In Depth Case Studies

In-Depth Case Studies


The Flower Essence Society is dedicated to training practitioners in case-taking skills, and the principles of in-depth flower essence therapy. Although flower essences can have immediate, short-term effects which provide relief of symptoms, the most profound results come about through long-term therapy in which clear transformation or metamorphosis of the soul can be noted. As Dr. Bach wrote in his classic treatise Heal Thyself, our suffering is an invitation to change, an opportunity to perfect our soul evolution so that we may more fully express our life purpose. Flower essences are often interpreted as palliatives intended to relieve physical discomfort, or address fleeting, surface emotions. While they can be used for emergency treatment, their true therapeutic value is achieved through well-considered health care programs that involve a component of inner work and self-awareness.

On the basis of our twenty years of collecting cases and practitioner reports, we have observed that flower essence therapy involves four basic levels of outcome, referred to as the Four R's of Flower Essence Response. (The original research regarding these stages of soul transformation is outlined in Flowers that Heal, by Patricia Kaminski.) These stages do not occur in every case, and while they usually occur in the order listed, several may be operative simultaneously, or in slightly altered sequence.

The Four R's of Flower Essence Response:An Overview

1. Release, Relaxation or Rejuvenation: This is the most immediate and perceptible response to flower essences. It is often felt as a physical release or shift. In this first phase of healing, the energy systems within the physical-soul bodies have been stimulated and are working toward a new center of balance. A general sense of calm, relaxation, or alertness is usually experienced, although a spectrum of other physiological responses can occur, such as changes in breathing, sleeping and eating. While most responses promote a sense of well-being, some may feel unpleasant or unexpected, such as the release of tears if being treated for grief, or pronounced sleepiness for some conditions of stress and overwhelm. These initial physiological responses gradually subside as the stimuli from the flower essences are integrated and balanced with the mind-body complex.

2. Realization and Recognition: In this stage the archetypal qualities of the flower essences work more deeply into the soul, producing new cognitive awareness about feelings and behavior. A "witness consciousness" is developed which allows insight into the hidden, or "shadow" aspects of the personality that have been contributing to dysfunctional patterns. By recognizing these parts of ourselves, we change not only physiologically, but psychologically. As with Stage One, these initial psychological insights can at times be uncomfortable, but as we come to know our selves more honestly and gain control over previously hidden aspects of our personality, we achieve greater emotional and mental clarity, inner resilience and well-being.

3. Reaction, Resistance and Reconciliation: The first two stages deal mostly with present time, and can be sufficient healing for body-soul issues which are not deeply patterned. However, in most healing work we can trace far more profound soul influences that operate at subterranean depths of consciousness, affecting the over-all health, belief systems, attitudes and creative potential of each individual. These more significant soul wounds usually involve soul history, such as early childhood experiences at times of great vulnerability, religious, political or other cultural conditioning, traumatic stress which was not fully resolved at the time of occurrence, or karmic patterns inscribed into the soul destiny at birth. Skillful application of flower essences in Stage Three facilitates deep psychological work, combined with complementary modalities like counseling, dream and journal work, meditation and visualization, art therapy and other self-awareness techniques. This stage may appear retrogressive when old patterns leap up to oppose forthright efforts of change. The alchemical stage is set for an "awareness crisis" which releases both physical and psychological residue from the past. By reconciling the buried aspects of self-identity and integrating them with conscious understanding, the soul achieves in-depth healing and transformation.

4. Renewal and Reconstellation: While the first two stages operate primarily in present time, and the third stage reaches into the deep past of the human soul, the fourth stage in flower essence therapy points to its future destiny. In Stage Four we are able to identify new possibilities concerning life purpose and the ability to manifest that purpose. One of the profound truths of genuine flower essence therapy is that when soul wounding is addressed in a transformational manner, those very areas of previous pain and limitation become nodal points for new potential and soul evolution. For instance an individual who may have been the victim of social discrimination and suffers from low-self esteem, anger and poor physical vitality can use flower essence therapy to transform these limiting conditions into positive qualities of inner-strength, self-worth and compassionate consideration for the suffering of others. These soul virtues will in turn lead to new possibilities in the destiny and creative potential of such a person.

The Flower Essence Society Certification Program guides practitioners in the successful application of flower essences, along with other supporting modalities and techniques so that in-depth transformational change can take place. The program is open to graduates of the FES Professional Course. Certification requires at least three in-depth case studies over a period of at least seven months, plus a character study. A detailed paper is written by the practitioner analyzing the cases and their development.

Follow the links below to summaries and commentary on two of the case studies submitted by Dr. Ernesto Bolio for the practitioner certification program, outlining the stages of soul metamorphosis achieved at the time the case was submitted. Dr. Bolio lives in Mexico City, Mexico. He is a medical doctor who graduated from the University of Mexico. He has taught human behavior at the Instituto Panamericano for twenty-six years, and also specializes in psychotherapy, working especially in rehabilitation for alcohol and drug addiction. Dr. Bolio attended the 1997 Practitioner Training Program and is now certified by the Flower Essence Society.

Case studies by Dr. Ernesto Bolio, medical doctor from Mexico City

The Light in Maria

Using Flower Essences to Address a Rare Nervous Disorder


Journey out of Depression

Transformational Stages in Flower Essence Therapy


Additional reports from practitioners can be found here.


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