Homeopathic Constitutional Types: Opium (Papaver)

Contained in your Emotional Support Dropper is a combination of homeopathic remedies we call “NSOL.” These letters stand for Natrum Muriaticum (grief), Staphysagria (anger), Opium (fear) and Lachesis (guilt). Opium is derived from the papaver poppy and, like all homeopathics, it in no way contains any of its crude source by the time we prescribe it. All homeopathic rx from Arcanum Wholistic Clinic are above “Avogadro’s Law” meaning that the rx is so highly diluted that chemical science would categorize it as placebo.

As we know, our medical provings are derived from observing someone who has taken a drug in crude form. For example, we’ve studied those who have taken opiates (known as laudanum several decades ago) for extended periods of time, and patients will share with us the effects of post-surgery painkillers like OxyContin, Percocet and methadone. The most active substance in opium is morphine, named after Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams.

Source: http://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/painkillers/a-short-history.html

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“Opium Den Gallery Xue” by trilbym

A great image that helps to discern the Opium state of mind is that of the Chinese opium den back at the turn of the last century or two, and even earlier to ancient Sumeria where it was considered “the plant of joy.” There have been many rumors that the character Sherlock Holmes was addicted to crude opium and that British author Thomas De Quincey partook, naming it “the celestial drug.” Also, Homer’s Odyssey involved sussing out ‘nepenthe,’ a medicine derived from alcohol and the papaver poppy.   

Source: http://www.urbanghostsmedia.com/2013/05/opium-dens-drug-age-urban-underworld/

In homeopathic medicine, Opium is the quintessential remedy for curing pervasive fear. Dr. Henry Clarke describes the state of mind in his three-volume set of Materia Medica as at first being very excitable and then succumbing to a dream-like stupor:

Carelessness, or great anxiety and uneasiness.Inconstancy and fickleness.Strong tendency to take alarm, and timorous character.Rash and inconsiderate boldness.Tranquillity of mind, with agreeable reveries, and forgetfulness of sufferings.Stupidity and imbecility.Loss of consciousness.Great flow of ideas, with gaiety and a disposition to indulge in sublime and profound reflections.Vivid imagination, exaltation of the mind, increased courage, with stupefaction and dullness.Very easy comprehension.Illusions of the imagination.Mania, with fantastical or fixed ideas; patient believes, contrary to fact, that he is not at home.Delirium with frightful visions, of mice, scorpions, &c., and with desire to run away.Mendacity.Rambling speech.Loquacious delirium, with open eyes and red face; furious delirium.Fright with fear; is followed by heat in the head and convulsions.Grief over insults is followed by convulsions.Drunkenness with stupor as from smoke on the brain; eyes burning, hot and dry.

Source: http://www.homeoint.org/clarke/o/op.htm

About six years ago, we treated a fellow who worked for the local hydro company. He was coming home late one night in his truck, it was foggy, rainy and turning to sleet. In the fresh snow that had accumulated during the day, he noticed the relatively fresh tire tracks of a car that had gone off the road and slid into a ditch down a fairly steep embankment. When he reached the vehicle he found a woman still belted in the front seat; pulling her from the wreckage, he checked for a pulse, called 911 and started CPR. My patient soon realised there was no hope, but continued trying to resuscitate her until the paramedics arrived. When he came to see me, he was in an Opium state and his wife confirmed that he kept having bad dreams and worries of finding others in a similar state at the side of the road.  He was still in a state of shock, cycling through fight/flight.  He cited that he felt numb to it all.

I’ve served women who have been in an Opium-like state for many years after suffering some form of emotional, physical or sexual abuse. They have trouble with memory, feel somewhat lost and just can’t seem to fully actualize themselves due to this overwhelming pervasive fear and delirium. If you look at the eyes of many women coming from terror-filled countries where rape by oppressors was (and still is) an instrument of terrorized suppression, you will look into their deadened and staring eyes. There is no worse crime for a woman, with death often being preferable.

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“Women and children at the health post of the Sam Ouandja refugee camp” by hdptcar

Source: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B006FO19S2/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Dr. Clarke describes the eyes of a person in an opium state suffering chronic fear as:

Eyelids hanging, as if paralysed.Sensation as if eyeballs were too large.Eyes red, inflamed.Quivering of eyes and lids.Eyes half open and are turned upwards.Staring look.Swelling of lower lids.Eyes fixed, half closed, convulsed, prominent, glassy.Pupils dilated (insensible to light), and immovable.Pupils contracted.Cloudiness of sight.Sensation of dust in eyes.Scintillations before eyes.

Years ago, one of my patients had served in Afghanistan in the U.S. army (details changed to protect his identity) and was extremely traumatized by the constant threat of  landmines which could explode at any moment. He had also witnessed a close friend succumbing to such a catastrophic fate. When he came to work with me, he was smoking a lot of cannabis, and teaching yoga and meditation as this was the only viable thing he’d found to curtail reliving the shocks and terrors of his experience, courtesy of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). He was in such a reverie that he described it as feeling in a stupor 24/7.

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“Self portrait trauma scars, Emotional abuse, Mental, sexual, Physical, verbal Domestic Violence Spousal marital rape Trauma PTSD, Self Portrait, Runjanefox, #janefox this is me. #domesticviolence #stopdv #spousalrape #dv #hearmystory” by Jane Fox

When we clear this type of trauma on a patient’s timeline, they will describe many strange dreams as being part of the healing reaction. I’ve had patients say that that mid-month after taking the remedy, at the twelve to fifteen day mark, they’ve had vivid dreams of being abducted by aliens, seeing malevolent spirits, being involved in an horrific accident, feeling a presence in their midst…just to have it all disappear by the twenty-eighth day and be replaced with restored clarity of mind.

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“A Dream” by Sepp Schimmer

Humans are not the only beings to suffer such atrocities producing a chronic fear state. Years ago, we rescued a twenty seven year old horse named “Teddy.” He was such an aged Appaloosa that he’d turned completely white, having lost all his characteristic spots. He’d worked all his life in both Western and English barns for children, and was both bit (mouth led) and neck reined (neck led on opposite rein). He wasn’t the horse that we wanted; we were actually buying a young two-year old mare named Baby to train up for my daughter, Adie. The problem was that Teddy and Baby were inseparable and the owner pulled at our heart strings asking that we take both of them. We agreed.  

However, shortly after Teddy joined our farm of thirty-six animals, I noticed that he had a persistent film over his eyes, like cobwebs, that I was constantly cleaning out. He also had that characteristic staring-off look with dark congealed tears weeping from the left eye more so than the right. His lids seemed kind of wrinkled over his blue-brown eyes.

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I gave old Teddy a drop of Opium 30CH and watched him completely perk up. It was amazing! In fact, Baby proved way too fiery for my daughter so when her horse turned three we hired a trainer for Baby, and Adie learned to ride on Teddy, using the Alexander Technique and no bridle, instead employing just the subtlest of body movements. Teddy learned this whole new approach to riding without a hitch in his elderly step!

My hope is that you have a better idea of what induces an Opium state in yourself or a loved one. I’m going to list a number of events below that we’ve treated in our patients that may be of further assistance as you discern the type of events that can engender a chronic Opium state:

  • Car accident, ski accident or any near miss with or without bodily injury
  • Bad news like a death in the family or loss of a dear friend
  • Shocking event like seeing someone badly injured
  • Participating in a war
  • Seeing someone raped
  • Being raped
  • Living in an area with a high rate of crime
  • Watching the news
  • Being harmed or abused
  • Seeing an animal harmed or abused
  • Watching a horror film

Folks more likely to be in a chronic Opium state, that we’ve successfully treated:

  • Paramedics, firefighters and first responders
  • Police officer
  • War veteran
  • Red Cross volunteer
  • Lifeguard
  • Emergency Room nurse or doctor
  • Parents who have suffered a stillbirth, especially the mother
  • A child prone to nightmares/night terrors
  • A parent whose child is diagnosed with autism, cancer, MS or other debilitating condition
  • Being diagnosed with a challenging condition
  • A victim of war crimes, shootings or bombings
  • A person who has survived living in a ghetto with a high rate of crime
  • Anyone diagnosed with a debilitating condition
  • An individual who has suffered marital abuse

Staphysagria’s Victimization Versus Aggression – A Mini Study in Polarities

The laws of the universe are made up of polarities. This is how the planets don’t fly off into the ether and wipe out The Starship Enterprise. Also, night follows day, a growth spurt follows a fever and boy will quite often meet a girl. These polarities create new life, vortexes and Fibonacci sequences propelling us towards growth in nature’s logical formation.

We find each other, and the embrace takes place. The swirling energy of first love. I can’t eat. I can’t sleep. My romantic heart, mind and body crave to know the other through a co-communion of every one of my bodies. It is true that all new life begins with swelling and heat. This is the upside of the Fibonacci vortex.

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Aloe by Kai Schreiber

All seeds swell with moisture when the soil heats up in spring spawning new life. A morning glory flower will close at day’s end. The lowest palm frond to the earth will die, shudder and peel off the trunk enabling the remaining fronds to live on, for now. This more contractive death march is the downswing of the Fibonacci spiral. Our intimacy en route to orgasm works the same way … up spiral … down spiral … up spiral … down spiral. This is also true for curing disease.

Curing rage and anger is not different. The up spiral is aggression, the down spiral is victimization. Swelling and contraction, over-inflated aggrandizement and it’s polarity, prey. It is the two sides of the same spiral.

Our relationships are also based on these inherent physical and spiritually-imbued polarities. They are gifts, a universal endowment. God’s loot bag for our being birthed.

In the case of the Staphysagria disease matrix, one person will shoot off like a canon with anger, going from 0 – 700 decibels in under 20 seconds perhaps yelling at the other person. The expression “Going Postal” captures this side of the Staph. energy. Reacting suddenly with an expression of anger so out of proportion to the actual stimulus is very characteristic. They will generally throw things …. up spiral. The down spiral of ‘victimization’ will cower in terror, making herself as small as possible, fearing any notice with terror.

This distinct polarity in Staph. is like night and day. It is true that every unhealthy aggressor must have its equally unhealthy victim.  This is not a judgement, it is simply the observed phenomenon after twenty years of research.  The whole basis of survival of a species is based on this polarization between the strongest and most skilled, and its prey. Nature doesn’t moralize, it is just the way that it is.

However, we can alter this disease endowment. Run up alongside this polarity in motion, toss the potentized remedy at it and take out its legs. We can also force the hand of its alter ego of Lachesis (guilt and shame). After Staphysagria is cured, it will usually illuminate Lach. I’m only observing the outcome, the phenomenon of consciousness.  Again, I’m simply an observational scientist.

In the healthy dynamic, we term the polarity ‘will’ (masculine) and ‘surrender’ (feminine); in health we should be able to easily wield both at the cusp of a vibrant borderland. Our heart-filled orgasm function also depends on it. I should be able to call on either gesture at a moment’s notice. The key to wholeness is to be able to be both conjointly! 

However, if someone is in a more diseased state they forfeit choice.  They become karmically locked into one mode of being either the victim OR the aggressor, then “Houston, we have a problem” — a Staphysagria disease problem. It is true that formerly abused women will typically, and sadly, find another relationship with yet another abuser, even if she thinks that she’s skipped her karmic default ‘this time’ having secured a loving partner.

If this disease matrix is not cured outright, she’ll inadvertently produce the very same ill-fated dynamic as before, helping to create that very same gesture of martyrdom again seeking its very ugly mate. Often, she will subconsciously resonate with yet another perpetrator which will reveal itself, first subtly, and then more overtly over time the more she acquiesces to old behaviors.

I was so interested in this dynamic that I went on to do my postgraduate research into why women are often so paralyzed in victimhood, re-attracting a mate who causes them mental and emotional harm. I’ve studied the phenomenon both in those that have been rapists and those that have sadly been victimized by rape.  As a woman, I wanted to understand our etiology as historical victims often burned at the stakes of patriarchal hate.

My research, stemming back to the Bible, finally culminated with the book, Unfolding The Essential Self; From Rage to Orgastic Potency that cited much of Dr. Wilhelm Reich’s Character Analysis and his understanding of how emotional and physical shocks become characterological armoring stored up in the physical body. After I’d apprehended my thesis, I wanted to find out what to do about it clinically. This seemed like a natural avenue to follow as a multi-orgasmic Feminist.

As a result, at Arcanum Wholistic Clinic where I serve patients, internationally, we use sound regimen to make the organism both strong and labile (another polarity), and then homeopathic remedies like Staphysagria to discharge the anger from a timeline of abuse or aggression. Through Character Analysis and a more cognitive approach, we help to ensure that the patient doesn’t reinfect themselves again with the old state of mind, reverting to old default patterns.   It can be likened to very carefully and elegantly dismantling a bomb.

The expressions of rage can be profoundly deep and cathartic. Sometimes the patient will yell, scream, hit a punching bag, project or simply and more subtly just “change her own mind.”  I’ve had patients express deep rage at a suppressive parent by staging their imaginal death on the stage of their imagination.  Much liberation can occur from an exercise like that.  Journalling and meditations can also be brilliant homework to help raise consciousness of the issue as it resolves.

It depends on the individual and how deep into the somatic layer the depth charge was laid. The reverberations can be a ripple in a puddle or of tsunami-like proportions. Aggressors and victims alike will often have the linchpin removed as we reach deeper into the sequential removal of their childhood shocks and traumas. Early childhood will reveal the force-field where the engenderment first occurred.   The key is to be able to effectively hold the patient as they hit the psychic trip wires laid lovingly at their feet.

The forcefield of hate will be revealed.  It is just a matter of time and patience.  It will be laid bare and raw for us both to view the original split in consciousness for which they subconsciously decided between victim or aggressor. When the patient sees it, they will choose to change it, and discharge the energy of persecution. The aggressor will show empathy and the victim will step up and exhibit self-compassion and a desire to protect herself (and those entrusted to her) appropriately.   It is fair to say that I love this moment of liberation.

I liken that magical moment in session to waking from a dream, albeit a nightmarish possession of sorts. Jesus even said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.” Luke 23:34. As you can see, here we have the division cited again from a historical perspective. The schizophrenic split between aggressor and victim wholly becomes healed.

Once the rage is resolved, it opens the individual up more for love and true orgastic potency out of a healthier will and capacity for surrender … up spiral … down spiral. They’ll be able to oscillate and hold the charge of a healthier radial and contractive gesture. Reich termed this the healthy orgonome. Former abusers will generally find their more sweet, wisdom-soaked and surrendered side, victims will find their vital drive to become their more vibrant essential selves, fulfilled and more fully actualized; both can now know true orgastic potency.

This is why I re-wrote this polarity from my rage thesis, two years later, into a novel entitled, Sophie’s Truth; How a Young Girl Unfolded Her Essential Self Through Love. For me, I had wanted to depict this healthy polarity between the sexes in the story form of a novel and see how we treat the state of mind more clinically. I wrote it for both men and women even though the main character is female and narrowly misses being raped at a house party and how she uses the remedy Staphysagria to find her essential orgastic self.

You may see where the dynamic of victimization was first seeded in my character’s story. Her parents are terrified that she will have sex, constantly projecting their fears onto her with helicopter-parenting which creates the armored terror Sophie suffers. Eventually, it produces the ultimate prey response at a party one night where she is victimized. A victimized child will just recreate her being victimized in other circumstances. Her fright is sniffed out by a young aggressor, motivated by hate, eager to bite into the flesh of her soft, tender neck by a character I named Peter (the wolf incarnate).

It was important to me, at the time, to share the thesis in a less academic, more accessible novel with younger women who craved to know love and true orgastic potency after a rape – the supreme form of victimization. I depict Sophie, my character, as having been conditioned as a victim by her parents who raise her to have virtually no trust or self-reliance. Her parents were her first persecutors, and the pattern is later mirrored in her social schema. Peter, of course, is her Father in younger sheep’s clothing.  It is an actual depiction of a great number of patients I’ve served.

After receiving just two homeopathic remedies, Aurum for inner value, and Staphysagria for victimization, my character comes to a better place of grace, just as I’ve described clinically above. Sophie makes some stunning realizations on the bus from Paris to Nice, France that enable her to move through her karmic conditioning, evolving into the young woman who’s able to be on equal footing with her true beloved.

Much of my research speaks to Dr. Wilhelm Reich’s book, Children of the Future, which describes the phenomenon of armoring and how our belief structures are just faulty sutures on the traumas of our past. These emotional insults show up in our body’s segments as biological sheaths that over time become plates like shields in our musculoskeletal systems that can be measured by how much energy remains trapped below the skin when a stimulus is perceived.

A parent’s aggressive tendencies to always be in charge will produce eternal victims that just seek out other aggressors to replace the ones that she grew up with. I can not tell you how many times I’ve seen this in my practice. The idea is that by softening the musculature with good nutrition, exercise, ample water, exercise and the right homeopathic remedies administered at the right time using the law of cure, the individual can extricate themselves from their karmic patterning.

The patient will begin to adhere to her own inner ethical compass (instead of an external one) and begin to exercise her will, in conjunction with her capacity to surrender, and grow her confidence and capacity to step up on her own behalf, out of self-love. It is the most beautiful thing to see. I feel so blessed to have witnessed this true transformation countless times.

Like my character, Sophie, who starts out by not being capable of making an autonomous decision for herself (until she achieves cure of her state of mind by homeopathic law), I’ve served patients exhibiting the same qualities. Once, however, she’s finally set free, discharging the rage of persecution, she’s able to fully self-actualize more into a state of grace with a healthier will and discernment.

It is such true grace to witness both my female and male patients come to a state of more balanced grace after an event of sexual assault. It is tough to help them find the necessary kahunas to become the healthy leader at times when it is necessary, or alternatively, completely relax and let themselves be taken out of love. It’s true that tantra (inside out) may be the polarity of the more base pornography (outside in), but that’s a whole other article.

I once took a self-defence course, called Wen-do, in my 20s designed specifically for women in the booming metropolis of downtown Toronto. It was highly recommended by the Rape Crisis Centre in order for women to learn instinctual coping strategies needed for fending off an aggressor when needed. I witnessed the bravest of women, studying this art of self-defence, from the seat of their wheelchairs!

It is fair that I felt concerned for my less able-bodied sister, but thankfully, I learned that you don’t have to be stronger,  just more knowledgeable about physics. I witnessed that from any position, you can facilitate the aggressor in the direction that he’s already going in by using his momentum, immobilizing him to the floor, pinning him in his tracks.

In the class, we were encouraged to get comfortable finding our voices, and acting completely crazy by screaming out random grocery lists items! This can actually be effective in the face of an aggressor who can become instantly afraid of someone seriously mad while spitting the words, “broccoli, cauliflower and cheese strings!” into their face with a familiar bridled hate-soaked will. I learned that you can turn the tables on an aggressor in an instant using this approach!

I was also truly amazed, in that class, at how hard it was to teach some women to express rage, even in the face of an aggressor who could possibly maim them or worse. You could tell that they were just pre-programmed to “take it”, due to prior unresolved traumas in childhood.  You could actually observe them empowering the aggressor with their broken wills and victimized stance, their gestures of anger hollow and empty. Their armoring condemning them to a plight of repeated violations and I felt afraid for them.

It was interesting to me that when my son was studying Aikido, he’d ask me to attack him and then suddenly I’d find myself sucking dirt off the kitchen floor. Even though he was taller and much stronger than me, he showed me how I could also render the same move and get the same good results with him when he, alternatively, pretended to attack me.  It was amazingly effective.  Too bad we don’t spend more time educating aggressors how to become caring and conscientious empaths.

In order to be fully threaded as orgastic beings, we have to be able to convert our hate and rage into love … or we’re lost without either hope, gestures of self-love, or faith in ourselves. We need access to both in order to foster a healthy capacity for sexual intimacy where we toss the tantric ball back and forth between us through the oscillating gesture of will and surrender.

The orgasm function is totally built on this inherent capacity. Leading ourselves and the other closer and closer up and also down the climactic steps until we build up enough energy in our organism to trip the lights fantastic into the realm of the more heady all-over body orgasm, a loss of consciousness and full discharge of all nether content, including anger. A full release of this hate and rage is actually not possible for either the Staphysagria victim or their aggressor as I will illustrate further below.

When I give Staphysagria on the sound basis of like cures like, I see a brilliant resolution to an individual’s capacity to step up out of victimization, or alternatively, step down from having been more the aggressor. After the remedy is given, I’ll often counsel the patient to take a partnered dance class to learn how to lead, or to acquiesce. Also a self-defence course where a person can learn to scream, “carrots!” like never before, can save a life.

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Case Illustrations of the polarities of Staphysagria for Clinician and Patients (Please note that due to patient confidentiality, I had to find other creative ways to illustrate this phenomenon in nature):

A few years ago, I was interviewed by John Campbell on his radio show in Saint John, New Brunswick. It was about a local politician who’d been put away in jail for the sexual assault of a number of youth in his care. I argued that both the perpetrator and the victims were equally broken and that the way the justice system works, neither party obtains cure which just continues to perpetuate the dynamic, generation after generation. It is palliative, or suppressive, at best as the victims will generally grow up to be aggressors.

I recall in my early 20’s thinking about going into Law until I witnessed firsthand the injustices in the justice system. The rapists and murderers often going free based on a technical loophole spun by a savvy lawyer who could work the system was such an abomination of justice.

I’d lived with my Godparents after my parents had died at age 17. My Uncle was one of the top criminal lawyers in Canada. I often read diaries of the offenders and then went to watch, in fascination, the court proceedings. I once asked him how many of his client were guilty, and he replied ‘all of them’. When I asked him how many he got off from serving time, he replied, ‘almost all of them’.

In one case his client had raped and murdered a young girl in Niagara Falls. I had read his journals. He was the son of a fellow big wig lawyer. That boy walked and on that day in court, so did I.

As a result of getting so many criminals “off” my Uncle died prematurely by Alcoholism and Type II Diabetes (unable to extract the sweetness out of life) for which I’d had to attend to festering sores on his feet. My aunt was off travelling and having affairs with various wealthy tycoons. It was a sick and dysfunctional picture of impotence. Not my long-term gig at all.

Thusly, though, this Physician was born with a deep love for resolving chronic disease and a phenomenal fascination for armoring and the healthy human condition was born. My partner and I are listening to the Serial podcast with Sarah Koenig and the Undisclosed podcast with Rabia Chaudry regarding the Adnan Syed case in the States where a Muslim youth was totally framed for the murder of a young Asian girl. Both, sadly, were victims of a patriarchal judicial system that had no desire but to serve its white supremacist self. It is great to hear the police and justice system totally torn apart by law professors and a couple of ethical young lawyers, although, 17 years post hence. However, I digress.

This brings me to the conclusion of my study here. I want you to hear the words of a victim of a woman victimized by Jian Ghomeshi. He’s a famous ex-radio show host who allegedly victimized and brutally assaulted a string of innocent women. Many went on dates with him with promises that he’d help their modelling or acting careers.

Listen to their words and please let me know at the bottom of this article what your response is to them. The first one even comes from an adjacent village from mine in New Brunswick.

Excerpt: “The pain was so bad, she recalled, that she considered going to the hospital the next day. Instead, she accepted Ghomeshi’s pleas to give him one more chance and meet him again in a public place for a platonic outing. They ended up watching TV at his house and cuddling. He told her he was from an abusive family. They maintained a friendly correspondence for a while, but what happened didn’t sit well with her. She ultimately confronted him to say she felt he had manipulated her. That’s when he reminded her in an aggressive tone that he had kept records: “i have text messages…you WANTED it…””

Excerpt: “Three other women told me similar stories, supported by evidence, of manipulation and entrapment. Ghomeshi would establish an electronic paper trail before the alleged violence took place and would make efforts to continue a correspondence afterwards. It followed a pattern.”

Excerpt: “They would then meet him, and what happened, happened.

If women were upset with him or elusive afterwards, Ghomeshi would seem to become nervous and made efforts to normalize things. One woman said he showed up at her home in tears. He sent friendly, flattering emails, and sometimes they would respond in kind. Once this record of amicable contact was established, he would stop responding to their messages. Some chased after him with solicitous emails.”

As the trial has gone on, I’ve watched women engage with a nervous, more morbid fascination. Usually it’s women who have a history of sexual abuse and victimization seeking a crude homeopathic dose attempting to cure themselves. I’ve heard firsthand just how enthralled they are. You see, they’ve not yet reconciled, or cured, that side of their victimized selves and they find the proceedings bringing up old, unresolved traumas where they suffered instances of the same abuse, it is the sad plight of the Staphysagria state of mind.

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Jeff Korentayer and I are working on a new book together. The working title is, “Materia Medica Arcana of Staphysagria : Ending the Victimization Cycle”. It will be published soon – find out more here.

 

The Anatomy of Stress … How We Use All 3 Jurisdictions of Heilkunst Medicine to Solve It

Stress is feeling impotent to execute a plan or desire.  It is the ultimate in feeling thwarted against the capacity to discharge an expectation into a state of realization.  In health, it feels like, “Ah, I did it!  I put the effort in and there it is, a big beautiful bouncing baby project, isn’t she lovely?!  I’m so proud!  Now I can finally bask in the glory of utter fulfillment!”  As a healthy person, I will have perfect trust and faith that my effort will ultimately lead to fulfillment of a desire; it is just a matter of time and it will.  I can trust in my healthy will and wisdom to get me to this state of full actualization.  Right?!

However, if your history with stress indicates that the arrival point never seems to come to fruition, it’s outside your reach, some insidious force seems to pervade that sabotages the whole damn thing, leaving you feeling like a bloody failure.  This cyclical pattern is just playing itself out yet AGAIN!!  Guilt, victimization, and self-hatred mounts and you do your very best not to take it out on those you love.  It is so hard, though, as the frustration seems to leak from your nostrils and ears.  You feel yourself seething with it below decks.

 

Also, you notice that weird things are starting to occur in your body; you haven’t slept through the night in months, your hair may be falling out in the shower, you’ve been having mild gallbladder attacks or kidney stones , your sex drive is dried up and mostly gone, you’re suffering heartburn, and your craving for sweets is off the charts, you’re peeing like a racehorse way too frequently. What the heck is going on?

 

You feel the anger and frustration mounting.  Perhaps it is a pattern around finances, the full realization of one’s inner value in the external ambient.  Perhaps your inner milieu wants that juicy job sailing tourists around the world, but for now you’re stuck as a palliative care nurse (true story, btw).  The prevailing feeling being that you trained for that job and you’re resigned to remaining at it until you can magically conjure the readies to make the transition. Perhaps you’re still living out of your parents’ expectations.  On paper, though, it feels like you may never garner the gumption or resources to make the leap.  For now, your feet are stuck in cement.  Argghhhhhh!

Although you have the pictures of sailboats plastered to your walls at home, it still feels like a far-off pipe dream.  What about all those affirmations, “I am sailing the world, I feel the ocean breeze on my face, I am cutting the jib!”  And then, the reality of waking at winter’s dawn to catch the bus in the dark and cold invades your spirit with the most brutal of realities.  You feel raw, sore, and jagged inside.  What happened to that wee kid in you that used to race with the wind on your bike, build forts, and dream about becoming a rock star?!

You ask yourself, over and over again, what am I missing?  How come everyone else seems to be realizing their dreams, but I can’t seem to get past token actions of having bought the organic sunscreen?  Am I not deserving enough?  Haven’t I done my time?  When is it my turn to fully actualize my essential self and my dreams?  Does this sound familiar to you?  Are you tired of hearing the tirades of angst in your head?

We’ve got you!  We lived this matrix prior as well.  We know that stress is the #2 killer (just after allopathic drugs) in North America.  We’re going to help you get out of the pain and suffering that has you secretly rocking back and forth, sucking on your thumb in that broom closet or bathroom stall when you think no one’s looking.  We see you and we also have the tools to help.

 

There are 3 jurisdictions of Heilkunst Medicine.  The first is Regimen (nutrition, hydration, dormition, recreation, coition).  Basically, you must stop messing around!  Cut out the refined sugars and carbs, and eat more for your blood type.  This is really critical.  We have other blogs (3 Streams in Heilkunst) on why this is, so go read those if you need further justification.  Start drinking 2.5 – 3 litres of pure spring water per day (ABC’s of Healthy Regimen).  

 

Start exercising for your blood type (Exercise for my Blood Type) and playing at a sport you love.  I’m a “B” blood type and I love weekly hikes up into the hills where I live, yoga several times per week, and my meditation practice. Also, start winding down earlier in the evening, reading that self-help book or perhaps a novel about 45-50 minutes before bedtime and lights out.  It is really important that you kill the lights and computer stimulation so that your autonomic nervous system can depart gracefully into sleep.

Sex is brilliant!  If you’re not thusly conjoint with a resonant beloved partner, sex on your own is pretty delicious too.  Love on yourself in the same way, using the same gestures that you would have your supreme lover engage with you.  The idea being that you can’t wholly plumb love in your ambient until you’ve nailed down those delicious romantic gestures from inside.  Love and romance is fostered from the inside out.

 

Also, the crazy thing is that while fever invokes a healthy immune function in a child, sex actually is the healthy expression of rage, anger, and stress in an adult.  The more you teach your body, through pleasure, how to feel tension, charge, discharge, and then relaxation in its cells and the autonomic nervous system, the more it will recall this same gesture in everyday life.  If you’re having trouble, though, executing through intimacy we can help with character analysis and resonant remediation.

The second jurisdiction of Heilkunst Medicine, is medicine proper.  It’s peeling back the timeline onion of your stress-riddled adulthood, which no doubt stemmed from how you were raised as a child (Sigmunda would agree).  In many cases, it is also anchored in your childhood, the genetic miasms, chthonic fears and ideogenic beliefs.  It can take a bit of time, in conjunction with pathic remedies like lycopodium (key rx for impotence), aurum metallicum (working with little reward), sepia (‘if someone asks me for one more thing …’), staphysagria (repeated patterns of victimization), lachesis (guilt, resentment, shame) and ignatia (long term grief and disappointment).  

We also employ brilliant flower essences like cherry plum (where your back is seemingly against the proverbial wall), white chestnut (for you cycling through the same old patterns over and over again), larch (for a lack of confidence), etc.

 

The third jurisdiction is therapeutic education, or Anthroposophical (study of man) Orgonomy (addressing armour/beliefs).  This is the area where we help you to stop reinfecting yourself with the old states of mind that no longer serve you.  This occurs more in tandem, or after, the diseases are mostly cured and your timeline resolved. Going after your character structure for why you felt you needed to live feeling thwarted and impotent in the first place is part of an illusion of belief.  Poverty consciousness (not just about money) is, after all just a state of mind, albeit a powerful one.  It can be cured just like the others.

Start, perhaps, by taking a look, at the following resources and see how they impact on you:

Florence Scovel Shinn – http://bit.ly/Flossy

Emilie Cady – http://bit.ly/HEmilie

Neville Goddard – http://bit.ly/TheLawandPromise

 

Conscious creation plays a very big part in replacing the subconscious program of feeling victimized by stress-filled circumstances.  You are ordained with the capacity to self-rescue yourself from the habitual armouring, perpetuating chronic beliefs that you’re not enough.  It is not about more doing or effort!  It IS about having the health to identify where you’re wrong thinking patterns exist and having a deep desire to change them.

 

The final frontier of Heilkunst Medicine (or Romantic Science), the complete medical system, is the realm of using your very own God-imbued wisdom to excavate you from your mired beliefs.  This is not the illusory or superficial “law of attraction,” although the gesture came from same roots, with medicine and regimen, you can more permanently exact the life that you’ve always wanted for yourself by “BEING” the answer you want to “BE” in the world starting now, right this minute, impressing this new data onto your subconscious and employing it as the change agent on your behalf.  Your ambient will buck up to this new expectation, it is the LAW of RESONANCE.  The thing is, do you have to strengthen your muscles of FAITH to hold the charge?  Are you ready?

Here’s a testimonial from a  patient who was suffering with chronic stress and anxiety.  Here’s one who suffered from performance anxiety.

My new book, soon to be released on Amazon, speaks more liberally to this process:

 

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 Cervical Segment

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

The next segment in this sequence (starting from the top of the head, and moving down) is the cervical segment (ie neck and throat). The first thing to point out is that this is the segment which divides the head from the rest of the body, and therefore, when armored, creates an artificial separation between head and heart.

All forms of neck-related symptoms, such as being chronically stiff are related to this segment. Physical issues in the throat, such as thyroid issues are also related to this segment. I’ve had a number of patients who have symptoms of constantly feeling like they are choking. Also, as related to the oral segment, are a variety of issues related to speech, particularly around being effective in communication. The emotions locked up in this segment related primarily to anger as well as fear. There is a strong tendency towards stubbornness, and being inflexible in one’s viewpoint. The quality of being judgmental goes hand-in-hand with this, as well.

Triggering physical and emotional releases from pressing on the trigger spots is the first direct aspect of therapy for this segment. The primary homeopathic remedy related to these groupings of symptoms (stiff neck, anger, etc.) is Staphysagria. A useful flower essence could be Beech, which is for the attitude of being judgmental or critical.

If this segment is effectively worked through, a huge bottleneck is released, allowing access to the next segment, which is the chest cavity, and a central point of our whole system.

Sugar Addiction and Anger

This blog is part of a series; its original title was Heilkunst Basics: Grade Four

Sugar is one of those fundamental elements of life which we have a very strong drive to make sure that we have enough to support our basic life functions. This is easy to relate to, even if you can recall one time you’ve had the experience of feeling that your blood sugar or the available sugar feeding your brain was too low. Our drive for sugar is incredibly strong, as evidenced by the fact that there almost always seems to be “room for dessert”, even after a big meal.

 

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The link between sugar and our ability to think is quite important to understand, particularly when we are trying to come to grips with the phenomenon of the massive increase of available sugar in our industrial age, which parallels the corresponding increase in our cognitive faculties. Nothing emerges in history by accident, whether the mechanism which brings it forward is conscious or not.

T.S. Wiley researched and wrote extensively on the link between our hormones, our sleep, and our sugar consumption within the context of our age of access to artificial light. Her book “Lights Out” explains in great detail how we have created within our physiology the illusion of “perpetual summer” which is the most stressful state we can be in. It is stressful, because in nature, summer is the time where we need to properly prepare ourselves for the winter in order to ensure our survival for another year. Between our constantly available sources of artificial light, and our limitless access to sugar, this constant stress of “perpetual summer” is behind many of the chronic illness and premature deaths of our modern life.

The basic conclusion to take away from these facts is that we need to apply our conscious will power in order to radically tone down our consumption of sugar, if our interest is in health and longevity. At a practical level, there are a number of factors to be aware of on our way towards this goal, including:

  • Sugar is everywhere in our modern food supply, and it takes a process of re-education to reshape our grocery-buying habits, and to understand exactly how to recognize the names of sugar in all of its obvious and hidden forms on package labels.
  • Addiction to sugar is one of the toughest ones to break. When you’ve prepared your health sufficiently, you may want to attempt a 30 day “grain and sugar fast”, completely eliminating all forms of refined or artificial sugars from your diet. Be forewarned that you will need proper support for you liver and detox organs, as well as sufficient emotional support, which includes homotonic remedies. The remedy staphysagria, for example, is one which is very strongly linked to sugar addiction, which feeds our need to suppress so-called “negative” emotions such as anger. Build in as much peer support, along with formal support from your Heilkünstler to get you through this process. Warn your spouse and family of the emotional minefield that you are likely to be going through for the next while.
  • Eating out, and especially when away from home, or travelling can be the most difficult time to co-ordinate a healthier grain-free/sugar-free diet. It takes time to recalibrate your habits and strategies to be effective in most of these situations.
  • You don’t have to do it all at once – take it one step at a time, and build from strength to strength, rather than trying to change everything at once, likely setting yourself up for a big fall and failure. There are numerous online resources for alternative grain-free and/or sugar-free recipes which you can learn and incorporate into your lifestyle gradually.

How Does Heilkunst Treat Parasites?

A part of the treatment of some patients will include the need to address parasites. What is a parasite, exactly? Etymologically, the word is derived from a meaning along the lines of “one who eats at the table of another”, meaning that it is a one-way or non-mutually beneficial relationship. Generally, people use this word to refer to any of a number of microbial forms of parasites, including worms and protozoa, but it can encompass any number of relationships, including an emotionally unhealthy or even abusive relationship between two humans, for example.

 

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Allopathic medicine, with its “slash and burn” approach to healthcare approaches parasites the same way that it does other infections — “shoot to kill” with a drug meant to kill the parasites in the body, in much the same way that antibiotics are meant to kill harmful bacteria when we have an infection. Natural medicine generally does no better than this, using natural remedies aimed to do the same (ie kill the parasite). While there is a time and place in certain cases to employ such medical procedures, it is very misguided to employ it as the general default approach to the treatment of parasites. In effect, all that an anti-parasitical drug accomplishes is to “shoot the messenger”, which obscures knowledge of what the deeper or root cause of having been susceptible to the parasite in the first place was.

Parasites, and in fact all infectious agents in nature, play an important role in terms of our internal self-clean-up mechanism. Under various conditions of toxins, stress, or unprocessed emotional burdens, our inner condition changes in such a way that it becomes resonant with a specific disease form, which then comes in as an agent to trigger the type of clean up required. Farmers know this, in terms of which of their crops or animals will be susceptible to infections — they are the ones which were already weak to begin with. The parasites and infections in nature have the job of weeding out the weak, and making more space for the strong. In terms of our inner ecology, it is the same principle with any part of us which is weak or stressed, and a healing response needs to be triggered. Treated properly, a parasite or infection can actually bring us more health than we had before.

The question of why we have a parasite relates to the more important issue of susceptibility, and why we are resonating with a particular disease form. Each microbial parasite represents a very specific state of mind, and needs to be addressed in terms of its specific underlying theme, which needs to be identified in each case. The general underlying theme of all forms of parasites relates to the state of mind and feeling of victimization, as can be related to the remedy staphysagria, which I wrote about previously. Head lice is a parasite, for example, and its treatment or prevention has proven to be much more effective when staphysagria was used.

This general theme of parasites can manifest at any number of levels in different cases — even from the simple level of whether the nutritional needs of the body were provided for, or that the more complex emotional dynamics were not fully respected, can be enough to set the stage for a susceptibility to a parasite. Heilkunst works at any and all levels as appropriate in each case, depending on where the root or roots for the issue were set.

Homeopathic Constitutional Types : Staphysagria

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Materia Medica Arcana of Staphysagria : Ending the Victimization Cycle

Materia Medica Arcana of Staphysagria : Ending the Victimization Cycle

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The core theme of the phenotype Staphysagria centres around victimization. They are the type who get caught up in cycles of abuse where they are unable to say “no”, or assert a necessary boundary, but immediately regretting and resenting their own lack of voice, along with the actions of their abuser. Even in non-chronic abuse situations, Staphysagria results from anger which is ‘swallowed’ rather than expressed. There is a core feeling of injustice or of life being “unfair”, and being at the mercy of the whims and actions of others.

The classic physical symptoms of Staphysagria revolve around the bladder and kidneys, in terms of infections, or cysts. These symptoms are the physical embodiment of the unexpressed emotion of feeling “pissed off”, which have to come out in one way or another, if the natural avenue of expression wasn’t taken. Other physical symptoms include styes or tumors of the eyelid. Many digestive issues, including chronic irritable bowel syndrome can also result from this suppressed energy. Any medical condition which first began after an incident of suppressed anger or humiliation can be reversed with this remedy.

Someone who has taken on the long-term personality of Staphysagria as their phenotype will be extremely sweet in character, who almost never expresses or even allows themselves to feel anger or any dark emotions. There may often be cultural or religious forces which encourage such unhealthy suppression of one’s true feelings. When a patient insists to me that they “never feel angry”, a big red flag goes up in my mind, and this becomes a strong consideration for treatment of this phenotype. Despite all the suppression, this is a state where much energy continually builds up, and occasionally “bursts out” in one form or another, which may often include throwing something – whether a physical object or a tantrum. They find it next to impossible to initiate a confrontation, even when it is necessary in a given situation, which tends to reinforce the vicious cycle of their state of victimhood.

Oftentimes, this dynamic of energy suppression will be funnelled into an excessive sex drive, with masturbation becoming one of the substitute vehicles for discharge, rather than confronting the primary emotional causations of this energy. The patient may have dreams of their teeth being loose, or even falling out, as a symbol of their lack of “bite” or aggression as required in healthy proportions. Consumption of sugars and sweets will usually be part of the picture, as another mechanism employed to maintain a falsely “sweet” character, covering over the dark material always threatening to burst back out into the light of day.

In treatment, Staphysagria as a phenotype will act to please the physician through compliance, although at home, in private, may suddenly turn against the practitioner and their treatment, and abandon it, in favour of keeping the suppressed emotional content from being raised back up into consciousness. The positive progression of treatment, however, usually leads to a much more assertive character, while the physical symptoms dissolve in proportion to the patient’s strengthening emotional immune system.