Diagnosing Through The Reflexes and the Spontaneous Reactions of the Patient

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I’ve written previously about the concept of the reflexes which are governed by the autonomic nervous system — it is responsible for triggering any form of automatic or spontaneous reaction we have, including emotional reactions, and the unconscious processes such as digestion and regulation of our hormones. The nature of disease, and of “polite society” in general is that we do our best to cover over any spontaneous reactions with those that are safer or more appropriate.

The job, therefore, of the Heilkunst practitioner, is to remove any disease or other blockage which is holding a more static or scripted form of response to life at all levels of the patient’s functioning. The ultimate measurement which Dr. Reich used in assessing his patients was in determining if they had gained the capacity for complete surrender or letting go during the ultimate sexual reflex of the orgasm. Likewise, inside the consultation room, I am always sampling the feeling of the patient’s fluidity in their speech and movements, as well as their general ability to “go with the flow” of the conversation.

Some specific points of reference for this spontaneous reflex capacity may include:

  • What is your typical initial response to an emergency or otherwise unexpected stressful situation? Ie which emotion tends to be the leader of the pack?
  • [From the practitioner’s point of view:] What are the first reactions (facial expressions, verbal response, etc.) that a patient has when you ask a more challenging or intimate question? If you’ve seen the television show “Lie to Me”, you’ll have seen many illustrations of these split-second facial reactions where the true reaction is exposed momentarily before it is covered up again.
  • What is the patient’s reaction to anything unexpected that happens in the environment, such as a gust of wind suddenly blowing throw the window and knocking things off the desk?

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The key to any of these types of reactions is taking any opportunity to witness what the spontaneous or reflex reaction is in the patient. Likewise, seeing a lack of reactivity to a stimulus will indicate a state of armouring or suppression of the patient’s true natural feelings. This is a qualitative, yet objective form of observation which guides the diagnosis and treatment directly into the heart of health, and what may be getting in its way.

Homeopathic Materia Medica : Lac Humanum (mother’s milk)

Any substance has the potential to be applied as a homeopathic remedy, beginning with the three kingdoms of nature (mineral, plant, animal), and beyond. The remedy Lac Humanum is potentized from human mother’s milk, and is quite a fascinating study. It has many obvious emotional themes around emotional bonding, and feeling a sense of belonging, as well as more specific physical conditions related to breast health and hormone production.

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Going a little more deeply, we can look at human milk amongst the group of all mammal milks (Lac Caninum is the remedy from dogs milk, for example) — what is unique about the human being compared to the animal kingdom as a whole? The human infant compared to any other newborn animal is virtually 100% dependent on others for its survival. We are very slow to develop and mature, especially when you compare animal babies that are able to walk, and do other specialized behaviours more-or-less from birth. From this point, we can also say that the human being is the greatest generalist and adaptor of the animal world. We’re not particularly good at anything (we’re not the fastest runner, climber, or swimmer, for example), yet we’re potentially capable of doing almost anything.

Another way of saying this is that animals, in their incarnation into the earth, were too impatient, and rushed ahead into their specialty, where they become locked. The human incarnation into the earth came last and develops the slowest (as is mirrored by the slow maturation of a baby), yet we have the furthest to go. Looking at Lac Humanum from this perspective, we can see that it can be useful in a more general sense where a patient has lost their flexibility or creativity, and has lost their ability to see their way forward in their life and aspiration.

The Difference Between a False and True Diagnosis

I read an article recently which described the research of a post-graduate student, working on a thesis related to what she calls “relaxation-induced anxiety” (RIA). In typical allopathic fashion, a common phenomenon is identified and described in terms of its outward, visible symptoms, but no real explanation is given as to its underlying dynamics.
In one of the examples given in the article, a respondent explained why they become anxious when they reach a state of relaxation — because “I don’t like to relax because it makes me feel out of control.” This one statement gives the key to the whole phenomenon underlying this — what Dr. Reich termed “orgasm anxiety”, meaning that to the degree that most people are armored, there is an in-built biophysical anxiety whenever the possibility of a complete 4-beat cycle might be triggered. The last stage of the 4-beat cycle is a complete letting go, or relaxation, which is a state of total surrender. The rhythm of our work culture runs on about a 3.5 beat cycle, with the last phase of relaxation or letting go before the next cycle begins never coming to a natural completion.
To the degree that we have any residual armoring, or false ego issues, this state of letting go or surrender will be uncomfortable, and possibly even trigger a state of deep anxiety or panic. One of the goals of health is to remove enough of these types of blockages to allow a natural 4-beat cycle to be completed by the patient in their everyday life.

The Einstein Affair : Why Truth Can Be The Hardest Thing to Accept

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”
-Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (1788 – 1860)

A fascinating moment in the history of Heilkunst and the study of life energy was when Wilhelm Reich and Albert Einstein engaged in a correspondence and a couple of meetings to discuss Reich’s initial discovery of a source of life energy, which he called ‘orgone’. Einstein was initially quite enthusiastic about Reich’s experiment, and took some of his equipment home to repeat the experiment himself. He initially corroborated Reich’s findings, but later went back and provided a flimsy rebuttal on purely mechanistic grounds. There are complexities to this incident that go beyond the pure scientific questions posed here, but I will limit my scope here to the scientific questions.

 

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Reich’s simple experimental set-up was to demonstrate that cosmic orgone energy could generate a rise in temperature without any other obvious sources of heat present. The implications of this discovery was, in Einstein’s words, “a bomb in physics”. Even quantum physics ultimately hits the same dead end as classical (or Newtonian) physics which is that it is constrained by the same mental structures as a mechanistic view of the world.
This dead end exists due to the dead end of the character structure of most physicists, including Einstein. Despite his highly celebrated brilliance, he was unable to hold the charge of the implications of Reich’s experiment, which would not only be a “bomb in physics”, but a complete revolution to our fundamental world view. This event with Einstein troubled Reich for a long time, and he referred to it as “the riddle”. He came to understand later that it was Einstein’s character structure which limited him from being able to accept the findings which were demonstrated before his own eyes, and likewise, what keeps anyone from simply accepting a self-evident truth, rather than attacking it as is often witnessed in different realms.

What Reich called “the emotional plague reaction” describes this type of irrational behaviour, where the nature of accepting a truth means that a person needs to be able to go through a living, expansive process, as part of taking in the new truth. Due to the armoured structure of most people, a full expansion is actually painful, and so in defense  they turn and attack the object which inspired this expansion in the first place — “shooting the messenger”, as it were. I’m sure you can come up with any number of examples from your own experience (either witnessing yourself, or those around you), of getting really hot under the collar at some new fact or truth. Avoiding the pain of the expansion can take on many forms, and defensive patterns, and part of the true goal of health is to eliminate this as much as possible, so as to be able to take in life and its truths to the fullest extent possible.

Healthy Expression on the Path To Health

The concept of “the direction of cure”, in very abbreviated form, would read “better out than in”. An unchecked natural disease will always burrow itself deeper into the organism, affecting organs and systems which are more essential for our well-being and survival. The direction of cure, after a correctly prescribed remedy, will always go in the opposite direction, and ultimately push a disease and its residue out to the surface, such as in a skin eruption, or other modes of discharge of the body or mind. A child who throws a tantrum, in this sense, is healthier than one who learns to bottle up their emotions, and lock the energy down into a pattern of interference with one or more of their healthy functions.

To put it into more positive terms, then, the aim of health is always to choose expression over suppression. Expression of what, though? A rambling, incoherent, and uncoordinated flow of verbiage is not a particularly high expression of health. Someone, on the other hand, who has connected to their own objective desire function, and expresses what they are exploring and discovering in their process of unfolding it illustrates a much higher form of healthy expression.

The so-called education system (aka the public school system) is highly successful at suppressing the unique interests and talents of every individual student, as the “standardized curriculum” is promoted as the gold standard. It is common that most high school graduates and young adults have been so “dumbed down” by this, that it becomes a real struggle to connect with their inner resonance function. I see this in my patients day in, and day out at the clinic. I think that this is one of the reasons our culture has such a reverence for artists and musicians, as we long to be able to express our own uniqueness so clearly and fluently.

A big part of becoming and staying healthy includes any number of modalities which help us to re-kindle this inner voice, and capacity for expression. I’ve written previously about the benefits of journalling, and I often encourage my patients to engage in some form of the expressive arts as part of their Heilkunst treatment plan.

How are you activating your unique expression?

Some Doorways Into Awakening Resonance

As you know, ‘resonance’ is the central concept of Heilkunst in all of its modes of application. The biggest take-home assignment which the patient receives is to learn to recognize, and take action in their life on things which are resonant to them, rather than attractive. This is easier said than done, as there are many things which keep us from having full access to our resonance organ, and it is often the case that what we think is resonant for us is actually based on attraction.
Activating your resonance organ actually takes a concerted effort for most of us, as it has usually been “dumbed down” by the so-called education system (if it were a true ‘education’ system, it would successfully draw out every student’s individual resonance, but I digress….), as well as blocked by disease, conflicts, armoring, and so on.
A few small exercises you can try to take the first steps of re-establishing contact with your resonance organ:


1) Choosing from a restaurant menu – intentionally set your focus on finding the most “resonant” choice, rather than the one which is habitually, or “intellectually” correct according to some dietary principles you follow. Beware of the jaws of attraction ready to chomp down on you at the dessert page!
2) Get inside a sense impression – Normally, we experience the things we see and hear around us as being external or “out there”, but take a moment to turn this inside-out, and feel as deeply as you can the inner response which spontaneously arises within you related to an “object” – there is valuable knowledge at the centre of this.
3) Desire or aversion? Navigate a given environment or context with a heightened question in your mind of whether you are drawn in, or repelled by any given thing or person. This goes hand-in-hand with point #2 above.
4) Grocery shopping without a list – wander the aisles of your local store, emptying your mind of any usual shopping habits, and see what is truly calling to you. As always with grocery shopping, don’t do this when you’re extremely hungry to begin with!
5) Resonance through art – explore a variety of art works (any medium – visual, music, etc.), and find pieces which draw you in, and particularly which reveal to you something about yourself. Writing about these experiences can be valuable, as well.

What Can be Assessed with a CoRe Scan?

The CoRe-Inergetix system I use to assess and treat patients has a broad range of applications, and is most useful in a Heilkunst context since it can be customized based on the specific knowledge we draw in for diagnosing and treating patients.

This brief video gives a few examples of what we are able to assess in the patient using my customized CoRe trays.

 

The Sex Economy – A Model of Healthy Life Energy

No, this blog post is not about prostitution. The “sex economy” was how Dr. Reich referred to the internal economy of life energy within a person. Just like the economy in a country, where dollars flow along certain economic pathways, and may experience different forms of slowing down or contraction, so does the inner economy of a person’s life energy. In a state of health, our energy flows, and expresses itself in certain ways, and in a state of impaired health, the natural flow may become stagnant and create symptoms in certain areas.

I’m speaking of this concept in more general terms, but Reich originated this concept within his more specific observations around his patient’s health, and particularly with reference to whether their energy was being properly regulated, or not, through a regular healthy sexual discharge. Where it was not, this person’s “sex economy” would have to adapt, and find less healthy ways to express this undischarged energy. Reich’s initial study was with Freud, and therefore his focus began with such concepts as neurosis. Unlike Freud, though, Reich quickly came to realize that treatment wasn’t a matter of merely resolving the neurotic symptoms, but of resolving the entire “sex economy” of the patient.

 

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In other words, a patient may or may not display any particular neurotic symptoms, yet their entire structure takes on the job of re-routing any excess life energy. The passive feminine character type, for example, is the patient who behaves in a very compliant and pleasing way with their practitioner, yet this structure is actually a way of holding back a very deeply seated feeling of hatred, which may eventually leak out in small venomous doses.

Reich’s insight was that it was this character structure itself which needed to be attacked and dismantled, in order for the patient to have any true forward movement in their health. Without intervention, the character structure will tend to become more and more entrenched over time, as it acts to block a complete discharge of sexual energy, which means that even more energy is leftover, and will also need to be bound into the character structure. The entire scope of Heilkunst treatment is designed to systematically reverse this process of armoring and disease, and restore the highest state of health possible for each patient, and a fully self-regulated sex economy.

Introduction to Two Types of Immunity

 

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One of the reasons that Arcanum has offered a free annual community service related to winter health, and the homeopathic immunization for influenza, is to be able to re-educate people about the much greater importance of the general immune system over the specific immunity promised by vaccination or equivalent methods. The illusion which is created by the vaccine-pushers (or one of the illusions), is that once you have your “flu shot” for the year, that you are protected from all winter health issues. It is the illusion that “health comes from a needle”, rather than a long-term engagement with lifestyle, diet, and other deeper approaches.

The issue at hand here is the difference in the two sides of the immune system, which can be called “specific immunity” and “general immunity”. A vaccination, or even better, a homeopathic immunization, works to create a specific immunity – that is, that the immune system is now better able to identify and attack a specific pathogen in question. Hence, specific immunity for measles only works to prevent measles from infecting the patient. Specific immunity for chicken pox will own work to prevent chicken pox. Neither of these will do anything to help prevent the patient from getting whooping cough. Or even more importantly, these specific immunities will not be effective for any “new” bug going around which no one has ever had before.

When explaining this to patients, I ask them to imagine the analogy of military boot camp. Before being sent off to fight in a war, the soldiers are run through some very trying conditions at home in order to simulate the conditions that they will shortly find themselves in. Crawling under and over barriers of an obstacle course, through the mud, having rubber bullets fired at them, are all designed to stimulate their minds and bodies to understand and be prepared for a real war situation. This is analogous to specific immunity – the foot soldiers are trained to deal with a very specific kind of situation, as anticipated when fighting a particular enemy. If it turns out that the actual conditions in the real war are completely different from boot camp, then these soldiers are going to be useless in the face of the unexpected situation they find themselves in.

 

 

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Staying with the military analogy, you can think of the general immune system as coming from the higher ranked (and presumably more intelligent) officers. They have their position due to their greater ability to creatively and intelligently adapt, and deal with brand new situations despite not having any specific training to help them. No matter what surprises come at them, they will increase the chances of succeeding against the enemy, no matter what form and tactics they take.

The general immune system, though, tends to be a lot less popular in healthcare, because it actually requires sustained effort to build up and maintain. The all-too-popular approach of inducing specific immunity is the byproduct of a “consumer” culture, which is used to grabbing a quick, off the shelf solution which takes little to no effort on their part. But once you understand the real implications of this, you will be motivated to do everything within your power to continually work on your general immune system, and only resort to specific immunizations when you feel that there is an immediate potential threat to you or your family.

What is True Immunity?

I make a clear distinction between the terms ‘vaccination’ and ‘immunization’. The first term refers to the specific methodology applied by conventional medicine (ie an injection of a modified form of a specific pathogen in an attempt to provoke a response by the immune system), while the second term has a broader and more general meaning which will relate to any method which may increase immunity of either a specific or general nature.  ‘Vaccination’, then, is only one specific example of ‘immunization’.

What does it mean to be ‘immune’, or to have ‘immunity’? The word is derived from the Latin word ‘immunis’, which referred to having an exemption from a public duty, such as paying taxes, or serving in the military. This relates to the same root word as ‘municipal’, which contains the implication of a duty, service, or payment which is due from a citizen for benefiting from the services of a city or state. I remember when I lived in Ottawa, where there are many embassies, and I would often see cars with red license plates which were indicative that this person held diplomatic immunity, and was therefore exempt from certain local laws.

The meaning, then, of ‘immunity’ in the context of our health, is to be free from our usual relationship with the kingdom of nature, to whom we are normally obliged to pay taxes in some form of sacrifice. The world of crude nature is made up of instincts of survival, predator-prey relationships, and the blind, impersonal spreading of disease through contagion. The outcome of contracting an acute infectious disease, for example, can result in a partial loss of one of our functions, such as partial hearing loss after surviving measles. Sometimes, the ultimate sacrifice of death will be the tax we pay to nature due to contracting such an infection.

 

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One of Dr. Hahnemann’s greatest condemnations of the conventional system of medicine (what he called “the old school”), is that their methods imitated this “crude” form of nature, and reproduced its taxation system in the form of “drug side effects”. Hahnemann’s system of medical Heilkunst, then, is built on the idea of using the laws of nature, but not in their crude or sacrificial form. Instead, the idea is to elevate them and apply them with a more refined method, which provides the benefit without having to pay a price in the process.

The word ‘immunize’ then, in its highest form, implies a form of treatment which does not demand a tax or sacrifice from the patient. Using homoprophylaxis (aka ‘homeopathic immunization’) is based on this concept of using a refined form of nature (ie a potentized medicine), rather than the crude form of conventional vaccination. While conventional medicine still uses the word ‘immunize’, it is not wholly accurate in doing so, as it is still imitating the sacrificial methods of crude nature with vaccination. Likewise, the ‘herd immunity’ promised by the mass vaccination program parallels the mass taxation approach of a municipality, who places its own wellbeing ahead of its individual citizens. Homoprophylaxis, and the methods of true immunization in general, work to liberate every individual into their own higher forms of health and expression, rather than as yet another branded member of the herd.