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Musings (and the Muse) on the Vital Force

Written by Mayda Carrillo

Musings (and the Muse) on the Vital Force

In my first year of study at the Academy of Classical Homeopathy, I was given the assignment to write about my view of the vital force. It was a very evocative exploration for me. I listed some of the works that have influenced me, to give a bird’s eye view of the perceptions I hold of this Universe:

  • Samuel Hahnemann, The Organon of the Medical Art
  • Edward Bach, The Twelve Healers
  • Sun-Tzu, The Art of Warfare
  • Hon Yen, Nan-Cheng
  • Kent Biss, Grasping the Wind
  • Coulter, Anatomy of Hatha Yoga
  • Carl Jung, Man and His Symbols
  • Edward Whitmont, Psyche and Substance
  • Eileen Nauman, Medical Astrology
  • H.L Cornell, MD, Encyclopedia of Medical Astrology
  • J. Goldwin, Healing with Sounds
  • Leet, Universal Kabbalah
  • Rudolf Titsema and Shanlena Augusto Sabbadini, The Original I Ching Oracle
  • Yehuda Berg, The 72 Names of God: Technology for the Soul
  • W. Hauk, The Emerald Tablets
  • J. Orlot, Principles of Alchemy
  • Joel Goldsmith, various works on God, Love, and Humanity
  • Peter Mandel, Colorpuncture Therapy and Life
  • Frederick Boiles, Basic Principles: Science of Mind
  • Fritjof Capra, The Tao of Physics
  • Gary Zukov, The Dance of the Wu Li Masters

I noted some definitions from the Oxford American College Dictionary:

Force: in Physics, an influence tending to change a body in motion or producing motion or stress in a stationary body.

Vital: 1. absolutely necessary or important; 2. indispensable to the continuance of life.

Vitalism: the theory that the origin and phenomena of life are dependent on a force or principles distinct from chemical or physical force.

Everything that I think I know is subject to change. Motion is constant and change is inevitable. I am only barely aware of this principle, but I know that it operates in everything in life.

As I study further, what intrigues me is that I might by serendipity find God’s image in homeopathy. So what surprises or confuses me? People. It is an ongoing journey to understand humanity, little by little.

After all of this, what does the idea of the vital force mean to me?

It brings a message which can be heard in the rustle of whispering pine needles. It speaks of allowing the possibility that we continue after death because nothing perishes, just transforms. The idea of a vital force gives genesis to a new way of viewing life and death.

The vital force is the basic unit of vibration so refined that our senses have difficulty quantifying it. To me at this time, it evokes the ever flowing images of creation in constant evolution. It means the flight of the eagle and the raising of the phoenix, all like the genie in the bottle clamoring to be liberated.

Life Request

by Mayda Carillo

Life, bring the sweet

whisper of your nurturing

arms and then let your breath

nourish this essence.

Life, cultivate my powers

to bring meaning to

living, …speak to

me of you in eternal


Life, hold me, kindly

And let me grow with

you in infinite Love

Life, Thank you for

allowing the pain, the

Joy, the beingness.

Thank you for sharing

with me the candles

of your eternal light

Life, let me not be misled

by your many forms,

but let me live contented

in your eternal fold.

About the author

Mayda Carrillo

Mayda Carrillo is a third-year student at the Academy of Classical Homeopathy. She is a licensed Acupuncture Physician and Nurse in Florida, and she holds a license in Naturopathy in Washington, DC. She maintains a diverse practice in natural healing, Alternative Health Therapies, in Clearwater, Florida.

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