The hopelessness of the Gorse state can come as a result of an ongoing chronic condition where it becomes easy to believe that you will never be well again. To please others you can be persuaded to try a new treatment, but deep down you don't believe it will help.
Getting to Know the Essence
Nickie Murray explains how Gorse can support and maintain a positive state of mind
A man, unemployed for three years, has written 150 applications, but still has no job prospects: ‘I've tried everything, but nothing ever works...’
A woman has tried for months to get justice and recompense for an accident at work, but still no progress: ‘Oh, what's the point in trying, it's no use...’
Also known as Furze Bush in the west of England, Gorse was used to fuel fires and the sprigs were a traditional May Day gift between young lovers, the time when the blossom is at its peak. It famously flowers all through the year: 'Kissing is out of fashion when gorse is out of blossom.'
'It seemed that every time I opened my inbox there was a flood of petitions urging me to save this and save that. Feeling totally hopeless about the world, I took some Gorse. I seemed to gain a wider perspective – I recalled Dr Bach talking about ‘the plan’, and that if we can transmute our negative aspects into light, through using the essences, we are helping to clear the world of negativity. I allowed myself to embrace the mystery of life and find more trust that things would work out as they should!'
Questions and Reflections
Gorse seems to be an essence that is applicable to people who have been suffering for a long time, but it can help everyone.
Looking at the flower's description, can you recall a time when Gorse might have helped you?
Plant Signature and Activities
Gorse bushes may appear dead in the centre, reflecting the slow decline of life force suffered by people needing the Gorse essence. However, the bush is always flowering and sending out new shoots, which indicates the on-going potential for renewal and rebirth.
Explore and add further plant/people comparisons:
Gorse is a flower of light, the bushes burning brightly like candles on the hill side.
This essence can bring light, warmth and energy into the heart of a depressed and hopeless person.
As the heat dries the seed pods, they explode casting their seeds. What other Bach Essence has a similar gesture? Is the person gesture similar or not?
The leaves of the Gorse are as sharp as a needle. This is an important part of the signature. In what way? Are there other Bach Flowers that have a similar gesture?
As the flowers begin to open in April, the air fills with the wonderful scent of coconut, with a hint of vanilla! What other Bach Flowers have a strong perfume? Is that part of the plant/person gesture?
Which of the Twelve Healers is Gorse related to and why?
What is the difference between Gorse and Wild Rose? Also compare Gorse and Sweet Chestnut.