Why Positive Affirmations Usually Don’t Work

At the beginning of a new year, we usually find ourselves re-evaluating our life, our goals and the efforts we are making to achieve them. Typically included is the area of health and fitness, and the lifestyle choices which may or may not be supporting us in realizing these goals.

Embedded in the evaluation process is a lot of self-talk (both positive and negative), along with the growing realization that the nature of our thoughts actually influences and plays a role in the creation of our behaviors, experiences, and ultimately, the outcomes in our lives. Bruce Lipton, biologist and author of the popular book The Biology of Belief, has demonstrated that our thoughts actually do have a tangible influence on us at our cellular and genetic levels.

As promising as this discovery is, Lipton also acknowledges the huge challenge we have in terms of having our positive thoughts “stick”, as they are easily overpowered or nullified by any number of negative messages we have stored in our subconscious, which is many times larger than our conscious mind.


Photo by Hartwig HKD “Meditation Transcendence”

I can confirm Lipton’s observations from another perspective. As a Doctor of Medical Heilkunst and Homeopathy, I have witnessed many instances of how an attempt at “positive thinking” or “conscious creation” is eventually undermined by the patient’s subconscious mind, regardless of the quality of intent or effort they have put into their affirmations.

One part of our typical treatment protocol is to use specific homeopathic remedies to address the historical time line of any significant shocks and traumas that have been sustained. These include physical shocks, such as a broken bone, or a significant exposure to a toxin, as well as mental or emotional shocks which had a palpable impact on the life force.

The really cool thing that I get to witness in this process is that as each specific trauma is removed from the patient’s life force (which includes the realm of the subconscious mind), their ability to follow through on their goals and with their affirmations progressively increases, and then starts to gain traction. Every undigested trauma precipitates a corresponding negative state of mind, which gets lodged in the subconscious.

Time again, the message that comes out of this – and which the patient also starts to realize for themselves – is that they do indeed have the capacity to make good use of positive thinking, or the process of conscious creation, and that they don’t need to beat themselves up to get there. There are simple tools and remedies from nature which give us access to this, and assist in the release all our subconscious blockages, setting us more easily towards our goals. And now, what do you think you would find if you could move beyond the map of your subconscious blockages and into your goals?

iPad Apps for Discovering Your Creativity

One of the highest goals of health is for the patient to activate and unfold their own creativity. So many of my patients (myself included) went through the public education system, where our interests and creativity were only discovered accidentally (if at all), and not as a conscious goal of the curriculum. The healative aspect of Heilkunst medicine includes all the work that the patient does to activate or re-enliven their creativity as they expand all other aspects of their health.

The iPad is a wonderful new tool which is capable of assisting us in all forms of creative work, with many built-in or third party apps of all types. I’m using the iPad in particular, and the apps below as examples, but there are, of course, other options. It is the idea that is important here, to be adapted to your own circumstances and preferences.


One of the most obvious art forms for the iPad is photography — its built-in camera is complemented by many photo editing apps, including:

  • Photos – Apple’s built-in photo storing and editing app has a limited feature set, but may be a good place to start.
  • Camera+ – This app by TapTapTap is one of my favourites. Its camera features are an enhancement over Apples’ built-in camera app, and it has many different editing features and filters which can be applied to your photos. Your finished pieces can be saved to the built-in photo album on your iPad, or exported by email or through social media sites.


Video technology has evolved tremendously, and what can be done on a simple home device, now, is quite remarkable.

  • IMovie – Apple has done a fantastic job at re-designing their Mac desktop app to work well on the iPad. From simple home movies, to small scale productions, many things are possible with the iPad alone.

Drawing and Painting

Whether as an analogue of paper or canvas, or as an enhancement, creating visual art on the iPad screen can be a very engrossing and creative activity. Some apps include:

  • Sketchbook Pro – Turning the iPad into a canvas, with many brush types and colours available, this is a favourite app by iPad artists.
  • Paper – A simpler approach to drawing, and a concept which is more like a sketchbook than a more formal canvas like Sketchbook Pro.

Music Creation

Whether imitating “real” instruments, or creating new technological approaches to music-making, the iPad has a vast array of choices for creating through sound and music. Some apps include:

  • Garageband – Like iMovie, Apple has successfully ported this popular Mac app over to the iPad. A multi-track recording environment, and many helpful features for putting a song together which works very nicely.
  • Tachyon – This unique app allows the user to create their own instruments and sound palettes, and works through a very interesting visual interface.


Word processors transformed the way we write, whether in a formal or informal context. The small, portable form factor of the iPad has extended the reach of this technology into even more contexts. One of the more simple, uncluttered writing interfaces comes with:

  • Byword – Has a simple, uncluttered interface, yet is not lacking in useful features. It can sync your work to other devices either through iCloud, or Dropbox, where perhaps the editing or polishing can be completed on a desktop computer at a later stage in the writing process.

This is a very small representative sample, but I hope you get the idea of the range of possibilities with an iPad or similar device. The key always is to follow your own resonance function, and rediscover your own creative voice, even if your work is for your eyes or ears alone.

The band “Atomic Tom” gave us this sample of what could be created with portable devices (iPhones, in this case):

State of Mind in Health and in Disease

I’ve shared with you in previous blogs the idea of each disease having its own unique state of mind, which must be diagnosed and matched with a similar remedy in order to be cured. Whether we are discussing health or disease, the same is true that there is a fundamental state of mind which governs exactly how it manifests. There is no such thing as a ‘neutral’, or ‘bias-free’ observation of the world (which is the illusion of ‘empiricism’), but our entire perception of the world is a function of our state of mind (which is usually unconscious to our self).

Burnaby Mountain


State of mind, or consciousness, is the basis of the whole universe. “Man is the measure of all things” is an expression which is quite true, especially if framed in these terms of mind and consciousness, rather than the usual outer (physical) forms by which we measure our world. I wrote a couple of days ago about examples of state of mind in popular culture, and in my example of the Mac vs PC state of mind, how a computer (or any technological object) is not simply a physical object, but a representation of a particular state of consciousness. This is a big key, by the way, to understanding how something like the Inergetix-CoRe system can be so effective at revealing what is happening deep within someone’s consciousness — The better that the practitioner understands all that makes up the computer and the CoRe system, the better they can be at using it proficiently as a diagnostic tool.

On your journey of healing and curing, the more that you can grasp the essence of your own state of mind, the further you’ll be able to develop as your essential self. It is not only disease which has a state of mind, but also every progressive stage of health. The more consciously one engages with such qualitative questions, the greater will be their potential to unfold their fullest state of health.

Examining The Roots of Science in a True System of Healthcare

The modern form of science is built on certain premises and definitions. In general, the way this word is used today implies a study only of the material world, or what can be observed through the senses and intellect (what Anthroposophy would refer to as the ‘nerve-sense system’). The root of the word ‘science’, itself, is very revealing to its usage and meaning, as it shares both the meaning of “to know”, as well the concept of “to cut”, as in to separate, in much the same sense as the verb “to decide”.

This cutting is a function of the intellect, whose primary function is one of separating out different concepts and components from an experience. At this basic level, it is clear that the modern form of science is only half formed, as the separating out into different components is only one side of knowledge, where the putting back together into a meaningful whole is not acknowledged. It is one thing for our digestive organs (teeth, stomach, etc.) to tear apart our food and break it down into its smallest components, but this activity isn’t brought to fruition until the assimilative function completes the process, and integrates the nutrition into where it is needed in our body.

Along these lines, then, a complete activity of science can not only be built on the function of the intellect (breaking things down to their smallest components), but of another function which can put things back together — this is called the ‘gemüt’, or ‘emotional mind’. Without consciously acknowledging and integrating this into science and its methodology, the goal of objectivity in science cannot be obtained, as this activity remains unconscious, and therefore built on presumptions.

What we do in our personal life, in terms of our emotional connections to, and knowledge of the people and the world around us, needs to be properly brought into science in a way which completes this total process of knowing. It is not only individuals with a high IQ who are needed in science, but also those with a high EQ (emotional quotient), who have a strong connection to this deeper form of knowing things in their gut. This is why Heilkunst is both an ‘art’ and a ‘science’, and acknowledges both forms of knowing as part of its method of diagnosis and treatment.

A Look At “State of Mind” in Popular Culture

A fundamental concept in Heilkunst diagnosis is based on the understanding of every disease exhibiting a unique state of mind. The state of mind is much more than the thoughts which someone is thinking, but a deeper reality of how their consciousness itself is structured. The “constitution” of a country is a legal representation of its state of mind, and its culture (including cuisine, as well as the arts) represents its state of mind from another point of view.

The commercial world is full of creative attempts at marketing their services and products in unique ways, and some of the best ads play directly with their own company’s state of mind and/or how it compares with their competitor. The “I’m a Mac” ad series by Apple is a brilliant and hilarious example of this — the characters portrayed by Mac and PC are truly representative of the state of mind of each of the respective computer company. Computers, after all, are not just a pile of wires and plastic, but a representation of a particular state of mind.

A given corporate brand, in addition to having a unique state of mind, also represents a unique feeling. This is represented by any number of Coke or Pepsi ads, such as the following:


If you spend some time thinking about it, I’m sure you could come up with a number of similar examples illustrating the world through state of mind (inner essence) rather than the outer details (external form). It is the basis on which we truly get to know the people we are close to, and the beginning of a true life science based on quality instead of quantity.

All Calories Are Not Created Equal

There is a dangerous myth which pervades modern health, which is based on a mechanistic view of life, and which assumes all calories to be the same. One consequence of this way of thinking is the myth of “eat less, move more”, which is based on the idea that one simply needs to burn all of the calories which they consume to maintain weight, or to burn more calories than they take in to lose weight. One of the absurd consequences you see from this faulty thinking is people leaving the gym after their workout, and heading straight to a fast food restaurant for a meal, based on the thinking that they have pre-burned all the calories they are about to consume, or at an emotional level, that they “deserve it”.

This assumption that all calories are created equal is not taking several things into account:

  • All aspects of health, and life more generally, are based on the qualitative aspects of life energy, and cannot be reduced to a mere quantitative measurement (such as a calorie).
  • Based on different body types, and nutritional needs, individuals will process the same foods differently. (“One man’s meat is another man’s poison”).
  • The quality of a food (how it is grown, produced, harvested, etc.) is even more important than its qualitative aspects (such as the number of calories). “Living” foods have a completely different effect on us than “dead” foods.
  • The source of a calorie will have a different effect on us based on its source — fats, carbohydrates, and proteins are perceived very differently by the body.
  • Our degree of fitness at any give point in time will determine how efficiently we process our food — therefore, taking in a calorie at one level of fitness will have a different effect than taking that same calorie in at a different level of fitness.
  • There is a huge difference between nutrient-dense foods, and “empty calories”. Consuming the former leads to true physiological “satisfaction”, while the latter leads to endless cycles of cravings and always needing more.


So, please stop counting your calories, and start focusing your energy on increasing the quality of your food intake, within an overall look at your lifestyle and fitness level. Likewise, the further you go with addressing your medical issues within the overall scope of medical Heilkunst, the more fine tuned your metabolism will be.

The Ideogenic Realm : Bambusa

Continuing our exploration of homeopathic remedies which may be useful in treating the ideogenic realm (the realm of diseases caused by beliefs or delusions), we come to the common plant of bambusa (bamboo). It is an extremely flexible and versatile plant, and is used in a variety of manufactured objects.

The theme of flexibility or versatility plays into the core theme of the mental state of this remedy — it is called for when someone feels they have gone past the breaking point, and are feeling overwhelmed by life. This remedy state has certain elements in common with sepia, but with a much deeper emphasis on the feeling of being alone in the world, particularly without any support. Likewsie, this remedy may be indicated in a situation where someone has recently lost a major support system in their life (a ‘NBWS’, or ‘never been well since’ event), such as a spouse or a source of income.

Some of the physical symptoms of bambusa include:

  • Allergies, particularly hay fever.
  • Issues with the spine, particularly in the cervical region.
  • Physical complaints of the female reproductive organs.

Someone who is normally known to be self-reliant and dependable, may come into a bambusa state if they become too detached or aloof from the world, or otherwise express feelings of being alone or not having any support themselves. The Bach Flower Remedy Water Violet also is helpful with healing some of these characteristics along with bambusa.

What Unifies the Vast and General Scope of Heilkunst Medicine?

My practice, being general, is one which is full of a great variety of patients — a variety of medical conditions, as well as types of people (such as different constitutional types and character structures). Yet there is something underlying which unifies all of this. It is the idea of evolution, and how illness and healing are a fundamental part of what drives it forward. In this sense, illness is not a simple “inconvenience” in our life, but something which has the function of bringing our consciousness to a focal point on something which we have not yet raised up into the light of day within our own mind. Along these lines, everything which I’ve written in previous blogs about the difference between suppression, palliation, and cure (ie the direction of cure) is another way of keeping the therapeutic process on track, and moving in the correct direction (ie the proper curative direction is one which increases consciousness, not diminishes it). This reminds me of how Andy Ihnatko, tech journalist for the Chicago Sun-Times, summarizes his own job description as “keeping the blinking cursor moving from the left side of the screen towards the right”.

So, it is not a particular medical condition, or general state of health which defines a patient that can be helped with Heilkunst, but rather one who, at some level, has a motivation to keep their health moving from the left side of the proverbial screen towards the right. My job, as the practitioner, is to marry the patient’s motivation with my solid map of principles and therapeutics which keep things moving in the correct direction.

In this sense, it is not a question of any patient comparing which stage of health they’ve reached in relation to anyone else, but that they are making tangible progress forward. This is part of how an objective view point is kept during a patient’s healing reaction — when the patient may be feeling at their worst in subjective terms, it can be determined that they are in fact objectively moving forward, and will shortly experience it when they emerge from the other side of their healing reaction.

How Does the Inergetix-CoRe system work?

The central purpose of science is to strive “to know”. In the medical sciences, this goal is focussed on unearthing the true diagnosis of a patient’s disease, and what the most effective form of treatment would be for it. Dowsing is an ancient technique still used by some today, for finding underground sources of water, such as when a farmer needs to find where to drill a well. This video provides a basic demonstration of the technique:

The Inergetix-CoRe system which I use in the assessment and treatment of patients is simply another form of dowsing, as it is applied to unearthing and clarifying what is going on in the patient at the level of their disease matrix, or systemic imbalances. Just like in this video, all the various assessment “trays” which I run in a CoRe scan can be looked at as a whole pattern, to find where the lines are drawn, or to “connect the dots” between the bits of information in order to reveal a more coherent pattern underlying the patients state of health.

Patients will sometimes ask for a copy of their CoRe report, and I warn them that it isn’t necessarily easy to read at first, especially as our first tendency is to read all the bits of information separately, and not part of a whole pattern. This is akin to someone trying to teach themselves how to read a language, but not knowing how to go beyond the level of identifying each individual letter in order to start to put together the words and sentences where the meaning is conveyed.

When Weight Loss Isn’t Dependent on Lifestyle

Whether it is their primary health goal, or not, many patients request help with weight loss. There are many factors behind this, as we’ve discussed before with the three dietary typologies (blood, glandular, and metabolic). There are also a complex of emotional factors which may have a bearing on each individual case.


The importance of the sequential treatment of a patient’s time line has a great importance in helping them reach their goal. Even when someone is eating all the most appropriate foods, and doing the best type of exercise for their individual typology, they may often still find that they are not losing weight in the way that you’d expect. This has to do with the shocks or traumas that haven’t been released from their system.

In a pure state of health, it is the astral body which governs the metabolism of food into fat, and the ontic organization which then converts the fat into warmth. When either the astral body is burdened with a shock or trauma (in the present, or held onto from the past), or the ontic is engaged with an internal conflict, this usually healthy process is disrupted, and even if the diet is otherwise perfect, the patient will still gain weight (or at least not lose it).

I see all of the time how patients’ weight will fluctuate as they work through the treatment of their time line, even in stark contradiction to what you’d predict based on their lifestyle at any given point in time. To put this simply, in the context of emotions, weight isn’t something that you ‘lose’, but rather something which you must ‘let go’.