One of the higher goals of health is to expand the functioning of the mind. Exploring the frontier of consciousness itself is actually greater than all of the curing and healing work which needs to be undergone for the physical aspects of health. A clue to this reality, as I’ve written before, is that even when I use specific homeopathic remedies for a given physical symptom, it will always contain a unique state of mind. So, for example, the correct remedy to use for a patient with a sore throat will depend on their state of mind, and a Lachesis sore throat has a very different appearance than a Mercurius sore throat (I saw an example of each of these in the clinic this week).
The third jurisdiction (Therapeutic Education) ultimately is aimed at addressing the mind, soul, and spirit of the patient, and begins by removing any blockages which are in the way of their full expression. I’ve mentioned the issue of beliefs before, which exist at many levels and in many types. One of the foundational beliefs of our culture, both formally in terms of our scientific methodology, as well as informally and at a personal level, was thoroughly and clearly articulated by the philosopher Immanuel Kant. It essentially says that we are incapable of truly knowing anything, other than what appears to our five senses. Any claim to knowing something other than the direct sense data can never be acceptable within any field of science, or otherwise lay any claim to being considered objective.
Even taking the step of declaring the meaning of what has presented itself to our senses is already on shaky ground, within this worldview. The modern methodology of science reflects this belief structure in many ways, which I’ll devote much more focus to that in other blog posts, which will include a recounting of how Rudolf Steiner overthrew the philosophical premises and conclusions of Kant. At a personal, individual level, the implications of this have boxed the modern mind into a very limited capacity, where only personal beliefs or “opinions” are allowed, but not any claim to knowledge.
This is a very important limitation to break through, even if we are limiting our discussion to the topic of our personal level of health. To allow ourselves to be cut off from this capacity which we all have, that is, “to know”, keeps us distanced from a source of deep satisfaction in our life. How much pleasure can we have from attaining arbitrary goals, which may or may not have a deeper connection to our core desire function?You can also understand virtually every form of anxiety to be rooted back to a degree of belief which is eclipsing knowing.
As an exercise, or meditation, you can spend a few minutes every day exploring the idea of connecting to what it is you actually know, rather than just simply think or believe about yourself and the world. You may draw a lot of blanks for a while, but once you start to find even a small corner of knowing within yourself, it can grow to become a foundation for actually knowing yourself and the world.
- Three Streams of Remediation Within Heilkunst : Therapeutic Education (part seven)
- Three Streams of Remediation Within Heilkunst : Therapeutic Education (part nine)