Patterns of imbalance: Confusion and indecision about life direction; trying many activities but chronically dissatisfied, lack of commitment or focus.
Soul health and happiness are very much dependent on the ability to realize ones true life purpose and vocation. If the soul does not have the opportunity to evolve and to serve through its basic life work, it will suffer great distress. By these standards, we can appreciate the depth of sickness in our modern, technological world. Many people are unknowingly enslaved to the forces of materialism, for their primary motivation to work is a monetary one (whether they make much or little money). This situation drastically drains the souls true vitality; evenings, weekends, and holidays are spent simply recuperating or escaping from alienating or exploitative work situations. Dr. Bach recognized this fundamental soul ailment, and considered Wild Oat, along with Holly, to be one of the two basic remedies in his system. It is not improper to think of Wild Oat as relating to a particular type of person: one who is restless and seeking, who tries many jobs but is unable to commit to a true vocation. Indeed, many young people, or those experiencing mid-life crisis, have an acute need for this remedy. However, it is also important to regard Wild Oat as a broadly applicable polychrest, helping to transform the basic cultural illness of our age. Wild Oat helps the individual to recognize and respond to his/her true life calling, seeking forms of work that give the Self a sense of higher purpose and meaning, and the ability to truly serve and help others. --Taken from Flower Essence Repertory by P. Kaminski and R. Katz