Egotrophic case : “My limits are within me”
She is a forty-year-old woman osteopath. The first consultation took place on the 2nd of December 2004. She had been suffering from mouth ulcers since the age of ten and from chronic conjunctivitis for the past three or four years. She also reported suffering from constipation, with sheep dung small stools, alternating with diarrhoea, since childhood.
“I was made miserable by over-strict discipline. I can’t bear being subjected to pressure. When I was at boarding school I felt stifled and slept badly when the dormitory supervisors were nearby – I only managed to get any sleep once they had gone to bed. Those were the worst years of my life. “
I asked “What about the Ten Commandments ? “
“I don’t know them. My God is not someone who imposes things on me. I don’t need anyone to tell me “don’t do this, don’t do that”. My limits are within me, I don’t need anyone to remind me of what I must or mustn’t do”.
Dr. Guy Loutan in his Repertoire de Thèmes et de Matière Médicale Dynamique made the study of Plumbum according to Dr Masi’s methodology and has demonstrated that the specific sensibility of the remedy is the suffering by prohibition.
This patient was an egotrophic case for Plumbum: She ignores the prohibition, there is no prohibition from anyone for her, it would be from God, because she has her limits in her. It’s a denial of the suffering.
When I saw her again on the first of February 2005, she was no longer suffering from ulcers or conjunctivitis and had no more problems with her bowel movements.
“The rebirth for which I was longing came on the tenth of December. I became as euphoric as I was when giving birth to my children. I asked my mother when I was christened and learnt that it was on precisely the same date: 10th December. I realised that I regarded my father – who had been unfaithful to my mother – as a bastard. I realised that I didn’t love my husband as I should. I went to see my father. Since then he’s taken to phoning me. I understood that he was no longer the man he used to be and that his real character might now emerge. I am no longer afraid of men and don’t think of them as bastards. Wonderful things are happening. We’re going to have a family meal with Dad and his sisters and cousins etc on the 8th of January. My father, whom I used to see as merely a progenitor, is really going to become my Dad and I think I’m soon going to be able to say to him “I love you’’.
“I now have but one aim, which is to help others find peace of mind through my profession as an osteopath. “
I saw her again on the May 31st 2005. She had completed her thesis on osteopathy – a very profound and moving text.
“My resurrection dates from the 10th of December. When I was a girl, I dreamed I was in prison for years, before finally being released. And now I am free. I haven’t come to ask for medication or to take up your time, but to thank you for your good work. I have made a giant step: when I first came to see you, my aim was just to pass my examination, but now I am cured. What I have received is inestimable: I’m now going to help others to find their way to happiness even when their lives are subject to constraints – it has become a vocation. “
I never saw her again. The remedy led the patient to discover her own vocation. This is Dr. Masi’s concept of the ideal cure.
The Methodology of Dr Masi
The great Masi’s contribution to the homeopathic community consists essentially in:
- The concept of miasmatic dynamic.
- A rational and organized methodology to study provings and clinical cases.
- Presentation of the miasmatic dynamic.
The miasmatic dynamic in Dr Masi’s idea, is the modification of the suffering resulting from an erroneous sensation happening in the interaction between the individual and his environment. A mental symptom of suffering of the primary psora type like the sensation of being unable to, or unloved or fragile, etc. creates a mental handicap against which the individual will defend himself the best he can, given his energy and the obstacles or help which he can find in his surroundings. There are therefore 3 types of reactions:
The egotrophic reaction:
The person’s first effort will be to de deny his handicap. For example, if his suffering is to feel unable, he will do everything in his power to prove his capacity, in a very compulsive way and all his life’s energy will be invested in it. This sensation of being unable, never being healed, he must always be on the look out to compensate and prove to himself and others that he is capable. This is the first level of egotrophy. If the surrounding is favourable (for example, enhancing the child’s confidence with wrong reasons: “you are a Smith, therefore you will succeed”), it encourages the egotrophic reaction.
At the 2nd level, he has no need for this poor human quality that is only laboriously acquired through exercise and experience. There is a much better, a superior faculty, super human, we call it “divine”, meaning an innate capacity, intuitive and perfect.
The egolytic reaction:
If the surroundings oppose the previous reaction or discourage the person (for example: “he is the exact copy of his uncle, nothing to be done with him”), he will tend to try and relieve himself by giving up the fight to acquire the given faculty in a self-destructive mode known as egolysis: I am unable, there is nothing I can do about it, that’s that. But in any case, encouraged or discouraged, the sickness is the same: The erroneous sensation of being unable.
The alterlytic reaction:
This is the compensation mode where the individual accuses the others of being responsible for his sufferings (for example, “it’s because my father did not encourage me that I dropped my studies”), or by making the other feel that he bears the same handicap as his own (“don’t you see that you’ve always been incapable of anything”). Here again it is the same sickness that is projected on others.
Examples of miasmatic dynamics applied to typical symptoms of well known remedies.
Example No1 Thuja
The great mental symptom of Thuja is the fragility, the fear of being torn to pieces, to lose his connections.
In egotrophy 1st level, he underlines the solidity. He can be torn to pieces, because he submits himself to certain restraints (which keep the connection between various elements). Or he proves his intellectual capacity to make a coherent synthesis of all known notions, or his capacity to maintain cohesion between people of a group.
In egotrophy 2nd level, he does not need restraints to keep his parts in unity, “he oversteps all limits”. He is the focal point around which everything must turn through the activity of his creative intelligence. He has no need for the human way of participating in the cohesion of a whole, he is the mastermind who creates a whole and maintains its cohesion, like God himself who maintains the elements of his creation in a coherent whole with his creative intelligence.
Clinical illustration of a patient with spectacular results on a serious rheumatoid polyarthritis. I was led to Thuja when he spoke with passion about his former employment as an industrial piece fitter, activity which he still has as a hobby:
“This is a lack of modesty, shamelessness to tell you about this, but I am amazed at what I have thought, written with numbers, the day before. I carry that out into reality: I take my two pieces of wood and they fit perfectly just as I had thought. And then, I am the great Good God. I used to write down for myself, and the others who carried out what I had written down. I did all the preparation. Once I had 1100 pieces of wood! And all fitted! I am sure that another fitter would have said: “he is a liar”! Well, this is my inner truth, exactly that.”
In egolysis, Thuja has lost his connections, he is torn to pieces.
Clinical illustration: A patient with a chronic depression of many years who said: “I have a sensation in the nape, like a tumour which would tear the connections: sometimes I feel a shiver, as if a connection was made and my brain starts functioning again, but it is only temporary, and then I am myself again, boosted, I no longer try and hide, I get my energy back, a presence; this makes me say that the connections are not there the rest of the time”.