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Heather: Remedy from the set of the Seven Helpers
About this music
Realised with violin and piano, but not yet in performance. This is one of the few Remedy pieces that are suitable for the violin.
An opening section with running semiquavers over a bass line in open fifths is followed by a strong lyrical line composed of long melody notes and a flowing accompaniment.
Lyrics for Heather
Heather is an instrumental piece.
About Heather, the Bach Flower Remedy
Bach found Heather near to where he had found Mimulus and Impatiens at the beginning of his journey.
Heather is not a soul condition which carries with it one of the great lessons of life. Rather it is a way of treating with life as it has developed over a period of years.
‘Those who are always seeking the companionship of anyone who may be available, as they find it necessary to discuss their own affairs with others, no matter whom it may be. They are very unhappy if they have to be alone for any length of time.’
Heather people have become lonely and they react by talking obsessively about themselves to anyone who will listen. This happens, says Bach, because of lost hope, although sufferers may not be conscious of that as the cause. When anxiety begins to replace normal healthy optimism then some people may find themselves in the Heather state. The sense of isolation which drives towards the Heather state is based upon an anxiety about meaning in life. Heather people become insecure and are secretly worried about life and death.
Heather grows on mountain tops and wild heathlands, far from the busy streets of the town. Left alone in the mountains, most of us feel our smallness and insignificance.
There is no clear gesture in heather as in many of the plants – it grows as a strong dominant species, carpeting the ground. It lacks a clear structure. The flowers cluster on stalks crowding so densely that the impression is of a massed colour rather than individual plants. Heather forms a specialized habitat, where each plant shelters its neighbour, so there is a closeness there. It builds into a miniature forest, excluding other species.
This indicates the tendency of Heather people to sap the vitality of others, with their need for closeness and constant chatter. Heather people are sometimes hard to get away from (button-holers) and this attachment is like that of the flowers.
‘When we make a flower remedy, especially if it is a long way from home, there is not much else to do but sit and just be there…….the quiet joy of being there was so strong. Although it is hard to put into words, I felt that this is the remedy for unification. I felt a presence that is behind all individual things, like the spirit that is behind each species…
…Many of us, I suppose, know this experience, the joy that we can have in such a place. But at the same time I saw that while the plants the insects and the birds were each connected to their own spirit and knew their nature – I saw that human beings so often were not. It seemed that some people failed to connect this spirit in themselves and that was why they felt lost and confused. That was the message of the Heather. The negative state of the Heather remedy was this feeling of isolation, of loneliness, of being unable to endure the wild and open space of the soul, alone. Then I saw that there really is a ‘universal mind substance’ that each of us can reach into and be a part of. That is the spirit that lies behind or rather within human beings. To reach to this spirit one had only to move towards it rather than turning away. It carried all within it. It knew all, saw all and was all. To be part of that unity was to be no longer alone. It was the comfort and blessedness of communion, being one with all life, separate but part of a united creation. It is a little like coming home, like knowing that you are not alone because you are loved.’
This account of this Bach Flower Remedy is based on the book Bach Flower Remedies : Form and Function by Julian Barnard.
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