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Mustard: Remedy from the set of the Second Nineteen
About this music
Played in an early workshop (2004) in version for trumpet, vibraphone, piano bass and drums. Needs working into proper arrangement.
Simple, slow, dark, intense piece in 4/4 time. The same material repeated three times with improvisation.
Lyrics for Mustard
Mustard is an instrumental piece.
About Mustard, the Bach Flower Remedy
The Mustard emotional state develops through a lack of interest in life and a will-less emptiness.
Mustard can spring up in profusion from recently disturbed ground despite being previously unknown there. It can swamp a field of corn with its yellow flowers.
Emotionally, the Mustard stare is like the sudden and unexplained onset of depression or despair.
As though a cold dark cloud overshadowed them and hid the light and the joy of life
In the 1930s Wild Mustard was a real nuisance :
the most troublesome of all annual weeds of arable land
It competes for light and air by overgrowing other plants, smothering them. It takes nutrients and harbours pests – no wonder the farmers wanted to get rid of it.
As an emotional state, Mustard is a depression which waits, unseen, for an opportunity to surface. Its origins will be buried deeply in the past. Looking at the plant, we can see that the darkness comes from within the earth, so in emotional terms we can see that the darkness comes from within our own past experience or karma. We also see that the plants only develop when a field is left empty with bare soil. The emotional state follows disturbance of the settled pattern of life and takes root because there is no activity in the will.
What can we say of modern farming methods where fields are left bare from being sprayed with weed killer? What can enter a field from which all plants have been forcibly eradicated? The mustard plant hardly grows in arable land any more – but does its loss leave us less protected from the ‘cold dark clouds’ of depression.
Today, Mustard is found more on roadside verges and embankments. The leaves and stems are rough. The seeds are hot and tangy. The leaves are irregular – the plants lack symmetry and balance. But the flowers are cruciform – they make for an intense clear brightness which dispels gloom like sun breaking through the clouds.
In the Mustard state the consciousness finds it difficult to penetrate to the cause or meaning of the depression. The flowers link to the clear energy which can help this understanding develop. When afflicted by the Mustard state, it is almost impossible to appear happy or cheerful. Mustard can be used whenever someone is very depressed without apparent reason. But there will be a reason buried away somewhere – and the Remedy can help more understanding to arise.
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→.