Homeopathic Patterns: Animal, Plant or Mineral?

In this systems model of homeopathy, each person or organism contains patterned information about all the other organisms in the larger system of the universe. Theoretically, a healthy person should be able to draw on resources from any other substance at an appropriate time, and move fluidly through life using different energy patterns as they are needed—both in the outer world, and in the inner workings of the body itself. When cleaning one’s house, a person draws on mineral energy to create structure and order out of chaos, putting thing in their proper place, and lining things up into neat and predictable rows. In the human body, minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and silica create structure in forming bones, teeth, nails, and hair. Other minerals function to break down and rearrange other structures, form bonds, and convert energy into matter, and matter into energy.

When attacked by an assailant, that same person should draw on animal energy for survival—to run away quickly, hide, or fight back. Similarly, in areas that involve sexuality and reproduction, a healthy animal energy is appropriate. Hormonally our bodies rely on this sort of animal energy to create signals to excite our appetites for food, sex, and competition. Menstrual cycles, male and female fertility, pregnancy and labor, and the sympathetic nervous system’s fight-or-flight response are governed by animal-type energy patterns relating to survival of the species and the individual.

When advising a twelve-year-old about her first boyfriend however, one would do better to take a plant-like stance, and react and respond with sensitivity. Delicate emotional situations and negotiations often need plant energy to turn just this slightest bit towards the sun to come to the best possible fruition, In the human body, delicate stimulus-response systems such as our sense of balance rely on plant-like sensitivity and reactivity. In order to stand up and walk requires the nervous-system and musculoskeletal system to respond to the tiniest input from the cilia and floating bones in our inner ears. Likewise our senses of touch, sight and taste, and hearing must be sensitive enough to distinguish between different textures, tones and other stimuli but not overly sensitive so as to be irritated by the mere touch of our clothing or whisper of a word.

What happens when patterns are overused? The science of homeopathy becomes medicine when things get out of balance. A healthy individual’s body should be able to seamlessly negotiate through all life’s twists and turns by using whatever pattern is necessary to accomplish the task at hand. But it seems most people have a tendency to rely too heavily on a certain pattern. At this point we don’t know if this is inherited or formed early in life.

One could imagine that a person growing up in a very chaotic situation might rely heavily on mineral energy to create order and structure in order to cope with it, and for a time, that coping mechanism works well. He feels that as long as he can create order in his own world, the chaos of the outer world will not impair his ability to function. However, over time, the coping mechanism that works best in one highly charged area of discomfort tends to get generalized out to other areas, even if when it is not appropriate. Soon, this person wants to create order and structure in things that have no inherent order. The person becomes an endless list-maker and analyst, highly ordered, inflexible, rigid, and pressurized; a typical “type-A” personality. Overly concerned with everything running in perfect order and time, allotting one hour for bonding with his children, over-managing his staff, and making lists of the seven characteristics he must find in a stable mate. This over-structuring of life starts to impact the body itself, which begins creating rigid structure where there should be soft tissue: calcification, bone spurs, and stenosis are possible manifestations of an over-functioning mineral pattern. Though it could also manifest as destruction or weakness of a body’s structural or functional capacity, depending on how advanced the pathology has become and what sort of mineral pattern is overworking in the body. (See Jan Scholten’s work on the Periodic Table of the Elements).

Someone who is stuck in a plant-like pattern becomes over-sensitized and over-reactive. Allergic to many foods, sensitive to many odors, reacting to every little noise, full of rashes and nervously trying to avoid anything that will set off their sensitivity. Emotionally they become oversensitive as well, until those around them feel they must walk on eggshells. The type of sensitivity can take many forms, depending on the plant family that is patterned too deeply in the system. Each plant family has different sensations that they react to—which in turn reflect the qualities of the plant itself. People needing remedies from the Cactus family often have a sensitivity to, or sensations of, contraction and expansion—which reflects the cactus’ ability to contract and expand depending on how much moisture is available. This same sensation of expansion can be experienced as an “expanded consciousness” related to the hallucinogenic qualities of some members of the cactus family. (See Rajan Sankaran’s work on Plant Families).

A person who is overly reliant on animal patterning, is overly concerned with issues of survival and competition. This person often develops a “victim” mentality, where any confrontation appears to be a threat, and any illness seems to be a matter of life and death. By spending too much time in a defensive posture against possible attacks, the fight-or-flight system is turned on 24 hours a day, which results in an adrenalin overload. Likewise, if there is too much emphasis on sexual behavior and competition, the reproductive system or hormones may be affected, and literally jeopardize the person’s ability to bear young and raise them safely.

So what can homeopathy do to correct These imbalances? In this new systems model of homeopathy, the homeopathic practitioner spends several hours interviewing a person to determine which pattern is out of balance. The homeopath does this by watching gestures, and carefully noting the non-human-specific words the patient uses, and noting what part of the patient’s system is affected and in what way. A homeopathic remedy is selected that reflects as closely as possible the Kingdom (Animal, Plant, Mineral, or other), the Subkingdom (Such as row or column of the periodic table, plant family, or mammal/reptile/bird, etc.), and the Source itself.

The source material of a remedy is made from an infinitesimally small amount of a substance. A few drops of horse’s milk for instance, is enough to provide for a worldwide supply of high-potency lac-equinum remedy. This means that unlike other nature-based pharmaco-therapeutics such as naturopathic herbal medicine and traditional Chinese animal-based medicines there is no danger of over-harvesting in homeopathic therapeutics. Homeopathy is without a doubt the most ecologically sound form of medical treatment in the world.

When a remedy is given that is similar to the pattern that is over-functioning in the patient, it resonates with the patient’s system in a way that puts the pattern back into its proper place. The British homeopath Misha Norland equates it to an opera singer hitting a note that shatters a wine glass—because it creates a vibration that is similar. Rajan Sankaran speaks of it as “holding up a mirror” to the pattern that has taken over the system, so that it sees itself clearly reflected and backs down. How this mechanism happens is not completely understood. But the fact that it works can be experienced easily even in a simple first-aid type prescribing situation. The next time someone you know is stung by a bee, try giving them homeopathic apis, made from bee-venom, and watch the swelling go down and the pain disappear.

In constitutional prescribing, the remedy must be found that is similar to the entire state of the person. Just because there is swelling and pain, does not mean the remedy is Apis. The basic sensation and energy pattern of the patient must be understood at all levels—at the level of the name of the illness, the symptoms, the emotions, the imagination, the sensation, and the energy pattern. When a substance can be found that has the same pattern in nature that the patient experiences in their life, then a profound shift can take place in the entire organism. Instead of being stuck in an ever repeating pattern of behavior and illness, the person can be freed to experience life moment by moment, to use all the patterns available in the resource base (which includes every substance and pattern in our greater system—the universe) without the constant overlay of the original harassing pattern.

Imagine if you were always wearing a pair of glasses and a suit that made you experience everything in the world as tight, narrow, constricting, and life-threatening (substitute your own sensations here). And then one day you took a remedy and the suit and glasses were suddenly removed. Can you imagine the freedom of walking through the world and realizing that only a small portion of life’s experiences ever feel that way? In its place, you are given an infinite number of experiences, each with its own particular sensation and energy pattern, all waiting to be lived and felt. This is the experience of taking a well-chosen remedy in the systems model of homeopathy.

Didi Pershouse, 2005

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