This is an interesting case not only in terms of the remedy given, Technetium-muriaticum, which is unproven, but also of patient’s sensitivity to the remedy. In that, she was able to describe HOW the remedy is working within her as energy and information (please refer to Scholten’s article – “Homeopathy as Information Science”
October, 2006). The choice of this remedy, the combination of Technetium and muriaticum, depended purely on the internal logic and the predictive capacity of Scholten’s Element Theory
. The journey and the result are profound and deep for the patient – it is practically a journey of “soul making”
Prior to my relating the development of this case, a brief account of the information on Technetium is in order (extracts from Wikipedia). In addition to relating the progress of this case, a short discussion on the homoeopathic remedy potency in relationship to healing is also necessary.
Technetium (Tc) is extremely rare and occurs on Earth’s crust only in minute traces, though measurable quantities, as a spontaneous fission product of uranium. Technetium is an artificially created element its chemical properties are silver-grey, crystalline transition metal between manganese and rhenium, as predicted by the periodic law, with the atomic number of 43. Its position in the periodic table is in the group 7 (stage 7) of the silver series.
Technetium, together with promethium, has no stable isotopes but is followed by elements that do. Though it plays no natural biological role and is not normally found in the human body, it (Tc-99m) is used in nuclear medicine, as a radioactive tracer, for a wide variety of diagnostic tests, such as locating tumors in the brain or detecting hard to find cancers as those affecting the intestines. Also, it can be found in some seafood (contains tiny but measurable quantities); resulting from nuclear fuel reprocessing technetium-99 (a product of nuclear fission) has been discharged into the sea in a number of locations. Technetium-99 is one of the main components of nuclear waste.
Technetium, in Scholten’s Element Theory, relates to the theme of creative expression and inspiration (silver series) in teaching as well as learning (stage 7).
A woman, I shall call her Kay, in her late fifties came for homoeopathic consultation for few minor complaints. My first impression of her was that she is quite cerebral - friendly, open, and intellectual when describing the reason for her visit.
Although Kay is interested in homoeopathy for many years this is the first visit to a homoeopath. Just recently, she has been experiencing colds and flu. She felt that the reason underlying these could be traced back to the age of 23 and that the traumas experienced at that time are now coming up and being released (she did not elaborate on the nature of these traumas).
Kay’s health history included operations on the ear twice, and both the gallbladder and tonsils had been taken out. She had cirrhosis of the liver, and cracked her coccyx (in the 1960s) after falling off a horse. The death of Kay’s mother three years ago is still causing her to grief, as they had a very close mother and daughter relationship. Though Kay is very talkative, she did not talk much about her father whom is still living. However, she reflected on how her parents provided opportunities and nice environment for learning and encouraged her and sister to learn without having to be competitive.
Kay says that she enjoys relating to people – supporting them and having fun together – “keeping family connection and interact with them
[she has a large extended family with great number of relatives] are important to me. I do what I can to ‘enable them’.” “My job is teaching children, and it is important for me to support, draw out their potential, such as gardening, dancing, singing, water colour painting (the children are having their first landscape painting exhibition this year). I enjoy creative activities – taught English, drama and music. Being able to nurture these children’s creativity is really important.”
Kay continues: “I started to honour that I have intuition and not just an ego or some mental thing over the years. I have become more gentle with being who I am – I was much more critical, head seems to get in the way rather than staying with the heart and feel joyful. That critical voice in my head troubles me.”
Although Kay talks about how her connection with family (Silicium series) was important to her, the core essence of her is how she could be creative in order to help the children develop their creative potential (silver series). She also placed emphasis on how her parents encouraged and provided congenial learning environment for both she and the sister. For Kay, the idea of continuous learning was key to her teaching children how to be creative (stage 7). The stage 7 of the silver series in the Element Theory is Technetium.
The choice of muriaticum was based upon her enthusiasm in nurturing the children’s creativity, and how her parents nurtured their learning process. Nurturing is a central theme, and not having any child of her own to nurture in this life also point to muriaticum. At the same time, this nurturing side gives rise to Kay’s desire to have close family connection – “to enable”
Technetium-muriaticum 30C, 2 doses over two weeks’ period.
Just as I was about to give Kay a dose of Technetium-muriaticum 200C, she said casually – “I am very sensitive”
. 200C is normally the potency I use in a constitutionally prescribed remedy so that I could observe the progress more clearly in an individual’s healing journey. Upon hearing this, I decided to give Kay the remedy vial for her to hold in her hand to see what she comes up with. She said to me immediately: “This is the right remedy for me - 200C has a core to it but it is too strong for my body. This stronger dose could take me too far back into darkness but it has the essence of who I need to be.”
Hence, a dose of 30C was given there and then.
Upon taking the remedy Kay begins to relate to me how Technetium-muriaticum 30C is working within her.
"There is the sensation of clarity coming from jaw-line to my head, and my shoulders and neck seem to be releasing tension. Feeling of tiredness and sleepy [common response to a simillimum]. The release of tension is going down to the hips – there is a relief of something, arms are releasing tension too. The feelings are in the back so it is a letting go of the past – a bleeper of joy might be able to spread it around – I am feeling joyful about life, and making some exploration about life. I am feeling of being light-headed."
She continues: "I felt for a long time that I have power and can be powerful in what I do but not knowing how to release it but now I am having a glimpse of how it might be released. There was grief because of not having had children of my own. A friend said to me that the reason for my feeling sad is because I didn’t give my mother grandchildren, this made me cry. Now I can feel the energy in my gut (where I felt anxiety), some part in me is really light – it lit up, radiant – very strong energy. A lot of healing is going on in me radiating in my being (lovely and good). It’s soul stuff. I feel that I can sleep for three days.”
My Perspective on the Remedy Potency Given
I was left speechless on listening to Kay’s account of how a dose of 30C could have elicited such a strong effect on her entire being – the 30C seemed to have drawn little physical responses but far greater impact on her whole being. This effect is quite contrary to the hand me down wisdom of the homoeopathic tradition - 30C is considered effective only on the physical plane, if the pathology is on the mental level, then, a higher dose (e.g. 1M) would need to be given. Kay’s account alone, though a single Swallow does not herald the coming of spring, it is a cause for further reflection upon the homoeopathic remedy potencies and the sphere of their application. Also Kay’s response to the 1M potency - related at the end of this case, may also be cause for rethink in what we know about the homoeopathic potentised remedies.
My postulate is that the various potencies of a homoeopathic remedy may be paralleling the levels of consciousness that correspond to the layers in our auric field – each potency and layer of our aura vibrates at a different frequency rate from one another. The higher remedy potency corresponds to the higher vibrational rates of the higher layers of aura. Each increasing remedy potencies elicits higher and finer energies that may be expressed in terms of thoughts, visions, feelings and emotions (ranges from the mundane to the higher spiritual realm) or as anxiety, fears that are of “unknown origins” just as each progressive layer of aura exists in ever increasing octaves of frequency.
However, the lower potencies could correlate with the lower layers of our aura; the first three relate to the physical grounding and functioning, emotional aspect and the mental life as in linear thinking. Much of our emotional experiences, from birth to the age of seven, have a huge impact on our development throughout the rest of our lives. It is this kind of effect that could cause a feeling of “stuckness” or arrested emotional development and growth, which corresponds to Scholten’s Element Theory
’s stages. If there lacked intervening factors such as the healing of emotional trauma or critically examining one’s life (e.g. the validity of those indoctrinated belief systems), and the growth in consciousness as in the continuous integration of opposites and the shadow qualities, then, one continues to behave in an “as if” situation e.g. fear of being rejected in every relationship encounter.
The vibrational response in us to the remedy potencies could be similar to the phenomenon that occurs when one strikes a tuning fork and the one near it (of the same length) will also begin to vibrate at the same frequency in giving off the same sound to create harmonies – they follow the laws of harmonic inductance and sympathetic resonance (Brennan, 1988:40).
Potentised remedies are energies that carry messages and information of its original substance in various vibrational frequency, which reaches deeply into the realm of implicate archetypal order. When the potentised remedy is given as a simillimum to an individual, it becomes explicate. Its effects can be observed in the process of healing just as disease manifestations are explicate, reflects the underlying implicate order (Whitmont, 1993). This line of reasoning might also explains the effectiveness of certain potencies, e.g. 30C, 200C, 1M, 10M, etc. and not others (e.g. 120C) in homoeopathy.
My view is that the individual homoeopathic remedy potency plays a far more mysterious role in the healing of the psyche (soul) and the somatic manifestation than we currently know and is knowable. Homoeopathy is a work of love via the simillimum; when an individual receives a simillimum (when there is resonance) - a remedy’s vibrational frequency resonates with the individual (acts like the tuning forks), it reaches deeply into those layers lie below consciousness in one’s psyche. The resonate energy dislodges the blockages of painful memories, experiences of trauma that led to skewed perceptions and imbalance, the person, then, becomes more self-accepting, gains insights and remembers “Who we really are”
. Healing via homoeopathic potentised remedies thus begins effortlessly that changes perceptions, healing complexes, alters those thought and emotional patterns that no longer serve one, as well as healing the physical manifestations (when the pathology is not too deep, not beyond the point of no return).
The healing process elicited from a low potency of 30C, in Kay’s situation, enabled her to work on her own healing process slowly so that she had the time and energy to process the personal material that is released, and integrate the new information and insights into life without doing harm or being re-traumatised.
Furthermore, Jung writes: … In my experience, the conscious mind can only claim a relatively central position and must put up with the fact that the unconscious psyche transcends and as it were surrounds with it on all sides. Unconscious contents connect it backwards with physiological states on the one hand and archetypal data on the other. But it is extended forwards by intuitions which are conditioned partly by archetypes and partly by subliminal perceptions depending on the relativity of time and space in the unconscious
As it can be seen from the following account of Kay’s development, the 30C potency helped her to clear out a lot of past psychic residue and those unresolved issues since Kay’s childhood. Those past issues that caused anxiety and given rise to her becoming too self-critical, judging herself harshly, as well to have caused her to perceive life and interactions with others as some kind of stage performance (her dream related below) were dissolved in a gentle but sure way.
Whereas the 200C potency could have stirred up too much emotions and feelings associated with the past experiences from the unconscious psyche that might rendered Kay unable to either process or integrate the opposites as smoothly as it did (my experiences have shown this to be true, the intense energy brought up by the high potency remedy created physical pains without corresponding illnesses in the body).
Administering a particular remedy potency based on what we presently know may do less justice to the true potentials of what a 30C potency is capable. My experience in this case raised more questions on the efficacy of the potentised remedies than there is the answer. Therefore, I would love to hear from other homoeopaths of their thoughts and experiences.
: The remedy Technetium-muriaticum is obtained via using the Radionic machine (White Mountain, 8 Dial) – copied from two separate remedies of Technetium and Chlorine (both are of 1M potency). The set frequency rate is 75.
Brennan, B. A. (1988) Hands of Light: A Guide to Healing Through the Human Energy Field. Bantam Books.
Jung, C. G. (1989) Psychology and Alchemy (second edition, Translated by R.F.C. Hull), Routledge, London, England.
Whitmont, E. C. (1993) The Alchemy of Healing: Psyche and Soma, Homeopathic Educational Services, Berkeley, California. North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California.
Technetium-muriaticum 30C worked beautifully. When Kay got home, after the consultation, she went to sleep during which a dream came:
“I was in a play with my sister’s friend – there was a large audience. I hung upside down on a rope – saying to myself “Don’t let them affect you.” – then, I slid down the rope. There was not much detail to the dream, basically, I was performing and the spot light is on me.” I suppose that the situation in the dream reflected how I perceive my daily life to be which is under pressure and being scrutinised - having to “perform” well. This is the cause of a lot of anxiety. However, I did not feel apprehensive in the dream while under the “spot light,” it is just what everybody does. I don’t need to be prepared – just be aware that there was an audience – no anxiety, no need to prepare. Whereas I would be full of anxiety in situation like this previously. This dream felt to me as if it is releasing stuff for me. I have always wanted to perform and be out there but didn’t have the “energy” to support that. I am now not so self-conscious anymore.
The related experience (and the dream) above was the result of the first dose. Kay continued to tell me about her experience after taking the second dose of 30C. “I was going through some really tough stuff – something has come to resolution. Narratives running through my head (the voice of judgment of myself) on one side and the other side of me saying that I am good and have something to offer and to share with others. Other issues came up relating to dad, I now see him differently. We had a Catholic upbringing.”
Continuation of the Case
This case, over four months period (remedy potencies given are from 30C to 1M), took Kay to a place that she felt she has come “home” – merging of the body and soul. The changes occurred during these four months are related by Kay as follows:
"I feel centred in my own power – the fear of the lecturer (attended a weekend seminar) was gone. I was feeling more as an equal learning from someone rather than feeling in awe of him. I was able to speak-up over the seminar weekend. I no longer feel that I am a lesser being, but as an equal to others – able to see them as human beings rather than someone of authority. I am much stronger and grounded – my core is stronger – I get a strong sense that this is meant to happen. It’s been liberating – opened other dimension of awareness to me.
A sense of being more grounded – a part of my core is stronger, not so reactive. I am able to live truer to myself, more authentic. I am observing how I react to my father’s illness whereas I would have gone into feeling unsafe in the past. I feel as if I am really growing-up – though there is also a sense of slight sadness of letting go of the child. I have been exploring how I place “judgment” on myself as well as those coming from outside – I am not taking on board and feeling hurt by these. The energy of jealousy also came up but it had no strength, no impact, it was just there to be acknowledged. I am sleeping more deeply, more dreams and more energy. My perception has changed over time. I no longer feel being pulled in different directions – a much stronger core self."
After Kay took the second dose of 1M in consultation, she relates to me:
"Right side is clearing – the wave of darkness moved out. My abdomen is releasing some energy – it feels like the action of a sedative as if the remedy has its own intelligence to heal wherever there is the need for. As if there is the blueness inside me in parts, feel as if connecting with a Guide or some images – the feeling of ease is the way to be all the time, no need to hold certain beliefs and perceptions, or keep holding the muscles together in order to be – I am releasing what has been held in the body. Now the energy is moving down my legs, operating more physically. I can see what “IS” rather than illusions – previously I tend to see things through illusions. No more “shoulds” feels as if I can shed a lot of stuff in the house [clearing on a symbolic as well as literal sense]. Letting go of “shoulds” is breaking down illusions."
The Guide (spirit) was there when I first took the 30C potency is there now – the sea was deep brown then, I am going into deeper sea, which is not over powering. One time [in the course of treatment], I did go into the sea though felt more like a river. The image of the sea has dark and lightness – in that image I am seeing myself, the sun is deep gold.
The sea is the symbol of the collective unconscious because of its unfathomable depth, and it is also the place for the birth of visions – the rising of the unconscious contents (Jung, 1989:48) of which Kay is beginning to integrate into her conscious personality. The Sun has always been the symbol for the Self, the individuation process, and one’s life purpose.
However, although the above related showed a great deal of promise, there is an interesting twist in Kay’s development and healing journey. A month later, an unexpected down turn after she took the second dose of the 1M potency. She called and made an appointment to see me with feelings of extreme agitation, depression, and uncontrollable shaking as if her whole being is rapidly descending into darkness. There was visible mental and emotional disturbance. Kay was quite distraught and having a really hard time dealing with a lot of past forgotten issues coming into consciousness. My understanding was that the 1M remedy potency, taken one month after the previous remedy of the same strength, was taken too soon therefore causing the disturbance. In other words, it was severe aggravation on the deep psychological level.
Owing to Kay’s sensitivity, I decided to give her the 200C potentised remedy bottle to hold it in her hand – a stepping down to reduce the powerful effect caused by the 1M potency. After twenty minutes, Kay looked much better, calmer and was able to take in some food (toasted bread), then, I gave her a 30C bottle to take home and follow the same procedure if she still has trouble in maintaining equilibrium.
The following is her report a month after the disturbing episode:
The two bottles (200C and 30C) to hold were interesting. The stronger one (200C) I held twice briefly that day and the lower dose bottle (30C) I held once that day and once a week later. Interestingly, when I held the stronger one (200C) for a few moments it seemed to rush across my system and straight to my skeleton and I saw the bones of my left rib cage. I put it down then. When the weather was hot it posed a challenge and I felt rather rocky – on shaky grounds.
It was only a few days before I called to see you I took the second remedy. Those few days felt like I have been traversing rocky roads for a long while. A week after I saw you, I had a dream:
“my 4 wheel drive car (which I don't have) was leaking brake fluid or the brake fluid had leaked out. A group of guys at a service station but who apparently worked with me at my workplace said I needed a complex brake fluid, and one of them took it upon himself to go off and get me the formula. I asked a young girl his name, I had previously called him Glenn but his named sounded like Tourmal or Tormalie.”
When I woke it seemed to me this sounded like Tourmaline, I decided to find the crystal that day to honour and follow my intuition. I only managed to find rings and bracelets and pieces of all different Tourmalines, I bought the bracelet, and have worn it ever since. I felt it has an effect on me straightaway, very very gently.
The interesting thing was when I saw my chiropractor not long after that whole experience, she said the work she could feel in my spine, from the remedy, was nearly worked through.
I am feeling more integrated. I feel wider inside. I can access more options in how I relate to the external world. I can see things more universally rather than personally.
This is the end of this case – a journey of healing that brought integration of the personality and growth consciousness.
Ai-Ling Su Makewell