[Transcript from a seminar given to the Czech Homeopathic Society
in March 2000]
going to have a look at the proving of Bamboo - or in its Latin
name, Bambusa arundinacea. This is a major new proving by Bernd
Schuster in Germany, and it's going to be a very useful remedy.
It was an excellent proving, there were many provers and they brought
out a full and rounded picture of the remedy. You really feel when
you read it that here is a vivid picture of what this remedy can
do. Nine out of ten provings, you read them and there's not really
much going on there - just a few vague symptoms, perhaps one or
two characteristic ones. Nothing that really comes together or hangs
together. Often you can't use the remedy because you're left feeling
you don't know it well enough.
I study a full proving that has properly brought out the image of
the remedy, I'm looking to answer the following questions:
Which parts of the human body - which organs and systems -
does this remedy affect (including the mind and the dreams if
these are strongly affected)?
sort of symptoms occur in each part of the body?
are the physical and emotional sensations this remedy produces?
are the themes in the mental symptoms?
are the themes in the dream symptoms?
relation do the dreams have to the mental symptoms?
see that the first question is, Which parts of the human body does
it affect? Most people when they look at a proving or a remedy,
they go straight for the mental symptoms. Because they're the easiest
to understand and they have the most immediate interest and impact.
And of course they are very, very important. But I feel it's a mistake
to look at the mental symptoms first because once you've read them
it's very hard to focus on the physical symptoms. I find it much
better to work the other way around. I'll start reading a proving
not on page one but where the Vertigo section is. And when I get
to the Sleep and Dreams section I only read the Sleep section, leaving
out the dreams. When I've done all the physicals, I then go back
and read the mental symptoms. The dream symptoms I read last of
all. I just find this is the most effective way to deeply understand
a new remedy - or any remedy come to that, as long as you're studying
the original proving of it.
also think it's important not to get too distracted by what the
remedy is made of. Because if you see a picture of bamboo it makes
you think, What does bamboo mean, what are all its associations?
It takes you into speculation just at the moment when you need to
stay cool headed. Because you're about take a look at the inside
of this remedy, not its appearance, its associations, its uses or
its mythology, which are all so to speak on the outside. You can't
know the inside until you've studied the proving. You can make all
sorts of associations and you will get some useful information,
but it won't by itself be enough to prescribe on. So starting with
the substance is what you might call the fallacy of the doctrine
of signatures. And it seems that many people fall into this trap,
unfortunately. I always look at the relationship between the substance
and the remedy last of all.
place not to start when you're learning a new remedy is with the
proving master's interpretation of it, although most published provings
have this as the main feature of the book. I tend to find that if
you are offered a lot of interpretation with a new proving, it's
often covering up for the fact that not much useful information
came out of the proving itself. And vice versa. The best provings
really are materia medica pura. They speak for themselves. We naturally
tend to look to proving masters for guidance about a new remedy,
but for various reasons they may not actually be in the best position
to give it. Read their interpretations by all means, but I would
suggest that you do it only after you've tried to understand the
remedy for yourself.
I take a new proving to study it, I'm first of all looking to see,
is it the respiratory tract that's affected? Is it a remedy that
primarily affects the female reproductive system or that has a particularly
strong influence on the stomach and digestion? Or does it really
have a primary impact on the mind, over and above the other systems?
- Like Cannabis indica, which unquestionably has a significant impact
on the mind. Of course all remedies affect the mind to a large degree
but as this stage I'm still looking at the whole body and which
systems are very much affected. Because in a sense the mind is just
another organ in the body. Each remedy has an affinity to specific
parts of the body and it's different in each remedy.
I've answered these six questions, I'll ask:
the physical, mental and dream symptoms together, is there an
overall theme that unifies all of them?
leads into more complicated questions further down the line. Like
what is the 'situation' of this remedy, in Rajan Sankaran's terms?
Or what is the 'essence' if you're George Vithoulkas? Or the 'verb',
the 'stuck motion', which is how Jeremy Sherr likes to look at it.
But that comes much later, you can only establish this later on,
once you have a good understanding of the symptoms of the remedy.
To really understand something you always have to work from the
when I pick up the proving of Bamboo I see that the biggest impact
this remedy has is on the neck, the back and the extremities. This
is its main sphere of influence. And when I come to prescribe Bamboo
as a remedy, I will first of all be looking for cases that have
a significant problem with the back, the neck and the extremities.
In fact, now that I know this remedy, whenever a patient comes in
with a problem in these areas, I immediately put Bamboo into the
differential diagnosis, because it affects those parts so strongly.
look at some of these symptoms. First of all there is a great stiffness
of the neck. 'Very difficult to turn the neck.' Many provers had
this and they had it very strongly. There is tension and stiffness
in the back and neck. The muscles have seized up and this condition
is worse from damp, cold weather and from being outdoors. The problems
can extend and the stiffness and tension can radiate into the arms.
The stiffness is really very intense, one patient described it as
'like a poker'.
with this predominant stiffness there are many other kinds of pain
in the back and the neck. Mainly these pains are cramping, aching
and dragging pains. What happens is they tend to radiate downwards
into the extremities - down the arm into the hands or down the legs
to the knees. There are also neuralgic and rheumatic pains in the
shoulders. All these pains are better for rest and for heat. This
is a strong modality of this remedy. Rhus tox is much better for
heat and continued movement, while Bamboo, which is similar to Rhus
tox in some ways, is better for heat and rest.
is a weakness of the hand, difficulty in writing. There are problems
all down the back, all the way to the buttocks and the lumbar and
sacral regions. Again a cramping pain, tension, a knotted feeling.
As well as the strong amelioration from warmth like a hot bath and
rest, the back symptoms have a lesser amelioration from coughing
and defecation, though it's not as marked.
this is the main picture of the back symptoms, and I would just
add that one prover described a curious feeling as if water was
lapping against his internal organs. He described it as 'a wave
of pressure coming from my abdomen upwards to my throat'. Another
prover described a feeling of burning along the spine and said 'the
heat comes in waves'. So we see that somewhere in this remedy there
is a relationship with water, even though at this point we can't
understand what it is. But it will become clear later on as we study.
We'll move on to the extremities now, but I hope you can already
see that if you have any patient with back problems, you could think
of Bamboo. And then you could look to see if the modalities fit
and if the nature of the pain fits. Bamboo seems to have such an
influence on the back and the spine that you could think of it in
any case of a bad back.
we look at the Extremities symptoms it seems in some way that they
are dependent on the back and neck symptoms, as though they're caused
by the back symptoms. Because the spine is so affected in this remedy,
of course it is going to have a referred affect on the extremities.
And the symptoms we get are first of all are numbness and tingling
starting in the back and spreading down into the extremities.
prover described a feeling that her right hand was thicker than
her left. There is a strong feeling of weakness and heaviness. Someone
said, 'a totally unfamiliar heaviness of the limbs on waking'. Many
of the symptoms are aggravated in the morning on waking. So we have
the strong amelioration by a hot bath and rest, and the lesser amelioration
by coughing and defecation. We have the strong aggravation from
cold and damp, and an almost as strong aggravation in the morning
set of symptoms we have in the extremities is icy cold hands and
feet. 'An extreme feeling of coldness starting from the shoulders
and radiating downwards'. There is a great deal of radiation in
this remedy from the back and the shoulders down the limbs. Along
with the icy coldness of the extremities there can also be the opposite
- a burning in the soles of the feet. One prover had a feeling of
heat in the feet although she was objectively cold. This is an unusual
symptom in itself. Of course any proving where you get cold feet
you would also expect to get hot feet, because the opposite polarity
usually emerges. But generally one end of the spectrum will be much
more strongly stressed and in general terms, in whole person terms,
Bamboo is a chilly remedy.
symptom we get in the extremities is clumsiness and awkwardness.
'Dropping things and bumping into things when walking'. We get twitching
in the extremities, swelling of the ankles. One prover said they
had the 'feeling of a foreign body in the shoe'. There is itching
in various parts of the legs, also in the groin, the top of the
legs and the shoulder at the top of the arms. There is contraction
and spasms in the hands. The fingernails are altered, there are
small indentations in the fingernails.
major area this remedy affects is the sciatic nerve. Many provers
had strong symptoms of sciatica. You could predict this area would
be affected from what we know already of the remedy. In some way
the remedy must affect the nerves as they come out of the spine,
and then these pains are referred to the distant parts of the body.
There are so many symptoms of sciatica. One prover says 'painful
electric currents running down the sciatic nerve to the hollow of
the knee. So intense that the whole body trembles and shivers'.
At the same time the prover had a feeling of coldness in her face
and a sense of nausea. It led to a state of complete collapse and
she had to be helped into bed. Another prover could hardly walk
in the morning, she was walking stooped, bent over. 'Weakness from
the hip down to the knee as if beaten'. These pains are worse for
motion and better for pressure. They come in the morning around
7am, and there is also a corresponding aggravation at the opposite
end of the day, around 7 to 9pm.
with the sciatica there are many sudden sharp, stitching pains in
different parts of the extremities. Especially in the knee or the
foot, but also the fingers, arms, forearms, you name it, and also
in the legs. The left knee particularly is affected by the stitching
pain. There are strong symptoms of rheumatism and also some of gout.
A characteristic quality of these pains is that they are wandering
or wave-like pains, coming in waves. But it's especially this radiating
pain and the left side seems to be particularly affected. Pains
also as if dislocated or beaten, and several provers had a feeling
as though they had pain from over-exertion, like Rhus tox again.
Really I think this remedy will compare very closely with Rhus tox.
I think it will be prescribed very, very frequently.
all the other parts of the body are strongly affected, but some
of them are. The head is one. There are a lot of headaches in this
remedy and again this may well be referred pain or due somehow to
the problems in the back and the spine. The particular nature of
the headache is a pressing pain, and it can either be pressing from
outside in - one prover describes a feeling of a band around the
forehead - or it can also be a pressing from inside outwards. These
headaches are worse for physical exertion and cold wind, and also
for bending the head forward. One prover said 'a pain like a stick
in the back of my head', so again we see some connection with the
spine. There is an amelioration from pressing the head with the
hands, but these headaches can go as far as being very bad migraines.
One prover said 'I feel like death, I just want to rest, I don't
want to see or hear anything'. This prover actually had a bad aggravation
from lying, the head symptoms were very, very strongly increased.
So here the amelioration is from rest but in a lying position. The
time modality is pretty much the same, early morning or early evening.
eyes are not so strongly affected but there is a strange symptom
in the eyes: they feel as though they are being pressed or pulled
into the head, pressed from outside or pulled from inside. Or like
with the head, the pressing can go outwards. And the vision can
be either very much improved or made very much worse.
we get to another area that the remedy affects very strongly and
this is the nose, throat and upper respiratory tract. In this area
it produces symptoms very like colds and 'flu. You could think of
giving Bamboo in certain 'flu cases, though obviously it would be
very nice if there were back symptoms too. In the upper respiratory
tract we get sneezing, a blocked nose, a watery discharge, burning
in the nostrils, which are blocked with mucus, and a 'feeling of
the nose as if tickled by a feather'. Frequent sneezing and itching
of the nose. A very marked feature of the blockage of the nose is
that it alternates sides. This could be a very useful clue in prescribing
it for colds and 'flu. Can I just check is it normal in colds and
'flu for there to be an alternation of sides or is it quite unusual?
[answers from the audience] Some people say yes, some people say
no. OK, be careful with that one then.
dryness and a numbness of the nose. A strong sensitivity to smells.
One male prover said 'I am sensitive to smell like a pregnant woman'.
The face is much affected, there are flushes of heat and redness.
Not to the extent that it would immediately make you think of Bambusa
as a remedy for menopause but more as it comes in colds and 'flus.
There is some tightness in the mouth and jaw but you would expect
that, given the tension very close by in the shoulders and neck.
The provers looked unhealthy, with dark rings under the eyes and
a paleness of the face. An unwell look. The skin of the face feels
very dry and tight. One prover said that their skin felt very thin,
which is curious. That's something an old person might feel. The
mouth is also affected, with a watering of the mouth. It is full
of saliva, one prover had so much saliva in their mouth it felt
as if it was running out when he talked. Or alternatively there
is a very dry and thirsty mouth. A soreness of the oral mucosa and
the tongue, and a feeling as the tongue was burnt. Also a foul taste
in the mouth.
with the upper respiratory tract, the nose and the throat, which
all go together, there is a great deal of roughness and soreness
in the throat. Difficulty in swallowing, having to clear his throat
a lot, very much a feeling like you have in a cold. There are many
different symptoms in the throat, particularly a burning sensation
and several provers describe a feeling of influenza. There's a very
strong sensation of a lump in the throat which may actually be caused
by buildup of mucus in the throat. The mucus is difficult to hawk
a marked amelioration from hot drinks. We can see that it is definitely
a remedy that has 'flu-like symptoms. Of course in the 'flu very
often your back is affected, with all kinds of aches and pains in
the back. Mostly cases like this tend to get Eupatorium perfoliatum.
It's known particularly for a pain in the bones, but it also has
a bruised and sore feeling in the muscles. Bamboo will definitely
be in a differential diagnosis with Eupatorium perfoliatum in such
cases. And in terms of the modalities, it's going to be a little
bit hard to differentiate them. They are both worse for cold air,
from 7 to 9 am and from motion, but Eupatorium is better for cold
drinks, whereas bamboo is better for hot drinks.
area that is affected is the digestive tract, although not as strongly
as the other two areas we have already discussed - that is to say
the back, neck and spine in first place and the nose, throat and
upper respiratory tract in the second place. In the stomach we get
insatiable hunger or hunger with no appetite. There is quite a strong
aversion to fat and also to beer and an aggravation from beer and
wine. Quite a lot of nausea. A desire for wine and cheese, for spicy
food. A desire to smoke, though that's not really a stomach symptom.
It seems there is a desire for stimulants in general, including
abdomen is significantly affected. There's a lot of wind. One prover
had a 'feeling as though a big bubble in the navel was moving around'.
Another prover couldn't bear the pressure of her waistband. Pains
were ameliorated by a hot water bottle. The gall bladder seems to
be affected, there's a tenderness in the gall bladder region and
bilious complaints. That's probably why there is an aggravation
from fats. Along with the flatulence there is diarrhoea. One prover
said it came out 'like a fire hydrant, like a gush of water'. Two
provers had 'an imperative urge' which they could not resist, they
had to go immediately. There is bad smelling flatulence and some
constipation though not as much as the diarrhoea. The stool tends
to be greasy and fatty.
the chest, the remedy affects the lungs and the sternum as well
as the heart region. There is a stitching, burning pain and stiffness,
a dragging in the heart region and a feeling of a lump near the
sternum. The symptom of a lump does appear in quite a few different
parts of the body, the top of the head for instance, and it has
become something of a keynote for the remedy.
important area of affinity is the sleep. Lots of sleeplessness,
restlessness, tossing and turning. When the provers lie awake at
night there is a tossing and turning in the mind. 'Constantly turning
ideas over in the mind'. Provers seem to wake between 3.30 and 4.30am,
that's the main time, though it can be earlier or later. There were
a lot of problems with sleeplessness.
terms of generalities, as I said, it's a very chilly remedy with
a desire for a hot water bottle or a hot bath. So the patients you
see who need this remedy are unlikely to be feeling hot. If it was
a patient with a bad back you would generally not expect them to
be a warm blooded person. However in the acute state there can be
quite a lot of fever with perspiration and flushes of heat.
may be that when the remedy comes to be used in practice a lot it
will turn out to be a menopausal remedy because of the flushes of
heat, it's just a little difficult to tell right now. One prover
wanted to sleep naked and run around naked. Another prover wanted
cool fresh air, but mainly the amelioration is from heat. So that
is the physical side of the remedy taken care of, we've done the
first part of the job. Four major areas are affected: In order of
importance they are the back, neck and spine; the nose, throat and
upper respiratory tract; and in equal third place the digestive
tract and the sleep. From the back, neck and spine you can make
a sub-section 'Head and Extremities', because they're dependent
on them. They're in the same category.
at this point it is safe to ask what is bamboo, what does it look
like? [holds up a picture of bamboo; answers from the audience]
Of course it is famous for looking like the spine. So it's no surprise
to see that it affects the spine so strongly, that it's the major
area of impact. But it wouldn't have been a good idea to look at
the picture first of all and say 'Oh this is bamboo, it must affect
the spine', because that would have closed your mind to thinking
that it has such an affect on the upper respiratory tract and other
parts of the body.
having done the physical symptoms we need to look at the mentals
and the dreams. I said in every remedy the mind may or may not be
strongly affected, but that we tend to give too much weight to the
mental symptoms. In Bamboo the mind definitely is strongly affected.
And the picture that comes up mentally is one of depression and
apathy and listlessness. Despair and anxiety. This comes up very
strongly. There seems to be a clear situation in this mental state,
it's very easily detectable. We'll come to it at the end, I'm sure
you'll be able to see it.
of all there is a depression with a strong fear of poverty. Anxiety
about the future but in its financial aspects - What does the future
hold for me? One prover said 'There's just a huge mountain of things
to overcome'. 'Anxious about not being able to deal with what is
in store for me over the next few years.' 'Everything seems uncertain
to me.' There is a depression with a feeling that the prover would
never get well again. Sadness with weeping. One prover said, 'Emotionally
very sensitive, I feel inferior in some way. I can't help crying
over trivial things'. Provers felt deserted by their spouses. There's
a general feeling of betrayal and desertion. One prover said, 'I
never feel I can wholly depend on my wife. She has never fully opened
up to me'. And yet this man also says, 'I find too much closeness
in the relationship suffocating'. So there is both the desire for
closeness but a problem with it at the same time.
same prover said something that is an interesting theme in the mental
symptoms. He said, 'I feel as if my emotional foundations are lacking.
I say something and feel that what I am saying is not quite right
because I am not in touch with my feelings at that moment. It is
like a separation between emotion and intellect' . This seems to
be a deeper aspect of the mental state. The same prover said later
on, 'A sense of not having any emotional attachment to certain things.
It is as if there is something missing'. Naturally this state would
lead to depression. There's a female prover who says, 'I think I
am starting my mid-life crisis. Very touchy and vulnerable all day.
A feeling of pointlessness'. Another prover said 'Depressed when
there is no work'. Or, 'Depressed with no real interest in life.'
'Don't want to go out, want to be left alone.' 'Helpless feeling,
tearful, depressed, black despair'.
quite a strong theme of wanting peace and quiet. Several provers
just wanted to be left alone on their own and not have to do anything.
Of course this reflects the physical state of amelioration by stillness.
the mental picture is of one of closing down, a lack of activity.
Various other aspects of that come out. There's a lot of listlessness
and apathy - a great deal, it would be in bold type in the repertory.
'Indifference, no desire to get out of bed.' 'No inclination to
do his work or the housework.' One prover said, 'I couldn't care
less about anything. All I could do was laze about in bed. Don't
want to get up'. This is a very strong feature of the mental state.
There's also quite a great deal of irritability. One person said,
'There's no pleasing me, nothing pleases me'. And, 'Constantly arguing
about trivial things.' 'Everything seems too noisy for me.' 'Irritability
in company.' 'Things get on my nerves.' So you can see, in this
state of stillness and quietness the patient is very easily disturbed
by any stimulus. And these symptoms are worse at around 6 or 7pm.
So we can see there is a strong time modality in this remedy of
worse at 6 or 7am and 6 or 7pm.
is a sluggishness of thinking, a confusion of mind, difficult concentration.
One prover said, 'I cannot even remember my friends' names'. 'Utterly
forgetful.' 'Totally incapable of concentrating.' 'Like in a dream'.
Another prover said, 'Things keep coming into my head and I don't
know if I have dreamt them or experienced them. I feel as if memories
of dreams are entering my consciousness'. And this is an interesting
observation; 'I feel as if there is no separation between the dream
world and the real world'. Somehow this seems to reflect or accompany
the dislocation between emotion and intellect that the prover described
earlier. Because of some kind of weakness of mind there is no separation
between emotion and intellect, between the dream world and the real
world. It is not a violent separation of the two, it's more of a
weakness that causes this to arise. There is a lot of forgetfulness,
a befuddled feeling, spelling mistakes of various kinds. Two different
provers found their food was very bland and boring and had to add
things to it to make it seem more exciting.
was a strong sense that their life was going by and they had not
fulfilled what they wanted to do. One prover said, 'I am dissatisfied
with my whole life, although there is not reason to be. I want to
do everything afresh, to do again things that I have neglected for
so long'. 'I wish I were more persistent at pursuing my own interests
without suffering a bad conscience. I feel cut off from the right
kind of life. All I have are obligations, work, earning money. My
needs fall by the wayside. There is no chance for my soul to take
flight. No freedom from and freedom for other things'. So you can
see this really is quite a crisis. If someone comes to a point in
their lives where they feel as strongly as this it's a crisis and
perhaps a turning point. Another prover said, 'Discontented with
my condition, totally dissatisfied with myself'. One male prover
shaved off the beard he had had for thirty years. He even shaved
the hair under his armpits. So he must have been feeling pretty
you see the picture is of a real feeling of depression and dissatisfaction.
'Don't want to be responsible for everything and everyone all the
time. It's too much for me'. One prover said, 'My brain is entirely
empty and hollow'. 'Irritability when my daughter was too demanding.'
It is not a remedy with aversion to the family, it's more just an
irritability at any disturbance. One prover was thinking about Conium
a lot, and its relationship with cancer. It's quite interesting
because the mental picture of Conium is not very dissimilar from
Bamboo, in the sense of its closing down, a loss of vitality. A
consciousness of the suppression of one's needs and instincts. Another
prover made an interesting comment, 'I meditated in the morning
and this made me very sad and cry a lot because my will is subject
to higher forces. I have a sense of despair because I can only go
with the flow of the times and yield to events, because everything
is the will of destiny. I know nothing and I am insignificant. What
I want is unimportant'. Lastly the same prover had 'Despair at night
that death will separate me from my children. Grief and rejection
when thinking about my past life'.
what is the situation of this remedy mentally speaking, suggestions
please? These mental symptoms seem to point strongly to a specific
situation that someone could find themselves in at one particular
time in their life. Is it a remedy for a young person? [from the
audience: - No, it is not. It is a time when people go on pension.]
Exactly, it seems to be a remedy for just this time of life. When
the active part of one's life is over and there is nothing to look
forward to. Just regrets about the past and anxiety about the future.
A desire for peace and quiet and an irritability when disturbed.
You can imagine somebody sitting in an armchair feeling grumpy and
moaning. This seems to be the state of the remedy, but it doesn't
mean that you only give it to people of this age. You could find
person in their twenties who is behaving like this, who is behaving
as though he was 65 years old. It would be more strongly indicated
in a 25 year old than in a 65 year old when it is normal perhaps
to be a bit like that. But equally I think it will be a very common
remedy for people approaching old age. Many elderly people have
problems with their backs or sciatica or rheumatism. When that woman
said she was approaching her mid-life crisis, it shows how the proving
transported the provers to somewhere different in time and space.
It suddenly made her feel older.
you remember the Circle that we talked about before? I told you
the last time I was here about this method of analysis. It recognises
that all events and qualities in nature, in time and in human life
are cyclical. They correspond with each other and can be plotted
on a big circle. Everything from birth all the way round to maturity
and old age, the time of day or the season of the year. Colours,
qualities, types, conditions. And there will be a correlation between
them. Then we can plot each remedy on its specific part of the Circle.
We can do this quite easily with Bamboo. The time aggravation is
between 7-9am and also 7-9pm, and the situation of this remedy is
old age, retirement. That's down here as well. So already we have
this kind of alignment on the Circle and it is also confirmed by
the physical symptoms. This axis is very much the axis of contraction,
of bitterness, of approaching darkness and a decline towards death,
which is at the bottom of the Circle.
axis here is the axis of structure and fluidity - structure on this
side and fluidity on that. So we're a little bit beyond that axis
but very close to it. The way that structure relates to this remedy
is that there's too much structure. All the muscles have seized
up, the neck is tight, the mind is closed and contracted. So really
this remedy fits very nicely on the Circle in about this alignment.
And because it fits so well, of course it has its opposite. Although
most of the provers had a feeling of hopelessness and depression
and despair, there was also a secondary reaction of increased optimism,
the ability to get things done and to put their affairs in order,
to look after their own needs. I'll just give you a few examples:
'I feel more composed and in a stronger relationship with myself.
More aware of my feelings but less dependent on them.' 'I feel a
lasting positive change on the medicine.' Other provers were more
relaxed, able just to take things more easily. 'Burst of energy.
I say what I think whether or not people like it'. 'More independent
and self-confident.' 'Able to give up smoking.' 'Nothing feels like
pressure.' 'Well balanced and communicative. I feel great.'
you see this is the complete opposite of the main mental state of
this remedy. And it may be that you have to prescribe this remedy
in this positive mental state to someone with severe back problems.
However I think it is much more likely that in the pathological
state you will see this depressed mental picture. The positive state
may well be the reward that the patient has when you give them the
remedy. In the sense that if they are able to resolve this problem
in their lives and to free themselves from this stuck point, then
they will get the reward of moving out of that situation. So a person
who is retiring, who feels that there is nothing left in life, that
all they have to do is sit in an armchair, if you give them the
remedy they might suddenly jump up and enjoy their retirement and
free time and do all the nice things they wanted to do for so long
but couldn't. It's a very clear cut mental state.
can guess what the dreams are about? [from the audience: - About
water.] How did you know? [speaker: - Because there was a lot of
waves and water in the back.] That's very good, I didn't think anyone
would guess. Water keeps appearing in the physical symptoms - remember
the saliva in the mouth or the diarrhoea gushing out...