Structuralism and the Plant Kingdom

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Interests: Philosophy, Homeopathy, Ayurveda, Buddhism, Psychosynthesis, Hypnotherapy and R.E.B.T.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Fear of being observed and R.E.B.T.

The AWFUL fear is that you have to get it right or you will be laughed at. 

“It becomes A very harmful, irrational belief, which takes a small fault to the extreme of terror” (Albert Ellis). 

What’s the terrifying outcome we are so frightened of?  A Further loss of self-esteem.
Rationally speaking we have to accept that there is no cosmic law that says we will always get it right. We have to be able to accept defeats without going to irrational extremes such as self-depreciation.

The main Rubrics having this fear (Periodic Table only):

Fear - observed; of her condition being ...   CALC germ                             
Fear - opinion of others ...  Ars aur-m bar-c bar-s calc Germ                          
Delusions - watched, she is being ...  ARS Bar-c Calc Kali-br               
Delusions - criticized, she is ...  Bar-c calc  germ nat-m pall plb positr rad-br    
Delusions - laughed at and mocked ...  adam BAR-c germ ph-ac              
Sensitive - criticism to ...  alum-sil am-c aur/m/s bar-c calc merc nat-m positr

       Left Siders -> Positron Nat-m Bar-c Kali-br Calc alumina                             
       Right Siders -> adam aurum pall merc am-c germ ph-ac ars

We can see that the fear of being observed exists on both sides of the Periodic Table - it is there on the left side, in people who feel there is something wrong within and on the right side, in people who feel there is something wrong with the world.

It is present in every stage so why is there such a spread? Well, we are all subject to disapproval from some quarter - as Dylan said, "Everyone must get stoned".  Is insult felt more acutely by one group more than the other? No, but in the left side our structure is not so firm and we easily collapse and then withdraw into ourselves.   On the right side we can also withdraw, but the fault is out there - its not us that's at fault.  Right-siders can collapse even further to the right but there is aggression and resentment.

In the left-siders there is self-depreciation which engenders a sense of damaged self-hood.  There is a belief that there is something wrong with ourselves.  This is the core belief that connects all the left-siders. All these remedies help us realise that making a mistake it isn't all that AWFUL.  

This is the central delusion - the self-defeating belief and the source of the mental habits that paralyse us.


  Nosodes in the context of Integral Psychology

The rubrics of the three original maisms have been placed in the context of chakras or levels of awareness as described by Integral Psychology (Judith, Wilber). The interpretation of rubrics and their placement within these levels is based on my understanding of the Psychological significance of each rubric.

  • Insanity (madness). Fancies exaltation of.
  • Despair religious of salvation. Religious (affections). Religious melancholia.
Visual or Digital Auditory Themes such as Philosopy and Belief.
  • Confusion calculating when. Mistakes time in.
  • Delusions doomed being. Thoughts disagreeable. Thoughts persistent. Excitement
Visual or Digital Auditory Themes; reasoning, making connections, opinions
  • Anger. Insolence. Intolerance. Impatience. Mood repulsive. Morose (cross fretful ill-humor peevish). Fear busy streets.
Visual or Auditory Themes related to communication of images, symbols, words, thoughts.
  • Dwells on past disagreeable occurrences. Estranged from her family.
  • Forsaken feeling. Sadness suicidal disposition with. Sentimental.
Kinesthethic or Visual Themes of love and compassion. Relationship of self and other.
  • Indolence. Irresolution indecision. Dirtiness. Indifference (apathy).
  • Confusion identify duality sense of. Remorse.
Kinesthethic or Visual Themes of autonomy, a sense of self.
  • Ailments from excitement emotional. ailments from excitement sexual.
  • Dwells on past disagreeable occurrences. Remorse.
Kinesthetic Themes such as pleasure, feelings and sensations.
  • ANXIETY FEAR WITH. Anxiety future about. Anxiety business about. Anxiety closing eyes on.
  • Anxiety hypochondriacal. Anxiety salvation about. Delusions fortune he was going to lose his.
  • Delusions poor he is. Fear poverty;death. Anguish. Cares (worries).
Kinesthetic Themes related to personal safety.


Kent on Psorinum

The Psorinum patient himself is one of debility. He wants to go home after a short walk. He is worse in the open air. He cannot breathe in the open air; cannot breathe while he is standing up;

The mental symptoms present some strong features. Sadness, hopelessness; he sees no light breaking through the clouds above his head; all is dark about him. He thinks his business is going to be a failure; that he is going to the poor house; that he has sinned away his day of grace. It is a fixed idea during the day and he dreams about it at night.

Overwhelming sadness; dejection; he takes no joy in his family; feels that these things are not for him. His business is prosperous, yet he feels as if he were going to the poor house. No joy or realization of benefit. Extremely irritable, wants to be alone. Does not want to be washed. Full of anxiety, even of suicide. Despair of recovery if sick.

Though there is no eruption at night he is driven to despair by the continual itching. If he throws the covers off then he becomes chilly; if he covers up then there is itching. Sensitive to cold yet the skin is worse from heat. Tingling, itching, formication, crawling like ants running over the surface, as of insects in the skin.


  • Ailments from anticipation, forboding.
  • Ailments from work mental. Concentration difficult.
  • Delusions religious. Anxiety salvation about. Fear (apprehension dread). Clairvoyance.
  • Hurry. Delusions time passes too slowly.

  • Despair. Suicidal sadness from. Delusions doomed being. Death presentiment of.
  • Delusions: persued; people behind him someone is.
  • Ailments from reproaches. Contradiction is intolerant of. Sensitive (oversensitive).
  • Forgetful, name, his own. Forgetful, words while speaking, of, word hunting.

  • Sadness suicidal disposition with.
  • jealousy.

  • Anxiety conscience (as if guilty of a crime). Remorse. Reproaches himself.
  • Confusion identity as to his. Confidence want of self.
  • Egotism, self-esteem. Selfishness egoism.

  • Cares (worries full of). Biting nails. Conscientious about trifles.
  • Fear, (apprehension, dread). FEAR, MISFORTUNE, OF.

  • Ailments from bad news.
  • Anxiety, anticipation; time is set if a.
  • Fear, dark, of. Fear, death, of.



Kent: on Medorrhinum
Forgetful of facts, figures and names; of what he has read. Makes mistakes in writing, of spelling, and words. TIME MOVES TOO SLOWLY; everybody moves too slowly. He is in a constant hurry, in such a hurry that he gets out of breath. She is in such a hurry that she feels faint.

Confusion of mind, dazed; fear of sensation; loses the idea when speaking. Great difficulty in stating her symptoms, loses herself and must be asked over again. Thinks some one is behind her; hears whispering. Sees faces that peer at her from behind the furniture (PHOS.).

Everything seems unreal (ALUM.). Wild desperate feeling as if incipient insanity. Weeps when talking. Exhilaration in evening. Changeable state of mind; one moment sad, the next mirthful. Presentiment of death. Frightened sensation on waking as if something dreadful had happened. FEAR OF THE DARK. Anxiety about her salvation.

  • Indifference future to. Despair Disgust. Kill desire to.
  • Fear death of. Fear insanity losing his reason of.
  • Indolence. Business averse to. Calculating inability to.
  • Thoughts disconnected. Memory weakness happened for what has.
  • Abusive insulting. Anger (irascibility). Abusive insulting. Contradiction is intolerant of. Sympathy compassion agg.
  • Suspicious (mistrustful) . Secretive. Liar lies never speaks truth does not know why.
  • Company aversion to presence of others agg. Company desire for aversion to solitude
  • Morose (cross fretful ill-humor peevish).
  • Malicious (spiteful vindictive). Dwells on past disagreeable occurrences.
  • Indifference loved ones to.
  • Insanity, megalomania. Squanders.
  • Indolence. Indifference (apathy).
  • Remorse.
  • Erections wanting (impotency).
  • Dwells on past disagreeable occurrences.
  • Fear death of.


Kent on Syphilinum
Forgetful. Weak minded. Laughing and weeping without cause. He cannot remember faces, names, dates, events, books or places. He cannot calculate. Despair of recovery Melancholia. Fears he is going insane. IMBECILITY.

Indifferent to his friends, and feels no delight in anything Dreads the night and dreads the morning, as the weakness and soreness are worse on waking. He always says he is not himself and he cannot feel like himself.

A middle-aged man who had suffered many years from latent syphilis abandoned his business and remained at home lamenting and sad His wife supported the family by keeping boarders After receiving a few doses of Syphilinum he took on new energy and became industrious and prosperous.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Structural Homeopathy and the Lanthanides

Introduction to a new épistémè - New situations demand new learning.

Nowadays I'm looking at Homepathy from a post-structuralist point of view - Michel Foucault used the term épistémè to describe "the historical a priori that grounds knowledge within a particular epoch". It's wider than the idea of a paradigm, in that it includes fundamental assumptions and attitudes that are almost invisible to the people operating within its limits - a sort of 'epistemological unconscious' of an era.

Scholten, as a philosopher and scientist is introducing ideas that are, at the moment, beyond the épistémè of Classical Homeopathy. More specifically, the main difference is that his approach is nomothetic, that is, he identifies, classifies and maps the universal and common characteristics shared by everyone into logical dimensions, whereas classical Homeopathy is strongly ideographic, focusing entirely on the unique aspects of the individual, and any attempt at "chunking up" to see the big picture is still an anathema to many.

In fact each approach has its own advantages, which becomes clear when we compare the overlap and variation within the DSM categoires with the "Big Five" (Costa & McCrea, 2007), a statistical model of personality derived from factor analysis. The synonym clusters (of symptoms) used in the Plants Project (this author,2008) were derived through this methodology.
Historically, Dr. Rajan Sankarn, by sheer force of logic and personality challenged this ideographic approach in the 90's and opened the way for some of us to think about the relationshps of states and remedies with a more scientific person centered approach.

Scholtens amazing work on the 'Series' of the periodic table explores the pathology and the prognosis of the more materialistic first tier vMemes, and even more significantly, his examination of the Lanthanides explores the inner spiritual development and the autonomy of the second tier. [Ref: Spiral Dynamics]

Hope you enjoy exploring this with me - and leave a few comments!

*epistemology = study of the nature of knowledge.

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