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Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Kail Brom - (Under construction).

Dr. Rajan give us an insight into the Kali-br mind: Structure Vol II, P. 561.

"Delusion: impression of danger from his own family". This means that the feeling is that those you depend on (Kali) will harm you (Brom).

In that situation you have to be careful to conform to your parents wishes or you get punished swiftly and harshly. You end up thinking even a small mistake is a crime, "Delusion, crime: committed he had".

Sex becomes riddled with guilt, and since any sense of normality or morality is eroded, perversions arise.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Kali Sulph - Voice Dialogue

Mrs Kali-S, expressed through the voice dialogue method.

Big Mind: I have to look after my partner and friends.

Big Heart: I must bring kindness, love and joy to my family and friends.

The Protector : Having the respect of family and friends makes me feel secure, so I have to stand by everything they do. I worry about others. I'm afraid of the people at work. People should always take care of each other.

The Seeker: I work hard for my family because I need their respect (Delusion: disgraced).

The Shadow: I feel proud when I have the respect of my family and friends. I'm upset by trifles, such as rudeness at home. I'm easily offended. I can get angry and even hysterical when the harmony of my home is disturbed. I'm easily discouraged so sex is out! I sleep lightly but I have vivid dreams ... robbers, murder and accidents.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Exploring Stage15: Yielding and Loss

Stage 15 is well on the way down-hill. The remedies in Col 15 fight back against the odds fiercely when put under pressure but there comes a point at which they give way and become very dark and very ill.

 According 'Homeopathy and the Elements', P.58 the elements in this column have a profound sense of loss.

This sense of loss is associated with the Tubercular Miasm, where there is a rush to savour lifes wonder, right down to the last drop. The lighter elments in this column, Nitrogen and Phosphorous types, when healthy, seem to mirror this stage, where there is a rush to travel and savour society (Phos), enjoyment and freedom (Nit).

But make no mistake, there is a dark side to the phosphorous extravert. The tubercualar miasm  is a precarious and dangerous place to be because, in the not too distant  past, the diagnois of T.B. implied the most awful and uncurable degeneration of the lungs imanginable.  You were just left to get on with it. So, this miasm has another side to it, a narrowing down of lifes enjoyments, leaving only the threat of darkness, despair, utter lonliness and ultimately defeat.  

One moment the Tubercular person is elated and happy to be alive, the next they feel very poorly, and frightend of feeling so close to death.  This can actually be the case in the lung complaints that call for Phos, Ars and Ant-c.  There is an air of death in all these.  

Once the pathology takes hold the battle is lost.  The patient yields.

Definition: yielding (adj)  Wordnet

a verbal act of admitting defeat
(adj.) tending to give in or surrender or agree -> docile -> gentle;
(adj.) lacking stiffness and giving way to pressure ->soft;
(adj.) inclined to yield to argument or influence or control;
Similar to: compromising -> flexible, conciliatory -> appeasing.

Repertory Similars: Retaliate, cannot. No, cannot say. Mildness, etc.

A closer look at Yielding through Stage 15

They are very susciptible to bad news.   The delusion of being in a law suit shows the sense of threat and their agressive response.   They lack the power to fight of this level of threat alone.  When things go wrong there is a fatalistic atittude in nit-ac. the yielding attitude shows through in the rubric, 'DELUSIONS - will power; as if loss of'. 

Like Phos they can be agitated, ill humoured, hypochondriachal and afriad of death.  

Phos shares some of the agitation of Nit-ac.  Phos can become very agitated about work.  If they are too poorly to work it can really feel as if everything is shutting down; its not just loss of income, its also the loss of the social context in which they thrive that means so much to them. They become very worried and anxious, even driven to suicidal thoughts.

Ars has Alcoholism from weakness of character. Yielding is still a theme in Ars.(>Mildness) but she has lost so much that she has gone into a despair beyond merely yielding.

Likewise, a  yielding state in Antimony is expressed by a combination of rubrics such as "cannot bear to be looked at" (>Cowarice), 'carried, desires, to be' and the depth of fear is described by the rubric: fear - recover, he will not.  Loss is evident in the sense of nostalgia.

Bismuth kills herself - the suffering is almost unimaginable - constriction of chest, angina, palpiation and so on - desparately clinging to anything or anyone.   The Bismuth state is reminiscent of the ultimate yielding of Hara-kiri, where all the power and respect is lost.

And Thulium?

Jan says Thulium gives up autonomy for the sake of gaining Self. What could this mean? Well, he adds that giving up their personality is their Achilles heel. Its much more than backing down out of politeness like Phos. Is it yielding the ultimate... submission? What kind of submission?
Is submission the strategy that runs through Stage 15?

Jan gives: Loss, Surrender, Handing over, sacrificing and refusing.

Post Script: Distribution of Yielding rubric through the Stages.
  • Stage 1 nat-c nat-m (>Mildness. >Cowardice) Caust : Yield because they are submissive and unsure of themselves.
  • Stage 2 Mag-m Calc-sil (>Mildness) Bar-c (>Benevolence. >Cowardice) Bar-m : Ditto. Timid. Flexible. Indecisive. (>Bar-s. servile, obsequious, submissive)
  • Stage 10 Carb-v Sil : They are uncertain and unstable and therefore easily influenced (>Servile, obsequious, submissive. >Benevolence. > Cowardice).
  • Stage 10 Aur-m-n : Gives up (>mildness) when she feels she has failed. (>Aur: servile, obsequious, submissive. >Benevolence. >Cowardice)
  • Stage 11 Cupr: Proving & Holding on through rituals. His perseverance softens under criticism (>Servile, obsequious, submissive. >Cowardice).
  • Stage 12 Zinc: Repeating, copying & overproduction. Yields under pressure of failure (>Cowardice. >Mildness).
  • Stage 15 Phos. Ph-ac: Fears loss of friendship so she appears submissive and polite (>Benevolence. >Mildness. >Cowardice).
  • Stage 17 Flour-ac: Gives up and becomes indifferent to business and to family.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

The issue of identity in Row 3 and the Lanthanides

Speculation on the relationship of Row 3, the identity series, and the Lanthanides.

Consider a hypothetical case where the impact of an alcoholic abusive father causes suppression of identity in Alumina,Al2O3, [R3,Stg3].

Sankaran, Structure, P427: Where the parent continually dominates the child saying “No, that’s wrong, you know nothing, I’ll show you how its supposed to be done”.

The result is seen in the rubrics: 

Row 3 Right Side of P.T.
 “Irresolution, timidity and fear”.
  “Confusion, identity to his“. 
 “Delusion, I am small”.

Now Row 3 is about the childhood development of one’s ego and identity (P. 308). The child needs support. Rajan says, “It is an important issue in man to develop his individuality, have and identity, choice and ego”.  On the Right Side of the Periodic Table (figure above) the sense of ego, self and individuality is more developed -  Sulphur is well known for its selfish or willful posture towards the outside world.  It's the instinctive relationship of our ego or self, to the outside world that is brought to maturity in the third row.

Now please compare the above with Row 7.
The sense of control and power over our inner world is improved by the remedies of this row.   We are told that the issues are of autonomy, independence, inner control and inner self.   These are very adult themes, but see how damage at the level of row 3 effects someone’s realisation and fulfilment of this row? Are we going to prescribe a Row 3 remedy or one from Row 7 or a combination?  Combinations of remedies from these rows can be dramatic because their relationship is extremely complimentary - being able to resolve both inner and outer conflicts.

 Consider the rubrics (themes) of Lanthanum Oxydatum, R7,St3, it has the same anion as Alumina, and it demonstrates a recurrence of issues: They are unable to state their autonomy and independence. Jan points out it’s the result of feeling that they are not worth very much (Lanthanides P. 117).

  My dilemma as a Practitioner, was to decide which remedy to give to a 40yr old woman who‘s found refuge in T.M. (or some simial ethical structure) for 20yrs …. Would Alumina suffice to reduce her dependence on her adopted ethics?  The case has Autonomy and Row 3 issues. We hope the client will become free to express her identity, which would also be important in an Alumina case. 
Alumina is the childhood expression Stage 3 issues.

I would expect a deeper penetration and reaction from Lanthanum (or perhaps La-Oxy, because Alumina is an oxide), which enhances our sense of being firm and grounded.

Conclusion: As predicted by the theory of 'Stages' in the Periodic Table, remedies from the same stage of row 7 and row 3 are closely related - but act on deeper levels of self expression.

Kali Nitricum - Voice Dialogue

Mr. Kali-Nit, expressed through the Voice Dialogue method.

Big Mind - I enjoy my work, its part of the good life.

Big Heart - Enjoyment is the main thing!

The Protector - Happiness is my reward for a job well done. Its a philosophy of life that everyone should adopt.

The Controller - I'm bored by this! I'm anxious about work, but it isn't everything - life's too short.

The Seeker - Don't try to stop me. I want it all and I want it now! I don't care about morals, or sexual restrictions. When I'm discontented I dream of carousing or journeys. I wake easily.

The Vulnerable Child - I'm very cautious, and I'm anxious about the future. It gives me headaches. If I don't do my duty they will be after me. I've a horror of loosing my penis.

The Damaged Self - I'm angry and a bit paranoid. I feel trapped by these four walls. I cry when I head sad music - I'm missing out on so much. I feel as if I'm dead already.

Kali Phos - Voice Dialogue

Ms Kali-P, expressed through the Voice Dialogue method.

Big Mind - I have to look after my family and my close friends.

Big Heart - I have to stay in touch. I would be lost without my family.

The Protector - My job is to protect myself, family and friends. My sense of duty extends to anyone in trouble. I'm a good Samaritan.

The Controller - I work and study hard because if I do well I can look after everyone. I'm open, sympathetic and honest.

The Seeker - I like excitement. I'm always doing something. Life's too short. I rove around the world because I love making new contacts and friends.

The Vulnerable Child - I have so many anxieties and fears! My health, the future, and of death. I'm very jumpy. I have frightful dreams. I don't like heights or open spaces.

The Shadow - I am excitable and impressionable, almost clairvoyant. I see frightful images of death and destruction. Time runs away from me.

The Damaged self - When I overdo it I become sad, weary and indifferent to everything. I feel forsaken and everything looks strange and dead. My memory is weak, but I'm very sentimental.