Aligning with Being
Bach Flower Remedies
You are here with a
noble purpose 5.08.2013
Infinite Being, Infinite Peace
The Labyrinth: A pathway
to the God within
I am infinite being
Bach Flower Remedies
by Gillian Corcoran posted November 20, 2013
The Bach Flower remedies were created by Dr. Bach (1886 – 1936), to address healing on the emotional and spiritual levels. In 1934, Dr. Bach wrote:
The action of these remedies is to raise our vibration and open up our channels for the reception of the Spiritual Self; to flood our natures with the particular virtue we need, and wash out from us the fault that is causing the harm. They are able, like beautiful music or any glorious uplifting thing which gives us inspiration, to raise our very natures, and bring us nearer to our soul and by that very act to bring peace and relieve our sufferings.
Dr. Bach a noted physician, immunologist, and bacteriologist, left his Harley Street practice in London, England, to devote himself to finding natural remedies in an approach that took into consideration the whole person. He began collecting plants and flowers and experimented on himself until he found the remedies he wanted. Each was aimed at a particular mental state or emotion. He found that when he treated the personalities and feelings of his patients, their unhappiness and physical distress would be naturally alleviated as the healing potential in their bodies was unblocked and allowed to work once more.
Dr. Bach eventually settled in Mount Vernon, Oxfordshire, and his home and garden serve today as an educational center where the remedies are still made according to his instructions. Standing in the surprising small garden on a recent visit, I was moved by both the simplicity and dedication of Dr. Bach, and the impact this man continues to have in the lives of people all over the world.
Mount Vernon in Oxfordshire, England
Below is a list of the Bach Flower remedies.
For more information on each remedy click the flower name.
Agrimony - mental torture behind a cheerful face
Aspen - fear of unknown things
Beech - intolerance
Centaury - the inability to say 'no'
Cerato - lack of trust in one's own decisions
Cherry Plum - fear of the mind giving way
Chestnut Bud - failure to learn from mistakes
Chicory- selfish, possessive love
Clematis - dreaming of the future without working in the present
Crab Apple - the cleansing remedy, also for self-hatred
Elm - overwhelmed by responsibility
Gentian - discouragement after a setback
Gorse - hopelessness and despair
Heather - self-centredness and self-concern
Holly- hatred, envy and jealousy
Honeysuckle- living in the past
Hornbeam- tiredness at the thought of doing something
Impatiens - impatience
Larch - lack of confidence
Mimulus - fear of known things
Mustard - deep gloom for no reason
Oak - the plodder who keeps going past the point of exhaustion
Olive - exhaustion following mental or physical effort
Red Chestnut- over-concern for the welfare of loved ones
Rock Rose - terror and fright
Rock Water - self-denial, rigidity and self-repression
Scleranthus - inability to choose between alternatives
In "Heal Thyself" Dr. Bach wrote:
“…disease, though apparently so cruel, is in itself beneficent and for our good and, if rightly interpreted, it will guide us to our essential faults. If properly treated, it will be the cause of the removal of those faults and leave us better and greater than before. Suffering is a corrective to point out a lesson which by other means we have failed to grasp, and never can it be eradicated until that lesson is learnt. Let it also be known that in those who understand and are able to read the significance of premonitory symptoms, disease may be prevented before its onset or aborted in its earlier stages if the proper corrective spiritual and mental efforts be undertaken. Nor need any case despair, however severe, for the fact that the individual is still granted physical life indicates that the Soul who rules is not without hope.”
“…having freed ourselves, we are free to help others. And it is not so difficult as it may at first appear; we are but expected to do our best, and we know that this is possible for all of us if we will but listen to the dictates of our own Soul. Life does not demand of us unthinkable sacrifice; it asks us to travel its journey with joy in our heart and to be a blessing to those around, so that if we leave the world just that trifle better for our visit, then have we done our work.”
For more information on Dr. Bach and the Bach flower remedies:
For a free download of “Heal Thyself” by Dr. Edward Bach:
For a free download of “The Twelve Healers” by Dr. Edward Bach:
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Aligning with Being
posted August 5, 2013
I am often asked about cancer, its causes and possible cures.
To me, cancer neither begins in the body nor ends with physical treatment. Perhaps modern medicine cannot find a cure because it looks at cancer as a physical phenomenon. We are not our bodies. Living healthy lives is essential but cancer begins elsewhere in our being and until we embrace this, the cure for cancer will elude us.
Disease begins with stagnation, a resistance to the flow of life. Rising beyond this resistance holds the promise of moving beyond cancer and other degenerative diseases. For those with cancer, embracing the lessons hidden in our life experiences with gratitude is the first step to healing.
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You are Here with a Purpose, and that Purpose is
You were born on this planet, in this time, with a purpose……….a
noble purpose. Your birth was celebrated by God, your Creator and your
spiritual guides who planned this lifetime with you. Your family received you
with joy as friends and community gathered to rejoice in your birth. A precious
child was born onto the earth and with it a dream! You came into this lifetime
with a vision, a purpose that extended far beyond the home and community you
were born into. Your family, friends, teachers, spouse, children, co-workers,
bosses and neighbors, would with time interweave their life with yours. You
came with unique gifts, talents and insights to share with them. And within
your heart you held precious lessons and pre-agreements with those who would
assist you in embracing these lessons for one simple purpose: to learn to
One detail of your life would emerge as most significant. You would advance
your life purpose against all odds, and these odds were all woven into the
fabric of this life that unfolded before you, not to defeat you, but to
facilitate the realizing of your purpose for being.
this third dimension brings with it expectations of growing up in a comfortable
and loving family setting, community and society. Along with this is the
pursuit of a good education that provides a stable and profitable job, and a
healthy marriage and family that continues this cycle of life. Few if any,
realize this idyllic life. In truth, we struggle with self-acceptance in a
world that cannot give us value. Family life may present challenges of abuse, conflicts,
addictions, divorce, accidents, disease and financial difficulties. Our life
growing up may be complicated by bullying at home, school and sports and with
feelings of inadequacy, of not “fitting in.” This continues into adulthood. Why
must suffering and conflict play out in our lives? Who is orchestrating these
tragic events that derail us from realizing our “dream?”
Although we may react to these painful life experiences as threats to our
survival, they bring with them great blessing. These events that unfold in our
lives do so with a purpose. No one may have planned them in such detail, but
the fact that they play out in our lives repeatedly over decades is
significant. They may involve different people, but tend to unfold in stark similarity,
touching on similar themes and striking the same “chords” within us that arouse
deep seated feelings of non-acceptance of self and others, of fear, anger,
blame, guilt, shame and aggression.
These events are embedded in the third dimension and we, as living beings who
are passing through this dimension, experience them as part of our lives. From
our instinct for survival, we may react to these with righteous
indignation and defense….with resistance. Self-preservation brings with it denial,
aggression and isolation. Eventually, these negative emotions and
distorted beliefs in the self begin to take a toll on our health and
But these events come bearing gifts. They draw to us the teachers of acceptance
and forgiveness of self and others and the fortitude to embrace life in all its
pain and splendor, with gratitude. We can react with disdain and fear at what
unfolds in our personal lives or we can choose to look beyond that which
appears to threaten our very survival and discover the greater truth of who we
are and why we are here.
In truth, we are infinite beings, untouchable by whatever dramas may unfold in
this third dimension, no matter how monumental and threatening they may appear.
We have come into this life with a purpose and that purpose is noble. We are
here to discover the infinite power of the love that is within us and to
express ourselves from this love. Jesus spoke of turning the other cheek. He
said not to take offense at what plays out before us. Don't own it. Stand
firm in the knowing that nothing and no one can change or annihilate us, for
there is only one God, one Life……………and we are that Life.
Life is not
about living out roles as perfect children who grow up to live happily ever
after. This is life with a little “l” which is about survival in the third
dimension. It provides us with the setting (family, shelter, food and clothing)
to live out our true purpose. But success on this level is not a measure of the
fulfillment of our purpose for being. Sleeplessness, depression and anxiety are
the companions of those who try to find meaning in this limited existence.
Spiritually, we feel confined in a three dimensional life experience, when
in fact, our nature is infinite. We are cut off from the flow of life, and with
this stagnation comes disease.
Life with a big “L” is primary and it is about being true to
oneself, about embracing the life experiences that unfold for us no matter how
painful and distorted, as well as the characters that come with them. Life is
about learning to love, about discovering the self within and living out from
this center of our being, extending our love and light beyond our family to the
community and the world.
Jesus’ words clearly define our noble purpose for being: (Matthew 5:39-48):
But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other to him also;
and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well;
and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. Give to
everyone who begs of you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from
you. You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate
your enemy’. But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who
persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven; …
And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than
others? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version
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Click on the link
below to watch "A Good Day" a video about gratitude by Brother
David Steindl-Rast : http://www.gratefulness.org/brotherdavid/a-good-day.htm
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Infinite Being, Infinite Peace
posted July 29, 2013
deepest desire as human beings is to be at peace within and with our
environment. This is because peace is our natural state of being. If
we are not accessing this peace within, it is because we are living from a
space in consciousness that is not in harmony with who we are. We are living
from a belief in a self that is separate and apart from itself, from others
and from God.
We live in a world that externally does not reflect peace to us. This is
because true peace comes from within and is not found outside of ourselves.
Living from a space of inner calm, from the knowing of ourselves as pure
light that transcends the slightest expression of disturbance within or
without, is a choice. The moment we choose to let go of beliefs that
bind us to the sense of separation from self and other selves, the doorway to
infinite being opens before us. We awaken to inner peace. True peace then
extends out to the world from this center of our being.
There are many ways of moving into the present, of awakening to this peace
within. We have on this page a voice recorded meditation that offers a first
step into being. Letting go of distorted beliefs, images and memories
of the past frees us to move into the present moment, to the knowing of
ourselves as infinite beings of light. For those of us who find it difficult
to quiet the mind and move into a meditative state, we offer the avenue of
walking the sacred path of the labyrinth.
The resurgence of labyrinths is a gift to us living in the 21st century. The
Universe in its loving kindness saw that we in this time would need a way to
access this inner knowing of ourselves as infinite beings of peace, and so
inspired thousands of visionaries to cover this earth with labyrinths. There
is probably one within a 5 mile radius of your home! They are built in
nature, in church grounds, hospitals, parks, schools, and private residences.
Most are open to the public 24 hours a day. We invite you to visit one.
Below is an article that introduces you to these sacred circles that await
you. There is also a link to locate a labyrinth in your neighborhood.
The Labyrinth: A pathway to the God
within by Gillian Corcoran
Photo from: primalbeautywordpress blog
To walk a labyrinth is to enter a
pathway to presence; it is a “coming home” to who we truly are. As we put one
step in front of the other, trusting the path as it leads us to the center, we
are “traveling” to the center of our being, which is God. As our bodies follow
the path, our minds are quieted, thus allowing us to access our heart and
spirit. From this space of inner calm we hear the voice within.
are archetypal symbols transcending religion, time and cultures. Their designs
incorporate the principles of sacred geometry, the utilization of geometric
forms and ratios to create harmony and balance. Walking a labyrinth awakens the
right brain, where intuition, spirituality and creativity reside, bringing both
left and right brain into balance. Labyrinths create order out of chaos. They
provide us with clarity and reveal to us thought and behavioral patterns that
may be holding us back in our lives.
Photo from: peacesanctuary.org
is a three part process built into the labyrinth design which unfolds as we
walk. After setting an intention for the walk, the first process is releasing
and letting go (of the busy thoughts in our minds, the emotions that bubble to
the surface, even of expectations of the walk itself). When we reach the
center, we have emptied out and now have inner space to receive insights and
illumination from God. Each person is free to walk the labyrinth at their own
pace and to spend as much time as they need in the center. The third stage of
the walk is integration or union. Here we take what we have received in the
center and make it a part of who we are. As we step out of the labyrinth and
back into the world we are renewed, with inspirations and new understandings
of how to live our lives from this presence. It is important to recognize that
although this process is described in three stages, the labyrinth is not
linear. Any of these processes can happen anywhere in the labyrinth at any time
during the walk.
first time I stepped into a labyrinth, I felt as though I had entered the womb
of God. I experienced deep joy and a feeling of being “free to be
me.” I felt seen, understood, and appreciated, but most of all, I
felt held in the warm loving embrace of God. I was loved for exactly who I was
in that moment. I truly came home
knowledge of labyrinths to this point, was from reading Dr. Lauren Artress’
book, “Walking A Sacred Path”, but this experience with God prompted
me to learn and experience more. In the last twelve years I have walked this
sacred path numerous times. I conduct labyrinth retreats and also build these
sacred circles. I love to introduce labyrinths to people who are seeking
inner peace and contemplation in their lives. Labyrinths have become an
integral part of my spiritual journey, providing me with a pathway to the God
can be found all over the United States and around the world. To find a
labyrinth near you, go to: http://labyrinthlocator.com/
and enter your location. Labyrinths within the mileage range you want to
travel will be listed. For more information about labyrinths you can go to: http://www.veriditas.org/
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Aligning With Being
July 14, 2013
about Anita Moorjani’s near death experience and how it facilitated her
miraculous healing, (in her book “Dying to Be Me”), I was inspired to
find a way to access such healing. I asked God, “How can we re-create this
experience without dying?” This was my prayer for weeks.
One morning in June 2012, while
sitting in silence, I found myself being guided through the following
meditation. As simple and gentle as it was, it profoundly impacted me. As I
sat in awe after this experience of letting go, I knew that the meditation was
a gift for all seeking oneness. It has proved to be the first step in the
unfolding of my work supporting others through love and light.
I Am Infinite Being
listen to a recording of this meditation by clicking on the sound
icon below the written meditation. The music for the meditation is
from the CD, Liquid Mind III "Balance."
(Close your eyes and relax.
Take a few deep breaths. Rest into your heart and initiate the meditation from
this center of your being).
in nature. The air is fresh and the sun gently warms your face as you walk in
an open field. Before you is a beautiful, lush, green forest. You see a path
that leads from your feet into the forest.
Step onto this path with
your hand on your heart. You are walking this path with your heart. The forest
rises to meet you and embraces you with love. You are surrounded by trees,
flowers and fauna that are vibrant and alive. Everything is lush and green. The
plants reach out to touch you as you pass, and the flowers fill the air with
delightful scents. Their colors are vibrant and they beckon you to draw close
to them. The birds fly down to greet you and move ahead of you as if to show
you the way. Small animals watch you from the side of the path and point
you in the right direction. The whole universe extends itself to you in
As you move deeper into the
forest you begin to hear water in a creek up ahead. At first it is faint, but
you increase your pace and soon you are running to meet the creek as it passes
alongside your path. It widens into a river and you stand there at the banks of
this beautiful waterway. Listen to the sound and feel the power of the water as
it rushes downstream. The fish jump up to greet you and they welcome you.
As you stand by the river,
you are handed a crystal bowl. It is clear and very fluid as if it is alive.
Close your eyes and bring into awareness that which is in your heart that pains
you. What or who have you been carrying in your heart that you are ready to
release, to forgive? Ask yourself: “What am I ready to let go of so that I can
freely move into the light?” Wait for the answer to come. As these come into
consciousness, put them into the bowl, be it people, unresolved issues,
illness, personal mistakes that you have made, fears, lack consciousness,
anything that you feel may be holding you back in life.
The crystal bowl is
very fluid and it can expand to accommodate your needs. Look to your sides and
you will see small light beings standing ready to help you to hold the bowl.
They are happy to participate with you in this great event. Allow them to hold
the bowl for you.
Now that you have filled the
bowl, say, “This I release with love. This I release with love. This I
release with love.”
Come to the river’s edge and
gently place the bowl into the water. Watch as the fish and turtles gather
around to encourage you and then to receive the bowl into the river. They carry
it to the center where the current flows with great force. The river
quickly envelops the bowl and you see that it dissolves into the water as it
Take a deep breath. Open
your arms and receive the warmth of the sun into your heart. You feel light and
peaceful. You are free.
Slowly make your way back to
your path. There the birds and animals greet you once again with excitement.
Everything is alive and you feel embraced by nature. You notice now that the
path leads up the mountain and so you begin to ascend to the top. At first you
are walking, but you feel like running and are amazed that you can run up the
mountain with such ease. You feel light and buoyant!
You reach the top of the
mountain and look out into the valley. As with the forest, it is lush and
green, and full of life. Your eyes are drawn to a beautiful blue/white light
that is shining from the sky onto the valley. As you watch this light you
realize that you are drawing it to you with your heart. Stay with it. It
becomes more radiant and alive as it approaches you. The light beckons you to
You are at the precipice of
the mountain and you are free to move into this blue/white light.
Become one with this radiant
blue/white light. Allow it to draw you into itself. You may choose to simply
walk into the light. You may jump from the mountain top into this light and
soar into the bright blue sky, or you may swim into it as the cool blue waters
of the ocean. The light gently draws you into itself. It envelops you and you
feel totally one with it.
You are this radiant
You have moved into the NOW,
into awareness of yourself as a Being of Light!