Aurum and Pulsatilla Mind States

The mind state of aurum or gold as it is commonly known reflects the material substance somewhat in its presentation in the patient. Gold is synonymous with wealth and power and throughout the world, wars, struggles and destruction occur in order to hold on to the wealth and power gold possession can bring with it, causing hurt, sadness, and broken hearts along the way. Gold has an infinity with the heart with Tyler citing Burnett stating, ‘gold has an important place in the treatment of heart affections of the gravest kinds.’ It is here the homeopath can find the key element of the emotional level at which the aurum patient is presenting deep into the heart of their being and subsequent loneliness, due to the internal ‘war’ they are fighting.
State of Mind
This inner war, it can be argued is key to the loneliness experienced by the aurum patient. Ailments from grief and disappointed love are key causations in the picture of this remedy; however, the aurum mind is one of polar opposites in its presentation, cheerful with alternating sadness and violence and seeking solitude and wanting company at the same time. The aurum patient can be described as ‘characteristically depressed, dejected and tired of life.’ With Scholten stating the picture essence of the remedy as, ‘holding on to power and responsibility…. and would like to share what they have achieved but this is impossible as leadership can’t be shared.’ This inability to share their perceived power results in the aurum person never being able to live up to the expectations they place upon themselves and subsequent failure results in the depression, suicidal thoughts and loathing for life. Seeking solitude, to hold on to the power from further hurt, they believe that friends have abandoned them, feeding the possible profound inferiority complex they can experience, thus becoming isolated and lonely, resulting in an increase in their depressive symptoms and an anger of being ‘abandoned’ or offended by those around them. When in company, they can become angry at the slightest contradiction and have a negative outlook on life with the expectation of constant bad news and a belief that everything will always go wrong. Their belief that they have neglected their friends could be argued as founded, as they can become critical, quarrelsome and coarse to them. It is this aspect that one can see the destruction of themselves and those relationships around them occurring. In essence the loneliness, the aurum patient experiences is caught within a vicious cycle, their self perception of superiority, subsequent failure beliefs and a resentment of the loss of their status and achievement, results in a want for company and relationships, however, the dynamics they impose upon such relations, inconsistent mood and power base their relationships cannot be sustained and loneliness results with their battle persisting.

Supporting Rubrics
75, Mind, Sadness, mental depression
26. Mind, Delusions, friend, has lost the affections of
2, Mind, Anger, contradiction, from
76, Mind, Sadness, alone, when
12, Mind, Company, aversion to
22, Mind, delusions, confidence in him, his friends have lost all
51, Mind, Hatred, persons, of, who had offended
36, Mind, Dictatorial
70, Mind, Quarrelsome
25, Mind, Delusions, fail, everything will
11, Mind, Cheerful, sadness, with, violence, with



Pulsatilla derives from the plant also known as the windflower. The key to the plants survival is two-fold in its biology. Firstly, the delicate flexible stems enable the plant to bend in the breeze to prevent it breaking and dying, secondly, the plant grows in groups and clumps. Appearing as a harmless beautiful plant, the juice has harmful corrosive properties and can produce sores to the skin should it enter via a cut or open wound. Sankaran captures this as the Pulsatilla’s feeling of, ‘I will survive if I am soft and gentle, not hard and rigid.’

State of Mind

Just like the flower and remedy source, the pulsatilla patient can be sweet one minute and irritable the next with changeable moods being a key characteristic. The mind of the pulsatilla patient is one of ‘inner sadness, turmoil, grief and to suffer in silence.’ This inner suffering places a requirement for consolation and reassurance within their lives during their current mental state as the feeling of being alone in the world can follow such suffering. Suicidal tendencies can be apparent especially by drowning. Here another direct relationship with the biology of the source can be found. Pulsatilla, as a plant requires good drainage from wet soil as over moisture can kill it.
Unlike the aurum patient, the pulsatilla mind actively seeks company as they have a number of fears especially during the evening when alone, the dark and ghosts etc, thus gaining the reputation of a relatively childish and immature constitution. They can be somewhat manipulative in seeking company and as with the plant stalks bending to survive they can exhibit ‘whatever behaviour it takes to win the attention and security so craved,’ such as shyness and vulnerability. Fearing abandonment, their openness with affection towards others and receiving such affections is how the pulsatilla mind survives as their inner feelings require positive reinforcement for them affirming them being worthy of love. Upon consolation the Pulsatilla’s emotions will flow freely and again a valve for moisture release is turned on with the tears. In summary, the pulstilla’s mental state can be described as survival through adaptation and manipulation of their behaviours and environment to maintain relationships and prevent abandonment and loneliness from occurring.

Supporting Rubrics

1, Mind, affectionate
42, Fear, twilight
43, Fear, alone of being
12, Mind, Company, desire for
50, Mind, Grief, ailments from
49, Mind, Forsaken, evening
76, Mind, Sadness, evening
85, Mind, Suicidal, disposition, drowning by
20, Mind, Delusions, alone, that she is always
20, Mind, Delusions, alone, she is, in the world
68, Mind, Mood, changeable, variable
93, Mind, Weeping, alternating with laughter
93, Mind, Weeping, involuntary
94, Mind, Weeping, telling of her sickness, when
88, Mind, Timidity, bashful

A Gentle miracle post by David

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