Where Do Babies Come From?

After tackling the question of “why is the sun yellow and the sky blue?” yesterday, it seems logical to tackle the next question of “where do babies come from?” Some of my general practice has been focussed on treating infertility, in couples who are having trouble conceiving for one reason, or another. Aside from cases where there is a measurable physical or organic reason preventing pregnancy, which is fortunately in the minority, I’ve had a fairly high success rate where the cause is at the functional level.
One interesting phenomenon, which occurs often in infertility cases, is the need for the couple to “let go” of their attachment to when, or even if they will conceive a child. This is evidenced by the many anecdotal accounts of conceptions which have occurred after the couple decided to go the route of adoption, which they only do after they have let go of their attachment to conceiving a baby. Similarly, many couples have been able to conceive once I have given them the remedy Natrum Muriaticum, which helps them to let go of their attachments, and possibly other emotional baggage which they are holding on to.
This look at the state of mind behind baby-making is actually quite instructive, and gives us a doorway into understanding that conception is more primarily a function of a particular state of consciousness, rather than a simple mechanical act. All of the mechanics leading to conception and pregnancy are governed by a certain state of mind, in much the same way that the physical symptoms of a given disease take a certain form based on the underlying state of mind of the disease.
The anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski wrote a book called The Sexual Life of Savages, based on his study of the socio-economic and marital structures of the Trobriand Islanders. This is essentially a matriarchal society, which has a very open attitude towards condoning teenage sexual activity, and fascinatingly, where incidence of teenage pregnancy is unheard of. In the Trobriand culture, and state of mind, the question of “where do babies come from” is answered “by marriage”. The natural order of life in this society is that the teen years are for exploration of self and of pleasure, and not until one comes of age, and is ready to take a responsible role in society, do the events of marriage and then babies follow.

The mechanistic ideas about conception from the West have not entered this culture, where it is very clear to them that babies are a product of adulthood and marriage, rather than the mechanics of sex.
Meditating on such a phenomenon raises bigger questions for our infertile couples of the West — the deeper exploration of the mind, emotions, and beliefs of each Heilkunst patient will as often as not bear much fruit in terms of unearthing the root of their infertility, in terms of some frozen stage of their development, or perhaps an emotion still tied to a previous trauma. After physical or organic causes of infertility are ruled out (which is in most cases), this deeper Heilkunst process of treatment will usually clear out whichever block(s) are in the way of a natural process of conception unfolding. It’s such a blessing to have been part of all these babies being conceived without the parents having had to resort to IVF, or other highly toxic hormone and drug procedures which have devastating effects on the mom and child.

Why Is The Sun Yellow, And The Sky Blue?

A holistic view of health and medicine turns many commonly held ideas either inside-out, upside-down, or both. Medicine which is curative of the root cause rather than suppressive of the symptoms; seeing the interrelationships of different systems, rather than single body parts which are ‘broken’; or even the radical concept of being able to remove past shocks or traumas from the cellular memory with energy medicine, just to name a few.
The conceptual building blocks of Heilkunst were not chosen in order simply to be contrary, but rather emerged out of the scientific thought process of a number of researchers over the past couple of centuries. At root behind all of these contributions is a methodology of science which begins with the holistic nature of life, and likewise, with a mode of thinking and consciousness which knows how to see the parts through the whole, rather than as a haphazard collection of separate items. Any true life science needs to function in terms of a form of thinking which is itself alive.
The difference between this holistic mode of thought, and the usual Allopathic mode is illustrated in the historical difference between Goethe and Newton, in terms of their respective theories of colour. Newton’s theory is the one which continues to be adopted, as it conforms with the dominant Allopathic mode of thinking in science. His famous observation of pure white light passing through a prism and being broken apart into all the separate colours of the rainbow is an illustration of this mode of thinking which seeks to break a phenomenon down into its component parts. If you just thought of a prism as the basis of a clever Pink Floyd album cover, you may be interested to find out that there’s a lot more to it!
Goethe saw something very different when he looked through the prism — he was led to a radically different conclusion about light and colour, which is that there are actually two spectrums — a spectrum of light and a spectrum of dark. We no longer need to be stumped when our three year old asks us “why is the sky blue?”, if we use Goethe’s theory rather than Newton’s. The colour of the sky at different times of the day (the spectrum from the pale blue at noon, to the almost black ‘midnight blue’ at midnight) results from the darkness of space (the spectrum of dark) being progressively lightened according to the strength and relative position of the sun. The colour of the sun, in contrast, is the result of a relative darkening of the spectrum of light — the high noon, pale yellow appearance of the sun is a very small darkening of the spectrum of white against the background of the darkness of space, while the orange-red sun of sunrise or sunset is produced from a much greater darkening effect of this same spectrum of light.


Aside from actually being able to answer your three year old’s questions, I provided this as an illustration of the more general pattern of holistic thinking in health and science, which always finds the living polarity of any phenomenon, rather than conceptually killing everything through a one-sided abstraction, like the proverbial butterfly collector.
If you like, I can also help you with the other famous question of three year olds, of “where do babies come from?

The Great Difficulties of Resonance

It wasn’t my intention to blog so much about the topic of resonance, but here I go again — in my writings, I have tended to portray the goal, or positive aspect of resonance, but am feeling today that I haven’t paid enough attention to the challenges that patients have in activating their desire function, or even discovering what it is in the first place.

As I wrote yesterday, the public school system is not designed to help foster this path, and in fact, generally hinders it greatly. Our curiosity, natural desires, and talents are usually so buried by the time we graduate, that it can often be quite an archeological endeavour to raise these artefacts back up into the daylight at the surface of our consciousness. Such a retrieval project generally involves slogging through many layers of suppressed emotion and conflict, which can often be a pain seemingly easier to avoid than confront. So many patients, on discussing the topic of their true desires, simply draw a big blank, and truly have no clue what it is they’d like to do with their creative energy.

A related issue to this, is that the process of re-awakening this side of themselves may also create a threat to whatever the current status quo is in their life, in terms of work, marital, or other relationships which are dependent on them acting out of their suppressed state. It can often come to a choice between the pain of keeping the true desire suppressed versus the pain of going through the profound upheavals to one or many parts of their life.

Every life is unique, and such a process of healing and discovery won’t always imply such a drama in terms of the radical changes to the outer forms of our life, but in one way, or another, our desire function, guided through resonance, always involves a process of growth, change, and continually shedding of something from the past to make space to take in a new element.

To return back to the topic of the education system for today’s conclusion, a child who is brought in for Heilkunst treatment (for ADHD, as per yesterday’s example), may not have an unrestricted opportunity for reaching their full creative and academic potential in a case where the parents are not also undergoing their own Heilkunst treatment. The status quo created by the parents’ own suppressed desire function is a very concrete barrier to the type of treatment solutions which the child may successfully engage in themselves. All this to say, that one’s current situation, including relationships and responsibilities, is a very real starting point on the quest for resonance, which cannot be leapt to as some sort of abstract ideal. The clearer the overall map is, however, the easier it is to keep taking steps in the right direction.

ADHD or B.O.R.E.D.? : Another Look At Resonance

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I’ve been discussing a number of aspects of resonance, and some ways to find it for yourself. In very simple terms, you can measure if an activity is resonant for you if it seems to give you energy, rather than cost energy to do. People who are in love with their work, for example, will often feel more energetic at the end of the day than they did at the beginning. This actually raises interesting questions about the nature of our energy, and where it comes from. The allopathic world view implies that there is a limited supply of energy, and that we constantly need to be fuelling up (with food, and such) in order to keep going. This is mirrored both at the individual level, as well as the global level in terms of our perceived “energy crisis”. One of the most typical family medicine cases I get is for children who have been given some sort of label such as “Attention Deficit Disorder”, or an equivalent. These children either disrupt their classmates, or otherwise have difficulty focussing for long enough to complete their assigned classwork. The obvious solution would seem to be to find some prescription drug, or natural equivalent to “help the child to focus better”. But what if, I ask the parents, the child doesn’t have an “A.D.D” problem, but instead has a “B.O.R.E.D” problem. In Heilkunst terms, then, my question is “why force a child to do something which they are not resonant with, or at a bare minimum, at least interested in?”

 

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Upon further discussion, it is always discovered that the child actually is quite good at focussing — on particular activities in their life. Some, or all of the school curriculum, however, does not catch their interest, and so their uncaptured energy gets discharged through other distractions or disruptions, which is misdiagnosed as a problem with the child, rather than a mismatch of the curriculum with their interests and talents. The tragic solution which is often attempted is a drug-based approach, which I refer to as a “chemical straight jacket”, that wrongly tries to adapt the relatively healthy child to a relatively unhealthy system of education. While much can be said about better alternative forms of education, the key point to ponder in this context is the essential need for everyone to work towards and into their own resonant desire function, and to draw in resources which best support its unfolding and development. To the degree that false forms of education have dampened down this natural impulse we all have, a certain remedial approach is required first to undo the damage already done (such as we do through sequential time line treatment), while working on “fanning the flames” for any ember that can still be discovered within.

Exercise for Your Upper Being : P.A.C.E. or Peak 8

Yesterday, I introduced a form of exercise which is ideal for your Nether Being (Slow Burn), and today I will introduce the counterpart for your Upper Being, called P.A.C.E. or Peak 8. Similar to the idea of Slow Burn, being a condensed and focussed form of exercise which delivers the essential benefits in a very short period of time, P.A.C.E or Peak 8 does the same for cardiovascular exercise.

 

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The underlying idea behind P.A.C.E or Peak 8 is similar, in terms of engaging in short bursts of high intensity activity, interspersed with rest periods. This form of alternating high and low levels of activity actually provides benefits which are not generally obtained from more typical longer endurance cardio exercises, which can even produce more detrimental effects than positive. As some have explained, our ancient physiology would not have been built for running for extended periods of time under normal circumstances, unless we were under a severe degree of stress, and running for our lives from a sabre-tooth tiger.

The form of Peak 8 prescribes a brief warm up period of about 3 minutes to start, and then 8 repetitions of the following pattern : 30 seconds of high intensity cardio, followed by 90 seconds of a resting pace. The exercise itself can be anything of your choice, depending on what you like, and what equipment or terrain you have access to. The key idea is to pick anything which you enjoy, which will get your heart and breathing rate up for a period of time.

This form of exercises is just about the only way of increasing your natural human growth hormone (HGH), which is critical for maintaining strength, and contributing to longevity. A lack of exercise during the adult years will contribute to a serious decline in this hormone.

Doing this a couple of times a week, as well as your Slow Burn routine about once per week will maximize all of the positive benefits from exercise you can get, and only takes about 90 minutes per week to do a sufficient amount of all of these exercises.

If you have been away from regular exercise for any length of time (or in fact, for most of your life!), then it is a good idea to work with a personal trainer for a period of time to help you get started at a pace and intensity which is appropriate for you, and which you can gain progressive “wins” from as you work up to a state of being more in shape, and ready to manage your fitness routine yourself.

Speaking from my own personal experience, I only started taking regular exercise seriously in the last few years, and it is truly amazing how much more energy and general feeling of health I have when I am in a regular exercise routine. It can be really hard to take the first step, but every step towards more regular exercise builds momentum, and it gets easier and easier as you go.

Exercise for Your Nether Being : Slow Burn

There are two basic forms of exercise which I recommend; one is a certain form of cardio-vascular exercise called PACE or Peak 8, and the other is a form of weight-bearing exercise called Slow Burn. The term ‘Slow Burn’ comes from a book of the same name by Fredrick hahn, and is a very specific approach to strength training which gets to the essence of what the benefits, without all the extra ‘packaging’, so to speak.

 

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In Slow Burn, a series of exercises are done which effectively target all of the different muscle groups in sequence. Leg lifts, and  arm curls will not be new to anyone who has worked out, but it is the form and technique of Slow Burn which makes it different — the basic idea for each of the different muscle group exercises is to work each muscle group with very slow movements, to the point of complete muscle fatigue, when you literally can’t move that muscle another inch. The amount of weight for each exercise is adjusted so that this point of total fatigue is reached between 3 and 4 repetitions, and between 60 and 90 seconds. A metronome set to 60 beats per minute (1 per second) is suggested, to count out the seconds, so that you can easily count 10 to 12 seconds for each movement on its way up, and then another 10 to 12 seconds as you’re returning back down. The goal is to achieve a slow, steady, and smooth movement, without any jerking, straining, or grunting as you go.

To complete the full set of the Slow Burn routine takes less than half an hour, and to achieve the maximum benefit, it is only necessary to do once every 7 to 10 days. Avoiding exercise with the “not enough time” excuse suddenly disappears in light of Slow Burn. It is also much safer than the conventional form of strength training, and is a more thorough workout, as it works through all 3 layers of muscle (fast twitch, medium twitch, and slow twitch), which regular weight exercises cannot do.

Starting a Conversation on Ethics, Between Hahnemann, Reich, and Steiner

The study of Heilkunst begins with a thorough reading of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann’s works, who invented not only the method of homeopathy, but he also put forward a complete understanding of therapeutics applicable to a full range of health issues, from correcting simple imbalances, to the treatment and cure of full-blown chronic degenerative diseases. Our unique training at the Hahnemann College for Heilkunst goes further than simply taking in Hahnemann at face value, and has greatly expanded the context of Hahnemann’s therapeutics to the broader understanding of the human being in health and disease, as explored and researched both by Dr. Rudolf Steiner, and Dr. Wilhelm Reich, both of the 20th century.

Although the three historical figures never met, a great deal of fruitful research can be produced by creating imaginary “conversations” between them, thus cross-pollinating, and clarifying the therapeutic concepts that each put forward. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts, and such an exercise of bringing these three geniuses together produces a form of knowledge which is more penetrating and therapeutically effective than any one of them produced on their own.

I’ll let Hahnemann speak first, and explain why he published his method for anyone to use, when he could have profited much more if he kept it to himself:

Did I not know to what intent I was here on earth–“to become better myself as far as possible and to make everything around me better that is within my power” — I should have to consider myself as lacking very much in worldly prudence to make known for the common good, even before my death, an art which I alone possessed, and from which it was within my power to eventually profit from as much as possible by keeping it secret.

Steiner understands this very well, and goes on to explain to us the purpose of ethically-based deeds in the world:

On the other side, we evolve by permeating our deeds and actions, our will-nature, with thoughts; deeds are performed in love. Such deeds detach themselves from us. Our deeds do not remain confined to ourselves, they become world-happenings. If they are permeated by love, then love goes with them. As far as the cosmos is concerned, an egotistical action is different from an action permeated by love. When, out of semblance, through fructification by the will, we unfold that which proceeds from our inmost being, then what streams forth into the world from our head encounters our thought-permeated deeds.

And we can always count on Reich to point out where everything in nature is grounded, in terms of our healthy biological structure. [Note: his term “the genital character” was a product of his early studies with Freud, as he struggled to overcome the errors in Freud’s thinking, and find a real, grounded energy to explain health vs. neurosis, as opposed to Freud’s abstract notions such as “libido”. At this early phase in Reich’s thinking, “the genital character” was his representation of the state of a person unfettered by neurotic conflicts, where all of the life energy flowed freely through its natural pathway.]

In the genital character, motive, goal, and action are in harmony with one another. The goals and motives are rational, i.e., socially oriented. In accordance with the natural character of his motives and goals, i.e., on the basis of their primary biological foundation, the genital character strives for an improvement in his own conditions of life and in the conditions of life of others. This is what we call ‘social accomplishment’.

Putting these three historical figures in a room together actually leads to many hundreds of hours of conversations, but for now I’ll leave you to mediate on these opening remarks. The practice of Heilkunst involves not only a dedication to upkeep the highest professional standards, but a grounding in a deeper ethical love impulse towards doing good in the world.

 

Awakening the Amateur Within

I had a couple of experiences this weekend which reminded me of the tremendous love and enthusiasm which can often be poured into an event being put on by ‘amateurs’. One event was the Spring concert put on by The Greater Moncton Chorale entitled “The Bumpy Road to Love”. The well put together program of all of the ups and downs of love was punctuated by a few real-life stories told on stage, which truly came from the heart rather than a well-crafted script.

The other event I participated this weekend was a screening of the documentary American Harmony, which followed a few of the top men’s barbershop quartets vying for the top position in some of the recent International Conferences. The grass-roots fuelled, “anyone can sing” philosophy of the Barbershop Society produces some music and musicians who can go toe-to-toe with any number of ‘professional’ musicians who may be well-trained and quite competent, yet may not necessarily match the degree of love and enthusiasm. The best professionals, of course, are the ones who always retain their ‘amateur’ or beginner’s spirit, and infuse it into all of their work.

Here is a prime example of the beautiful and subtle artistry that can be produced by so-called amateurs — this is the Barbershop quartet “Crossroads”, with one of their performances that won them the first place medal in the 2009 men’s international competition:

One of the key lessons to take from this is an example of what it looks like when you lock into any of the threads of your desire function, through resonance. It may or may not be something which you do as your career, but that is irrelevant in terms of the function of what you are activating within yourself through participating such things in your life.

The Benefits of Journalling During Your Heilkunst Treatment

I recently mentioned the concept of journalling, in my post on some of the Smartphone apps useful during Heilkunst treatment. I highlighted a particular favourite tool for journalling, both for the Mac desktop, and iPhone companion app, Day One. There are, of course, numerous apps available for keeping a journal, even including plain old pen and paper. It’s the idea and act of journalling which is important, while the software or tools are only supporting actors in a production which is ultimately all about you, and your relationship to yourself.

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So, what are the benefits of journaling, if examined through a Heilkunst lens?

  • Growing and unfolding your inner world, in contrast to the highly outer-oriented consciousness we tend to have during this “cancer” stage of human consciousness.
  • It is a parallel activity to what happens inside the consult room, which provides the same degree of confidentiality, and space within which to discharge one’s emotions in a safe way.
  • As a tool in healing from specific shocks or traumas, in parallel with your current Heilkunst time line remedy. The inner content of such events often begs to be expressed before it is fully healed.
  • To sort out the deeper questions and mysteries about yourself, such as clarifying what your desire function is, and what might be the practical steps you can take to get to connect to more of it.
  • As a forum in which to play out some of your more significant life conflicts, where the other party is either not available to participate in the conflict (if they are deceased, for example), or it is not necessary or appropriate to play out the conflict “in the flesh” with them. The proverbial “letter” written, but not actually sent can be done in a journal.
  • To track daily and weekly ups and downs, in order to keep track of the cycles of healing reactions provoked by the remedies in Heilkunst treatment, in order to better assist in raising your self-knowledge, as well as to help the practitioner to understand what sort of changes may be applicable moving forward.
  • Noticing re-emergent themes over time, which may represent deeper issues that wouldn’t have been noticed in the normal day-to-day flow of life and experiences.
  • To clarify, and bring much more precision to how you understand yourself and your core issues, and your ability to express them.
  • As a means for turning the flow of life’s mundane events and experiences into an object of meditation. Likewise, this can help in the development of a greater objectivity, applied to increasingly heated degrees if inner content, which then may carry forward into real-time scenarios. Ultimately, this tool of self-reflection can increase the objectivity that you may have about your self.
  • As a place to develop your imagination, as you may wish to apply towards forming the qualities and parameters of your desired future, or to go back in time and “revise” previous events to turn out with better endings.
  • To help you disentangle your three distinct streams of thinking, feeling, and willing.

In the Words of One of My Patients – Successful Asperger’s Treatment With Heilkunst

An Asperger’s patient of mine posted his personal review on Amazon (which I’ve copied below) of a book that introduced him to the possibilities that Homeopathic treatment might give him. The book is A Drug-Free Approach to Asperger Syndrome and Autism: Homeopathic Care for Exceptional Kids by Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, Robert Ullman, and Ian Luepker. I always enjoy hearing the different ways that people cross paths with Heilkunst.

Very interesting and eye-opening, November 29, 2007 By Jonathan Davies (Ottawa, ON, Canada) I read this book just after it came out, and it is one of the books I have read in recent years that have really encouraged me to “think outside the box”. I have Asperger’s myself, and by the time I read this book, I had started working with someone who has Asperger’s quite severely. After reading the case studies in this book of people with Asperger’s who were very difficult cases before receiving certain treatments, but changed dramatically after these treatments, I started to wonder if the difficult case whom I was working with would benefit from these treatments. It just so happened that when I was reading this book, I was already getting NAET treatments to eliminate some of my allergies (I found out about NAET treatments from other sources), so I asked the naturopath who was giving me my NAET treatments if he knew of anybody in Ottawa who gives homeopathic treatments. He then gave me the name and phone # of a homeopath whom he knew, and then, I contacted him, and asked him if he treated autism. He told me that he did, so I then told the mother of the Asperger client I work with about him, and then she proceeded to take her to him. After my client started getting treatments from this homeopath, I started getting treatments from him as well. Even before I started getting homeopathic treatments, my Asperger symptoms were not as severe as those of my client, but I still wanted them to be even less severe! Why have Asperger symptoms (even mild ones) if you don’t have to? Eh? I believe that I am further ahead now than I would be if I hadn’t “thought outside of the box”, and this is one of the books that has encouraged me to “think outside the box”!

Jonathan certainly has gotten “outside the box” of Asperger’s since undergoing Heilkunst treatment with me. The man I originally met, and the man he is today are almost not even the same person — while he is not completely free of some of the qualities of Asperger’s, there have been tremendous strides as we’ve worked through clearing his time line (including childhood vaccinations), and through the deeper genetic factors (the chronic miasms). One of the things which interests me the most about Jonathan is the way he thinks through things, and is always asking questions, and never settling for any pat answers.