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Arts resources and commentaries

We welcome submissions of poetry, prose, paintings, photographs etc. that are clearly associated with the philosophy or remedies of Dr Edward Bach. We are also keen to receive commentaries on (and interpretations of) works of the creative imagination which can be shown to relate to the interests of this site.

A sympathetic resonance drew Edward Bach to the plants he identified as the thirty-eight remedies. Nora Weeks described how he 'was shown' these healing flowers when in the appropriate receptive state. Artists (and we are all artists when open to receiving and giving) are 'shown' the world around them, and their creations record their responses to, interpretations of, and associations with, whatever has been 'shown', be it a range of mountains, a chord, colour, pebble, dream, murder, word-play or flower.

The early nineteenth-century English poet John Keats described this receptive state: 'When I see a sparrow outside the window, I am that sparrow pecking.' His concept of 'negative capability' provides an interesting context for this: '. . . it struck me what quality went to form a man of achievement, especially in literature, and which Shakespeare possessed so enormously - I mean Negative Capability, that is, when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason'. Keats is describing how artists like Shakespeare identify imaginatively and creatively with all that is human: not only Juliet falling in love with Romeo but also Macbeth killing King Duncan.

Edward Bach demonstrated a similar negative capability when identifying the remedies. For example, Nora Weeks described how Dr Bach on one occasion behaved in a Water Violet way (quiet, aloof, withdrawn) and then announced that they were going to find the flower that would help such a person. While resonating the emotional state of a particular woman of this type, Bach found the Water Violet growing in a stream and 'gently placed his hand' over it, which eased his state of mind, bringing a sense of peace, calmness and humility.