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.

Armoring of the Abdominal Segment

This blog is part of a series; its original title was Heilkunst Basics : University, 3rd Year (Armoring of the Abdominal Segment)

While I am continuing my descent down the seven segments, always keep in the back of your mind that is not a simple black and white or linear process of starting at the top and working your way to the bottom. While this is conceptually true, and this  overall sequence needs to be respected, the dynamics of a real-life case will also involve a kind of cyclical movement, due to the multiple layers of armoring within each segment, which call for the treatment to return back to work on some of the upper segments before continuing on again with the current segment under treatment. Add to this that de-armoring represents a particular aspect of the overall Heilkunst treatment, and that other therapeutic goals and modalities are woven together along with the treatment of the segments.

After the diaphragmatic segment, the abdominal comes next. It is more of a transitional segment, bridging the stronger content of the diaphragmatic and the pelvic. The prime feeling of the abdominal segments relates to the feeling of security (versus insecurity), and our perceived ability to move about the world freely, or in a guarded way. Feeling “tightness” in our abdomen versus a free-flow is the key difference here.

 

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Treatment can include a pressure placed on the abdomen, or possible a gentle stroking to encourage it to release. Thedeep breathing exercises done when working on the diaphragmatic segment can be continued here. Some of the homeopathic remedies used for general anxiety can be helpful in treatment here, including gelsemium and aconite.

Armoring of the Ocular Segment

This blog is part of a series; its original title was Heilkunst Basics : University, 3rd Year (Armoring of the Ocular Segment)

I introduced the concept of Reich’s seven segments of armoring yesterday, and today I will begin to explore in more detail each one of these segments in treatment. Please keep in mind as you follow through these, that the application of these concepts and therapeutic methods in treatment is quite dynamic and unique to each individual case, and that these are only being offered as a general indication of the emotional content which is found within each of these segments. Also, the entry into this part of treatment with a patient is dependent on how solid of a foundation has already been established in terms of the basic application of the first two jurisdictions (Regimen and Medicine), so as not to create a chaotic situation.

Photo by Jesse Davis “Big baby eyes”

Taking a look at the first segment today, the ocular segment relates to the eyes and vision, as well as other physical aspects of the top of the head, such as tension in the forehead, or temples. The general emotional tone related to a blocked ocular segment is one of depression, which can manifest in greater or lesser intensities. The fundamental characteristic of a rigidified ocular segment is of a split between sensation and perception, and a general dissociation from reality.

Virtually everyone has some degree of ocular segment, especially considering the modern birthing methods in the hospital, where life begins with antibiotic drops being put into every new baby’s eyes. Our very “head dominant” culture also encourages much intellectual dissociation from reality, and a break in contact with living processes.

Any number of common vision problems, such as near- or far-sightedness, astigmatism, or even photophobia are physical indications of a blockage in the ocular segment. Other issues such as headaches, or general tension in the forehead and temples are also related.

Emotionally, as I’ve mentioned, there is some degree of dissociation, or lack of contact with life and reality. Compensatory behavioiurs, such as voyeurism (ie “peeping

Toms”) manifest in an attempt to re-establish some form of contact through the eyes. In general, even if there aren’t any overt vision problems, there is some degree of emotional disconnection, and difficulty in making true contact with another.

Treatment involves all different types of exercises encouraging the movement, and re-mobilization of the eyes, both in an emotional and physical sense. Natural vision improvement exercises are a good area to draw upon, to start to get the eyes freed up.

Another type of exercise is to look into the eyes of someone who can give objective feedback, or a mirror if you are working alone, and intentionally express a variety of emotions through your eyes : surprise; love; hate; fear; anger; etc. This combines both the physical act of moving the muscles around the eyes with the strong emotional content that belongs there. If this is too difficult at first, the practitioner can start more simply with having the patient follow the path of a penlight in a darkened room, to simply get the eyes and surrounding muscles mobilized.

In terms of remedies to consider, Opium is useful for the aspect of dissociation, when someone seems to be living in another world. Ruta Grav is useful when there is chronic strain to the eyes, such as working long hours staring at a computer screen. Gelsimium can help when there is a tired, droopy appearance to the eyes. The Bach Flower Remedy Clematis may also be useful for that dreamy, disconnected from reality state. Also, Chestnut Bud may be appropriate where an occular block has prevented someone from gaining insight from their life lessons, and end up repeating the same mistakes over and over. The homeopathic remedy Cannabis Indica is also quite strongly related to this theme of the ocular blockage, in terms of a dissociation or split from reality. The same is true in various ways of all of the ideogenic remedies.

For all of the above exercises, it is always essential to combine them with a conscious effort to breath fully and deeply, as this is the primary mechanism for armoring and holding in the emotions.

Overcoming Stage Fright With Homeopathy

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My blogging friend, Janet Kidd, has recently written about stage fright, and how to deal with it as a singer. I’d like to add some homeopathic remedies into the mix of her suggestions for helping with stage fright. For some patients, we’ll not only give them these remedies for when they do public speaking or performing, but also for generalized anxiety issues which paralyze them in their life generally. This is a good case study, by the way, of the importance of treating the unique qualities of a given condition, rather than matching a pharmaceutical drug to a generic label (such as “stage fright” in this case).

  • Gelsemium – “Frozen in fear”; A tendency to “freeze up” on stage, or in life situations in general. The mind which goes blank in an exam or interview situation. Involuntary responses, such as trembling, or frequent loose stools or urination. Feeling a tremendous anxiety in anticipation of an event. A defensive posture of tiredness or droopiness. This is usually more of a tendency for introverted types.
  • Argentum Nitricum – A nervousness which expresses itself with fidgety and strange or impulsive behaviours. Excessive talkativeness as a defensive posture. Enactment of superstitions or ritualistic behaviours are used to try to dispel the nervousness. Distorted sense of time, and usually tends towards feeling that it is going by too fast. The Argentum Nitricum subject generally feels better when other people are around (the classic extrovert response). Experiencing bizarre thoughts or perceptions.
  • Aconite – Primarily used to treat a state of shock, but also for the type of anxiety which mimics this. The intense and sudden symptoms of panic attacks are addressed by this remedy, including shortness of breath. The feeling that their death is near – this may explain the statistic that people are more afraid of public speaking than they are of death. An extremely restless state of mind. Especially suited for anxiety symptoms that come on quite rapidly and intensely, like a storm that seems to appear out of nowhere.
  • Ignatia – Over-sensitivity of emotions, with a tendency to expect to be disappointed. Feeling emotionally vulnerable in front of people, with a desire to run away and hide. The root of this anxiety is generally connected to some form of unresolved grief. A sensation of a physical lump in the throat can get in the way of speaking or singing.  Frequent involuntary sighing or yawning. May be linked with physical symptoms of headaches, or lots of sweat on the face.

 

 

 

Choosing the remedy, or combination of remedies which best match your symptoms can work remarkably well to help you through a performance or public speaking event. Over the longer term, the deeper process of Heilkunst treatment will remove the underlying factors which create this tendency towards stage fright, and eventually the remedies won’t be required any more, as you claim more and more of a natural state of biological and psychological functioning. There will be any number of deeper factors contributing to such triggered responses of stage fright which can be transmuted through depth treatment. Common wisdom would suggest that stage fright is “just the way someone is”, but is not a natural state in itself, and is entirely reversable through treatment.