The following conversation occurred by email with a reader of these blog posts, Steven Ings. I asked for Steven’s permission to publish these conversations, as they include many questions and illuminations of the principles I’ve been discussing in my recent series on the Genotypes and Phenotypes. In order to create an actual conversation-like flow, I’ve cut and paste the sequences to be more natural to the conversation we would have had in person, if we weren’t going back and forth on different points in our email sequence. I’ve retained Steven’s text in a plain font, and put all of my responses in italics, in order to differentiate who is the speaker at any given point. Due to the total length, I’ve broken the conversation up into four pieces to be published on four subsequent days. This is part 2:
1) Under which genotype would you classify Sepia and Medorrhinum?
Neither of these states of mind are Genotypes, of which there are only six outlined in my recent blogs. Sepia is a phenotype which I’ll be publishing a blog post on in the next couple of days, and Medorrhinum is the primary remedy for the constant disease of the chronic miasm of Sycosis. A genotype represents paramaters of our state of health, while the two remedies above are not states of health, but representations of particular disease states. Health and disease does not fall along 2 ends of the same spectrum.
Ah, the challenges of writing and asking questions. I did know that Sepia and Medorrhinum were not genotypes. I was attempting to ask, “When Sepia or Medorrhinum returns to a state of health, would there be a specific genotype that might manifest?”
There’s no single pattern of which disease tends to emerge from each specific genotype – it comes down to a proper diagnosis in every case, which will never lead astray.
2) Just as Carl Jung studied the astrological patterns of his clients, do you know of any homeopaths who are attempting to find cross-correspondences between homeopathic and astrological portraits?
There may be superficial resemblances between various types and remedies, but astrological signs and the genotypes are operating at two very different levels of our being. The astrological sign is related to our astral body, while the genotype is related to our physical body. These are 2 of the types that are useful to get to know the complete typological picture of a patient.
3) Among homeopathic veterinarians, Ledum has been extraordinarily effective in the treatment of tick-borne illnesses. With “better from cold” as one of the descriptors for Ledum, under which genotype would you classify this member of the Rhododendron family?
Same as Sepia and Medorrhinum, Ledum is not a genotype, but a remedy related to a state of disease. Again, the critical concept here is to understand the very profound difference between health and disease as two very different states.
As above, I miscommunicated. When Ledum returns to a state of health, to which of the six genotypes might it return?
Same as above – no pattern.
4) What are your thoughts and feelings about Rajan Sankaran’s “sensations?”
I haven’t yet explored Sankaran’s “sensations” extensively, although I have found tremendous value in his concept of “the Physician’s Reaction”, which is a very powerful method for diagnosing the patient’s core delusion. Being able to access “the objective feeling” (Das Gefühl, as Hahnemann called it) of the case, instead of the ever-changing “subjective feeling” of the patient is a tremendous breakthrough in sound methodology. The “highest diseases”, as Dr. Hahnemann referred to them, represent the “final frontier” of Heilkunst treatment, where most of our research has been focussed of recent years, and Sankaran has provided one of the keys for entering into this domain with a sound epistemological method.
If Siddharta Gautama is correct, then incarnation itself may be “the highest disease.”
Yes and no — that applies to the cosmic reality of life and death, but not to the higher pleromic realm, which opens a whole new spectrum of the ideogenic realm to be unfolded.
As for physicality, I relate to a statement attributed to Siddharta Gautama: “The cause of death is birth.”
Two corollaries might follow:
(1) the cause of illness is birth;
(2) the cause of life is death.
- A conversation about Heilkunst (part 1 of 4)
- A conversation about Heilkunst (part 3 of 4)