Many people do understand that homeopathy is healing the sick but also that the act of social inclusion is leading to more favourable conditions for the people in our care to really face the day again.
Homeopathy and social inclusion are obviously connected as many individuals, rare, strange and peculiar, make one community and we homeopaths get the best out of each individual when we apply our listening skills and our homeopathic know-how. But the problem is that our society and culture as a whole under economic pressures relies less and less on what we on personal- and individual level really have to offer. As a consequence, more and more people are side-lined for they are not able and/or willing to support this madness. I am one of those strange, rare and peculiar, side-lined and as a consequence locked up in the psychiatric industry twice. Thanks to God I have survived and on top of that gained a wealth of experience relating to social inclusion and homeopathy. Actually, I have, as a consequence of my ordeal 7 years ago, realised the unification of both medicine and social integration of the strange, rare and peculiar through setting up self-help groups and the related homeopathic treatment.
In the following I would like to explain to you, superficially however, how that works. Although I work completely in the spirit of those who portray themselves as classical homeopaths and so relate to the fundaments as Hahnemann and the masters have taught us, I also do challenge those who wish to continue imitating our predecessors but have forgotten about the universal reality that homeopathy is imbedded in.
The miasms for example, not just an example by the way, derived from the study of the materia medica, the arsenal of highly individualising remedies that reflect human nature in all its splendour, how do they, as realities widely acknowledged, reflect the human constitution and why do we in our literature and philosophy need so many words and contradictory statements in order to realise their great potential? For potential they do have but let’s not forget that our master Samuel Hahnemann was only human too and that indeed also he, working all alone diligently for humanity and her offspring, would be able to make a mistake here and there. Beside that we will have to consider the fact that he was a man of his time, living in a socially constructed culture almost beyond our imagination these days and where the phenomenon individualism was scarcely heard of.
So, we have to acknowledge that the controversy surrounding the application and true metaphysical grounds of the miasms can only be resolved when we are willing/capable to take a step aside from social conventions and enable ourselves to acquire a universal point-a-view as a starting point. It is not really helpful to continue trying to stand in Hahnemann’s footsteps and assert the reality of the concept of miasms accordingly as this hamper one’s free independent position as a homeopathic practitioner.
A free independent position would be to understand that really, we and our clients are working towards enlightenment, life after life and that every little step towards that main goal of complete self-realisation is acknowledged by an increase of unconditional happiness in the here and now with God. We will continue in Hahnemann’s faith, namely that God is the almighty who has given us this perfect medicine homeopathy to relief humanity from suffering and to offer a blessed way towards unity with Him.
When observing human nature, we know that all is done to increase happiness in all possible ways and also that the quest for true happiness is an ongoing effort in all of us. However, one must say in all sincerity that at the moment it seems likely that a lot of us will miss the boat, if not all of humanity, if we are not willing to change for the better. Fortunately, we as children are gifted with talents and all the goodness in order to make this life fulfilling not only and exclusively for each individually but also for the people we meet on our way towards full self-realisation. People in destitute situations at times require us to fullfil our highest need and therefore our highest promise to God namely to love unconditionally and to take care for the other as you wish to be taken care for yourself. Meeting our highest needs requires us to make sacrifices sometimes, big or small.
To unconditionally love is something we are all learning step by step through good times and the bad times. Unconditional love is caring for the other there and then when the need arises such as sharing your lunch with a homeless person or going out of your way relentlessly to support a distressed person forsaken by family and friends who is afraid to be locked up in a psychiatric institution. Unconditional love is very much improved so when we learn to listen to our heart and likewise let the other profound destitute play a significant role in your life and so it is acknowledged that it requires spontaneous action without any fear for one’s own wellbeing. When one is able to attain this favourable unconditionally loving condition in smaller or bigger steps one increases severely in persistence and the satisfaction that all is good. In all cases where unconditional love is at play there is a sense of well-being and increased strength such as in cases where the mother fights for the well-being of her child while forgetting about her own suffering.
In the end we give something of our own life, the way we are used to living it, away for something new while doing the best we can to make sure that the needs of a vulnerable child, an older person, etc. are met first. We walk a few steps with them on their path to enlightenment and what we gain is a little more self-awareness and self-esteem as after all, giving like that makes you feel good and also years after, you can look back and tell yourself I am not too bad of a person, I am worth it to be treated with dignity.
In order to walk this path in freedom and with a certainty that all will be good at the end it is worth our while to train our conscience to maintain its independence for He has created us to His “likeness”. This means that whatever we may do in our efforts to unconditionally love and care we are in His hands. I understand that some of you would be concerned with me writing this way as this type of “bias” is claimed to be unprofessional or at least blasphemous in the eyes of the pore unfortunate client who happens to be a Jew, an Islamic person or an atheist but we as homeopaths revere the client’s stance and we wish, in line with Christian – and also other forms of spirituality, to awaken the client for his/her own truth within that may lead to reaching his/her full potential.
To summarise I would like to state that to unconditionally love and care is a force to be reckoned with for this high-spirited force, in short, the spirit force, is not only responsible for our own well-being like the vital force is known for, but more so for those more vulnerable we are caring for. Homeopathically addressing the spirit force means that through our consultations we not only influence the health and well-being of the client in ordinary sense but also, we directly address the care and love given to the fortunate in his/her care. This is no utopia for I practise this all the time, incorporating the force of unconditional love and care in our conventional framework of homeopathic treatment.
In practise this means that we have to adapt our consultations more so to the client and to choose to follow his/her mental, emotional and physical needs to improve his/her life circumstances. Needs such as the most basic needs, like sex drive and the conditions we desire in order to feel completely accepted, but also of course the more general desires for physical well-being such the food that makes us feel well or even makes us feel better or indeed all we do to have a good night’s rest. Let’s say, we may speak of a hierarchy of needs from the very basic up till the most profound such as the need for hope and a future perspective, knowing that one is surrounded by people who offer support throughout. This literarily entails that really most of the time we avoid asking for negative statements such as “what makes it worse”. No, as much as possible we ask questions that can be positively affirmed such as “what is your favourite food” or “what makes your day feel complete”, etcetera. In this way we affirm what the client already is doing him-/herself to meet his/her needs and so his/her ability to be him-/herself is somewhat confirmed. This helps self-esteem and also that we feel appropriate asking questions as they do make more sense to the client. Besides that, it provokes the client’s spontaneous expressions of discontentment. Real complaints of all sorts that really matters to them and not as much to the practitioner’s need for prescribing in line with the contents of the materia medica. Following the needs of the client this way is rather easy as there is a clear pathway to follow which makes sense to the client as well. Each consultation we generally ask for the same open questions with the focus on being together, the client and the practitioner, in the here and now with God, the One which is hardly ever mentioned in my consultation.
Being together in the here and now requires equality of the sort that is in line with both our expertise, me with my homeopathic background and the client with his/her expertise on his/her own life. Together we are looking for a remedy that suits the given circumstances here and now. We follow the hierarchy of needs by starting with the chief complaint, a brief history of disease, then plainly the generals, followed by three specific questions that discerns the client’s orientation in the here and now and last but not least we relate to a specific care situation in his/her life.
By the way, the true hierarchy of human needs is obviously not in line with the theory on psychology as proposed by Abraham Maslow back in the nineteen forties. As human beings we clearly have a tendency to over-estimate the value of the physical aspects of eternal life while that is, as we know, a very temporarily given when it is seen on the scale of progress towards unification with Him, being enlightened. This discourse with Maslow is just one of those contradictions that makes life happen. Now, in the hierarchy in which we allow ourselves unconditional love and care to be the highest of needs one can clearly distinguish three levels of well-being, three main aspect of our soul, our psyche, that makes up our being in relation to the sensory world out there, the world that you and I share through the five physical senses. These soul-parts are the unconditional love provoking aware-soul, the intellectual-soul and the sensory-soul. The concept of the threefold soul is nothing new. In actual fact Rudolf Steiner1 created the idea when convinced about his own mission, the anthroposophy.
The sensory soul is gifted with discernment in relation to the physical reality that we live in. It discerns pleasures, dangers, likes and dislikes. We judge what appears to our senses, we hold on to what we feel is good but we do diligently try to ignore what we feel is bad. Being involved into the works of the sensory soul to a high degree is like falling in love. Falling in love with nature with the temptation not to leave that particular spot or, better even, falling in love with a gorgeous looking person not certain of his/her true personality. Addicted to the sensory stimuli entering our soul through sight, smell, tough, sound and taste we feel it is unaffordable to continue but at the same time lust is taking over, the lust for life so to speak, the need to have more of the same and to relentlessly pursue those aspects that physically unites us with the other. What happens is that all our senses are fulfilled as we have opened up completely for what Mother Nature has on offer, whether it be the man or woman you have fallen in love with, the tree that you wish to hug, the tasty meal that invigorates you, or just a beauty spot that you don’t want to leave. But then the harsh reality sets in as your wishful thinking is punished with sheer dislike, dislike for it does not meet your expectations. Even though you are fond of that person and can’t get enough of his/her presence, you understand that this can’t last as it does not satisfy your needs for security and justification of who you really are. A typical Ignatia reaction may follow. Ignatia is very much involved so with the physical senses, would like to hold on to it but feels concerned about the longer term and needs to let go off in order to deal with the confused state he/she is in. A state of a delayed realisation that it is really not about the person that requires all his/her attention but more so the general order of his/her life. Order has to be established so that work, the care for a loving husband/wife or family will be first again.
When we are overly involved with the physical senses through the works of the sensory soul, we adjust to the temporary fulfilment of the needs of ourselves and that of the other and in our efforts to do so we open up. All our senses are open to taste the world. We may be gifted with all those characteristics that come along with it such as being talkative, well-dressed, occupied with appearance and more so able to meet the needs of someone else. Our caring disposition which is dominant persuades us to make choices which are hard to make from a perspective driven by sensory needs alone. So, we easily sway from one caring need to another and experience all the emotions that come along with it for sensory life is ever changing and never fullfils the higher needs at once such as stability, peace and unconditional love. Obviously, many other remedies do have those characteristics in line with the impulsive and spontaneous expressions of the sensory soul. Our vital force reigns freely in line with our most basic needs when involved with the sensory soul and so what the physical senses have to offer.
Next, we may look for meaning in our lives. We wish to establish order rigidly as the suffering we had to endure while we were almost solely delivered to the physical senses needs to stop and only the good aspects we wish to continue. This requires us to reflect on our experiences and turn more or less inward. We forget about the beauty of being delivered to the senses and hold on at first instance to the contemporary cultural values and norms. We aim as it where to value our experiences in line with the common good without getting overly involved with standards that really suit us better, our personal opinions and ideals. Later on, we manage to overcome the discomfort that set values and norms bring along if they are maintained at all cost. Meaning that also normalised standards that aim to bring happiness to everyone enjoying the culture that you are part off are not lasting either and need to be replaced by standards that are shared on a more intimate level of community. So, we wish to meet like-minded people guided by sympathy; people with whom we are able to share more intimately felt truths and values so that we may say that indeed our culture is okay but needs re-adjustment with regards to certain aspects of life that we cherish.
Natrum muriaticum is a remedy that can be regarded as universal remedy for all stagnation in reflection on the stimuli and experiences that we gain through our sensory soul, better known as brooding and/or an inclination towards depression/sadness. Natrum muriaticum is the perfect representative for all remedies that will have a direct relationship with the activity of the intellectual soul and helps us to put everything in perspective in order to let go off things and continue life again as we wish. If we regard the effects of being overly involved with the senses in Ignatia as the muddy waters, we may understand that Natrum muriaticum is there to help to dissolve crises which are a consequence of hanging on the norms and values that we grew up with and nurtured us in the past but lost their relevance. Natrum muriaticum helps us to live more in the here and now and relate better to the stimuli as they meet the senses through the process of letting go off. The activity of intellectual soul is acknowledged to be fulfilled if everything goes according to plan and the measures we have taken to fullfil the promises we have made ourselves are satisfactory. We would like to engage with something new and different only if our conditions are met. At the same time we are aware that also new events, good or bad, need to be embraced as much as possible in order to determine our future steps. Therefore, our desire is to be in control all the time and therefore we feel obliged to protect our cherished concepts of reality for they provide us with a sense of security that enables us to cope with the changes that life brings along.
Another strong remedy that represents this effort of ours to meet the needs of the reflective- or intellectual soul’s activity is obviously Arsenicum album. Both remedies, Arsenicum and Natrum muriaticum have a lot in common but do cover different aspects of the intellectual soul’s activity. Natrum muriaticum relates to the norms and values that we would like to uphold and that are given to us from birth onwards while Arsenicum relates to the need to control our acquired order of affirming needs actively with a fear of losing them and being delivered to death and chaos. Many remedies do fit this purpose of overcoming our conditions for loving and caring for one another better; conditions to love that continue the suffering in all its forms as well, for all involved.
Our intellectual soul solely in service of what the physical senses have to offer is leading to a desperate situation where control is number one. Just look around you and see how states do hold on to their way, their culture to be happy and how intelligence, scrutiny of citizens and new-comers, go hand in hand with information technology which provides us with an opportunity to please consumers and our pockets as well. So, while at the same time limiting ourselves and others within our reach, we will continue the same path resulting in the same conditions while really humanity is spiritually ready for the next step. This desire to control our materialistic impulses and the money involved is leading to loneliness isolation for it separates me from the other through its dualistic truth finding and/or conventional scientific, discernment. We behave complacent if we continue waiting for conformation from that little self-limiting scientific corner of the universe as so many vulnerable and distressed in the psychiatric industry, people who are not able and/or willing to come along with this current culture of ours, urgently need our justification for who they are. Their true identity has to come to light through sound listening and our homeopathic principles. Let’s not wait for science to validate homeopathy and those who need us the most but let us take our future in our own hands by reaching out to those trampled on in psychiatric “care”.
Science as we know it discerns the good from the bad with the help of procedures and measurements that lead to controlled outcomes and therefore is not the slightest bit interested in the personal aspect of life as soon as it becomes too personal. And that is very soon as we can gather from the suffering inflicted in the industry through electro convulsion therapy, seclusion, coercion and blunt obtrusive questionnaires, in short, isolation of the “problem case” while focussed on seeking justification of scientific principles that do not work on a humane level. Applying scientific understanding on interpersonal relationships of all sorts and in particular when dealing with the most vulnerable in our care is like building up a wall of distrust and ignorance for the sake of clarity.
We may safely state that they, led by the DSM frontrunners in the United States, are into ignoring humanity all together for they, as established in the contemporary scientific community, do not believe in the offspring of God at all. Ignoring someone’s valued intake on reality as they individually perceive it, like we homeopaths tend to do, is really being distrustful to anyone in your life to a certain degree and therefore this faith, irrational as it is, in the so-called evidence base surely has to stop. Why should we, homeopaths with the heart in the right place, give in to these people-ignoring, faithless workers for their own aims, call it Satan? We know much better.
A closer look at the psychiatric services and the pharmaceutical industry behind it will convince almost anyone that all they are doing is giving in to the need to control in order for them to fill their pockets while ignoring the suffering under their hands. No doubt about that, I say, but in the meantime, we are too afraid to publicly highlight facts like these like Samuel Hahnemann did. Facts of abuse happening under our eyes that will lead to social devastation for all of us on the long term. Homeopaths do have the listening skills that are severely neglected in the psychiatric services and their aim to solve ‘problems’ that society is not able to deal with due to lacking mutual care and -understanding. So, when someone requires evidence in an effort to undermine homeopathy, just speak about the ongoing abuse in psychiatric institutions and they will be quieting down for sure. This is a win, win situation that we are in if only we dare to share our personal intakes on the ethics underlying our own work relating to the methods we apply in circles of friendship where sound listening is the one and only norm.
In order to escape those conditions that make us as individuals suffer and that contemporary science seems to continue at all costs, we as individuals or as a caring organisation seek acknowledgement from like-minded and try to meet each other’s needs better that way. We are convinced that the norms and values given from the start need adjustment and that everything must be geared up, as much as possible, in line with the ideals that we are willing to share. In order to establish those ideologies for ourselves and for others who wish to live the same way we are inclined to become hard-liners and to seek fulfilment of the senses through continuing our ideology at all cost. We have shaped ourselves new conditions for a happy life that will suit everyone as long as they are able to give up their own ideals for a brighter future. We relentlessly make each and every one comply for the benefit of the greater good and as a consequence many of us are suffering. These days the most domineering “ideology” is of course the way capitalism or neoliberalism shows us.
The global economic principles that many entrepreneurial people subscribe to initially bring happiness to those who are willing and able to master them to perfection. However, this domineering economic “ideology” is quickly losing ground as these days we more and more come to the realisation that it is us pushing it with our unquenchable materialistic needs for more of the same. We as a human race are involved and completely immersed, in what the senses do have to offer and we feel that the time has come to take a step back and vigorously reflect on what we have done wrong and really how the hell we could have fallen for it, meaning the seductive properties of God’s glory if we relate to the physical senses alone. Of course, there are still a number of people who are unaware, untouched or are willing to ignore this desperate situation of humanity for their own purpose. But what we see on world scale resembles is somewhat similar to what happens to those individuals in an Ignatia state for we appreciate what we see, feel, taste and smell in huge quantities but embarrassment, disbelieve, ignorance, confusion, etc is increasing where ever we look. How could this have happened to us? This beautiful creation God’s lasted billions of years and humanity around, according to our current believes, for some millions of years and now our destructive efforts will ruin it for our future generations, our children, on a global scale, predominantly as a consequence of our industrial development in recent years?
An over-compliance required by hardliners who are concerned with a domineering “ideology” such as neoliberalism and our role in it as consumers is warranted by our national education system where learned people at the top and politicians decide on the curriculum without thinking of the consequences. Children are a divine gift bringing new talents for our society that will enable them to embrace the challenges that this culture provides and to make this world a better place. However, if we continue relating the curriculum to industrial needs children are more and more disabled in their promise to God, namely to live truly fulfilling lives for one another. As a consequence, people will become marginalised as they are not able to blossom. They will meet adversity of all sorts having its consequences for family life. Our materialistic needs, our desire to only fulfil our sensory needs drives the most vulnerable to the edge of our society, leaving them lonely and isolated. Loneliness and isolation are one of the maintaining causes deeply rooted in scientific protocols that we apply for determining the root cause of reality as we know it and so our hope for a better future is diminishing as all it does is segregating people to the extent that each of us feels helpless with the consequence that we forget that we have one another to listen to and help us out of this deep-seated distrust. Overwhelmed by our ability to discern some sort of truth without really letting ourselves in as an altruistic-, with a conscience gifted human being, we separate ourselves from the actual course of conscience that will lead to true unification with the One God.
On small scale in our own practises this means that all effort should be put in realising the full potential of our client for the benefit of humankind. This entails asking specific questions that will liberate them over time out of their naturally isolated positions through acknowledgement of their true value to humanity in the form of relentless unconditional love and care for someone else. While conceptualising a given care situation of the client bewildered with the Love of God we raise the question in a sensitive manner of what more can be done from his/her point-a-view, the perspective of the care giver, to unite with the consequences of being a friend, a father, a good neighbour, etc. What more can be done to fulfil the client’s promise to do his/her duty to God alone?
From the perspective of the practitioner trained in self-care and therefore the care for another person this can be a futile education in which the self-reliance of the client is central stage. One might be involved in caring for a neighbour with special needs but sees no time available to explain to herself that just being with the child in all fairness is just what the ‘doctor’ ordered for her to have a more wholesome life all-together. So, while examining carefully this particular situation with the neighbour in mind, guided by some critical open questioning from his homeopath, he/she reveals inner needs relating to his justification of being alone with this neighbour. In the meantime, the troubled conscience relates to so-called impossibilities for straying off his/her conventional path. These can be regarded as signs and symptoms that will lead us to a number of “provocative” questions that put on the pressure even more for solving this ordeal for his/her friend with special needs, lonely and isolated. As a consequence, our path, the path provided for us, will lead to an examination of dos and don’ts, resulting into an effort to care better and above all relating to one’s own consciously held spiritual insights. We would prescribe a remedy on the contents of the re-assured care giver’s symptoms of despair in care for this lonely neighbour and as a consequence he will be able to overcome his heartfelt caring predicaments enabling him to care better and most of all increase in self-reliance when it comes to loving unconditionally. On top of that we all know that loving unconditionally increases one’s self-confidence and with it comes the strength to persist on one’s individual path towards wholesome health for all involved.
So far, we have seen how the human needs can be regarded as a guideline for what is driving us to live more fulfilled lives. The highest being self-realisation through persevering into acts of unconditional love by overcoming our self-limiting conditions that stem from the intellectual soul and its ability to generate structure in our lives. We also have realised that the libido is the most original expression of the gift of life, namely our vital force, the instinctive force that maintains our organism in an admirable harmonious dynamic state of continues adaptation to predominantly environmental factors. We have seen how this instinctive force for procreation delights our sensory soul with all the impressions from the outside world and how we are inclined to give in too much to what the senses have to offer, leaving us as individuals at times in a state of shame and ignorance with regards to the higher gifts if we only are willing and able to open up to the higher needs once again; higher needs such as a secure family life and increased social cohesion in our communities. Even though essential for a happy life also these needs may bring along its limitations as the norms and values we’ve been given in childhood start losing some of their validity as we grow to maturity. Ideally, as we grow older, we seek opportunities to withstand our needs for compliance to societal standards by addressing those that will help us to seek a connection to eternal life. This means that we will seek like-minded people with similar life experience not only to confirm ourselves but also to take care of those who seek similar ways out. This requires the spirit force to take over at the cost of the vital force to the extent that we actually feel well at older age too. Nevertheless, our gradual aging and the discomforts that comes along with it, we are fierce when it comes to our intentions for those who are still depending on us being around. And so, we must state for the sake of homeopathy and other healthcare sciences that favour humanity as a whole that indeed old age doesn’t only come with decay and havoc as many subscribe to when relying on the miasms theory as it has been passed on from generation to generation in our homeopathic culture. Our master Samuel Hahnemann instinctively followed the way up to better health but in the meantime, he was not concerned with the other force, the spirit force, in our lives that makes people unite again in the light of truth as it manifests in each individually under the guides of the Holy Spirit. Following the human needs as roughly sketched in this article will help us to truly appreciate that aspect of life that is associated by many still as the syphilitic miasm.
|Following the human needs as discussed||Humanity’s mission: Love one another|
|Soul part||Sensory soul||Intellectual soul||Aware soul|
|Soul part activity||To hold on to||To let go off||To be|
|Representing remedy||Ignatia||Natrum muriatricum/ Arsenicum||Ipacacuanha, needs further exploration|
Homeopathy as a non-dualistic healing science has the future and in order for us to take it on, we have to be able to communicate our message in line with common believes that are imbedded in our overly materialistic culture. That said, I feel we do well if we fullfil our lives with personal spiritual believes to the degree that we are willing to challenge each other as well. Challenging each other to the extent that it brings us to not so known areas in relation to our homeopathic knowledge but that at the same time will bring us to a common ground that is hard to find these days of ongoing segregation of the homeopathic community. Only continued engagement where sincere listening to each other is revered as the golden standard for true cooperation will lead us to better times where we will leave the side-lines and become an integral part of the communities we serve. Thanks to God I have been able to write this article for you and thanks to Him it happens that I write it at a time suitable for me at this stage of my path towards full-blown enlightenment. This, with the consequence that what you have read so fare is absolutely just a minor aspect of what I have to tell you and that it is identical to the tip of the iceberg of what I actually may apply in practise at this stage of my life. So here I leave you with something that is not finished yet and I do hope that soon those who are interested will be able to help me to make more sense of what God has in mind for us, a collective of homeopaths seeking acknowledgement with an appetite to make our non-dualistic healing science number one. For more information see: www.homeopathy3fold.com
1 Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) was an Austrian clairvoyant, philosopher, social reformer, architect also known for the anthroposophical pedagogy applied in the so-called Steiner Schools. A, most of all, esotericist putting Christianity in a new light. A good book to for starters would be “The philosophy of freedom”.
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