Key words: plants, animal, minerals, development, levels, rodents, row, mammals.
The educing fact about science is that it gets better and much more worthwhile for the human race. Never did man stop at a way post and wonder, “Oh! I think this is enough.” The hunger to know more and to unravel more that has to do with the riddle of life has ever intrigued all men. I was no different, coming from a background filled with this same desire and lore. My mind always wandered and sought questions to quench my thirst for more. My early years in Homoeopathy were dedicated to gathering the vast existing knowledge that already been conferred upon us by stalwarts. Later on my husband, Shachindra and I researched throughout our practice and developed a unique approach to understanding the human mind and its behavioral prototype.
Homoeopaths give great importance to understanding the mind and to then channelize their search for the exact simillimum. We have worked on this doctrine in a particular manner so as to give us quick and effective results.
Jan Scholten was one of the very first to classify the various elements (starting with minerals) using Mosley’s modern periodic table. He studied all the minerals in details and found a correlation, a common theme that runs all along a row or series that can be seen as the different levels at which the development around the specific theme takes place.
This was the clue we needed. According to our method, we understand every individual’s personality and behavioral pattern through the connections they make to different kingdoms. Their behaviour resonates with either a plant, animal or mineral in every walk of life. I have found through our extensive research and clinical back up of two decades of my practice, that depending on circumstances, one behaves in a particular manner and at that time the impression it gives us resonates with a plant, animal or mineral.
The animal kingdom, according to my work, has been classified into 7 levels. These levels correspond to the seven levels of human development. The levels of development are not in linear fashion, they are more circular. So the seventh level goes back to the first level, everything that begins has to end. (You can read my new theory in detail from my book- Homeopathy and Pattern in Mammals). Here I am going to extensively talk about the group rodents, which corresponds to the 4th level of human development and falls in the 4th Row of the periodic elements (for comparisons). The 4th Row has to do with structure and security. The struggle to make an identity is complete, and here lies the sense of security, the feeling I am surviving now, but what about tomorrow? How am I going to fend for tomorrow? How to make my current existence more stable?
People who need these remedies are very meticulous about their work and are exhaustive workers who love routine, and any change from the routine will cause displeasure and unease in these individuals. They work by the clock.
These could be the exact same words of any of the Row 4 patients walking into your clinic.
Themes to spot a Row 4:
Instinctive reactions, impulsive behavior, hectic pace, tremendous hurry and restlessness, monotonous, repetitive and meticulous actions, feeling of being small, unwanted like a pest and high sexuality.
To elaborate more on the Row 4 group (here rodents) of remedies, let’s look at the following case.
A 43-year-old woman with irritable bowel syndrome, high blood pressure since the age of 24 and very heavy menstrual bleeding due to intramural fibroids comes to me. She has been on anti-hypertensive drugs for twenty years and been in a depression since her adolescence.
As a general protocol I record my cases and this is what she said at the start of taking the case: “Why am I being taped? I don’t like being in the spotlight. I have barely managed to come to the clinic because I don’t like to leave my house.”
She was a teacher by profession and going out would be a nightmare for her. Her mouth would get dry even with the thought of it and she was always very anxious. She was anxious while eating, literally gulping down her food.
D: Tell me a little bit about this – ‘I have a very anxious nature.’ Describe this.
P: I tend to panic in social situations. It is very difficult for me to socialize. If I go out somewhere, it takes me a long time to gel with anybody. I tend to freeze, especially in a crowd.
She has been teaching for almost 30 years, but she can only teach while in the class. Once outside the class and the children greet her, she does not respond, why? I asked her and she said it’s because she is scared. If a guest comes home, she can prepare food for them but to go in front of them and serve them food is difficult. This has been since she was a child – ‘me coming into the spotlight’ – I cannot handle that.
D: What is the experience of ‘being in the forefront, in the spotlight’?
P: Getting humiliated, making a big error or blunder. I am capable of making silly blunders. I have this fear of failure
D: What is the experience of failing?
P: I can’t forget the times when I fail. I can recollect everything – at what age it happened, people laughing – everything. As if somebody has slapped me in the face. I have developed a brooding habit. If something goes wrong, I think about it the whole day.
She lived alone with her mother who separated from her father many years ago. Her father was a very difficult man to live with. Her elder brother lives separately with his family.
So, we see that the fear of failure is not the fear that she has not done her duty well as a person (which would put her in row four of the mineral kingdom) but it is the fear that if she fails, people might attack her or slap her. It’s fear of the unknown that’s the animal kingdom.
She closes her eyes and describes the whole experience and everything around her. She exclaims that, it’s a feeling of complete helplessness. The situation is taking advantage of me. I am standing at the bottom of it, lonely and looking for some security
This tremendous fear of criticism also looked like Staphysagria but after the ‘slap’, she said ‘someone is taking advantage of me. I wish there was a hole in the ground where I could disappear.’ ‘Somebody is doing something and I want to say something but I don’t’ – this is very much like an animal because animals have this conflict of ‘fight or flight.’ Very often patients in the prey category say, “I want to talk. I want to fight back and back answer, but I know I can’t, so I must flee.’ So, here she is showing characteristics of a prey-category animal, which is passive by nature – she wants to but she doesn’t have the capacity to fight back. She has to be somebody who is very small, who freezes, who can hide in a hole, who can gulp food fast… Though she says she prefers solitude, our actual feeling and observation is that she is scared. She said she sleeps with her mother but in a new place or situation, she doesn’t sleep with any other person. So, it’s not really solitude that she wants; she wants to be safe. Somehow, there must be a threat from anyone close by causing a need to be alone. We now know that she is an animal that belongs to row four because she has this fear of failure and a need for protection and security that she gets when she is at home.
She doesn’t enjoy solitude but there is a fear that people will constantly criticise her and judge her when she is with others. Therefore, she would rather be alone. At the beginning of the case, she had said she wanted some medicine to help her to mingle with people better and be able to go out more. So, she really wants to mingle and have a group but she is scared of being judged and criticised by others.
Her self-esteem is very low – ‘I am weak and I have many insecurities and if I am exposed, then people take advantage of me.’
Till now, we have gathered that she is a prey animal that is small and goes to hide in a hole when in danger. She would like to mingle and be with people, so she has features of a mammal as well. All this makes me think of rodents, rabbits (lagomorphs) and insects (piercing and destroying) and molluscs (she speaks of an outer layer and an inner part that is soft and tender). Rodents and rabbits (lagomorphs) have this fear of making a blunder and of criticism because criticism means people are going to attack them.