Creating Waves of Awareness
Inherited Traits Become Layers
The human organism appears to retain a memory of all preceding chronic states of the body and mind. This memory includes certain inherited traits. Each stable state of body and mind can be considered a layer of the person's constitution. When it has been superseded by a different stable state, it remains as a cellular memory, which can be reactivated in the future. This takes place when the more recent layers have been 'peeled off' by correct homeopathic prescribing.
The Constitutional State
The majority of people remain in the same constitutional state for the whole of their lives. In other words, their vital force will resonate to the same remedy from birth till death, excluding periods of acute illness. Traumatic experiences, both physical and psychic, can shift a person's vital force to a different frequency, forming a new layer, but more often they cause a deterioration of functioning within the same layer. Thus a relatively healthy, symptom-free Natrum Muriaticum person will develop chronic sinusitis and claustrophobia following a long divorce settlement, which remain until homeopathic help or other deep healing methods are used. These new symptoms are still within the scope of Natrum Muriaticum, and the remedy will simply return the patient's vital force to a healthier 'octave' of the Natrum Muriaticum wavelength. Without treatment the new symptoms may remain until further trauma causes another deterioration in health, this time to (say) chronic bronchitis and recurrent depression, still within the Natrum Muriaticum layer.
Stable Chronic Layers
Given the stability of the chronic layers, a patient's past medical and psychological history can provide useful information which can help to confirm the constitutional remedy.
Revealing The Layers
Some people are born with several layers of pathology, which they inherited from their parents. They will usually continue to express the uppermost layer until the correct homeopathic remedy dissolves it, revealing the one underneath. However, some characteristics of the deeper layers can show through from time to time, both physically and psychologically. Thus a Natrum Muriaticum person with an underlying Phosphorus layer may exhibit some of the spontaneity, naivety and openness of Phosphorus but the most dominant characteristics will fit Natrum Muriaticum, especially those that constitute a problem for the patient.
The inherited layers of pathology frequently correspond to the miasmatic remedies - Psorinum, Syphilinum, Medorrhinum and Tuberculinum. When these layers have been removed one often finds 'non-miasmatic' remedy layers underneath. However, it often happens that a person is born with only one constitutional layer, whether it be miasmatic or not, and treatment will simply rebalance the vital force within the same layer. Thus a person may benefit from occasional doses of the same constitutional remedy throughout his or her life.
Additional layers of pathology may be acquired after birth by exposure to traumatic influences, be it psychological trauma, direct physical injury, or infective disease. For example, a person may develop a Medorrhinum state after acquiring gonorrhoea, or a Natrum Sulphuricum state after a head injury. A relatively common example is the acquisition of a Natrum Muriaticum state after a shock. It must be remembered, however, that the majority of patients who present in a Natrum Muriaticum state after a bereavement or shock were already Natrum before the event. Similarly, many patients who present with venereal disease in a Thuja state were already Thuja before acquiring the disease.
Common Layers May Change In Development
Apart from acute diseases which produce a temporary change in level, change from one layer to another is uncommon except as a result of homeopathic treatment. It does sometimes happen that a person spontaneously 'grows out' of one constitutional state and into another. This occurs particularly during childhood, when some Calcareas and Pulsatillas change into other types. Calcarea is especially common in infancy, which means that many Calcarea infants will change into different types as they get older. This is not a pathological change, and is not reversed by correct prescribing, unless the previous state involved pathology that was not cured, but was suppressed. Most toddlers go through a Pulsatilla stage between the ages of one or two and four. Again, the majority of these Pulsatilla children grow into a different adult type by the age of five. Very few remain constitutionally Pulsatilla after this age.
History Intake To Learn The Constitutional Layer
Therefore selecting a chronic constitutional remedy for any chronic disorder is required to analysis in detail of his past, family and personal history to explore out his/her constructional layer.