So, we did a retake and found that this patient came to the same issues as before, however an interesting thing she revealed was that her husband was now retired. Presently, she was facing more of a challenge. Since her husband retired, she felt her freedom was totally gone. Here, we felt there was something more to be found, so we told the patient to simply just stay with the word freedom, describe it, compare it, and create a picture of the word freedom. For this patient, freedom was like jumping out of the grasp of someone, like a deer jumping out of a hunter’s hands.
This kind of case-taking helped us to take her one step deeper – from views, choices, and identity, we asked her to describe freedom, to compare freedom and to make a picture of freedom. This type of questioning helped us to jump a level to a deeper pattern within – the animal pattern.
What happened in this case were two things. One is that we actually changed our questioning style, which helped us to jump to a deeper level. We realized we had to question patients in a different way in difficult cases in order to reach the depth of their core. The second thing we realized is that there was a hidden animal here.
Going along with the patient, we asked her to describe this grasp. She explained it was constricting, constraining, and restricting. The grasp does not let her slip out. We asked her to describe this and she explained she did not want to slip out forever from that grasp. She then went into a story about her husband and how happy she is with him. She was happy he provided for the family, dominating over her at times, and was like a man. However, within the boundaries of domination, she wanted to have her freedom to go to exercise class, sleep when she wanted to, and go to her friend’s place. She wanted to do things within the boundaries, on her own terms. She explained she was very happy to slip in and out of the grasp.
What we eventually realized was that this patient was happy with and wanted the domination because that gave her the means for survival. However, at the same time, within the boundaries of domination, she wanted to feel like she is ruling her own life and living by her own terms. When her husband retired, she felt like she was not able to do what she wanted to do in her own life and didn’t have the freedom.
Understanding this situation, I gave the patient Lac felinum. The theme of this remedy is, within the boundaries of domination or authority the individuals look for independence. If we look at the source, this is exactly how the domesticated cat behaves. Though the cat accepts domestication, it lays its own rules down. It likes domestication because this gives the animal security, but the behavior is highly independent.
After prescribing this remedy, there was remarkable improvement in both her mental and physical symptoms. Emotionally she was much better, and explained she had never felt this change with the previous remedy. She felt like the remedy had unlocked the freedom within her. She didn’t feel so dependent on her husband or restricted by him. Her compulsion to be dependent improved, as well as her compulsion to be independent improved.
What can be learned from this case is that there can be a mineral and plant within all of us, but the animal within us, covers a much larger complex. Also, what can be cultivated from this is that maybe there is an animal lurking in the background in every patient. Just because we do not get the feelings of kill, flesh and blood, or a sensation word like survival, we stop short and do not give an animal remedy.
In our understanding, what we as humans have done is, we have left the jungle and come to civilization, leaving our animal instincts behind to create a concrete ecosystem. However, what we have actually done is created and replicated the same jungle in this concrete ecosystem. Some people behave as predators, some as prey, some as scavengers and some as parasites – because in the end, we are finally animals. To reiterate, what we have done is we have left the jungle and created our own bubble of the human ecosystem, and within this ecosystem we are replaying what is already in nature. This is why our energies are very similar to the animals in nature – and we can use these energies to heal our imbalances.