- rage, anger/easily
- order and structure
- feeling of being abandoned, isolation
- haughtiness, feeling of grandeur,
- indifference, apathy/sadness without a
cause; cannot cry, even though one is sad
- inner calm, meditation
sensitivity, compliance versus heartlessness or harshness
version to company, withdrawal, misanthropy, taciturnity versus being social and open
In Vergleich mit diesen Angaben hat Lap-gr-m. diese Prüfungsergebnisse
The Family of Calcium carbonicum - Limestone and Marble
I was born in Limestone country. This has implications. It is different
to be born to clay or schist (= Glimmerschiefer) or basalt.
To be born in limestone country is to learn a deeper lesson. You live on
top of a reef. For millions upon millions of years a milky sea has washed over
the ground on which you stand.
Tiny creatures have lived here in numbers beyond counting. There is no
word for their abundance. Fish and snails, marine worms, shrimps and pipis and
mussles, outnumbering them all,
minute creatures called bryozoa.
They still exist at the margins between sea and land. Hundreds of
species and each possessing brain, mouth, gut and bum. Each living out its life
in a shelly (square/hexagonal/oval) box –
no more than a mm wide. Whatever makes the neatest fit with its
neighbours. They form a colony. Clustered at the tidal margin/contained within
their boxes/living an uncomplicated life.
And the most extraordinary thing about them, the thing I love most, is
this - they have acquired the knack of resurrection. Within their tiny boxes
they live for around 6 months but during
that time they die 3x, they putrify, brain and gut and mouth and bum
melt down to brown slush. Seemingly dead they rot inside their box then
amazingly after a few days they revive.
Brain and gut, mouth and bum take their previous forms. The lid flips
open, the feeding tentacles reemerge. The creature is reborn. They live and
rot, live and rot, until finally they die for good.
Brain and gut, mouth and bum melt. The little shell box crumbles. It
dissolves. So in a perfect reversible reaction, dissolution and precipitation,
in near exact equilibrium, by infinite tiny accretions,
the colony expands. Astounding!!"
[From Limestone by
Themes we can take from this passage?
- tiny individuals that are part of a complex colony
- a substance evoluting over millions of years under water
- life precipitating in a tiny shelly box and dissolving again
- birth, death and resurrection
Compare these to the proving symptoms of Limestone by Nuala Eising and 9
others in 1994
“Went walking and walking over fields and walls. Feeling of fear that
I'd be absorbed into the landscape and never escape. I turned back. I felt part
of the stones. They were almost invisible
because they were part of me - fluid, water, merging“.
“I am just lying still - my voice is still. It has the stillness and
quietness of death. I feel I am lying in a glass coffin, no part of my body
moving. It's like the stillness and quietness of death.
Only I'm not cold. It's not unpleasant or fearful. It's like being
dormant for the winter“.
“Tired, body thin, arms and hands very large, watery feelings, all
fluids moving, relaxed, air of benevolence, lovely“.
When you look at the rubrics of Limestone (Lap-c-b) you see the same
Absorption in nature
- Mind, ego, devoid of ego (1)
- Mind, Absorbed, buried in thought
- Mind, Cares, nature for, animals, plants (1)
- Mind, Monomania (for nature; for sea; for water)
- Mind, love, nature for (2)
- Mind, Anxiety sudden change (1)
- Confusion of mind, reality, can’t tell what is real and what is not
- Mind, fancies, absorbed in table2
- Delusion - body, body parts, lighter than air
- Delusion - separated, mind and
- Delusion - body, body parts, diminished (2)
- Delusion - body, body parts, diffused has (1)
- Delusion - body, body parts, enlarged
- Delusion - body, thin (2)
- Head, enlarged sensation
- Delusion - unreal, everything is
- Delusion - vanish, she will (1)
- Delusion- water, under water (1)
- Dream, as if in a
- Mind, home, desires to be
- Delusion, enslaved (1)
- Delusion, trapped (1)
- Mind, escape, attempts to
- Delusion, waiting, he, is
- Stomach, vomiting, morning, coughing on (1
- Throat, mucus, detach, difficult to table4
- Mind, forsaken
- Mind, estranged, from her family
- Mind, estranged, forgetful of relatives and friends
- Mind, estranged, from society
- Delusion, deserted
- Delusion, appreciated, not
- Delusion, dirty, is
- Delusion, wretched, she is (when looking in the mirror)
- Mind, fear, observed, of her condition being
- Mind, fear, insanity, of losing his reason
- Mind, alone, of being
- Mind, fear, evil
- Mind, fear, happen, something will, terrible, horrible
- Horrible things and sad stories, affect her profoundly
- Irritability, disturbance, from any (1)
- Irritability from trifles
- Mind, sensitive, noise to
- Mind, offended easily
- Mind, sensitive, external impressions, to all
- Dreams of
- Delusion injury, inflicit on, someone (1)
- Delusion, poisoning people, she is (2)
- Mind, shrieking, anger during
What is the particular challenge for people who need Limestone?
It seems to experience the feeling of belonging. Limestone people have
this sense of oneness that comes from being with nature, with animals. Without
ego, simply being.
Yet, in the human world they struggle with feelings of isolation and
disconnection, where they may perceive themselves to be estranged from society,
trapped, and enslaved.
Our little calcium shells dissolving and precipitating, as we are
trapped and released.
The help of Limestone comes from finding connection after being
disconnected; coming alive after being dead, asleep, or unconscious for a long
time; waking up into our inner connectedness
with the human colony, realising we have never been separated; it is simply
There are many other manifestations of being trapped and thus released:
Teeth are trapped and released; Teeth, pain, sore bruised, molars
Putrid discharges are trapped and released; Ear, discharges, thick; Ear,
discharges, offensive; Nose, discharge, orange
Menstrual blood is trapped and released; Abdomen burning, hot rocks
like; Female, menses painful, Dysmenorrhea.x Abdomen, pain, torn, loose,
“As if mucus is trapped and released”; Cough < night, waking from
cough; Stomach vomiting, gen, morning; coughing on
I have used Limestone acutely with babies to assist with teeth that are
slow to come through (Calc.).
For a young woman abandoned by her family and adopted by another family,
Limestone was used for boils which rapidly healed after two doses.
We are all aware of the rubric “Egotism, self-esteem” in the
There is Calc., and Lap-gr-m. and Lap-mar-c., to which we will come back
later. Scholten identifies “ego” as a theme of the carbons, so its not
surprising that these remedies are coming up in this rubric. In Limestone,
however, the rubric is: “Devoid of Ego”.
So why is this rubric, devoid of ego, important?
If the rubric “Egotism” is about self esteem, does “Devoid of Ego” mean
no self esteem? I do not think so. I think the correct interpretation is lack
of attachment to ego.
We saw earlier a similarity with some drug remedies and Limestone.
One of the provers said :"Time is so slow - but that's alright.
It's like experiencing every moment and living in each moment totally. Feels
like I'm over sensitive to everything.
Absorbing everything that is going on for everyone. I have no
protection, no boundaries. For the past few weeks I've noticed that I get
totally engrossed in what ever I'm doing.
Anything sudden happening completely freaks me out and I feel like
screaming and screaming with terror. Like if I'm sitting in a room with people
conversing - I'm totally there. If someone suddenly walks in - I want to scream
and scream. I feel it inside but don't let it out... I feel I am going insane.
I want to move very slowly and gently with nature and life. I don't want to
disturb anything or be disturbed. I want everything to be gentle and easy and
How do these Limestone themes come out in our patients?
A woman, H., recently returning to NZ after many years overseas,
describes it like this.
“Coming back to NZ I am leaving
attachments behind, to return home, I choose to release a lot of my personal
possessions, down-sizing, everything I get for me has an attachment for me,
when I choose to give them up, a part of me is given up“.
“I have made a decision that I will find my place. Coming home is like
slipping into your slippers that you left at the back door; you put them on and
you are home. Just fill up the space again“.
Fear of estrangement:
“As a child I had a fear of being
left behind, when people would go out and we stayed at home, I would scream and
run after them, I didn’t want to be left behind“.
And the insecurity of loss of
identity, one of our main ego-attachments:
“I had a dream the other night
that my purse was taken, all my credit cards and my identity. No identity, no
evidence of who you are. The loss of identity is so traumatic, you immediately
become a person of suspicion. At
a person of no identity. If I am at home I can call up the relatives,
but in a foreign land you have nothing, no one other than your work mates“.
When we are strongly attached to our
ego, there is greater internal threat as seen through these patient dreams:
“I have dreams of flying and being chased and having the ability to
land. By sheer will I had to hold myself up to stay up there, I had to actually
demand that I stay flying. There were people
trying to come after me or chase me. I had to will myself to be aloft.
Other times it’s lovely to settle into that flying mode“.
M. tells how he had to do the opposite to stay aloft - to not think
about it or use his will: "After Limestone, I did have a dream where I
just flapped my wings and took off. Normally I have to flap hard and not try
too hard or think about it or it stops working“.
When I first saw this patient, he described this dream to me: “I am a
superhero, flying, got to run and jump and not try, if I try it turns to
custard, some terminator character chasing me, I can't fly properly or trying
to fly over trees and crash into them“.
The idea of using your will to escape danger, intrigued me. This has
certainly been something I have experienced as a mountain climber in a storm,
where you apply every ounce of concentration and effort to survive.
It was interesting to hear M. describe “anger and frustration at not
being heard by several intractable people who couldn’t be flexible enough to
hear what I was offering. Under all that was the hurt of not being
H. describes how she would drink wine to go into an “unconscious state
of not being present“. Yet, she loved the quiet, peace, trees, and river of
home - the place where she could be very present.
And M. says: “the challenges I have before me are maturing into being
"manly"(whatever that is), and also actually arriving, being present
and having faith that there is a place in the world for me and perhaps we could
stretch that to accepting that I have something of value to offer“.
When he feels disconnection, he describes it like this: “My body
stretches, my feet get very far away, and my hand and arms turn to thick heavy
stone and my body is pencil thin. Not quite out of body, but very hard to get
out of. I think I am panicking about being deserted - I feel physical pain up
my centre line. I feel solid like I can't move, an out of body experience,
black and white, rejected and deserted“.
Proving: feeling enlarged, thin, heavy, cannot move as if dead, rejected
In the novel “Limestone” talks about living on the limestone reef - all
those tiny creatures who live in their little hard boxes - the perfect analogy
of human life and
particularly human life in 2009, connected around the world as we are by
internet and cell phone.
Is not this fascinating that we call our telephones: cell phones - we
also call a prison, a cell; the basic unit in the human body is a cell; a monk
lives in a cell; a smaller compartment of a larger whole is
a cell, like a honeycomb; a cell is the small unit of organisation in
the natural world, and a cell is the local area covered by a transmitter in a
Limestone contains the bones and shells of marine creatures, calcium
carbonate, similar to but more complex than our old favourite Calc carb. The
sensitive soft creature in the inside of the hard oyster
shell, now meshed with millions of others to form a complex whole. Like
Calc carb, Limestone has visions of phantoms, animals, and immense fear.
Limestone also has sensitivity to horrible things, violence, cruelty. In
Limestone, this sensitivity leads to a feeling of estrangement from the colony,
compensated through absorption in nature.
Myt-e-p (Mussel Pearl) and Nautilus are other remedies made from calcium
carbonate and should be studied alongside Limestone.
images (Calc./Limestone) (Delusions: sees
There are many other Calciums to study alongside these remedies and lets
not forget Hep. with its extreme sensitivity and reputation for suppuration.
When Limestone comes under pressure and heats Marble is formed. Just as
when carbon comes under pressure and heats, Diamond is formed.
So what do we know about (white) Marble?
It is recommended for use after exposure to radiation. When it was first
proven, it was used for children from Chenobyl by Nuala Eising. She wrote:
“Before I did the Marble proving, the man who comes into my dreams gave me a
lecture about marble and the people who had been affected by radiation. He said
heat and intensity and pressure changing limestone to marble is the
exact same process when someone is exposed to radiation. Marble is metamorphic.
What happens to someone exposed to radiation is that they get an incredible
amount of heat. The calcium in the body changes and they become metamorphic
versions of what they were initially. When you get the peripheral
effect of radiation, Granite is the remedy. But he said if somebody has
been left with the radiation, and the changes have taken place, then they need
Marble. He said, "Look at white marble: it crumbles easily, it's
translucent." I would say bloodless as well. He said, "Look at the
“You get a lovely picture as well from the kids. On the psychological
level, when somebody starts feeling that they have nothing on the inside, what
they start to do is make themselves a showpiece and it's because of an intense
need to be taken care of. So Marble feels that the only thing they can offer is
to be beautiful, graceful, charming and everybody will love them and take care
of them-that type of thing. That's what Marble is about and that is what
happens after somebody is severely affected by radiation”.
I have used marble a number of times, when I see intense whiteness or
paleness of a child for instance, or when a person has been overexposed to
cellphones, electrical currents in the home, cellphone towers or from radiation
cancer treatment. It is worth studying the many ways in which body systems may
be broken down by over-exposure to radiation.
The work of the late Dr Neil Cherry records neurological problems,
cancer in various forms, problems with melatonin/sleep and even DNA changes.
Recognising this remedy before the
functional changes have occurred in a person may be life-saving, and it
may be very helpful for cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy.
It is a great remedy for boils, which will dissolve very quickly after a
dose or two, when the picture fits. I have also used it for bed-wetting,
over-sensitive children, coughs, and so on.
In the Marble provings, you may, on one side, see hardness, avarice,
cruelty, inhumanity, emasculation, pleasure-seeking, fury, desire for abundant
riches, dreams you have to kill a mouse, stealing. Dreams of being a noble
person, a cat. Adulterous. On the other side, there may be sensitivity to cruelty,
to criticism, forsaken, delusion he is a new born kitten.
The provings of Limestone and Marble contain many dreams, which you will
not find represented in Mac Repertory. Most curious to me, are these dreams in
the Marble proving:
And remember in Limestone we had dreams of
How does Calc. connect with Limestone and Marble?
Through these 3 remedies of stage 2 (=
the ferrum series), we see an evolution of consciousness in the world.
In Carb. the issue is about security; can we emerge from the safety of
our family to seek and find freedom from judgement in the outer world?
Sankaran: the main feeling of Calc.: "I need security to be
alive". One of the important rubrics of Calc. is the single symptom:
"Delirium, talks of nothing but murder, fire and rats". This delirium
represents his fears of humans and of natural and animal dangers.
Carbon forms the very basis of the living kingdom, represents the
survival instinct, the basic reaction required to live. In the situational
Materia Medica Carbon is one of fright, where there is a threat to survival and
the person finds him/herself too small and poor in the race for survival.
In Limestone, we sense a lack of belonging, which leaves us feeling too
small, too thin, estranged, and not appreciated yet, longing to feel part of
the human colony and compensating through our immersion in nature.
In Marble, we experience estrangement in the outer world, when ‘heat and
pressure’ become too much and the ego attaches itself to riches, deceitfulness,
absurd fancies, and indifference to the welfare of others.
Calcium and Carbon are the basis of a new form of farming, called
biological farming, which restores humus to the soil and grows healthy plants
to nourish animals and humans. Farmers have traditionally manipulated nitrogen,
phosphorus and potassium in the soil but now recognise the importance of lime,
crushed from limestone. It is applied with humates (a soft form of carbon) to
activate the millions of microbes in the soil that dissolve the minerals so
they can be taken up by the plants. In the soil beneath our feet, millions upon
millions of organisms, bountifully alive and entombed in calcium, live to
rejuvenate and create the earth. We rely on this extraordinary
Limestone and Marble have become favourite remedies in my practice. I
came to understand how to use these remedies through muscle testing and by
studying the provings, the materia medica,
and my cases. Sometimes, Limestone will be a layer that is needed
acutely, often to help the body to throw out some obstruction (much like we
have used Silica) and other times the patient will require it to help resolve
deeper chronic ailments.