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Rembrandt, .Belshatzar and homeopathy

 

Hand on the wall..........homeopathic Gold...........Belshatzar [book of Daniel]......Rembrandt

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Before we start to explain the words in the title, we need first of all a short explanation of the principles of homeopathy:

I will try to keep it simple.

Homeopathic medicines [called: "remedies"] can be made from anything on this earth, from plants,animals [even such creatures like snakes , scorpions and cockroaches ],minerals,from any man made chemical..........,anything found or made on this earth.

Lets give an example of homeopathy made from a plant tincture.

 

So what is a tincture from which many homeopathic remedies are made?

A tincture [ often called mother tincture=M.T= T.M ] is a preparation made by steeping plant material in a mixture of alcohol and water for up to one or two weeks. The advantages above a tea made from the herb are: easy to use [drops in a glass of water, a long shelf life.[years] and a much better extraction of some constituents then the tea. The proportions are in general one part of the herb ( weight) to five parts ( volume) of the fluid, although 1:10 may also be used. The proportion of alcohol in the liquid varies from 25-90 per dependent on the herb used and often 25 per cent alcohol is quite satisfactory.

The dose is an average of 20 drops [can be more,can be less]

The difference between a herbal remedy for example chamomile tincture and homeopathic chamomile is that homeopathic chamomile is made from the chamomile tincture but is diluted many many times stepwise [even up to 100.000 !] and every dilution is shaken many times vigorously.[formerly done by pounding the bottle on a book and in our days done mechanically]

So: strong dilution and shaking repeatedly vigorously !

This high dilution AND the shaking makes that the remedy may work.

So one may start with a dilution of 1;10 of the mother tincture [or 1:100]

This is called the first decimal [D1 ] or C1[centicimal] dilution and then from this D1  one part is taken and again diluted 1:10,which gives a D2 dilution and so on and on [so D3 is 10 times more diluted then D3 .

If the dilution is high enough [ from D24 and higher] on may not find anymore any material/molecule of the original substance in the homeopathic remedy.

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Not every material is of course simple solvable in water and therefore metals like gold etc have to undergo a special procedure to make them fit as a remedy.

How does homeopathy work or better: what is the purpose?

Every natural substance is a possible homeopathic medicine, as long as it can produce symptoms in a healthy person.

So; if a certain plant,mineral,poison etc give certain symptoms when given to a person [being it just once or sometimes it has to be given for a longer time to cause symptoms] we write these down and call them homeopathic symptoms.

Let's give an example: a child eat a piece or more of a berry of belladonna ,one of the most toxic plants.

If he survives this,the may develop the following symptoms:

Dry mouth,extremely thirsty, high fever [skin feels"scalding hot" to the mother who touches the child],flushed face,dilated pupils,violent delirium , hallucinations [devils ,dogs etc]talking ,laughing,crying,twitches,heavy abdominal pains, craving for sour things[lemon] etc

Now we see a child with some or more of these symptoms:

suddenly ill with high fever,hazayot,dilated pupils,hot ,all symptoms coming on very suddenly and very violent etc

In this case we may recognise in the symptoms of this sick child the symptoms of a healthy child who was poisoned by eating belladonna berrie[s] with the only difference that this suddenly sick child was not poisoned by eating any berries but just got a disease[can be any acute disease,even a meningitis] where the symptoms look very much alike with the poisoned child!

By giving belladonna in homeopathic form we may now be able to heal the sick child.

But even some a single symptom may make us think of belladonna, for example a sudden throbbing violent headache,which get worse if one lies flat and better by lying with the head a bit higher [2 cushions]

Therefore on can imagine that homeopathic belladonna is often used for diseases which start very sudden,with high fever and with violent pain[abdominal pain] or symptoms of the nervous system[twitches,convulsions,frightful hallucinations and so on.

This last idea: what makes a symptom better or worse[weather,position,food,at sea, in the mountains etc etc] is one of the very important cornerstones of finding the right homeopathic drug and is called in homeopathic language : modality .

An example of a combination of modalities are: better by sleeping on the stomach,better at the seashore,better from damp weather: in this case we may have to do with the homeopathic remedy: medorrhinum and the modalities helped us finding the Right remedy

Some babies fall asleep only when put down on their stomach [this is potentially dangerous and had found to increase the chance of crib death]

I have seen cases where medorrhinum may help in these cases so that children can fall asleep on their back,even after a single pill of medorrhinum

Another example :coffee taken in excess may give the following symptoms::nervousness, irritability, anxiety, tremulousness, muscle twitching,insomnia, headaches, and heart palpitations etc

 

Rembrandt's depiction of the biblical account of Belshazzar seeing "the writing on the wall"

Now I would like you  to read some of the story of belshazzar [Daniel]
The story of the writing on the wall is beautifully painted by Rembrandt[see picture]
One of the opinions in the Talmud is that the letters were written "vertically".
How did Rembrandt knew[he was not Jewish]?
Probably by an intensive contact with the rabbis of Amsterdam.
I heard that Rav Kook t"z"l ............................

It is written that B. drank a lot at his feast, some 1000 cups from the golden vessels.
Also is brought that only he saw the hand on the wall but all those present saw only the writing.

How astonished was I when I was searching  in an homeopathic book under the rubric of hallucinations for a colleague and saw something I was not looking for:

AURUM METALLICUM.
[Aurum]Common Gold. 

Hallucinations ; sees dogs, a hand on the wall, etc., mania.  

This is the only remedy mentioned for this most UNUSUAL phenomina: sees hand on the wall!!

As Belshatzar drank so many cups I wander if -Bore Olam-may have used pure nature[which He created himself] to cause B. see a hand on the wall.

Maybe some gold got "free" and caused the homeopathic picture of gold in Belshatzar: Hallucinations: sees hand on the wall.

Nobody else saw the hand ,only he ,all saw the writing but this[writing] is not mentioned as a picture of homeopathic gold, just the hand on the wall as a hallucination.

I found this absolutely fascinating, maybe you are able to see the beauty in this as well.

And maybe we may see also mida ke-neged mida in this: sinned with the golden vessels.........saw his fall announced by G-d by means of sign on the wall caused by gold-drinking from the golden vessels and more.

May we all have a good month and may apply to us the other side of the coin:

ha-nechmadim me-zahav rav um'tukim mid'wash we-nefet tzufim