Healing and consciousness - Reich and Steiner

 
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 2:51 am    Post subject: Healing and consciousness - Reich and Steiner Reply with quote

Some thoughts on healing and consciousness, Reich and Steiner..

Reich brought us the understanding of true biophysical function, which is different from biochemical process. But function is about the underlying forces and energies that are powering us and how blockages to healthy function can arise.

The vital forces we need for our growth are actually spiritual forces contained in our internal organs. In ancient times, those forces didnít need to be transformed for individual consciousness, and people automatically grew wise as they grew old, since those forces bring wisdom (which is different from consciousness). Rudolf Steiner says that now those forces recede from us at around age 27 or so, because we canít just take in undigested forces anymore Ė we have to command them, make them our own.

Itís like the way we digest food - the process of digestion is a workout in the sense that weíre not just taking in nutrients but transforming foreign forces to make them our own. Steiner lays out the whole esoteric physiology of this developmental process.

The stages of maturation involve the higher ego or individuality incarnating into the astral (age 7), then etheric (age 14), then physical body until we have full command of those forces at around age 21. That completes the descent of the Logos (although itís usually not completed because of various blockages, and we remain partly not incarnated).

But potentially, now the person is grounded in the earth, nether pole. Thatís what Reich calls achieving genital primacy Ė (but not full orgastic potency until the corresponding ascent is made.) If this grounding can't be achieved properly, then neurosis is the result, and Reich details all this in his character analysis.

Now these bodies need to be transformed into their soul form in adult life. This is the ascent of the nether man, the liberation and redemption of the "man in the trap" in Reichian terms. The challenge here is to transform the subjective astral desires into their mature form, the objective desire function, at each stage (again in 7-year cycles). If this transformation is blocked or the energies are refracted through armoring, psychotic tendencies can arise.

We're gradually transforming the etheric, growth forces that are no longer needed into forces for consciousness. And this is why people get sick, especially cancer, later in life when they havenít properly converted those growth forces. Undigested experience then becomes like stagnant pools that breed disease. Energy is not being discharged properly, and this unused energy goes to feed disease.

The higher self has to incarnate into the astral, etheric and physical and take command of the forces there, then make the trip up again. Actually itís more a simultaneous polarity of ascent and descent.

The false ego actually has an important purpose in this - it functions as a guardian that we need in the meantime until the higher ego has fully incarnated and can take its rightful place. This journey of confronting the foreign forces and overcoming them is the archetypal heroís journey through the labyrinth.

This journey has to be undertaken, and there are no shortcuts as far as I know! It's tempting to want to go directly to spirit, not mucking about in the nether regions. Itís tempting to avoid all that messy stuff! But we canít go directly up to Spirit, as that would be leaving that nether man down there in the trap. Our dark, unconscious material needs to be transformed, not escaped.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How does the transformation happen Karen? What tools do you use?

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Steve,

The whole natural health field is concerned with finding the best tools, and it becomes rather hit-or-miss - what works for one person might not for another, and most practitioners really don't know what the outcome will be in a given case.

That's why we need a science of diagnosis and treatment that is grounded in principles of natural law, so that we know what principle is needed to apply in a given situation, and THAT is what drives our choice of tools and how the tool needs to be applied.

Otherwise, it becomes a matter of arbitrary preference - someone likes herbs, so they become an herbalist, and then everyone who comes to them gets herbs. Same for other types of practices, and it's called "holistic" but is really not seeing the bigger picture.

A true system of medicine would step back and look at what principle needs to be applied for that person at that time, and then the choice of tool flows from that understanding. And whatever problem the person is experiencing, even a physical symptom, it would view that within the larger context of the person's soul/spiritual development, and not divide things up abstractly and work on body over here and spirit over there.

This is what the Heilkunst system of medicine is about. There are three categories or jurisdictions - Medicine, Regimen, and Therapeutic education, which work together.

The first 2 reflect the essential polarity of the universe and the human life force, as I described earlier - the generative aspect and the sustentive aspect.

1. MEDICINE removes blockages that are lodged in the generative aspect of the life force, which can't be removed by healing methods that only balance things quantitatively. Medicine operates on the law of similars, so we use homeopathic remedies that can be applied according to the law of similars.

2. REGIMEN includes healing methods that balance the sustentive aspect of the life force. Most of what the natural health field does comes under regimen, so mostly it's only addressing half of this polarity.

The "cosmic superimposition" as Reich said, of these two powers - the generative and sustentive power, is what a healthy person experiences on all levels - physical, etheric, astral, ego. But most of us have disease blockages that are interfering with the proper flow of generative energy, and those blockages will prevent the proper descent and ascent as i mentioned earier.

So to achieve the proper transformation of the foreign earth/cosmic forces into individual consciousness and freedom, we each need to remove the disease blockages that are holding us back. (On a higher level of meaning, the diseases are actually astral forces that are there to stimulate our development of consciousness as we face and overcome them, like adversaries that make us stronger).

The removal of the blocakges is done with curative medicine, and then the regimen at the same time supports the natural healing power of the body to restore proper function. But one can't do the whole job without the other.

Steiner says that the transformation of foreign forces is actually begun in childhood with the help of childhood diseases. That's the reason why kids *need* those diseases - each one has a special function to allow the incarnating self to take command of the astral, etheric and physical bodies and achieve the proper descent according to the proper developmental stages. But kids aren't getting those natural diseases anymore, and the natural descent can also be derailed by various shocks and traumas, so parts of the person are fragmented.

The transformation we're talking about really comes down to an activation of the person's true, objective desire which is a function of consciousness. The 3 lower bodies - physical, etheric and astral, have to be converted into soul and spirit. So we have soul phases in which the subjective desires can be transformted into the objective desire function. Mostly people are operating out of their subjective desires which are false ego driven, but the higher objective desire function which is grounded in love, is what evolves as this soul/spiritual transformation unfolds.

And that unfolding goes on on many levels - the material mind can't grasp it because it's not a linear process but a flow of function that only the etheric mind can participate. And we're here to develop that etheric thinking that furthers consciousness.

So for those who want to explore the function of soul/spiritual transformation in a real way that is not just a newage abstraction, it's necessary to develop this kind of etheric thinking that can look at the whole interplay of many different elements.

Steiner has laid out a whole spiritual science in terms of esoteric physiology, then Reich grounds it all in the biophysical function and describes all the ways that those functions can be suppressed and blocked. And Dr. Hahnemannís system teaches us how the blockages can be removed and wholeness restored so we can fulfill our soul/spiritual potential.

This is of course just a simple overview. Itís always a challenge to talk about something so complex and express the essence of it without reducing it down to a meaningless oversimplification! I hope this helps answer your question Smile

-Karen
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for this post Karen. It explains the structure of true holistic medicine in a way that really needs to get out there. I have experienced all these categories of healing to some extent, and come to understand it from those experiences and help from others who explain the processes of healing like you do.

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