reach for a Bach Flower remedy before they reach for any other allopathic pill.
I want people to take healing into their own hands before they rush off for a prescription that may have side effects.
I want to educate and to encourage self-reliance on the power within everyone to heal.

Thanks to Susan Irby and her excellent interviewing skills, I think we may have opened a few minds and curiosity for using the remedies to heal.

Thank you Susan for the gift of your precious self, your airtime and your gracious spirit. I love working with you.

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What is Your Mindset: #1 or #2?

 

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There seems to be two mindsets about health and healing. The First Mindset is: Fix Me when the patient wants somebody else to give them a pill, a shot, or an elixir that will make the pain disappear and their condition improve. The Second Mindset is: Educate and Guide Me where the patient wants the doctor or healer’s input, but ultimately wants to make the healing decisions for him or herself.
The First Mindset is understandable. As a society we have been kept in the dark about our bodies, our health and our options for many decades. We are accustomed to going to the doctor and walking out with a prescription to fix the issue at hand. Then along came the Internet and information abounded on every issue imaginable. We can Google our symptoms and receive opinions, diagnosis and even cures. Naturally this is both a blessing and a curse. In the hands of some, the information is helpful and guiding. In the hands of others it can lead to misdiagnosis, harm and even death.

The Second Mindset has evolved into clients with more of an acceptance of alternative medicine practices and non-traditional remedies. Many of these customs and bodies of knowledge are centuries old mind you, but they just seem new to our western culture. When a patient wants to be Educated and Guided, instead of “fixed,” a spirit of cooperation ensues between the physician, healer and client. The client assumes responsibility for their health and becomes a partner in their return to health and well being. As such, this type of person is open to combining traditional with alternative methods and understands that the mind and body are connected with the soul in the process of getting well.

When we look at how effective the Bach Flower Remedies can be in healing the body by transforming the mindset and replacing negatives with positives, we stand at the entrance to the future of all healing.

We can appreciate that every branch of medicine has its rightful place of honor and value in human healing. The Bach Flower Remedies assist us by correcting the thought patterns that may have been responsible for the illness in the first place. Unless there is a critical emergency, a broken limb, uncontrolled bleeding or a life-threatening situation, a trial with Bach Flower Remedies is an appropriate first step before running off to the doctor’s office in search of an immediate quick fix.

If we can slow down a bit, listen to our bodies, use The Quick Guide to Bach Flower Remedies as our internal GPS system, (actually it should be BPS: Body Positioning System) we might be able to heal ourselves by healing our minds and bringing about a return to harmony and balance within. I believe it’s worth a try and I encourage the thoughtful use of Bach Flower Remedies as a beginning for anyone who chooses natural healing.

The Mystery and Magic of How We Heal

SONY DSCThe central focus of all healing is to address the root cause of a situation or condition so that natural healing can emerge. In this century we have been trained to call the doctor whenever we have an ache or a pain. What if we dialed our inner healer instead and called upon our birthright for perfect health? What if we relied on ourselves and really knew that all healing comes from within and we trusted that idea completely? In a sense, we have to consciously get out of the way so healing can occur. Sometime we “over think” our condition, or we decide what it is or isn’t. By creating a mental diagnosis, we lock our minds into a picture that may or may not be true.

Symptoms are simply overt signs of something deeper causing an imbalance. Deeper levels always have subtle energetic components. When we alter “subtle energetic” imbalances, healthy levels of activity come back into their natural state of balance. This includes dis-ease in all of its forms: physical, mental, emotional, psychological and Spiritual. The best thing we can do for ourselves is shift into “neutral”, stay open and consider many possibilities and then release our attachment to our picture of what we think is true. If you stay open and refuse to label your condition you’re halfway healed because you’ve gotten your mind and your ego out of the way.

Consider that the basis of every state of mind and matter, including conditions of dis-ease or health, contains a vibration. This vibration rate can be shifted at any time. Bach Flower Remedies harvests the untainted vibration of the flower and infuses each remedy with this purity and balance. When we ingest the vibrations from these flowers, we invite healing. Our bodies respond to this vibration as healing energy and shifts the rate of vibration from one of dis-ease or disharmony to one of health, balance and homeostasis.

Your body knows intuitively more than you do. Let it do the work and turn yourself into it’s support team. Nurture your body’s healing process. Give it time. Nourish it with clean, fresh foods and get plenty of rest while your body is in the process of healing. Your body has an inner auto pilot that will surprise you with its magnificent power, if only you let it.

Our mind is a powerful thing. We can choose how we want to think and feel. Equally powerful are the Bach Flower Remedies. They are genuine, pure transmitters of goodness and healing. I can’t say enough about them except that it is time for them to dominate the world of health and balance. At least, give them a chance and see how your life can be transformed.