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Holly: Remedy from the set of the Second Nineteen
About this music
This piece has been performed several times in a version for flute piano bass and drums.
An up tempo rhythmically energetic piece in 4/4 time which shifts from B minor to D major. There is an improvised part in the Aeolian mode near the end.
Lyrics for Holly
Holly is an instrumental piece.
About Holly, the Bach Flower Remedy
Holly is the remedy for those who are attacked as it were from within. It is a very serious state, covering all kinds of strongly negative emotions which burn inwardly and can express themselves externally in destructive, even violent behaviour. It is for jealousy, envy, revenge, suspicion and the different forms of vexation (vexare = to shake). Being shaken by our own anger, our own rage.
Bach thought of Holly as a protection from everything that is not Universal Love
Holly then is for any persistent negative emotion which violates the sanctity of life.
What happens when we get into a rage? It is not a behaviour which brings balance; it is not a survival-oriented behaviour. When it is a reaction to the invasion of a sense of self from outside, then it fulfils a certain need at that moment. The real problem comes when the behaviour becomes an habitual reaction. Anger becomes a reaction to a foreign pattern of behaviour within. In these circumstances, homeostasis has failed.
Holly is of particular relevance in the case of invasive diseases like cancer.
Holly is well known for its prickly evergreen leaves and red berries. It is a small tree, slow growing, tolerant of shade. It thrives under the shade of loftier companions, and so often it can be seen deepening the gloom of a forest. Holly needs a dark green leaf in order to absorb as much light as is available. Holly needs light – and the Holly remedy brings the light of love into the darkness of negativity.
Holly leaves have around 15 prickles each which force the leaves to angle into changing curves. Each leaf is then set so that maximum light is received. The foliage is very dense and the structure of the tree is difficult to discern. The spiny form of the leaf acts to interlock one branch or shoot with another – and hence one tree with another. This forms a supportive group structure which the plant needs in order to survive. Holly cannot tolerate movement at the roots, so the linking together brings stability and strength to the group.
Great determination is needed for the young Holly plant to survive the lack of light and moisture. The spines are a sharp reminder of the need to re-awaken love within. While the negative energy is turned outwards in scapegoating someone else, we remain jealous. The sharp prick of the Holly spines gives us a stab to the heart, a realisation that we need to look inside to understand what is happening to us.
Holly has become the tree of Christ’s love. We bring Holly branches into our homes in memory of the renewal which comes after the darkest day of the year. The Holly remedy is made by the boiling method and uses both male and female flowers.
The dark green and red of the Holly leaves and berries correspond to the colours of jealousy and anger respectively. However, red is also the colour of animation and green the colour of balance and harmony. Holly acts on the point of choice – the energy can go either way according to the soul’s intention. Bach said that Holly could be given when other remedies have failed to have the desired effect. Holly has the effect of prompting the person to step into the light.
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→.