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Creating Waves of Awareness

A few comparisons to help locate the Birds on the Mappa Mundi.

According to Shore the bird mind "organises itself around concepts which allow a dynamic shifting of emphasis". Its a kind of sensitivity. Every updraft or downdraft changes the whole situation from moment to moment. It sounds a bit like Pulsatilla (WIND flower!), where the significance of events or feelings can easily change and so she changes her opinion every moment. Pulsatilla's current 'fad' is the only one that has any real validity. Like some of the drug remedies she lives in the NOW! Contrast this with the people who understand a subject and then form an opinion that can never be changed, esp, the Ferrum Series.

The birds, especially eagles can be very impartial, just witnessing, without emotional prejudice. It's a kind of emotional detachment that allows the truth to be seen. Her path from thermal to thermal is clear. Her reverie is awesome - timeless and without boundaries. The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) also has an interesting clairvoyant aspect to her inner psychic world - a beautiful retreat - and sometimes she uses Cannabis to enhance her experience.

When you start feeding birds in the garden they soon come to expect a morsel. They know - there's a kind of empathy, but there's no emotion, like the unprejudiced observer, as in Stage 16 (e.g. Ytterbium) and Stage 17 (e.g. Lutetuim). This knowing has been linked with a the autonomous spirituality of the Lanthanide series as a whole. Like the Lanths, they are free spirits. (See also: Actinides - the hidden camera by M. Suijs).

This is well observed in the Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus). The main idea is that Owl is a wise old soul who loves to teach.

To sum up it seems like the bird mind has a wisdom reflecting sensitivity, clarity and empathy, rather than love or attachment. The doctrine of non-attachment taken a stage too far for most of us to be comfortable with.

Ref: Birds, Homeopathic Remedies from the Avian Realm by Jonathan Shore, MD.

Bird brain? Ounce for ounce birds have significantly more neurons in their brains than mammals or primates

  • The macaw has a brain the size of an unshelled walnut, while the macaque monkey has a brain about the size of a lemon. Nevertheless, the macaw has more neurons in its forebrain -- the portion of the brain associated with intelligent behavior -- than the macaque.

    That is one of the surprising results of the first study to systematically measure the number of neurons in the brains of more than two dozen species of birds ranging in size from the tiny zebra finch to the six-foot-tall emu, which found that they consistently have more neurons packed into their small brains than are stuffed into mammalian or even primate brains of the same mass.

    The study results were published online in a paper titled "Birds have primate-like numbers of neurons in the forebrain" in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences


Birds Seeking Freedom

Peter Fraser

This book offers a clear differentiation between the different bird species. If bird remedies are relatively well known, the differences between the species have been difficult to establish. The book is well organised, following the scientific classification of order, family, genus, and species, which makes it easy to work with. Individual remedies are examined, drawing out their individual important aspects, enabling us to differentiate between the subtle differences of each bird remedy. In total, forty remedies are explored, from the familiar Falco peregrinus to the less known Pharomachrus mocinno. One down side to this otherwise interesting book is the lack of accompanying cases, which would have been welcome to complement the remedy pictures. 
"Peter brings a fine focus that penetrates the outer veils to reveal the simpler and truer nature of things. This leads to brevity of expression as well as concentration of the material: an aqua vita from which we may sip and understand. The information given is really useful in practice, helping me to recognise similima. I have been eagerly awaiting this book." Misha Norland

The publisher: Seeking the Freedom of the Sky: The Bird Remedies have rapidly become a significant part of practice. The general picture of the Bird Remedy may be relatively clear but the differences between the different species can be subtle and hard to pin down precisely. This book brings together information on forty different remedies, much of it not readily available elsewhere. It gives a general outline of the features important to birds and how these features are expressed in the Bird Remedies. It then looks at the individual remedies and details the way that particular issues are important in one remedy and less so in others. It also looks at the emerging relationships between bird families and such things as the relationship between predator and prey.

The remedies that move between the Realms of Sea, Earth, Sky and Underworld have a particular dynamic relationship to that transformation. Understanding this dynamic helps to understand the group as a whole and to find the subtle difference between its members.

Groups include the Insects, the Birds, the Spiders, the Snakes, the Lacs, the Drugs and the Trees. "Peter's series of books has been a revelation. The discrimination between' insects and birds is so succinct it is hard to believe it is so true. I can think of no homceopathic books available which give so much wisdom for such a small cost! They have inspired my practice, and benefited my patients." Geoff Johnson "This book is remarkably informative, not only in the description of the different Insect remedies but more importantly in delineating how the traits of the insect are expressed in human pathology. The information is practical and brings alive the Insect remedies in a way that is exciting and inspiring." — Janet Snowdon

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Comment by Stephanie Nile on January 5, 2010 at 11:16am
Thank you for sharing all these insights and experiences from the coal-face Andy, it helps tremendously.
Comment by Dr. Andy Somody B.Eng CCH(Ca) ND on January 4, 2010 at 2:55pm
Well, insects are one area in which I have literally zero experience ... except for the ~8-9 butterfly cases I have b/w Limenitis bredowii californica & Inachis Io (reminds me, I gotta get some more butterflies ... they seem to seek me out in droves or something) ... and they present (IMHO) more like the noble gases / hydrogen (on one hand) ... although a surprising number of them seem to have a really dark, heavy side that had me Dd-ing stuff like radioactive remedies, eagle, etc. ... actually, I've found Positronium to be a big differential in several of these cases, since it merges those two worlds elegantly ...

But anyways, back to REAL insects ... and my lack of experience with them ... hell, like I was saying in the last post, I don't even have any good spider cases ...

OK, I have one case of Loxosceles reclusa that's doing pretty well ... I mean, the guy used to be suicidal and seriously morbid, and now he's back to his old fun-loving self ... just not enough follow-up yet to really call it a good case ... but I suppose it's kinda like an insect, not to mention the best I've got to offer, so ...

Indeed, this patient's initial presentation really seems to have fit the themes you've outlined:
1. lots of enthusiasm (when up, alternating with extremes of depression)
2. sex & taboos (I previously pegged him for a Fluoricum, what with him having lots of bony degeneration / exostoses, plus the other stuff you've mentioned like taboos, sexual addiction, materialism, etc.)
3. ~dirt (I suppose in the same way group 16/17 can be dirty ... he actually puts forward a front of being squeaky clean ... but then flaunts stuff like pornography and illicit affairs ...)
4. phosphorescence (I really don't know what you mean by this ... are you talking like a firefly? ... I mean, I know [or think I know!] what the concept means, but is this a general theme of the insects, or just specific ones? In any case, my Loxo-recl. guy actually does have a pretty powerful aura ... but I don't think that's what you mean ... )

Additionally, I know you're familiar with Sankaran's stuff on insects / spiders (which is pretty similar, thus my rationale for bringing up this case!), so I won't bore you with the details.

However, I also recall reading what Mangialavori had to say on insects a little while back, and it centered a lot around some of the Row 2 stuff you're referring to ...

Specifically, there was a theme of feeling incredibly small and therefore needing to become as big as possible, as fast as possible (both metaphorically & physically), which explains the gluttony that I see as a core theme of these guys (I regularly make RADAR additions ... pushing tens of thousands at this point, what with all of the Scholten / Sankaran / Mangialavori stuff that isn't in there ... and I've put all the insects in that rubric to ensure I don't miss one when he finally show up!).

I have this image of a child that needs to eat and eat ... perhaps not because they're gluttonous in the way a hoarder like a Row 2 mineral, or for example Melaleuca alternifolia can be (hoarding because of fear of starvation or loss) ... but because they really want to be the biggest, the strongest, the most powerful ... and they wanna get there the fastest they can ... by whatever means necessary ...

This theme, of course, can be played out in other spheres ... I imagine many heads of business corporations (especially those which live in our modern internet fastlane) where the bottom line trumps morality could need these ...

My Loxo-recl guy, for what it's worth, was pretty rough in ditching his wife ... just realized one day (after the remedy) he needed to move on, that "being with just one girl" was making him depressed (see, this is why I don't consider it a 'cured case' yet ;) ), and basically told her he'd had an affair just to hurry up the divorce process ... needless to say, speed is a critical theme of these guys!
Comment by Stephanie Nile on January 4, 2010 at 1:11pm
Andy, again, I like your comparison of adaptation in Be and Puls. Lateral thinking (whatever that means :)
Comment by Stephanie Nile on January 4, 2010 at 1:06pm
I wonder what characterises an Insect Case? First thing that comes to my mind is enthusiasm (Nitricums), dirt (Oxydatums), sex and taboos (Flouratums), phosphorescence (Neon)!

All gases, on Row 2, right side, harking back to the pre-rational phase of childhood - very basic experiences and sensations like posession, vitality, feeling and lust.
Comment by Stephanie Nile on January 4, 2010 at 12:52pm
Hi Andy,
A very interesting comparison. Corvus: P.99 Birds: "Self doubt and doubt about what is real" ... sounds very like Paseodymium. Jonathan also says Raven gets MAD when someone treads on thier toes. Pr-Nitricum perhaps? :)

Wait till Summer ... but I hope you dont get any wasps!
Comment by Dr. Andy Somody B.Eng CCH(Ca) ND on January 4, 2010 at 4:49am
I'm glad you independently noted the similarity between Birds and Lanthanides,something I've seen for a while in their themes, as well as in feeling I get when holding the remedies of these two groups. In particular, I seem to have a sensitivity to Corvus corax (Raven), and I know it would be good for me if I took it - perhaps it's a good differential with Praseodymium?

Similarly, the patients who end up needing Lanthanide or Bird remedies seem to look & feel similar to me ... (I give a reasonable number of both ... pretty much my only animal prescriptions are bird & butterflies, with a few milks thrown in for good measure! ... still looking for my first good spider, snake, or real insect case ... I mean, of all-time ... I've tried, but I just can't seem to get em in the office ... probably just as well ;) )

As for Pulsatilla ... I know it's considered to be a differential with Ferrum on the physical level (mainly the slow motion amel. / fast motion agg. stuff), but I consider it more similar to group 2 minerals ... you know, adapting ... I think Beryllium, which has this adapting quality more than any other mineral (in my understanding), is probably a really good differential with our "wind flower".
Comment by Jonathan Shore MD on December 2, 2009 at 8:14pm
Hi Stephanie - wonderful that you have come that close to the aerial realm. About hyper-vigilant, hyper-sensitive modes the response is both yes and no. Yes, of course in certain circumstances thats exactly it, yet I do not believe it has to be at all that exaggerated. What I mean is that I am not at all looking for pathology in this context but rather just what is the normal and habitual mode of functioning, the way in which the individual uses their mind to organize and make sense of their world. That is what I meant by " organises itself around concepts which allow a dynamic shifting of emphasis" If I can take this a step further I feel we place too much emphasis on the pathology of the individual and not enough on the context. To put it another way - the context is that person, their whole way of being in the world and then the pathology is what focuses down on the particular remedy. For example ( as long as you take this in the broadest sense ) I do not think that gliding is pathological, yet the fact that you have done this would raise warning signals in my mind if I began to focus on a remedy which was really rooted in the earth as part of its fundamental structure. The problem with this kind of communication is its too easy to take the words at face value and ignore the idea of a felt experience. Now I feel I am digging myself deeper into a hole and had better stop.
Comment by Vaikunthanath das Kaviraj. on December 2, 2009 at 6:47pm

You have a glider license?! Me too!! 3 dimensional sailing is the best!
I also have a license for small business jets and propeller engine planes. But gliders are the best. I just loooove flying!
Comment by Debby Bruck on December 2, 2009 at 6:43pm
Hi Stephy ~ You are on a roll here. Thanks for posting all these super articles to get us thinking. I can't wait to start learning all the Mappa Mundi and visualizing the network connections.
Comment by Stephanie Nile on December 2, 2009 at 4:42pm
Dear Jonathan,
I was thinking of my own experience as a Glider Pilot when I made those comparisons - we too can go into a relaxed but hyper-vigilant, hyper-sensitive mode. Is that close to your meaning?

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