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Latin Name: Aesculus hippocastanum
Emotional Group: Insufficient interest in present circumstances
Emotional response: Unable to learn from mistakes
For those who do not take full advantage of observation and experience, and who take a longer time than others to learn the lessons of daily life. Whereas one experience would be enough for some, such people find it necessary to have more, sometimes several, before the lesson is learnt. Therefore, to their regret, they find themselves having to make the same error on different occasions when once would have been enough, or observation of others could have spared them even that one fault. [Bach: Twelve Healers and Other Remedies 1936]
We learn slowly, one lesson at a time, but we must if we are to be well and happy, learn the particular lesson given to us by our spiritual self. [Bach]
Those who fail to learn by experience and go on repeating the same mistakes again and again. They may be impatient and always thinking ahead and so fail to see what is happening, failing to base their actions upon past experience. They may be careless, clumsy, slow in learning, inattentive and as children even unresponsive to learning. [Bach]
Chestnut trees originated in the Balkan region.
Horse Chestnut trees were brought over in the early seventeenth century and are now found throughout the country.
A Chestnut Bud situation is like the game of Snakes and Ladders where we can find ourselves falling back into an old way of thinking and acting, slipping away from knowledge and experience that we have worked hard to achieve. We are here ‘for the purpose of gaining all the knowledge and experience which can be obtained through earthly existence…’. But at times we fail to see that. We repeat the experience without gaining the knowledge, or, in forgetting the knowledge we find we must repeat the experience. Was Bach being shown something that he failed, at first, to see?
Error, fault and failing are words that appear frequently in Bach’s writing. ‘Our whole object is to realise our faults…. Disease is entirely and only due to faults within…. The only cure is to correct our faults…’. In view of this we must look carefully at Chestnut Bud as the remedy that most definitely helps us to recognise the error in our ways. Recognising these personal failings is, Dr Bach says, the most important task for our life on earth: