The ideogenic remedy I’m presenting today is Thuja. This is another homeopathic which can be applied on more than one level, and you may have had experience with this remedy for the treatment of warts. The core belief of this remedy, as it is used in the Ideogenic realm, is related to the feeling of having a wart — something ugly about oneself, which one desires to keep hidden. Thuja feels dirty, or even ‘sinful’ within themselves, as if there is something fundamentally flawed about their Self. Much energy is put into keeping their inner self, which they perceive to be flawed, hidden from society. The emotion of guilt can be very strong, along with feelings of low self-esteem. The classic situation to precipitate this state is in a highly rigid religious community, but it may also emerge in a non-religious context, such as the common experience of feeling ugly in comparison to the omnipresent images of super-models in our media, and other perfected photoshop images.
Thuja will feel weak, even quite fragile, and may even express the delusion that parts of them are “made out of glass”. Their core feeling is that they will lose face if someone discovers their weakness, which is kept covered up as best as possible. Their compensation often includes having many fixed ideas and behaviours, as well as an excessive amount of attention paid to tiny details. They are very rigid in their thought patterns, speech patterns, and behaviours. The tremendous energy it takes to create such patterns functions to keep people’s attention away from seeing their weak core. The weakness or fragility can also manifest physically, in terms of food or environmental sensitivities.
The song Frail by Jars of Clay captures some of the feeling of Thuja’s fragility, and attempting to keep it hidden.