by Linda Crider —
In these uncertain times, many of us are faced with difficult choices that will have a significant impact for decades to come. Although Dr. Edward Bach lived during what we now consider to be a more stable era by comparison, he recognized how indecisiveness can upset our emotional balance. In fact, he divided his healing system of 38 flower essences into seven categories. One of them he specifically labeled, “Uncertainty.” The essence of Cerato is included in this group to assist those who have trouble making decisions on their own.
Cerato is a lovely blue flower; however, it blooms on a shrub that appears to grow rather erratically, unsure of which direction to take. This is perhaps why Dr. Bach was drawn to the flower’s energy. In his words, this remedy is for “those who have not sufficient confidence in themselves to make their own decisions.” This does not refer to individual capabilities and talents, but rather to a lack of trust in the validity of one’s intuition.
To clarify, it is not the indecisiveness itself that indicates the need for Cerato. It is the inability or unwillingness to make and act on decisions without seeking out the opinions of others. This can manifest in the form of asking questions such as, “What do you think I should do?” or “What would you do if you were me?” The issue can be a trivial one, such as how to dress, or a more important one that concerns career choices and life changes.
Those in need of Cerato can be easily recognized as individuals who tend to always follow the latest and most popular fads in fashion, dietary habits, social norms and political ideologies. Such people may unconsciously mimic others in deference to adopting a style of their own.
They may spend a great deal of time researching, gathering information and polling their friends before making a decision or moving in a particular direction. Then, almost immediately, they second-guess themselves, fearing the choice they made was the wrong one. These people often find themselves misguided, as they have put their faith in the wisdom of others, rather than relying on their own inner voice.
Those who need Cerato can be found within all age groups. In fact, their issues are often rooted in childhood — for example, when youngsters are strictly governed by their parents, teachers and other authority figures, and are not given choices or allowed to make simple decisions.
Since animals also are subject to emotional imbalances, they too can respond to this flower essence therapy. For example, a dog that frequently glances back at its owner for assurance that it is stepping on the correct path would benefit from this remedy.
Those seeking to increase their intuitive abilities may find that taking this flower essence opens up a new source of guidance provided in the dream state. As one Bach scholar says, “When you use Cerato, you will find your inner voice growing stronger, and the more you trust in it, the more clearly it will speak.”
Linda Crider has been a promoter and educator of botanical healing practices for 15 years. She specializes in flower essence therapy and is a Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner and founder of Blooming Vibrations, LLC. 602-774-2382 or www.bloomingvibrations.com.
Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 30, Number 5, Oct/Nov 2011.