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Latin Name: Fagus sylvatica
Group: Second Nineteen
Emotional Group: Over-care for the welfare of others
Emotional response: Critical
For those who feel the need to see more good and beauty in all that surrounds them. And, though much appears to be wrong, to have the ability to see the good growing within. So as to be able to be more tolerant, lenient and understanding of the different way each individual and all things are working to their own final perfection. [Bach: Twelve Healers and Other Remedies 1936]
That we never criticise nor condemn the thoughts, the opinions, the ideas of others; ever remembering that all humanity are God’s children, each striving in his own way to find the Glory of his Father. [Barnard: Guide to the Bach Flower Remedies]]
Those who are critical, dissatisfied, intolerant, irritable, always finding fault, seeing only the negative side of things. Annoyed by small matters – the oddities and mannerisms and idiosyncrasies of others. Demand exactness, order and discipline. Arrogant people who complain of others, petty anger, sound in judgement but sour, cynical, unsympathetic. [Bach]
Beeches are found growing on a variety of soils. They are especially characteristic of chalk landscape preferring the well-drained conditions.
Ancient Beech forests are generally found in the south of England.
In order to find a remedy for this Beech state of mind, Bach needed to be clear as to what such people really feel; what leads them to those circumstances? Beech people are not exactly dominant but they develop an urge to suppress the freedom of other people’s self-expression. Again, this is not a soul type but a condition that builds up over time owing to a reactive dislike for something – life does not do what I want so I will criticise everything and everybody to show how wrong it all is. This finds expression in setting straight the natural tumult of experience, seeking exactness, order and discipline; in the narrow standard of getting it perfect; in a pernickety, fussy attention to cleanliness and detail. All of this expression looks at the external form because the person is internally discontented.
At the end of the year, when Bach had found the last of the second nineteen remedies, he organised all 38 into seven groups. Beech he put into the group for Over-Care for Welfare of Others, along with Chicory, Vervain, Vine and Rockwater. All five remedies share the same dissatisfaction with the external circumstances of life and a feeling of superiority towards others. In each case this outlook deflects attention from the real problem: the individual themselves. The problem for the Beech person is a lack of self-worth, for the person who does not value themselves finds it hard to value and honour others.