A homeopathic treatment is an adventure where the senses and mind of a homeopath have to be on high alert, but actions may only be gentle and compassionate. A homeopathic remedy may be prescribed after a homeopath gets the whole picture – in the mental, emotional and physical spheres, while a patient can only give bits and pieces. These bits and pieces are the vital reactions, no matter how small, unveiling parts of the nature of the patient’s Vital force in all 3 spheres – mental, emotional and physical. All 3 spheres are bound together in One, the 4th sphere – picture. When affected, each one of these spheres has its own vital reaction: thought for the mental, emotion for the emotional and sensation for the physical. Since all three spheres are often affected at the same time, in a similar manner, it is clear that what shapes the responses to the affection is beyond all three. There is a harmony in all responses of all spheres, because they are all expressions of the One – the nature of the patient’s Vital force.
We could present these spheres graphically as three circles intersecting in one point common for all three – the point that symbolizes the Vital force, present but at the same time beyond all three.
A sphere is a symbol of the Infinite, so beautifully said in one of Empedocles’ fragments: “The Sphere on every side the boundless same, exultant in surrounding solitude.” (28), but the Infinite wouldn’t lead us any closer to the Simillimum.
Since any plane can be defined by three points, we will add three points to each circle in order to describe the patient’s mental sphere with three key thoughts, emotional with three key emotions and physical with three sensations. The three spheres with three key issues each, and the One – the patient’s Vital force in the middle – make 10 all together. Numbers 3 and 10 are the second and the fourth triangular numbers in mathematics, so we will present the unity of three spheres and the Vital force with the ancient Pythagorean triangular symbol of 10 – the Tetractys.
The Pythagoreans believed that the 4 levels of Tetractys symbolize the harmony of the spheres and the Cosmos. The base of Tetractys, the Four (Tetrade) represents the Cosmos, the Substance that is composed of 4 elements – fire, air, water and earth. One step higher is the Trinity (Triade) representing the harmony of three in living beings – body, soul and spirit. The next step are the Two (Diade), the power of opposites that moves the world – forces of attraction and repulsion, love and hate, yin and yang in Chinese tradition. On top is the One, the Source, that unites all, and from which everything derives – The Monad, while all ten (Decade) together create the higher Unity of the Creation. The thought, emotion and sensation more or less are in our conscious, while the Vital force is deep in the Individual unconscious, beyond our perception.
Depending on the nature of a person’s Vital force the same cause may lead to very different sensations, emotions and thoughts. The nature of a person’s Vital force is the same through their entire life. It may be affected in numerous ways during a lifetime and no matter how bruised and battered it appears – its nature, its essence, always stays the same.
The nature of a person’s Vital force is like Plato’s Idea – an eternal and immutable form. Plato in his concept of Ideas says that everything, including numbers, has a perfect image in the heavens. Something may appear beautiful, but it is really just a pale copy of the Idea of Beauty, because the imperfect and changeable world cannot capture the glory of the eternal and immutable forms.
Our conscious is overloaded by an abundance of thoughts and trying to find the essence of a person’s being there, is like looking for a needle in a hay stack. Thoughts are predominantly connected to our conscious, while emotions and sensations to the unconscious. Emotions and sensations provide us with glimpses into the very essence of a person’s being. In order to find the Simillimum we are connecting these glimpses into the true image of a person.
The process of defining the Tetractys of a remedy is based on finding the issues that are in common to the Tetractys of a number of patients, who share the same Simillimum. These are the patients whose main complaint has already been cured in a course of a classical homeopathic treatment.
Using the 10 points of Tetractys for presenting the key issues named by the patient on one hand, and the similar Tetractys of the remedy on the other, may lead to a faster and more precise way of finding the Simillimum, as the number of defined Tetractyses of the remedies rises. Since all the three spheres and the Vital force are rooted in the unconscious we have been searching for a psychological method to help a patient in naming the key thoughts, emotions and sensations – the patient’s Tetractys.
I am leading a team that is working on the new Matrix Method. My colleagues in the team are Dr Stojan Primovic and Dr Andreas Kelemen. The Matrix Method introduces a psychological method for naming the key issues, adapted to be used in addition to the classical homeopathic case taking, as well as their implementation in the personal Tetractys of a patient and the Tetractys of a remedy. It may also be used in the proving of homeopathic remedies. After defining the Tetractys of the patient, the next step is to find the similar Tetractys of the remedy – the patient’s Simillimum. The method will soon be published in the book “The Tetractys of Simillimum and the Matrix Method in Homeopathy”, and more information will also be available on the web site www.tetractysofsimillimum.com
For example, we’ve had an Arg-n case, a 32 year old women who came to us because of fears and anxiety, or as she said “I have fear of fear”. First we did a classical homeopathic case taking. The patient said that she was afraid of traveling by car because she fears that if she gets stuck in a traffic jam, she will get overwhelmed with an enclosed feeling followed by nausea; she will feel disoriented, feeling as if she had butterflies in her stomach and that she would start to feel completely powerless. She is also afraid of flying by plane because, she couldn’t get out if the panic would start. She can’t go out of the house when the streets are crowded, because in the crowd she feels so nauseous, that she starts vomiting, This has completely ruined her social life. When we asked her what helps her in such a situation she said that she just needs to run away and find a place to calm down in peace and quiet. She also feels chest pain near her heart, but the doctors said she is fine after examination. She also often has stomach pain. She has painful menses, and polycystic ovaries. She starts feeling pain in her ovaries as soon as she steps barefoot on a cold surface and it lasts for days. During the allopathic treatment of her polycystic ovaries, after unsuccessful treatments with antibiotics she was even given insulin for the ovaries, but that didn’t do any good either.
She often gets sore throat with raised temperature and difficulties swallowing. She likes to eat pastry, fish, salads, salty and sweet food and she likes chocolate.
Her mother had cancer of the cervix, 18 years ago. Her father didn’t have any serious illnesses. Her parents are divorced for 28 years. She graduated from Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Serbian language and Literature. She is unemployed. Her hobby is painting. She said that she misses how she used to feel as a child.
After the classical homeopathic case taking we proceeded with the Matrix method. We have marked in italics the issues in the case taking that later came up again in the Matrix method. There are also a number of issues that didn’t come up in the case taking, but since the Matrix method uses a psychological technique that leads the patient deep in the unconscious, these remaining issues gives us a much clearer insight into the essence of the patient, as well as the connections between these issues. Many of these other issues would probably come up later in the course of the treatment, but this way, instead of waiting for months for that to happen, we can get them in a matter of minutes.
As a result the patient has named the following key issues:
- Too much
- Calm vs. Excited
On the first follow up after the remedy – Argentum nitricum 1M, she had chills, slightly elevated temperature, soreness of the entire body and mild headache. She dreamt of her ex- boyfriend and his friends and in the dream she felt like she didn’t belong there anymore. She felt pain in the pelvic region like she was going to have a period, accompanied by increased perspiration. She remembered that she used to have that kind of pain many years ago. On the other hand, she said that mentally she was feeling perfect, no more interrupted thoughts.
The next day after the second follow up, when the remedy was repeated, she got her period and it was painless, with light menstrual flow, like it used to be 15 years ago. After 15 years it was her first period without painkillers. She went to the Adriatic sea through Bosnia, and before the remedy the high Bosnian mountains used to cause her panic attacks, but this time there was no panic.She just felt a bit strange because of the high altitude. She also said that she started to wake up early in the morning and that her sense of smell was heightened. She had a sore throat and some stitching pain in the upper left part of the chest. The remedy was repeated in the higher potency – Argentum nitricum 10M. On the next follow up she said that she went to a club and she was relaxed with no nausea and vomiting. For the first time in years she could sleep alone in her flat, and just for a moment she felt uncomfortable like the panic would start, but it didn’t.
After a year since she came for the homeopathic treatment, she was getting married and she moved to her husband’s country. In this period she had to travel by plane many times, with company and alone. She managed to get through all that without a single panic attack. Just once she felt a little uncomfortable, but she was able to remain calm and soon this feeling was gone. She said that her appetite was very good.
Using this patient’s key issues together with the key issues of a number of other patients we were able to make the Tetractys of Arg-n:
This concept of Tetractys in Homeopathy is an attempt to draw some lines in the sand as a guide for recognition of the key elements of something that can never be caged into a definition. The circles and the numbers in this paper should by no means be understood as some rigid mathematical definitions, but as relations in the ever changing force of life. It doesn’t matter if a patient is more prone to emotions than to reasoning and sensations, or vice versa, but it is important that all three spheres are included in the Quest for the Simillimum.