I always receive so many questions in relation to the issues of eating disorders.
This is a huge topic to address and would take much more space than a simple article.
The term “eating disorders” covers everything from anorexia to bulimia, to obesity and, to the more recent problems in relation to food allergies and associated problems which are experienced by so many people today.
However, it is vital to remember that like any complex chronic situation, it is never one issue alone. I will repeat that
It is never, ever, one issue alone. Deep at the root of such problems there is always the experience of the primal relationship which is meant to create the nourishing communication which takes place between parents and their children.
This is part of nature’s biology. In other words, it is inherently built into the system, as it were.
Unfortunately,this does not always occur.
It is however, the fulcrum upon which the rest of the symptoms turn. At any given moment, if the truth is not being expressed, the body will certainly reveal its displeasure via symptoms. These symptoms will be emotional and physical. They will express themselves in terms of behaviours and communication, the ability to be present in relationships, in friendships, in life. They inhibit the human being, being a true human being!
When a homeopath considers a chronic case, they are not simply looking at the physical symptoms alone. These are the “end result” of the deeper problem appearing on the surface. If these deeper somatic reasons are not treated, they will continue to to re-occur, contextually, within the psyche and, consequently, throughout the life of a patient, emerging as further emotional and physical problems
In other words, there is continual and, further deterioration both physically and emotionally.
When patients attempt to deal with chronic problems alone, they short change themselves of being able to follow the true direction to the real and deep cause.
The directive path is obtained by a homeopath when they thoroughly take the case. Taking a case is not simply a gathering of physical symptoms, although this does occur. It involves a probing of the deeper aspects of the psyche via the therapeutic event, which is the consultation with the homeopath.
In this 21st century people “hear what they see”. This means that “what appears on the surface” is taken as being “real and true”. Of course, with make-up, plastic surgery, and all the motivating media-hype in relation to the same, the general public are well and truly sold into this illusion, this fantasy. The “idealization” of the perfect face, body, life is constantly held at a premium value in today’s society. This “false idealization” is deeply traumatic for those who aspire to meet its unreachable level.
Unfortunately, there are just as many “snake oil salesmen and women” today as there were when the Wild West was settled. The internet is full of them. The world runs this way. They are everywhere, at all levels of life.
Patients often make the same mistakes, tragically, when they both self diagnose and treat themselves, running from one “best new thing” to the “next”. It is a consequence that this lack of trust in any “real healing work” only indicates their own deep lack of trust in themselves, and is to be found in the parenting they, themselves, received as children. If parents do not receive this nourishing communication, they are unable to provide the same for their own children. There are, of course, percentages here. There is no “perfect situation”. This does not exist. Such an ideal belongs “in the realm of the gods”.
Further, such people are unable to place their faith in what is called “natural instinct” and, therefore, proceed to live on a knife-edge of uncertainty and suspicion. Often they mistake the “natural instinct” for some type of “health revolution”, but this is also part of the core delusion. Of course, it is no surprise that such people have highly stressed nervous systems, and choose to roll through life, completely unconsciously, due to their own unresolved issues. In such an environment, it would be difficult for their own children to simply relax, and do what children do best, to grow and to thrive in a healthy way, both physically and emotionally. Whilst, ideally, this “nourishing communication” is meant to take place in the “basking love” of parents who are connected both to their natural instinct, and to the unique processes of nature and its cycles of life, growth and healing, unfortunately, more often than not, it does not occur.
The lack of nourishing communication emerges as an “unconscious expectation” acted out by the parents upon the child, to “fill the gap, the hole, the need” which is a huge void within themselves. Treatment of such patients require treatment of the whole of the family, as these unconscious placements and agreements are complex and tangled. Healing of the whole always has an ongoing affect on the other family members.
Adults suffering from eating disorders are still enacting the gaps from their childhood, and repeating contextually exactly the same patterns, although the “content” as presented, will, from time to time, be different. In other words, the story is the same. These illnesses are not only “screams for attention in life” but “a scream from the child within” for what was not provided. As society and culture constantly devalues what was once considered important for the survival of the species, these problems will keep occurring and worsening as generations continue.
The body never lies. To quote Alice Miller, PhD. “The body is a guardian of the truth”.
Every human being, by their very nature, needs to be able to live and express their truth.
In the Organon, when Hahnemann speaks of the “emotional state of the patient” he is therein referring to the deterioration of the emotional state which is compromised just like the body and not expressing “its truth”. In other words, these emotions which are expressed along with the physical symptoms, are not the original character or personality of the patient, but part of the expression of the “dis-ease”. In other words, the patient is not their “true self”.
When considering such problems as eating disorders, one must go to the source which holds the truth, in order to find the road to wholeness, which is healing.
Part 2 of this article will be published later this month.
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