In this excerpt from Jeremy Sherr’s book “Neon”, he discusses ozone and oxygen and their meaning in human identity. Information from the proving is offered to elicit deeper understanding.

Excerpted from Jeremy Sherr’s book:  Neon –The Noble Gases


(Note: when I refer purely to the chemical element there is no initial capital letter (ozone, oxygen) whereas the remedy name or esoteric concept of an element begins with a capital (Ozone, Oxygen). The boundaries here are often blurred and you can choose to understand these concepts in any way that suits.)

The dark, pungent and toxic Ozone is essentially opposite to the colourless, odourless, life-supporting oxygen. Oxygen appears as one atom of the water molecule H2O, two atoms in the O2 molecule in the air we breathe, and three atoms in the ozone molecule, O3. The atmospheric ratio of O2 and O3 fluctuates in response to solar radiation, temperature changes and other catalytic influences. Ozone forms a thin layer 20-50 kilometres above the earth’s surface, which protects life from ultraviolet light and harmful solar radiation.  This ozone layer appears as the dark, blue-black sky we see just after dusk.

We might say, therefore, that in direct contrast to its sister oxygen, the dark ozone layer separates the first period of hydrogen, helium and direct sunlight from the second period of organic life (carbon, oxygen and nitrogen) and protects it from intense radiation (Figure 14.7).

…and darkness was over the face of the deep

Figure 14.7 Ozone separates the intense light of the first period from the second one

Naturally, the Ozone proving is full of references to the colour black, and some to the opposing red or white colours. The following proving references are from Anna Schadde’s Ozone proving and my own unpublished proving.

Talks a lot about colours (red and black).

I imagine that the countryside is covered by a black, soft, warm layer of snow.

Dream a black spider crawls through the left corner of the mouth into the mouth.

The ozone layer is analogous to melanin in the skin.  Melanin, derived from the word black, refers to insoluble pigments that account for the dark colour of skin, hair, fur, scales, feathers, etc. Just as the bluish-black layer of atmosphere shields the world from the direct rays of sun, black melanin pigments protect our body from excessive sunshine and radiation. We know that holes in the ozone layer lead to melanomas, a defensive attempt of the body to protect against increased solar radiation.

I have the impression of wandering around as if under a glass dome.

In most languages light and truth are synonymous. The phrases ‘I saw the light’, ‘the truth dawned on me’ and ‘in light of the facts’, are good examples of this relationship. Truth is a powerful force for good, as long as we are strong enough to accept it. Otherwise, truth can be extremely dangerous to mortals, hence we mostly avoid it. The truth is that we can handle truth but not the whole truth. If we do not filter universal truth, it kills us. If we were to learn all the secrets of heaven and earth we would fry like moth on a flame. We need protection from knowledge of the whole truth until such time as we are able to cope with it. Ozone is the filter, the firmament, the black lie that shelters us from a light and truth that is too powerful for us to handle. It is the screen that shields the organic second period from the spiritual period above, because the spiritual light of God is too intense.

Figure 14.8 UV Truth

The proving of Ozone thus depicts the attenuation of direct ultraviolet light or truth in our earthly world.

I have the impression of wandering around as if under a glass dome.

In cabbalistic terms, or Jewish theology, ozone represents the dark shell or screen (Klipa) that shields us from the light of truth, but at the same time prevents our true light from fully shining. These protective shells are necessary because we are not strong enough to contain the whole truth without our vessel shattering. The only way to remove the need for this protection is to strengthen our vessels by being upright physically, emotionally and morally.

Here are three examples on the nature of truth from the Ozone proving:

I experience great, eternal truths, depth; feel truth physically.

Feeling of having to be direct, to tell everyone the truth.

It seems that truth was being like a line in water (JS proving).

While the first symptom shows us what a world of truth without Ozone protection would be like, the last symptom indicates another aspect of the firmament or Ozone, the geometry of truth.  At the equator, where the earth is closer to the sun and the angle of the sun’s rays is perpendicular to the ozone layer, UV light penetrates the ozone layer much more directly. When we get closer to the poles, the light hits the ozone layer at an angle, and consequently penetration is much less intense. Hence, the need for a melanin-intense, black skin near the equator and pale skin in the north and south of our planet.

In a similar way to light, truth burns when told directly, but is attenuated when given at an appropriate angle. Ozone is full of references to the damage caused by too direct a truth, as opposed to the art of softening it. Here are some examples:

Argument with mother. He told her the truth, not what she wanted to hear…It burst forth out of him, the total confrontation.

I feel secure, am able to lead more firmly. Gave a pupil a detention; something I had meant to do for a long time and saw as necessary but had never managed to achieve. Am surprised at how smoothly it went and was accepted. Good mood, feel strengthened.

She finds it easier to refrain from criticizing. She wasn’t bothered about her father eating noisily and her mother-in-law sniffling. Didn’t even notice it. A feeling of ‘They are already old, you can’t change them.’

Girlfriend says that he is softer, not as stern and determined, not as impatient as usual. Normally puts forward his point view more harshly, now more calmly.

Opposing the theme of being direct is the theme of progressing at more gentle angles, which is also apparent in the proving.

Dream the road is tarmacked. I had to drive in swerving lines to make a path between the tarmac-machine and roller in order to get to the house.

Dream I went to the barber and he cut my hair horribly. It was angled cut, not a straight line. In my dream, my hair was jet black and extremely straight. (JS proving)

Here is another example of a ‘black lie’:

Guilty conscience on slaughtering a ram. ‘I have a pitch-black conscience that I’m having the animal slaughtered.’

Initially this guilt seems a semi-noble emotion. However, we soon see that the ‘black ozone guilt’ is a compensation filter that protects us from the painful light of truth, which is that despite anything we may say or feel, we did kill the ram. Having a guilty conscience reduces this truth and makes it seem somehow justifiable.

The inner nature of Ozone may be wild, but it is tempered by a black layer that covers up and hides its wild characteristics.

Dream of dirty water, sea with wild big waves, but it is black almost like liquid tar. Someone says: you should see how wild the ocean is without tar. A 60 year old woman is sitting with her legs wide open so that it is visible that she is naked under her skirt. She is totally uninhibited.

Finally, Ozone has many dreams of climbing and descending mountains. The common theme that characterises these dreams is that it is hard to get to the top but easy to go down. In a similar vein, one could say that it is harder to live near the narrow peaks of truth then to fall into the polluted, but comfortable, valley of lies.

On a mountain with no proper path. The whole slope consists of sand, we can’t continue.

Climbed a really steep mountain with two small children. I had to protect them so that they wouldn’t fall down. It became steeper and more dangerous. There was only the possibility of ridge-walking on top. I got into a panic as to how to descend again until I had the idea to simply slide down. We got down safely.

On a journey. I’m standing on the plateau of a mountain and am frightened that I will fall over the low railings and fall off the mountain.

Dream went with a friend on a skiing holiday up to the top of beautiful, sunny, snow-covered mountains.  On the way down he injured himself. It was a glorious place, this mountain top.  It was so sunny and bright. Happy. (JS proving)

Dream I was at the top of a mountain.  We were relaxing and having food lying around in the sun and chatting.  My group was due to walk back down the mountain to their cars…They left without me having forgotten that I was there with them.  By the time I was ready to go it was late and it would mean I’d have to walk in the dark. (JS proving)

About the author

Jeremy Sherr

Jeremy Sherr

Jeremy Sherr was born in South Africa and grew up in Israel. He has taught in most of the British schools of homeopathy and began the Dynamis School in 1986. Jeremy has also taught in Spain, Italy, Germany, Bulgaria, China, Russia, India, Japan, South Africa, and Australia. He maintains busy practices in London, Tel Aviv, and New York. He was awarded a fellowship from the Society of Homoeopaths in 1991 and a Ph.D. from Medicina Alternativa. He was also awarded an honorary PhD from Pioneer University and an associate Professor at University Candegabe for Homoeopathy, Argentina. He is the author of numerous homeopathy textbooks and journal articles and has proved 32 new homeopathic remedies. His latest book is Dynamic Materia Medica: Syphilis, a Study of the Syphilitic Miasm through Remedies. He is currently working on a book on the Noble gases. Recently, he released The Dynamic Case Taker, a new software program for homeopaths to assist in everything from casetaking to perceiving what is to be cured in a case, analysis, synthesis and case management. He is also the Author of Q-Rep, the repertory of Mental Qualities.

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