In her own way nature asks plainly for what she wants, but her code is not printed in books. While the play of her forces may often seem subtle, she uses enough expressions to make herself clear and her moods perfect their meaning in our understanding. We learn by resemblance and comparison, finding old friends in every crowd. The fellaheen of today looks like his brother in stone four thousand years old. Such is the elemental power that moulds us and at the same time invites our friendship.
It paints the fear of death on the countenance as well as in our dreams and speaks to us in wind and weather, darkness and light, heat and cold, touch, thought and countless other ways. The ancients heard it, and interpreted it in fear but its message is one of guidance; when read through reason: The absurd things of today become fundamental tomorrow, because we have mastered their meaning. We neither despise small things nor magnify them overmuch, but learn their relationship to greater ones. Infinity is written larger in the heavens, but we learn of it through the microscope also and the uncharted fields of nature are boundless when compared with the recorded ones.
In a day when heterodoxy meant vastly more in medicine than in religion, Hahnemann, with a firm grasp of the knowledge of the past, ventured to open up a new path and show its relationship to life. Many of his professed followers do even now not see the marks which he blazed. The earlier homeopaths depended largely upon subjective manifestations, but even Hahnemann began to see their one-sidedness in his later days. Boenninghausen developed the objective and anamnesic phases very fully, but the time was not ripe for either to grasp the full meaning of their relationship to human development and the general harmony of life. The extension of the law, lies before, not behind us, and its fuller grasp has been left for our time. The law is all embracing, in that it is but part of the greater law of harmony, guiding us in everything.
Health is relative, and the subtle juncture of forces which breeds sickness is necessarily evanescent and intangible. Inheritances, surroundings, emotions, vital resistance and much else go to make it up. Gloomy days bring low spirits and relaxation, while a high electric tension gives us joy in living, dear thoughts and sudden sicknesses. The one is slow, the other intense and quick. It is well to know as much as may be of all its bearings in order to build up the reaction which we call life. If we believe-that life is born of action and reaction, then medicines cure like nature does, and all cures are but nature’s ways expedited. But a real cure is this and much more. It means the transfer of energy from sound into sick parts; the conversion of energy. This explains many obscurities.
It accounts for the rapid action of the similimum, whether in quick relief, euthanasia or aggravations which may even be fatal. We draw upon the ebb and flow of life’s forces and symptoms appear like the waves of the sea; now intense and mounting high, again dipping low but always undulating in ceaseless opposites. Life is perpetuating itself in the direction of least resistance, growing upon its surroundings, but carrying the impress of its experiences with it. These and the particular way in which it meets them we must learn and know in order to regulate the expenditure of energy, by applying synchronously acting remedies.
Symptoms tend to arrange themselves in groups; the earlier drug effects being coarser responses and the later, finer and more individualistic. Among many sick we generally fail to find the latter or grasp the state of the mind and soul that so faithfully mirrors the whole organism and holds up the true colours with which the minutia must blend harmoniously. Hospitals serve a good purpose, but they only throw the deep shadows of disease across our path and rarely admit of a dose individual study of the sick. Symptoms remain but fragments until we learn their bearings and see their reflection in the mind, where objective phases and impulses stand uppermost; and as similar causes may excite any grade of reaction we must know the deciding value of individualities, which are always clearest in the mind. If they seem to spring from the mind itself and affect the understanding and memory especially, they are mostly of miasmatic or concomitant origin, and must be treated as such. The state of the emotions is of the most fundamental importance.