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Creating Waves of Awareness

From Grant Bentley

Life force is a non-material energetic spark and is the difference between a dead body and a living person. This life force is our survival instinct. To animate and to defend is a function of the survival instinct.

The survival instinct is like a computer program. It is not flexible and its function must always stay within defined limits. Blood sugar can only rise or fall within a small range, otherwise physical health is altered. The same is true for essential nutrients, gases, fluids and toxins. These normal levels and the body’s attempt to maintain them, is called homeostasis. Medical tests are based on homeostatic limits to judge the operating condition of the body.

The survival instinct monitors homeostasis for every part of the body. Stress like sugar, must stay within limits otherwise it has social or physical complications. Stress leads to emotional tension and it does not always stop when we relax. Stress occurs when energy levels fluctuate outside their homeostatic limits. Energy that is erratic or exhausted is outside these normal boundaries. Stress can be caused by grief, anxiety, injustice, sleep loss, poor diet, too much exercise or not enough movement. The best balancer of stress is contentment and happiness along with fresh food and moderate exercise. The happier and more contented we are, the more we show ourselves respect, and the less likely we are to abuse ourselves through overwork and chemicals.


When stress takes its toll we experience dysfunction emotionally, socially and physically. In this state outside help is required because we have often lost willpower as well as our way. Counselling prompts learning for the soul. Communication links one mind to another and is an effective release of tension. The counselling room is neutral ground where the survival instinct is placed back in balance, as reasoning rises to counteract the dominance of the survival instinct.

However once the counselling room is left behind we often return to the place that is causing the stress. On entering a stressful environment, the survival instinct once more becomes dominant because it’s surrounded with memories and triggers. Logic suddenly flies out the window as feuding or tension begins. The wise words that soothed the soul are no longer effective because the survival instinct is again dominant.

Energy must be balanced at the same time as acquiring knowledge otherwise the chances of success are limited.


When applied correctly a homeopathic remedy allows energy levels to reach homeostatic balance again. The patient feels calmer, stronger and their symptoms subside. To achieve this deep result, the type of survival instinct the patient has inherited (their miasm) and the totality of symptoms must match the remedy that is chosen for them.

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Comment by Grant Bentley on October 3, 2009 at 1:03am
Hi Ellen

It can seem as if my colour groups are based on cultural memory but this is not the case. Culture plays a vital role in the development of the survival instinct but not for cultural reasons. My concept of the survival instinct is not a social model but one based in fear, exhaustion and repetition.

The survival instinct like our brain runs on a practice makes perfect system. In the brain the more we practice a task the more neural networks are donated to performing that task and the easier we can perform it. Frequency is the key to impact and change. The more frequently an event occurs the more our body, brain and survival instinct adapts to it. In the life of the shepherd individuals faced specific dangers unique to that lifestyle. The more a particular danger is experienced the more our survival instinct prepares to meet it. There is no use having a survival instinct prepared and ready for a one in a million event. To be successful our survival instinct must centre its action on what dangers are most likely to happen. As a result the more a danger has occurred in the past the more ready for that same danger the survival instinct will make itself in the present. This is nature playing the odds and it is trying to place as sure a bet as it can.

It is not the beliefs, likes, music or art that is imprinted on to the survival instinct, but the dangers most commonly faced, together with those actions and aspects of character that other group member’s reward. Culture is a collective agreement about the laws and ideals of a community and the development and social maturity that comes from that collective ideal - this is beyond the domain of the survival instinct. It is not the traditions that develop around herding that the survival instinct of blue has imprinted, but the commonly faced trials and dangers that the task of herding presented to the individual. Now you see the emphasis shift from a cultural foundation back to the individual.

Where the traditional role of the shepherd is important – or any other traditional role – is in the frequency in which a specific danger or trial will be repeated. The demands of each traditional role are unique and distinct from all others. In the role of the shepherd individual herders faced different day to day dangers and stress than individuals who performed other traditional roles such as the priest or the farmer.

As for your case I don’t understand why your patient wasn’t impressed, you fixed his problem when others could not and in a shorter time than was expected.

On the topic of facial features and life themes - I have tried to include as many variations of colour group life themes as I could in the book, however to include them all is an impossible task. Life themes are the stories I have heard most – they do not, and by their shear volume never can, include every story.

Patients from any colour group can often be seen to fit their life theme picture only after we know what colour group they belong to. Up until this point a patient’s story can seem to belong to any group because we don’t understand the thread that links it together. This is the importance of facial features.

Many times when I take a case I can see a life theme running through, but often I can make that life theme fit any colour group my minds wants it to. I might see anxiety, failure and a desire to be alone as a repeating pattern in the case but in reality these responses can belong to any colour group at all. In cases like this – and there are many of them – only the facial features can tell us with certainty what colour group the patient belongs to.

Some patients have life themes that only make sense once the facial features string the points of the case together. A patient may be fearful, cannot fall asleep easily and then constantly wakes once they finally do. They complain of exhaustion and of craving sugar, coffee and other stimulating foods. Examining their facial features they come up green and as a practitioner their picture now becomes clear. This patient is in green fight or flight, their survival instinct switching their senses to alert so they can no longer sleep, craving highly stimulating foods to keep their senses buzzing.

The final category of patients are the ones whose life themes so obviously fit a particular colour group that you as the practitioner would be completely shocked if their facial features showed them to be anything else, Thankfully ninety five percent of the time the lock and key we are expecting works out exactly as planned. But always remember that five percent of the time at least (these numbers are arbitrary of course) people will not fit the system. However the numbers are respectively small once Homoeopathic Facial Analysis has been mastered.
Comment by Grant Bentley on October 2, 2009 at 1:08am
Question – development, facial features,
Hi Ellen,

The development of the facial features preceded any construct of the survival instinct. Everything in Homoeopathic Facial Analysis is derived from clinical experience. Each colour group story especially as it is written in Soul & Survival is a collection of individual stories amalgamated into one fictional narrative to represent how and why I believe these traits are important and the events that caused them.

The data for my conclusions was built over an eight year period and the first was the development of the facial features. This was achieved by analysing the facial features of patients who had done well on constitutional treatment. Homoeopathy can be divided into different categories of success when dealing with chronic disease. The first is treating the most prominent complaint while the second is treating the totality of symptoms by one remedy. The first is common – it is a remedy like silica helping a patient with their chronic constipation but not fixing up their migraines or arthritis. Silica worked on the constipation because that is the essence of the remedy but it did not work as a totality because it was not constitutionally correct. Only patients who responded constitutionally were analysed in respect to facial features. Over time, a complete portfolio of features for each miasm was established which became and still remains, the systems most valuable diagnostic tool.

Once each group’s facial features had been firmly established and clinical results placed the Homoeopathic Facial Analysis system beyond any doubt as to its effectiveness, seeing a trend of similar life themes within colour groups soon became obvious.

After a few years life themes could be easily assessed and compared by pulling out the files of patients whose classification into a colour group had been confirmed by not only their facial features but their clinical success. In this way I could compare the lives, stories and common events of all red patients, yellow patients and so on.

When you examine file after file of patients who belong to all one colour group, trends begin to stand out. I put all analysis - homoeopathic and psychoanalytical aside – and just listen and accepted what patients told me as truth. I did this because I did not want any pre-existing model of thought to interfere with what I was hearing. If homoeopathic theory was correct – its truth would be evident. Instead I wanted to build a model around what I was hearing rather than trying fit what I was hearing into what already existed. Soul & Survival is the result. Looking at Soul & Survival now I don’t see any resemblance to Jung, Freud, Rogers et all, in fact there are some very big differences not the least is my systems lack of need to dig and delve which separates it from any psychoanalytical tool
Comment by Grant Bentley on September 29, 2009 at 10:39pm
Question – The leader, The shepherd and The family

That’s exactly right and a perfect explanation of what I mean. We may look at the shepherd as an outcast or as socially low, but if the shepherd does not live or rarely mix in the society that is casting these negative aspersions – then what do they care and more importantly what harm could it do to the shepherd?

Our survival instinct protects its self from life’s most common threats and a large part of that task is achieved by securing a social position - in a kind of natural selection - by the development of the ‘right’ characteristics for daily tasks and lifestyle. In this way an individual can secure their place in the group and the group can flourish due to their skills and character. What someone from a distant village or town thinks them is irrelevant. What counts is what others think and feel from within the shepherd group. They are the only ones with meaning. Their shepherd clan is safety warmth friendship and security – it is their rules that count, their opinion that counts and their group that requires the contribution and character that blue can provide.
Comment by Grant Bentley on September 28, 2009 at 8:08am
Question – Aurum Energy Sleep

Hi Ellen,

This situation is strange although I too have seen it before where a person has all their physical symptoms ameliorated, together with an improvement in well being and energy and yet their sleep remains poor. I don’t quite know how to explain it although in a few cases exercise and lifestyle was a key issue. In the past I may have looked for a better remedy but the truth is I have seen some wonderful physical improvement take place with remedies where their beneficial action and correctness for the case cannot be denied and yet one symptom remains untouched.

In reference to leadership - Aurum and Conium I will answer generally. Remedy pictures or profiles developed out of the need to explain why a well selected remedy failed. Most practitioners who were trained in the classical way using older books like Clarke’s Dictionary, will be well acquainted with phrases like ‘when the well indicated remedy fails to relieve’. After doing a repertorisation – by hand – then scouring the materia medica to find the best match, patients would return and report that nothing happened! The remedy in theory was the similimum and yet it did nothing. As a result remedy pictures developed to explain why the similimum failed and with that homeopathy switched its emphasis from finding the pathological similimum into personality profiling.

In many cases remedy pictures have been effective and ‘the patient not the disease’ has been a successful philosophy - but not in all cases. In fact some may argue that since homoeopathy shifted away from the medical similimum, into searching for what others would call a more metaphysical similimum, homoeopathy’s effectiveness as a medical system has deteriorated. Whether this is true or not depends on which side of the philosophical fence the practitioner sits.

The problem with profiling patients into remedies is that it has as many hits as misses. Another problem concerns polychrest remedies. The polychrest was the foundation of homoeopathic prescribing but the philosophy of polychrests is that many people need them. This of course is opposite to the specific of profiling patients to remedies. As a result of profiling not only have many aspects of applying the physical similimum fallen into disuse but so too has the idea of using polychrests for the majority of our patients and this is a tragedy.
Comment by Grant Bentley on September 28, 2009 at 1:16am
HI Ellen

Question – Hahnemann / Darwin, The shepherd Genetic memory

I am not sure whether Hahnemann thought of the vital force in the same way Darwin thought about the adaptive power of natural selection and survival of the fittest but then Hahnemann’s intention was purely medical. It seems to me that Hahnemann saw the vital force like electricity – a power supply that brings the body to life. In Aphorism 9 Hahnemann makes a clear distinction between the vital force and our reason gifted mind, so he does not think of the vital force as anything intelligent but simply a natural program and power source. Obviously Hahnemann believes the vital force has the ability to respond and react otherwise medicines wouldn’t work, but he just as obviously must believe that the vital force has the capacity to be permanently altered as evidenced in his chronic disease theory. However Hahnemann does not talk about the vital force’s capacity to alter and adapt in an evolutionary sense and if he had it would have changed everything. I don’t mean this in the historical sense that Hahnemann would have preceded Darwin but changed everything in the sense that the role of the vital force would have shifted from being a victim of disease into an active force in the protection and evolution of human kind, which is exactly what it is.

In reference to the shepherd the dominant force that remains in blue is still inward motion as a protection to the cold. The survival instinct protects us against common threats in a hierarchical order and cold is still number one. The best protection against the cold is for people to do exactly what is done by other plants and animals in the same circumstance – bring energy into the centre and conserve it as best as possible. As far as social disregard and powerlessness is concerned there were definitely a small number of shepherds that were in this low social position however many more lived in large herding communities that thought of themselves as a family.

Whether the shepherd lacked political power or advancement is irrelevant to the survival instinct, unless that lack of power becomes a physical threat. To be at the bottom of the political totem pole makes no difference to the survival instinct when it is surrounded by family, food and warmth. The survival instinct only needs to protect itself against clear and present dangers. Being on the outskirts would make no difference because what is not part of daily life does not have daily impact.
The skills needed were the skills of herding they required nothing more or less. Being at the bottom of society’s food chain only has a negative impact, IF you live in that society but the shepherd did not. The shepherd by choice chose to live in their family group because it was their home, where they felt safe and where they belonged. Compare this to the leper or slave who is rejected, treated cruelly yet still lives within society. However, the next part of your question regarding the continuation of pathological genes and why socially negative influences survive still applies even if I don’t believe the shepherd is the best social example.

Firstly I don’t think negative social traits genetically survive, but what does survive is our ability to endure and overcome them. What is passed on is what helps us survive not what keeps us at the bottom. It is not the lack of skills that survives or the broken spirit. What nature employs and hangs on to are the traits and attitudes that see us through
Comment by Grant Bentley on September 25, 2009 at 4:27am
Question - Is the survival instinct the same as the vital force? Or your interpretation of the function and phenomenological feature of the vital force

Answer - Hi Ellen,

I have not replied to any questions in here so I hope I am doing this right and I am answering your questions from the top down. To me the survival instinct and the vital force are one and the same thing, although the survival instinct could perhaps be seen as a function of the vital force. The biggest difference is how I see the miasms in relation to the vital force. I see miasms as part of the way we protect ourselves against invasion and stress rather than a disease. It is our own immune system that pushes toxins and disease to the surface, not the action of psora the disease. Miasms as inherited disease that afflicts all of humanity contravenes the laws of natural selection. Survival depends on passing down the traits that are most beneficial not what is malignant and destructive. The basic action of the miasms remain - the outward motion of psora, the circular motion of sycosis and the inward motion of syphilis, the only change in my mind is the change in their origin and purpose.

Comment by Debby Bruck on May 14, 2009 at 12:52am
Thank you for posting this valuable information.

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