Vine

VineVine is also known as the Authority Flower – from leading to being led.

Very capable people, certain of their own ability, confident of success.  Being so assured, they think that it would be for the benefit of others if they could be persuaded to do things as they themselves do, or as they are certain is right.  Even in illness they will direct their attendants.  They may be of great value in emergency.” Edward Bach

Vine relates to the soul’s quality of authority. In the negative Vine state, you don’t deal well with the principle of authority.  You’ll either deny it or become carried away by it.  Those who deny it may easily fall victim to power plays.  Those who are carried away by it need to have their way at any price – they can be ruthless and have no respect for the individuality of others.

Some of the characteristics to be aware of include:

  • You need to have your way at any price, you’re unable to give in
  • You always want to have the last word
  • You find it difficult to obey
  • You gladly take up the role of the leader, of being the “Saviour” in a difficult situation
  • Or the opposite may be true, it is difficult for you to lead and tell others what to do
  • You run the risk of misusing your great gifts for personal power
  • You ruthlessly disregard the opinion of others
  • You rarely doubt your superiority and try to make everybody dance to your tune
  • You constantly measure your strength or power and question established hierarchies
  • You’re hard, cruel and pitiless without conscience
  • You’re narrow-minded and accept only your own opinion
  • Your head comes before your heart
  • You intentionally install fear in others
  • When hospitalised, you tell the physician what to do and keep the nurses on their toes
  • You don’t discuss things because you believe you’re always right
  • You bow to your superiors and tread on underlings underfoot
  • People who will not participate in the struggle for power are ignored
  • You cannot tolerate anyone contradicting you
  • You accept only a selected few, and refuse to take others seriously
  • Children will beat up their classmates
  • Older people rigidly insist on their opinions

Even if only one of two of these patterns precisely match your present situation, you need Vine.

The positive potential for taking vine is an acceptance of the rights of others and pay attention to their needs. You know how to discriminate between healthy and overwhelming ambition. You understand that your task is to fill your role in the theatre of life in as humane as way as possible. You help others to help themselves find their own way. You’re the wise, understanding leader who has natural authority.

Empowering statements

  • I empathise
  • I show respect
  • I value and support

 

 

Note: taken from the Encyclopedia of Bach Flower Therapy by Mechthild Scheffer