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 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.

First Aid Remedies For Summer

I’ve recently written about summer and its connection with the syphilis miasm, in terms of its essence of things falling apart or breaking. Accidents of all kinds can be caused by a strong inheritance of this miasm, and this makes summer the perfect time to brush up on some first aid remedies.

  • Arnica – The quintessential first aid remedy, good for shocks of all kinds, as well as physical strains and other conditions of over-exertion. Syphilis is also the doorway into the Chthonic Realm, and deeper Arnica states may be surfaced during this season, where people’s deeper, darker fears can become more active.
  • Helleborous – Another chthonic remedy also plays double-duty in the first aid jurisdiction. Helleborous is used for head injuries, particularly involving a contusion to the top of the head.
  • Natrum Sulphuricum – This is the more generic head injury remedy, and is part of the concussion formula, along with Arnica and Helleborous. Some of the more typical post-concussion depression is helped with this remedy.
  • Hypericum – For injuries involving nerve damage and/or spinal impacts. This is also a component of the head trauma formula. Any injury involving nerve-rich areas, such as crushed fingertips is very much helped with it.
  • Symphytum – This remedy is sourced from the herb comfrey, which was traditionally called ‘knit-bone’. It was well named, as it is an amazing remedy for helping a bone to heal after a break or fracture. It is so amazing, in fact, that I caution patients NOT to use it, until they have verified by x-ray if the bone has been correctly reset in the right place. It is also the remedy for black eyes, and is thus called ‘The Arnica of the eye’.
  • Aconite and Ignatia – All of the traumas, accidents, and otherwise disturbing events triggered by Syphilis will often stir up emotional reactions of anxiety, and a generalized feeling of losing control in the face of them.

The Chthonic Realm : Helleborous

The eighth and final remedy to complete my exploration of the chthonic realm is Helleborous, which at first glance will seem to be quite anti-climactic, compared to all the heat, drama, and violence of many of the other remedies in this series. Helleborous is also commonly used in the first aid jurisdiction for the treatment of head injuries, particularly involving the top of the head. If you think of the feeling of having a head injury which may include confusion or slowed down thought processes, you start to understand some of its essence as a chthonic remedy.

Like Veratrum, Helleborous is the other chthonic remedy which relates to a functional body in our fourth (‘ontic’) body, which relates to our sense of self. This remedy largely relates to affectations of the mental sphere, including confusion, dullness, or even apathy or depression. While these symptoms would be the obvious result of a head injury, they need to be understood in a different context as a chthonic (fear) remedy, where the origin of these symptoms emerges from fears or anxieties, and not to a physical cause.

“The lights are on, but no one is home” can very well be the catch phrase for this state, as it is not clear if much of anything is being processed. At a deeper level, the underlying emotion to this state can be connected to a feeling of being lost, and without any grounding in life.

In terms of physical ailments, Helleborous can prove useful for some aspects of autism, as well as other conditions where an impairment in cognitive processing or communication are key. Other conditions including weak memory, or even a case of Alzheimer’s may also be helped by it. At a sub-clinical level, it will apply to any condition which has been caused by extended periods of having to engage in non-resonant work, where someone is literally “bored out of their mind”, and slowly begin to lose their facility with their cognitive abilities.