‡ Anthroposofie ‡
Long-term outcomes of anthroposophic treatment for chronic disease: a four-year follow-up analysis of 1510 patients from a prospective observational study in routine outpatient settings
"Leben in der Liebe zum Handeln und leben lassen im Verständnis des fremden Wollens ist die Grundmaxime des freien Menschen."
Anhang. (Peter Morell)
Anhang 2. (Bernard Lievegoed)
Anhang 3. (Christof Schnuerer)
Anhang 4. (Werner Schmötzer)
Nutrition: Summary of Lectures: (Otto Wolff)
Rolle des Fettes.x im menschlichen Organismus
Anthroposofische Herstellungsverfahren (Ehrenfried E. Pfeiffer and Erica Sabarth)
Anthroposofic Medicine.x (A. Wagner)
Archetypal Themes in Anthroposophical Medicine.x (Rudolf Steiner)
Autismus Anhang 2 A Pediatrician's Insight on Autism (Dr. Allen)
Darmnosoden allgemein anthroposofisch.x (Aart van der Stel)
Erste Hilfe auf anthroposofische Basis.x (Elizabeth Renkert)
Kind anthroposofisch.x (Michaela Gloeckler)
Allgemeine Gesichtspunkte http://www.wissenschaftliche-verlagsgesellschaft.de/uploads/tx_crondavtitel/datei-datei/9783804724457_p.pdf
Potentization and the Peripheral Forces of Nature (Fourie Erasmus)
Selbsthilfe bei Krebs auf anthroposofische Basis.x (Erika Metz)
Congruencies between Anthroposophical Medicine and the Proving Substance of Malus communis
Orig. labiates a powerful warmth-ether effect.
Thlas. the chemical ether.
Querc. the earth aspect of the life-ether.
The stinging-nettle has all four ether-types united in it: the life-ether in the lignifying quadrilateral stem, the chemical ether in the typical metabolic processes in the leaf, the light-ether in the sharply-indented leaves, and the warmth-ether (among others) in the exploding seed of the flowers. ‡
[Dr. Thomas Cowan]
We actually have four “bodies,” each of which participates in every inflammation and each of which is activated when we are sick.
1. The physical or earth body becomes red,
2. the fluid or etheric body takes on more fluid which we call swelling,
3. the emotional body or astral body experiences a heightened sense of feeling, which we call pain,
4. the warmth body or mental body gets involved and raises our temperature.
This activation of the four bodies is particularly acute in children because the whole process of being a child is to grow into and reshape our bodies to “fit” our individual
purpose in life.
1. a child with a fever must stay in bed or in a comfortable, relaxed place.
2. To encourage the elimination through the kidneys, he should take warm liquids as often as possible.
3. The child should be kept warm as the fever needs to do its job and be allowed to “burn out” the illness.
4. The bowels should be kept open if need be with a gentle laxative or herbs that encourage bowel movements.
[Friedwart Husemann, M.D.]
Mineral medicines act on the human ego,
plants on the soul (astral) body,
animal substances on the life body,
human substances (blood preparations) on the physical body.
The flower actually has a soul aspect, showing nature's changing facial expressions in a poetic way.
Fourie Erasmus ANTHROPOSOPHICAL EXTENDED MEDICINE
Anthroposophical extended medicine is one of a number of practical applications of the work of the Austrian scientist and philosopher, Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925),
the founder of Anthroposophy. Anthroposophy seeks to extend the understanding of man in a perspective exceeding purely material or mechanical means.
It is a philosophical and scientific approach to creation, emerging from, but extending beyond the foundations of natural science. In particular, it rejects the reductionist
approach and recognizes man as consisting of not only the physical body, but also the soul and spirit (Evans & Rodger 1992:10).
The application of the principles of Anthroposophy has reached far beyond the purely philosophical. Anthroposophical principles have been successfully
applied to various fields, resulting in an innovative approach to not only medicine, but also new forms of education, art, architecture, caring for the handicapped, agriculture and economics (Evans & Rodger 1992:10).
Anthroposophical medicine came about as a result of a group of medical doctors recognizing that this extended physiology, of regarding man not only as a physical body,
but as an integrated four-fold being, had remarkable implications for medical treatment.
Through Steiner’s collaboration with a Dutch doctor, Ita Wegman, the foundation for a new approach to medicine was laid. Their collaboration resulted in a book for the medical profession, „Fundamentals of Therapy‟, and the first Anthroposophical clinic was opened at Arlesheim, Switzerland.
As Steiner was not a medical doctor, he worked with qualified practitioners in the development of anthroposophical medicine. He insisted that it should extend orthodox medicine rather than become an alternative. All anthroposophical practitioners qualify first in conventional medicine, thereafter do further study in the understanding of man
in health and illness from the anthroposophical perspective (Evans & Rodger 1992:10).
The aim of anthroposophical medicine is to stimulate the natural healing forces in the patient. These are the life forces which maintain the physical body and oppose decay. Steiner describes man in terms of this life force, as a four-fold being (Evans & Rodger 1992:21).
1. Besides the physical body, he identifies
2. The etheric body. Comprised of non-physical formative forces, particularly active in growth and nutrition.
According to R.S.’s researches, the amnion is the central organ of the ether body during pregnancy.
3. The astral body. Expressing itself particularly in the nervous system.
4. The ego. Representing man’s spiritual core and self-consciousness.
This is expressed in the muscular activity and the blood.
Within Anthroposophy, certain prohibitions are placed on the production process, e.g. potentising may only be carried out between 2.30 h. and 10.30 h. and
between 14.30 h. and 22 h. Also, when potentising metals, the day of the month must be indicated as suitable according to the Wala and Weleda Potentising
Calendars; potentising is prohibited during certain celestial occurrences, e.g. sun and moon eclipses.
Anthroposophical medicine thus seeks to understand illness in holistic terms, based on the way these four aspects of man interrelate to form a whole.
Anthroposophical medicine consists of two distinct productions: Wala and Weleda. Potencies most often employed are produced in a 1:10 dilution ratio
and lie within the decimal scale.
Dynamization however, differs significantly from the Hahnemannian method.
Weleda succession technique requires that the container be moved in an oscillatory motion of a figure eight (the sign of infinity)
Wala preparations undergo dynamization by a swift, horizontal movement of the arm from back to front, resulting in a vortex being created within the container
Anthroposophical potentising continues for a period of 2½ minutes for plant substances and four minutes for metals, whereafter the liquid is allowed to settle until
all movement ceases.
Each respective action; the completion of one period oscillation and one period vortex creation, is considered to be equivalent to one period of dynamization
in the Hahnemannian method.
Es gibt für jeden Begriff in der Anthroposofie den passende Begriff im Sanskrit. Ayurveda entspricht in jeder Hinsicht 1:1 der Anthroposofische Medizin,
nur eben ohne Grundlage der naturwissentschaftlichen Erkentnisse und exakten Denkweise.
Erst hier in Indien wurde mir bewusst auf welche umfassende Art und Weise die Anthroposofische Medizin eine Brücke schlagen kann zwischen
Naturwissenschaft und spirituelle Systemen.
Mit seiner „Sinneslehre“, die Rudolf Steiner über etwas mehr als ein Jahrzehnt von 1909 bis 1920 als Teil der Anthroposophie entwickelt hat, gibt er erstmalig ein
zusammenhängendes Konzept der menschlichen Sinne, das nicht nur die fünf klassischen Sinne, sondern auch die Wahrnehmungsmöglichkeiten umfasst, die uns
über diese Sinne hinaus zur Verfügung stehen. Die 5 üblicherweise genannten Sinne sind der Sehsinn, der Hörsinn, der Geruchssinn, der Geschmackssinn,
der Tast- und Wärmesinn. Die beiden letzteren werden dabei zusammengenommen. Rudolf Steiner hat nun darauf aufmerksam gemacht, dass wir auch unseren
eigenen Leib mittels Sinnen wahrnehmen. Diese auf den eigenen Leib gerichteten Sinne sind der Gleichgewichtssinn, der Eigen)Bewegungssinn,
der uns die Wahrnehmung der eigenen Körperbewegungen und seiner Lage ermöglicht, und der Lebenssinn, durch den wir unsere leibliche Befindlichkeit wahrnehmen.
In der Physiologie spricht man von Propriozeption oder Tiefensensibilität und viszeraler Sensibilität. Aber auch die Verständigung mit dem anderen Menschen beruht
auf Wahrnehmung: Wir hören nicht nur Töne, sondern wir nehmen die Sprache und die Gedanken des anderen Menschen wahr und erkennen den anderen Menschen
als ein anderes Ich. Diese Wahrnehmungen werden üblicherweise als Leistungen des Denkens angeschaut. Rudolf Steiner fordert uns dazu auf, das eigene Denken
und die Wahrnehmung des Denkens des Anderen zu unterscheiden und zu bemerken, dass das Verstehen des anderen Menschen dem eigenen Denken vorausgeht.
Rudolf Steiner beschreibt 12 Sinne:
Tast-, Lebens-, Eigenbewegungs-, Gleichgewichts-, Geruchs-, Geschmacks-, Seh-, Wärme-, Hör-, Laut-, Begriffs-, Ichsinn
"Dem Stoff sich verschreiben heißt Seelen zerreiben
Im Geiste sich finden heißt Menschen verbinden
Im Geist sich schauen heißt Welten erbauen." (R.S.)
Anthroposophical extended medicine is one of a number of practical applications of the work of the Austrian scientist and philosopher, R.S. (1861-1925).
Anthroposophy seeks to extend the understanding of man in a perspective exceeding purely material or mechanical means. It is a philosophical and scientific approach to
creation, emerging from, but extending beyond the foundations of natural science. In particular, it rejects the reductionist approach and recognizes man as consisting of
not only the physical body, but also the soul and spirit (Evans & Rodger 1992:10).
The application of the principles of Anthroposophy has reached far beyond the purely philosophical. Anthroposophical principles have been successfully applied to various
fields, resulting in an innovative approach to not only medicine, but also new forms of education, art, architecture, caring for the handicapped, agriculture and economics (Evans & Rodger 1992:10).
Anthroposophical medicine came about as a result of a group of medical doctors recognizing that this extended physiology, of regarding man not only as a physical body,
but as an integrated four-fold being, had remarkable implications for medical treatment.
Through Steiner’s cooperation with a Dutch doctor, Ita Wegman, the foundation for a new approach to medicine was laid. Their collaboration resulted in a book for the
medical profession, „Fundamentals of Therapy‟, and the first Anthroposophical clinic was opened at Arlesheim, Switzerland. As Steiner was not a medical doctor,
he worked with qualified practitioners in the development of anthroposophical medicine. He insisted that it should extend orthodox medicine rather than become an alternative. Thus all anthroposophical practitioners qualify first in conventional medicine, thereafter did further study in the understanding of man in health and illness from the anthroposophical perspective (Evans & Rodger 1992:10).
The aim of anthroposophical medicine is to stimulate the natural healing forces in the patient. These are the life forces which maintain the physical body and oppose decay. Steiner describes man in terms of this life force, as a four-fold being (Evans & Rodger 1992:21).
Anthroposophical medicine thus seeks to understand illness in holistic terms, based on the way these four aspects of man interrelate to form a whole.
Anthroposophical medicine consists of two distinct productions: Wala and Weleda. Potencies most often employed are produced in a 1:10 dilution ratio and lie within the decimal scale.
Dynamization however, differs significantly from the Hahnemannian method.
The Weleda succession technique requires that the container be moved in an oscillatory motion of a figure eight (the sign of infinity).
Wala preparations undergo dynamization by a swift, horizontal movement of the arm from back to front, resulting in a vortex (= Strudel) being created within the container.
Anthroposophical potentising continues for a period of two and a half minutes for plant substances and four minutes for metals, where after the liquid is allowed to settle until all movement ceases.
Each respective action; the completion of one period oscillation and one period vortex creation, is considered to be equivalent to one period of dynamization in the Hahnemannian method.
Although external factors in this study are controlled as far as possible, concerns may still exist regarding the exact nature of the potentising process, particularly in the production of Anthroposophical samples. Within Anthroposophy, certain prohibitions are placed on the production process, e.g. potentising may only be carried out between 2.30 h. and 10.30 h. and between 14.30 h. and 22 h.
Also, when potentising metals, the day of the month must be indicated as suitable according to the Wala and Weleda Potentising Calendars; potentising is prohibited during certain celestial occurrences, e.g. sun and moon eclipses.
The extent of these theoretical influences can not easily be verified scientifically. Still, strict observations of these parameters establish guidelines in standardizing samples.
Chemical influences, e.g. the absorption of moisture during the potentising process and variations in factors like at atmospheric oxygen may play a role, one may also question excessive control as unnatural to the potentization process. One must therefore attempt to replicate the potentization process as is done in practise as closely as possible, with as few variations as possible (Davies 2001).
Orig. labiates a powerful warmth-ether effect.
Thlas. the chemical ether.
Querc. the earth aspect of the life-ether.
The stinging-nettle has all four ether-types united in it: the life-ether in the lignifying quadrilateral stem, the chemical ether in the typical metabolic processes in the leaf, the light-ether in the sharply-indented leaves, and the warmth-ether (among others) in the exploding seed of the flowers.
Die anthroposophische Medizin ist ein Teil der Komplementärmedizin. Sie beruht auf der der Lehre der Anthroposophie von Dr. Rudolf Steiner. Deren Ziel ist Erforschung der physischen, seelischen
und geistigen Phänomene des Menschen und deren Zusammenhang mit der Natur und dem Kosmos. Sie versteht sich als integrative Medizin als eine Ergänzung zur Schulmedizin.
In der anthroposophischen Medizin werden vier Ebenen der Wirklichkeit unterschieden. Der Mensch habe an allen vier Ebenen durch seine vier Wesensglieder Anteil. Diese sind im Einzelnen:
der physische Leib
der ätherische Leib (Lebenskraft)
der astralische Leib (Seele)
das Ich (Individualität)
Krankheit entstehe dadurch, dass die Wechselwirkungen dieser Wesensglieder gestört sind. Die Wesensglieder seien durch pflanzliche, mineralische und tierische Substanzen, die meist in homöopathischer Form verabreicht werden, beeinflussbar. Während jedoch in der Homöopathie Stoffe verwendet werden, die ähnliche Krankheitssymptome hervorrufen, verwendet die anthroposophische Medizin Wirkstoffe, deren Entstehungsgeschichte und Stoffwechsel der Erkrankung ähnelt (siehe auch: Misteltherapie).
Als nicht-medikamentöse Therapieverfahren gelten Heil-Eurythmie, rhythmische Massage und Kunsttherapie. Ziel der Therapieverfahren ist nicht nur die Linderung von Symptomen, sondern vor allem auch die Aktivierung der Selbstheilungskräfte.
The philosophy of anthroposophy is a valuable tool when choosing an accurate remedy. Plant, mineral or animal parts can be likened to human bodily systems making it easier for the homoeopath
to see the simillimum (Steiner, 1861 – 1925).
Anthroposophical medicine is often classed among natural or other kinds of alternative medicine, or it is equated with herbal medicine or homoeopathy. It is seen as an extension of medical
practice on the basis of the comprehensive view of the human being provided by spiritual science. Rudolph Steiner (1861 – 1925) describes anthroposophy as seeking to unite the spiritual
element in the human being with the spiritual element in the universe (and therefore nature). He states that all natural objects have a fundamental relationship to the essential human being, and
every aspect of the complex human organisation has its „counterpart‟ in nature (Steiner, 1861 - 1925). Man has the whole of the natural world within him, and nature is an infinitely differentiated human being (Hopkins, 2003). From the anthroposophical point of view the human being is an entity formed by spirit, soul and body.
According to this spiritual science man has three members of his being: the nerve-sense system, the metabolic-limb system, and the rhythmic system.
A harmonious balance of these three systems keeps man in a general state of health. The nerve-sense system has its origin in the head sending its processes to the fingers and toes.
Within the head is a cool and quiet environment, where thought and memory are possible. The nerve-sense system receives and analyses information, and rest is essential for this system to
function optimally. This system is made up of nerve cells, which are cells that do not have the capacity to regenerate themselves throughout life. Diseases that affect the nerve-sense system are „cooling‟, catabolic, and hardening (Hopkins, 2003).
The opposite pole is in the digestive area and is known as the metabolic-limb system. This is an area much warmer than the head and an area of constant activity (metabolism). The cells representing this system are constantly undergoing death and regeneration, and in the lower region of this system man reproduces his own kind (the genitals). These are unconscious processes. Activity of this system is involved with conscious and unconscious movement of the limbs, as well as metabolic processes. Diseases affecting the metabolic-limb system are „hot‟,
for example fever and inflammation.
These two opposite poles are joined by the rhythmic system. Without the rhythmic system the polar opposites would not maintain a harmonious balance. For example, circulation relates to the metabolic-limb system, whilst breathing relates more to the nerve-sense system, and a constant rhythm between the pulse and breath is maintained by the rhythmic system. If either of the poles became too dominant or too weak, the result would be illness (Steiner, 1905).
According to Rudolph Steiner (1861 – 1925) and anthroposophical philosophy the three „systems‟ of man can be likened to specific
areas of the plant. The nerve-sense system (head) of man relates to the roots of the plant, the metabolic-limb system of man is likened to the reproductive system of the plant, and the rhythmic system is compared to the stem and leaves of the plant. This relationship of human beings with plants can assist us in deciding upon a cure when faced with certain ailments. For example remedies
prepared from roots may have more of an effect on the nerve-sense system and the head, whilst leaf remedies will affect the rhythmic system (middle region). Remedies prepared from flowers
have the greatest effect on the metabolic-limb system.
Due to the fact that this remedy was prepared using only the leaves of the Peucedanum galbanum plant (the plant part related to the rhythmic system), on completion of the study the symptoms produced by the remedy were analysed in relation to the rhythmic system of the human body. This comparison of plant part to human bodily system helps to shed light on the use of the remedy in relation to the doctrine of signatures.
[Jesse A. Stoff, M.D.]
Applying the concepts of polarities to medicine dates back at least 5.000 yrs to the Chinese and is reflected in their image of the T'ai-chi T'u (symbol of yin and yang). They felt that the wholeness of Man was maintained in health by the diametrically opposed and yet balanced forces of the Yin and Yang. Each of these forces or processes may then be further divided and understood by the intricate balance for the elements. Thus a paradigm of man could be constructed wherein force is opposed by force, process by process. When all is in balance, a state of health reigns.
In antiquity Western physicians tacitly understood the delicate processes, and their polarities, within the being of Man. Hippocrates and Galen taught these concepts as basic tenets in the understanding of Man as is reflected in their knowledge and discussions of the four humors.
Later, in the Middle Ages, Culpepper and Paracelsus described in great detail the overwhelming importance of this basic concept in the understanding of Man and in the treatment of his ills. Paracelsus described a basic polarity of Sal (salts) and Sulfur with a mediating-balancing effect by Mercury. Culpepper detailed a broader perspective based upon the known planets and the signs of the Zodiac, each representing a force which had a balancing counterpart.
R.S. described different perspectives of the being of Man: a four-fold image, a seven-fold picture, etc. Each of these insights is characterized by balanced polarities and mirrors processes found elsewhere in nature. On a grander scale, this insight creates a correspondence between Man and nature, spiritual and physical worlds. These polarities exist not in the sense of an antithesis but as parts of a whole.
Dr. R. Steiner stated that man is a "seven-fold metal." With this insight he related the different organ processes of man to the seven major celestial bodies of our solar system and to the seven metals that reflect these processes. One can go into great detail about these polarities, and certainly Dr. Steiner does. For the purposes of this brief paper a mere sketch will serve as an introduction to further the understanding and relationships of these polarities and to shed some light upon the following articles.
There are many references to be found in regard to the basic polarities of Man. Initially, one can start with those given by Dr. Steiner in Spiritual Science and Medicine, Lectures to Young Doctors and Occult Physiology.
Studying the four-fold image of Man leads to a very basic and important foundation of insight into the being of Man. The unfolding of the Ego-organization: Astral body, Etheric body and Physical body (and the polarities within each member) may be further understood by looking for examples of similar processes in nature. Dr. W. Pelikan, like R.S. explored this insight by relating the 4 members of Man to the 4 elements (the polarities of fire-water, earth-air) and to 4 important plant groups.
Warmth to the Labiatae, Air to the Umbelliferae, Water to the Cactaceae and Earth to the Chenopodiaceae.
Interaction between astral body and ether body.
* Der physische Leib gehorcht die Gesetzen der Physik und kann von der konventionellen Wissenschaft erforscht werden. (skleroseartig)
* Der ätherische Leib, der wie bei allen Lebewesen als ein über das Physische hinausgehendes Organisationsprinzip besonderen Gesetzmäßigkeiten folgt, die dem Lebendigen („Ätherischen“) eigen sind.
Die übersinnliche Erkenntnis dieses Ätherischen wird „Imagination“ genannt. (geschwulstartig).
Orig. labiates a powerful warmth-ether effect.
Thlas. the chemical ether.
Querc. the earth aspect of the life-ether.
The stinging-nettle has all four ether-types united in it: the life-ether in the lignifying quadrilateral stem, the chemical ether in the typical metabolic processes in the leaf, the light-ether in the sharply-indented leaves, and the warmth-ether (among others) in the exploding seed of the flowers. ‡
* Der astralische Leib, der nur bei empfindenden oder beseelten Organismen, also bei Tieren, nicht aber bei Pflanzen vorhanden ist. Die zugehörige Erkenntnisstufe heißt „Inspiration“. (entzündungsartig)
* Das Ich, die geistige Individualität, die den Menschen über das Tierreich erhebt. Ein Ich hat jeder Mensch, als solches erkannt wird es jedoch erst durch die höchste Stufe der übersinnlichen Erkenntnis, der „Intuition“ (nicht zu verwechseln mit der herkömmlichen Bedeutung dieses Wortes). (lähmungsbedingt)
Grundlegendes zum Verständnis einer anthroposophisch erweiterten Medizin
Exakt formuliert handelt es sich um die Ergänzung der modernen, naturwissenschaftlich orientierten Medizin ("Schulmedizin") um den seelisch-geistigen Anteil des Menschen und der Natur. Wir können auch von einer Spiritualisierung der modernen Medizin durch die Anthroposophie sprechen. Die moderne Medizin betrachtet mit ihrer Wissenschaft ausschließlich den menschlichen Körper von seiner stofflich-organischen Seite da, wo er messbar und wägbar ist, d.h. mit naturwissenschaftlichen Methoden exakt und reproduzierbar erfasst werden kann. Das Ziel dabei ist, nur die objektivierbaren
Anteile des Menschseins als für die Medizin wissenschaftlich zugänglich zu akzeptieren. Nun ist es aber eine Lebenstatsache, dass der Mensch auch eine höchst subjektive Seite hat, die sogar als
ganz individuell bezeichnet werden muss.
Anthroposophie versteht den Menschen als komplexe Einheit von Leib, Seele und Geist. Der für die Medizin primär wichtige leibliche Anteil wird von Seele und Geist ("Ich") durchdrungen.
Die objektive Ebene des Leibes, sein stofflicher Anteil, findet sich am deutlichsten in der Gestalt und in der Zusammensetzung der Organe und Organsysteme. Zu letzteren zählen beispielsweise die Muskulatur, das Zentralnervensystem oder auch das Blut. Der feingewebliche (histologische) Befund, die im Labor messbaren Bestandteile von Blut oder Sekreten, die durch bildgebende Verfahren
wie Ultraschall, Kernspin- und Computertomographie oder die durch Röntgendiagnostik darstellbaren Strukturen - sie ergeben die Summe aller heute verfügbaren Befunde, die durchaus als objektiv bezeichnet werden können. Dennoch sind sie letztlich nur Momentaufnahmen, da sie die zeitlichen Abläufe nicht wiedergeben. Diese Befunde sind jedoch nicht nur Ausdruck statischer Vorgänge,
sondern überwiegend dynamischer Natur. Der Blutzucker z.B. verändert sich ständig im Tageslauf in Abhängigkeit äußerer und innerer Faktoren und kann sinnvoll nur als ein Tagesprofil vieler einzelner solcher Befunde bewertet werden. Auch Cholesterin und Eisen im Blut sind keinesfalls über längere Zeit stabile Befunde, sondern einem ständigen Wechsel unterworfen. Deshalb sprechen wir auch von dem Stoffwechsel.
In diesen Stoffwechsel greifen aber bereits Kräfte ein, die nicht mehr sinnlich anschaubar oder exakt messbar sind. Sie äußern sich in den Organfunktionen. Zu der Befundebene des Leibes kommt nun
die funktionale Ebene hinzu, die anteilsmäßig auch messbar, überwiegend aber nur in ihren Abläufen beobachtbar ist und die bereits sehr subjektive Züge erkennen lässt. Die anthroposophische Erkenntnis zeigt, dass dieser Leibesebene das Leben zugrunde liegt, welches sich streng naturwissenschaftlichen Nachweismethoden entzieht. Sein Ausdruck im Leib ist unser Befinden. Schon hier ist eine erste Ergänzung der modernen Medizin erkennbar, da zu der objektiven Ebene der Befunde die subjektive des Befindens hinzutritt, welche längere Zeit von der Medizin sträflich vernachlässigt wurde. Gerade in den letzten Jahren aber wird das Bewusstsein immer mehr dafür geschärft, dass eine Medizin, die im Verständnis von Krankheiten und ihrer Therapie das Befinden des Patienten ignoriert, keine dem Menschsein gerecht werdende Medizin ist. Deshalb wird auch immer häufiger danach gefragt, ob durch bestimmte Therapien oder Arzneimittel die Lebensqualität positiv oder negativ beeinflusst wird.
Am Leib können wir durch die richtige Beobachtung und eine anthroposophische Erkenntnismethode noch zwei weitere Ebenen entdecken:
die seelisch-leibliche als eigentlichen Ort der Psychosomatik
die geistig-individuelle, die jeden Leib bis in seine stoffliche Seite, z.B. die Eiweißstruktur hinein einzigartig sein lässt
Den Bereich im Leib, in welchem Seele (Empfindung) und Leib so durchdrungen sind, dass sie eine feinstoffliche Einheit bilden, können wir den Seelenleib nennen, so wie die ersten beiden Ebenen als Stoff- bzw. Lebensleib bezeichnet werden. Diese seelisch-leibliche Ebene finden wir besonders in der Gestaltung der endokrinen Organe und im Immunsystem. Es ist bedeutsam, dass hier mit außerordentlich feinen Stoffmengen größte Effekte erzielt werden. Die Messgröße beispielsweise des Hormons Insulin liegt im Nanogrammbereich, d.h. Milliardstelgramm, eine sinnlich nicht vorstellbare winzige Menge, die dennoch mit modernsten Messmethoden objektiv nachweisbar ist. Und von welcher wesentlichen Bedeutung ist Insulin für den menschlichen Organismus! Ähnliches gilt auch für andere Hormone, die in millionstel bis billionstel Gramm im Körper wirken (entspricht im potenzierten Heilmittel einer D6-D12). Im Immunsystem finden wir die gleichen feinststofflichen Wirkungen
z.B. von Immunmodulatoren wie den Zytokinen. Auch die Immunzellen selbst (Lymphozyten, Plasmazellen) müssen wir uns als einzelne Zelle mikroskopisch klein denken. Aus dieser Leibesebene stammen alle Körper-Regulationen, sie ist der funktionalen Ebene übergeordnet. Erlebbar wird sie in unseren Stimmungen oder der Gestimmtheit. Dieser Begriff ist nicht zufällig ein musikalischer, denn
im menschlichen Seelenleib herrschen ähnliche Gesetze wie in der Musik. Dass unsere Gestimmtheit als Ausdruck vielfältiger Stimmungen eine große Bedeutung für uns hat, kann eigentlich nicht bezweifelt werden. Das wird schon dann klar, wenn es zu Verstimmungen kommt.
Die vierte und höchste Ebene des Leibes ist seine Ich-Ebene, sie wird auch als Ich-Leib oder Ich-Organisation bezeichnet. Sie entzieht sich praktisch aller sinnlichen Anschauung, äußert sich aber erlebbar und auch wahrnehmbar in der Wärme unseres Körpers. Deshalb wird auch von einem eigenen Wärmeorganismus gesprochen. Ein Abdruck von ihm ist unsere messbare Körpertemperatur. Wichtig ist aber die Erkenntnis, dass auch die Ich-Ebene sich bis in die stoffliche auswirkt, sodass auch diese ganz individuell und damit "einmalig" ausgebildet wird. Der Beweis hierfür wurde durch die Transplantationsmedizin erbracht. Jeder Organismus erkennt an der Eiweißstruktur eines Organs, ob dieses sein eigenes oder ein fremdes ist. Letzteres wird sofort von dem intakten Immun-(Abwehr-)System bekämpft und möglichst abgestoßen. Die Ebene des Ich-Leibs äußert sich in unserer geistig-leiblichen Präsenz, die wir auch als Geistesgegenwart bezeichnen können, was im Ideal bedeuten würde, in jedem Augenblick unseres Lebens stets wach und geistig anwesend zu sein. Von der Ich-Ebene stammen alle den Organismus über- und durchgreifenden Steuerungen, sie ist allen anderen Ebenen übergeordnet, von ihr gehen letztlich alle gesunden Vorgänge im Organismus aus. Die heute oft spekulativ gedachte Selbststeuerung von Organen ist richtig benannt, steuert doch unser Selbst (Ich) alle Organe und Organisationen des Organismus. Man verkennt aber diesen Organismus, wenn man in Selbststeuerungssystemen eine der Technik entsprechende Automatik sieht.
Das Zusammenspiel der Wesensglieder
Unser Geist erkennt sich an seinem Leib, der wie ein Spiegel für ihn ist, durch den Selbsterkenntnis möglich wird. Menschliche Gesundheit setzt also ein richtiges Verhältnis von Geist und Leib voraus. Dieses wird ständig von der zwischen Leib und Geist vermittelnden Seele gezeugt, es ist nie stabil, immer dynamisch. Ihren Ausdruck findet diese Dualität z.B. in unserer Atmung, wobei sich in der Einatmung Seele und Geist dem Leibe zuwenden, in der Ausatmung der Leib beide wieder entlässt. Der ganze Organismus Mensch, wirklichkeitsgemäß erfasst, erweist sich als ein durchaus kompliziertes Gebilde. Die geschilderten vier Ebenen und Bereiche unseres Leibes nannte Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), der Begründer der Anthroposophie, die Wesensglieder und bezeichnete sie als physischer Leib, Ätherleib, Astralleib und Ich. Das ist dann erst der ganze Mensch, den wir nun aber noch hineingestellt sehen müssen in die Zeit und die mit ihr verbundene Evolution, z.B. das Menschsein als Kind, Jugendlicher, Erwachsener oder Greis, die Zeitspanne von Geburt bis zum Tod (Biographie) und die Fragen nach vorgeburtlicher und nachtodlicher Existenz.
Stoffleib Gestalt Befunde
Lebensleib Funktion Befinden
Seelenleib Regulation Gestimmtheit
Ich-Leib Steuerung Präsenz
Arzneimittel aus der Natur für den Menschen
Welche Beziehung besteht nun zwischen dem Menschen und der Natur? Was ist die Besonderheit der Arzneimittel, die aus der Natur für den Menschen gewonnen und hergestellt werden?
Blickt man sehr weit in die Vergangenheit zurück, trifft man auf gemeinsame Entwicklungsschritte von Natur und Mensch. Während der Mensch in seiner Evolution immer mehr aufstieg, bleiben die Naturreiche in ihrer Entwicklung zurück. Der Mensch verdankt seine Entwicklung diesem Zurückbleiben der Natur. Er schuldet ihr dafür Dank und muss ihr zukünftig zu ihrer weiteren Entwicklung verhelfen. Ein Aspekt hierzu ist, dass er durch die pharmazeutischen Prozesse aus einem Naturstoff ein Arzneimittel bildet. Als solches tritt es in eine innere Beziehung zum menschlichen Organismus und hilft diesem, eine in ihm vorhandene Krankheit zu heilen. Dabei hat das Mineralreich eine direkte Verbindung zum Ich-Leib, das Pflanzenreich zum Seelenleib, tierische Substanzen zum Lebensleib. Durch Arzneimittel-Kompositionen kann gleichzeitig auf die verschiedenen Ebenen des Menschen eingewirkt werden, deren gesundes Verhältnis für den jeweiligen Ort im Organismus wieder hergestellt wird. Solche Arzneimittel arbeiten mit den körpereigenen Funktionen, Regulationen und Steuerungsvorgängen zusammen. Sie fördern sie oder regen sie an, sie wirken dämpfend, wenn sie zu stark tätig geworden sind. Dadurch wird verständlich, weshalb die unerwünschten Wirkungen (sog. Nebenwirkungen) bei ihnen viel seltener vorkommen und vor allem weniger schwerwiegend sind als bei chemisch-synthetischen Medikamenten, die überwiegend gegen die körpereigenen Vorgänge gerichtet sind (z.B. Antihypertonika, Antiarrhythmika). Das heißt nun aber nicht, dass Naturarzneimittel keine unerwünschten Wirkungen auslösen könnten.
Schon Paracelsus wusste, dass die therapeutische Wirksamkeit einer Arznei von der richtigen Dosis abhängt. Das gründliche Durchschauen einer Krankheit im Menschen und die daraus abgeleitete Arznei zeichnet eine zukünftige Medizin aus, die dann wieder zur Heilkunst werden kann. In der anthroposophisch ergänzten Medizin gibt es für typische Krankheiten auch typische Heilmittel - sozusagen Basis-Therapeutika - aber grundsätzlich wird jede Krankheit individuell behandelt, weil sie durch den Menschen, der sie in sich trägt, individuell wird.
Bei Krankheiten werden oft gesunde Vorgänge an Orte im Organismus verlagert, wo sie nicht hingehören, z.B. treten Sklerosevorgänge in den Blutgefäßen auf, die nur im Skelett richtig wären. Oder sie sind am richtigen Ort zu stark oder zu schwach geworden oder treten schließlich zu einer Zeit auf, wo sie nicht angebracht sind. So können bestimmte Verhärtungstendenzen, die im Alter physiologisch sind, in der Kindheit krankhaft auftreten. Es sind überwiegend innere Ursachen, die Krankheiten entstehen lassen, selten rein äußere. Deshalb sprach man früher auch von dem Milieu eines Organismus, das erst einer Krankheit die Chance gibt, sich einzunisten ("Der Erreger ist nichts, das Milieu alles"). Es nützt nichts, den Erreger zu töten, wenn nicht das Milieu gesundet wird. Krankheit - so verstanden - ist immer Frage an uns, und Heilen bedeutet, die richtige Antwort zu finden, die z.B. als Arzneimittel gegeben wird.
Eine durch Anthroposophie erweiterte, d.h. auch wieder zur Ganzheit strebende Medizin wird zu einem immer umfassenderen Verständnis von Gesundheit und Krankheit führen und uns helfen, die für den Organismus richtige Therapie zu finden. Sie wird uns auch begreifen lassen, dass von echter Heilung nur gesprochen werden kann, wenn eine Krankheit nicht einfach vertrieben und z.B. in eine andere leibliche Ebene verdrängt, sondern überwunden und zu einer neuen Fähigkeit verwandelt wird. Dazu muss aber der Mensch, der die Krankheit in sich trägt, einen eigenen aktiven Anteil leisten.
Our predecessor, Rudolf Steiner, was a Goethean scientist who spoke liberally about stages of development in seven year cycles. He cited that when a child is first born, they’re most focused on physical development. It takes a lot of internal, mineral, forces to grow a body from its total dependency on Mom and Dad to be able to first sit, then crawl, run and then at 50-70 pounds at age 7, dribble a basketball with any kind of coordination.
From the ages of 7-14, Steiner speaks to how we are more etherically developing our capacity to receive impressions. This is the time in our development when we’re naturally and resonantly ready to be engaged more with art, story (fairy tales and putting on plays), music, eurythmy (a type of rhythmical, dance-like movement mostly found in Waldorf Schools), creativity (watercolors, drawing, sculpting, etc.), hand-work (knitting for metabolic limb coordination), sport (healthy competition) and fully actuating our imaginal forces through the etheric body.
From 14 to 21 we develop our astral bodies through actualizing our desires, goals, dreams through fantasy and socialization. This is when we experience the onset of puberty and hopefully a healthy unfolding of our sexuality. However, “Waldorf educators saw a direct link to this astral body and the watching of television. The scenes, the lack of imagination involved, and the topics covered on most channels would obviously bring on the astral stage of the body at an early age from the outside in. This was one reason that television was banned from Waldorf schools. Modern researchers, however, have just recently made this connection when they recently announced, “Watching Television may Quicken the Onset of Puberty” (Dr. Laura Markham, 2006).
In Markham’s article, based on 35 different research studies she states that this connection has a lot to do with the hormone melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain, which plays a key role in regulating the body’s internal clock. Light emitted by television screens suppresses melatonin levels in the blood, which disrupts sleep patterns of children and teens as well as the age at which they enter puberty. It is also interesting to note that the problems of early-onset puberty have baffled researchers since 1950. This was the same date in which televisions became widely owned in the U.S.”
On one Waldorf school website from Ireland they state, “Television, as well as film, videos, DVDs, recorded music, computers and electronic games have a very powerful effect on children. It can take several days for the effects of a single video to wear off. If children are watching every day, the effects never wear off at all; many children now speak a lot of the time in ‘cartoon’ voices, make ‘sound effects’ to accompany their jerky movements (kicking, punching) and compulsively repeat lines from videos they have seen over and over again. This is now seen as normal childish behavior, but it really comes from these media, not from the children themselves.” I once served an Autistic child who could “script” word for word every Disney movie she’d ever seen!
The other consideration is that we need time in order to process impressions as our thoughts go through a cycle of maturation. Watching television inhibits this natural process. Steiner stated that, “What is learned more slowly at any given age is more surely and healthily absorbed by the organism, than what is crammed into it.” (Spiritual Ground for Education by Rudolf Steiner).
This is also why homework is not promoted in Waldorf education, to give ample time for a child to wholly integrate all of the art, story, plays, music, and movement they were engaged with from the inside out to settle down into their etheric mind (where memory is stored) during the remainder of waking consciousness into the sleep consciousness.
“Noam and his lemon-baby doll” by Michael Radwin
They will wake the next day full of reflections from the day before, having crystallized their impressions into thoughts. Children become sick, first mentally and then physically if this natural rhythm is not allowed for, given that the externalized impressions will override this capacity for thinking. The child’s head, instead, will be filled with images from video games or television. Once again, his own concentration and imagination will have been denied him. He’ll deem that life occurs, out there in T.V. land, not internally in his own world of self-actualized and fructified dreams. The application of a properly threaded Will (male gesture) and Wisdom (female gesture) will be hobbled.
The other problem is that if we’re told at allopathic schools that there is little room for the bubbling up of our internal creativity and that we have to succumb to standardized testing instead, we will begin to feel the light go out on our internal capacity for imagination and freedom of expression. A generalized malaise, and “why bother” attitude starts to show up. It might even lead to suicidal depression in our teens. I know because I serve teens brought to me for Heilkunst treatment in this state more often than I’d like.
These external dumbing down forces start to spread into the rest of our lives. The why bother gesture begins to permeate everything to the point where a sufferer opts to live externally, watching others live, fulfilling lives through their externalized perpetual fantasies, while the watcher sits on the sidelines and simply watches or controls a gaming console. It becomes a lot less risky to live life on the sidelines physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually if we’ve repeatedly gotten the message that what we’d like to contribute is not wholly valued.
I serve so many of these checked out children and adults, that it is astounding. It is an Aurum (homeopathic rx for the loss of one’s inner gold) state, in which they’ve forgotten their inner value. They’re not connected to their true heart’s desire (heart disease) and their lives feel profoundly un-lived (cancer). In many cases, they don’t even know what they’d like to be anymore, either in the present, or later on when they grow up, as they’ve not even thought to ask themselves this question anymore. They’re utterly resigned. T.V. perpetuates dissociation, escapism, a disengaged onlooker society. The video game and pornography industry is also counting on this physical, mental and emotional inertia of the watcher on the living room couch with his bag of cookies or chips.
Onlookers over time are numb, shut-down and not very resourceful. Perfect if the government, in cahoots with Big Pharma, want to be passing bills for mandatory vaccinations through congress without folks knowing or caring. No, you won’t see that on CNN or allopathic news. That content is only peppered liberally through my personal Twitter stream where my ire is completely provoked to write books and articles about this insidious phenomenon. #vaxxed #cdcwhistleblower Sometimes I actually wonder if there is still anybody out there?!
In Heilkunst Medicine, we also discuss at length a Chthonic, fear-induced state entitled Bufo. In nature, Bufo Rana is a big, meaty, overgrown toad with big slobbery lips and a quick tongue. He sits for hours, unmoving, staring at a fixed point in his environment, barely blinking waiting for a juicy fly to pass by, otherwise he is sedentary, conserving his cold reptilian energy, seemingly unaffected by his ambient environment. In the human disease state, you’ll observe these characteristics in addition to symptoms of lasciviousness, lewdness, lustfulness, and wantonness. They’re almost drooling as they can’t wait to get home to watch pornography and attempt self-gratification in the basest of ways in private. I’ve served many modern men, and women too, in chronic Bufo states.
I’ve also known two men in my life who were chronic T.V. watchers. One of them watched the news on a popular station from sun-up to sundown. He also developed a tumor the size of a grapefruit in his gut, breaking one of his ribs. He never knew it was there until doctors noticed it while examining him for a hernia.
A second individual I know retired some years ago and watches a variety of sitcoms, news and documentaries day in and day out. He leaves his house on a very limited basis, living mostly in fear of the outside world. He takes a variety of drugs for depression and anxiety. His pallor is ashen. I can’t help but wonder if his chronic television watching is contributing to his problems.
I also serve individuals who have chronic problems with memory. They have difficulty recalling where they put their keys, issues with dates, times, people’s names, etc. Again, it would be interesting to wean them from television, in addition to Heilkunst treatment, and see if their etheric memory increases.
“Television” by Chris Brown
As you can see, television is a toxic, mind-numbing and disease inducing machine. It infects you and your family with its agenda, which represents less than 1% of reality. If you travel the real world, as I do, you’ll realize that 99% of the population is so loving, helpful and compassionate, perhaps you too will forget the violence and fear proffered by television.
I’ve not had television in my midst for over twenty years for the precise reasons that I’ve illustrated above. Living without it means that I get to live my own creative, thought-provoking and imaginative life, full of juicy impressions and healthy desires. I’m a photographer, an artist, a romantic scientist and a philosopher. I get to write books, serve patients and compose blog articles based on my own generative impressions, fully taking the time to ruminate upon ideas as they crystallize into articles. I love my over-the-moon fulfilling life and I feel that T.V. would only detract from desire to know myself and others in a deep and meaningful way.
The processes of dying, of going to sleep, and of forgetting to perform an "analysis of existence" on the different forms of being on earth, demonstrating that there are different "members of being".
1. It is shown that the mineral has a physical body.
2. The plant consists of a physical and an etheric body (life-body).
3. The animal possesses a physical, etheric and astral body (soul-body).
4. Man has a physical, etheric and astral body, and beyond this is a spiritual world which may show itself to him when he develops spiritual organs, just as the development of physical sense
organs allows him to take part in the physical sensory world.
"To find thyself in the infinite, thou must differentiate, and then combine“.
Analysis should be immediately followed by synthesis, otherwise one may well hold the parts in one's hand, but the spiritual bond is lost. After all, mineral, plant, animal (and man) are all in one common world, existing together and for each other, intertwined and interwovenays. The purpose here is to show the healing relations between plant and man, and therefore it is necessary to show up the synthetic power, the archetypal unity, that which makes the kingdoms = Reich) of nature into a whole, and archetypal entity from which the individual beings in nature are derived as variations.
The key must be found which opens up the mysteries of the archetypal relationship of all kingdoms of nature.
This archetypal being and archetypal motif of earthly existence is man himself. Just a brief outline shall be given of how the spheres of being below man can be seen as variations of the archetypal motif of his 4fold nature.
In the ego (= Ich-Leib), man comprehends himself as a spiritual being. The ego is the impulse center from which he can unfold free creativeness. With this, he can develop spiritual powers of perception, to discover and know the spiritual not only within himself, but also all around him. If a person directs the spiritual senses he has developed at the animal, it becomes apparent to him that the animal, too, is not without spirituality, without a form of ego. But this form of ego is not given to the individual animal, but is part of a "group-spirit", or "group-ego" belonging to all the animals of a species. The group-ego remains in the spiritual realm. The group spirit of animals does not go through life and death; the birth and death of the individual animal therefore mean something quite different to it than all these aspects of life mean to man. In the animal body, therefore, physical, etheric and astral elements are present; but not the group-ego, for that remains in the spiritual world.
For someone able to perceive spiritual entities in the way just described, the plant, too, has both soul and spirit (astral element and a form of ego). But it is even less able than the animal to house these higher members of being in its body; they remain worlds away from it, unborn, in the spiritual realm. But contacts and impulses are constantly passing to and from between the physical-etheric body of the plant and its astrality as well as the plant ego. It is impossible to gain a fully comprehensive picture of the plant in its relations with the 4fold human being unless one takes into account the fact that the plant, too, is a 4fold being. In this "relatedness to man" must be sought the causes for the plant's actions on all 4 members of man's being.
The mineral, too, has connection with etheric processes, astral actions, and a spiritual element. But in the physical world we have only the physical body of the mineral. The 3 higher members of its being remain, eternally unborn, worlds away from it, in the spiritual realm. But in the 4fold nature of the mineral lies also the reason why it has such manifold relations to the 4fold being of man. Out of this, one can understand why it is possible to influence the total constitution of man with mineral remedies, and not only its mineral aspects, or those directly related to the mineral.
The mineral, its body being dead physical substance, expresses its nature best in the solid state. The crystalline form, definite and characteristic for every type of mineral, can only exist in its richly structured form because of the properties of the solid state. A change to the fluid or gaseous state will at once cancel this form. The solid state alone makes it possible for the mineral to have this form, fixed in 3 spatial dimensions, laid down once and for all.
The plant needs a further state of being for its existence: the fluid. It has to embody not only a physical, but also an etheric entity. Its forms do not arise from the physical nature of the substances it consists of, but from the etheric nature of the plant. Because of this, it does not express its being in permanent form, but in a constant metamorphosis of form. This flowing change of form with its laws of metamorphosis needs a state of being which is just as ready to take up form as to give it up at once and without resistance, if the life principle (the etheric body) should demand it. This requirement is met by water, fluid water, the main component of the plant. Those parts of the plant which are solid only serve to give contour to the liquid, to hold up the formative flow for a time, to hold a shape for a short period, to emphasize it; but the solid element in the plant does not produce any form of its own, it merely becomes the vessel of the life-form and of the life-formative forces. Where the plant grows too hard it has previously used a process of devitalization, has withdrawn life and at the same time water from its bodily substance, or brought them to a standstill ( for instance in the formation of wood and bark, but also in the development of seeds. Man and animal also need the fluid element, in so far as they, too, are living beings, in order to develop the activity of the etheric bodies. The more alive, the more fluid; the more dried out, solid, the more dead: this applies to all forms of life, in plant, animal, or man. This "fluidity in all that lives" is, of course, borne by the physical substance of living protein, but then this protein is a colloid containing extremely large amounts of water. ??? wyw The plant is not yet able to form its own air and warmth organisms. It is aired through and warmed from its surroundings, with its breathing, its warmth determined and regulated by an external, cosmic process.
The gaseous, the airy element part of oneself = an inner breathing organization is something that is only possible to the animal (fully so only to man). The process has many aspects. The most important one is that together with the airy element the soul-like, the astral body, enters into the body. This gives rise to a world of internal organs, an organic cosmos, which from the inside takes over actions which the external cosmos performs for the plant. Together with the air, an external cosmos is incorporated and interiorized. With the pneumatization of the body, right into its finest ramifications, pneuma, the soul principle, enters into the bodies. Schöpfung wyw. The airy now enters into the fluid, dissolving in it, combining with and separating from it; at the same time, however, the actions of etheric and astral body combine and separate rhythmically. Lower marine animals wyw with their dulled soul-life breathe the air dissolved in water. Correspondingly the etheric then has greater influence than the astral. Insects must send their body fluid outwards to meet the air; here the astral is still to a high degree in contact with the outside world, not yet "tied off' in the individual animal as much as it is in the higher animals. Because of this, the insects are still living in a very close relationship with the etherically determined plant world. The development of true lung organs means an important step forward towards interiorization of the soul.
In the gaseous state of physical substance, the supersensible soul principle finds the form and properties which enable it to enter the physical body. The gas has given up any formative will of its own, it resists all limitation. The force of earth gravity has been overcome in it, levity has replaced it. Infinitely open to light, responding to every warmth impulse by expanding strongly, fully open to cosmic impulses, and placed as an outer mantle (in the atmosphere) between earthly and cosmic existence, the gaseous is a physical state to which the physical side of earthly life adheres only in remnants, having been largely overcome. Expansion and contraction, tension and relaxation, highs and lows, storm and calm, wafting and slackening, extending and compression: these express the nature of the airy element, but also of the soul. Only in the breath of an ensouled creature does the being of air achieve full expression. Its highest form and gestalt, the sound of speech, is air gestalt, but at the same time the most perfect physical expression of the innermost soul. In the air, speech may become expression of the universal word of creation, making known that which has created the whole world.
Even more impossible than having an air organization of its own is for the plant to gain possession of the warmth element, as a warmth organization, an autonomous warmth-being. The plant-being finds for itself this or that condition of warmth and climatic zone, it exposes itself to stronger or weaker warmth-impulses. But the center of the warmth-impulse always remains sun-like for the plant, worlds away. The lower animals, too, right up to the mammals, are determined by external conditions of warmth and bound to certain regions of the earth by their nature, dependent on conditions arising from the relation of the earth to the cosmos. Man alone rises completely above such conditions for warmth and this enables him to live anywhere on earth, whatever the climatic conditions. Man has gained ascendence over fire within himself; because of this, he is the only being on earth who also rules fire externally. With the power of heat it is possible to rule over every physical state of material substance, to form and transform it at will. In conjunction with the element of warmth, the human spirit, the ego, finds the possibility to live in a material body, rising above the captivity and fetters of the forces and laws of the earthly world; for in warmth lies the power to overcome them, rule and master them. In man, this warmth is borne by the blood process. The polarity between blood pigment and leaf pigment also indicates the opposite directions in which one must look for human ego and plant spirituality, particularly also with regard to the centers of their warmth-impulses. (The blood process holds within itself the blood temperature of about 37 o C., or 98.6 o F., and holds on to it hard; the process of assimilation in the green foliage of the plant has to rely on external conditions of warmth, but again it is most intensive at an external temperature of about 37 o C.) The highest form of warmth, however, is the warmth of enthusiasm, and this can inflame the human will.
In conclusion let us put once more in tabular form what has been said, however briefly, about the 4 members of being of the 4 spheres of earthly existence, and the states of being they use to embody themselves.
Physical members of being, present in the sphere of the senses State of being Present in the spiritual, supersensible sphere
Mineral Physical body Solid Etheric, astral, form of ego
Plant Physical body, etheric body Solid, fluid Astral element, form of ego
Animal Physical body, etheric body, Solid, fluid Astral body Group-ego ??? airy
Man Physical body, etheric body, Solid, fluid, Astral body, ego warmth-like airy,
The plant has been represented from certain points of view as an in-between being between the mineral kingdom below it, and the animal kingdom above it. This made the root organization the member which grappled with the mineral, earthly sphere and overcame it, and the flower organization on the other hand the member which grappled with animal nature, and was clearly defined against it. Being chiefly determined by etheric forces, the plant being stands between the dead mineral kingdom governed by physical forces, and the ensouled animal kingdom which is determined by astral forces.
However, if one allows one's eye to wander over the whole abundance of living plant forms one will find some very strange in-between and transitional forms where plant life shows a tendency towards the mineral, taking up the earthy element more strongly than usual; but also forms where the plant combines more of an animal nature with its formative forces ( mineral-plant on the one hand, animal-plant on the other.
Many of the succulents (Cactaceae/Euphorbiaceae/Mesembryanthemum/Crassulae), which live on particularly dead, mineral soil, have a form showing an almost crystalline rigidity. The living, moving spiral progression of normal leaf formation has here become a rigid rib-formation. Some of these plants even look like stones.
Another way in which mineral laws reach across into the life processes of plants may be seen in many salt plants, particularly those on the sea shore, such as Salicornia, wyw Halopeplis, Salsola; here the shoots look like swollen stems of blown-out roots growing above ground which have never developed leaves.
In all these forms the life processes, and with them the fluid organization, have been congested into highly vital, but little-formed and differentiated structures which seem to want to swell into spherical shape; the flowering processes are greatly delayed, forced back, even atrophied. The plant formation cannot separate from the salt and root process, remains fixed to it. In the first example it resembles the dead, solid, crystalline element, in the 2nd the dead, fluid, drop-shaped element.
Another instance of mineral, earthly laws entering into the plant element is the formation of trees with the tendency to lignification. R.S.: a tree trunk may be regarded as turned up earth.
The tendencies to tree formation increase considerably towards the tropics.
The physical aspect of every living being, is based on an etheric organism, a body of formative forces, as every physical plant, so the whole earth is surrounded by a huge sphere of formative forces. This enables the earth to be a place not only of death, but also of life.
R.S.: explored this world of formative forces. This world of formative forces makes the earth a member of the cosmos as a whole, for the formative forces are cosmic in nature. (Through the world of physical forces, every bit of earthly substance is a part of the earth). We can only comprehend what goes on on earth if we see it all as based on an infinitely varied interplay between physical, earthly and etheric, cosmic forces.
The tropics: Here the interaction between earthly and cosmic forces is particularly close. In the tropics, the earthly element proliferates towards the cosmic; the cosmic on the other hand is drawn down into the earthly, it is made earthly.
At the poles: Here the earthly withdraws into itself; the cosmic is pure and strong in its action, though not wanting very much to combine with the earthly. The earthly is just like a mirror here, taking nothing in, throwing everything back.
In the temperate zones: Here a balance has been achieved between earthly and cosmic laws.
It is obvious therefore: with regard to its organization of formative forces the whole earth is just as 3-fold in structure as the plant itself. And it is due to this 3-foldness that the plants of the tropics, the polar regions and the temperate zones differ so characteristically from each other. In the tropics, the boundaries of earth and cosmos are dissolved into each other; the root element proliferates upwards, giant trees develop, with wood hard as iron. The earth does not stop with the soil, and its forces rise up into the air; roots hang from branches; they find their element in that air, an indication that the air there bears within it something that is "earthy". Many other plants wind upwards like lianae. On the other hand, the cosmic sphere and the flowering process connected with it penetrate deeply. Certain plants become nothing but flowers, their other organs being atrophied, and have to grow as parasites on other plants. In others the flowers break forth from the stem, even from the root. Scent and color, otherwise properties of the flower, appear in leaf, wood, bark. The colors of flowers become strident, the flower-forms animal-like, the scents heavy and overpowering. The number of poisonous plants increases greatly. (In the poisonous wyw plants cosmic, astral spheres of being break overwhelmingly into the physic of the plant concerned, breaking through the etheric forces). In the plants of the polar regions, on the other hand, the root element is strongly bound to the rocky soil, the plant may be said to be creeping back into the root, so that this is the largest organ of the plant. Leaves tend to be tiny, but the flower-forms are pure and large, with wonderfully clear and glowing colors. What in the temperate zones is a tree becomes a shrub here, often just a tiny, creeping growth; for instance the polar birch. But the aroma is incomparably strong and noble. (A similar contrast like that between polar and equatorial regions exists between high mountains and lowland country, and also between winter and summer). The temperate zones again represent the balance; in them the pure plant element is least distorted. In the cycle of the year, spring and autumn correspond to them, and it is only in these regions that these two seasons develop fully.
The 4 natural kingdoms on earth represent 4 stages of being. According to anthroposophical spiritual science these came into being through 4 acts of creation. 4 acts of creating the world were necessary to obtain these 4 stages. The symphony of the world's creation may be said to have 4 movements. It took its origin in the decisions and creative powers of high spiritual beings. Every physical fact that is finally open to perception is preceded by a purely spiritual cause.
R.S.: 4 stations of world creation represented as the creation of the Old Saturn, the Old Sun, the Old Moon and the Earth. The first 3 are preliminary to the creation of the Earth, and without them the Earth could not have evolved. As to the creatures of these 4 stations of creation, a different natural being was created on each:
The 1st station the Old Saturn the human germ, but this only developed to the level of mineral organization. The Old Saturn was a world of warmth.
The 2nd station, the evolution of the Old Sun, which arose after the death of Old Saturn as a new impact of creation from the spiritual world, raised the human germ to the level of plant being; it now had not just a physis as on the Old Saturn, but this physis was given an etheric body; the building material at its disposal was a physical substance condensed into an airy, gaseous state, filled with light processes.
As a 2nd kingdom of nature, there existed on the Old Sun a "remnant" of warmth-and-mineral being which had remained at the level of the Old Saturn.
The 3rd station of creation, the Old Moon wyw world, raised the human creature to the level of animal being. The creative sacrifice of high spiritual beings gave of their own substance of being to provide man with a soul quality, the astral principle. With this, the Moon substance condensed as far as the fluid state. As "remnants" of the earlier creations 2 natural kingdoms below that of man continued to exist, a plant one and a mineral one. Then came the creation of the earth. By filling the human germ with spiritual substance from the sphere of spiritual being itself, it raised it to a spiritual being able to comprehend itself, a bearer of Ego. As remnants of the 3 preceding creations, the 3 kingdoms of nature below man have remained. Man therefore is the first-born of creation, its key-note (even though he is the last to make his appearance). He never went through the mineral, plant and animal kingdoms existing !!! today; these are only remnants which could not be transformed into human beings, cast-offs, one might say on the road to human development.
For continuing the studies that are the aim of this book it is necessary to study the evolution of the Old Moon which immediately preceded the evolution of the earth.
The Old Moon had 3 natural kingdoms. From these arose the 4 natural kingdoms of the earth. Those 3 natural kingdoms of the Old Moon world were of a peculiar nature. They were not mineral, plant and animal in the present-day sense, but in-between beings which were in-between the natural kingdoms of today. In them rested the germs of development of the earth world lying ahead of them. Otherwise they would not have been capable of true development. The highest kingdom was that of an animal-man (beings higher than the animal of today, but with no ego and therefore lower than man of today).
The 2nd kingdom represented an in-between sphere between the plant and animal beings of today. Here one must speak of animal-plants and plant-animals. The lowest kingdom on the Old Moon was a mineral-plant or plant-mineral kingdom somewhere between the plant and the mineral of today. There was no dead, solid, stony mineral ground on the Old Moon.
"We have to imagine the whole ground and body of the Moon consisting of this plant-mineral substance, just as the earth today consists of rocks and stones, arable ??? soil, etc. As here and there rocks protrude from the earth today, so in the Lunar mass, harder portions also were embedded. These might be likened to forms made of hard wood or horn. Moreover, as plants today spring from the mineral soil, so was the ground of the Moon covered and also penetrated, by a 2nd kingdom, consisting of a kind of plant-animal. Their substance was softer than the basic mass, and more mobile in itself“.
Once one has come to accept the idea of this Old Moon world with its "in-between beings", it is possible to understand how as relics of that ancient evolution the natural kingdoms of the earth have within them the tendency to develop in-between forms (as abnormalities?). As we are primarily concerned with the plant kingdom, this may help us to gain a better understanding of the half mineral, half plant phenomena in plant life, as well as those showing an interplay between plant and animal. In marshy regions and swamps one will see and comprehend forms reminiscent of the lowest kingdom on the Old Moon, their consistency somewhere between solid and fluid: on those soils actual animal-plants also tend to arise (carnivorous plants wyw ). The many different parasitic and semi-parasitic wyw plants also bear reminiscence of the Old Moon world. They are not able to grow on the earthy soil of today, but only on a living or half-living basis. On the other hand these plants often tend to animal-like processes, they hypertrophy in this direction, producing flower forms resembling animal forms [Orchids/Bromeliaceae (Poales)/Rafflesiae arnoldii (Malphigiales)]. Another aspect which is illuminated through this point of view are the numerous instances of symbiosis between animals and plants. Many bonds still exist where once there was a complete life-unit. Plants today have "their" animals, animals "their" plants; at one time they were complete animal-plant beings.
Ether: Emotions (grief)/whole body/throat/thyroid/joints
Fire: Anger/power/stomach/pancreas/gall bladder/heart/athletic/average weight/compact/lean/well-toned
Water: Reproductive organs (sexual issues)/breasts/lungs/kidneys/lymph system/heart/addictions/round or fleshy
In Pflanzen, die wie das Schöllkraut fast schon immergrün sind, wirkt auch Sal, das Feste, was den Bezug zu chronischen Krankheiten herstellt. Immergrüne unterstehen ferner Saturn, dem Herrn über chronische Krankheiten (Altersleiden).
The organism consisting of 3 basic activity centres or poles.
1. An active animal = `metabolic pole' (red/hot/active/incl. blood/circulation/muscles/all physical activity/?endoderm?), - Das Stoffwechsel-Gliedmaßensystem mit dem Zentrum im Bauchraum, der sich knöchern nicht abschließt, offener ist und den Gliedmaßen, die sich nach außen wenden.
2. An inactive `cephalic or plant pole' (brain, nervous system and skeleton/white and hard or immovable/?ectoderm"). - In das Sinnes-Nervensystem, mit Zentrum in der knochenumhüllte Schadelhöhle,
3. And the balancing, rhythmic centre (= rhythmic body) comprises the organs of balance and homoeostasis (lungs, liver, heart, kidneys, pancreas, endocrine organs/?mesoderm?). - Das Rhythmische System mit seinem Zentrum im knöchern halboffenen Brustraum
Skeleton (white/hard regarded as part of the mineral/structural element of the body). `Bone versus sugar' (white sugar powering muscles and the metabolic processes of the organism) analogous to the alchemical/paracelsian opposites of salt (structural) and sulphur (metabolic) which broadly compare with the 2 poles of the organism. P combines with fats to form phospholipids and with sugars to form glycerophosphates. Both are found in the nervous system/plant roots/cell membranes. Phosphates are also very important in the energy interactions of the organism.
Pancreas/liver/kidneys = organs of balance. Balancing chemicals/= organs of homeostasis/= organs of chemical balance/feedback opposed to the organs of `physical balance' (hips and shoulders/with physical symmetry/support/balance). Basic idea of balance and symmetry runs throught them all/it is important to recognise this.
Interesting to note the whiteness of the skeletal/nervous systems (white/cream/pale yellow of bones/nerves and of milk/yogurt/cheeses point to limestone/chalk/Ca/P/the white is pale/cold/hard/structural linked to minerals)/contrasting with the redness and brownness of the metabolic organs. and the earth element (the redness of blood and muscles points towards Fe/rust/soil/redness links with action/motion/energy/muscle/metabolism and the fire element). Steiner contrasts animal with plant and root with flowers.
The animal pole seems to link to S/Fe as being dynamic/red/itchy/flushed [Carbo-v. all oxides and carbonates = better placed perhaps with Steiner's `rhythmic centre' (heart/lungs) along with many of the heart (and often syphilitic) remedies].
The animal pole can be divided into 3 parts: placing S/Fe/Nitrates as leaders of separate sub-groups. Remember most proteins contain S and are linked to skin/hair/nails and composed of nitrates in amino acids.
The cephalic pole (bones/brain/nerves). Points to Ka-/Na-salts/Phosphates (= Salze und Esther von Ph-ac./Calc salts)/Hg (= mercury)/white, pale and cream-coloured remedies, plants and illnesses (As/syphilis miasm in general).
This pole can be further split into a Phos-Kali-Natrium section linked with nerves
Phos. sub-pole also relates to energy, carbohydrates, glycerophosphates, ATP, the mitochondria and tissue respiration activities primarily of the rhythmic centre.
Calc-Fluor section linked with bone./other remedies are cognate (= verwandt) = Graph./Sil./Calc-f./Calc-p./Calc-sil./other Silicates,
Both link to fats, phospholipids, vitamins A, D and E, etc.
There is a division within the animal pole as apart from S/Fe, we also have muscles/proteins/animals in general/nitrates.
Thus decomposition/Chlorides/Kaliums/Natriums/Nitrates all seem to go together as a sub-group.
In muscles and blood, proteins link up with Fe in haemoglobin. Thinking of the blood as an example of the animal pole it can be seperated it into water/nitrates/proteins/Fe/S through the link with proteins.
It can be seen how blood links both to the 'cephalic' pole through its burden of dissolved minerals like Ca and P (= bones and nerves) and with the rhythmic centre carrying O, Carb-diox and sugar.
Linked to blood is the lymphatic system, burdening with fats and thus another link to P, nerves and the cephalic pole. Lymph would be seen as a link between blood/metabolic pole and the animal pole, and thus part of the rhythmic centre. P appears to behave like an electrical capacitor (= Kondensator): capturing/storing/releasing energy in ATP and NADH and so linked to messages/nerve impulses/the electric eel (= Electrophorus electricus/Pisces) photosynthesis/bioluminescence and other energy-transactions within organisms.
Precisely which element becomes incorporated into which organ/bodily structure? Who decides this, the organ/the element/the vital force? The organ attracts the element/this finds the organ.
They are cognate (= verwandt). Thus the elements become concentrated in certain structures/organs. Like I in thyroid gland, Sil. in hair and skin, P in bone and nerves and Fe in blood.
It is natural to assume a strong degree of correspondence between the organ and the element.
For example Ca and bone/P and nerves, Sil in human hair and nails/in the hairs of plants/in hair-like grasses and Horsetail (Equis)/sting of Urt-d and the finest and most delicately beautiful structures - Diatoms (Kieselgur) and Desmids, the sculpted shells of microscopic algae of great beauty and intricacy. Also the fine detail on the shells of many microscopic molluscs interlacing and skeletons. Silica types have the loveliest features and the most beautiful hair and skin. Even the intricate sculpturing of pollen grains is probably due to Silicates. (Silicea: glass/porcelain glazes).
Look at the fine and delicate branching `growths' that occur when crystals of chemicals like copper sulphate are placed in the `chemical garden' of sodium silicate (= waterglass). These branching structures slowly grow over a number of weeks. Again, we see an expression of fineness and delicacy that is so typical of the Silica drug picture. The growths and the slowness typical of Silica are also present.
Problems relating to lungs and nerves seem to share Merc. (= Hg) and P. Merc. connected homoeopathically with the nervous system and the Syphilis miasm, has many associated remedies. Phos also relates as remedy to the lungs/the nerves both in its provings and the chemistry of nerves and fats. Significantly for Steiner, neither the nervous system nor the lungs contain a single muscle fibre. Mercury as the ruler of Gemini also rules the lungs/hands/arms/chest from an astrological viewpoint. That system seems fine up to a point. We can add Tub./Bac.
In strictly Steinerian terms, the Calc of molluscs is the calcium that has been absorbed, processed, and metabolised `through' the tissues of a living organism and thus we might believe it has been transformed somehow into a partially organic form and thereby rendered more suitable as an agent of healing in medicine. Steiner held the view that a mineral or element is subtly altered (`retuned') when it passes through an organism/in different ways according to the particular organism it passes through. He stated that it becomes stamped with a subtle `fingerprint' of features that typify the organism concerned (vegetabilisierte Metalle).
According to this view, crab-/egg-/oystershell (even from the same beach) would differ from each other and from chalk/limestone/calcite in spite of their chemical similarity.
“For anything pathological in the head we must look for medicines a long way back in the evolution of the natural world. Something which reminds us of earlier natural processes (fungi).
Their present-day imperfect configuration as plants is, as it were, recapitulating past plant development. Or to the algae/lichens/roots of perfect plants (being the part which remains from earliest times)”.
Elsewhere he said that fungi relate closely to all problems that are like headaches. “Fungi relate esp. to the soul quality
of thinking a lot about things/living in the psyche in such a way that one does not need much from the outside world but pumps everything out of oneself -, one will then again find that this inner quality, which essentially points to the fungi, relates very closely to all problems that have headache character. This will guide us to relationships between fungi and headachetype conditions”
Poisonous fungi can make nerve tissue capable of regeneration.
Those with warty caps (Agar) act more towards the periphery, and those with smooth caps like Amanita phalloides (= Agaricus bulbosus) act more in the direction of the inner parts of nerve tissue.
Fungi develop where the cosmic astrality influencing earth’s forces does not exhaust itself in developing the flowers of plants above ground level but penetrates further, to just above soil level. Fungi then result. Development of the colour red is a counter action to this excessive astralization. ‘Wherever reddening occurs in a natural process, we have powerful action against astralization” of damaged nerve tissue. Use by injection via the rhythmical organism (appropriate for restoring harmony between astral body and ether body).
“Algae and fungi are the plants which are wholly immersed in the interactions between air and watery element. Peculiar these plants have a powerful affinity to the sulphur which is today present everywhere in small amounts in the watery element and in air. This means that these plants, if brought into the rhythmical organism, are particularly suitable for restoring harmony between the astral body and the ether body”
A „relatively“ high potency (D 30) directs the action mainly to the neurosensory system.
There is a more elusive (= schwer zu fassen) side to Phos: as an underworld illuminator (Lucifer) associated with the supernatural/light/candles/glowing phosphorescence/bioluminescence and with ATP in the mitochondria. This seems to link it more with the silvery Moon goddess, or the Electrophorus electricus = Zitteraal/hat elektrische Stromstöße als Waffe .Pisces and membranes or fats to something Aquarian (electricity) or even to Leo (light).
Active metabolic pole of the organism represented by the planet Mars, the colour red, the muscles, the metal iron, and a series of remedies (Urt/Ferr-met/Sulph/Psor). This centre is clearly linked with muscles, blood, action, adrenalin, rapid movements, decisions, even masculinity, etc.
Eisen: Zuordnung zu Mars und Tierkreiszeichen Widder und Skorpion.
Marsische Mensch ist muskulös, athletisch, cholerisch/geprägt von einem großen Freiheitsdrang, er jagt von einer Tat zur anderen, ist stolz, aggressiv und egoistisch.
Die Organzuordnung ist die Galle, die somatische Entsprechung ist die innere Atmung, Zellatmung und die Sprach-Stimmfunktion. Schilddrüse.
Die Marsjahre sind der Zeit von 28 - 35 Jahre.
Bei Krankheiten neigt der marsische Mensch zu aggressiven, überschießenden Reaktionen, Verletzungen,
Anämie, Kopfschmerz und Galleleiden.
Soluna 4 (bei fieberhaften Infekten/Infektanfälligkeit/-abwehr). Dienstag dem Mars zugeordnet.
Eisenverbundene Seelenanlage ist martialisches Denken und Rednergabe
Remedies that might be useful for disease/we begin to see the usefulness of Steiner's metaphysical approach. Various homoeopaths and metaphysicians (Paracelsus) from the same angle.
The earth itself might be metaphysically connected along bodily lines with rocks (white chalk/limestone) suggesting the bones of the skeleton; soils (like blood/muscles) often red and rust coloured suggesting flesh; grass and trees like the hair or fur; atmosphere/rain/clouds akin to the respiratory system. Continents would be like vast organs and the oceans like the blood and lymphatic systems.
This scheme can then be followed through in greater detail to give some ideas of likely correspondences between remedies and illnesses/between earth parts and body parts/between earth processes and disease processes.
As medicinal agents: rocks and minerals in general suggest a relationship within the body to all structural disorders (affecting the harder more mineralised parts like bones/teeth/hair/nails).
Sulph./Lava/Cinnb. are more volcanic. Included here the harder and more mineralised parts of plants: nuts/seeds/bark/roots. Remedies. Equis. Lyc. Kola. Sabad. Nux-v. Pyrus (contains gritty particles like sand). Slippery parts of plants like the stems Tarax./inner bark of Salix spp. other trees, suggest cartilage and jointed plant stems. Many rushes, grasses and umbellifers suggest the joints of the skeleton.
Grasses and soils might be useful for hair and muscle problems. Plants with tough, fibrous or sinewy roots Symph/Tarax/Rumx/Arn/Mand/Plant/Bry/Bel-p/Glyc/Rheum/Zing might metaphysically suggest a therapeutic relationship with nerves, sinews, tendons and ligaments.
Plants ó Ashes (carbonates/oxides/kalium salts/phosphates/aluminium/Mg/Na) ó minerals. Ashes are largely alkaline (= sauer) and generally highly soluble in water. Remedies:: Kaliums /Al/Na/Mg salts/Phosphates/metal oxides. As shown in homoeopathic provings, these salts have an affinity with nervous, skin and digestive systems of humans and with conditions like MS/Alzheimer's/Schizophrenia etc.
Volcanic substances [Lava/Sulph./Merc./Pumice (Alum-sil.)/Cinnb./Sulphides]/metals and some precious stones show affinity with eruptive disorders of the skin: pimples/boils/acne etc and symptoms like heat/redness/itching/foul smells, and with electricity and magnetism/nerve impulse transmission/many subcellular metabolic reactions.
Carb-v. shows similar affinities with the lungs, being a blending of the earth and air elements and consisting of a lung-like spongey matrix. (Spong.).
Two other important groups of remedies acids and metals, both widely used. The affinities of each group can either be delineated from the provings and correspondence with the metaphysical aspects of life worked out from that, or their likely clinical affinities derived from their habit, properties and form. Some examples include: Zn/Fe/Sn/Pb/Cu/Se/Pt/Au/Ag/Cd; Phos-ac./Nit-ac./Mur-ac./Sul-ac./Acet-ac.
As with precious stones, the metals tend to be formed within the earth's crust under intense heat and pressure, in areas of metamorphic activity involving recrystallisation/restructuring, sublimation/concentration of otherwise thinly dispersed elements. These processes might in themselves suggest analogous processes in the body and in disease for which they may be useful, for example small intestine/kidneys/bone marrow/liver/spleen all involve activities of this type. Cancer/AIDS/Leukaemia/MS/degenerative conditions. This means organs containing filtering, sieving and re-shaping processes and diseases of a similar type.
Working botanically, we might choose plants that grow predominantly in certain habitats, in DRY areas (Cacti/succulents/houseleeks/Sedum spp) or those that always live in or near water (Con./Scroph-n./Alnus/Salx./Imp-g.), mountains (Lyc./Sorbus/Arn.), volcanoes/hot springs (Sulph./Pumice = Bimsstein/Hekla), growing near the sea (Sea Pink + Sea Lettuce = Algae/Fuc./Eryng.) and such remedies deserve special mention because of the metaphysical undertones suggested by these regions.
Information from provings of the homooepatic type can be supplemented by meditating upon the plant or mineral and its habitat, likes and dislikes, etc. This approach is enriching and should not be dismissed out of hand as unclassical or unhomoeopathic.
Doctrine of signatures A similar metaphysical approach was certainly used in medieval herbalism and called the doctrine of signatures. One might consider the shape, form, habitat, textures, colour, taste, odour, chemical or medicinal properties and combine them to form a metaphysical profile of a particular body-part, drug or disease.
These metaphysical signatures are often contradictory or contain divergent elements in the sense that the colour may signify animal pole (red flowers/peppery taste) while the plant may exude a white latex and grow near water (both lunar and digestive affinities). It would therefore require considerable further contemplation of the plant in order to decide its actual sphere of action. One affinity might take precedence over all the others and decide the final medicinal properties. Alternatively, approaching this phenomenologically, one can take the plant as a totality and then search for diseases with a similar totality.
Thus the doctrine of signatures is more subtle and complex than literal interpretations suggests and requires much more detail and depth of contemplation of a plant, drug, body-part or illness in order to penetrate into its full metaphysical significance.
Steiner: was interested in the Four Temperaments of Hippocrates/medieval medical theory. He accepts the validity of the 4 Humours not literally as physical fact but on a symbolic level, for elucidating affinities and personality types, and further, for working out the symbolic nature and affinities of diseases and drugs. In this sense he carries to its logical conclusion the founding work of the Hippocratic writers, Paracelsus/Medieval Herbalists.
4-teilig: he accepts the fourfold elements:
Earth (black bile/melancholic),
Fire (yellow bile/choleiric)
Überwiegt eines der Elemente im Menschen, so hat er ein Temperament entsprechend der Wesensart des jeweiligen Elements;
Sanguiniker Luft (Sanguis = Blut)
Melancholiker Erde (Melancholia = Schwarzgalligkeit).
Typischen Choleriker: Feuer (Chole = Galle)
ständig läuft eine Laus über die Leber. Gallsüchtig, mit Haaren auf den Zähnen, treibt unseren Patienten sein syphillinisches Temperament von einem Wutanfall zum nächsten. Es bedarf nur eines kleinen Tropfens, um seine Galle zum Überlaufen zu bringen. Nicht selten endet so ein Temperamentsausbruch in der Zerstörung, wenn nicht von sich selbst, dann von anderen; bestenfalls geht nur das Mobiliar zu Bruch.
Mit seinem unbeugsamen Herrscherwillen vernichtet er alle Widerstände. Seine Devise lautet: "Ich bin das Wort, die Macht und die Herrlichkeit".
Krankheiten des Cholerikers: rot, trocken sowie heiß und haben einen plötzlichen und dramatischen Verlauf (z.B. akute Krankheiten mit hohem Fieber).
Auch beeinflusst die Cholerik das Herz-Kreislauf-System negativ.
Wenn ihn nicht wegen seines Hypertonus ein Apoplexie plötzlich dahinrafft, dann vielleicht eine Gallenkolik mit einem akutem Bauch als Folgezustand, verursacht durch Gallensteine, im Volksmund auch "Ärgersteine" genannt, o. seine ausgesprochene Vorliebe für Wein, Weib und Gesang wird ihm zum Verhängnis.
Häufig klagt er über eine Versteifung im Schultergürtel und leidet unter Migräne r./Schwindel/Benommenheit.
Leber ist „Organ des Leidens“
Der Phlegmatiker Wasser (Phlegma = Dampf)
zeigt in allen Lebensfunktionen Trägheit und Langsamkeit. Sein psorisches Temperament neigt besonders zu Depressionen. Sein Leitsatz heißt "ich kann nicht, ich will nicht, lasst mir meine Ruhe". Ständige Sorgen, Erschöpfung und Lethargie/Willensschwäche und Ohnmacht gegenüber den Anforderungen des Lebens. Er neigt besonders zu Verdauungsschwäche sowie zu kalter und chronischer Symptomatik und zu ödematöser Schwellung. Ausgeprägt entwickelt sich in späteren Stadien aus der kalten und feuchten Natur des Phlegmatikers, die kalte und trockene Natur des Melancholikers. In diesem Zustand erhöht sich die Neigung zu chronischen Lungenerkrankungen wie Emphysem o. Bronchiektasie und es verstärkt sich die Ca-Latenz im Patienten.
Das Wechselspiel von Cholerik und Phlegma
Scheinbar bilden Cholerik und Phlegma/Melancholie unüberbrückbare Gegensätze.
Doch lässt sich immer wieder beobachten, wie der Phlegmatiker, nachdem man ihn lange genug gereizt hat, einen spontanen Gemütsausbruch hat; allerdings hat er vor den Folgen große Angst. Es entspricht nicht seiner Natur, sich Widerständen mit Gewalt zu nähern.
Auch den Choleriker prägt die Angst, allerdings ganz anders als den Phlegmatiker. Seine Angst gilt dem Zusammenbruch seiner Lebensenergie, die er im Kleinen immer wieder als plötzliche Erschöpfung und als spontanen Depressionsausbruch erlebt. In dieser erzwungenen Ruhe kann er aber nichts mit sich anfangen. Um diesem Zustand auszuweichen, greift er immer wieder zu Stimulantia, stürzt sich in Arbeit/sucht Ablenkungen/bis zur totalen Erschöpfung.
Drastisch formuliert, haben Phlegmatiker und Melancholiker Angst vor dem Leben, Choleriker dagegen Angst vor dem Tod.
Der Choleriker lebt deswegen ganz auf der Tagseite des Lebens. Sein Bestreben gilt der Durchsetzung seiner Ich-Vorstellungen. Dies erfordert einen Verbrauch seiner Lebensenergie, analog der abbauenden Funktion der Gallensäuren.
Der Phlegmatiker dagegen pflegt auf der Nachtseite des Lebens zu stehen. Er verzichtet zu Gunsten des bewahrenden Prinzips, analog der aufbauenden Stoffwechselfunktion der Leber, auf die Durchsetzung seiner Ich-Vorstellungen.
Diese Beziehung von Cholerik und Phlegma zur Tag und Nachtseite des Lebens spiegelt die Prometheus.sage wider.
Es zeigt sich also, dass es in der Therapie wichtig ist, den Choleriker auf sanfte Weise zu mehr Ruhe und Gelassenheit zu bewegen, dagegen beim Phlegmatiker/Melancholiker Aktivität und mehr "Biss" zu erzeugen.
From these can be built up a towering and complex classification of diseases/organs/remedies/planets/metals/zodiacal signs and qualities all in the same fourfold system.
It would serve no purpose to describe these in any detail here/many homoeopathic remedies as well as Hahnemann's Miasm Theory can all be easily hung on the same basic framework.
Classifications based on threes and fives in the Druidic teachings; fives figure highly in Chinese philosophy and Buddhism; classifications based upon seven and nine are also common in Occultism.
There are 7 planets, 7 days of the week, 7 main metals, etc.
We can make a number of criticisms about the metaphysical approach to illness (for determining the medicinal properties of drugs). The system is good: it generates a lot of information, but also is misleading/inaccurate/speculative. One must be prepared to absorb a great deal of information and complex classification systems, that can prove to be unwieldy and complex. Yet some are happy with this approach and therefore it suits a certain temperament.
Its chief drawback is that it can lead to confusion/errors. If a plant contains divergent properties then the system is in difficulty. For example, a plant with mars-like properties (thorns/prickles/peppery taste/red flowers) clearly suits the metabolic centre. But if it also had lunar qualities (watery swollen tissues, silvery leaves and always grew near water) then this might cause some confusion.
What medicinal properties could it reasonably be expected to contain?
Hahnemann: give it to healthy people in a proving and then you will find out.
Steiner: scrutinise its qualities and ruminate or resort to `higher faculties'. He might also say such a problem cannot arise, because such plants don't exist because that's the way the world was formed! While this approach is surprisingly successful and does yield some very valuable information about drugs, it does not appear to be a universally applicable or consistent method.
It might result in the medicinal properties of some potent drug being entirely missed by not being indicated from the appearance of the plant. Very similar looking or closely related plant species may yield entirely divergent therapeutic properties (Primula spp./Arn./Cham./Bel-p.). Steiner use different parts of the same plant for totally different types of medical conditions. Example: use of Beta foliae for metabolic disorders/Betula cortex for cephalic pole disorders. This could be ridiculed by homoeopaths/pharmacologists. But, if it works, then there is no problem.
So, the main critique would show an apparently illogical/inconsistent/unreliable method, though it certainly generates some very fascinating ideas/remedies/therapeutic guidelines.
Die Entwicklung des Menschen und der Erde gemäß der Kosmologie der Rosenkreuzer und Steiners Anthroposofie
Ebenso wie jeder einzelne Mensch inkarniert sich auch die Erde, indem sie planetarische Wiedergeburten durchläuft in unvorstellbar langen Intervallen, die Milliarden von Jahren dauern. Die wichtigsten nach dem Saturn, der Sonne und dem Mond benannt hat die Erde in einer Zeit durchlaufen, als unser Planet und die genannten Himmelskörper noch nicht in der heutigen Form existiert haben.
Was diese Himmelskörper heute darstellen, sind getrennte, verfestigte Gebilde, die sich unter Einfluss der ansässigen geistigen Wesen von der Erde getrennt haben (früher waren sie jedoch eins mit der Erde). In der Saturn-Epoche hatte unser Planet lediglich eine thermische Qualität. In der Sonnen-Phase hat die Erde eine Art Luftkonsistenz angenommen und im Mond-Zeitalter kondensierten Teile davon in eine wässrig-gallertartige Form
4-Teilung: (4 Elemente: Feuer, Luft, Wasser und Erde gehen auch auf diese Entwicklung zurück). Die dichtesten Anteile wurden schließlich zur festen Materie, bis sich die Erde in die heutige Form entwickelt hat. (Lemuria/Atlantis, wo der physische Körper des Menschen noch nicht die heutige Form und Festigkeit hatte und der Mensch die Welt anders wahrgenommen hat, als nur über die physischen Sinne
wie heute). Der Untergang von Atlantis (die Sintflut) führte zur Auswanderung der überlebenden Atlanter und zur Verbreitung ihres Fortschrittes in andere Kontinente. Dies erklärt viele ähnliche Funde und Phänomene an verschiedenen Orten und die hohe spirituelle Entwicklungsstufe indianischer, asiatischer und ägyptischer Eingeweihter. Dies waren bereits Vorzeichen des gegenwärtigen, postatlantischen Zeitalters und der einzelnen kulturellen Epochen.
Zur Chronologisierung lässt sich z.B. die Anthroposophie von Steiner heranziehen:
1) die Urindische Kultur (ab 7227 v.Chr.),
2) die Urpersische Kultur (ab 5067 v.Chr.),
3) die Ägyptisch-Chaldäisch-Babylonische Kultur (ab 2907 v.Chr.),
4) die Griechisch-Lateinische Kultur (ab 747 v.Chr.)
5) die Germanisch-Angelsächsische Kultur (ab 1413 n.Chr. bis heute).
Danach werden im Abstand von jeweils 2160 Jahren (das platonische Jahr) die nächsten zwei Epochen folgen, bevor
sich die Entwicklung weiter fortsetzen wird: 6) die Slawische und 7) die Philadelphische Kulturepoche.
Die obige Darstellung beschreibt, wie unser Planet mit der Zeit eine "gröbere Dichte" angenommen hat.
Ähnlich entwickelte sich auch die Menschheit und der menschliche Körper (in Saturn-Epoche). Er hatte damals zuerst auch nur eine thermische Struktur und nahm im Laufe der nachfolgenden Sonnenund Mondphase stufenweise weitere Aspekte an, bis zur Entstehung des physischen Körpers in heutiger Form. Während dieser Phasen nahm der Mensch auch die weitere Körper an während der Sonnenzeit den ätherischen Körper während der Mondzeit den astralen Körper (nicht die heutige Form/sondern die jeweilige Vorform).
Jeder dieser Bestandteile war eine Gabe spiritueller Mächte, die für die Evolution der Menschheit jeweils ein Stück ihrer eigenen Substanz zur Verfügung gestellt haben.
Gleichzeitig entstanden auch Vorformen der Mineralien sowie die der Flora und Fauna.
Der physische Körper in Wechselbeziehung mit der Welt der Minerale,
Der ätherische Körper in Wechselbeziehung mit der Pflanzenwelt
Der astrale Körper in Wechselbeziehung mit dem Tierreich (Tieren haben einen ätherischen/astralen Körper/letzterer hat bei ihnen die führende Rolle und im Unterschied zum Menschen sind ihre seelisch-spirituellen Komponenten kollektiver Natur, d.h. sie haben kein autonomes Ich).
2-Teilung: In der Mondphase sind das männlichen und weiblichen Prinzips entwickelt (Mensch hatte bis dahin kein Geschlecht), konnten sich Menschen auf der Erde nunmehr eigenständig vermehren (= inkarnieren).
Der Sinn und die Hauptbedingung für die weitere Entwicklung des Menschen auf der Erde ist demnach die Liebe. Ihr Archetyp Jesus Christus musste sich deshalb auf der Erde inkarnieren, weil die Menschen in Zeiten des Materialismus nur so zum Glauben finden konnten. Ab dem Zeitpunkt (der Kreuzigung auf Golgota) verläuft die Entwicklung wieder rückwärts, allerdings auf einer höheren Ebene. Die jetzige Phase entspricht gewissermaßen der ägyptischen Epoche, jedoch ist spirituelles Wissen heutzutage öffentlich zugänglich. Und damit sich die Menschheit weiterentwickeln kann, muss sie trotz oder parallel zu ihrem technologischen Fortschritt eine höhere spirituelle Durchdringung erreichen.
3-Teilung: Die existentielle Grundlage des Menschen ist seine Dreiheit, die er schon auf dem alten Saturn gehabt hat Körper, Geist und Seele. Doch erst auf der heutigen Erde war seine Entwicklung so weit fortgeschritten, dass er ein Ich annehmen konnte. Dadurch wurde er zu einem autonomen Wesen und begann sich als Individuum zu entwickeln (bis dahin war seine geistig-seelische Struktur kollektiv, ähnlich wie bei den Tieren). Damit erhielt er auch seinen freien Willen, was auch die Möglichkeit von Irrtümern und das Phänomen der menschlichen Karma mit sich brachte. Während der ersten Inkarnationen auf der Erde hatte jeder Mensch bereits sein eigenes Ich, verhielt sich aber noch größtenteils wie ein Tier. Seine höheren Komponenten befanden sich allesamt auf einem niedrigen Niveau und der am meisten bestimmende Aspekt war der astrale Körper und die ihm innewohnenden Triebe und Leidenschaften. Der heutige Mensch steht also in erster Reihe vor der Aufgabe, seinen astralen Körper zu transformieren, später dann auch den ätherischen und den physischen Körper. Jeder sollte mit Hilfe seines Ichs daran arbeiten, seiner Emotionen, Triebe und Leidenschaften Herr zu werden und seine geistigen und spirituellen Anteile zu entwickeln, die ihrerseits auch jeweils in drei Aspekte unterteilt werden können. Der physische Körper ist zwar der unterste, aber auch der älteste und am meisten entwickelte Teil des menschlichen Wesens. Deshalb ist er im Allgemeinen bei allen Menschen gleich entwickelt, wohingegen es zwischen der jeweiligen geistigen und spirituellen Entwicklungsstufe große Unterschiede gibt.
Die Idee, dass Materie/Universum/Mensch eine spirituelle Grundlage haben, wird von vielen abgelehnt. Andere verbreiten wiederum die falsche Ansicht, dass der Körper und die Materie minderwertig sind und die Inkarnation auf der Erde letztendlich etwas Überflüssiges sei. Sie versuchen, die Menschheit vorzeitig zu spiritualisieren, entgegen der Tatsache, dass die Erde genau jener Ort ist, wo der Mensch seinen Gesamtfortschritt am besten vorantreiben kann. Die eben erwähnten Einstellungen bringen die Menschheit allerdings nicht weiter. Es werden noch viele Inkarnationen nötig sein, bis der Mensch soweit ist, dass er seinen physischen Körper ablegen kann und der ätherische Körper dadurch zu seinem gröbsten Bestandteil wird. Aber auch danach wird er noch sehr lange brauchen, bis er ans Ziel gelangt.....
Frei nach: Victor Bot
Ego Herz Feuer Cholerisch Ich-leib (Ego) funktioniert durch Wärme, denkt/reflektiert/selbstbewusst/individualisiert
Ätherisch Leib Leber Wasser Phlegmatisch Ätherisch Leib = verbunden mit der Pflanze/Wasser/hat regenerative/formgebende Funktion (am
Stärkste im Schlafe)/Lebenskräfte innerlich schlummernd,
Physische Leib Lunge Erde Melancholisch Physische Leib = materielle Substanz/= sichtbare Körper/wird mit agiert.
Polarität/Gegensätze: Streben nach unten nach oben (vertikal) Astralleib + Ichleib. Vorstellungen/Planung/Ideen/Zuschauer/Antipathy/“kalte“ Nach innen/Aufnahme: Sinneseindrücke/Luft/Nahrung formgebend; Gefühle: Angst;
seitwärts (horizontal) Physische Leib + etherisches Leib/Instinkt/Aktivität/Trieb/Beteiligte(r)/Sympathy/“Wärme“
Nach außen/Abgabe: Urin/Faeces/Bewegung
Gefühle: Wut/Krankheit: ADHD/hyperaktiv/manisch/Wahnen/Wut/destruktiv/Entzündungen/Fieber
Die beide polaritäten werden gemischt: z.B. der Atemrhythmus/Kauen im Oberpol/
z.B. die Gefühle werden ausgedrückt durch Glieder
Werden zusammen gehalten/koordiniert durch Rhythmische System
sanguinisch: braucht Vielfalt um Interesse des Kindes zu befriedigen/diese Vielfalt muss abwechselnd sein/das Kind für sich gewinnen
choleirisch: braucht respekt vor natürlicher Authorität
melancholisch: Respekt vor Erfahrung der Erwachsenen
1e Erdenzeitalter: Saturn Mit „Menschen“; Ohne Mineralien/Pflanzen/Tieren;
Wärme in abwechselnde/unterschiedliche Formen
1. Spiegelt Wesenheiten (u.a. Kyriotetes) und ihre Eigenschaften, hat keine eigene,
die sich selbst bewusst werden und dadurch entwickeln (ist „Urwille“ = Throne)
2. Archai = Urbeginne = Wesen, die wirken wie gegenwärtige menschliche Persönlichkeiten
physische Leib Vollkommen
3. Zwischen Saturn und Sonne entwickeln sich Sinnesorganen
Seraphim (= Geister der Liebe) können diese Sinnesorganen benutzen und Eindrücke an Feuergeister weitergeben ohne eigenes Nutzen
4. Söhne des Zwielichts o. des Lebens = Angeloi
Geschmack entwickelt sich
2e Erdenzeitalter: Sonne Feuergeister = Archangeloi = Erzengel bestehen mit Art Traumbewusstsein „Wie Menschen“, aber lebhafter
Lebens-/Bilder-/Ätherleib Weniger vollkommen
Stoffwechsel entwickelt sich verbunden mit Geister der Harmonien = Cherubim erzeugen
Bewusstsein 1. wie Traumbewusstsein des heutigen Menschen,
3e Erdenzeitalter: Mond Wesenheiten: Excusiai = Gewalten
Unterteilung in Lebewesen ‡
Wasser = flüssig
Astralleib Wenig vollkommen
Träger von Begierden/Leidenschaft/Lust/Leid
4e Erdenzeitalter: Erde Mineralien Fest
Geistesmensch (= Atma Keim gestaltet in Saturnzeitalter/Buddhi = Lebensgeist gestaltet in Sonnezeitalter)
Die anthroposophische Medizin gründet sich auf die “4 Wesensglieder”. Die können Sie zwar nicht sehen, aber erleben und spüren. Krankheiten werden diese Wesensglieder zugeordnet: skleroseartig, geschwulstartig, entzündungsartig und lähmungsbedingt.
Der “physische Leib” = sichtbare Körper/wird mit agiert.
Der “Ätherleib” Lebenskräfte innerlich schlummernd,
Der “Astralleib” Instinkt/Empfindung/Leidenschaft.
Das Zentrum der Persönlichkeit, das Bewusstsein, nennt Steiner “das Ich”.
Die Grundlage der anthroposophischen Behandlung sind homöopathische, potenzierte Einzelsubstanzen, pflanzliche, tierische o. eine Mischung aus verschiedenen Komponenten.
Metalle spielen bei diesem Naturheilverfahren eine große Rolle/gerne als vegetabilisierte Metalle eingesetzt (hergestellt: eine Pflanze wird 3 Jahre lang Rhythmus einem metallhaltigen Boden ausgesetzt, danach kompostiert, bis sie von dem Metall durchdrungen ist und zwecks Medikamentengewinnung geerntet wird. Jede Arzneisubstanz soll nun zu Ihren Wesensgliedern eine unterschiedliche Affinität haben. Zum Beispiel sollen sich pflanzliche Stoffe für Ihren astralen Bereich, tierische für Ihr ätherisches Wesen, Mineralien und Metalle für das “Ich” eignen.
Visc (= Mistel) = bekannteste Arzneipflanze der anthroposophischen Medizin/auch von andere Ärzten angewendet.
Wichtig bei Selbstbehandlung: keine problematischen Mittel wie Blei oder Quecksilber in Tiefenpotenzen verwenden!
Anarchismus und soziale Dreigliederung: Ein Vergleich von Sylvain Coiplet
Michail Bakunin (russischer Revolutionär und Anarchist/gilt als einer der einflussreichsten Denker der anarchistischen Bewegung/erster Organisator)
Steiner (österreichischer Esoteriker und Philosoph/Begründer der Anthroposophie)
Bakunin versus R.S.
Religion: Die Freiheit als Beweis oder als Tod Gottes?
Freiheit gibt es nicht ohne Materialismus. Dies ist die Überzeugung der meisten Anarchisten. Sie findet sich schon bei einem der ersten Anarchisten, Proudhon. In einer Kampfschrift gegen die Religion stellt er Luzifer als den Befreier der Menschheit dar. Er hat sie nämlich von Gott befreit. Dieser Gedanke findet sich bei Bakunin wieder, nur in einer noch radikaleren Form. Wer einen Gott über sich stellt, der verzichtet auf seine Freiheit.
Bakunin: Jehovah, von allen Göttern gewiss der eifersüchtigste/eitelste/roheste/ungerechteste/blutgierigste/despotischste/menschlicher Würde und Freiheit feindlichste, schuf Adam und Eva aus man weiß
nicht was für einer Laune heraus, ohne Zweifel, um seine Langeweile zu vertreiben, die bei seiner ewigen egoistischen Einsamkeit schrecklich sein muss, oder um sich neue Sklaven zu schaffen; dann stellte er ihnen edelmütig die ganze Erde mit allen ihren Früchten und Tieren zur Verfügung, wobei er diesem vollständigen Genuß nur eine einzige Grenze setzte. Er verbot ihnen ausdrücklich, die Frucht vom Baume der Erkenntnis zu essen. Er wollte also, dass der Mensch, allen Bewußtseins seiner selbst beraubt, ewig ein Tier bleibe, dem ewigen Gott, seinem Schöpfer und Herren, untertan. Aber da kam Satan, der ewige Rebell, der erste Freidenker und Weltenbefreier. Er bewirkt, dass der Mensch sich seiner tierischen Unwissenheit und Unterwürfigkeit schämt; er befreit ihn und drückt seiner Stirn das Siegel der Freiheit und Menschlichkeit auf, indem er ihn antreibt, ungehorsam zu sein und die Frucht vom Baume der Erkenntnis zu essen.
Diesem Gedanken widmet Bakunin eine zentrale Passage in dem Werk, von dem später ein Fragment den Titel Gott und der Staat bekommen hat. Dort greift er einen alten Witz von Voltaire auf, der heißt: Man müsste Gott erfinden, wenn es ihn nicht geben würde. Mit anderen Worten: Dass es Gott gibt, sind wir uns eigentlich nicht mehr ganz sicher, machen wir aber lieber so weiter, als ob es ihn geben würde. Bakunin zieht lieber den Umkehrschluss: Gott müsste man abschaffen, wenn es ihn geben würde. Er mag noch so liebevoll und freiheitlich sein, ein Gott bleibt trotzdem ein Herr.
Wenn Gott ist, so ist der Mensch unfrei, der Mensch kann und soll aber frei sein, also gibt es keinen Gott. Ich fordere jeden auf, diesem Kreis zu entgehen, und nun mag man wählen.
Hier zeigt sich wie der Materialismus die Menschheit zur Freiheit erzieht. Nur ist es bei Bakunin eher umgekehrt: Seine Freiheitsliebe hat ihn zum Materialisten gemacht. Seinen Glauben an Gott hätte er gern behalten, wenn er nicht dadurch in diesen Teufelskreis gekommen wäre.
Steiner: Hier zeigt sich auch, warum Mackay von Steiner nichts mehr hören will, als dieser zum Theosophen wird. Steiner wird damit nicht nur zum Spinner, sondern noch dazu gefährlich. Wer dem
Materialismus abschwört, der stellt zugleich die Freiheit in Frage. Bakunin und Mackay sind sich wenigstens in dieser Frage einig: Ohne Materialismus keine Freiheit.
Mackay: Ich glaubte nie an einen Gott da droben,
Den Lügner oder Toren nur uns geben.
Ich sterbe und ich wüsste nichts zu loben
Vielleicht nur Eins dass wir nur einmal leben!
Das Paradoxe dabei ist, dass das Gedicht, woraus ich diese Zeilen entnommen habe, von Steiner selbst zitiert wird und er dem sogar ausdrücklich zustimmt. Dann lässt sich schon besser nachvollziehen, wieso Mackay von der späteren Wandlung Steiners überrascht gewesen ist. Steiner selber kann man aber auch besser verstehen, wenn man sich den Kontext etwas näher anschaut. Steiner zitiert aus derselben Gedichtssammlung auch ein Jugendgedicht von Mackay, das noch stark religiös gefärbt ist. Diesem Gedicht stimmt er auch zu, mit der Begründung: Wer sich als Jugendlicher so stark hingeben konnte, der darf sich später auf sich selbst stellen. Er macht es nicht aus innerer Armut. Es geht also nicht nur darum, ob Religiosität oder nicht, sondern darum welche Religiosität. Und daher auch welcher Materialismus. Wenn zwei dasselbe sagen, ist es nicht dasselbe. Für Mackay ist dagegen bezeichnend, dass er diese Jugendgedichte aus den späteren Auflagen der Sammlung entfernt hat. Was Steiner zu diesen Gedichten zu sagen hatte, scheint ihm also nicht besonders eingeleuchtet zu haben.
Bakunin: Ähnliches ließe sich von Bakunin sagen, sobald man seine Jugendbriefe (Briefe an seine Schwester), heranzieht. Dort ist Gott noch allgegenwärtig. Seine engsten Freunde sind auch ziemlich verblüfft
gewesen, als er plötzlich zum Atheisten wurde. Mit einer solchen Bekehrung hatte keiner gerechnet, auch nicht diejenigen, welche selber Atheisten waren.
Steiner: Materialismus ist also nicht gleich Materialismus. Religiosität ist aber auch nicht gleich Religiosität. Hier liegt der Schlüssel zum Verständnis Steiners. Er beschreibt mit der größten
Selbstverständlichkeit die verschiedensten geistigen Wesenheiten. Sie werden so konkret, dass die Sammelbezeichnung Gott oder Teufel, demgegenüber abstrakt klingt. Aber gerade bei dieser Beschreibung wird deutlich, dass der Mensch den Materialismus brauchte, um zur Freiheit geboren zu werden. Der Materialismus ist für Gott das Mittel gewesen, sich zugunsten der menschlichen Freiheit zu entmachten. Einmal geboren kann aber diese Freiheit aus dem Materialismus herauswachsen. Steiner kritisiert nicht, dass es zum Materialismus gekommen ist, sondern dass es dabei bleibt. Es ist natürlich leichter frei zu sein, wenn man allein bleibt. Hat sich die Freiheit aber befestigt, dann kann sie es sich leisten, noch dazu religiös zu sein.
So gesehen ist Steiner nicht mehr ein Anarchist, der die Freiheit an Gott verraten hat, sondern ein Philosoph der Freiheit, der darüber enttäuscht worden ist, wie wenig die Anarchisten aus ihrer Freiheit gemacht haben.
Enttäusch wird man aber auch, wenn man lesen muss, wie Bakunin in einer Vortragsnachschrift von Steiner zitiert wird. Die oben erwähnte Formel sieht nämlich dort ganz anders aus:
Steiner: Wenn Gott ist, so ist der Mensch frei, der Mensch ist Sklave, also gibt es keinen Gott. Ich bin überzeugt, dass niemand aus diesem Kreise heraus kann, und jetzt lasst uns wählen.
Vorhin war der Mensch unfrei, wenn Gott ist, nun soll genau das Gegenteil der Fall sein: Wenn Gott ist, so ist der Mensch frei. Und die Verwirrung geht noch weiter.
Im Zitat von Bakunin sollte der Mensch frei sein, nun gilt stattdessen: Der Mensch ist aber unfrei. Das Einzige, was bei einer solchen Formel noch verwandt mit Bakunin bleibt, ist der Schluss, der daraus zu ziehen ist: Also bin ich Materialist.
Steiner: geht es hier allerdings nicht um diesen Schluss. Er geht vielmehr auf den Ausgangspunkt der Formel ein. Seine Kritik richtet sich an Bakunins Freiheitsauffassung. Bei Bakunin soll es immer heißen:
Der Mensch ist frei oder unfrei. Frei kann man aber nicht sein, sondern nur werden. Die Freiheit ist dem Menschen nicht gegeben, er muss sie sich selbst erringen. Mit meinen Worten: Steiner geht es um eine Freiheit, die alle Passivität überwunden hat, um eine aktive Freiheit. Für eine solche Auffassung gibt es in der Tat keinen Platz bei der Formel von Bakunin, wie sie von Steiner zitiert wird. Bei der Originalformel aber schon. Dort heißt es: Der Mensch kann und soll frei sein. Bei Bakunin gilt also auch, dass die Freiheit nicht gegeben ist, sondern errungen werden muss.
Bleibt man bei der Formel, die tatsächlich von Bakunin stammt, so stellt sich eine andere Frage. Dort geht es, wie bei der von Steiner zitierten Abwandlung, schon um ein entweder oder. Zwar nicht darum, ob Freiheit oder Unfreiheit, aber darum ob Freiheit oder Religion. Eigentlich wäre es für Steiner Grund genug, um die Formel von Bakunin abzulehnen, weil seine Freiheit und seine Religion sich, anders als die von Bakunin, nicht unbedingt ausschließen. Im Rückblick auf die Zeit seiner Zusammenarbeit mit Mackay spricht Steiner von einer Versuchung. Er sei nah daran gewesen, den Bereich der inneren Freiheit, wie er ihn in seiner Philosophie der Freiheit ausgearbeitet hatte, zu verlassen und diese innere Freiheit mit einer äußeren Freiheit zu vertauschen. Bei dieser Aussage habe ich mich zwischen zwei Interpretationen noch nicht entscheiden können. Sie lässt sich, ausgehend vom vorigen Kapitel, so interpretieren, dass die Philosophie der Freiheit die Betonung auf die Wirklichkeit der Freiheit, Mackay dagegen auf die Möglichkeit der Freiheit legt. Nimmt man dieses Kapitel über die Religion hinzu, dann fragt sich ob Steiner unter äußerer Freiheit nicht auch etwas anderes gemeint haben kann. Ist eine Freiheit, die unbedingt den Materialismus braucht, nicht auch eine äußere Freiheit? War es keine Versuchung wert, weiter über die geistige Welt zu schweigen, um mit den einzigen Freiheitsliebenden seiner Zeit weiter zusammenarbeiten zu können?
Steiner: Dies sind alles Überlegungen, die Steiner hätte anstellen können, wenn er nur Bakunin richtig zitiert hätte. Nun fragt sich, wie er dazu kommt, Bakunin falsch zu zitieren.
In seiner Bibliothek steht ein Exemplar von Bakunins Gott und der Staat aus den neunziger Jahren. Dort hätte er das richtige Zitat nachlesen können. Es lässt sich allerdings nicht nachweisen, sser aber das Buch nicht nur besessen, sondern auch gelesen hat. Gelesen hat er aber auf jeden Fall « Der Anmarsch des Pöbels » von Dmitri Mereschkowski, wie es sich aus dem Zusammenhang seines Vortrages vermuten lässt, und wie ein Blick in seine Bibliothek es bestätigt: das Buch enthält nämlich Kommentare aus seiner Hand. Gehofft habe ich natürlich, dass Mereschkowski es gewesen ist, der Bakunin falsch zitiert. Steiner hätte den Fehler nur übernommen. Ihm wäre nur vorzuwerfen, dass er das Zitat nicht nachgeprüft hat. Schon schlimm genug. Mereschkowski zitiert Bakunin aber fast richtig, nämlich wie folgt:
Gott ist, also ist der Mensch Sklave. Der Mensch ist frei, also gibt es keinen Gott. Ich bin überzeugt, dass niemand aus diesem Kreise herauskann, und nun lasset uns wählen.
Mereschkowski hat aus der aktiven Freiheit von Bakunin eine passive Freiheit gemacht. Der Mensch ist frei. Sonst ist aber bei seinem Zitat alles richtig. Gott führt hier wie beim Originalzitat von Bakunin zur
Sklaverei und nicht zur Freiheit. Liest man aber bei Mereschkowski weiter, so kommt heraus, dass er sich mit dieser Formel von Bakunin nicht zufrieden gibt. So wie Bakunin die Formel von Voltaire aufgegriffen und verwandelt hat, so greift Mereschkowski die Formel von Bakunin auf und formt sie zu einer eigenen Formel um. Diese Formel könnte ich jetzt zitieren. Dies brauche ich aber eigentlich nicht mehr, weil ich das schon gemacht habe. Die Formel von Mereschkowski ist dieselbe Formel, die Steiner oben dem Bakunin zugeschrieben hat!
Wenn Gott ist, so ist der Mensch frei, der Mensch ist Sklave, also gibt es keinen Gott. Ich bin überzeugt, dass niemand aus diesem Kreise heraus kann, und jetzt lasset uns wählen.
Gründe für diese Verwechslung lassen sich nur vermuten. Mereschkowski wird nicht müde zu betonen, wie Bakunin trotz seiner Ablehnung Gottes seine frühere religiöse Gesinnung behalten hat, nämlich seinen fanatischen Eifer. Er ist nur vom Orthodoxen zum Ketzer geworden. Er ist aber religiös geblieben. Bei Mereschkowski ist diese Aussage eher verdächtig, weil er als Christ überall Religiöses sehen will. Bezüglich Herzen, einem Freund von Bakunin, geht Mereschkowski noch weiter. Er unterstellt ihm, dass er zwar bewusst antireligiös gewesen ist, dass er aber unbewusst zu seiner eigenen Behauptung tendiert hat: Ohne Gott, gibt es keine Freiheit. Vielleicht hat Steiner diese Bemerkung nicht nur auf Herzen, sondern auch auf Bakunin bezogen. Das könnte ich gerade noch verstehen. Steiner macht aber an dieser Stelle überhaupt keinen Unterschied zwischen bewusst und unbewusst. Stimmt die Nachschrift, dann tendiere ich also zu einer anderen Interpretation: Steiner hat das Buch von Mereschkowski einfach nicht aufmerksam genug gelesen.
Zu diesem Schluss war ich gekommen, als ich von Karl-Martin Dietz auf eine weitere Stelle aufmerksam gemacht wurde, wo Steiner sich vier Jahre früher über Bakunin ausspricht. Dort geht es auch um Gott und die Freiheit. Der Unterschied ist nur, dass Steiner diesmal Bakunin fast richtig zitiert, nämlich so wie er von Mereschkowski zitiert wird.
Wenn Gott existiert, so ist der Mensch Sklave. Der Mensch ist frei, also gibt es keinen Gott.
Steiner interessiert hier auch nicht, ob Bakunins Freiheitsauffassung aktiv oder passiv ist, sondern nur der Kontrast zur Formel von Voltaire. Da dieses richtige Zitat früher entstanden ist als das falsche, so steht für mich fest, dass die Nachschrift mit dem falschen Zitat nicht stimmen kann. Wer von Steiner viel hält, mag dadurch erleichtert sein. Nicht Steiner sondern der Schreiber hat gepfuscht. Dies hat er aber so raffiniert gemacht, dass einem dabei jede Nachschrift verdächtig wird.
Es lohnt sich daher möglichst viele Stellen zu vergleichen, wo Steiner dasselbe Thema anschneidet. Dieser Vergleich ist nicht nur bei unseren beiden Stellen über Bakunin lehrreich. Er lässt sich auf all die Stellen ausweiten, bei denen es Steiner um passive und aktive Freiheit geht. Als typisches Beispiel für passive Freiheit bringt Steiner sonst nicht Bakunin, sondern immer wieder Wilson an. Und diesmal stimmt auch das Zitat:
« Was ist Freiheit? » sagt der andere. « Das Bild, das mir vorschwebt, ist eine große, mächtige Maschine. Setze ich die Teile so unbeholfen und ungeschickt zusammen, dass, wenn ein Teil sich bewegen will, er durch die anderen gehemmt wird, dann verbiegt sich die ganze Maschine und steht still. Die Freiheit der einzelnen Teile » wohlgemerkt: die Freiheit der Teile der Maschine! « würde in der besten Anpassung und Zusammensetzung aller bestehen. » Um die menschliche Freiheit zu charakterisieren, sagt er das alles! « Wenn der große Kolben einer Maschine vollkommen frei laufen soll, so muss man ihn den anderen Teilen der Maschine genau anpassen. Dann ist er frei ... » Um zu wissen, wie der Mensch frei wird, untersucht man also die Maschine! «... dann ist er frei, nicht weil man ihn isoliert und für sich allein, sondern weil man ihn sorgfältig und geschickt den übrigen Teilen des großen Gefüges eingefügt hat. Was ist Freiheit? Man sagt von einer Lokomotive, dass sie frei laufe. Was meint man damit? Man will sagen, die einzelnen Bestandteile seien so zusammengesetzt und ineinander gepasst, dass die Reibung auf ein Minimum beschränkt wird. Man sagt von einem Schiff, das leicht die Wellen durchschneidet: wie frei läuft es, und meint damit, dass es der Stärke des Windes vollkommen angepasst ist. Richte es gegen den Wind, und es wird halten und schwanken, alle Planken und der ganze Rumpf werden erzittern, und sofort ist es gefesselt. » jetzt zeigt er, dass das so geht bei der menschlichen Natur wie bei der Maschine, bei dem Dampfschiff und so weiter: « Es wird nur dann frei, wenn man es wieder abfallen lässt und die weise Anpassung an die Gewalten, denen es gehorchen muss, wieder hergestellt hat. »
Freiheit heißt also Anpassung. Da hat Steiner wirklich ein gutes Beispiel gefunden: Passiver geht nicht. Zugleich deutet er an, das Problem würde darin liegen, dass Wilson das Vorbild der menschlichen Freiheit bei der Maschine sucht. Dies ergänzt sich gut mit einer anderen Stelle, wo Steiner von Wilsons Freiheit sagt, sie sei keine Freiheit, weil Wilson den Menschen auf den Leib reduziere. Als weiteren Grund gibt er dort an, dass Wilson den Unterschied zwischen Tier und Mensch unterschätzt. Bei ihm soll es daher keine richtige Entwicklung geben.
Was dahinter steckt, ist wieder die Frage, wie weit sich der Darwinismus mit der Freiheit verträgt. Wie steht es um die menschliche Freiheit, wenn der Mensch nicht von Gott, sondern vom Affen abstammt? Diese Frage stellt sich nicht nur bei Wilson. Auch der späte Bakunin führt den Menschen gern auf das Tier zurück. Wer diese Frage beantworten will, muss aber zuerst klären, was alles unter einer richtigen Entwicklung verstanden werden kann.
Seit der Mitte des 19ten Jahrhunderts wird unter Entwicklung verstanden, dass vom Einfachsten zum Kompliziertesten aufgestiegen wird. Dies ist die allgemeingültige Entwicklungstheorie. Die Entwicklung hat nur eine Richtung. Sogar Kropotkin hält sich daran. Die Richtung, die er der Entwicklung unterstellt, ist zwar unüblich. Mit Darwin ist er sich aber trotzdem einig, dass der Mensch die Richtung der tierischen Entwicklung nur weiterführt. Richtungswechsel darf es in der Entwicklung nicht geben. Kropotkin lehnt deswegen Hegel als völlig unwissenschaftlich ab, weil dieser in jeder Entwicklung nach Richtungswechseln sucht. Die Entwicklung geht vom Positiven aus, schlägt dann ins Negative um, um in einem dritten Schritt zuletzt zu einer höheren Synthese zu kommen. Dies ist für Hegel eine richtige Entwicklung, eine dialektische Entwicklung.
Bakunin: später konnte er sich zwar für den Darwinismus begeistern. Sogar gegen eine Entwicklung vom Einfachsten zum Kompliziertesten hat er nichts einzuwenden. Auf die Idee, Hegel deswegen zu
verdammen, ist er aber nicht gekommen. Er baut vielmehr auf das weiter auf, was er selber aus Hegel gemacht hat. Als Junghegelianer hat er nämlich den Richtungswechsel bei der Entwicklung noch stärker betont als Hegel selbst. Ihn interessiert nur der Umschlag vom Positiven ins Negative.
Das Positive und das Negative folglich nicht gleichberechtigt, wie die Vermittelnden es denken; der Gegensatz ist kein Gleichgewicht, sondern ein Übergewicht des Negativen, welches der übergreifende Moment desselben ist; das Negative, als das bestimmende Leben des Positiven selbst, schließt in sich allein die Totalität des Gegensatzes ein und so ist es auch das absolut Berechtigte.
Die spätere Synthese, die von Hegel angestrebt wird, interessiert ihn überhaupt nicht. Dies drückt er in einer Formel aus, die ihn als Revolutionären berühmt gemacht hat: Die Lust der Zerstörung ist zugleich eine schöpferische Lust! Wer die alte Welt zerstört, schafft zugleich eine neue Welt. Und diese Art der Dialektik ist es, die Bakunin auf den Darwinismus überträgt.
Was bei Bakunin als « Synthese » aus Hegel und Darwin herauskommt ist ziemlich einzigartig. Der Mensch stammt also vom Tier ab, schlägt aber durch die Entwicklung ins genaue Gegenteil um. Er wird zum negativen Bild des Tieres, der Natur. Ist das Tier immer Sklave, so wird der Mensch frei. Der Materialismus führt eben immer zur Freiheit. Nur führt er bei Bakunin, anders als bei Wilson, zu einer aktiven Freiheit. Für weise Anpassung und Gehorsam hat Bakunin eben nichts übrig.
Alle Zweige moderner, gewissenhafter und ernster Wissenschaft wirken zusammen, diese große, diese grundlegende und entscheidende Wahrheit zu verkünden: Jawohl, die soziale Welt, die menschliche Welt im eigentlichen Sinne, die Menschheit mit einem Wort ist nichts anderes als die für uns und unseren Planeten wenigstens letzte und oberste Entwicklung, der höchste Ausdruck der Animalität. Da aber jede Entwicklung notwendig eine Verneinung einschließt, nämlich die Verneinung ihrer Grundlage oder ihres Ausgangspunktes, ist die Menschheit zugleich und vor allem die bewusste und fortschreitende Verneinung der tierischen Natur in den Menschen, und gerade diese ebenso vernünftige als natürliche Verneinung, die nur vernünftig ist, weil sie natürlich ist, geschichtlich und logisch wie die Entwicklungen und Produkte aller Naturgesetze, gerade diese Verneinung bildet und schafft das Ideal, die Welt der geistigen und moralischen Überzeugungen, die Ideen.
Ja unsere ersten Vorfahren, unsere Adams und Evas waren, wenn nicht Gorillas, doch sehr nahe Verwandte des Gorilla, omnivore, intelligente und wilde Tiere, die in unendlich höherem Grade als alle anderen Tierarten die zwei wertvollen Fähigkeiten besaßen: die Fähigkeit zu denken und die Fähigkeit, das Bedürfnis, sich zu empören.
Und wie steht es dann um die menschliche Freiheit, wenn man den Menschen nicht vom Affen abstammen lässt? Wer den Menschen von Gott abstammen lässt, schafft ihn auch nicht nach dem Bild Gottes, sondern nach dessen Gegenbild. Er macht aus ihm das Gegenteil von Gott. Gott ist absolut frei, der Mensch soll daher Sklave sein. Die Theologen und Idealisten sind deswegen alle Feinde der menschlichen Freiheit. Sie gehören zur alten positiven Welt und damit abgeschafft.
Bakunin: Überblick über die Zitate
1871 Wenn Gott ist, so ist der Mensch unfrei,
der Mensch kann und soll aber frei sein,
also gibt es keinen Gott.
Bakunin laut Mereschkowski
1907 Gott ist, also ist der Mensch Sklave.
Der Mensch ist frei, also gibt es keinen Gott.
Bakunin laut Steiner
1914 Wenn Gott existiert, so ist der Mensch Sklave.
Der Mensch ist frei, also gibt es keinen Gott.
Mereschkowski contra Bakunin
1907 Wenn Gott ist, so ist der Mensch frei,
der Mensch ist Sklave, also gibt es keinen Gott.
Bakunin laut Steiner
1919 Wenn Gott ist, so ist der Mensch frei,
der Mensch ist Sklave, also gibt es keinen Gott.
Steiner: viewed that a mineral/element is subtly altered (`retuned') when it passes through an organism/in different ways according to the particular organism it passes through/it becomes stamped with a subtle `fingerprint' of features that typify the organism concerned. Metalle spielen bei diesem Naturheilverfahren eine große Rolle/gerne als vegetabilisierte Metalle eingesetzt (hergestellt: eine Pflanze wird gedüngt mit metallhaltigen Boden, danach kompostiert, diesen Kompost wird gebraucht um nächste Generation Pflanzen zu düngen. Dies wird noch mal wiederholt bis sie von dem Metall durchdrungen ist und zwecks Medikamentengewinnung geerntet wird. Jede Arzneisubstanz soll nun zu Ihren Wesensgliedern eine unterschiedliche Affinität haben. Zum Beispiel sollen sich pflanzliche Stoffe für den astralen Bereich, Metalle für das “Ich” eignen.
Visc (= Mistel) = bekannteste Arzneipflanze der anthroposophischen Medizin/auch von andere Ärzten angewendet.
Wichtig bei Selbstbehandlung: keine problematischen Mittel wie Blei oder Quecksilber in Tiefenpotenzen verwenden!
Hahnemann changed substances by alchemic procedures:
Calcium aceticum solutum Hahnemanni
Mercurius solubilis Hahnemanni
Intestinal mycosis given consideration in natural medicine, though it is not yet possible to say if it is a primary or secondary disorder. There are indications that the presence of Cand. in intestinal flora may play a central role in atopic diseases: psoriasis/seborrheic dermatitis.
Fungi show tremendous variety in growth/characteristics. By nature they/the diseases associated with them reside in a cool/humid environment. They cause retardation in human metabolism (warmth organism). Exist where the human being is unable to give his I-organization (= Ich-organisation)/his warmth and light organism adequate structure in the lower human being.
Treatment: should strengthen I-activity in the organism (intestines).
A number of authors have referred to intestinal Candida mycosis as a distinct syndrome. Range of symptoms: alternating diarrhea/flatus/lowered resistance to infection/asthma/eczema/neurodermatitis/psychological symptoms such as lack of drive/depression. Cand. Wyw said to be the main cause.
1. presence of Cand. in the intestines of healthy subjects proves that Cand. is part of the physiologic intestinal flora.
2. consider the presence of Cand. in the intestines to be a secondary phenomenon when the intestinal milieu is abnormal (food intolerance).
3. intestinal candidiasis has a role in neurodermatitis/urticaria.
4. pathological candidiasis only with a confirmed physiologic correlate as.
5. The absence of confirmed infection parameters does not permit the conclusion that Cand. in the intestinal flora is of no significance. Low-grade infections may exist (intestinal mycosis) are often symptomless. Some patients actually only realize that they had not been well before once they have been treated. Some authors assume that the absence of inflammatory changes is actually a characteristic of the syndrome. We thus also have to ask how "healthy" individuals with Cand. in their flora will feel in a few years' time.
6. intestinal fungi were much more uncommon before antibiotics came in/primitive peoples/excess nutrition played a role (infants given formulas instead of mother's milk). Cand. is not part of the primary flora developing in the intestines of the newborn.
7. Cand. mycosis ist pathological believe there is a connection with a underlying disorder of intestinal homeostasis. Only yeasts and Bifidum bacteria remain when antibiotics reduce the normal bacterial flora. Expansion of yeasts in the intestine may cause vitamins to be withdrawn. No evidence has thus been brought that Cand. is physiologic in the intestine.
The pathogenic Cand. factors causing infection are well known adherence, development of mycelia which may be invasive, enzyme production. It is not clear, however, when and why saprophytic growth becomes pathologic. The secretory activity of immunoglobulin A, acting as a mediator between mucosal cells and the inner intestine, is inhibited. It has now been shown that Saccharomyces boulardii yeast can be taken up into the intestine like particles derived from lifeless nature. The situation may be expected to be similar with pathogenic yeasts. Authors agree that fungal infections indicate an area of least resistance in the host. It is also known that small amounts of alcohols are produced in cases of intestinal Cand. mycosis. Treatment of intestinal Cand. reduces the blood alcohol levels, which are low in any case.
Investigation of the intestinal microecology presents methodological problems in time required (anaerobic organisms that make up the bigger part of the intestinal flora). Positive tests for Cand. in serum, stools or biopsy material do not correlate with identifiable pathologic conditions, makes evaluation difficult. It is also difficult to establish in which part of the intestine the yeasts are growing.
Not much is known about possible symbiosis of yeasts and the human intestinal mucosa. More data are available on therapeutic exhibition of Saccharomyces boulardii.
The effect of yeasts on the mucosal surfaces of the intestine/of enzymes secreted into the intestines is yet unknown.
Basically, evidence of yeasts in the intestine or stools does not call for treatment (child: this may be passing). Minor infections may quite often be followed by short-term fungal growth in the intestine and this is spontaneously reversible. With food allergies an elimination diet often reduces even massive yeast levels.
In the view of those who consider intestinal mycosis to be a definite syndrome, it involves chronic changes that are difficult to diagnose. One gets varied pictures of absent or mild symptoms and is not sure whether to treat them or not. Fungi tend to be parasitic or saprophytic, their existence goes largely unnoticed. Symptomatic bactera are the exception, lack of symptoms with intestinal mycosis the rule.
Many people say after successful treatment that they much better. Consider that fungi in stool tests may give falsely negative results.
Unless we have a concept of "health", with criteria for "well" or "ill", we can only have opinions. The essential nature of the human being has to be considered as a whole (incl. soul and spirit) to know if one is dealing with states of health or illness.
Simonis has giving a loving botanical description of the fungi as seen by a physician. He calls them retarded life forms that still have an echo of the ancient Saturn period of human and earth evolution and have been unable to relate to the more recent development of the Sun period. In terms of earth evolution they may be considered to belong to the Moon period of earth evolution known as Lemuria.
The systematics of fungi cover many categories.
In medicine are epidermophytes [Microsporum (= Ringworm)/Trichophyton (Ursache Hautkrankheit)]/molds [Mucor (verminderte Leucozythenzahl)/Fusarium cephalospores (Antibiotikum/allergen)/Aspergillus (Haut/Ohren/Nasennebenhöhlen/Lunge/Metastasen: Herz/Niere/ZNS/in Heu/Kompost/“Fluch
. des Pharao“)/Pen./yeasts [Cand/Cryptococcus (= "Hidden Sphere")]/Saccharomyces (= Zuckerhefen)/Trichosporum/Geotrichum (überal anwesend)/dimorph fungi [Blastomyces (many symptoms)/Histoplasma (in faeces birds/bats/Lungs)/Coccidioides (flu-like/lungs)/Sporothrix (soil/hay/sphagnum moss/roses/enters through small abrasions in the skin/lungs/handling cats with the disease)].
Steiner: Forms living in the Moon region of the earth/originate in the element of warmth (pollen), but then go into the sphere of decay (saprophytes). Their fruiting bodies face the soil and not the
light as in higher plants.
Steiner: algae and fungi strongly absorb the astrality of an environment.
Fungi may really be considered to be unicellular. They are without chlorophyll and therefore have to depend on nutrients in organic matter as a source of energy. They can live under exclusion of light.
May form networks called mycelia. Some produce hyphae which then produce mushrooms (boletici/agarici). Spores shed in autumn, similar to the pollen of flowering plants.
Fungal spore allergy in autumn is the counter image in time of the seasonal pollen allergy in spring/do not produce fruit in the proper sense/their fruiting element are the asexual spores (Aspergillus).
Many fungi produce surface pigments to face the light (Agar). Their actual growth sphere is colorless, however. In this they differ fundamentally from many higher plants (pigments in the root).
Might say that fungi do the opposite of higher plants when it comes to color. A rose producing red in its leaves seeks to fend off astralization. In pigment-producing fungi, however, the color is
part of the astrality they seek to absorb (toadstools = mushrooms).
Steiner: diphtheria is fungus-like and suggested treating it with Cinnb, saying that this would tie up the astral body more closely with the ether body (Agar).
In many respects fungi hold a half-way position in nature. Their skeletal matter is the chitin of insects (not in yeasts). In their great variety, the alternation of spore, resting stage and shoot form they are close to the algae. Steiner: "and so everything that is fungal by nature has a close relationship with the lower animal world, bacteria and similar creatures, particularly with harmful parasites.
Fungi may thus be said to be a kind of chameleon in lower nature, adapting to any given situation.
Fungi grow at widely differing temperatures. In the human body they thrive at 37° C (low temperatures)/live in cool, dark space/in humid warmth. (Spores may be heat reSIStant/can tolerate COLD temperatures) retaining their germinative power for a long time.
Fungi live in a sphere of warmth and in an excess of organic matter. Harking back to earlier stages of earth evolution they have a relationship to the ancient Nitrogen and Cyanide atmosphere.
They do not generate heat energy in their quite considerable metabolic processes but consume it/will thus often maintain cold. Fungi often produce gases/relate more to the watery and airy rather
than the heat element. This preference for the watery and airy elements may be the reason why they preferably attack the lungs and intestines in human infections.
Bacterial processes on the other hand tend to generate heat, as in the spontaneous ignition in haystack/in compost stack.
Symbiotic union of fungi and the roots of plants produce mycorrhiza, a borderline region between organically structured plant matter and the completely lifeless mineral soil. Such mediation between
plant and soil prefigures life, providing excess N is present.
Substances produced in the mycorrhiza have a deadening effect on the surrounding area. Substances from bacteria inhibit fungal growth and vice versa (griseofulvin from penicillin). Modern
antibiotics derived largely from fungi or originally from their substances.
Fungi produce toxins as characteristic of the whole group of fungi, and this no doubt also includes Cand.
Bacteria relate more to warmth, algae differ from fungi in that they show a definite orientation towards light. With their chlorophyll they draw the light down into the water, using it to produce matter
in photosynthesis. Binding of iodine by algae also relates to the light.
Fungi prefer the lightless sphere of humus and the roots of higher plants and thrive best under light exclusion. Occasionally they send the fruiting bodies we know as mushrooms up into the air from the damp rotting soil. This would seem to be to seek the air, however, rather than the light, so that their spores may spread.
Fungi is a plant in the plant world that consists entirely in a kind of head/do not develop the leaf sphere which is essential in plant nature/they do not relate to the rhythmic processes connected with leaf development. Instead they produce a "flower" at ground level. Steiner: their development is peculiarly astralized/this would explain why they do not relate to the human intestinal system, which is based on plant leaf-type principles, but may become pathogenic in it, similar to the lung.
Steiner: also spoke of the soil itself being the basis for fungal life, with fungi not rising above its sphere. It is different with trees. The powers of the earth make them grow beyond the soil, taking them up into the light. Fungal metabolism thus also relates little to light unlike that of intestinal bacteria.
Putrefactive bacteria convert matter into bound heat and light energy in their high-energy metabolism/these processes integrate in the organism.
Parasitic fungi: generally use only partial stages of metabolism, leaving the rest to putrefaction. Their metabolism thus does not submit to the principles that guide the human organism, which relates
strongly to light.
Fungi play an important role in dealing with dying matter in the soil. They show a preference for residues from living organisms that contain nitrogen, and thus facilitate nitrogen metabolism for plants/contribute much to carbon conversion in the world.
Their capacity for converting large amounts of substrate makes them an ideal means of conducting metabolic processes in an industrial context. They also have the advantage that they do not on the
whole bring about complete lysis but perform only part stages. Another important advantage is that they finally yield the original substance again, either as a substrate or as a gas such as CO2.
Bacterial metabolism on the other hand not only converts matter to heat energy, as mentioned above, but this energy is often converted to high energy matter and stored in the bacterium.
Fungi thus are selfless in their metabolism, releasing the substance they have been processing. On the other hand they are also toxic, releasing their metabolic products unprotected into the environment.
Steiner: characterized their growth, with degradation/decomposition/excess of matter as dying life. Compared to bacteria, fungi appear to take the degradation of matter only to a certain level. Fermentation, a self-limiting process with a relatively low energy yield, is a characteristic. They limit their activity in the conversion of matter, letting others take the process to completion.
Plants: constructive metabolism takes care of the soil
Intestinal bacteria: constructive metabolism takes care of the human intestine
in either case with the aid of light processes. It may be assumed that the attachment to dying processes seen in fungi means that humans suffering from mycosis are confronted with increased levels of toxic decomposition products/are colder/affected by cold.
Fungi prevent the complete digestion necessary for the human organism. Humans need to convert all matter into a form that is their own. "Anything taken in from outside must either merely be something that enables it to develop its own activity; or it has to act in such a way in the body that the foreign activity does not differ from one of the body's own inner activities once it has entered into the body“. Fungi not only remain parasitic foreign bodies in man but also provide their host with a parasitic metabolism, at least in the intestine.
It has long been known that fungi grow more actively in sugar solutions. Vaginal mycosis thus develops quite often during pregnancy with its tendency towards pre-diabetes. This still calls for more large-scale studies. It seems that one-sided excess of matter with high-level sugar consumption favors fungal growth.
Ways of gaining insight into intestinal fungal growth in the light of the anthroposophical view of man
Behavior of I-organization and astral body
It is difficult to know if a fungus is "just there" (commensal),
on the borderline to being pathogenic ("mutualist"),
takes away important nutrients ("parasite")
is pathogenic (producing toxins or by means of invasive infection).
Steiner: the basic process we find in humans with intestinal mycosis has to do with conditions described under the heading of neurasthenia wyw. Pathological processes may develop if the upper and lower activities in the human organization are not sufficiently in accord with each other, with the upper not intervening adequately in the lower, and head processes staying among themselves. The digestion is weak as a result, unable to assimilate foreign food matter adequately. The individual's attention is too much on the outside world, allowing foreign processes to enter to excess and meeting this with an excessive secondary reaction. These are seen with allergies.
Weakness of definition may also be due to the opposite condition, is hypersensitivity in hysteria. Metabolism makes itself independent, and wounds may be caused. An example of the excessive metabolic activity described by Steiner would be Cand. diaper rash of short duration when infants are teething.
Relationship to allergy
Allergies arise because foreign processes are not properly perceived. Food allergies often in conjunction with intestinal mycosis. The intolerance often only shows itself with a careful elimination and re-exposition diet. The human being is not able to register the foreign nature of the food nor the foreign fungal flora.
Cand.: allergic to milk protein, hen's egg white, almond and soya tend to attract Cand. rather than other yeasts. These are often people with an overweening immoderate metabolism/more inclined towards hysterical disorders.
Aspergillus: People in whose stools Aspergillus is been detected will often show a neurasthenic component and have cereal grain allergies.
Fungal infection might be seen as a sign that the I-organization is not intervening adequately in the organism. Humans differ from animals in that foods must be thoroughly killed off and then built up again in a completely individual way. With both allergy and intestinal mycosis we may assume that the origin lies in a neurasthenic constitution. Metabolic predominance and hysterical wounding are then secondary phenomena. It seems likely that such foreign processes also appear temporarily in the course of acute diseases that weaken the constitution as a whole.
It is possible that fungi with their foreign substance are in themselves an allergen. It may also be possible that their presence "triggers" the actions of other allergens. Patients with neurodermatitis do not always improve with diet and constitutional treatment but only when their intestinal mycosis has been dealt with.
Fungal growth in the intestine has its own dynamics. The I or the I-organization cannot integrate them into its own growth principles. The result is that an area in the organism which is not under control,
is occupied by other life forms with foreign activity. In connection with the "bacillus theory", Steiner repeatedly said that it was the soil which mattered and not the bacillus. Fungi also work against the
I-organization in another respect. They produce alcohols from higher fatty acids. These not only cause destruction and toxic effects but also make people sleepy, weakening the human Iorganization.
The activities of the I depend on warmth and light. Abnormal fat absorption may cause too much (pathological heat foci) or too little fat to enter the organism (malnutrition). Thermography shows intestinal areas subject to mycotic changes to be colder, possibly because the fungi act against the warmth organization. This would be another possible explanation of their negative effect on immune defenses.
Aspects relating to the treatment of intestinal mycosis
The main aim of treatment based on the anthroposophical view of the human being must be to give the I or I-organization and the astral body better access to the lower human being and intestine. Actual treatment of the mycosis is of secondary importance. The suggestions made below can only be general. Treatment has to be individualized.
Many authors refer to the importance of the diet. The negative effect of refined sugar is stressed by all. This is understandable, for the preparation of sugar is one of the central functions of the I-organization. Taking too much refined and processed sugar, one relieves the I-organization of its function and thus weakens it.
A special diet always addresses a person's will. Steiner thus also spoke of the helpfulness of a diet chosen of one's own free will and of the way activity is reduced by a diet taken in a purely passive way. Many of the diets suggested in the lay press unfortunately ask people to follow the advice of others blindly. It is difficult to see how a fungus can be "starved out". The opposite view, that a low-sugar diet to "starve it out" would give the fungus an extra appetite for the intestinal wall, is equally difficult to understand. Many of the measures recommended in the literature weaken patients rather than strengthening them. Special diets are always "asocial" and egotistical by nature, as Steiner made very clear. They should therefore only be of limited duration.
A sudden change to a wholegrain diet which is difficult to digest may also prove harmful. High proportions of roughage containing cellulose may induce fermentation with negative consequences.
The foods we eat relate to some degree to our organs. Foods that influence the liver (artichoke and others) are recommended. A root diet with its mineral content strengthens the astral head powers in the upper human being, with the result that he no longer has to be active in metabolism. Lactic fermentation products such as sauerkraut or yogurt strengthen the astral body.
Strengthening the I-organization medically
Quartz or silica remedies serve this purpose. Steiner: "silica is the external correlate, outward directed activity for the I-organization"/"the physical basis for the I-organization“. Cich. also comes under this heading, for instance as Cichorium/ Pancreas comp. pilules (Wala).
Stibium (= Antimon) supports delimiting processes in the intestine [allergy (Antimonite D 6 w/Kalium aceticum compositum dil. w or Plumbum D 1/Stannum D 14 trit. w] facilitates I-organization intervention or its delimiting function. All mercury preparations help the mercurial process in which the I-organization is active in the small intestine. Respiratory function in the lower human being can be encouraged with an iron silicate preparation [Nontronite D 12 trit. w]. Treatment with roots containing pigments or extracts of these would also go in this direction carrot juice/beetroot/aloes.
Phosphorus and sulfur based medicines to strengthen the lower abdomen
R.S.: The relationship between phosphorous flowering processes and the lower abdominal organs was shown. All medicines based on flowering plants have this effect, wormwood for example, with the flowering green part of the plant used (Absinthium 1x dil., Weleda). Treatment with Aloe (1x dil., Weleda), Resina Laricis 1x dil. (Weleda), Propolis extract, evening primrose oil (Epogam(R), Gammocur or similar), borage oil, garlic (Allium sativum 1x dil., w) or onion (Allium cepa D 1, w) or Myrrhinil intest (Cham-ex florae/Betu/Myrrh). Fern and bracken spores, e.g. in Digestodoron (Weleda) or Aquilinum comp. pilules (Wala), have the sulfurous character of the spores as their active principle. R.S.: action as strengthening the catabolic principles in the digestive tract.
The effect pigments have on the astral body is also an important aspect of diet beetroot, carrots, roots, leaf vegetables. The common aspect to this treatment is that the powers of light are enhanced in the intestine.
Suggested treatments for intestinal mycosis thus resemble those for warts or worms, the weakness of the astral body towards external influences increased. (Thuj.).
The phosphorus process exists also in the antimycotics used in conventional medicine. These contain either pigments such as gentian violet with its surface action, or they may be regarded as pigments, azoles, for instance (micononazole/ketokonazole/fluconazole)/may be chemically converted to pigments. Tonoftal is not a pigment but a high-energy substance. As their action is purely physical, the effect often lasts only for as long as they are given. Etheric activity has to take over. If this does not happen, or we do not aim to make it happen with treatment, the danger of resistance developing is great also with fungi, though this was not considered possible in the past. Instead of giving chemical antimycotics one may also try relatively high vitamin C doses, 1/2 tsp t.i.d., starting low and gradually going up to this. Sanddorn (sea buckthorn) original or "low sugar" elixir (Weleda) have a similar effect.
Sugars, bitters, tannins
Roots with their sugars, bitter principles and tannins directly stimulate I, astral body and physical body activity. This strengthens the totality of the upper human being's activity in the digestion. Instead of a pathological head-development in the lower human beings, as in the case of malnutrition, one has penetration of the digestive functions. [Gentiana lutea (Gentiana lutea Rh 5% dil., Weleda, or Gentiana comp. pilules, Wala) or Geum urbanum Rh D3 dil. (Weleda)].
There is a point in focusing on particular organs in treating different forms of intestinal mycosis. In his experience, treatment with the emphasis on the liver is effective with Cand. mycosis, giving Hepatodoron, Chelidonium, Taraxacum or Cichorium, for example. Aspergillus mycosis appears to be more of a kidney problem, and Carbo Betulae or Equisetum may be considered, possibly in form of Equisetum cum sulfure tostum 6x trit. (Weleda).
Pancreatic extracts or bitters to encourage secretion are also helpful, Pancreas 1x trit. (Weleda), for instance. Cichorium/Pancreas comp. pilules (Wala) or Cichorium Rh 3x dil. (Weleda) may also be considered. Treatment with pancreatic enzymes may sometimes serve the purpose, possibly in combination with bile acids, or also gastric acid substitution.
Antagonism between bacteria and fungi
Steiner: antagonism between bacteria and fungi in 1924. A wide range of preparations is now available that contain Bifidum bacteria, lactobacilli, Bacteroides or Bacterium subtilis. Though widely used, data are not really adequate in this field. Many preparations contain lactose or milk protein, which has to be taken into account if there are allergies in this direction. Treatment has to be long-term, which means it is more costly. If the choice of substitution is right, the method does frequently prove effective.
Guided symbiosis is said to influence immune functions. Again it has to be continued for some time. One often starts with a preliminary phase using metabolic products of E. coli (Pro Symbioflor, Colibiogen, Rephalysin, Hylak). The next phase is with lactobacilli or coccal preparations (Symbioflor 1, Acidophilus, Eugalan, Paidoflor) to stimulate the acid-producing flora.
Thirdly one would try substitution with Coli bacteria to restore the milieu (Symbioflor 2/Mutaflor). Others recommend Coli substitution only, to match the development of the first flora in the newbom. Some laboratories specialize in producing individual symbiont preparations based on an analysis of the intestinal flora. These methods, too can be effectiv.
Displacement treatment using apathogenic yeasts
This has been used in a particular section of natural medicine in recent times. The yeast referred to as apathogenic which is generally used is Saccharomyces boulardii (Lichee/Mangokern).
As fungi are connected with the ancient Moon stage of earth evolution, man must let go of that aspect and take his evolution forward. [Monilia albicans 30x pilules (Staufen)/Albicansan 5x dil./Nigersan 5x dil. (Sanum Kehlbeck)].
Cand. infections increase (immune deficits/in premature infants/epiglottitis). Fungi are also getting resistant to antimycotics, probably by selection of resistant strains after antimycotic treatment.
Vergleich: Siehe: Theorien
Frei nach: Marga Hogenboom, M.D.
Anthroposophical doctors are specially trained to work with the diagnosis of four-foldness: physical body, ether body, astral body and ego. This article reflects my struggle to understand the life processes better and to see how this knowledge could be helpful when treating a child with special needs.
Rudolf Steiner gave some indications about the life processes, but Dr. Konig took this in relation to curative education. Dr. Lotte Sahlman also worked on the life processes, and I quote from one of her lectures: "Man had a different relationship to his environment on the Old Moon and, to a certain extent, in Lemuria and Atlantis“.
Sensory experience had the character of the present life processes, meaning that sense impressions caused actual organic changes and aroused in early mankind greed or disgust of a deep, instinctive nature. She describes how the second pre-earthly deed of Christ, by which the Christ made it possible for human beings to speak, changed the life processes, confining them to their organic task and thus relieving the strong tendencies to egotism and greed which ruled developing mankind. This event made it possible to transform the purely emotional outcries and ejaculations into the beginnings of human speech.
In the description of how the life processes were before they were confined to their organic task we can recognize some of our children with special needs. For example, we have children with no speech who are able to show only sympathy or antipathy and are ruled by instinctive qualities.
The development of a child reflects the development of mankind. As a baby, a child goes through this phase again and is totally dependent for his well-being on feeling warm, fed and secure. Every strong sense impression can disturb this well-being.
The twelve senses help us relate to the outside world. Within the boundary thus created, our life processes weave unconsciously. The life processes reflect the interplay between ether body and astral body.
On the Old Moon our present sense organs were still organs of life; they worked as life organs. We had 7 senses, not yet the senses of touch and life because we were not a separate human being and had not acquired the sense of word, thought or ego.
Senses relate to the life processes:
Sense of Ego
Sense of Thought
Sense of Word
Sense of Hearing breathing
Sense of Warmth warming
Sense of Sight nourishment
Sense of Taste secreting
Sense of Smell maintaining
Sense of Balance growing
Sense of Movement maturing
Sense of Life
Sense of Touch
What happens to a person in whom the life processes become too conscious, in whom the astral body works too consciously? If the astral body works too deeply in the etheric, the life processes become over-ensouled.
In artistic work, Steiner describes how a certain ensoulment of life processes takes place and is healthy; when listening to music and seeing art this also happens. If this ensoulment is too strong, there arises almost a "second" person who "pseudo" thinks, "pseudo" feels and "pseudo" wills.
Konig points out that we can recognize this in many of our children with special needs: "it" thinks in them. Steiner describes how a sort of thinking, feeling and willing then appear within us, but these have a different quality, a more life-filled quality; the thinking, feeling and willing have a more dream-like quality not guided by the ego.
We can again recognize many special needs children in this description: something "wills" in them or "thinks" through them.
Here follows a diagram with the life processes. It identifies the effect of each on the healthy soul and points to the effect each produces if too overensouled.
Amanda is a 12-year old girl from a healthy family. There are 3 healthy, older siblings. Her father is in the R.A.F., which involves frequent moves.
History: Normal pregnancy; mother felt happy and well. A rapid, uneventful delivery. She was a fit, happy baby, contented and slept well. She was breast-fed till 4 months. She sat at 8 months. She had baby babble, but this gradually dried up at 9 months. She was diagnosed as being late in development at 9 months with poor limb control and hearing problems. She went into hospital to have grommets inserted at the age of 13 months, and her parents described how she changed overnight.
From that time, she became increasingly demanding, frustrated and overactive with a disturbed sleep pattern. She became obsessed with doors being shut and flushing toilets. She would mouth most objects. She had to be fed by mum.
It was difficult to take care of her at home, and her mother became desperate. She was admitted to the Camphill Schools at age 7½.
Amanda is a tall, well-built girl. She is muscular, has dark hair, a pale face and often has circles around her eyes. She has no eye contact (maybe sometimes at night) and no speech. She will often make a low humming sound when well or can have penetrating screams and howling when in distress. This has become less over the years. She is always tense, making small movements non stop with her head and upper body.
Since we found that she is left handed, she has been able to feed herself. She can be very fast and will grab any food that she sees and stuff it into her mouth before one can prevent it, grabbing bowls, etc. from the table. If it is too noisy, she can stop eating and need an especially quiet place for her meal.
She cannot play; she just does some obsessional handling of blocks, etc. She is a good walker, and this calms her down. She is not toilet trained and seems to resist any attempt. Sleeping can be very difficult at home, and in the respite center she hardly sleeps at all. With us, she sleeps well with a light restraint. She can indulge in self-stimulation and throws herself on the bench or floor to do so. Lately, she has been more settled, hardly screams and is becoming more interested in her environment. She can even give her mother a spontaneous hug. The other side is that she now finds it amusing to hit people and to play with her saliva. She loves music and responds well to it.
Her life processes
In order to understand Amanda better, we tried to look at her life processes. We recognized that her life processes are still not confined to their organic task but determine her well-being and her relationship to the world.
Breathing: Her breathing rhythm is not established; it is very dependent on her mood and the environment. There is a lot of out-breathing with sudden in-breathing. She can hold her breath. How does she breathe with her sense impressions? She perceives everything around her without any filter and is overwhelmed by sense impressions. Maybe this explains why she withdrew after the grommets were inserted: the noise was too much for her. Her perceptions are too enlivened; they don't give her security.
Warming: She can be warm if properly dressed but easily loses her warmth. Her warming is not independent from the outer world. With her inner warming, she should transform her perceptions into concepts, but this is very difficult for her, and she has a limited ability to form concepts although has some basic concepts such as juice, bathroom, curtain.
Nourishing: She is normally a keen eater except when in an oversensitive state. She seems to be nourished by her environment if it is a healthy environment. She transforms this process into a very basic memory which is place-orientated. This is the first normal memory which develops.
It seems that her first three life processes are so enlivened that she could not develop her sense impressions, concepts and memory in a healthy way. Being helped to develop an even rudimentary "pseudo" thinking through experiencing art, she does feel better.
Secreting: If we look at her secreting process, we see that she spits and dribbles; her face is wet, and she is in nappies.
The instinctive quality is a strong feature in her life. If the secreting process flows out, then one experiences outer things as part of one's own body; this is clearly a feature with her.
Maintaining: On one hand, she has a tendency to become too hardened here, too muscular. She is often tense, her arms flexed. This process of maintaining is also too much enlivened and is visible in her compulsions and obsessions: she will grab food, she wants everything to be the same.
Growing: Her physical growth is normal. Her inner growth, her possibility to develop her own identity is very limited and dependent on her surroundings. If the will quality, which is connected with the astral body or desire is over-ensouled, than destructive, negative tendencies can occur. This is visible if she is upset; her screaming and behavior can destroy any positive atmosphere.
Reproducing: She is not into puberty yet, but her ability to mature, to create her own life and to be motivated is limited. This process can turn into self-destruction, and in difficult times Amanda can start banging her head in despair and screaming loudly.
Her four lower life processes are not penetrated by her individuality. If we create boundaries for her where her secreting, maintaining, growing and reproducing can be contained, then she is able to relax and to shine. She can be a very dignified, normal-looking, attractive young lady when her needs are met. However, it is quite demanding to look after her non-stop.
How to translate this into our therapeutic attitude? We will have to focus on giving her the feeling of well-being through the harmonization of her life processes. She is not ready to perceive the objective world through the senses. Every sense impression directly affects her life processes, so she will stop eating if there are too many sense impressions.
The life processes tell something about the interplay between astral body and ether body. Through the senses we relate with our ego to the physical world. With this girl, whose ego is far away, it is clear that she does not relate to the world in that sense.
To approach this, we tried to harmonize her breathing by a rhythmical lifestyle. She reacted very well to that. More specifically, we gave her color light therapy, where the very gentle interplay of colors, with music played behind the child, allows the astral body to relax; it works specifically on the light ether part of the ether body and engages that. This allows the ether body not to be too attached to the physical body so the astral body can connect more harmoniously to the ether body. The direct observation is that her breathing comes to peace, just a soft tooth grinding remains.
We work on her warming by dressing her warmly, by surrounding her with impressions which she can relate to. Oil baths with Melissa oil also helped her to warm herself.
We work on the nourishing process by giving her healthy food, healthy sense impressions. Again, color light therapy can be seen as a nourishing process, directly related to the light ether.
The four lower life processes secreting, maintaining, growing and reproducing were addressed through artistic work, music therapy and especially live music. She has been fortunate to have had musical co-workers around her who wrapped her in music. Artistic work can be seen as the way to reach those over-ensouled, lower-life processes. Amanda clearly responded to this.
The anthroposophical medication she received was directed to help her ego to incarnate. PlumbumAurum D15 at lunch and Argentum D6 in the evening in blocks of 6 weeks. Other medication used during different times: Myrrh comp D20 to address her individuality. Cuprum Aceticum D4:/Zincum Valerianicum D4 to help her relax. Argentitt D6 to nourish the ether body. Ferri cinis per urticum D3 to address her obsessional nature. D30 in the morning,
It goes without saying that the ongoing love and commitment of the coworkers are an integral part of the treatment, but this alone is not sufficient as her mother is a very warm, loving and committed person. It is gratifying to see her awakening awareness and to see how she can slowly be more part of our earthly life.
warmth-ether effect: Orig.
chemical ether: Thlas.
earth aspect of ether: Querc.
Urt-d. has all 4 ether-types united in it:
the life-ether in the lignifying quadrilateral stem,
the chemical ether in the typical metabolic processes in the leaf,
the light-ether in the sharply-indented leaves,
the warmth-ether (among others) in the exploding seed of the flowers.
Represents the work of generations. What becomes readily apparent on reading the book is that the writer is a man whose whole life has been steeped in anthroposophical thought, experience and influences. The very fabric of Steiner's vision, with all of its eclectic wonder and complexity, has so woven itself into the pattern of Husemann's writing that he and Steiner seem to speak as one voice. There are times when it seems as if it is Steiner who is elucidating and the multi-layered complexities which are being presented by Husemann. The book is so rich in content and ambition that even the most seasoned anthroposophical physician might have a hard time digesting its contents in one sitting.
Husemann informs us in the preface that the cohesion of the book is derived from its focus on three modeling exercises which Steiner gave to young doctors in order to "train their understanding of the life processes on an Imaginative level“.
This focus is aimed at solving the following problem: if we cannot see the etheric body or the astral body, how can we justify our practice of anthroposophical medicine whose focus in on that which most of us are unable to perceive objectively? Husemann's answer is to allow the subjective into the realm of science, and this is justified by a philosophical perspective which places subject and object equally within the phenomenology of thinking.
One gains access to the astral, etheric and "I," in which one lives, through the practice of art. Sculpture gives us access to the etheric, music to the astral, and the "I" becomes accessible in language.
By artistic exercises and explorations, such as sculpting the organs in modeling exercises according to Goethean archetypal forms, one can verify Steiner's perceptions of the etheric, astral and "I" in
the deeper states of one's own being. It is the elaboration of these artistic exercises and explorations that makes up the remainder of the book.
The high quality of scholarship in the book is evidenced by extensive footnotes. Husemann provides us with detailed information from the fields of physiology, comparative anatomy, pathology, human anatomy and embryology, as well as many elucidating examples from the realms of sculpture, music and poetry. This erudition is comple- mented by Husemann's thorough familiarity with current anthroposophical thought and with Steiner's writings in relation to the subjects under discussion.
The book is divided into four parts which build on each other and lead the reader from the physical to the etheric and on to the astral and the "I," from sculpture to music and on to eurythmy and language. Basic concepts are presented in part one: a sculptural conception of organ formation is presented in light of plant and animal forces; the sculptural exercise of limb formation is presented and growth discussed in relation to musical laws. Part two presents the modeling exercise of inversion and explores its musical structure. Parts one and two use sculptural exercises and the quality of the musical interval to investigate vital organic processes externally in the limb and internally in the organs. Part three investigates respiration and the mediation between the external processes in the limbs and the internal organ processes. Part four presents a discussion of eurythmy as musical structure and leads to a concluding examination of language.
A fascinating section in part two explores the significance of artistic exercises in the cognition of Goethe and Haeckel. Using numerous quotes from Steiner, Husemann shows how Haeckel used drawings similar to those in ancient Egyptian mystery schools to arrive at the idea of the gastraea. For Steiner, the gastraea represented the animal archetype counterpart to Goethe's plant archetype; yet Haeckel, stuck in the materialism of his thinking, was unable to recognize the archetypal significance of his own perceptions. Steiner places Haeckel's work "in the epistemological context of Goethe's methodology“. This discussion of Steiner's relationship to the work of Goethe and Haeckel provides valuable insight into the development of anthroposophical thought.
American osteopaths will find interest in Husemann's discussion of cerebrospinal fluid. Anthroposophical osteopaths, who have been telling us that craniosacral treatments draw them close to perceptions of the etheric, will find support in Husemann's statement: "Every artistic, every thought experience arises because respiration intercepts, in the cerebrospinal fluid, the motion of the ethericbody“.
Comparative anatomists will enjoy following Husemann's description of his father's research in the development of the clavicle throughout the animal kingdom. The bone's great variation of form as depicted as the large, elegant and bow-like structure in the storm petrel contrasted with the tiny, square blocks that are found in the mole.
The graphics in the book are startlingly well chosen. The static Apollo of Tenea from the archaic period of Greek sculpture is used to illustrate what happens musically in the tonic prime feeling: "I rest my weight on my feet“. One sees how the legs of the statue carry the weight of the body like pillars resting in prime position. Then Husemann illustrates the musical movement from the prime to the second feeling: "I carry the weight of my lower leg and foot“. He uses Doryphoros by Polycletus from the Greek classical period as a sculptural representative of the musical second. We see in this statue how it is imparted with life and a fuller humanity as the free leg lifts and induces movement throughout the whole body. The graphics serve to enhance our under- standing of Husemann's discussion of music.
Husemann realizes the difficulty of discussing certain musical concepts on the printed page and urges the reader to listen to the pieces to which he refers: Bruckner's Seventh Symphony; Mozart's Piano Sonata K.545; Chopin's Etude Op. 10, No. 12; a Hopi Indian lullaby and much more. What a wonder-inducing approach to the study of medicine!
Husemann's book makes a timely appearance in English translation. Harmony of the Human Body deals directly with core issues of anthroposophical medical education at a time when we are making the first gestures toward formalizing such education in America. The Anthroposophical Medical Education Seminar, which took place in November 1995 in California, included modeling exercises of human organs and eurythmy exercises. The book is already exerting its influence.
Husemann reminds us in his postscript that personal training in Anthroposophy should lead to the practical implementation of Anthroposophy in the life of society. Never has the need been greater to revitalize the spirit of medicine. The pressures of managed care and algorithms of care strive to intrude in all our practices. The large insurance companies and market forces, which have taken over our profession, steadily attempt to reduce the prac- tice of medicine to the bottom dollar desolation of a business. Husemann's book is a welcome aid to all physicians who sense the wrongness of the present situation and seek to awaken within themselves the spiritual forces which should guide our lives and our profession.
‡ Folgendes hat anthroposofische Einschlüße ‡
Frei nach: James Dyson, M.D.
If we go back to the early 1920's when Steiner was beginning to develop his medical work, medicine stood at a crossroads. A few years after Steiner gave his medical lectures, insulin and vitamin B12 were discovered. Shortly after that, in the early 1930's, the sulfonamides were developed; then followed antibiotics during the Second World War, and in the 1950's there followed the main impact of psychiatric medication, which has transformed the management of a great deal of mental illness. I am referring particularly to the major tranquilizers, the anticonvulsive drugs, the antidepressants, and so on. At the time when Rudolf Steiner was speaking, manipulation of the bodily basis of much that we would now call mental functioning had not even started, yet at that time psychoanalysis had already made a beginning.
Freud's work was becoming established, and it wasn't long before the work of Carl Jung came into the foreground. Steiner had major reservations about psychoanalysis, but it is important for us to understand what these were based on. He did not, for instance, deny the validity of the concept of the unconscious. He stressed, however, that without an understanding of the spiritual nature of the human being, including reincarnation and karma, and without an understanding of how substances in the body really support the life of soul, any attempt to penetrate into the sphere of the so-called "unconscious" or "subconscious" would be fraught with misunderstanding. He stressed that any attempt to penetrate this realm would involve an awareness of the threshold between what belongs essentially to the soul-spiritual nature of the human being as it has evolved over many incarnations and the everyday conscious experience of the self. This corresponds to the threshold between the point-centered consciousness of our earthly, waking ego and the peripheral consciousness of our life of will. Although an awareness of the existence of an "unconscious" had surfaced during the early part of this century, its interpretation - without a basis in spiritual scientific training and understanding - was, in Steiner's view, at best misleading and at worst dangerous. He was particularly concerned with some of the more specifically sexual interpretations which dominated Freudian methods at the beginning and which, in his view, had already created many illusory interpretations.
Steiner gave a particular insight with respect to our understanding of mental illness which redresses the one-sidedness of the psychoanalytical approach. He emphasized that one must first understand the bodily basis of the soul life before trying to interpret what comes to expression in the soul as such. Alongside this statement he suggested that, with respect to the nature of organic physical illness, one should search for its origin more in the realm of the soul and spirit.
You can see how he was both anticipating and countering a trend that was to increase in momentum during the following decades, a trend which to this day dominates current thinking as strongly as ever. I am referring to the trend to separate our understanding of the human being into a biochemical model on the one hand and a psychotherapeutic, psychoanalytic model on the other - the former without reference to the soul and spirit, the latter without reference to the actual bodily basis of consciousness. It might seem that Steiner was anticipating the biological basis of psychiatry in pointing to bodily dysfunction as underlying much mental illness. He was speaking from a very different perspective from that which has since evolved and given rise to the current "psychopharmaca". He was challenging us to see physiological processes and substance transformations within the body as the basis or expression of the soul-spiritual element while at the same time seeing soul-spiritual processes as being accompanied on some level by physiological ones. I would say that the central challenge of the anthroposophical contribution to psychiatry lies just in this: to bring together the realm of creative spirit with an understanding substance and metabolism.
This is a challenge which has not yet fulfilled its potential although very encouraging and exciting beginnings have certainly been made. Behind this, there lies the deeper challenge of understanding the nature of matter or substance in its soul-spiritual aspect. This is, of course, the challenge of anthroposophical medicine. The part which belongs specifically to psychiatry is to see how the substances and processes which these substances undergo in the organs are connected to possible deviations or aberrations of consciousness, which psychiatry describes and attempts to address.
Steiner describes two streams of time. The one which we are aware of in our everyday consciousness goes from the present into the future. The other stream works in the opposite direction and comes from the future into the present. These two streams of time, the former connected more to the conscious astral body, the latter more to the etheric, meet within the human being. They meet in the realm of the ego, which is the only instrument of consciousness that can really integrate past and future, thereby bringing the destiny that we bring with us from former incarnations into the freedom- space from which new impulses may be born.
Much mental and soul confusion arises in the encounter between these two streams of time, even some forms of mental illness may arise from this. The substance-processes taking place in our organs contain within them the seeds for our future consciousness. If these seeds are released prematurely from their etheric basis in the organic life and enter consciousness too soon, they will produce delusion, deception, hallucination, fear, anxiety, mania. All possible forms of soul aberrations may come about through the tendency for the etheric forces within the organs to rush forward into the future too soon. On the other hand, when the forces working from the past bind us too strongly to our organs, then tendencies to hardening and sclerosis take hold of the body. We become locked into our earthly personalities, and therein lies the basis for the more characteristic physical illnesses. In the healthy human being, the latter processes predominate in waking life and the former during sleep. During waking life, the etheric up-building processes in our organs become subordinate to the more conscious experiences of soul life and vice versa. The two streams of time also oscillate between our waking experience and our sleeping, hence the possibility for dreams with prophetic overtones.
Most of us know that Waldorf education emphasizes the fact that the organic forces, which build the body during the first seven years and which also belong more to the state of sleep, become released to some extent at the age of seven. In fact, they only become released from the head and nerve- sense organization, where they become available after this time for thinking and memory. The etheric substance which has formed and shaped this part of our body is the same substance through which, at a later stage of development, we are able to think. We must imagine that this is only the first of many etheric metamorphoses that may take place during the course of life. The etheric forces that release themselves for thinking belong essentially to the instrument of the brain. The brain is an organ whose development proceeds faster than any other organ; by the time we are seven, it has reached a certain completion. We call this stage neurological maturity which is witnessed, for example, in the establishment of dominance and in nerve myalination in the central nervous system through which the basic pathways of sensory integration are laid. We also know that the actual nerve cells in the brain, from before the time we are born, have been slowly dying and degenerating. In fact, degenerative processes accompany our brain and nerve sense system during the course of our life. This is the corollary of the fact that our brain and nerve- sense system form, for the most part, the basis of waking day consciousness.
This "slow death" of the physical body in the brain is that which allows the etheric forces, which formed and sculptured it and which contributed to its organic development, to be used for conscious thinking activity. With the other organs, however, this process does not take place to the same extent. If we consider an organ which stands in a certain polarity to the brain, namely the spleen, we find an organ which hardly appears to be a physical organ at all. In contrast to the brain it lacks internal form and structure. Also, unlike the brain, it is an organ which is continually regenerating itself. If we consider the spleen, however, we have an organ which carries within itself the basis not of our self-conscious image memory but of our substance memory.
In the modern world, we call substance memory the science of immunology. In recent years, the importance of our physiological uniqueness in the form of our immunological memory has become almost general knowledge. Without it we are unable to maintain our identity against the outside world. The spleen can be removed without apparent detriment to health, although, in a child, its loss leaves some degree of compromised immunity, depending amongst other things on the age when this happens. It is an organ with a kind of peripheral sphere of activity. I am referring to the millions of smaller lymph nodes throughout the body which have a kind of satellite function in relation to the spleen itself, but which can exist independently after the foundations of immunity have been acquired.
We are dependent not only on our image memory for an earthly biography but on our substance memory too, although it is not so immediately obvious why this is the case. Animals, for example, do not have individually- based immunological specificity. Immunological identity belongs more to the species. Animals, however, do not have individual biographies. The animal's identity is "species-based," not "specimen-based“. In recent years, immunology has become threatened as never before. Indeed, it is no longer something which can be taken for granted.
Without our brain, we would not know who we were when we woke up in the morning; without this, earthly consciousness would be chaotic as, indeed, it becomes in certain conditions of cerebral degeneration. If image memory is connected with the brain and substance memory with the spleen and immune system, must it not follow that our image memory is the basis of our waking-day consciousness of self and our substance memory the basis of our sleeping or unconscious self? This may be identified with our true individuality or higher-self working and weaving between incarnations.
From this perspective, it is perhaps possible to make the connection between individual human immunity and personal karma although I am aware that this may appear as a big jump to make. Our normal habits of thought would lead us to assume that metabolism proceeds in its own way and that we meet our karma from a completely different realm in a somewhat metaphysical manner. I strongly suspect, however, that this is another trick of dualistic thinking. We meet the outside world in essentially three ways: through the portal of the senses, the portal of the breath and the portal of metabolism. In all three, substance is involved: in the metabolism, the connection is very obvious; in the breath, we meet the substance of air; and through the senses, we meet light. Just as in our metabolism we first have to break down and digest what we eat before it is rebuilt, a similar process must also take place in our senses. Our entire nerve-sense organization has the characteristic that it first has to hold back sense impressions and digest them, as it were, before they can become integrated and internalized in the life of soul. The processes of sensory digestion and substance digestion are working together all the time, continually playing into one another. It is quite clear that we meet our destiny and karma from that which we encounter via our senses. What we have breathed in and digested through our senses unites itself inwardly with that stream of substance which has first been broken down in our digestive organs. In this way, individual destiny becomes imprinted within the very substance of our bodies. Can you sense how the normal boundaries of logic, which separate substance from spirit, begin to disappear. The dualistic distinction between these two realms is not quite so clear. Ahrimanic forces have taken hold of the material realm, and are continually trying to widen the gap between their realm and the realm of creative spiritual being. On the other hand, however, the substances we eat have been created by photosynthesis from the light. The substances of earth and light essentially belong together, although these two concepts have become mutually estranged.
During the time of our embryonic development and, to a lesser extent, throughout our childhood, the substance-building processes of our body are at their most creative. The child's unconscious life of will is working with those very etheric forces which will later develop into forces of consciousness. At the beginning of life, these forces are involved in the forming of the sense organs themselves, which become built and inter-connected like resonance chambers, through which what is received from the outside world can take shape within bodily substance. The etheric processes whereby this happens have been called by Steiner the life processes. The eye, with a lens and so forth, is the most obvious example of a sense organ. Mediated by the eye, an interaction takes place between that which comes toward it from the outside world in the form of outer light and that which we bring toward the perception from inner experience.
In theory, we can imagine that we first experience the light as a pure sense perception or percept. However, for a human being a pure percept can scarcely exist. The moment the outer world impinges upon any sense organ, it is taken up and "digested" by inner processes working on a more or less unconscious level. Contrary to theories of ordinary sensory psychology, which attribute everything of a cognitive nature to the nerves, these are connected to processes in the blood which carries the element of will.
Through this digestion of the percept in its encounter with blood- processes there arises an entire spectrum of possibilities of soul life. Broadly speaking, the life element of the blood brings the instinct and drive towards the percept, and between these two poles there arises everything connected with concept, memory, feeling and judgment. The formation of a concept in relation to a percept, already involves a degree of judgment. Against this backdrop we can see that the seven life-processes actively transform what, to begin with, came toward us as a purely outer phenomenon into something internalized and incorporated into the sphere of soul and body. This process which is most active in the developmental period of embryonic life and childhood is, of course, liable to all manner of aberrations through, for ecample, sensory deprivation or overstimulation. If a child meets inconsistent behavior or even frank abuse, the judgment-forming processes of the soul will be impaired. The earlier this takes place, the more deeply rooted will be the aberrant forms and structural developments in the body arising from it.
The bodily basis for the future life of soul depends intimately on how the life-processes interact with the sense organs, particularly during the developmental stage. It is also through this process that the adult relationship between the etheric and the astral bodies is slowly established in the organs. In fact, the character of this relationship is distinct for each organ - and organs are just as much sense organs as they are metabolic ones. In this way the developmental basis is established for much that later on expresses itself in the form of psychiatric illness.
I will have to assume for the moment that what Steiner has described about the seven life processes is not entirely unfamiliar to you. They are connected, of course, to the seven planets, which Steiner has also described as having a connection to the seven main internal organs. During the course of embryonic and child development, the astral forces, which belong to the planetary realm, and the etheric forces work very closely together. Through the particular affinity between the organ and the planet, a kind of resonance chamber arises in the body for each of the seven planetary spheres which, when taken together, comprise the entire astral body. The moon sphere, which is most closely connected with the earth, forms the brain. The Saturn sphere, which is the most removed from the earth, forms the spleen. The Jupiter sphere and the Mars sphere work together in the formation of liver and gall bladder. Mercury works into the lung and Venus into the kidney. The planetary forces working within each organ help the etheric forces of the organ to remain held and integrated in the body. They bring boundaries to bear on the otherwise expansive tendencies of the etheric body. During the developmental period, the relationship between the etheric body and the astral body is laid down in the organs themselves. Astral forces have more of an affinity to connect with the sense impressions from the outside world, in relation to which they then unfold as faculties of soul. As I have said, each organ is in fact just as much a sense organ as it is a metabolic organ. In the brain we see an organ whose substance comes closest to death - thereby it is particularly suited to forming the basis of waking consciousness. In the spleen we see the opposite processes at work. Here the blood processes, which belong to the very depths of our unconscious life of will, have taken hold of everything coming from the outside world and metamorphosed it into bodily substance. In the brain, the forces of the outer world, i.e., the sense impressions, become dominant and the astral body and the etheric body both withdraw from the physical body after creating their most complex imprint within it. This may be seen in the language of modern brain physiology in terms of the complex network of nerve growth factors, which are activated only to the extent that the child's life of will is aroused to a creative relationship to sense perceptions. Perhaps we are seeing in these processes what Steiner has described in referring to a co-operation between blood and nerve processes. After the imprint has been created they become emancipated from the body, thereby becoming free for the conscious life of soul. In the brain the outer world is always in danger of conquering the inner world; that is to say, through the brain we lose touch with our inner being.
In the spleen, however, we can say the opposite, namely that the inner forces of self are continually triumphing over the forces of the outer world. The astral and etheric bodies remain active metabolically in the blood processes and the spleen therefore retains a strong connection to the unconscious ego which remains active in the body directly rather than via the kind of structural imprint which is to be found in the brain. We may therefore say that the way the life processes take hold of these two organs expresses a polarity.
Between the spleen and the brain we find the inner organs of the liver and the lung. In the lung we see an organ which is, in many ways, similar to the brain. It has a very strong and hard endoskeleton in the form of its bronchial tree, composed of cartilaginous rings. Steiner has characterized the lung as having the closest relationship of all the organs to earthly thoughts - that is to say, to the brain. Steiner connects the lung, for instance, to the ability to memorize facts and figures, quantity rather than quality, for example, telephone directory memories. He describes all our memories as being imprinted into the etheric sheath or etheric surface of our organs - and the actual etheric forces through which the lung has been formed have a particular affinity to earthly thoughts, to everything that lends itself to being weighed, measured and quantified. Steiner has called this aspect of our etheric body, the life ether. These life ether forces which work on a bodily level in a kind of additive way, as is expressed, for example, in the continuous growth pattern of a fungus, these life ether forces in the lung become something like the guardians of those sense perceptions which belong to the essentially earthly element of cognition based on factual memory.
We are all very familiar with various clinical ways in which this comes to expression. For the curative teacher, for example, the child will come to mind who can sometimes quite literally remember every single detail of everything that has happened, not only today and the day before, but perhaps last week, last month, last year, or even ten years ago. Some children display remark- able encyclopedic memories of this kind.
We see a similar phenomenon, albeit in a different form, in the adult who displays obsessive tendencies or fixed ideas. In a fixed idea a spiritual happening becomes de-contextualized - it is made into something of an isolated entity. The way the ether body works in the lung is continually appealing to this kind of isolating, fixating tendency. The forces of the outer world are therefore not being so thoroughly internalized, digested and metamorphosed into fantasy as they are in other organs, for instance, the liver. The outer world imposes itself on the soul in too direct a form - hence we can say that in the lung, as in the brain, the outer forces are, relatively speaking, conquering the inner forces.
Just as the lung stands in an intimate relation to the brain and the nerve- sense system, in so far as it isolates the individual elements from the whole being, making a kind of self-contained entity from them, so the liver, in contrast, is an organ which cooperates very closely with the spleen in the whole system of metabolism. Just as the sense organs all converge on the brain, where the sense impressions become metabolized within the life of soul, so does the intestinal tract converge in the liver, through which substances from the outside world begin to be elaborated into the unique substances of our own bodies.
This substance-building activity of the liver, when imbued with the impulses from the spleen, also forms the bodily basis of our will life, but it exerts its influence a little closer to the level of the soul than does the spleen. If the spleen is the guardian of our pre-earthly intentions, then the liver is already attempting to bring these to manifestation here and now on this side of the threshold. It is the organ which gives the bodily basis for the exercising of initiative and motivation, it is the origin of our vitality and, to some extent also, our enthusiasm. All these soul functions are intimately connected with the way metabolic processes interface with what is taken in from our senses. It is possible, indeed up to a point normal, for cognitive life, which has developed itself on the basis of our sense perceptions, to follow a different direction to the life of deeper motivation or intentionality. Without the tension that arises between these two realms, both connected as they are to our life of will, but in very different ways, we would not find the power to pursue our earthly biography from a condition of inner freedom. However, it is possible for the normal healthy tension that should exist between these two realms to diverge to such a degree that the seeds are planted for a real split between the cognitive world and the world of more unconscious will life. This may manifest itself fairly quickly in some form of depression or inability to put intention into deed, or be delayed by years, decades or even life-times! Liver physiology is in turn connected with the biliary system. Secretory processes of the liver are focused in the production of bile, which is stored in the gall bladder before being ejected into the intestines. Here it encounters substances from the outside world and contributes to their breakdown. Biliary processes are even more strongly connected to the more conscious pole of will than is the liver. The liver stands at a kind of mid point between the biliary processes, through which our will encounters the outside world, and the spleen, which is the guardian of the deeper nature of the will. Any obstruction or congestion in the process of bile production or excretion may have a laming effect on the conscious life of the will and this may be often observed in medical and psychiatric practice if one is awake to this possibility.
The liver is an organ with a strong kinship to the fluid realm. If the substances of the outer world overwhelm the liver, then it becomes something like a stagnant pool of water. Substances are taken in, but are not vitalized and may sit there heavily, as it were undigested or impenetrated. When substances are incompletely digested, allergies may arise. Classical allergies are fairly easy to identify but nowadays one meets an increasing number of a more insidious variety which may manifest only through more subtle symptoms such as tiredness after eating, loss of vitality and so on. This tendency is often exacerbated in a clinical depression, or in someone with chronic fatigue syndrome, where a vicious circle of interactions is often seen.
You may remember the very famous example from Steiner's Curative Education Course of the child who has difficulty with his will in actually stepping into a tram. Sterner connects this description of a child who is, as it were, paralyzed in his will, who is unable to release himself from the conscious life of thought into the spontaneity of a deed, to a weakness in the activity of the liver. He actually suggests that the disorder may have been inherited. Whenever weakness of will manifests itself in the child or adult in any form, we can ask ourselves if the liver - or for that matter the gall bladder - is in need of support. This sometimes shows itself at times of transition in life, for instance, in the menopause or following a pregnancy. At both these transition-times a person is increasingly vulnerable to suffering from depression. During the menopause, a further metamorphosis of organic etheric forces into the conscious soul life is taking place - or at least the potential is there for this to happen. Forces which have been active on a bodily level in the glands until this time become available for new soul-spiritual activity or development. If they are not appropriately taken up, however, congestion of the liver and biliary system may ensue. Indeed, moderate degrees of this are almost normal at such times, since processes of metamorphosis are usually only gradually accomplished.
On a more day by day level, we also experience physiological transitions at three o'clock in the morning and three o'clock in the afternoon. At three o'clock in the afternoon, blood sugar levels are usually on the low side, signifying that the substance building aspect of liver function is at its weakest at this time. At three o'clock in the morning, however, bile production is at its weakest point. Both these times of transition tend to be difficult periods during the day or night for people struggling with depressive illnesses. Waking at three o'clock in the morning with morbid thoughts - that is to say, thoughts which it is not possible to properly digest and integrate into the waking consciousness, are very familiar examples of this. In more severe forms of manic depressive illness, tendencies of this kind can be much more dramatic.
Steiner has connected the liver with that part of the etheric body which is called the chemical ether. This is also sometimes called the tone ether, the number ether or the sound ether. Through this ether, physical growth is inwardly organized according to the inner harmonies of number and measure, which also become manifest in the inner harmonies of music. When this etheric quality becomes prematurely released into the realm of soul, the stream of time coming from the future to the present is likely to overwhelm the normal state of waking consciousness. All manner of experiences can then arise to which the soul feels connected but no longer in a free way. Such things as ideas of reference, deja vu phenomena, and even deeper states of paranoia, may thereby arise. The etheric forces which are particularly connected with the liver give us the experience of becoming contextualized in our environment. When these forces unfold their activity too strongly in consciousness, a disturbance in our relationship to the surrounding environment may ensue. Paranoia is one of the most frequent forms that such as disturbance takes. One feels threatened by the environment, but in a very personalized way, almost as though the substances of the outside world are working their own life out at our own expense! Paranoia may, in turn, be a fairly transient phenomenon, with a more neurotic character, or it may be major symptom of a severe psychotic depression, or even a schizophrenic illness.
I mentioned a few moments ago that an astral quality from one or other of the planetary spheres works together with the etheric body of a particular organ, constraining these forces and guarding against their tendency to jump, as it were, too quickly out of the body, too quickly into the future. Whenever that planetary or astral activity within an organ becomes weakened - and weaknesses may be inherent or acquired - the soul becomes vulnerable to encountering forces from the etheric body which it should not meet until after death or until one is suitably prepared for a conscious encounter with the spiritual world. Any drug or poison will also to some degree deflect the life-processes from their bodily manifestation, leading to the premature release of etheric forces into the soul realm. This phenomenon forms the basis for the anthroposophical understanding of certain aspects of drug abuse. Different drugs may display certain organ affinities - for instance, the qualitative effects of cocaine may be seen in terms of the lung, of LSD more in terms of the kidney. What one is then meeting as a disturbance of the etheric forces of the organs is also a disturbance on the life-processes of the organs. It is a kind of foretaste of the experience that we meet after death, when we see the panorama of the life that we have just lived. After death this experience - known as the etheric tableau experience - normally only happens when our entire ether body becomes freed from our physical body. At the time of our death this experience is strongly held within the sphere of the Being of Christ and the Spirit of the Guardian of the Threshold. If this happens prematurely, albeit only in a modified form through a drug, the soul may experience later difficulties or impediments in returning properly into the body and this may also sow the seed for different forms of disorientation and dislocation of the conscious life of will. I cannot expand in this talk on the theme of drug abuse or addiction. I would, however, like to point to the close connection that has often been noted between certain drug experiences and certain spiritual experiences. This becomes much more readily comprehensible when we are able to understand it in terms of the organs. The forces that are released from the etheric activities of the organs, the forces more bound up with the inner side of the life processes, are expressions of the living activity of spiritual beings that are still active within the substance of our own body. The threshold to the substance-building processes is indeed the same as the threshold to the spiritual world altogether. We meet the spiritual world where the substance-building processes of our bodily organs are taking place. But it is quite a different thing to meet this through a process of inner training and inner development, or to meet it after death when these forces have been naturally released, so to speak, than it is to do so through substance abuse or through weaknesses within the activity of the planetary sphere belonging to a particular organ. For the anthroposophical doctor and psychiatrist, the field of possible medicinal therapy opens up at this point through, for example, an understanding of the connections between the different metals, the planets and the organs. It is not possible to develop this further, however, at this point.
I hope that this broad overview serves to indicate how Anthroposophy spans so many aspects of the realm of psychiatry, opening up new possibilities of understanding, of diagnosis and also of therapy. I have also tried to point out the extent to which the realm of psychiatry and the realm of inner development or initiation are intimately connected. I have often had the feeling that much that is met in the realm of psychiatry may be a kind of result or expression of an uncompleted process of initiation in a former life. I would certainly not suggest that this is so in every case, but an insufficiently prepared initiation may be the result of an attempt to cross the threshold into the spiritual world too soon. We see the same gesture becoming manifest when our etheric body in the one or other of our organs wishes to become released too quickly. Thoughts such as this are sometimes helpful in those cases of mental illness in which it is not possible to discern their origin in this life on earth, and with which a person may have to live for a whole incarnation.
It is, however, often possible to understand a great deal of mental illness or psychological disturbance in relation to childhood development. Nowadays childhood development is under threat and it is very difficult for most people to go through childhood in such a way that they achieve a healthy soul-spiritual penetration of the body. Many things are responsible for this, including poor nutrition, an education that has no respect for phases of bodily development and which already draws organic processes too soon from the body into the realm of soul; through a general deprivation of what Steiner has called the bodily senses - that is to say, the senses of touch, life, movement and balance. When the life processes withdraw from these senses too quickly, the astral body is not able to create a sufficiently strong resonance chamber or imprint for itself within the physical and etheric bodies. This may show itself in later life in the form of soul insecurities, anxieties, hyperactivity and so on. Childhood is also threatened through the general dissolution of society. Conventional securities, accepted modes of behavior, and so on, are rightly falling to one side, but all too often parents are not able to replace them from their own individual resources. We continually find ourselves thrown back upon ourselves, needing to rely on personal judgments too soon before the organic basis of our body has been properly equipped to fulfill this task. This crumbling of the social and moral fabric of society throws the developing child all too easily into a state of turmoil. At an increasingly early age the adolescent has often to encounter the sense of inner void, meaninglessness, the realm of inner darkness. Existential questions to do with self-identity confront the adolescent nowadays almost as a normal phenomenon, whereas even 30 years ago the securities that applied to generation after generation acted as a form of protection against this.
When we really meet the existential question, "Who am I?", the answer never can be found in the outside world which we meet via our senses. It can only be found from that same eternal self which lives behind the threshold of our physical organs. Between our conscious experience of self and our eternal being, however, there lies that interface of soul which I mentioned a few minutes ago - the realm in which there is an ongoing battle between our conscious self and our eternal self. The bodily basis of our life often looks for ease, comfort and security. Spiritual intentions on the other hand threaten earthly securities, and deep-seated fears, doubts and so on may be evoked by them in the soul. These forces belong to those instincts and, to some degree necessary, egoistic drives which are implanted within our physical body and which work into our earthly personality at a deeply unconscious level. These forces are constantly enticing us to build our identity on the outside world - on something upon which we can apparently rely and from which we can derive a certain sense of security and predictability. Everything that derives from the outside world and which we meet through our senses - particularly those aspects to which the lung has an affinity, such as obsessions, fixed ideas and so on - all these will tend to offer us apparent solutions in the face of the spiritual challenge in meeting the inner void.
In so many of the psychiatric illnesses of adolescence, we see particularly clearly how this phenomenon comes to expression prematurely. I refer, for instance, to the phenomenon of anorexia, which has almost become a kind of epidemic at the present time.
In more recent years psychiatry has developed a new interest in the personality, particularly through the descriptions of so-called multiple personality disorders - now referred to as dissociative identity disorders. In this type of condition the tension between opposing elements is no longer held or integrated within the framework of the single person, but different elements become seeds around which apparently independent personalities develop. There is sometimes a lack of continuity of ego consciousness and even memory between the one personality and the other - a fragmentation has taken place. The more severe forms of this disturbance are usually connected with sexual abuse during early life. I am sure that through deepening our understanding of the co-operation of the senses and life processes during the time of childhood development, our insights into this type of disturbance would take on new dimensions. In fact, a number of anthroposophical psychiatrists have already begun to do just this.
As many of us are aware, however, this phenomenon can lead to some of the most frightening of phenomena which we as human beings may have to encounter. When an ego fragmentation takes place, islands of our etheric and astral bodies have become dislocated from the overall sphere of the ego organization. It is here that the borderline between the realm of medicine and psychiatry on the one hand and that of social and personal morality, becomes almost indistinguishable. Those of you who are familiar with the works of Scott Peck, particularly his book "People of the Lie", will be aware that he addresses this problem. He challenges contemporary psychiatry to build a new scientific understanding of the realm of evil, stressing how until the present time this realm has been considered to fall outside the scope of science. This book was not written with dissociative identity disorders particularly in mind, but I am sure that there is a close connection between these phenomena and many of his descriptions. He relates much of what he has to say to possession - a concept which, until recently, was considered to be virtually medieval. I think that this book by Scott Peck is a clear example of the condition that modern psychiatry finds itself in, when it attempts to confront the spiritual nature of the human being. I believe his book is courageous and, in many ways, quite masterly. However, it struggles without having any way of connecting the realm of substance with the realm of the spirit. And, as I began my talk by saying, I think that it is just this potential that is unique to the anthroposophical contribution to psychiatry. The original polarity between substance and creative spirit arose during the time of the Fall on Old Lemuria. From this time onwards the creative world of the spirit and the actual substantial happenings in matter started to separate. We are now at the point in human evolution when out of their own nature these two forces will continue to diverge ever more and more strongly. Steiner forecast that by the end of the century we would be blighted by epidemics of mental illness of one kind or another - and I am sure that amongst other things anorexic disturbances and dissociative disorders are among the examples that could be cited to bear out his prediction. I believe that ultimately the task of mental illness is to stimulate in us the call to inner development, to truly know ourselves. Whereas up until the present time we had a certain license to decide not to follow this path, it is nowadays almost imperative to do so if we are to confront and deal with problems, if not exactly in epidemic, then certainly in escalating proportions. Modes of being that were once regarded as extreme pathologies become ever more and more common. Unless a sufficiently strong impulse is ignited in humankind to hear this call, then this separation between substance and spirit will continue. It will then become increasingly difficult for human bodies to sustain a basis for integrated ego consciousness into the future. They then become the basis for the activity of those evil beings - so called "anti-spirits" of personality to which Steiner has given the name of "Asuras“. The loss of immunological identity that we are also witnessing at the present time is, I beheve, the mirror image of this. That is to say, it is the polar expression of the same phenomenon. In the realm of psychiatry, the possibility of the conscious ego to integrate itself with its own karma is threatened, and at the level of immunology, the possibility for the unconscious organization of the ego to penetrate physical substance is also threatened. This theme is obviously one with which we could occupy ourselves not only in coming days, but also in the coming decades and centuries. We live in a time when developments are accelerating around us, but this was something that Rudolf Steiner anticipated at the beginning of this century and which Anthroposophy is intended to help us to master. We are, however, still only at the beginning of doing just this - it lies in the hands of each of us to help to realize this aim.
‡ Folgendes hat anthroposofische Einschlüße ‡
[Fernanda Abrao, M.D.]
According to R.S.: "Hypertension is the result of astral hyperexcitability at the level of the rhythmic system". In German, this pathology is called hypertonie, that is, exacerbated or intensified tonus. We know cramping as a constrictive action of the astral body on the muscles acting from outside as if a hand were gripping them. To understand "hypertonus", imagine this exacerbated astral tonus going deeper, as if it were generating exaggerated tonus at the level of the rhythmic, or cardiovascular, system. Here we see that this astral activity does not act from outside as it does in the case of a cramp.
It is not my intention to diminish the importance of the pathophysiology of hypertension. The comparison with a cramp is used only to get us closer to the constrictive, tension element of the astral process - something which is almost mechanical in the case of a cramp.
We find the causes of this astral tension of the rhythmic system in psychic disorders, moral tremors which affect the human being as a creature of soul and spirit. A simple and instructive example of the effects that a threat can cause to our feeling life is fright. When someone is startled, a feeling of abandonment arises, as if presence of mind abandons them. In other words, the activities of the Ego and the astral body move out of harmonious relationship with the physical-etheric body. These four bodies balance harmoniously in our rhythmic system. The consciousness of our Ego dwells in our cardiovascular system. If fright overcomes us, our capacity to react is impaired; the "shield" of the Ego and the astral body does not fully protect us. As a result, fear can invade us.
R.S. points out the importance of disorders of the rhythmic system in human beings between the 2nd and 3rd seven-year periods as a cause of hypertension. It is well known that the 2nd seven-year period of life is the solar phase, which is essentially a rhythmic one when the child suffers very little illness. In his book. Children's Destinies, Dr. Holtzapfel explains this. The aesthetic and artistic experience of the world and the experience of beauty have their roots in this period. The child perceives everything around it through its most genuine feeling; we can state unequivocally that this feeling is an organ through which the child receives the world and through which he goes out to meet it. In this way, traumas of the soul from different sources will disturb the above-mentioned attitude of soul, and the soul will absorb these elements during the process of structuring the personality.
What is it that happens in this situation? It is as if the activities of the Ego and the astral body are attempting to settle on the base of the physical-etheric body, whose node of confluence is at the cardiovascular level, but does not succeed in doing so properly. Traumas are like frights in installments which cause the Ego and the astral body to hover, thus making it difficult for them to fit into the lower bodies like a hand in a glove. The attempt to incarnate occurs more from outside, irregularly, in the cardiovascular system, generating an increased tonus, hypertonus, or hypertension.
In a talk on the heart, R.S. states the following:
The human heart is a center where the cosmic forces and karmic activation are interlaced. From the age of seven up to the beginning of puberty/adolescence the individual etheric heart is born, originating from the cosmic spheres of influence (fixed stars, zodiac, planets). Together with this process there is a penetration of the astral elements (which were formerly outside) into all the physical organs; and it is as if the heart is the central point of this interiorization. These astral elements consist of karmic elements developed during the prenatal life. And it is in the heart that this clash between the cosmic-etheric forces and the karmic-astral forces takes place. The ego joins this process in sympathy from the astral body, inscribing in the astral body its aims and ideas based on which man carries out his actions... Indeed, here there is complete union of the karma with the laws of the cosmos... After death, the etheric body, upon dissolving in the starry cosmos, hands over to the universe, as it were, everything that was created by karma on earth.
This is an incomplete account of the lecture designed to illustrate the importance of the cardiovascular system in the deeper context of the existence of a human being.
Dr. Mees also deals with the heart, asking us to consider the muscular continuity of the heart-aorta-arteries (with the reservation that the first of these is a syncytium, and the arteries smooth musculature). Since the heart is the stage on which the "dramas of the soul" are enacted, it is possible for a tensional process to materialize in the arterial system. He also reminds us that it is not only the heart that beats but the entire arterial system.
Dr. Walther Buehler describes in his book, “Der Leib als Instrument der Seele in Gesundheit und Krankheit² the heart as the "perceptive" organ of the arterial circulation; it is the latter which really beats, leading the heart to beat with it.
Hypertension and Sclerosis
In the 7th clinical case of the Fundamentals of Therapy by R.S. and Ita Wegman, it is stated that the excess astral activity not absorbed by the physical and etheric bodies causes sclerosis. Later in
the book, they state "...the excess of activity of the astral body also increases the activity of the Ego, which is manifested as a rise in blood pressure“. Indeed, the correlation between sclerosis and hypertension is very common, especially when deposits are observed on the walls of the arteries. An excess of activity of the soul/spirit can be seen as the basic cause of sclerosis; but it is interesting to note that the degenerative element can be attributed to the astral activity whereas the Ego would be the harmonizing element of this process - if it were in control. Here, however, the astral element causes degradation, irregularity, constriction or hardening, which can lead to hypertension, to more obvious metabolic disorders such as atherosclerosis or arteriosclerosis, or to less obvious ones.
In the same book, they refer to the medicine Scleron: "In sclerosis, the organization of the Ego becomes very weak; it does not do enough breaking down. As a result, the breaking down takes place only by means of the astral body.“.. From this we see that both in sclerosis and in hypertension there is a predominance of the irregular astral activity, poorly controlled by the healthy activity of the Ego. The effect of Scleron is precisely to give priority to the activity of the Ego over the astral body; it is to fortify and intensify the activity of the Ego in the therapeutic sense, attempting to dissolve the hardening or constrictive tendency of the astral body.
When the activity of the kidneys and adrenal glands is increased, the resulting plethora can, in turn, lead to cardiovascular disorders and sclerosis. The pyknic constitution and the choleric temperament have this tendency.
People with a weak kidney radiation tend to have low blood pressure and a melancholic temperament of the longilineous type. I have seen several patients of this type suffer a reversion to hypertension between the ages of about 35 to 42 after a professional or marital crisis, bearing in mind significant aspects of their case histories.
It is quite common in anthroposophic medicine to come across the following definition of R.S.: "The hypertensive patient is a hypotensive person up against life“. I think that, especially in the above case, this definition is perfect if we remember that this type of person generally has little vital energy, which affects the will (in the case of low kidney radiation).
Some very interesting research was recently performed by means of a microneurogram in which the stimuli of the sympathetic (peripheral) nervous system on the arteries related to hypertension was observed. The initial conclusion was that the hyperactivity of this system (due to stress, emotions, intellectual activity, etc.) caused arterial constriction, even going so far as to constrict minor blood vessels. It further concluded that in hypertensive patients the number of nervous stimuli remained high, even in the absence of triggering factors.
From this, it is not difficult to understand the previously-mentioned aspects if we consider the increased astral activity acting "from outside", causing contraction in the arterial system through the channel with which it has most affinity - that is to say, the nervous system.
I'd like to end with the second half of R.S.'s mantram from the Course for Young Doctors
I will unite
The Knowledge of my soul
With Fire of the flower's fragrance;
I will bestir
The Life of my Soul
On the glistening drop of leafy morning;
I will make strong
The Being of my Soul
With the all hardening Salt
Whereby the Earth with loving care
Nurtures the root.
‡ Folgendes hat anthroposofische Einschlüße ‡
Frei nach: Armin Scheffler, Ph.D.
„Zum Verstaendnis der Morgen- und Abendprozesse und ihrer Anwendung in der Heilmittelherstellung“.
In a lecture given on 25 November 1917,(1) R.S. spoke of the need to use morning and evening processes in pharmaceutics in the near future.
Two other processes in the cosmic order went against this. He called them the midday and midnight processes and characterized them as follows: the midday processes were mainly brought to bear from the Anglo-American sphere, the midnight processes from an eastern direction. Morning and evening processes, which always could work together, represented the Christian impulse. They were opposed with a kind of Antichrist from the West, whereas the streams coming from the East would try to prevent true perception of the Christ impulse. R.S. also related certain cosmic activities, designated by signs of the zodiac, with the three kinds of processes. Morning and evening processes were said to be due to the cosmic activity of Fishes and Virgin; noon processes were in the cosmic direction of the Twins; and midnight processes were forces coming from the Archer.
R.S.'s actual words were:
For a regular professor of biology it is of real importance today to have a microscope with maximum possible magnification, the best possible laboratory methods, and so on. In future, when science will have become spiritual, it will be a question of whether certain processes are best done in the morning and evening or at noon; if one lets the evening forces influence whatever has been done in the morning or if one excludes, it paralyzes the cosmic influence from morning to evening. Such processes will prove to be necessary in future, and they will take place... People with knowledge of the cosmos will fight each other, with some of them bringing morning and evening processes to bear in the way I have indicated; in the West preferably the noon processes, eliminating morning and evening processes, and in the East the midnight processes. Substances will no longer be produced merely according to chemical attraction and repulsion, and people will know that a different substance results if one uses morning and evening, midday or midnight processes... Nothing can go wrong if the power coming from the Fishes and those coming from the Virgin act together... .
These words may sound strange, but they have found application within the anthroposophic movement. Anthroposophic medicines are produced by rhythmical methods based on R.S.'s statements. Procedures such as gentle heating, exposure to light, or setting the mixture in motion are applied to the plant preparations in the mornings and evenings. If we ask ourselves if this is really in accord with what R.S. indicated in the lecture on 25 November 1917, one objection arises that can scarcely be invalidated: the fact that it is perfectly possible to treat a plant preparation in the mornings only, for the method used does not make it necessary to treat it also in the evening. R.S. made it clear, however, that morning processes absolutely demand to be combined with evening processes and that it is impossible to separate the two.
To get a clearer picture, let us consider the context of the lecture. During World War I, R.S. frequently drew attention to the fact that people live with the dead in a very real way. Shortly after the passage quoted above, he said:
We can only see them (things) as they are if we are able to apply the concepts and ideas of our anthroposophically-oriented science of the spirit to the real world. The dead will have a major role to play for the rest of the Earth's existence, and it will be a question of how they do this. Above all, the big difference will be that the attitude of people who are on Earth goes in a positive direction and the dead can then be involved at a point where the impulse to act comes from them, where it is taken from the world of the spirit which the dead experience after death.
Speaking to the dead
One way in which R.S. showed the connection with the dead began with a reference to the different levels of consciousness in our thinking, feeling and will activity: waking, dreaming, sleeping. If we consider the two extremes of consciousness, we are citizens of two worlds. In waking consciousness we live with the three realms of nature and with the human beings who are born, in sleep consciousness with the spirits of the hierarchies and with the dead. In a lecture given on 5 February 1918, he said:
Anyone who gets to know the life which the human soul has between death and rebirth... will see that in this world, in which we move in our sleep, we live together with the so-called dead. The dead are always present. They are present in a supersensible world, moving within it and relating to it. We are not separate from them in terms of being real or not, we are separate from them only in our state of consciousness. We are separated from them exactly the way we are separated from the objects surrounding us when we are asleep: sleeping in a room, we do not see the chairs and other objects that may be there, though they are definitely there. In our so-called waking state we are asleep in our feelings and will, right in the midst of the so-called dead - only we do not refer to it as such - just as we do not perceive the physical objects that surround us in our sleep.
He then said with great emphasis: "This knowledge of being with the dead will be one of the most important elements which the science of the spirit must implant in general human culture for the future“.
Surely this means that Anthroposophy has the task of making this knowledge part of general education so that everyone will find it as natural as eating and drinking. The question arises, however, as to how we can recognize the real connection with our own dead. How does the nature of our experiences change when we move from sensory awareness to awareness of the world of spirit, that is, on crossing the threshold? R.S. described this with reference to human dialogue. In the world of the senses, the situation is like this:
Let me be specific. If you talk to someone else here in the world of the senses, you talk, and the other replies. You know you produce words with the aid of your organs of speech; the words come from your thoughts. You feel you are creating the words you speak. You know you hear yourself speak, and when the other person speaks you hear him, knowing that you are silent and hearing the other person... Dialogue with the dead is experience in the opposite way: communion with the disembodied souls is not like this. Strange as it may seem, communion with disembodied souls is exactly the reverse. When you communicate your own thoughts to the disembodied soul it is not you who speaks but he. It is exactly as if you were talking to someone, and anything you wish to think and communicate is said not by you but by the other person. And the replies given by the so-called dead person do not come to you from outside but rise up inside you; you experience them as your inner life. This is something one must first get used to in clairvoyant consciousness.
We can get an inkling of the different quality of dialogue if we pay real attention to the other person. A situation may then arise where we forget ourselves and enter wholly into the individual nature and thinking of that other person. This may also happen with objects that are part of our professional life. Working with a medicinal plant, for instance, we may become absorbed in careful observation of phenomena and go to sleep with reference to ourselves, awaking in the object.
Noting questions - evening processes
Processing flowering male mistletoe plants harvested in Winter to make an aqueous preparation, we always noted a sticky, resinous material adhering to the surfaces of the tools used to mince the mistletoe material. It could only be removed with benzene, which is a fat solvent. Production of this resinous matter was all the greater the more froth developed on mincing the mistletoe. However carefully we worked, it proved impossible to prevent this resinous material separating out. A second, similar phenomenon was the following: when the berries, which contain gum, had to be processed to make an aqueous preparation, they took up plenty of water, but the gum did not completely dissolve. This was seen on filtration: a jelly-like layer formed on the filter which only let a few more drops pass, finally clogging the filter completely.
It is easy to ignore this and carry on as before. Thus, one tolerates the separation of the resinous substance and, in the other case, simply does not make a full berry preparation. Yet if processing mistletoe to produce a medicine really matters to us, the question arises: how can I prevent the loss of this resinous material and what significance does the production of this material have in our understanding of the mistletoe plant?
You become aware that it is not you who asks the questions but that they arise when you consider the phenomenon with wonder and awe. It is as if you see or hear the question. It is important to take this as seriously as a question asked by a revered friend. R.S. always spoke of these two stages on the schooling path: noting the question and taking it seriously. He spoke of developing the inner life by taking the path of reverence. Elsewhere, he referred to both steps. The first step - here described as becoming aware of questions - was called wonder and awe" and the second step reverence, which is taking the question seriously. Reverence is followed by the feeling that a spiritual entity has made itself known. On the schooling path, it is part of this stage to distinguish the important from the unimportant.
Everyone may make many such observations in the course of a day, and they may show themselves to be questions when we do our nightly review. As a rule, however, we tend to go to sleep over them. In the lecture of 5 February 1918,6 R.S. said that as we go to sleep we put hundreds of questions to the older people among the dead with whom we have a connection. They have had a long life in the world of the senses and now experience the soul aspect of its situations. This makes them open to questions. R.S. put it like this:
The strange thing is that the moment of going to sleep is particularly good for putting questions to the dead, thai is, for hearing the question we put to the dead person come from him... The older souls among the dead draw us more to themselves, whereas the souls of those who died young tend to draw nearer to us. Because of this we have much to say to the older souls, and we can create a bond with the world of the spirit by addressing ourselves to the older souls among the dead at the moment of going to sleep. Human beings can readily do quite a bit in this direction.
Experiencing answers - morning processes
It has already been said in this quote that we receive the answers from different dead persons, from younger ones, who give us impulses as we wake up. We tend not to notice this very much for the life of the senses, which is then beginning, tends to blot those answers out. Another reason why people do not find it easy to enter into communion with the dead is that if we perceive the answers at all, we take them to be something that comes from ourselves and not something for which the dead have given the impulses. Again, let me quote R.S.:
When we lose children, when young people leave this world, it is essentially true that they do not really leave us but remain with us. This is apparent to clairvoyant consciousness from the fact that the messages which come to us as we wake up are very lively if the dead are children or young people who have died. A connection exists between those who remain behind and the dead, and it would be fair to say that a child or young person is not really lost to us; they actually remain. They remain mainly because, after death, they have a lively need to influence our waking up, sending messages as we are in the process. It is truly strange, but it is true, that someone who has died young has an extraordinarily great deal to do with everything connected with the waking up process.
The following example may be said to come close to those experiences. Working with mistletoe (its morphology, biology and material qualities) and realizing that the gums, being hydrophilic and dissolving easily in water, are the opposite of the hydrophobic, water-repellent, resinous substances, which are more inclined to relate to air, we decided temporarily to abandon our attempts to process extracts of flowering and berry-bearing mistletoe separately and, instead, process the two together. The experience (of deciding) had been as if someone looking over one's shoulder were saying: "Simply try using the berries together with the flowering mistletoe and its resinous material“. Everyday routine would, however, prevail and the suggestion be forgotten. Yet when we noted resinous matter separating out once again, the challenge came again: "Go on, try; make the experiment.“.. Four months later, the experiment was made, adding different proportions of berries to flowering male Winter mistletoe material.
The 25% addition gave the most convincing results. No resinous matter was deposited on our tools as we minced the mistletoe and incorporated it in the aqueous solution. To everyone's surprise, the extract was much easier to filter than any we had worked with before. No fat layer remained on the filter, and the filtered extract was a deep, dark green, indicating that a good proportion of fatty types of substances had also been taken up into the aqueous solution. Chlorophyll, the green leaf pigment, is fat soluble and embedded in fat-like membranes. These now became part of the extract and could be seen as a fine, milky clouding if a bright light shone on the extract from the side.
The outcome of the experiment revealed the character, or idea, of mistletoe in a way that moved us deeply. Years of intensive botanical work had shown one major character trait of mistletoe to be that it always allows opposites to interact to the effect of producing an embryonic, inhibited state. Here, we had the gesture: the fat-soluble, resinous matter, wanting to escape from the water into the air, combined with the heavy gum from the berries that would not dissolve properly and a slightly cloudy, milky solution was obtained. We might call it a resin/gum colloid (Greek colla = glue). It was as if mistletoe nature itself had provided the answer.
R.S. spoke of two more steps that follow wonder and reverence: feeling at one with the laws of the world and devotion“. The first is necessary to prevent us from acting on anything that comes into our heads, the second to enable us to work selflessly for the object. Wonder and reverence are, thus, connected with putting the question, being at one with cosmic laws; and devotion with receiving the answer and acting on it.
What does this have to do with morning and evening processes? Is it not a matter of crossing the threshold in two ways, hearing the question as we go from the world of the senses to that of the spirit and experiencing the answers as we return from world of spirit to world of senses? Rhythmic alternation of the two processes is a necessary consequence for we cannot go to sleep several times without waking up in between, nor can we wake up several times without going to sleep in between. Morning and evening processes, therefore, always go together.
Mercurial processes mediate the polarity between light-related flowering impulses and earth-related root powers.
The next question is: are there corresponding midday and midnight processes? We find these in the different attitudes the seeking human being has to the two worlds. To seek, for instance, is to develop an interest in which the soul connects with something outside it. In the world of the senses we have to give ourselves completely to the object, leaving self aside as we direct our attention to it. This ideal of genuine science may also be called selfless love, a love which has its origin in the beloved nature of something that is utterly different. Our seeking is, however, entirely different where the world of the spirit is concerned; but this love for things of the spirit must be on our own account. Our roots are in the world of the spirit. It behooves us to make ourselves as perfect as possible. We must love the world of the spirit for ourselves, bringing as many powers as we possibly can from that world into our own essential being, m our love of the spirit this personal, individual element - we might call it an element of egotistical love - is fully justified for it tears us away from the world of the senses, taking us up into the world of the spirit. It helps us to do what is necessary, which is to make ourselves more and more perfect.
R.S. said it was most important to master the process of moving to and fro between the two worlds. The danger that the change does not take an orderly course may take two forms. On one hand, the seeker may achieve transition to the world of the spirit without first cleansing himself of affects and passions. Luciferic spirits may, then, take hold of him causing his inner life of feeling to be torn away from the world of the senses so that he develops his own illusory world. Such people tend to have pet ideas and rapturous idealisms; they become philosophizing eccentrics. Vanity, ambition and the desire for power are particular qualities that tend to be overlooked when human beings should have come to know themselves before crossing the threshold. A feeling may develop that the state of soul they have known in the world of the spirit should continue forever.
Another, even greater danger is connected with this. The circumstances of life in our time are such that they prevent knowledge of the higher world. If someone nevertheless has desire for higher knowledge, then, according to R.S., the following may happen:
If the human being brings impulses into the world of the senses which, in the world of the spirit, may take him to the most sublime experiences, they may have the most abominable effect... the kind of love that is justifiable only in the world of the spirit then enters into sensual drives, passions, desires, and so on, making them perverse. The perversities of sensual drives, all the abominable abnormalities of those drives, are the counter image of sublime virtues that could be achieved in the world of the spirit if the powers, which now pour into the physical work, were to be used in the world of the spirit.
The reason for this human attitude is that validity is given only to an attitude that belongs to the world of the spirit. This is the world of sleep, and processes of this kind may, therefore, be said to be midnight processes.
R.S. described the second great danger in his lecture on 25 August 1913. The attitude of mind which belongs to the world of the senses is also applied where images from the world of the spirit are concerned. He referred to this as "nibbling at goodies in the world of the spirit":
It is possible, therefore, to nibble at goodies in the world of the spirit; it then frequently happens that something experienced in that world is taken into the world of the senses. There, however, it condenses and contracts. A clairvoyant who, thus, does not follow the laws of the general order of the universe will then return to the physical world of the senses with condensed images and impressions of the higher worlds so that he is not merely seeing and thinking things in the physical world but has the after effects of the other world before him in images as he lives in his physical body. These are very similar to the images perceived through the senses but do not relate to reality; they are illusions, hallucinations and daydreams.
Later in that same lecture he said:
Those nibbled goodies from the world of the spirit are the special prey of Ahriman. Ordinary human thoughts provide him only with airy shadows; but - to put it in ordinary words - he gets rich, dense phantom shadows by squeezing, to the best of his ability, from individual human bodies the false, illusory images that have arisen through nibbling at the goodies of the other world. The result is that the physical world is filled in an ahrimanic way with spiritual phantom shadows that go disastrously against the general laws of the general order of the universe.
Many of the ideas people have today concerning electricity and magnetism and also physiological processes are such phantom shadows. These enable people to intervene in the physical world to a degree that has never before been possible. The evil that goes against the order of the universe lies not in knowing the world of matter but in such knowledge becoming tainted with egotistical drives and desire for power.
The tendency to make spiritual contents materialistic even applies to important human ideals. Three such ideals have been ours for centuries. Goethe called them "god, virtue and immortality“.1 If we are able to see and admire the divine element in the whole of creation, we are, in the Goethean sense, monists. In Christian terms, this is "God the Father“. The second ideal, that of virtue, points to an attitude of lovingly encompassing anything "other“, seeing the process of becoming in all that has come into existence. The third ideal, that of immortality, means knowing of repeated lives on earth, knowing that the spiritual core of the human being moves rhythmically to and fro between the physical and the non-physical worlds.
Today, those three ideals have become materialistic, which is only too evident if we read the greetings sent to people on their birthdays. It is hoped they'll have riches and prosperity, gold, in short, and also good health and a long life. God thus becomes gold, virtue health, and immortality long life. Spiritual contents have been made part of the world of the senses. The inner attitude is particularly common in our western world, and we may equate it with the midday processes.
Consequences in pharmaceutical research
Our inner attitudes are a major influence in the world for they change the realm of matter. Environmental problems are one example, but the manufacture of medicines is also affected. Above, an attempt was made to show, from the example of mistletoe processing, that the application of morning and evening processes influences even the way in which substances combine.
If "midnight processes“ ideas, are used at fantasy level, correction is missing that can be made if our observation and perception include wonder and awe, that is, the experience of questions. Other qualities are abstracted. The conviction that one is doing the best thing possible prevents objective perception of the consequences of one's actions.
"Midday processes“, on the other hand, will only allow materialistic ideals to have validity. A typical example can be given from recent mistletoe research. The isolation and description of mistletoe lectins, the most important group of mistletoe poisons, has caused many scientists to believe the antitumor activity of mistletoe to be due to those lectins. This does, of course, have an effect on the manufacture of mistletoe preparations, and preparations of isolated mistletoe lectins are now available and put to clinical use.
Ahriman is the force who wants to tie human beings to the world of the senses and who always speaks the truth but brings falsehood into the order of the universe by presenting only part of the truth. It is only part of the truth to say that lectins are important active principles. Mistletoe can only be a cancer medicine if those lectins are combined with the other substances in a way that is not possible for the plant itself but which is entirely in accord with its general developmental gesture.
For this, we must enter into "real dialogue" with the plant so that, as pharmacists, we become mediators between the two worlds. Polar worlds come alive in us in regular rhythm if we hear the older, dead souls communicate the questions that have arisen in the course of the day as we go to sleep and experience the answers as impulses to act coming from the younger dead on waking in the morning. This may well be the way the morning and evening processes of which we have spoken may be understood.
The inner questions and answers may also be connected with astrological terms, as R.S. did in his lecture on 25 November 1917. This would not be a matter of external, physical influences from parts of the cosmos being brought to bear on the pharmaceutical process without involvement of the human being. Quite the contrary, it suggests that the activities of the cosmos must be looked for in the spiritual and in the sensory experiences of the human beings who take an active part in the process. This throws light on R.S.'s statement that physical and chemical laws are mainly operative when substances are combined or separated today. In future human activity will increasingly influence the way in which substances are combined or separated.18 To emphasize the importance of this human involvement, with all the need for constant practice and exercises, we conclude with a warning R.S. gave in his lecture on 25 November 1917:
Today, no more can be done than to talk of these things until people have sufficiently understood, that is, people who are prepared to accept them in a selfless way. Many think they can do this; but there are many factors in life today which prevent it, factors that can only be properly overcome if, first of all, we gain increasingly deeper understanding and actually refrain, at least for the time being, from immediately applying these truths on a relatively large scale.
Frei nach: Lueder Jachens, M.D., Arno Triebkom, M.D.
R.S. spoke of the differentiation of the general ether into warmth ether, light ether, chemical ether and life ether. The human experience of seeing in the light is the outstanding aspect of the light ether. However, both light and warmth ethers not only act through external light and heat but, for instance, also influence human beings through local climatic conditions throughout the year. In the case of the chemical ether we realize that the ether forces are always in polar opposition to the forces active in physical matter. Chemical analysis thus leaves behind an ether body consisting of synthesized ether forces. The life ether enlivens unenlivened matter.
In modern science it is impossible to think of an action that does not have a physical source. On the other hand, matter dissolves into energetic states if analysis is taken far enough; here the general approach used today takes us to the limits of knowledge. Ether activities come in centripetally from the periphery. Matter forms at the center; its actions are centrifugal. Chemical ether activity is revealed in the analytically-determined "bio-chemical pathways". A law becomes apparent: highly complex physical processes are based on simple spiritual forces; an uncomplicated physical body has a highly differentiated spiritual creator. Elsewhere Rudolf Steiner considered the question as to whether in spiritual terms chemical analysis relates to homeopathic potentization at a spiritual level, with external separation into parts resulting in a concentration of activity in the diluent.
R.S.: the ether creates an image in the fluid, watery part of the human head, which makes the head permeable to the ether. Thus the eye is a creation of the light ether and permeable to it. The head is mainly permeable to the higher ethers which ray in from all directions. From there, the light ether pours into the organism and organizes the whole human being. Humans take in the lower ethers from the earth sphere through metabolism and limbs. From there they ray upward in the human being, towards the higher ethers. Both kinds of ether must be kept distinct in an orderly way in all parts of the organism.
The skin as an organ arises from the interaction of the two kinds of ethers. As a sense organ the skin provides entry for warmth and light ethers coming from the periphery; it is created and shaped by the digested higher ether, which has passed through the organism, and built up by the lower ether streaming up from below. Established is advanced age and life-long high-level exposure to UV light as the major risk factors for basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma, with sebum secretion and susceptibility to skin inflammation playing a secondary role. Individuals with greasy skin and a history of acne were less likely to develop these cancers. If the organism is able, therefore, to oppose strong light with sufficient lower ether, the higher ethers are less likely to erupt through the boundary, resulting in tumor development. A healthy skin can be seen to be a well-balanced organ that will immediately signal predominance of higher or lower ethers. Work done elsewhere has indicated that individuals on a low-fat diet show a lower incidence of actinic keratosis. The fact that a diet rich in animal proteins and fats encourages sclerosis also relates to this. Nutrition provides an example of external activities (diet) taking effect inside (intestine to liver to skin), sunlight an example of external activities taking effect on the outside (skin).
Sunlight activity differs in summer and winter. Summer sun provides us with both higher ether and the lower ether of the earth's ether body which extends beyond the earth's surface; neurodermatitis and psoriasis may heal. Winter sun brings the higher ethers "naked" to the human periphery; this is apparent in desiccated eczematous conditions. The effect of the light ether in sunlight can be seen in the skins of country and seafaring people, which is dry and strongly formed out. Polar activity is openly displayed: light ether expands to infinity, physical skin principles contract. The different effects of alpine and marine climates on humans can be understood if we consider the different relationship between the ethers. The higher ethers dominate at higher altitudes, producing a stimulating climate. By the sea, the lower ethers are also powerful; a seaside climate is calming, making people tired and increasing their appetite. The relationship of St John's wort to light is evident from its medicinal actions: taken internally it helps with winter depressions (lack of light in the soul sphere); used externally, with the oil applied to the fontanel, it is helpful in treating rickets (lack of light in the physical sphere).
Ether is taken up into the human organism, the lower ethers mainly via foods and the intestine, the higher ethers mainly through the senses. Both kinds must be equally well digested and made our own. Thus external light must be transformed into inner light which gives form and shape in the organic sphere and "brightens" the soul sphere. At heart, people's hunger for light today is doubtless a longing for the inner light of higher perception. Sunlight tolerance changes depending on whether someone sleeps, stands, walks or actually works in the sun. The more active the person, the less the harmful effect of the sun; the action of the I within the organism is also different in each given case.
R.S.: disorganized actions of the ethers leading to the polar morbid tendencies of malnutrition and softening of the brain. Excessive activity of the higher ethers leads to poisoning and rigidity; excessive activity of the lower ethers to softening, dissolution.
This provides flexible concepts for the general morbid tendencies at the functional level that underlie a specific dermatosis without actually determining it. The tendency to malnutrition would thus be underlying neurodermatitis, the tendency to softening of the brain, wet eczema, acne and psoriasis. Softening of the brain is an image for pathological extension of digestive activity "in the direction of the head". Here we think of all the dermatoses of people with reduced digestive powers in whom digestion and elimination proceed via the skin, in the wrong place. Accompanying phenomena such as migraine and postmenopausal hormone substitution also come under this heading ("rejuvenation treatment"). In women the lower ethers are more powerful, and they are more liable to develop urticaria, rosacea, sarcoidosis, annular granuloma, lupus vulgaris and necrobiosis lipoidica than men are. The higher ethers predominate in men who are more liable to develop Hodgkin's disease of the skin, mycosis fungoides, hemochromatosis and peripheral atherosclerotic disease. Faulty diet may have a negative effect on the relationship between higher and lower ethers. Thus milk from farms with pastures that have had an excess of nitrogenous fertilizer and dehorned cows may cause the organism to be flooded with "lightless" protein in which lower ether activities are dominant.
Bees are particularly open to warmth and light; honey, therefore, provides excellent support for the higher ethers, especially in older people.
R.S.: differentiated, fluctuating interaction of the two types of ethers as occurring in vortices. The human form arises from the vortical interaction of the different ethers. Innumerable vortices are to be found in the human organism. The hair lies in vortices in different skin areas. R.S. spoke of these vortices as a center for lead-overcoming forces. Considering the relationship between Saturn and the higher ethers, it is the lower ethers that create the vortices. Atopic subjects often have a vortex on the forehead; on the other hand many hyperkinetic children show numerous vortices in the hair on the head. Blood is vorticed most strongly in the heart; the muscle fibers of the heart runs in vortices.
After our work on the lecture, a pediatrician spoke of her clinical experience with anthroposophic medicines in India. Vitamin A deficiency causes children and adults suffering from malnutrition to have friable, vulnerable skin. Walking barefoot and poor hygiene promote infections (scabies, bacteria pyodermia, worms). Premature aging is common, and digestive powers are reduced, as evident from bloated bellies and colorless stools due to protein deficiency. On the other hand the children show remarkable enthusiasm and cheerfulness when playing; they show patience and endurance, waiting for long periods in a disciplined way. Children and adults are free from any intellectual braininess. Clinically the enormous rapidity of recovery was remarkable when anthroposophic medicines were used. The question arose whether malnutrition creates good conditions for the action of potentized medicines and phytotherapeutic agents. With reduced food intake, nutrition via the senses, the influence of the higher ethers, becomes more powerful. The wide-awake ability to perceive quickly indicates good digestion of sensory perceptions. Fluid intake is generally very low in India. Parallels to the Schroth cure used in Germany, with reduced food intake and both non-drinking and drinking days, come to mind. One reason for the observed signs may be that digestion ties up energies in the lower human being. The aim of digestion must be to remove all foreign nature from the food and overcome the lower ethers taken in with it. Fasting, on the other hand, opens body and soul to the cosmos; the higher aspects of the human being will then respond better to treatment and treatment is able to support physiologic homeopathization in the digestion more effectively. According to a statement Rudolf Steiner made to one of his pupils, the poor quality of present-day foods actually impedes spiritual development.
Der Wärmeorganismus des Menschen (Warm und Kalt)
Welche Bedeutung hat die Wärme im menschlichen Leib? Eine Antwort findet sich, wenn wir den Menschen unter einem bestimmten Aspekt betrachten: dem der vier Elemente.
Der menschliche Organismus besteht nicht hauptsächlich aus festen Substanzen, sondern zum größten Teil aus Körperflüssigkeit. Je nach Alter und Geschlecht sind 50 % bis 75 % des Körpergewichts durch Wasser bedingt. Dieses findet sich in ständiger Zirkulation in den verschiedenen Geweben des Körpers. Neben dem festen, mineralischen Leib gibt es also einen Flüssigkeitsorganismus, der nach eigenen Gesetzen gebildet ist.
Auch die Luft ist nicht nach dem Zufallsprinzip im Körper verteilt. Sie ist in bestimmten Organen wie den Lungenbläschen lebensnotwendig, in anderen Regionen wie dem Rippfell-Spalt geradezu gefährlich. Die Luft innerhalb des menschlichen Körpers folgt in ihrer Dynamik bestimmten Gesetzmäßigkeiten und bildet somit einen – wenn auch sehr beweglichen – Luftorganismus.
Für die menschliche Wärmeorganisation gelten ebenfalls bestimmte Gesetze. Eine konstante Temperatur ist notwendig für einen gesunden Ablauf der Körperfunktionen. Gleichzeitig sind die Wärmezustände in den Körperregionen sehr fein differenziert. Das zeigt sehr gut eine Thermografie. Um die notwendige Körperwärme aufrecht zu erhalten, wird zunächst im physikalischen Sinn Energie umgesetzt, so in der Verbrennung der Nahrungsstoffe und der Stoffwechseltätigkeit der inneren Organe. Über die Haut reguliert der Wärmeorganismus seinen Zustand. Bei Überhitzung (körperliche Aktivität/Fieber), wird die Hautdurchblutung erhöht und damit vermehrt Wärme abgestrahlt.
Durch die Schweißbildung entsteht zusätzlich Verdunstungskälte. Auch das zentrale Nervensystem beteiligt sich an der Wärmeregulation. Der Hypothalamus nimmt Signale über die Wärmeverhältnisse der Organe wahr und verarbeitet sie weiter. Der Wärmeorganismus ist der flüchtigste und dynamischste unter den vier beschriebenen Organisationsebenen mineralischer Leib, Flüssigkeits-, Luft- und Wärmeorganismus. Er bildet gewissermaßen die Brücke zwischen dem Geistigen des Menschen und seinem physischen Leib. In den verschiedenen Wärmezuständen spiegelt sich der Einfluss des menschlichen Willens.
Pflege für den Wärmeorganismus
Die „Pflege“ des Wärmeorganismus ist für die Gesundheit von nicht zu unterschätzender Bedeutung. Eine „Erkältung“ ist eine Verletzung des Wärmeorganismus, ähnlich wie ein Schlag dies für den Knochen oder den Muskel ist. Stabil ist der Wärmeorganismus dann, wenn er äußere Veränderungen der Wärme von innen heraus ausgleichen kann. Dringt äußere Kälte zum Beispiel so tief in den Nasen-Rachen-Raum ein, dass sie den ärmeorganismus überwältigt und die innere Wärme nicht ausreicht, die Schleimhäute vor der Kälte zu schützen, können „pathogene Keime“ leicht auftreten. Ein Infekt der oberen Luftwege ist die Folge.
Die eingewanderten Bakterien sind also nicht Ursache, sondern Folge der Erkältung. Ein plötzlicher kalter o. intensiver Wind kann ebenso die innere Wärmebildung lokal überfordern und Ohrenschmerz o.
Blauer Eisenhut meistert Wind und Kälte
Einen Schutz gegen Kälte kann der Blaue Eisenhut (Acon.) bilden, der dank seiner Herkunft vom rauen Bergland und oft schneidend kalten Höhen die Auseinandersetzung mit plötzlicher Kälte und Wind vorlebt. Eisenhut ist als potenziertes Arzneimittel hilfreich bei plötzlich auftretenden Störungen des Wärmeorganismus, rasch steigendem Fieber, plötzlichen Ohren- oder Nervenschmerzen.
In der anthroposophischen Medizin haben äußere Anwendungen eine besondere Bedeutung. Neuralgie gefährdete Menschen können sich durch Einreiben mit WALA Aconit Schmerzöl* vor Wind und Wetter schützen. Rheumatische oder verspannungsbedingte Muskelschmerzen lindert Aconit Schmerzöl schnell. WALA Aconit Ohrentropfen* helfen – frühzeitig gegeben – zuverlässig bei Ohrenschmerzen.
Viele akute und chronische Erkrankungen können wir durch einen bewussten Umgang mit der eigenen Körperwärme verhindern. Eine chronische Nasennebenhöhlenentzündung wird bei ständig kalten Füßen nur schwer zu heilen sein. Unzureichende Bekleidung kann chronische Blasen- und Nierenbeschwerden geradezu „heranzüchten“.
Das bedeutet auch, dass man Fieber bereits im Kindesalter zulassen und den Sinn von fieberhaften Kinderkrankheiten respektieren sollte. Gerade weil der Wärmeorganismus auch der Träger des geistigen Menschen ist, sollte uns seine Pflege besonders am Herzen liegen.