Jung said of the inner child:
"In every adult there lurks a child- an eternal child, something that is always becoming, is never completed, and calls for unceasing care, attention, and education. That is the part of the human personality which wants to develop and become whole."
It is the inner child that gets hurts and injured and lost, along the way, though neglect, abuse and violation. In many sense what we do as homeopaths is aid our clients to search out the wounds of the child and bring them to awareness. We are asking them to look at and relate to us traumatic events, griefs and wounds from their past. As they do this we can then mirror the injury with a remedy and facilitate them in their healing process.
PART NUMBER ONE
When I was researching the remedy Thea, I wrote tothe Tea Council in London and they sent me a publicity pack. It contained a series of pictures. The first one was of a tea plantation, and the caption began" "Imagine beautiful green hills for as far as the eye can see..." Well, looking more closely I began to realisethat there werethings missing from the picture. It was very deceptive indeed. What was missing was old growth rain forest and habitats for species like the mountain gorila. It showed me ground cultivated to grow something that contains no nutrition, and the robs thesoil of its richness so that food crops wont grow well on it again. It showed me that there are mileafter mile of beautiful plants, which are related to the Camellia, which are never allowed to bloom and blossom, never allowed to come into their full potential. It showed me tress planted so closely together that their roots were twisted from lack of space. I saw tress unable to stretch out their arms.
I can see this remedy being about suppression of the creative child.
There is a whole series of proving sympstoms which I consider very interesting:
Fear of killing
Fear of killing herself
Fear she will kill her own child (the only black type in mind)
Sudden impulse/desire to throw her child into the fire
Suicidal disposition to thorw herself from window
Dreams of killing boys and girls
Pleasure waking from dreams of murder
Dreams about children being murdered
Sensation as if impelled:
to her baby in the boiler with the clothes
to cut its throat while cutting bread
throw it downstairs
This could be interpreted in lots of different ways; however, I FEEL THESE SYMPTOMS MAY BE EXPRESSION OF KILLING THE INNER CHILD. If this is the part of us that carries the memory of pain and hurt, then the desire to kill this part of ourselves will be very strong, especially in our society where we are discouraged from expressing pain.
Are we giving our inner child any throat space? If we dont allow them a share, then what happens? They start making demands to be heard. On a physical level it may become destructive, creating mouth ulcers, which burn and sting, tooth decay, necrosis of the bones, bitter taste in the mounth.
Here is a list of Thea symptoms that have to do with speech and communication skills:
Conversation, aversion to
Speaks in rhymes
Hoarseness of voice
As if a foraing body were in the throat
Rush of thoughts
Mind: Delirium with ecstasy, laughed incessantly, talked in rhyme.
Imagine a formal afternoon tea party. Everyone is on their second cup of tea and being extremely polite, and well mannered. Hold this image in your mind while you read the following list of some of the mental symptoms of Thea:
Disposition to quarrel at the most harmless speech
Great nervous excitability with exaltation of intellectual faculties
Nervousness with want of confidence
Peevish and ill-humoured
Fear of losing control
Aversion to everything
Aversion to conversation
There is a nice set of symptoms that reveal the contradictory nature of this remedy. One might call them compensatory symptoms:
Witty/Confidende, want of self
Loquacity/Consersation aversion to
Eccentricity/Fear of losing control
Ecstasy, amorous/Aversion to everything
Cheerful, happy/Morose and cross
Vivacious/Fear of death
Strengh, increased mental/word, aversion mental
Ideas abundant/Aversion to thinking
Sense of muscular strengh/Weakness, enervation
Thea is a cold remedy. The passion and fire very subdued. It has all sorts of cold sensations:
Cold dump feeling at back of head
Cold perspiration while lying down and when vomiting
Fever with hands and face as marble, and bedewed with clammy moisture
Better from heat and hot baths
Better external warmth (applying hand or clothes in occiput)
External numbness (loss of feeling out of body)
An indication of how uncentered they are:
Tendency to faint
Ason the verge offainting
Gone faint feeling
Sickness in pregnancy (more likely to be <>from beer
Susceptibility to hernia
Constipation (said to be anal retentive people)
Awoke suddenly as from a struggle of incubus
Suicidal thoughts at night
During the sleepless nights the mind is in a most active state
Persistent thinking in spite of all attemps of forgetfulness
Horrible dreams of murdering people which caused no horror
Wakes from dreams of murdering with feeling of pleasure
Gets pleasure for a long time inthe hideous remembering
Delusion on waking, they are dragged from the lowest abyss
As if a weight of a sheet on the feet crush the toes
This last symptoms reminds me of the tree roots not being allowed to grow properly, with its cramped roots, preventing the child from moving forward.
All tea addicts who have tried to withdraw from tea will recognise this excessively disgreeablesick headache!
Congestion or constriction of entire head
Shooting in temples, with a constriction over whole of the head
Pulsation in vertex
Sick stomach goes to the head
Neuralgic pains in nape of neck like a flat iron between skin and the skull, passing over the whole of the cranium to forehead region.
Thirst but every mouthful of cold water goes to the brain like a schock
Throbbing shooting in temples extending to the nose,with great acuteness of smell
Scalp so tender can hardly comb hair
Eyes bright and dilated
Neuralgia pain can be so bad that it extends into cartilages of the ears, and into the eyes with icy coldness
All sorts of funny things with their hearing:
Roaring in the ear
Think they hear bells ringing
Think they hear the doorbell ringing
to be continued...
Reference: Melissa Assilem "The Mad Hatter's Tea Party"