[This post is from the December 2020 newsletter – click here to read it.]
Happy Holidays! Man, it’s been one wild rollercoaster ride after another this past year. Lots of folks have said to me that they’d like this year thrown into the most fiery incinerator possible and buried in an unmarked grave. I totally understand.
I’ve had some of these same thoughts, on and off. Back in March and April I, too, felt quite lost and forsaken as the lockdowns encroached more and more on our basic rights and freedoms. At times, I felt really scared as the Mexican city we live in seemed more and more like a ghost town. If one more storekeeper pointed a temperature-taking gun at my head, I was going to take them to the floor like an Hapkido Master. Mandatory masks were extremely upsetting as people were taken to the local police station and charged with heavy fines if found not wearing one.
I took a lot of homeopathic remedies for anger, fear and loss of inner value. There were a lot of Orchid Essences in that mix as well as my colleague in Canada was experimenting with different combinations and she was seeking a fellow voyageur in this realm of flower essences. At some point in early May a switch occurred and I started to feel more secure and even joyful, again, at times.
I was reading voraciously for hours every morning. I got back into my Gnostic studies. I also studied gematria, anthropology, anthroposophy and many books on art as I was drawing again on the patio with the umbrella up on Sundays. We started ordering food from a woman who crafts healthy international foods like a chef of great acclaim even though she hails from Kingston, Ontario. She also brought me raw cow’s milk from a neighboring farm. I teared up the first time.
This helped me feel the nurturing I needed in order to serve others carrying an incredibly heavy load; suddenly homeschooling their kids, others trying to find their right geography in these raucous times and sorting through their own feelings of anxiety, depression, anger, resignation and outright terror. Suddenly folks were calling in unable to sleep, suffering panic attacks and depression.
I quickly realized that I had to up my own game to help shoulder the load that my beloved patients were carrying. I started fasting twice a week for 6 weeks in order to lighten my own load. My exercise and weight bearing program became more rigorously adhered to. I was out walking in the sunshine 6 days a week doing 8,000 to 10,000 steps each hike, here, at 6,500 feet above sea level.
I ordered fish oil from Norway, got some powdered Reishi Mushrooms in capsules and powder for my shakes, oregano oil, got a zinc and turmeric combination, ensured I had a good Vitamin C supplement and took a mitt full of all these supplements everyday just like I counsel patients to do instead of my more laissez-faire two or three times per week.
While this year has proven to be intense with many challenges, I feel as if I’ve grown exponentially and that I better understand the functional purpose for humanity at this time. We’re burning off our mechanical and materialistic karma in favour of self-knowledge and a deeper love and compassion for our fellow men and wombyn. The concept of self-education has taken off like a beacon in the ethos of many families. It’s been so heartening on so many levels.
I know that we are going to craft our future together, peer to peer, shoulder to shoulder while carrying so many less financial and spiritual burdens in the end. These turbulent and difficult times will end and the individual will bear the new dawn with a renewed sense of grace never known before in our lifetimes.
Jeff and I want to wish you all an abundant, loving, and spiritually meaningful holiday season. We will be soaking up some rays, swimming in the ocean, reading for hours in the shade and enjoying some time with resonant friends here in Mexico.
Are you ready to reveal your healthy self for spring? This month we’re looking at the states of mind and the NSOL remedies we prescribe for your timeline events, and also in your Emotional Support Droppers you receive at your initial consultation. In the sound principles of Heilkunst, the diagnosis is wholly linked directly to the cure. The letters stand for the homeopathic remedies Natrum Muriaticum, Staphysagria, Opium, and Lachesis, which correspond directly to states of grief, anger, fear and guilt (shame and resentment).
In allopathic medicine you might be prescribed an antidepressant for the emotional states above, which actually is antithetical to cure. Anti literally means “against” – the depressant being suppressive as opposed to curative. If you take the allopathic (literally “other suffering”) drug away, the symptoms are still underneath. In effect, you now have two diseases; the original disease and now the Iatrogenic (Pharma induced disease) one too.
Spring is a wonderful time to detox both physically and emotionally using homeopathics (literally “similar suffering”). What’s been long buried under the snow or through suppression can now be revealed in the light of day and cleansed, as the warmth of the sun holds us through our process. It’s a coming out party to your authentic self! The resources of herbs return to grow in the long dormant earth, renewed with vigour and nourishment to cleanse our organs of toxicity and anger.
Depending on your specific needs, we can design a physical and emotional cleanse that is just right for you. It has very little to do with the return of bikini season and more about your integrity of spirit housed in your healthy, whole body. We’re ready when you are!
All of us are under stress. Regularly we can suffer feelings of disappointment, frustration, anxiety, and guilt. It’s pretty much a function of being alive just as having air in our lungs and a beating heart in our chest. The NSOL combination is designed to mitigate these stronger feelings and reactions.
At Arcanum Wholistic Clinic, we supply our patients with supportive dropper bottles (and timeline remedies) to help lap away at both emotional and physical distortions as a preventative measure. These are generally prescribed on a daily basis in your NSOL (Emotional Support Dropper Bottle) with instructions to sip on as needed in your water to help mitigate issues as they present in your daily life.
This is a big part of the ‘wholistic’ aspect of your treatment plan, as you go through sequential therapy using Heilkunst principles. NSOL addresses the most common emotions that we can experience regularly as human beings, that can skew our healthy life experience. Sometimes these emotions are also more intense during the healing reactions of certain timeline events.
This remedy helps to also soften and release of any of these accumulated feelings, in addition to events that occur in the present, making it easier for the individual to bear the emotional load more expediently, by speeding healing. The secondary action of this combination helps to mobilize these strong feelings for release on the curative law of nature, “like cures like”, which is homeopathic law; preventing more trauma from being incurred in the present.
Here’s the breakdown to each rx in our NSOL combo and the links for you to read about each remedy separately if you wish:
S – Staphysagria is for frustration, anger, humiliation, betrayal, and feelings of being victimized.
O – Opium * or Papaver is for feelings of fear, anxiety, and lack of initiative.
L – Lachesis is for guilt, shame, resentment (violations of trust) and jealousy.
It is important to note that by taking your emotional support dropper with “NSOL”, you won’t become numb or complacent to life; they don’t stop you from feeling the richness of life’s offerings. The height and breadth of feeling will remain intact. However, folks often tell us that they have better dominion and choice over how they want to act on those feelings after having the remedy at hand.
We also hear from our clients that the remedies have helped them to burn off much of the past grief, anger, fear, guilt, and resentment so that reacting to issues in the present feels more appropriate to the moment, instead of dredging up a myriad of unresolved content from their lives. Internally, they become more self-reliant and emotionally stable, an internal beacon to one’s own self. We know this ourselves to be true as NSOL offers a kind of liberty to be able to discern how we want to react in the present without all the historical baggage.
*Note: Just a reminder that no remedy has chemical residue from any of these bio-energetic remedies. If they were sent off to a chemist’s lab, they’d deem them “placebo.” We know that the high attenuations are actually effective, which speaks to the millions of patients worldwide seeking homeopathic treatment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Women and children at the health post of the Sam Ouandja refugee camp” by hdptcar
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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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.
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.
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
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
Red Cross volunteer
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
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.
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 Staphysagriadisease 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 Analysisand 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.
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.
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.
Do you know someone with MS? Did you know that they’re harbouring every childhood slight, resentment and undischarged bit of hatred and rage in their body? They’re not properly threaded in the capacity to discharge their feelings. Their literally a “nervous” wreck creating an abnormal hardening of the body tissue in an effort to “hang on” due to an excessive resistance to change.
Their issues are deep and karmic. The spasms and chronic inflammation are an indication of their armour‘s inability to let go. In technical terms, they’re ‘sympathetic storming’ and through Heilkunst treatment, we work to help them to let go of their stored up content and respect the parasympathetic state of wisdom and relaxation. It isn’t easy as they’ve been postured in this gesture typically a long time. Some have even been born in this contractive feedback loop.
Subconsciously, the MS patient has chosen to store up all that content and turn it in on themselves in a defiant act of self-martyrdom. The roots lie mostly in the Genetic Miasms Cancer,Syphilis and Lyme. They will say things like, “I’m completely useless and worthless” for which the remedies Aurum and Lachesis will help to start lapping away at their deeper pathology.
Here’s Narayan Singh’s (aka Michael J. Lincoln) “Messages From The Body” on MS:
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (Loss of nerve endings, resulting in weakness and incoordination)
‘Wardening of the attitudes.” They are being forced to look at things they’ve never looked at
before, including past life stuff. They are having to live life for the moment, and to be crystal clear about
what they can have and what they can’t have. They have typically been highly oppressive and coercively
demanding in their pattern in past lives. They have a will of iron, and they are intensely inflexible, all of
which arises out of a generalized dread. They have taken on their situation with self-willed determination,
in a “true grit” response to the situation, leading to a “pit bull” stubbornness and to a “going down
fighting” approach. They have taken on a real mental hard-nosed and hard-headed approach. It is the
resultant of growing up in a rigidly patriarchal household.
“Exploitation-rage.” They feel like they have been forced to undertake hard physical work or
its equivalent in energy output against their will. They feel there is no support or assistance, and that they
have to sustain everyone all by themselves. They hate it, and they desperately want help and support.
They feel that they have exhausted themselves, and they really resent it. They feel alone and alienated,
and they are full of despair. They are in effect wreaking revenge upon those who never loved them.
Their family were exploitive and demanding, with little or no concern for their needs or welfare.
“Gotta take care of it myself!” They are into severe martyr-tripping, guilt-inducing and massive
control-tripping. They have a real “thing” about reforming and reforming things. They are very rigid
and moralistic, with a steel-reinforced value system and a fixed way of looking at the world and of doing
things. They are fearful that if they don’t take a personal hand in things, it will all go to hell in a bread
basket. They have a great deal of bottom line despair in response to their original severely dysfunctional
and judgmental family, in which they played the “hero(ine)-rescuer.” They were the “family hoist”,
and inflexibly disaster-deflection became their specialty.
“Self-straight-jacketing.” They are fearful of being free, and they are terrified of their true feelings. They are repressing their emotions, and they are therefore trapping themselves into immobilization and muscular atrophy. They are as a result unable to cope or to flow with change or to work in a co-creative and cooperative relationship with the world. They have then subsequently “selective electromagnetically” attracted and been attracted to overwhelming situations and relationships just like the original family’s scene. They therefore have a strong codependent “rescue trip” pattern which is now leading to a final denouement with regard to learning the lessons involved.
As mentioned in another blog, a person only has three possible outcomes when addressing a disease matrix : cure, suppression or palliation. The bottom line is that you can work to cure it with Heilkunst Medicine or try to suppress it with drugs that cost about $15,000 – $20,000 per year. It depends entirely on what your personal goals are as sussing out the root cause and coming to terms with the emotional and karmic aetiology is never easy, either.
Like the author of this article, I also didn’t call my children out on their falsehoods. Nope, not even when I knew on every level that they were lying to me. I was much more interested in how I’d not created the conditions right for the telling of the truth. I knew intimately the deep scars I’d had to bear from being overtly shamed in my own childhood. I just dropped it (unless it somehow harmed another person) recommitted to the truth, highlighting the good behaviour in them every time they chose to tell me the truth. This re-commitment built such a trust-imbued rapport that they would just naturally come to me when they felt guilty or ashamed about stuff (yup all the way up into their teens too) and we’d simply sort it out together.
I also readily admitted to errors I made in judgement in my own life. I would easily say I was sorry for stuff I done wrong, or misjudged, and they watched me make amends when I did. I once backed into someone in a red convertible in a parking lot. I revealed my angst at supper that night and let them know that I was going to call the owner of the salon I was at that day and locate the owner, which I did. I then let them know how I was going to pay the owner back (a police officer egads!) for the damage. They also witnessed how the owner let me know that there was only a scratch to his vehicle and to forget about it and how I must have sustained the brunt of the damage to my bumper.
I feel that it is more important to mentor ethics, especially for our children as they’re forming their characters, as actions speak many volumes above dictates and words. When our kids are about 7-12, Waldorf pedagogy, inspires parents and educators to read children Grimm’s fairytales as kids are developmentally starting to derive a strong ethical centre at this juncture and they do it best from stories with clear morals by discerning so called “bad behaviours” for themselves. They will easily adopt this righteous stance out of their volition; an inside out approach. Just be open to the discussions that ensue as these romps will later define their characters; the difference is that they’ll own the reins out of their own self-governance, not from false authority and fear.
Also, the homeopathic remedy for guilt and shame is Lachesis (Read our blog on Lachesis here) which will help in cases where you, or your child, has sustained traumas from telling lies … see here:
One fascinating doorway into diagnosis is through a patient’s food cravings. There are many aspects to cravings, and different reasons for their existence — from basic nutritional imbalances, to influences coming from different diseased states of mind. I’ll present a sampling of some different cravings and their possible meanings, but this list is far from exhaustive, and leaves many more possibilities unspoken.
Imbalances in the glandular typology — Based on the patient’s dominant gland type, an state of imbalance will lead to particular food cravings. An imbalanced thyroid type, for example, will crave refined carbs (bread, cakes, cookies, etc.), sugars, and stimulants such as caffein. An out-of-balance adrenal type will crave rich, salty foods, high in cholesterol, as well as alcohol. The problem with these glandular imbalances, once the person starts to stimulate themselves with these craving foods, is that it becomes a downward spiral where they crave these foods more and more, have less and less energy, and begin to gain weight.
An expression of the patient’s healthy constitution (genotype) — Different genotypes will have a relationship to certain foods as basic preferences. These aren’t cravings under normal circumstances, but can become so under more stressed circumstances. A phosphorous, for example, has a natural preference for salty foods, but they may start craving them to excess under stress. They also tend to enjoy very spicy foods. A Pulsatilla constitution may crave fatty foods, including butter (watch out for those pulsatilla children who tend to stick their fingers right into the butter dish to scoop out a treat!), and these may increase as full blown cravings when under stress (which would typically be a relationship issue for Pulsatilla).
An expression of an underlying disease state (of mind) — This category is large and quite interesting, as it includes many types of cravings which are not accounted for by the usual factors of nutritional imbalances or deficiencies. A state of unresolved grief, for example, represented by the remedy Natrum Muriaticum, will have a tremendous craving for salty foods. (It takes a well honed diagnostician to tell the difference between this salt craving from a Phosphorous salt craving). The reasons for having strong cravings for alcohol are many and varied, but to pick one remedy as an example, Lachesis, would relate to an emotional state related to many pent-up, undischarged emotions which seeks to have some way of trying to dissipate them (although the alcohol doesn’t actually provide a true discharge).
This is a very brief sampling to give you a taste of some of the thinking and differential diagnosis required to properly understand the meaning of a craving. I often find these symptoms some of the most useful in clinic, as they tend to be strong and distinct patterns in the patient seeking to be resolved.
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 Muriaticum – for 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.
This blog is part of a series; its original title was Heilkunst Basics : University, 3rd Year (Armoring of the Oral Segment)
As we have a look through the specific characteristics of each of the seven segments, you should always keep in mind the general principles which explain what armoring is, and how it functions. One of these points relates to the idea of chronic contraction, which is the pathological form of the usual healthy version of continual expansion and contraction functioning together. This is why Reich began his exploration of the segments using a version of “trigger point” therapy, where he would press on a chronically contracted muscle in order to encourage it to release, and return to its natural function of expansion/contraction.
Descending down to the next segment below the ocular, I’ll examine the oral segment today. The first clue to an armored oral segment is either a facial expression which seems ‘glued on’, or one which is incongruent with the emotion which the person is currently expressing. Another interesting incongruence to watch for is when the ocular and oral segments are expressing different emotions at the same time (eg. sad eyes with a smile).
An armored oral segment will produce physical symptoms including the grinding of the teeth at night, or clenching during the day. People who compulsively or unconsciously lick their lips constantly, or are always chewing on something, such as their fingernails, or the plastic cap of a pen, are also displaying a blockage to the oral segment. Any number of oral addictions may be suffered, such as to food, alcohol, cigarettes, or oral sex. The pervasive obsession with breasts in our society is also a sign of how widespread this oral blockage is, and how many people are still longing to receive proper love and nurturing for their proper oral development.
The vocal quality may also be noticeably affected. Characteristics such as a vocal timbre which is ‘thin’ or otherwise unpleasant to listen to, such as an overly nasal quality are also signs of this blockage, as well as when the patient’s speech is either too soft or loud, or they are extremely talkative or non-talkative. One adjunct to treatment which can be very effective here is to arrange for the patient to have singing lessons. The training in proper breathing from a voice coach is also invaluable to the entire de-armoring process.
Other therapeutic exercises which can be applied, as appropriate, include : encourage suckling, such as through a straw or through a baby bottle; gently invoke the gag reflex by pushing a toothbrush to the back of the throat (this also helps to release the next segment, which is the cervical); aggressive biting down, and growling. Something soft, such as a towel, can be used to cushion the bite; the homeopathic remedy ‘Lachesis’, which is very useful for an excess amount of energy discharged through talking, and often with a sarcastic or ‘biting’ tone; the flower essence of ‘trumpet vine’, which can help to imbue warmth and confidence into the patient’s speech patterns.