“Stroke of Insight” – the polarity of life

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor and friendThis presentation (from the “Ted Talks” lecture series) by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor,  neuroanatomist, is a fascinating account of her experience and realizations while experiencing a stroke first-hand, caused by a massive brain hemorrhage. What I enjoyed the most was her vivid depiction of the differences between the functioning of the left- and right- hemispheres of the brain, and the sharp distinction between the two forms of consciousness that make up the whole human being.

Our Heilkunst understanding of therapeutics rests on the ultimate foundation of this distinction between the two polarities of the human being, and healing ultimately is measured by their re-integration into a whole. I often refer to my work with individuals as a form of “couples counselling” – that is, working on the inner marriage between their two beings (where the external marriage is typically the stage upon which these inner dynamics are played out). Every aspect of Heilkunst therapy is ultimately aimed at achieving this higher form of health and consciousness.

In our left-brained culture, these types of experiences can provide incredible revelations for the individual having them, and also be a great pointer to the existence of something “outside the box”. I have included the original video, and accompanying transcript below.

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“Into The Wild”, a new Heilkunst Movie coming to a theatre near you!

I recently saw Sean Penn’s 2007 movie, Into The Wild, with Emile Hirsch. I loved it and haven’t been able to get it off my mind since. I was so captured by this young man, born into a frighteningly normal and dysfunctional family, and how one fine day he executes his plan to just walk away without a trace. He travels all the way down the U.S. Coast and then thumbs rides all the way up to Alaska.

Carving out his uniquely owned destiny, fashioned out of his own truth, Christopher (aka Alexander Supertramp) re-claims his own re-defined body, mind and spirit, which was lost to suburban normalcy. He becomes this hermit Christ-like character revered by others for his wisdom. This is a true story of a fellow by the name of Christopher McCandless (when I play with the words, I get “Christ offers son of no light”) who is a serious reader of Tolstoy, Thoreau and Jack London. These books are this young man’s guides into the dark reaches of his pain-soaked psyche and he works hard to preserve them over his entangled, perilous journey through rainforests, chuting down rapids, and months of living in a deserted bus in the middle of nowhere in Alaska.

This is the Heilkunst journey done through crude nature, the archetypal journey to truth. My patients go through something very similar, earning the same knowledge in the end; however, they do it through wholly refined, principled medicine with a good understanding of the applied jurisdictions at every bend in the road. The nice thing is that in the end, we generally get to retain life and limb … for the most part. This scientific framework uses refined nature (homeopathic remedies) and you are equipped with guides who have also been there.

I too left home at 17 in an effort to find my own true nature separate from how I’d been nurtured. I went on a downward spiraling staircase with a myriad of symptoms, an autistic babe and a failing marriage and I had to find my own authentic and unique path to the truth, just like Christopher. Through Heilkunst treatment, I chose to excavate my birth, re-create my childhood (where mothers don’t commit suicide), create a new family who loves one another out of choice not obligation, and find my life’s work through wisdom and solid principles which I could live by. The difference is that my suffering en route has been minimal compared to this movie’s character. I’ve never had a grizzly bear sniff my navel.

My patients go through variations of the exact same theme. It is like the voyage of the archetypal Christ with many mini-crucifixions on the way. I’ve served amazing individuals who faced and overcame paralyzing addictions, aggressive cancers, single moms of autistic children, crippling arthritis, infertility, and torturous emotional and physical abuse. I wonder daily at the courage of the human spirit and these individuals’ courage to “Be” … always daring to know. I had one patient say to me this week that she was disappointed that the healing reaction was so mild, this month, as she didn’t feel she had enough of a revelation through her suffering!

As each individual re-invents themselves once cured of childhood trauma, ideogenic (spiritual), iatrogenic (allopathic drugs) and chronic diseases, they too will make a new life with healthier and more resonant parents, friends, living conditions, work environments and partners. It is fascinating for me to witness these transformations time and time again. So fortunately for us, unlike Christopher, we don’t have to have our winter’s food consumed by maggots, half starve ourselves to death in the wilderness, nor do we need to leave all contact with the outside world in order to obtain the same pieces of knowledge he did.

We are a holographic whole of the divine fabric which has been laid down in an orderly and lawful fashion by the wisest of creators. And we can know it through the study of arch-phenomena by curing our own diseases. The thing is that knowing comes with tramping down the path through the heart of darkness. Its actually designed that way. But I can do this just as effectively while still enjoying the creature comforts of modern plumbing, food in my fridge, and fresh clean sheets.

There was a moment in the movie that I absolutely loved: when Christopher is speaking to the Park Ranger about where the best place would be to launch his newly purchased kayak down a violent river full of rapids (it is important to note, too, that he can’t swim and is terrified of water). The Park Ranger offers him a spot on a waiting list years away from the present. He suggests if Christopher would like to launch sometime this year it will cost him a couple thousand dollars. The idiocy of the moment strikes you blind and being in Christopher’s hiking boots allows you to look at bureaucracy from a whole new standpoint. It makes you want to claw back what has been lost from years of too much government and rules that don’t serve the natural person anymore. This resonated with me … as the Cancer state of mind also kept me hobbled too, enmeshed in the fabric of false authority. I, too, had to awaken to the magnitude of its stupidity, like its promotion of the the HPV vaccine for one.

Like Christopher, I cherish the truth seekers like Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, Rudolf Steiner and Willhelm Reich. I would go a long way to protect what I’ve gleaned from these wise, principled, indomitable individuals. I can never lose their books as they live on accessible shelves for anyone with the organizing lens to see them. I too have loving mentors who firmly hold me as I go through the process of knowing myself. Thankfully, the artfully rendered science of Heilkunst will live on as a living, breathing entity independent of those of us who choose to work within her principles. We are modern day, physical and spiritual Supertramps.

Pregnancy and Heilkunst Medicine

I was once consulted by a local Midwife who wanted me to help her create a kit of remedies to use for her patients going through labor and delivery. I made some combinations of remedies to help with scenarios like helping the Mother to fully dilate and for helping to turn a breach baby.  She also asked me if I had a particular remedy that could take all of the patient’s emotional traumas from childhood and “shelve” them on the day of labor and delivery. She cited that this is the biggest caveat to a successful birth. She knew that the body, mind and spirit knows precisely what to do, but the unresolved grief, fear, anger, guilt and resentment are the biggest blocks to allowing labor to unfold easily without inordinate pain and discomfort.

I replied saying that I did know of a panacea in one bottle, but that it was the treatment of these unresolved childhood traumas that I treat every day through Heilkunst medicine in my Clinic. However, ideally this tour to health and well-being would have to be started well before labor and delivery began. It is interesting that I’ve treated a number of women who had very difficult births, started Heilkunst treatment, and then had another baby without difficulty or significant pain. I was also one of these women.

My son Jordan was a night-marish 2 months early, delivered by emergency C-section at 4 lbs. 6 oz. with a heart rate over 200 beats per minute. Afterwards, I developed such a horrible infection in my wound, I was put on 9 different antibiotics that did nothing to address the root cause. The whole miserable story is captured in my book The Path To Cure, The Whole Art of Healing Autism. My daughter Adie, alternatively, was slightly beyond full-term, a whopping 7 lbs. and some, and was delivered vaginally after 10 minutes of being fully dilated. It happened so easily and quickly, I likened it to an elephant stepping on a tube of toothpaste. I was barely involved at all as my body took on what seemed like an “other-wordly” capacity. Both experiences taught me of the importance of this principled system of medicine for the health of Mom and babe.

So while we can do a great job treating morning sickness, toxemia, pregnancy-induced diabetes, preeclampsia, edema and pregnancy-induced hypertension, it is best if the root cause can be sourced out and treated before the babe is even a twinkle in your eye. The reason being is that allopathic treatment will only try to manage these conditions and they don’t recognize the deeper cause or how to cure it outright. These issues are showing up for a reason and the state of being pregnant has just sent an invitation to a Genetic Miasm (genetic predisposition, handed down your family line which are the root causes for chronic disease) to start exhibiting symptoms. It is important to note that your babe will carry them too if not treated on the basis of law and they aren’t just symptoms isolated to your pregnancy, they will generally rear their ugly little heads in future, too. For example, Diabetes is anchored to the Cancer Miasm.

While Homeopathic remedies can be prescribed on the basis of law for a variety of scenarios like a placenta that isn’t easily shed, or for the opposite condition which postpartum hemmorrhage. It is less likely these issues will be met with at all if we can treat the predisposition for “hanging on” to stuff that doesn’t serve you. Unresolved grief hangs onto to everything from their tears, to stool (suffering constipation), to cramps with their menstruation and even the holding back of the placenta. Unresolved anger will often suffer the opposite making hemmorrhage more common. You may also see symptoms such as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) or menorhaggia (heavy bleeding). Once you know the cause, the root can easily be dealt with and lifted out, however, en route to the delivery room or bearing down in your boudoir is not the best time to deal with it. My friend, the Midwife is right!

At Arcanum, we also lovingly treat babes in utero and as early as an hour old without any risk of causing an ounce of harm. Issues, like the cord wrapped around the neck may present with symptoms for oxygen deprivation later on. I have seen babes who have suffered this trauma present with a series of occurents such as falling into the swimming pool (cessation of breath in an amniotic-like environment) and the repeated wrapping of cords, and skipping ropes, around their necks until the parents become appalled with curiosity. Once we’ve treated this original event on the timeline, the occurrents generally stop. Cool huh?

I’ve also treated twins who fought for pole position to get out of the womb which affected the dynamic of their relationship throughout both their childhoods growing up. When we treated for their birth traumas, their difficult relationship became more synergistic and empathetic. I was amazed as I have had the pleasure of treating 3 sets of twins and have seen consistent emotional resolution after treating their birth trauma. Their karmically mirrored souls seem more able to move forward without hobbling each other with who is the prettier, smarter, or faster.

We can also clear out the drugs from Oxytocin to a surgical C-section so that they don’t clog up the works or create enough stress in the liver to spark symptoms for the Mom or the babe. We’ve also been known to treat stressed out Dads before, during and after pregnancy and delivery. They also go through so much during this huge eventful time of life. My poor husband included. He was still so traumatized from our first babe’s birth, he was holding the feeling that the 2nd babe would not survive. I still hurt for him. He carried this through the whole pregnancy and delivery without telling me.

All this to say, we love treating Moms, babes and families in general. These folk are our perfect clients. I guess that is because we can so relate on a variety of levels as we’ve taken our own journey through to the path to cure.

Arthritis: Nature’s Way of Telling You to Cool It With “The Doing!”

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I had a patient come to see me in order to resolve chronic arthritis in her hands. Her knuckles on both of her hands were profoundly swollen into what looked like hot, red golf balls. Her goals were to get out of chronic pain, be able to hold her baby, and eventually get off her allopathic medication; in that order. After the first month of Heilkunst treatment, she had a bout of the “flu” and called me to see if there was anything I could do about her symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea. When we discussed her present condition at length, she let me know that she was feeling so poorly that she was obligated to call her mother to come and help her look after her infant daughter and her toddler son. I could sense how much she hated being at the mercy of her mother whose dysfunctional relationship she had not yet wholly reconciled within herself. The vomiting and diarrhea symptoms were a healing reaction indicating the need to “let go” of the control.

I accessed Thorwald Dethlefsen’s book “The Healing Power of Illness: The Meaning of Symptoms and How to Interpret Them”, wherein I found the first clue as to why this individual was suffering so much with this condition. Dethlefsen states, “The personal history of nearly all rheumatic patients reveals excessive activity and mobility. It is thus on active, mobile, agile, restless people that polyarthritis inflicts its long-term stiffness and rigidity, right up to the point where disablement finally forces them to keep still. What seems to be happening here, in other words, is that excessive movement and activity is being corrected for by means of rigidity.” Ah, so this makes sense for the diagnosis (Greek: dia means “through”, gnosis means “knowing”)

I love words. I love to shake them until the meaning or “logos” (which means the divine incarnated spirit born out of thought reflected in “the word” or, the rational principle that governs and develops the universe …no less). Just playing with language is a good enough reason to get out of bed in the morning for me. With regards to Arthritis, it is interesting to look at the German word starr (rigid), which is closely related to the word stur (stubborn), steif (stiff), storrisch (obstinant) and even stieren (to stare) and sterben (to die).

As far as I can tell, arthritis is like a mineralization that usually begins in the extremities where the individual is not wholly incarnated consciously. Arms and hands are the purveyors of giving and receiving, and legs and feet are the instruments we use to move forward in our lives. Nature takes notice when we are “doing” out of obligation as opposed to love, and she begins to deposit salts that begin to cement in the joints over time. I often tell patients that it is a bit like having to dust and vacuum your home once a week, as nature needs to be wholly convinced that we are occupying space, otherwise her job is to take back what she claims is rightfully hers. If you’ve ever seen a person rigidified after death, you know how effective she can be in realizing her goal. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust … Our job is to convince her we are fully and wholly occupying our domain, out of love, and that she had better back off!

Narayan-Singh (aka Michael J. Lincoln, Phd.) wrote “Messages From The Body: Their Psychological Meaning, The Body’s Desk Reference”. It is an awesome reference I use when wanting to source the meaning behind illness in order to form a true diagnoses. For arthritis, he describes the condition as a “hardening of the attitudes.” He goes on to say, “they have a pronounced tendency to immobilization, self-criticism, lack of self-worth, fear, anger, and a feeling of being tied down, restricted and confined. They feel unloved, with a resulting resentful bitterness and judgmental nature.” Apparently these individuals suffered a gloomy and despairing childhood where they never knew when the next thing would go wrong, just that it would. They felt foresaken as the scaffolding (bones, joints, tendons, and muscles) of pure love, without attachment, was not established in childhood. Bingo … we have the whole truth now.

This was indicative of my patient’s case and over time, she has come to know this. The pain and swelling has diminished, her hands look as normal as mine now and she has reached her 1st first two goals. She still struggles with operating out of moralization and her intellect instead from a place of trust and love. I hear it in her voice when she says things like, “Now, Allyson, any mother would do the same thing if their child was suffering” at least every visit. If was given the chance to respond, I would say the answer is “no”. This intellectual loop she has created out of the belief that suffering is “bad” in an indication that her state of mind has not wholly resolved yet. We’ll see if she can let go of  “the doing” and enter the realm of true participation, warmth, love, greater ease, softening and true maternal nurturance … without the moralization. A true mother just is, she doesn’t feel the need to justify herself to any perceived authority!

Symptoms: For Better or Worse?

My patients generally come to see me with the desire to eradicate some symptom or other. Whether it is allergies, a cancer tumor, autism, etc., their sole goal is to get the noise of suffering to cease and desist. At this early juncture in Heilkünst Treatment, I will ask them, “What is your definition of health?” They usually have to think about it for a minute or two and will come back with a version similar to, “an absence of symptoms.” So I then ask them, “If George Bush jogs every day, eats well, and has no symptoms, would you describe him as a healthy person?” … usually there is silence at this point.

Dr. Samual Hahnmann defined health in his Organon of The Medical Art as, “In the healthy human state, the spirit-like life force (autocracy) that enlivens the material organism as dynamis, governs without restriction and keeps all parts of the organism in admirable, harmonious, vital operation, as regards to both feelings and functions, so that our indwelling, rational spirit can freely avail itself of this living, healthy instrument for the higher purposes of our existence.” Wilhelm Reich described health as being “orgastically potent” in all ways, including in the boudoir.

The thing is that a well-trained Physician will generally know how to cause more symptoms than less, especially in the short-term. For example, I had a 3 year old autistic boy start Heilkünst treatment. One week later I got a phone call that he was having his first high, spiked, fever complete with glassy eyes, red shining face and ears, and slight delirium. Two days later he spoke his first word, “Dora”, while watching Dora, The Explorer. It was interesting to me that Reich referred to Deadly Orgone Energy as , “DOR,” which is what is in the allopathic vaccines. Fever functions to download a “healthy ego” by building the auto-immune system.

I had a fellow with Cancer report to me that his five aggressive tumors actually increased in volume, lost their shape and drained green and yellow pus for days after starting Heilkünst treatment. I can’t tell you how excited I was to hear this. Three out of the four tumors were gone within in the first three weeks of his initial consultation. He tells me his business is picking up. He was considered in Palliative Care. Heilkunst follows the direction of cure based on Hering’s Law, “from the inside out.”

I had another woman tell me how she was feeling “worse” this month. When I asked her to define “worse,” she said, “I’m angry all the time, I’m yelling at my husband, my children, even my boss at work.” Prior, she suffered chronic throat and TMJ (Tempero-mandibular joint) issues, suffering her frustration in silence, not speaking her truth, rarely asking for what she needed. Narayan Singh in his book Messages From The Body says TMJ results from, “… intensely repressed and suppressed rage at their situation which they dare not express.” Her jaw pain is gone. Heilkünst doesn’t moralize whether she is better or worse, but the phenomena are understood, and we repeat these results daily.

Further into Heilkünst treatment, I will often hear patients saying things like, “I’ve left my high tech position to be a birthing coach full time,” or “my marriage isn’t serving me any longer, I need to get out,” or “I’ve begun making healthy cookies and selling them to other Moms for their kids’ lunches,” or “I need to move to the mountains as I don’t resonate with the flat, cold climate of Ottawa.” Often when I ask these individuals about their initial symptoms, they’ve completely forgot about them (sometimes they are gone and sometimes not) but their relationship to them has wholly shifted. They’re getting on with the “higher purposes of their existence” by following the direction of cure, “from the inside out.” And that is no red Herring! Hering get it? Mmmmm … ok maybe not.