What's the Problem?
Homeopathy already recognises that people and symptoms are unique. Potential provers, often students, come from varying backgrounds and stages of life so that their proving experiences of any given subtance will vary substantially. A wide range of experiences can be a good thing if our main object is to get a vision of the widest and deepest range of symptoms a substance can produce. Normally this is close to what we want from a proving, but are the extremes of experience really what we need? Perhpas this is too much information?
Perhaps what we really need is a cross-section of healthy subjects who have been assesed using Sherr's MOPMEC scale? Lets consider what the results from such a proving would produce. There would certainly be some symptoms common to the group. These would be the "common ground" of the substance. Then there would be the ideosyncratic, odd and curious symptoms - perhaps some of these make up the modalities and S.R.P.s of the substance. Unfortunatly trials with healthy subjects are likely to miss a set of important results ... the curative results.
So, perhaps what we really need is a group of subjects who's suitablity is defined by their probable affinity for the substance under consideration. How would we set that one up? Perhaps a preliminary test could be carried out on the substance by an experienced Homeopath who would be able to give some preliminary guidelines about the nature of the beast. Or, maybe we could predict some of its expected parameters using the doctrine of signatures combined with our understanding of the Families or Stages? Assume we have done some assessment of this nature and we are satisfied that we have at least some understanding of the substance. Next we match our subjects to these parameters. Easy-peasy.
Lets take an substance that isn't so well known, say Lutetium (Stg 17) as a hypothetical example. To determine its clinical benefit we need a subject who would be likely to respond to it favourably ... that's someone diagnosed with "Stg 17 Syndrome", for the arguments sake, say the profile fits a subject who's lost or abandoned their sense of inner power and feels resigned to taking an early retirement.
This subjects experiences would absolutely resonate with the substance and give us the depth of information that would be clinically useful. We would learn more about "Stg 17 Syndrome" and about the substance. We would be able to think about a Genus Epidemicus qualification for Lutetium - perhaps at level 4 - curative in at least one case. A good starting point for further investigation.
Now lets give Lutetium to another prover; someone at the peak of their career - perhaps our (Aurum) College Director! What are they likely to report? Perhaps dreams of giving up their job and flying away, or perhaps a feeling that their work is done on this Eartly plane?
The question then comes, is that a characteristic of Lutetium? It makes you want to escape into retirement? Well the fact that we know it was our Director gives us a frame of reference from which we can evaluate the response. Logically you could say that if your are at the peak of your career you could experience indifference to work on taking Lutetium. So you want to submit the rubric...
"Indifference, business to"
Wait a mo' ... consider the first subject with "Stg 17 Syndrome" who was about to take early retirement ... would they report a change of heart? So much so that their experience was summed up by the rubric...
"Enthusiasm, business for"
Which rubric would you submit?
What we are looking at are the so-called POLARITIES of Lutetium. It is the lower extreme of the polarity that was curative. The higher polarity was damaging (at least to our Director).
Perhaps, at the very least, we should annotate the rubric to signify the polarities as either high or low... but you have to know the prover to do that. If our Director joins in the proving anonymously the frame of reference is gone and the both rubrics get published.
Then we study the rubrics and then start wondering if, clinically it will produce indifference or enthusiasm!
NB: This is a first draft for an essay on proving methodolgy. Comments welcome.