2008 January

Group analysis

by Jan Scholten
Group analysis
The "group analysis" method has been described in the book ‘Homoeopathy and Minerals’. It comprises the study of a group of remedies rather than individual remedies. For instance, we had a look the whole Natrium group, including Natrium carbonicum, Natrium muriaticum, Natrium phosphoricum and Natrium sulphuricum. The themes and characteristics that were common to the whole group were then distilled out of the overall picture and subsequently applied to the lesser known or even unknown Natriums.

Group analysis of the periodic table
This discussion is about applying this method to even larger groups, to the series or horizontal rows and to the stages or vertical columns of the periodic table. In the previous mentioned book I made a start with this concept in the example of the Iron group, or Iron series. Now the group analysis can be extended to include the whole series, not only from Chromium to Zincum, but from Kali to Krypton. We will see a theme developing for each individual series, as well as for each stage.
From there we can take the theme of a particular series and combine it with the theme of a particular stage to create an overall theme that is unique for that element. For instance, we can take the theme of stage 5 and combine it with the characteristics of the Silver series to find the theme of Niobium. This way of combining themes can lead to new discoveries about the properties of any one one element. If we look at Ferrum for example, we find the theme of ‘perseverance’ of stage 8 combined with ‘routine’ from the Iron series, which gives us the new concept of ‘discipline’ as being a part of the Ferrum picture.
In the combination remedies we will see all these concepts are coming up once again. For instance, Ferrum muriaticum portrays the theme of ‘a disciplined (Ferrum) mother (Muriaticum)’, while we also find some of the other characteristics such as perseverance (stage 8, Ferrum) and letting go (stage 17, Muriaticum).

Variations on the theme
Because there are many different ways of expressing the same basic theme, you will find a variety of keywords and examples to describe each theme. But it is important to bear in mind that all variations are merely different expressions of the same central core, which could also be called an archetype.

Mind picture
For reasons explained in detail in ‘Homoeopathy and Minerals’, the main emphasis is on the mental and emotional symptoms, i.e. the picture of the mind.
Projection Self:
Any particular theme can be expressed in two ways, i.e. projected on to the other or projected on to the self. That is why you can often put the word ‘self’ in front of a certain concept and thereby create a new concept. For example, the concept of ‘worth’ in the Carbonicums can, with the addition of the word ‘self’, be turned into ‘self-worth’. Other examples are ‘love’ and self-love’ with the Sulphurs and ‘sexuality’ together with ‘self-sexuality or homo-sexuality’ in the Fluoratums.

The Polarity of "Not"
In the combination remedies we can add the word ‘not’. The subconscious mind does not seem to pick up on this word, it gets ignored so to speak. This aspect together with the concepts of the previous paragraph, is discussed in the chapter on ‘Language’.
The phenomenon in question is directly related to the polarity in each remedy. Every remedy has the aspect of both success and failure within it. On one hand we have qualities, on the other hand these qualities can become a pitfall. We often see these polarities (Pelt 1993) coming back in the remedy symptoms: a desire for a certain food can easily turn into aversion and vice versa.

Single elements
‘Homoeopathy and Minerals’ had one chapter devoted to ‘Single remedies’.
The concepts belonging to these remedies were: ‘all or nothing’, ‘lose’ and ‘no integration’. It is in these single remedies that the theme of an element is most clearly revealed, untempered and unaffected by any bonds. Kali and Natrium on their own can be quite extreme for instance, while they are known for being quiet remedies in their various chemical combinations with other elements.
Most of the remedies discussed in this book are single remedies. In order to avoid repetition, the above mentioned concepts will not be mentioned every time because the concepts themselves are so broad that they would not add much detail to the overall theme. But it is a good idea to bear them in mind and to remember that the single remedies are more open and extreme in their expression than combination remedies.

Jan Scholten

Literature References
(Pelt 1993)
Homeopathy and minerals -
is published in the following languages:
Dutch:    Homeopathie en Mineralen - ISBN: 90-9005799-4
Englisch:    Homoeopathy and Minerals - 1993 - ISBN: 90-74817-01-7
French:    Homeopathie et Mineraux - 1996 - ISBN: 90-74817-04-1
German:    Homoopathie und Minerale - ISBN: 90-74817-07-6
Hungarian:    Kiadja a Remedium kit: remedium@t-online.hu
Polish:    Homeo Sapiens: homeo.sapiens@telbank.pl
Russian:    ISBN 5-86731-020-5
Slowakian:    ISBN 80-85515-38-5
Spanish:   Homeopatia y Minerales - 1998 - ISBN: 90-74817-08-4

Categories: Theory
Keywords: group analysis, mental symptom, emotional symptom, projection self


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