Latin Name: Juglans regia
Group: Second nineteen
Emotional Group: Over-sensitive to influences and ideas
Emotional response: Unsettled during life change
For those who have definite ideals and ambitions in life and are fulfilling them, but on rare occasions are tempted to be led away from their own ideas, aims and work by the enthusiasm, convictions or strong opinions of others. The remedy gives constancy and protection from outside influences. [Bach: Twelve Healers and Other Remedies 1936]
We must gain our freedom absolutely and completely, so that all we do, our every action – nay even our every thought – derives its origin in ourselves, thus enabling us to live and give freely of our own accord, and of our own accord alone. [Bach: Collected Writings]
For those who need protection from outside influences when the foundations of life are unsettled during a major change in life – teething, puberty, starting a new school/career/job, any fundamental alteration in mental, emotional or physical state. Helps to break with the old and establish pattern of the new. Guards against anything which interferes with the workings of normal life, protects those who are attacked by subtle forces. Known as the link breaker. [Barnard: Guide to the Bach Flower Remedies]
Walnut is in Rest combination.
Walnuts are often found near old farmhouses, preferring rich soil and plenty of space in which to grow.
Walnuts are not native to Britain but have traditionally been planted for the nut as well as for timber. Walnuts are mostly found in the southern half of the country where the fruits will ripen.
Like Crab Apple this contains the idea that something has entered into the person that is distorting or damaging to the life. Having cleared the poison out of the system Walnut is there to close the door and make sure that it does not get back in. ‘This remedy’, he said, ‘gives constancy and protection from outside influences’. We are all subject to outside influences whether through advertising, electro-magnetic signals, peer pressure or psychic attack. The intent here was to so protect the person that they do not lose control of their own soul’s purpose. Bach’s purpose at this time was to find these new remedies. That is surely clear. So the prompt for Walnut was that something was interfering in his work.
For those who have definite ideals and ambitions in life and are fulfilling them, but on rare occasions are tempted to be led away from their own ideas, aims and work by the enthusiasm, convictions or strong opinions of others.
We can recognise Bach himself in the phrasing ‘definite ideals and ambitions in life’ – it carries an echo of the Elm description, ‘doing good work and following their calling in life’. And the temptation to be led away from his own ideas must have come from some specific experience that he had. It is rather as though he came under the influence of a Vervain type, someone convinced that they knew better. But it could equally be that he was experiencing some more subtle form of psychic interference – ideas being put into his mind that were subverting his own mental processes. The action of the Walnut remedy rebuilt the integrity of Bach’s thinking so that he was once again clear as to his path and direction.