By Hwaa Irfan
Previously, we explored the female connection via the homeopathic remedy Natrum muriaticum, depicting a woman who is very much a product of the Industrial Revolution. Raised in a family where mother bonding is weak/interrupted at any time from the womb through to childhood, Natrum muriaticum has grown up in an environment where there is no time for deep bonds to unfold; a family as a result that is emotionally distant, conservative, and principled in a manner that deprives the bonding and participation that this type of woman needs in her life.
Then we explored the feminine face of Natrum carbonicum, more down to earth and open than Natrum muriaticum who suffers from anxiety at the idea of forming new relations out of fear of rejection, a rejection that began as a traumatic experience from her past. She prefers to stay closer to home – her comfort zone, which draws upon to define her place in the world. That anxiety can develop to the level of panic, and irritability that she takes out on her loved ones, creating distance. Thrown off-balance by anything that is not common to her comfort zone, develops a level of anticipatory anxiety about anything new feeling unworthy of love.
The growing phenomenon of Social Anxiety Disorder in our world today cuts people off from each other until they learn to ‘make friends’ with the first cause of this anxiety, and to stop punishing themselves for an emotion that should be embraced in order to become familiar with it, embrace it, and lose fear of it.
Now we explore the feminine face of…
Natrum phosphoricum occurs naturally in the environment in minerals such as mirabilite, in natural brines, and crystal deposits of alkaline lakes. It is sodium phosphate, a salt that occurs naturally in our tissue cells the action of which reduces excess water. Natrum phosphoricum regulates the level of acidity in our bodies, and also helps to breakdown fatty acids. It serves to ensure the flow of bile to the liver, and in doing so assists in the digestions of fats. It also reduces the deposits of tartar on the teeth, and breaks down lactic acid. Natrum phosphoricum is an electrolyte, the nature of which in industry is crystalline, odorless, and more soluble in boiling water than it is in cold water.
So there we have a transparent nature that is task oriented on a cellular level. Within its normal environ Natrum phosphoricum crystallizes, or contracts to its self; and dissolves that which tries to overwhelm/challenge it.
The Natrum phosphoricum type has the quality of sodium/Natrum, which represents an underlying structure, and in relation to the earth, and that which is of earth, that action is a slow and a progressive development. Nat. Phos has an affinity with:
– Mucous membranes
– The Duodenum
– The bile ducts
– The Peritoneum (stomach membrane that encompasses the small intestines and some of the nerves of the abdomen)
– The genitals
… reflecting the action of Natrum phosphoricum in the body.
As water is an important factor for the earthly life cycle, and the action of Natrum phosphoricum is reductive when it comes to water in the body, the Natrum phosphoricum person will naturally be hypersensitive to external stimuli. Being slow forming, their minds will be slow, and registering that they everything else seems much faster than them, they will become irritable because in a state of dis-ease, they get easily confused. The phosphoricum part of their nature will make them as homeopath Philip Bailey describes Natrum phosphoricum, the fiery Natrum along with anxiety, sadness and fear. Any excess will pull them off center to their being, and feeling transparent they will be hypersensitive.
The Natrum muriaticum dis-eased personality carries the grief of the past, gets depressed, and rights the wrongs through others. Natrum carbonicum has problems with anxiety, and fears human relations, but Natrum phosphoricum has great fears related to past grief, and cuts off from human relations often feeling very vulnerable. They are caught between Natrum side of their personality which is reserved, dutiful, intelligent, yet sensitive, and sad because of the condition they find themselves in holding onto the past like all Natrum when their phosphoric side has a desire to communicate, to express sympathy, is restless, but fearful. That contradiction arises as a need to escape – to cut off. In the need to escape from the inner conflict that ensues, to make it all tolerable, she becomes indifferent, but really she is unable to walk through that open door. Natrum phosphoricum becomes discouraged, suspicious, and fears the intentions of others, and sits as if waiting for the inevitable – bad news. This manifests physically as she begins to have problems with her joints, rheumatism, and hot-cold sensations, sometimes as if there is an electric current running through her like the electrolyte that Natrum phosphoricum is.
Disguised as indifference Natrum phosphoricum avoids the company of others (even loved ones), becomes impatient saying very little. By closing herself of in this way, her fears get the better of her, and she becomes easily frightened, especially at night. All of this nervousness, and fear does not necessarily come to the surface for all to see, as it counterbalanced by a composure of refinement in the outer world. However, she is easily startled by thunderstorms, and develops an aversion to music as it stirs the emotions within her. Intimacy is difficult for her, because physical intimacy is all about trust, and with that trust the ability to truly submit.
Sourness being one of the signatures of Natrum phosphoricum transpires in her state of dis-ease as in her perspiration, and what arises from her stomach as she has poor nutrition, and also from her throat. She likes sour foods, but they aggravate her, and her relationships easily go ‘sour’. What helps her — eases her is being in the cold, the open air, and physical pressure.
All Natrums develop hypersensitivity, a hypersensitivity that is the result of a past grief. As sodium (Natrum) assists in the transmission of nerve impulses in the human body, all Natrums in a state of dis-ease become hypersensitivity to incoming stimuli, Natrum muriaticum responds with depression, Natrum carbonicum responds with anxiety, and Natrum phosphoricum responds with fear. They limit their internal communications, thus repressing their emotions, and the normal functioning of their bodies.
Worthlessness is a psychological commodity in common usage today, where emotions are looked down upon, and the freedom to explore those emotions, and the reason for those emotions. By not processing those emotions (whether good or bad), and locking them away inside one’s self, we lock away a part of ourselves deemed to be unworthy, and in doing so, they control our lives until we are forced to face them.
Next, we leave the mineral kingdom, and move to 3 examples of the plant kingdom that represent the masks of the feminine, and in once case the feminine principle.
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