In Dr. Hahnemann’s system of medicine, there is a fundamental spectrum of disease laid out between the ‘highest’, and the ‘deepest’ diseases, which are each addressed in particular ways. In technical terms, this relates to what we call the ‘tonic’ diseases, and ‘pathic’ diseases, which, roughly speaking, refer to the core disease disturbance itself (tonic), and the expression of the disease in terms of symptoms (pathic).
The treatment and cure of the highest diseases relate to the highest goals of health in Heilkunst, and conceptually speaking, come at the end of treatment (although in reality, multiple dimensions are usually being addressed at the same time). They also represent the most complex aspect of treatment, in terms of diagnosis and finding the correct remediation. This is the disease dimension or jurisdiction known as “ideogenic”, which is a word indicating that they are diseases which originate from false beliefs, delusions, or illusions. Think, for example, of traditional societies or tribes which believed in the power of putting a curse on someone, and the very real psychosomatic symptoms which someone could be made to suffer if they believed that a curse was placed on them by someone with the power to do so.
As I mentioned in a previous blog entry, there is a point within the third jurisdiction of Heilkunst (“Therapeutic Education”), where the use of medicinal substances crosses over into another aspect of therapeutics, which involves a direct penetration of the mind of the therapist into the mind of the patient, to be able to see, and break their core delusion or false belief.
Over the next few days, I’ll present some of the remedies of this ideogenic realm which form some of the earlier layers of this part of treatment, and which can be presented and understood in terms of specific remedies and their characteristics. This first layer of the Ideogenic realm, in terms of the homeopathic remedies used to treat it, is made up of the homeopathic potencies of some commonly known recreational drugs, such as Cannabis Indica, Cocainum, or Anhalonium (Peyote).
The reason that these substances correlate with this realm of Heilkunst treatment, is that in their crude natural form, they produce all forms of illusions, delusions, and other distortions of our perception of reality. Based on the curative principle of the law of similars, each of these unique states matches a particular archetypal delusion, and is very useful to start breaking through the patient’s belief structure. Once you understand the power of these remedies which have been potentized for homeopathic use, as opposed to the recreational use in their crude form (with related side effects), you’ll understand why I am not for “medical marijuana” for general use.
Stay tuned for the next few days, as we enjoy this virtual “trip” together through the ideogenic realm of delusions, illusions, and beliefs. This series will cover the following remedies: