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Allergies Today

from the view of Creative Homeopathy according to Antonie Peppler

Scourge or the chance for a creative personality?

More and more patients suffer from the most various of allergies. Almost daily new types of allergies are being discovered and diagnosed. There are also numerous theories as to where allergies come from. One of the most common theories is the contamination present in certain cultures. Such contamination has been made possible by the industrial revolution and its development into our age. This period has seen the development and perfection of an increasing number of artificial and chemical substances.
Especially in the surroundings of chemical production plants and also nuclear power plants the degree of toxicity is said to be so high that it is hardly possible for people to live near to them without becoming ill. This sounds quite plausible, but also very shocking for no one can expect that this situation is going to change in the near future. The expectation of becoming ever more ill is like a sword of Damocles hanging over us.
Seen from this perspective, allergies make us victims, powerless beings that are helplessly delivered up unto the need to earn money in a materialistic society. Modern medicine has practically no solutions for dealing with allergies. Under these circumstances we can reckon with more people becoming allergic every day and the general quality of life sinking. Not a rosy prognosis!
If this perspective is questioned, however, one quickly comes to the following approach, which can form the basis for a more critical examination.
• How come all of the people in industrial areas are not allergic to the same degree?
• How come there are so many different allergies?
• How come people in the same area do not have the same allergies?
These and similar questions absolutely need to be asked. Starting from these considerations, the theory of environmental toxins becomes questionable. It is certainly not the only possible theory, although it is the direction of current medical thought.
Is it really true that we are threatened by disease? That we as individuals have absolutely no chance of escaping the threat – at least in the long run? Naturopathic medicine and especially homeopathy have an entirely different approach. This different perspective comes from the times when the physician, the priest and the teacher were all the same person.
The person who healed brought together in himself the following three aspects:
• The healer as priest made the diagnosis. Religious insights lead to an explanation of the illness. The Latin word “religare” actually means “to bind fast.” Man is bound to the laws of nature. He is subject to the laws of nature as are all other creatures.
• The healer as physician knew the proper remedies, which could be found on the basis of the laws of nature.
• The healer as teacher brought forth the information in the form of teachings so that the issues, out of which the patient fell ill, would not have to repeat themselves, but rather an understanding of the causes became possible.
Crystallizing out the key issues, we can say:
›› Illness comes from within us.
›› Illness is an emotional expression of a state of not feeling well that is connected to the personality of the sick person.
Every person lives in a special field of tension. On the one hand, he lives in a social grouping and feels himself protected and supported by the group. On the other hand, he has within him the urge to be free, a drive that drives him somewhere. He is not aware of where the ultimate goal is. This is not only an expression of the sexual drive, but much more his interest in life itself, his curiosity, his craving for adventure.
This joy of living could be expressed completely differently: as that which in individual in every person. Every person is a little bit different than the next. Every person has something special, something very individual. That which is individual in a person is directed and guided by the so-called inner voice. This can be identified as the divine in man, as his higher self, his guardian angel, etc. The inner voice has been designated by very many different names.
Thus, every person is tossed back and forth between two essential aspects in his life. On the one side you have a sense of belonging and security summarized in “the group makes me strong,” and on the other you have that which is individual and special.
The big question is now how shall a person conduct his life? If he leaves the group, he feels isolated. If he stays too strongly in the group, he becomes a victim of conformity, a victim of the group he himself selected and loses his distinctiveness. The concept of development presumably comes from this dichotomy. Development means leaving the security of the group to form one’s individuality, a realm of one’s own.
Disease is an expression of this area of conflict. Suddenly, disease can be seen as something very positive for it shows us the path of our development. Disease makes evident what we have been avoiding in our awareness, where we have perhaps subjugated ourselves too much to conformity, and where we have served the social group too much and have not traveled our personal, individual path.
This becomes very clear when we look at some particular symptoms more closely:
The hay fever patient first has “itching in the eyes,” then frequently “watery eyes.” To this there belongs either a “stuffy or a runny nose,” “a feeling of tiredness” and “the feeling of being sick.”
›› I am “itching” to know – I am interested in knowing something
›› “Itching eyes” means “take a look at it”
›› “Watery eyes” stand for sadness, for emotions that are not expressed
›› “Stuffy nose” stands symbolically for “having it up to here,” for being in a situation that you don’t like, but feel that you nonetheless have to put up with it.
›› “Runny nose” signifies (if you use a bit of imagination) being punched in the nose, being punished for something. If you take into account that the nose symbolizes our own personality, then the drippy nose expresses that the personality feels assaulted or at least put down.
All of the symptoms point to the person feeling very sad because he is not allowed to live out his full power and feels limited. Possibly, he is grieving for the freedom he is lacking.
When we learn to decode the language of the symptoms, we learn at the same time to quickly and clearly see ourselves in our personality. Often we are so caught up in habits, in what we continually do, that our individual nature has no chance to enter our consciousness without problems. If this is the case, then it can only express itself in body language, that is, the language of the symptoms. If not before, then in the moment that symptoms arise we can really learn to understand ourselves.
The symptoms of the hay fever patient can now be explained. What is missing is the element of the allergen. How can a person be so bothered by such tiny, weenie pollen particles? Why does he have an allergic reaction to them? Colloquial speech says: I am allergic to something, I can’t stand it, it doesn’t appeal to me, I’m sick to death of it. Obviously, the person who is allergic seems to absolutely not want to do something and is doing it nonetheless. He seems to want to stick it out or he thinks he has to do it. The hay fever patient is apparently of the opinion that he cannot stand this pollen. The pollen irritates him so much that he must react with symptoms.
If we also look at the pollen in its symbolic significance, the pollen is the seed, the original creative potential of a plant. The plant simply claims the right to freely spread its seed, its creative force, without controls or limitations in its surroundings. The hay fever patient seems to be reminded by this of something that has to do with him personally. He is probably remembering his own self-control, his self-restrictions, his discipline. He probably was not allowed to spread his inherent, creative force unrestrained in his surroundings. He had to discipline himself. He obviously did not have the right to use his energies in a way that would have been completely natural and was perhaps very desired. To put it shortly, the hay fever patient is mad at the plant, which can just employ and make use of its forces without controls, while he has to behave himself. Perhaps his educational guidelines were too strict or perhaps he could not give himself permission to experience the potential of his own creative force. In any case he did not take for himself the same freedom that every plant simply enjoys as its very nature.
It has been said that behind every allergy there stands someone who seems to dominate the person with the allergic reaction. The person who makes the allergy patient a victim can certainly be found. But in the light of self-responsibility, in the perspective of a deeper healing, we must assume that every victim calls forth his oppressor in order to have certain experiences. Every victim only appears to be a victim for the soul wants to have its experiences – wants to live through something most certainly in order to liberate itself from particular mechanisms.
›› If I always seek the causes for my limitations outside of myself, I will always remain a victim. The victim is helpless and has no chance of freeing himself. He is dependent and ultimately has no chance of attaining to his own individuality.
The person who wants to become healthy must realize that he himself is the initiator of his own life. For there is an important law of nature which says: “As within, so without.” Everything that surrounds me is a mirror of my inner being. If I want to change something within myself, I must create its representation outside of myself in order to be able to understand it and then change it.
The person who is seemingly limited needs someone on the outside who restricts him so that he can see the limitation in himself so gaining the chance of changing it. This all belongs to the content of the statement: “Disease comes from within.”
The person who has allergies is thus someone who, possibly in his childhood, has sought out parents or other people around him who appear to oppress him and keep him small – so that through the pressure from the outside he has the possibility of becoming free.
In the end we can describe allergies as a reaction of angry defiance, a reaction to developmental steps that sorely need to be taken.
The hay fever patient has with his hay fever set for himself the task of expanding his own horizons, of finding the courage to let his potentials fly free, of giving up the limitations he has put on his creative powers. And since the pollen of the plant is related to the symbolism of sexuality, another issue of pollen allergy is the placing of a negative value on sexuality. If, because of its negative value, sexuality is a taboo, a forbidden topic in a family about which no one can speak, then this mental patterning can find expression in an allergic reaction to pollen. If the allergy has been overcome, the limitations in regards to sexuality will also dissolve. A person can now trust himself enough to let out his potentials whatever kind they may be. He becomes much freer, more dynamic and has much more fun and joy in life. Illness symptoms and disease itself are generally nothing more than a demand by our inner being, our individual capacities, to free ourselves from habits, support patterns and our comfortable place in the group which no longer provides us with any challenge.
The longing for community and a sense of belonging is a natural part of our existential nature. If we proceed from the assumption that everyone carries within themselves the entire evolution of humanity, then this also includes the battle against the forces of nature. In the embryonic stage we can clearly see that the whole evolutionary development of the human being is repeated again in the growth of every individual. We didn’t always have it as well as we do today where we live in protective houses which are mostly equipped with heat and electricity. Our ancestors had a much more difficult time of it. Perhaps they lived in caves and had to see how they found shelter from the elements. They still had to battle for the luxury that we take for granted today. From this perspective it is completely natural for the pattern to come about: “together we are strong.” Together against the forces of nature, together against the dangerous animals, fighting together against the dangers of the environment was simply a necessity in those days.
This existential dependency and this existential fear is still stored somewhere in each of us and for this reason we prefer to remain in a social grouping and to perhaps abstain from our individuality just to attain protection and what we suppose to be security. It is not at all easy to free yourself from this problematical complex and decide to live for yourself and your own purposes.
Now that we have looked at the hay fever allergy more closely, let us turn to the most deeply seated form of allergies, the mother of all allergies, and this is, believe it or not, the milk allergy.
Therapists who have devises for measuring allergies are led again and again to the conclusion that the milk allergy is the original allergy upon which all of the others are for the most part predicated. If a person is highly allergic, that is allergic to many different allergens, then the milk allergy will not be found at first. But it appears after the others have been taken care of.
Milk symbolizes the feeling of being cared for, of belonging or being rejected. The patterning of the child is dependent upon whether the mother desired to have the child and received it and gave birth to it with joy or whether the birth had an ulterior motive, say that she herself would be supported. Looking at the gender roles of the man and the woman, we should take into consideration that a major reason our ancestors had children was so that they would be taken care of later when they became old. The more children that were there, the more secure were the parents. The children were brought forth with a very definite purpose.
It is interesting that in our modern times these older gender roles are used for advertising purposes. One German bank currently has an advertisement where a father is taking his newly born for the first time in his arms and says, “My one and all, my retirement policy.” The infant points a finger to his head to say, “You’re crazy!” making the father aware that he no longer accepts the role of “retirement policy.” This advertisement points to the fact that the individual qualities in man appear to be more important today than the support group.
Among the old gender roles for the man/woman that have existed over generations there are a few other patterns that point to the dependency on a support system. In the marriage ceremony, for example, the father leads the bride, his daughter, who up to this time has been supported by him, to the altar where the husband receives her. With this is symbolized that from now on the husband has the responsibility to support and care for her.
In return for this support the woman gives the man one or several children in order to earn gratitude and to pay for her support. Consciously or unconsciously, these support patterns are still so strongly inherent that many women draw their self-esteem from the ability to give birth. The younger women today want nothing to do with this system. However, from the symptoms they show, the internalization over generations of these accepted gender roles can be clearly seen.
In summary, over generations the desire to have children and the birth of children was a matter tied to a very specific purpose. It was an essential part of the existing support system. In Germany this system was altered for the first time by Bismarck who laid the foundations of today’s retirement insurance. This provided security without the necessity of such tight family ties as was needed in earlier generations.
Today it is just as important as in previous times whether a mother becomes mother or parents become parents out of a feeling of social obligation or out a desire to offer another soul the opportunity to incarnate. Only when the latter is true is there a chance of creating a community in which a sense of responsibility for the group exists from the beginning in the individual as his own impulse.
Many women, who have come for homeopathic treatment, first notice after they have had their children that besides being a mother perhaps there is something else that they would have liked to do. They just didn’t give so much value to themselves to think over first what they really wanted to do.
Children are conceived out of habit. They are born under illusory expectations and one day reality shows itself. This reality consists of the woman suddenly realizing that she is not at all so happy to take responsibility for the child, that the child is actually much too much for her. The paradox which can almost always be found here is that the more caring the mother presents herself outwardly, the more she rejects the child inwardly.
It is a natural human characteristic that negative emotions that actually are not supposed to be there are concealed. These emotions are best concealed by being so loving and caring as possible in the presence of others so that the negative attitude has no chance of coming to light. This is deplorable, but happens very often. The more caring someone appears, the stronger you may suspect that hiding behind the caring is actually rejection. This situation should be considered without making a value judgment. It is simply a fact of life. A change to the better will only be found when you just take things as they come and work on finding a solution or clarification to the problems.
Back to the milk allergy: The reaction to milk points to whether a person feels taken care of and accepted or whether he feels dependent and rejected. We see that the person allergic to milk has set for himself the task to free himself from dependencies exchanging them for person freedom. He must learn self-initiative and this can only be attained when the dependency relationship has been overcome.
Milk allergies are immensely widespread. But there is another factor that is essential to this issue having arisen in the first place. At the same time as homeopathy was discovered by Samuel Hahnemann the process of vaccination was discovered and developed by Edward Jenner. The first vaccine that was created was derived from the cowpox. The thought was to curb the smallpox in human beings and, when people were vaccinated with the cowpox illness, they were no longer susceptible to smallpox.
At first this worked quite well for people did not die from the cowpox whereas there were many deaths from smallpox. So what Jenner did was to introduce a bovine illness to human beings. From the view that “disease comes from within” and “disease comes from the tension between individuality and conformity,” the healing of which is to be found in an increased awareness of one’s situation, we find that it is the disease information of an animal and its corresponding animal healing process that are being placed into the human being. It is easy to understand that the human being has hardly the slightest possibility of processing something that belongs to the developmental and cognitive processes of an animal.
Today we know that this animal information is encapsulated in the body and as such is carried genetically through the generations. People today therefore carry through their ancestors the same information as those who were vaccinated with the cowpox.
If we decode the symbolism of the cowpox illness, we find a double bind: on the one side there is milk which, as next-in-line after mother’s milk, is the supporter of mankind and on the other side there is the cow which, as provider of the vaccine, is the cause of illness in man. Here we have the message: Careful, the cow will make you sick! More precisely the double bind is:
“The cow supports you and the cow makes you sick!”
If we can assume that milk and any milk product unconsciously activates this double bind when consumed by a person, then the allergic reaction of many people becomes understandable. The double bind draws a person out of the comfort of being well cared for and attributes to the support a critical aspect.
The question arises – certainly on an unconscious level – am I wanted or am I not wanted; will I be cared for now or will I not be cared for? This dichotomy activates one’s own initiative and fosters to a great degree the desire for independence and personal freedom.
Looking at the milk allergy from this perspective, we see that the person who has developed an allergic reaction to milk has decided to become independent. The normal habits of the roll-play are to be abandoned and the essential aspect of individuality is to be lived out by the personality.
In homeopathy we have various possibilities of countering these allergies.
The various sorts of milk, which are available as homeopathic preparations, are especially suited for milk allergies.
One of the most important types of milk in homeopathic form is Lac vaccinum, the high potency of cow’s milk.
Another good remedy for this allergy is Lac fellinum, cat’s milk. The cat stands symbolically for freedom, affection, independence and possibly also for unpredictability. When we observe how a cat mother acts with her kittens, we see on the one hand a very loving way of treating them. If a kitty is independent enough, however, it is excluded relatively quickly from the family unit. The mother cat leads its own life again and the kitty can even become a source of competition fairly soon.
The kitty is left to its independence very quickly and has to care for itself – and this is just the task that the person with allergies must carry out. He must learn to free himself from dependencies and to take a step towards self-responsibility and independence. This means learning to feel at ease in the determination and enjoyment of his own life. A life lived independently is certain to bring much joy and having fun in life also makes one creative.
Let us summarize the essential aspects of allergies that need to be considered:
1. Disease comes from within.
2. Allergies signify a defiant reaction.
3. Giving up the defiant reaction to certain old, accustomed patterns allows for something new to develop.
4. The allergen stands for the initiator and is at the same time the messenger of the actual allergy issue. The allergen describes the task that a person has undertaken to master.
It is by no means an accident in our times, which are characterized by a process of individualization absolutely necessary in order to guarantee a further development in the direction of freedom, that allergies are so widespread. People today have the task to free themselves from old and long-preserved patterns of role behavior in order to come more to themselves and their own impulses.
The impression could easily arise that there is a great possibility for mankind to develop into a collection of egocentric snobs. Natural law and our original religious roots, however, give us the certainty that behind the process of individualization there lays a special, firmly anchored order to life.
The following thought can perhaps be of help: Just imagine that there exists an organic wholeness, perhaps a great being, that lives in a state of harmonic completion. Every single person as a unit of humanity is a part of the whole and is like a cell of the body. At some moment in the dawn of time this organic whole was disassembled piece for piece, cell for cell and then the single cells were mixed up well and simply thrown down somewhere in disorder. Now picture that the body cells are single pieces of a puzzle that was originally all pieced together but is now taken apart. The individual pieces of the puzzle are now lying in a colorful, chaotic heap. Every body cell, that is every puzzle piece, has information in the sense of an inner voice, of an awareness of its individual participation, about its own position, about the place where this piece actually belongs.
If we add another aspect from religion, then we “have eaten from the tree of knowledge.” We have at one time all wanted to get to know each other. Every separate body cell wanted to know how the others function and so each one visits another and informs itself about every other position. Now it certainly has the task to learn about this position, but not to be so taken in by it that it forgets the information about its own individual position. The most important task now is to search further, to go further, to learn so much until finally the position is reached from where one started out. This is the position mentioned in the bible as the “return to paradise” – returning much more clever, but actually nothing has changed. Assuming that disease is not accidental, that it is not something abstract, but a possibility for taking a new direction in order to find the position again from where we originally started, then everything will find its way back again to the harmonious whole.
In this sense people with allergies are people who activate themselves through their allergy in order to go their own way and not become stuck in old habitual patterns. People with allergies have decided to stay in places where they do not belong, but refuse to go further on their own path in life. The allergy informs them quite clearly that the time has come, that they have gathered enough information about the other position and now they should go their own way again.
If a person with allergies is ready to direct his attention towards himself, to listen to his inner voice and to follow it, then the body, which is only the materialized form of his human consciousness, will no longer react to the allergens that it previously fought against so much. The symptoms of the allergy are no longer needed to bring him the message: “The time has come to take your own path!”
As soon as he allows himself his own creative potential, he can permit himself the luxury of allowing the plants and every living being around him the expression of their creative potential. He has learned to appreciate himself and others – without false limitations and disciplines.
 
  Antonie Peppler on 2005-03-16
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
Interesting to see what Sabra has to say to this lot -- if she has the time to read it all .
Disease comes from within -- Agree.
Allergy -ALL ALERGIES are a sign of a depleted immune system.
This can be due to stress- medication or be inherited if the parents have had overdoses of various medical treatments.

Absolutely -- listen to your inner voice !!.
Finding your way to a harmonious whole - great .

Using your allergy to do it smacks too much of good old yankee self improvement - Sam Smiles and all that.
 
passkey last decade
Whew...After I made spaces so I could read it, it is 9 pages of writing.

Haven't studied yet, but is a really thought-out writing.

Some I agree and some not so much, a lot smacks on the esotoric thinking. There was a bit of guilt giving in some parts. Some things are so sub conscious, one cannot live in guilt over the unknown within the cell belief.

One should not take ANY writing verbatum as one respects another, one also must respect one's self first and one's own ideals. This is what makes us individual as we all have similar, yet different paths in life.

Blessings, Sabra
 
sabra last decade

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