My Reflections on Reading “The Evolution of Mankind” by Guenther Wachsmuth (Part two of three)

part one

In Chapter 3, Wachsmuth describes some of the major geological shifts in the early stages of man’s evolution, including the development of the gulf stream as partially due to the displacement of South America further away from the then continent of Atlantis; Also, North and South America were not yet joined, and the ocean waters could freely flow from the Atlantic Ocean into the Pacific. The later function of Panama and Guatemala (when North and South America were later joined) would be as a barrier to this flow, and therefore to the spiritual currents which had shaped various stages of cultural evolution up to that point, and a free flow from older to new stages of consciousness. It is curious to me that the massive engineering project undertook in the early 20th Century to build the Panama Canal has again re-opened this passage up between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, as if a new spiritual impulse dictated that this was now needed again. I have visited Panama, and it is a most vivid illustration of two worlds co-existing — where the modern, American-style capital city (Panama City) is full of commerce and development, whereas much of the rural countryside is populated by a people of a much older consciousness. Both the “natural wonders” of the world, as well as the “man-made” wonders both fulfill various functions of spiritual development and human evolution.

Specific Connections with Medical Heilkunst:

While reading Wachsmuth, I always had at least one eye on the lookout for content which could expand on the theoretical or practical aspects of medical Heilkunst. Reading his chapter on different stages of consciousness of time, for example, connected with the general thought of how the chronic miasms are treated through a patient’s sequential therapy, and more specifically, how each of the miasms represents a particular archetype, or spiritual configuration of consciousness, was brought to the fore as an example of a view of time which has not been reduced to a mechanical definition where one unit of time is presumed to be equivalent to every other unit of the same (mechanical) duration.

Also, the general flow of cultural and geographical evolution, and the specific meaning of different places on the earth at different times reminded me of the “identity” filter tray in the CoRe system, which uses both the patient’s time and place of birth to create a strong connection to them. There is always a spiritual meaning to the specific time and place of an individual’s birth, not to mention the nature of the birth event itself.

Also, his comparison of Man’s evolution with that of the animal kingdom (that Man “held back”, and didn’t rush into any area of specialization, as each species of animal did), reminded me of the use of the remedy Lac Humanum, whose essence epitomizes this quality of spiritual love which Man is uniquely capable of, as opposed to the functional love, or bonds amongst an animal pack. The use of the other milk remedies homeopathically (ie the milk of other animals) tends to be for much more specialized issues or conflicts.

The original differentiation of humans in early evolution had a predominantly racial basis, which was, in turn, based on a different predominance of glandular functioning. Our current use of Dr. Abravanel’s glandular typology harkens back to this original evolutionary root in early Lemurian times, when our physical bodies were first incarnating in physical form. Much later, in an early post-Atlantean cultural cycle, our ability to till the soil for the first time opened up a new phase of agricultural capacity, and the first development into the different dietary typologies.

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