Seeing What’s Behind Your Time Line

This blog is part of a series; its original title was “Heilkunst Basics: University, 4th Year (Seeing What’s Behind Your Timeline)”

Today, September the 11th, marks the anniversary of an event which continues to have a tremendous impact on our lives. There are so many dimensions to its meaning, and I will stick here to the direct medical impact, as I have seen through my patients, both at the time of the event itself, and in the years since.

At the time of the event itself, there was a tremendous amount of call-ins to the clinic from patients seeking all forms of emotional remedies, especially including shock and fear at first, and then shortly afterwards followed by the full spectrum of tonic (archetypal) emotional states. The range of acute anxiety remedies (including aconite, ignatia, and so on), and the primary tonic emotional archetypes represented by NSOL were dispensed frequently, and often in very high potencies due to the intensity of people’s experience at that time.

The individual components of NSOL are:

Natrum Muriaticumfor feelings of bereavement and loss, and ultimately for a challenge to someone’s core belief structure which questions whether people and the world in general can be trusted.

Staphysagria – for feelings of being victimized, or abused. Possibly for an anger without knowing exactly where or how to direct it.

Opium – for the root state of mind underneath many fears and anxieties. A kind of feeling “frozen in place”, like the dreams where someone is on a railway track, and cannot move a muscle.

Lachesis – for feelings of guilt, and a generally intense state of pent-up emotions looking for an outlet. Think of the image of a snake all charged up, and ready to strike out suddenly with its venomous tongue.

The NSOL combination is generally used quite a bit during a patient’s general Heilkunst treatment, and its individual components will be called for when they are emerging in a very distinct way on their own. NSOL, and its components, are very often used for treating specific shocks and traumas on a patient’s time line, as well as for dealing with the emotional reactions to situations occurring in the present.

The nature of the event of 9/11 certainly brought up many of these intense emotions, but it went much deeper than that. As is the case with anyone’s time line of shocks and traumas, the question of what is perceived as a trauma, and what it means to a given individual, will depend not just on the event itself, but on their underlying structure, in terms of their armoring structure combined with their belief structure. Two siblings, for example, who grow up in the same dysfunctional family dynamic can potentially have very different perceptions and reactions to it based on their underlying structures.

For many patients, this experience of 9/11 and its aftermath served as a catalyst to break through some of this deeper structure, and start to draw out some of their deeper chthonic issues, as well as higher ideogenic themes. The very nature of our world, as we perceive it, changed in many ways as a result. From a phenomenological point of view, when such an event of mass impact occurs, it represents a point in time where such a general shift in consciousness has, or is about to begin.

The Chthonic Realm : Bufo

The second last chthonic remedy is Bufo Rana, which is made from a certain species of poisonous toad. Like Hyoscyamus in the hot stream, this is the cold stream remedy which represents functional blockages in the astral body, and therefore may include subtle or overt perversions of the sexual function. Unlike Hyos which is extremely extroverted and attention-getting in its inappropriate behaviours (remember the example of streaking?), Bufo would have more of a ‘creepy’ feeling to its manifestation, and is largely hidden from public view (although the energy cannot ultimately be hidden).

Many of the hidden perversions in thought or feeling will often come out in altered forms, such as childish behaviours, or even an autistic-like need to avoid social encounters. They may be prone to outbursts of anger, due to the all of this energy which tends to be suppressed. Another presentation of this remedy picture, which is also autistic-like, is a hyper-focus on one very specialized interest — the resulting “mental masturbation” is another form of this underlying sexual energy converted to an altered form.

The Bufo toad, being an amphibian, lends towards the characteristics of this remedy containing many contradictory opposites, such as an alternating desire for solitude or for company. They can suffer from very poor impulse control, such as in binge eating patterns, or other addictive patterns. There can often be an intensely high sex drive, but with a equally intense inability to form a relationship. Bufo is one of the classic remedies used to treat certain forms of epileptic seizures, which is another transformation of sexual energy not properly channeled.

Along with their difficulties with impulse control, they can tend to be overweight. The impression that you might feel from a Bufo individual is of being ‘creepy’ or ‘slimy’. You could say that the entire porn industry is driven by the underlying energy of this remedy state.