Timeline has been described by sequential homeopathy by Dr J.F. Elmiger of Switzerland and is the concept of plotting symptoms presented during a case on a timeline in order to gain a chronological picture of the individual’s life, experience and disease in order to prescribe the remedies most likely to bring about a lasting cure. In the true concept of homeopathy supporting the healing of layers of the patient, such methods described by Elmiger facilitate a prescribing pattern to heal the latest symptom first and work backwards along the chronological timeline created. However, many aspects of a timeline require consideration in order for such timelines to be useful and effective in case taking and longer term case management.
First and foremost, the theory of miasms needs to be considered with regard to the preconception stages and throughout the life of the patient being treated. The ‘timeline diagram’ illustrates such relationships within the timeline process and through an effective and comprehensive anamnesis taken by the homeopath being consulted; the totality of symptoms of the patient can be contextualised within an historical and current perspective.
The stages of life can be plotted on to a timeline chart and will be dependent on the stage of life they are at when being treated. There are, however, certain aspects that will be evident at any stage despite the time of consultation be them a child, adolescent, adult or in older age.
At the beginning of the line, the pre-conception stage is paramount to the blueprint that the individual could carry with them on their life’s journey. The circumstances at which conception happened, the relationship between the parents and indeed their individual mental, emotional and physical health at the time of conception can all be considered of high importance in the timeline formation process. Miasmatic theory is based on the concept of the ‘soil’ in which we grow. As in nature with plant life reflecting the soil type by the species found in certain soils and susceptible to disease as a result, it can be argued that humans have the same concept with regard to a predisposition to disease types as a result of their personal ‘soil’. In natural biology, such diseases are carried forward to further generations of the same species and can be traced back for generations if so desired. The concept of miasms can be described as early genetic theory, with regard to the consideration of pre generational impact on the health and wellbeing of the person present today as a result of genetics and disease and underpins all experiences at a cellular and energetic level. Taking this further, the predisposition and susceptibility can relate to the laws of attraction, for example the attracting of repeated negative patterns in life as previous generations such as addiction, unplanned pregnancies or socio economic factors I.E. unemployment. Here, the first important aspect of anamnesis becomes apparent that of, creating a pre conception picture and possible timeline to assess the foundations that the patient has been created upon.
Gestation and Birth
During in utero development of a human being, the foetus and mother have a physical sharing of body both physically and energetically. As a result it is possible to conclude that the health and wellbeing of the mother has a direct impact on the child they are carrying. This can be explored deeper by the exchange of symptoms of mother to child and vice versa, for example, cravings or aversions to food during pregnancy. Norland, in his lecture on timeline and miasms, highlighted this in an example of a craving for salt by the mother, which could be considered as a symptom from the developing baby being expressed by the mother at the time of the food desire. Exploring this concept further, the mental and emotional of the mother can also leave a physical and energetic statement on the developing baby for example, a sense of abandonment could be experienced in later life, if the mother experienced a bereavement and loss, or indeed the mother does not want the child they are carrying. The mother’s own timeline history is important to consider for the reasons already discussed as she will carry forward aspects of the soil in which she grew and so on. The father, although not physically carrying the child, also plays an important part in the gestation period. Through conception, the baby has a cellular and energetic connection with both parents and experiences of the fathers own personal timeline will also be carried through to this new generation who will be brought into the world.
The first experience a baby will have of the physical world in which they will live will be at the time of their birth. Here another key aspect of their timeline needs to be explored. How, when and in what circumstances they were delivered can have a long term impact on their life, life story and experiences. For example, if there was a struggle on their behalf during delivery, the life experiences could be reflective of struggling and fighting for the things they have or desire to achieve, if the birth was considered fast, emergency delivery, then shock could be a key theme of the individual. Such information is key to creating an accurate and workable timeline to work with the patient on.
It is evident that the pre birth aspects, although a small amount of physical time to the individual patient is important to consider. The miasmatic influence, predisposition and susceptibility to disease and experience are, ‘programmed’ at these stages. During the timeline, other aspects will no doubt impact on how such miasmatic taints manifest during the lifetime and up to the point of a consultation. During birth and infancy, vaccination can occur, thus suppressing miasmatic predisposition further and the experience of acute and chronic disease may become apparent at any time. How such disease is treated will impact further and so on throughout the person’s life. Habits, maintaining causes and life experiences and how these are dealt with will have considerable impact and require timeline plotting in order to find a remedy to begin the unlocking of the underpinning patterns in health and wellbeing that are innate to the individual and minimise the impact of the miasms and indeed new suppressive mental, emotional and physical symptoms that could be passed on and thus repeated.
As a result of this discussion, it can be concluded, that the timeline is a valuable and effective tool to utilise in order to facilitate comprehensive anamnesis and symptomology assessment when used appropriately by considering key aspects of pre generational, pre conception, gestation and birth onwards. Through implementing such a technique, the miasmatic and energetic taints that we as individual carry forward in our lives can be treated and cured effectively in line with Hahnemann’s beliefs and homeopathic vision. The diagram illustrates such relationships of all aspects of timeline formation and taking the words of the Emerald Tablet of Hermes as cited by Norland, ‘that which is below is like unto that which is above and that which is above is like unto that which is below.’ This can be further defined as that which came before is like that which comes after in the concept of anamnesis and timelines.
Kent. Lectures of Homeopathic Philosophy
Norland. Signatures Miasms Aids, Spiritual Aspects of Homeopathy
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