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The Tetractys of Simillimum

Mirjana Zivanov
Written by Mirjana Zivanov

Dr. Mirjana Zivanov shares her Tetractys of Simillimum concept, a part of the new Matrix Method of case taking.

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.

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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.

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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:

  • Fear
  • Enclosed
  • Sadness
  • Tensed
  • Powerless
  • Clarity
  • Guilt
  • Self-pity
  • Strong
  • 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.

About the author

Mirjana Zivanov

Mirjana Zivanov

Dr. Mirjana Zivanov graduated from Faculty of Medicine, University of Novi Sad (Serbia) and London International College of Homeopathy. She has 11 years of everyday clinical practice in Classical Homeopathy, at the homeopathic clinic in Novi Sad, Serbia. Dr Zivanov is the author of the books “Homeopathy in Practice”, “Principles of Homeopathy” , “Homeopathy – The Invisible Influences” and "The Matrix Method with Tetractys Model". She is the creator of “Tetractys of Simillimum” and “The Matrix Method” presented at the International Homeopathic Seminar London in 2015. She can be contacted at: dr.mirjana.zivanov@gmail.com

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  • You are “Mother of Homeopathy”. It is an Excellent Work. Homeopathy world would be more proud of you. You are Best. Her treatment is like a magic and her prediction is always right. She is treating my family and she gave healthy life to us. Another important things her medicines works according to her law of homeopathy. I think 2015 will be more and more important for everyone . I strongly recommend everyone please follow her each and every theory or case and you will get more than 100% and you can make healthy world. I wish her many many success.

    • It is interesting that the dr mirjana is practitioner as well as theoretical scientist, all in all a perfect doctor and the healer that works for the community!

  • Congratulations Dr. Mirjana! This is amazing. Thank you for new concept Tetractys of Simillimum, a part of the new Matrix Method of case taking.

  • Very interesting concept based on the ancient Pythagorean symbol of Tetractys. Looking forward to introduction of the Matrix method of case taking. Sounds very interesting. Congratulations!

  • Dr Mirjana is good doctor. Her theory is more impressive and hope this theory will open a new direction of treatment of Disease. She is now leading Homeopath in this world. Wish you all the best for future.

  • New matrix method for determining similium, of Dr. Mirjana Zivanov is amazing, and will be a great relief in the practice of homeopathic medicine, both for homeopathy doctors and patients who use this medicine. This method will contribute to even greater popularity of homeopathy internationally. This book or new method is represents a great progress for homeopathy and medicine in general. I look forward this book to came out, as could be fully familiar with this method.
    Thank you very much Dr. Mrijana

    Slavcho

  • I would like to thank you Dr. Mirjana for the great job. Knowing your work and the challenge to remain open to ever more effective means of applying the principle of Homeopathy, I can say the new approach of Matrix method will definitely increase the precision of homeopathic prescriptions.

    Your dedication and passion have shown you made notable progress towards the science, well being of mankind and enlarging the knowledge of Homeopathy. That being said, the work is a treasure that will greatly enrich the Simillimum understanding to which our art and science can reach.

    Congratulations !
    Enrico Lia

  • Great…..
    You are best, it is knowledgeable writing.
    It is revolutionary step in homoeopathy.
    Good luck Dr.Mirjana

  • Very interesting concepts that connects different but similar aspects of human behaviour.
    Having in mind ideas presented it is clear that there is a full logic in something often presented by official as something that is not real science.
    Additionaly, and with proofs in patients healing concept cover both aspects teory and practice as well.

  • MATRIX METHOD ISA NEW APPROACH TO REACH D SIMILIMUM.THERE IS NO SHORTCUT TO SIMILIMUM AND NO ALTERNATIVE TO DR MIRJANA.CONGRATS DR.

  • This is really an amazing and wonderful discovery in the field of Homeopathy. Many many congratulations DrMirjana Zivanov. This is due to your hard work and devotion in the field of Homeopathy. You are making popular Homeopathy amongst the people of this world. This is your great achievement and significant favor on Homeopathy. I wish you all the best and many more success in future. May God bless you always.

  • A person vital force is not immutable. Everything changes so we may think that vital force also changes.
    Dear Dr. Mirjana: do you have proofs of the immutable nature of vital force. On the other hand, the changeable nature of everything is a recognized fact.
    Now I want to point out another fact: everything is energy so we must see the true nature of vital energy and in my research I find that nature and essence in the way Vital force flows.
    Just saying Vital energy is this or that energy… is tautological… We must establish the very essence of it.
    Now,
    THE ESSENCE OF VITAL ENERGY IS A PROGRAM.
    The essence of vital energy is the structured information in it, the program of how the energy has to flow in living beings. That’s the reason why, and from the 80s now and thousands of readings and analysis I’ve come to the conclusion (Maybe for a period of time…) that homeopathy is a programmatic medicine because produces a central nervous system reaction that lately on put to work healing programs. (Hahnemann. Nerves homeoremedies influence: Organon; paragraphs 16, 272 and 247. “The Chronic Diseases”; Pages 45 and 49)

    • It is a good practice to read an article thoroughly before giving such a strong opinion… In the artice it was said that “The NATURE of a person’s Vital force is like Plato’s Idea – an eternal and immutable form.” You missed the key word of this sentence – the NATURE, in greek φύσις, in old church Slavonic Jestastvo that is the very essence of a person that is immutable, and for that a Homeopath prescribes the Simillimum. Every day is different so the vital force changes in intensity but not in NATURE – just as the nature of the remedy is immutable and that’s one of the corner stones of Homeopathy. If the NATURE of the remedy is changeable than all the Materia Medicas were written in vain, and the Old Masters were just losing their time.
      You also said that “the changeable nature of everything is a recognized fact.” Is the number π (Pi), or the Avogadro’s number, or perhaps the Gravitational CONSTANT, also changeable in your opinion? Because in my understanding these CONSTANTS are quite well known in Physics and Mathematics – and these REALY ARE RECOGNIZED FACTS.
      The nature IS. It is present. it exists and it can never be captured or defined by comparing to something else. It is like if one would say:”The Sun is like this yellow plate, because the Sun is also round and yellow”. Understanding the meaning and the origin of the words used is essential to make a valuable claim.
      The NATURE is LIFE not a PROGRAM. It doesn’t EXECUTE, it adapts, it lives. Saying that it is a program is a mechanicistic simplification, in a new IT language. It is the same as if someone would say a few hundred years ago that the NATURE is a ku ku clock.
      There is an infinite number of ways the ONE AND ONLY person’s NATURE may respond to any influence. The program is a product of NATURE, the ESSENCE, not the other way around. Of course there are steps, like in a program, how an organism reacts to certain influence, on a neural, hormonal, muscular and other levels, but that is the CONSEQUENCE of the NATURE’S response and not the CAUSE.
      I am afraid you have confused the CONSEQUENCE (PROGRAM) and the CAUSE (NATURE). It’s an understandable mistake.

  • Dear mam mirjana,
    You are a Jewel in homeopathy.
    Your writings always inspired us to all homeopaths.
    Thank you for your one more addition of tetractys of homeopathy.
    Thank you

  • In my view, Your total thought is based on pure imaginations, so it has no place in the science of homeopathy. Intuition is good, but more intuitions will nothing but destroy the homeopathic system. This is one of the reason Hahnemann expressed his doubt in his book chronic disease, preface itself whether his followers will follow him properly? Because of that, as a spoon feeder he prepared everything and it is the time to his followers to follow the system Homoeopathy with more efficiently. We can do so many thing but we can’t do experiment with our patients continuously. Any science based on first Observations then experimentation and the last part is the scientific proof of that. Though homoeopathy is lagging in the last part, because of unawareness, most of the scientist and scientific world about homoeopathy, if we look after that part and understand scientifically, we will be able to treat more successfully and homoeopathy will be considered without any doubt the best advanced scientific treatment of this world and with that we can stop the different skeptics view.
    Therefore it will be more intelligent to connect the homoeopathy with modern science like physics etc. Adding different techniques of prescribing, with hypothetical view , we will confuse and will be in more entropy or chaotic condition.

    • To make a well founded view what does and what doesn’t have its place in the science of Homeopathy, you need to understand that Hahnemann always had in mind a tripartite human being – body, soul, spirit, and every time you mention the Vital Force (gr. Pneuma Zoticon) you should know it stands for a very precisely defined aspect of the spirit. When the Spirit (gr. Pneuma) enters the body with breath, it gets to the heart, the seat of the Soul, and it becomes the Vital Force (gr. Pneuma zoticon) – these are the basis of Hippocratic medicine, the medicine Hahnemann studied, practiced and tried to improve by questioning its methods and proposing new approach. In science before Darwin a human being had a body, soul and spirit and was created by God, and Hahnemann was definitely working and living before “The Origin of Species” was published in 1859. Since, at Hahnemann’s time, the spirit was still an undisputed part of the human being in science, researching the methods on influencing the DINAMIC nature of the human SPIRIT was a valid scientific subject (or more precisely on its component – the VITAL FORCE that shapes and acts on human mental, emotional and physical spheres). That was the science Hahnemann was talking about, not the mechanistic and materialistic science of our present, that denies the tripartite human. There are elements in quantum physic that contradict the materialistic science of the present, these mounting evidence will eventually lead to another revolution in the science, or better its Visio Mundi, that will overturn this present science, just like this present science has overturned the one before in the mid 19th century. Homeopathy may find its place in that future science, after the revolution, but at the present the only way for Homeopathy to become a part of this science is to get rid of the Vital Force and holism in Homeopathy, as well as high potency remedies (everything above 12C and for some remedies even 9C), miasm etc. – and what then? Would it really still be Homeopathy at all? NO it wouldn’t! So, what’s the point?
      After we finally understand and except the fact there is NO place for Homeopathy in present science, the best we can do for Homeopathy is to show its efficiency in practice, and try to find methods to improve the homeopathic prescription and therapy as much as possible. Any attempt in this direction is worth exploring because it may move the Homeopathy forward to even better and quicker results in practice, and making the Homeopathy accessible to for much people. Homeopaths worldwide are trying to offer new approaches in this aim, because it is the only way to move forward without losing the essence, the SPIRIT of Homeopathy.

  • To make a well founded view what does and what doesn’t have its place in the science of Homeopathy, you need to understand that Hahnemann always had in mind a tripartite human being – body, soul, spirit, and every time you mention the Vital Force (gr. Pneuma Zoticon) you should know it stands for a very precisely defined aspect of the spirit. When the Spirit (gr. Pneuma) enters the body with breath, it gets to the hart, the seat of the Soul, and it becomes the Vital Force (gr. Pneuma zoticon) – these are the basis of Hippocratic medicine, the medicine Hahnemann studied, practiced and tried to improve by questioning its methods and proposing new approach. In science before Darwin a human being had a body, soul and spirit and was created by God, and Hahnemann was definitely working and living before “The Origin of Species” was published in 1859. Since at Hahnemann’s time the spirit was still an undisputed part of the human being in science, researching the methods on influencing the DINAMIC nature of the human SPIRIT, or more precisely its component VITAL FORCE that shapes and acts on human mental, emotional and physical spheres. That was the science Hahnemann was talking about, not the mechanistic and materialistic science of our present, that denies the tripartite human. There are elements in quantum physic that contradict the materialistic science of the present, these mounting evidence will eventually lead to another revolution in the science, or better its Visio Mundi, that will overturn this present science, just like this present science has overturned the one before in the mid 19th century. Homeopathy may find its place in that future science, after the revolution, but at the present the only way for Homeopathy to become a part of this science is to get rid of the Vital Force and holism in Homeopathy, as well as high potency remedies (everything above 12C and for some remedies even 9C), miasm etc. – and what then? Would it really still be Homeopathy at all? NO it wouldn’t – so what’s the point?
    After we finally understand and except the fact there is NO place for Homeopathy in present science, the best we can do for Homeopathy is to show its efficiency in practice, and try to find methods to improve the homeopathic prescription and therapy as much as possible. Any attempt in this direction is worth exploring because it may move the Homeopathy forward to even better and quicker results in practice, and making the Homeopathy accessible to for much people. Homeopaths worldwide are trying to offer new approaches in this aim, because it is the only way to move forward without losing the essence, the SPIRIT of Homeopathy.

  • congrats Dr Mirjana Zivanov .Your Matrix Method is new discovery which will revolutionize homeopathy.We know that homeopathy is a fundamental medical science, your method is sure to be used in near future as short cut And best scientific methods in homeopathic world.We are very proud of you.