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Scleranthus: Remedy from the set of the Twelve Healers
About this music
Realised and performed in version for flute and piano on several occasions
Improvised and experimental opening leads to a fast moving piece in regular four bar phrases which alternate 8/8 and 7/8 time. The whole thirty two bars are repeated three times times with lots of scope for improvisation.
Lyrics for Scleranthus
Scleranthus is an instrumental piece.
About Scleranthus, the Bach Flower Remedy
Scleranthus people are ‘always seeking the advice of others’.
One of the smallest of the Bach flowers, Scleranthus hugs the ground, a tangle of green stems, leaves and flowers that is of so little importance and stature that is easily overlooked. Sceleranthus people:
‘Suffer silently, unable to decide between two things, first one seeming right then the other’
This alternating energy makes them powerless to act, trapped in an oscillation between left and right, up and down, good and bad, between any polarity of choice. This state of mind paralyses the will and prevents the individual from moving, from acting in life.
Scleranthus is an annual – except that it is sometimes a biennial. Contradiction already. The form of the plant varies considerably depending upon the moisture available. Usually grows in dry sandy soils. Since the chemical revolution in agriculture it has all but disappeared from farmland.
So Scleranthus is a plant that we have to search for. Here again we see something of the gesture of the remedy state. Looking for it may involve getting down on our hands and knees, crawling over the ground. It is this closeness to the ground which illustrates the soul nature of Scleranthus types. These people become limited in their vision and without a strong vertical connection they do not have a context for decision-making. Bach says that they rely entirely upon the intellect and not at all on their intuition. At times of choice, Scleranthus people do not or cannot hear that voice of intuition. Without soul guidance it is impossible to make an informed choice about anything – we cannot tell whether something is good for us, nor what is right or wrong, if we have no link through to who we are.
As the plant grows the recumbent stems move outwards across the ground in all directions. Left undisturbed, a single plant will form a dense, matted tangle of stems. This undifferentiated growth speaks of a mental confusion and uncertainty in direction, although all the growth focuses back into one point, a single stem as it enters the ground. Scleranthus people try to resolve their inner conflicts by rooting deeply into the material world. As they deal with life’s problems with steadfastness and stability they draw experience like water from the earth.
The flowers appear in a random fashion, clustered on short stalks. Scleranthus lacks petals. This reinforces the image of a mental and not emotional type. The goblet-shape form of the flower is made by five pointed green sepals edged in white. It is the simplest construction and self-pollination inevitably occurs. Every flower leads to seed and every seed is fertile and will germinate. Scleranthus in its strength of soul carries a determination to learn from life and carry that experience through the seed into the future.
This account of this Bach Flower Remedy is based on the book Bach Flower Remedies : Form and Function by Julian Barnard.
For full information see HealingHerbs.co.uk→.