Spiritual Transformation through the Consumption of Bach Flower Remedies and Other Vibrational Essences
The creation of Vibrational Essences, including the Edward Bach Flower Remedies, represents a twentieth-century innovation of homeopathy that takes the notion of ingestible healing liquids into entirely new territory. While homeopathic remedies can be understood as a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), New Age practitioners have expanded the scope of liquid essences to reportedly harness the metaphysical powers of sacred places and otherworldly entities. These essences are best described as hierophagic since they are believed to originate in a divine or semi-divine source and are designed to facilitate spiritual transformation through consumption while delivering sacred knowledge. Following a brief history of Vibrational Essences since the 1930s, a close examination of textual sources investigates how New Age practitioners create these essences through pilgrimage and ritual practices, including communication with intermediary beings. This evidence raises questions about otherworldly agency and contributes new research into spiritual embodiment practices in contemporary esotericism.
New Age; spirituality; religion; hierophagy; essences; angels; sacred sites