Trained homeopaths have worked years to understand the differentiating properties between the mineral, plant and animal kingdoms. What’s described below is an introduction to the mineral kingdom. Keep in mind that we all have behaviour tendencies that resonate in the mineral kingdom and a trained homeopath has the tools to recognize the difference between a mineral remedy picture and mineral tendencies within a patient.
Generally speaking, patients who may require a remedy in the mineral kingdom present themselves to be quite structured. They speak uniformly and to the point. A break in their structure (mental, emotional or physical) can be the cause of disruption within their body system.
When choosing a mineral remedy, homeopaths will listen to the exact words spoken by the patient when describing their state. These clues, which come directly from the patients themselves, guide us to certain sections of the periodic table. Each element has been examined for its individual physical properties, homeopathically proven, and clinically documented through thousands of case studies dating back as far as the mid 18th century.
We look at the periodic table as a map of the life cycle. The far left side of the table represents the early stages of life, where you are looking forward. The centre is midlife, where you feel established. To the right of the table, we enter end of life stages, where you start to withdraw from your accomplishments. Your age does not determine your remedy, how you experience your ailment does. For example, if your disease is stopping you from making plans or moving forward in life, if you feel completely dependent on others, if you continue to postpone or avoid situations or feel indecisive or hesitant this would possibly indicate a remedy chosen from the left side of the periodic table. If you feel a lot of pressure to be successful. If you’re in a place where you’re in charge and in control, if you persevere and struggle to maintain an established position in life, this can indicate a remedy somewhere near the middle of the table. The right side remedies are examined when the feeling is of being withdrawn or neglected, if you’ve succumbed to your disease or want to give up.
As we map the periodic table from left to right, we also navigate from top to bottom. This version of interpretation is also within the realm life stage development. The elements found at and near the top of the table represent the early stages of life. Here we find vulnerability, impulsiveness and issues around communication and language. The rows near the middle of the table represent work life, duty, creation, ambition and ideas. The lower part of the periodic table of elements, I like to call the “old soul” elements. These deal with freedom, autonomy, self control, reflectiveness, seriousness, and feelings of heavy responsibility.
Where a remedy happens to be on the periodic table is by no means an indication of ones maturity level. It’s an indication as to where the individual is susceptible to pain and disease and what they feel is being affected. If their lust for life deteriorates and they feel confused and alone we would look higher up on the periodic table. If they feel isolated, powerless or cynical we’d look further down. These aren’t rules written in stone to comply by, they are mere guidelines to bring us closer to a correct remedy match. If a handful of possible remedies are being differentiated, these guidelines help determine which ones to further investigate and which to set aside.