|Sid Vicious , by s76fitz , Flickr.com|
This is the story of a sweet, goofy and shy boy, named John Simon Ritchie.
Before you think that I’ve got my posts mixed up, let me reassure you: yes, I’m writing about Sid Vicious - member of the Sex Pistols, and one of the most infamous punk rockers of all times!
Born in South London, in 1957 to military parents, his mother with RAF and his father a guardsman at Buckingham Palace, who also played trombone in London Jazz clubs.
By the time Ritchie was 2 years old, his father had abandoned the family, and his mother was struggling for financial support, often having to move to find temporary work. At some point, in an attempt to solve her housing problem, she claimed to be a heroin addict so that they would get priority for social housing. Living amongst heroin addicts, she soon became one too.
It was in 1973 London punk scene that Ritchie and John Lyndon ( best known as Johnny Rotten) first met, and Ritchie changed his name to Sid Vicious, after Lyndon’s hamster called Sid.
And just like Lyndon’s hamster otherwise known for his tame and docile character, all the sudden turning vicious and biting Ritchie’s finger; so this otherwise shy boy, a fan of David Bowie, and interesting clothes, turned into: Sid Vicious!
The pair squatted together and sang Alice Cooper to the tune of Sid Vicious tambourine, this proved to be a mix success as people paid just to get them to stop.
Sid Vicious liked Vivienne Westwood clothes, and was often seen at her shop: SEX, where some claim he probably did more shoplifting than buying.
A fan of the Sex Pistols, he was always at their gigs, and when their bass player Glen Matlock left, he was a natural replacement.
For some he was a dedicated musician who could learn quickly, and would never give up, for others someone who couldn’t play to save his life.
In one thing all who’ve seen him on stage seem to agree: Sid Vicious was, and still is to this day, the charisma, and the attitude of Punk Rock.
A drug user, of mostly amphetamine sulphate, and speed, he would go on stage, with his bare chest and arms slashed, words such as: “Give me a Fix” carved in his flesh, purple nail polish, and a chain and padlock, to which he’d lost the key, around his neck.
He often abused his audience, verbally and physically, but they loved him for that…moving in the room to whatever side of the stage Sid happened to be, just to be closer to him.
Sid Vicious, did not become an heroin addict until he met his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, an American Sex Pistols groupie, who had been a heroin addict since 14 years old.
Soon Sid, Nancy and heroin became an inseparable trio.
After a turbulent few months with the band’s manager trying to get him to kick the habit, and even attempting to have Nancy kidnapped and sent back to America, Sid left the band and started a solo career with Nancy Spungen as his manager.
Within less than a year they were both death. Nancy found murdered in the room they shared at the infamous Chelsea Hotel in New York, Sid unable to recall what happened, but hounded by the thought that he might had been the one plunging his knife into his lover’s stomach.
Soon after he hooked up with another girl, Michele Robinson, and continued his descent into a path of no return, drug taking, drinking and getting involved in fights at his own gigs, he was eventually arrested and charged with Nancy’s death.
Whilst in jail, he was deprived of heroin, ridden with remorse for a crime he didn’t know if he’d committed or not, and grieving for Nancy, he was repeatedly assaulted and raped.
Fifty five days later he was released on bail. His new girlfriend and his mum organized a small party to welcome him home. At this party he overdosed on heroin but refused to go to hospital afraid of being taken back to jail. Seemly recovered, he went to bed never to wake up again. On his jacket’s pocket a suicide note telling his mother that he and Nancy had a suicide pact, and that he wished to be buried next to her.
He didn’t get his last wish, as his mum only find the note after he had been cremated, but his ashes were scattered over Nancy’s grave at the Jewish cemetery where she is buried.
A tale of two lovers who loved each other to the bitter end, but destroyed each other in the process.
Sid Vicious remedy is Sulphuric Acid:
Highly corrosive and extremely dangerous, it was popular in 19th and early 20th Century medicine, in diluted form: known as Elixir of Vitriol, and used to treat lead poisoning, and some stomach complaints.
As a homeopathic potency this remedy has been used to treat patients whose personality alternates between complete dejection and sardonic disposition. The patient feels that everything must be done in a hurry, eventually leading to a state of total apathy.
This remedy has been used in advanced alcoholic states.
People who can benefit from this remedy give great importance to their love life, and they tend to form relationships where it’s all or nothing. Although they can be very loving and caring to their partners they can also be cynical and sarcastic, especially if they feel they are not being loved back with the same intensity.
They are fiery people, who can descend into fractious icy cold states where everything becomes disappointing and pointless. They lack consistency in what they do as they cannot keep up their intensity without suffering from burnt out.
Physically they can suffer from an internal tremor sensation all over their body, without an external cause. A sensation as if a lump in throat. Many blurred vision symptoms and hearing distortions.
Little is known about Sid Vicious physical condition, apart from a stay in hospital due to jaundice: a liver condition that causes yellowing of the skin.
At a psychological level it is however easier to understand how well the characteristics of this remedy fit his controversial, short, and tormented, but inspired existence.
By the Undercover Homeopath
Wednesday, 8 August 2012
Sunday, 29 July 2012
Bob Dylan painting (photoshop), by thesadpencil
Bob Dylan is his artistic name, born in 1941 to the Zimmerman, an American/Jewish family, he became famous in the sixties for his Country/Folk songs.
His lyrics quickly become a makeshift flag for civil liberty causes, and many saw Dylan has a mouthpiece for the oppressed.
Under lyrics such as "Blowin in the wind", "Times are a-changin", entire generations have rebelled against the establishment and fought for human rights, better conditions, social justice.
Yet no one has been such a reluctant a leader as Bob Dylan: shrugging his shoulders he prefers to warn us against "false prophets".
In 1965 Bob caught controversy when he introduced electric guitar to his performance, making a transition from Folk to Rock with his song “Like a rolling stone”. The audience booed him, someone cried out: Judas; he retorted by telling his band: "Play it f**ng loud!".
Today the song remains a milestone in the history of Rock&Roll, it has been covered by many, and is the name of one of the most famous bands of all times: The Rolling stones.
Dylan's homeopathic remedy is Heroin:
Heroin can be taken orally, smoked, inhaled, or injected.
Heroin is an artificially made drug derived from Opium. It was initially produced and prescribed to combat the effects of Morphine addiction.
Heroin is an artificially made drug derived from Opium. It was initially produced and prescribed to combat the effects of Morphine addiction.
It is considered one of the dirtiest drugs, especially in injected form, and a working class drug.
Many users make a progression from Oxycontin, a prescription painkiller to Heroin when they can’t find a supply. Most become regular Heroin users this way, as the powerful effect of the Heroin rush makes it difficult to revert back to prescription drugs.
In medicine it's used as a painkiller, a vasoconstrictor, and a sedative in terminal conditions with severe pain. It has also been used as pain management for cardiac arrest and pos-cesarean section.
Physical symptoms of recreational use include constricted pupils, constipation, slurred speech, runny nose, collapsed veins, and scarring at the entry point of the needle: known as “tracks“.
Heroin used in recreation causes both a sense of euphoria and blissful relaxation difficult to be matched by other drugs.
It can cause cardiovascular and respiratory symptoms which if not quickly treated with the injection of anti-opiate, can result in death.
At a psychological level, Heroin brings a sense of protection, love, and warmth: a temporary return to the mother’s womb.
Heroin addicts try to get back to this feeling as often as they can. People who are susceptible to become Heroin addicts are normally people who have been through great emotional trauma, who are very sensitive and get easily hurt. They also tend to have a greater spiritual dimension then most.
Heroin addicts try to get back to this feeling as often as they can. People who are susceptible to become Heroin addicts are normally people who have been through great emotional trauma, who are very sensitive and get easily hurt. They also tend to have a greater spiritual dimension then most.
The drug seems to provide users, at least temporarily, with respite, solace for their emotional wounds, and lack of social support, with many practising retractism and refusing to engage in society according to pre-established models.
Once addicted they become deceivers, going to any lengths in order to obtain the drug, but there is still a child like innocence about them.
They are not arrogant or aggressive people, but tend to humble themselves, their ego dissolved through the drug use and a need for transcendence, where emotion and physical pain can be redeemed, at least while the fix lasts.
Users can appear flaky and tend to avoid social commitment of any kind: feeling that cannot support others, but rather need support themselves.
Dylan has been a self confessed Heroin user at some point in his life, and he has psychological and physical characteristics that point to the symptoms of this.
Nevertheless, he is an inspired individual who has been able to use this personality characteristics to the benefit of many, through his music, his poetry, his art, and his political stance.
Characteristically he does all of this not out of an imposing ego but out of humility, not thinking much of himself or of what he does.
He has been recently awarded the Medal of Freedom by Barac Obama, and compared to the greatest composers, poets and philosophers of all times.
He doesn’t advertise himself in this way, and refuses to be seduced by this apparent reverence that some bestow on him.
By the Undercover Homeopath
Tuesday, 29 May 2012
Rod Stewart, singer, musician, songwriter, football player, railway model maker…
His trademark is his husky voice, and his bleached mane. Tall and slim, he exudes dynamism. He is also known for his self-deprecating sense of humour.
Some call him romantic, sexy, cheesy, cheeky, even cocky…
He has been through several long term relationships and fathered eight children by five different women.
Born in North London during the World War II, just after a V-2 missile hit the nearby police station, he is the youngest of five children after an eight years gap, and he admits to a “fantastically happy childhood” being slightly spoiled by his family.
Stewart's family is a mixed Scottish and English background.
His hobby was railway modelling started as a child and it has been a life long passion: he has two complete layouts of famous railroads at his US and UK homes.
He started playing music at young age, and left school without great achievements.
As a teenager he was shy and nervous on stage, but confident with the girls.
He enjoyed drinking, listening to R&B and playing the harmonica. He also had a fear of death which he overcame by taking first a job at the local cemetery as a grave digger and later at a funeral parlour.
He played professional football briefly, but the fact that it forced him to get up too early, preventing him from drinking and forcing him to do menial tasks such as cleaning the boots of the senior team, put him off a long term career– that and the fact that it made him ill, sometimes vomiting during training.
But he’s still passionate about football which he plays once a week to keep fit.
Since his recovery from thyroid cancer in 2000 he became a campaigner for various cancer charities.
He had to re-train as a singer as his raspy voice was affected by the surgery, but he's come up stronger, and even more determine to keep himself healthy by following a routine of healthy eating and regular exercise, trying to avoid heart disease, a trend on his paternal family.
"Well, a musician's life is a lot easier and I can also get drunk and make music, and I can't do that and play football. I plumped for music ... They're the only two things I can do actually: play football and sing." “I'm a rock star because I couldn't be a soccer star.”
“I want to go out at the top, but the secret is knowing when you're at the top, it's so difficult in this business, your career fluctuates all the time, up and down, like a pair of trousers.”
“I've had tremendous success ... I'm very lucky,”
A show is like having a climax. It's like having an incredible, natural climax. And then suddenly it's all finished, and you don't know what to do next.”
“I am always crazy for hot women. I am like a rabbit. I could do it anytime, anywhere.”
“I wish that I knew what I know now, when I was younger. I wish that I knew what I know now, when I was stronger”
“What I do now is all my dad's fault, because he bought me a guitar as a boy, for no apparent reason.”
“How can my son not be straight after all I've said and done for him?”
“If the father is not straight, neither will be the son.”
Playing by the rules
“Only a fool permits the letter of the law to override the spirit in the heart. Do not let a piece of paper stand in the way of true love and headlines.”
“I left it this long because I wanted to get it right this time”
“Instead of getting married again, I'm going to find a woman I don't like and just give her a house”
“I've never been more in love with anyone nearly half my age than I am today. I'd get married in a minute if I weren't still married to somebody else.”
On being diagnosed with thyroid cancer: “I was in disbelief... I play a lot of soccer, I keep fit. This doesn't happen to me. Like most people, they think it won't happen to them.”
“I started singing in the bathroom... Nothing was coming out. It was ghastly.”
"I work like a dog to look like this. There's no easy option. I'm obsessed with my health. I love my life and want to live as long as I possibly can so I do whatever it takes. I eat right, I exercise, I'm a total fanatic and pretty much a germo-phobe.”
Rod Stewart’s homeopathic remedy is Iodum:
Iodum in homeopathic potency is used where there is a thyroid imbalanced whether overactive or under active, thyroid cancer, fast metabolic rate leading to malabsorption muscle wasting and thinness, laryngitis, chronic voice ailments such as a husky voice or voice loss, and various heart conditions such as palpitations, hypertrophy, a sensation of chest constriction and so on.
Although there are a few Iodum patients with a slow metabolism and a tendency to obesity the majority tend to be light weight, sometimes even emaciated although overeating – but this doesn’t protect them against cardiovascular diseases like everyone else.
On a psychological level the Iodum personality type tends to be hyperactive: they are compelled to do too much, they enjoy running. They have an overactive mind with an over concern about forgetting they tasks - they make mental notes. Another dominant keynote is their desire for change: change to their environment, job, relationships, they tire easily of routine and predictability, they excitement in their lives.
They have a great sense of humour and are able to laugh at themselves, but they can also be oversensitive when others make fun of them. They are not known for their patience, they can become easily irritable.
Stewart's focus is and has always been on the heart: on his songs, on his sexual relationships, on his concerns about a possibility of inherited heart disease.
He has also demonstrated his desire for change many times, both in his career: he played with many bands; his relationships breakups; his wandering spirit ( when younger he was even arrested in Spain charged with vagrancy). His passion for fast cars and for railway modelling another expression of this desire to wonder.
On a physical level the characteristics of Iodum are also apparent in his tall and slender frame and on the characteristic rough voice, even on the ailments that are throat centred.
By the Undercover Homeopath
Tuesday, 1 May 2012
What makes Johnny Depp instantly recognisable in any one of his characters and at the same so different and unique?
Depp didn’t have formal training in drama before becoming an actor. In fact in had very few academic qualifications when he left high school at 15 to form his own band. He was fascinated by music and was given a guitar at the age of 12 years old - within a year he had mastered it on his own, and start playing his first gigs. And still plays: he is a musician as well as an actor and producer.
He learnt to tap into his subconscious and to manifest his characters out of his personal experiences.
He is also very well read, and I sense that he has tailored his own education according to his needs not from the generalised academic model that it is imposed on most of us.
Johnny has found life tough, at times almost unbearable, as a child and a teenager. His parents moved continuously, he had no time to adapt or to make himself feel at home before they were on the move again. There was also domestic violence as their relationship broke down and eventually his dad left.
Depp was a wild child and a challenging teenager. He self-harmed carving his own skin on occasions when the stress of family life was too much to bear; in his own admission he took every drug there was, and he shoplifted frequently with his friends. One of the things he took was a cords book from a music shop - with it he taught himself how to play the guitar.
He is shy, he hates having his photo taken, and finds his fans’ attention intrusive at times. He is extremely protective of his family. He is a self-confessed romantic, and although he had several relationship breakdowns he now has a close knit family life in France, with Vanessa Paradis, the mother of his children.
He has expressed strong views about America and its consumerism mentality, but he has often been forced to apologise and to justify his opinions.
He complains the media takes his statements out of context - and yet I get the feeling that there is indeed a very irreverent side to him…perhaps is his Red-Indian blood ancestry calling for justice. Depp’s grandmother was either from a Creek or a Cherokee tribe, and he has made many references to this blood connection, and recently played a tribe man: Tonto.
On a recent interview when asked if like his late friend the writer Hunter S. Thompson, he would also like to have his remains shot by a large cannon into the atmosphere, he joked that he would rather have then shot at one eye of the statue of Liberty.
Depp like most Hollywood actors has made a large amount of money which he has used to surround himself and his young family with privacy: he bought a private island, and he has also employed a team of heavy handed bodyguards. He's reacted violently when provoked by paparazzi and has been briefly arrested a couple of times.
His appearance and personal style is unkempt, well warn but much loved jeans and boots, and long hair - he plays with it when his not comfortable with the excessive applause and screaming from his fans. He has admitted that the long hair works like a curtain allowing himself not to be seen when it all gets too much. He also has a versatile collection of hats and other head gear. Oh and several tattoos, some meaningful like the Indian head in honour of his grandmother, and Betty Sue - his mother's name. Other seem to be a bit of hit and miss, like Wino Forever which used to read Winona Forever when he was engaged to Winona Ryder but that latter he decided that he preferred to call himself a wino even thought that he isn't than to have her name forever grafted on his skin...there is also a number 3 on his hand, done by a friend while he was asleep for no apparent reason.
When he is acting, he metamorphes with the character, they become one. He has spoken of channelling his characters, he has also mentioned entering parallel realities, he has described his way of acting as a form of schizophrenia.
His first significant role was Edward Scissorhands and since then he has treated us to a kaleidoscope of ever changing aspects of himself
Normally I distinguish between the actor’s own personality and the characters they play, but in Depp’s case, he has made it clear that this distinction doesn’t exist, and that the characters he plays are all different aspects of himself.
In all his roles no matter how diverse they are we are constantly treated to a touch of eccentricity and geniality, threatened by a sense of impending danger, danger that his character twittering on the edge between insanity and normality might end up loosing it completely, might become a mass murder, might coalesce out of the silver screen to get us…
Johnny Depp Talking about…
“I can remember my parents fighting and us kids wondering who was going to go with whom if they got divorced.”
“We moved like gypsies. From the time I was five until my teens we lived in 30 or 40 different houses. That probably has a lot to do with my transient life now. But it's how I was raised so I thought there was nothing abnormal about it. Wherever the family is, that's home.”
“I grew up feeling like an obtuse piece of machinery. I hung around with bad crowds. We used to break and enter places. We'd break into the school and destroy a room or something. I used to steal things from stores.
I started smoking at 12, lost my virginity at 13 and did every kind of drug there was by 14. Pretty much any drug you can name, I've done it. I wouldn't say I was bad or malicious, I was just curious.”
“I remember carving my initials on my arm and I've scarred myself from time to time since then. In a way your body is a journal and the scars are sort of entries in it.”
“As a teenager I was so insecure. I was the type of guy that never fitted in because he never dared to choose. I was convinced I had absolutely no talent at all. For nothing. And that thought took away all my ambition, too.”
Becoming a father
“Anything I've done up till 27 May, 1999 was kind of an illusion, existing without living. My daughter, the birth of my daughter, gave me life.”
“Having kids was a huge change for me. Becoming a father. But I think more than changing, I feel like I've been revealed to myself, I kind of found out who I was. When you meet your child for the first time and you're looking at this angel, you start realizing what an idiot you've been for so many years and how much time you've wasted. “
The pressure of being in the public eye
“You use your money to buy privacy because during most of your life you aren't allowed to be normal.”
“The only gossip I'm interested in is things from the Weekly World News - 'Woman's bra bursts, 11 injured.' That kind of thing.”
“This is a rumor-filled society and if people want to sit around and talk about whom I've dated, then I'd say they have a lot of spare time and should consider other topics... or masturbation.”
“If there's anything I really want, it's privacy. You do get to where your money can help your family, and that's a great thing. You can buy that wristwatch you want, too. But mostly you now have to pay for simplicity. You use your money to buy privacy because during most of your life you aren't allowed to be normal. You're on display, always looked at, which puts you at a disadvantage for the people looking at you know that it's you. They say, "It's you!" But you don't know them. That's bad for an actor because the most important thing you can do is observe people. And now you can't because you're the one being observed.”
“I don't pretend to be captain weird. I just do what I do.”
“With any part you play, there is a certain amount of yourself in it. There has to be, otherwise it's just not acting. It's lying.”
“The character I've played, that I've responded to, there has been a lost-soul quality to them.”
“The term "serious actor" is kind of an oxymoron, isn't it? Like "Republican party" or "aeroplane food".”
“On a film you start to get closer and closer with the people you're working with, and it becomes like this circus act or this travelling family.”
On being dragged behind a carriage in the woods on "Sleepy Hollow" (1999): “I wasn't afraid of getting hurt. I was just afraid that the horses may relieve themselves on the journey.”
“Sure, I find it touching, honestly, but awards are not as important to me as when I meet a ten-year-old kid who says, "I love Captain Jack Sparrow" . . . that's real magic for me.”
“I think it's an actor's responsibility to change every time. Not only for himself and the people he's working with, but for the audience. If you just go out and deliver the same dish every time . . . it's meat loaf again . . . you'd get bored. I'd get bored.”
“I got sick. I went to see dailies on Nightmare on Elm Street. I was 21, and didn't know what was going on. It was like looking in a huge mirror. It wasn't how I looked that bothered me, though I did look like a geek in that movie. It was seeing myself up there pretending.”
“The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.”
“These are the most important people in my life. You know, I would die for these people. If someone were to harm my family or a friend or somebody I love - I would eat them. I might end up in jail for 500 years - but I would eat them.”
“As far as being feet-on-the-ground, once again my kids and my girlfriend (Vanessa Paradis) have given me a proper foundation. A sense of home that I never had in my life, a real sense of a place to be.”
“I pray on aeroplanes. I get instant religion during takeoff, then when we're safely in the air I sit there thinking about the fact that any little thing that goes wrong could send us crashing to the ground.”
"I'm not sure I could give up pork. Steak, OK. Maybe hamburgers. But nothing in the world can make me stop eating swine. I mean, I had a great-grandmother, Mimmy, who ate the greasiest food you ever saw and chewed tobacco till the day she died, and she lived to be 102."
Trying to define who he is
“Am I a romantic? I've seen Wuthering Heights (1939) ten times. I'm a romantic.”
When asked by James Lipton on "Inside the Actors Studio" what attracts him to funny hats: “I don't know, maybe I just read too much Dr Seuss as a kid.”
“I'm shy, paranoid, whatever word you want to use. I hate fame. I've done everything I can to avoid it.”
“I loved playing "Edward Scissorhands" (1990) because there's nothing cynical, jaded or impure about him. It's almost a letdown to look in the mirror and realise I'm not Edward.”
“There's a drive in me that won't allow me to do certain things that are easy. I can weigh all the options, but there's always one thing that goes: "Johnny, this is the one."
And it's always the most difficult - it's always the one that will cause the most trouble.”
Plans for the future
“I'm an old-fashioned guy . . . I want to be an old man with a beer belly sitting on a porch, looking at a lake or something.”
“I suppose nowadays it's all a question of surgery, isn't it? Of course the notion is beautiful, the idea of staying a boy and a child forever, and I think you can. I have known plenty of people who, in their later years, had the energy of children and the kind of curiosity and fascination with things like little children. I think we can keep that, and I think it's important to keep that part of staying young. But I also think it's great fun growing old.”
“If you turn on the television and see the horrors that are happening to people in the world right now, I think there's no better time to strive to have some kind of hope through imagination. I think it's a time to close your eyes and try to make a change, or at least hope to make a change, or we're going to explode.”
Breathing, the rhythm of life:
“My sister Christi had a baby when I was 17, and I had just heard about crib death. The horrible thing was that it wasn't understood. For some unknown reason the baby would stop breathing. So I would sneak into where the baby was sleeping and put my hand in her crib, hold her little finger, and I'd sleep on the floor like that. It was stupid, I'm sure. But I thought the warmth of my hand might help, that maybe if she felt my pulse it would remind her to breathe.”
On an interview in “Inside actors” he was asked what turns him on, he replied: “Breathing”.
He has also mentioned spending time living with Romanian Gypsies when he was researching for his movie “Chocolate”, and how they taught him the value of every breath, every minute, every moment in life.
“There's nothing - you know - nothing else like music. Nothing that touches us on that, uh, that deep level. Music can open up so many emotions that we didn't know we had. It's the magical thing about musicals, you know, on the stage or on film or whatever. Love songs. They work so well because music touches us, emotionally, where words alone can't.”
The separate sections of an individual
Depp explained that the lines of paint on his Lone Ranger character Tonto. The Native American’s face looked to him like a cross-section of the man’s emotional life. “There’s this very wise quarter, a very tortured and hurt section, an angry and rageful section, and a very understanding and unique side. I saw these parts, almost like dissecting a brain, these slivers of the individual.”
Johnny Depp's Homeopathic remedy is Anhalonium Lewiini
Peyote cactus by Uri Tear, flickr.com
Anhalonium also known as Peyote is a cactus without spines, native of Mexico and widely in Shamanic initiate rituals both in Mexico and in North America.
The ritual involves a group of tribe men guided by their Shaman, also known as “Roadman” who leads the “Peyote hunt”.
In order to go on this journey the participants are first requested to go through a strict program of purification both physical and spiritual. They act as a group and the welfare of each member is essential if the group is to succeed in their quest.
Mescaline, the active hallucinogenic ingredient in peyote, promotes a sense of fellowship that even those left at home, normally the women, are requested to observe the same purification rituals and to abstain from certain foods in order to share the experience of those on the journey.
Peyote was widely experimented with by the intellectual and artistic circles of the late 19th and early 20th century, and there are some very interesting narratives about their experiences. Antonin Artaud has given as a good account of his experience with Mescaline in: “the peyote dance”.
Walt Disney wanting to put into film his experiences with Peyote - gave us “Fantasia.”
It has similar visual hallucinations to LSD although some experts claim that LSD is more cerebral and Anhalonium is more hearty and earthy.
In the homeopathic potency this remedy is heart centred but it has also a strong action upon the nervous system.
The intake of material substance either through eating the Peyote buttons or by drinking the decoction induces synaesthesia (sounds are perceived as colours), two dimensional pictures appear to be three dimensional objects and they also appear to be framed on a halo of blue light. On looking away the objects previously looked at appear to follow leaving a beautiful trail of colour of red and green colours behind them.
There is a sensation of floating in the air, and extreme sensitivity to music as if one could be carried by a musical note.
There can be a great heart expansion, a feel of heart opening and of emotionally and spirituality merging with others.
Some mystics have compared this experience to religious ecstasy, and have called Peyote nature’s incarnation of Christ for establishing a connection between nature and the spitirual world.
After taking this drug it doesn’t seem to be a “come down” as with most other hallucinogenic just a great sense of lightness, of enlightenment and peace - as if he user has spread out through the universe.
For the full effect of Peyote to be felt the user has to be in perfect health so unlike with most drugs which seem to work strongly on a weaker system binding themselves to the users nervous system and causing habituation, Peyote doesn’t cause addiction: the user doesn’t feel a need to repeat the experience.
There are however cases where the drug has caused personality fragmentation and induced schizophrenia, particularly catatonic schizophrenia and hebephrenic schizophrenia.
The homeopathic Anhalonium has therefore been used to treat psychosis where there is a sense of separation from reality, a strong awareness of living in parallel realities at once, a loss of spatial and/or time awareness, as well as in shut down psychological states such as catatonia have been the main theme.
It is also a remedy used to treat migraines and headaches where there are visual disturbances consistent with colourful hallucinations experienced by the use of Peyote.
Anhalonium is also one of the remedies used in the treatment of certain forms of myopia and of astigmatism. Also an important remedy for some cardiac and respiratory symptoms.
Johnny Depp is Hollywood’s Roadman:
Leading us through a journey of colourful characters in a kaleidoscopic succession of multiple realities, revealing a very deep and very rich collective subconscious, helping us to integrate our own experiences within this discovery process. A collective journey that I hope he will lead for a long time, as there are a lot more of his creative genius and deep buried subconscious that needs to surface in order to be healed.
By the Undercover Homeopath
Sunday, 22 April 2012
|Jessie J "Mamma knows best" by Jizzy30, Flickr.com|
British Hip-Hop singer Jessie J has been described as a manic persona with a monster voice, and full of confidence.
Her musical style has been as a personal identity crisis.
Ailbhe Malone of the music magazine NME commented on her latest album: "This is an album of singles for other artists. There’s Rihanna Jessie (‘Do It Like a Dud’), Perry Jessie (‘Abracadabra’), Pixie Jessie (‘Mamma Knows Best’), Ellie Jessie ('Big White Room')."
She is one of the coaches in the BBC program “The Voice UK”, and although she’s just starting, she’s already been tipped off for a long and successful career, both as a song writer and as a singer.
Her personal life has been fraught with illness.
At 11 years she was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat which granted her a lot of invasive medical attention and frequent hospitalisations.
At 18 years old she suffered a stroke. She’s always suffered from panic attacks, and she had one recently while performing a gig in the dark.
She has a peculiar body language both on stage and on her videos, with some ritualised hand movements, and a strange dance routine. She appears to be disconnected from the reality at times.
Last year she fell off the stage, breaking an ankle and causing severe tendon damage to her left foot. Her recovery from this injury was a lot slower than expect and complicated by the onset of arthritis.
Although tall and slim, Jessie J has a big appetite, and she commiserated about not being able to do exercise when she had her foot in plaster but still wanting to eat a kebab. She requires lots of sweets, salt and vinegar crisps, and spicy and takeaway foods while recording "The Voice UK".
She tries to keep herself healthy, by staying off drugs and alcohol.
Some of her quotes:
“I did a gig recently and had a panic attack on stage. The night was called 'Black Out' and I had to perform in the dark. I asked them to turn on the lights and they didn't. I was onstage in pitch black and, because I couldn't see anything, I started to panic. It was awful.”
“At 11 I was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat. I had wires put in my shoulder, groin and heart to try and zap it to a normal rhythm, but it didn't really work. Then, at 18, I suffered a minor stroke. It was scary, but I'm fine now. Having bad health has made me realize I can't take anything for granted and I must look after my body.”
"Keep making nervous jokes with the doctor and he keeps looking at me blankly. Which is making me laugh even more. It's getting serious. I just took my nose stud out." (on surgery to her recent foot injury.)
(Tweeting after the surgery) "Can't keep tweeting. Still very dizzy and being sick. But I'm OK, I got through it.”
Jessie J says the album's title track, "Who You Are", is one of her proudest creations, she said the song is a "positive role model for young people" and "I always say that I'm half-artist, half-therapist".
“I'm a clean-living girl, I don't drink or smoke and would never do drugs. I used to get panic attacks really badly when I was younger. I don't like not being in control. I'm getting better though.”
“I've never denied it. Whoopie doo guys, yes, I've dated girls and I've dated boys - get over it. It's not a secret, but it's the only thing they can grab onto - they're like, 'She never drinks and she comes out of the party looking like she did when she went in, damn her!'
“I’m still in a daze, to be honest, because everything I look for I’m still looking in myself for.”
Jessie J homeopathic remedy is Cannabis Indica:
Cannabis, also known as Marijuana, has been used throughout the world for thousands of years. Firstly for spiritual and religious reasons to attain a connection to the lost world of spirituality and to commune with the gods.
Its medicinal properties were also known, and there are reports of its use from China, Greece, Egypt, Assyria, and India, some dating from 8,500 years ago.
Extensive medical research has been conducted on the active ingredients of this tropical plant: Tetrahydrocannabinols or THC’s. Studies have covered anorexia, arthritis, MS, glaucoma, anaesthesia and nausea.
Cannabis has also been used extensively around the world for recreational purposes, or what some would consider “personal research”… it’s known for promoting bonding between users, inducing euphoria, easy and uncontrollable laughing, dream like state, and heightened sensorial awareness, triggering also confused thoughts and memories.
After the initial “high” it causes extreme hunger, it can also cause dizziness and nausea.
In homeopathy Cannabis Indica can be prescribed in potency in order to treat delusions and out of the body experiences, painful conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS), cramps, dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation), arthritis, panic attacks, phobia of the dark, food cravings: particularly craving of sweets associated with hypoglycaemia.
Cannabis homeopathic remedy fits Jessie J very well both at the personality level with her easy bonding and friendly manner, disinhibited body language, and her openness towards her audience even in issues such as her sexuality.
Cannabis in potency is also one of the main remedies for some of Jessie’s physical symptoms such as the panic attacks, fear of the dark, arthritic pain and cramps in general, strokes, mental confusion and giggling, excessive appetite, uncontrollable speech, identity confusion, etc.
By the Undercover Homeopath
Sunday, 15 April 2012
PJ Harvey is an English singer and artist from the West Country.
Her characteristic style comes through in everything she does: in her lyrics, her music, her voice, in her sculptures, even in her hobby of jam and chutney making.
She has a truly unique style and she refuses to follow anyone else‘s. She doesn’t conform to any pre-established models: not even her own.
She is also very versatile, forever changing her own style both in fashion and in music. Although she writes a lot she prefers to start a fresh when collecting material for her albums rather than recycling previous prose as she feels her views often change.
And she doesn’t like to be defined by what she produces either. She resents the media for trying to constraint her into a set, fixed model of herself, based on the lyrics she writes.
She is deeply introspective person, who doesn’t reveal much of herself, and who can easily clam up on interviews if asked about her personal life, her believes and thoughts.
But she concedes that she is homely, she is the happiest around her family, and that one day she would like to have children too, if she finds the right partner.
She needs to make an impact in her environment, in order to make it her own. She sees her music and her sculpture as the means to re-shape her surroundings and to create a long lasting influence.
Her desire to influence and to create a deeply personable space extends also to gardening, and to the use of aromatherapy in order to recreate an environment where she can be comfortable and at home whilst on an recording studio or on tour.
PJ Harvey is extremely defensive when it comes to being associated with the lyrics she writes: she denies that they have anything to do with who she is, and yet she promotes them as a deep raw reality that she immerses herself and from which she resurfaces out of breath from the depths of her own subconscious bringing to the surface sinister and strange characters, deep emotions and confronting us with phantoms, and taboos that are part of the collective subconscious.
That’s why she provokes such strong feelings in some people. As she unleashes the worst and ugliest side of collective imaginary through her lyrics, bringing out a witches’ brew of sinister and tragic figures, and forcing us to confront our own shadows whether we like it or not.
PJ Harvey claims to sleep very little, about 4 hours a day, and to have very vivid dreams and she keeps a dreams journal.
Some of her quotes:
Dreams and Imagination:
“I have massive dreams, dream extravaganzas every night," announces Polly Jean Harvey. "It's very enjoyable. Sometimes they seem so real that I'm not really sure which is my real life. Is this my day life or my night life? I don't always know."
"I always think it's so sad that when we get older we tend to stop playing with our imagination like we do when we're young," she says. "When you're a child, you can make anything happen. You can make people happen, just conjure them out of thin air if you want someone to play with. I love dreaming because that's my child side just running rampant every night. It might be my subconscious trying to tell me something about myself or about other people. I think of the most incredulous things in my dreams and that's a very healthy thing to do if you're in a creative mode like I am. It's all part of keeping your imagination going."
Infancy and teenage years:
"I was more interested in working as hard as possible than in dating," she avers. "Other reasons were to do with where I lived, there really weren't that many people around. I looked like a boy until I was fourteen. I was a real tomboy. I was extremely shy. I still am. I thought of myself as very ugly and didn't have a lot of confidence at that kind of level. I didn't think anybody would want to date me. Having said that, I was extremely confident in other areas like the work I was doing because of the sheer amount of work I was putting into it."
Music, art and perfectionism:
"Music was a release," she recalls. "It was everything to me. It was both the physical and emotional side that I was lacking in other areas, and still is.
"Music is so much more moving, physically moving. I find that artwork involves too much intellectualising. I'd rather if it just affected me in a way that I don't really have control over than rationalising a painting or a piece of work. That's why I chose to do sculpture. It's more of a physical thing. It affects the space around you. It's a little bit closer to what music does."
"It's very confusing for me, this perfectionism of mine. Why is anybody like that? Why is anybody driven to choose a very hard way of expressing themselves? There are much easier ways. You're trying to make something that's perfect and that is impossible. You're trying to achieve the impossible the whole time which is not an easy way to go."
"I physically hate recording studios," she states "When I get to the studio, I immediately have to try and make it better in terms of lighting and making different smells and filling it with personal bits and materials. Different aromatherapy smells and oils, candles. Turning the lighting down. Recording studios are so anonymous and have had so much music made in them, different music, which I don't want in there when I'm in there. Rooms and old houses, they carry a certain sort of vibration with them. It's the same in studios. The music that has been made in them during the last ten or twenty years is still around in there. You want to clear the room if you want to get it ready to make your music.”
Synesthesia is the cross of over of two or more senses, it is a fairly rare ability and it is thought to occur when there are more nervous connections than usual in person‘s brain. The most common expression of this is synesthetes to see sounds as colours. In PJ’s case there seems to be an association between smell and colours, and smells as sounds which is more rare.
"Very often when I'm writing a song, I'll start off with nothing but a picture in my head. Smells are also important to me. A smell will evoke a feeling which I want to create or a colour. It's very much based on visual things and on my senses, sensations. I carry a lot of stuff with me wherever I go. Photographs, pictures, personal objects that I like, and smells. I take my smells everywhere with me. They're really important to me."
Running out of time:
"I want to be happy and I want to feel that I'm using my time here as well as I possibly can. That means working hard and playing hard and loving hard. Doing everything I can to the full. I'm very conscious of not wasting time. There just seems like so little time and so many things I'd love to do with my time here. I might get run over tomorrow. I'm a very impatient person."
"it's that combination of being quite elegant and funny and revolting, all at the same time, that appeals to me. I actually find wearing make-up like that, sort of smeared around, as extremely beautiful. Maybe that's just my twisted sense of beauty."
"that was kind of a mask. It was much more of a mask than I've ever had. I was very lost as a person, at that point. I had no sense of self left at all" about her image for the “To Bring You My Love” tour.
PJ Harvey Homeopathic remedy is Hyoscyamus Niger:
It is popularly known as Henbane, part of the Nightshade family, with narcotic and hallucinogenic properties, the active ingredients being atropine, hyoscyamine and scopolamine.
It combines muscle relaxant and anti-spasmodic properties, but it can produce both great excitement as well as profound relaxation and apathy.
It has been used as a “Truth Serum”, for “brainwashing”, sleeping draughts, and until more recently in sleeping pills, anti-allergy tablets, and in patches for motion sickness. It has also known to induce priaprism, and it has been used to treat passive forms of psychosis.
It has a long folkloric tradition, we known it was used in Neolithic rituals; the Vikings buried the seeds with their dead; it was associated with the rituals of passage between life and death in classic Greece, and old German tribes used to spike their beer giving it extra power.
During the Medieval period the plant was associated with witches rituals such as “intercourse with the devil“ when they used as an ointment to rub on their genitals.
It was also used in childbirth to inducing “twilight sleep” relieving the pain and inducing amnesia of the birthing experience, although the church strongly opposed to this claiming that women were supposed to suffer pain in order to give birth.
The homeopathic version of this drug, is used to treat insomnia, wild and vivid dreams and hallucinations, alternate states of rage and apathy, nervous tics, certain types of epilepsy, eye disturbances with by pupil dilation, sexual problems, and passive forms of psychosis.
Psychologically individuals who do well on Hyoscyamus have a jealous personality, have either extreme aversion to sex and to their own body if repressed, or in advance states of psychosis who have an excessive preoccupation with sex and a tendency to exposing their genitals, and even masturbate in public. They are suspicious people, who mistrust strangers, but require the constant company of their close circle of friends and family.
We can see that PJ Harvey lives in the psychological sphere of this remedy if just through her dreams and her creative process.
She has a clear awareness of the collective unconscious, and she can easily access parallel realities that she enters during sleep: light becomes darkness and fantastic creatures part ghosts part devils exist in a world of dreams.
Her comment about not knowing what is more real: her dreams or her awake phase is typical of Henbane’s induced “Twilight Sleep”. And so it is the feeling of wearing a mask, and that’s how Polly describes her transformational process when she worked on her “Love Is” tour.
The Hyoscyamus patient has a very pale face and dilated pupils and so has Harvey.
Some individuals can be extremely controlled censoring themselves and not allowing their subconscious to invade their daily lives. Being extremely sensitive to extra-sensorial energies around them that they can travel in between alternate and parallel realities, lose touch with their physical reality and blurring the line between madness and sanity.
Polly has found the right balance by allowing the controlled release of subconscious through her art rather than repressing these aspects of her psyche.
By the Undercover Homeopath
Monday, 2 April 2012
|Madonna by choupigloupi Flickr.com|
Madonna is the queen of pop music. She is a master at re-inventing herself, lending herself to so many different female personalities that it is sometimes hard to understand who she really is.
We’ve seen the virgin and the whore in her. Her style has always been revealing and sexually provocative whether wearing a white wedding dress and writhing on the floor in ecstasy or dressed in bondage gear, or having a three some.
One thing never changes - her desire to shock us by breaking the conventional imagine of the sexually submissive female persona.
Madonna’s voice has developed and matured over the years, initially it was a child like voice, she was once dubbed Minnie Mouse on Helium.
Her sexuality didn’t go through a progressive development, it just exploded in our faces explicit and unrepressed - we’ve seen her simulating sex with an angel, kissing other women, romping with several men at once, involved in sad-masochism scenes, and masturbating.
Madonna thrives on controversy, she has built her success on eroding sexual taboos: mixing them with religious imagery such as crucifixes, the stigmata, the Virgin, and so on. She has incurred the wrath of Vatican and of religious groups on several occasions.
Her latest album MDNA is already causing controversy both from its title: a clear reference to the drug also known as Ecstasy, and the sexually provocative video-clips - “girl gone wild” has been rated 18 certificate and banned from You Tube.
What inspired Madonna into a career merging music and sex in a way at times close to pornography?
Madonna lost her mother to cancer at the age of five. She has often spoken of the pain of not only losing her mum at such a young age but also of having to be a mother to her own siblings. Her father re-married but she never accepted her step-mother.
At school she was considered a wild child. Although possessed of a bright intellect and having good marks, she broke all boundaries and conventions - She used to do cartwheels and handstands during the breaks, hanged from monkey bars by her knees, and raised her skirt in class so that the boys could see her underwear - Forty years on and not much has changed - if you have watched Madonna’s Super Bowl 2012 half-time show you’ll know what I mean…
But she is extremely dedicated to her art: a perfectionist with the tenacity of a control freak, she makes sure that everything she does has her own imprint, and she doesn’t rest until the final product is perfect.
Throughout her life, pressure has made her stronger. Criticism has given her the driving edge to surpass even herself and to press on to greater success.
Despite the sexually promiscuous attitude she’s regal in all she does, arrogant and haughty in the way she relates the general public and the media, particularly to those who dare to cross her.
Her appearance, her poise, the way she has used her multiple talents as a singer, a film director, a writer, and an entrepreneur have all been designed meticulously with flawless perfection.
Although her critics have now started to use ageist comments in an attempt to put her down, they’ve only succeeded in highlighting her youthful looks and well toned body by any age standards.
Some of her most revealing quotes:
About losing her mother to cancer as a child:
“I remember feeling stronger than she was,”
“I was so little and yet I felt like she was the child.”
“There was so much left unsaid, so many untangled and unresolved emotions, of remorse, guilt, loss, anger, confusion. ... I saw my mother, looking very beautiful and lying as if she were asleep in an open casket. Then I noticed that my mother's mouth looked funny. It took me some time to realize that it had been sewn up. In that awful moment, I began to understand what I had lost forever. The final image of my mother, at once peaceful yet grotesque, haunts me today also.”
"lonely girl who was searching for something. I wasn't rebellious in a certain way. I cared about being good at something. I didn't shave my underarms and I didn't wear make-up like normal girls do. But I studied and I got good grades.... I wanted to be somebody."
"I think the biggest reason I was able to express myself and not be intimidated was by not having a mother, for example, mothers teach you manners. And I absolutely did not learn any of those rules and regulations."
About being forced by two men to perform oral sex at knife point:
"the episode was a taste of my weakness, it showed me that I still could not save myself in spite of all the strong-girl show. I could never forget it."
"I sometimes think I was born to live up to my name. How could I be anything else but what I am having been named Madonna? I would either have ended up a nun or this." Madonna means “my lady” in Italian, and it has religious connections with the Virgin Mary often referred to as madonna.
"I was surprised by how people reacted to "Like a Virgin" because when I did that song, to me, I was singing about how something made me feel a certain way—brand-new and fresh—and everyone interpreted it as 'I don't want to be a virgin anymore. F**k my brains out!' That's not what I sang at all. 'Like a Virgin' was always absolutely ambiguous."
"I know that I'm not the best singer and I know that I'm not the best dancer. But, I can f*****g push people's buttons and be as provocative as I want. The tour's goal is to break useless taboos."
"I love to work with the weirdos that no one knows about—the people who have raw talent and who are making music unlike anyone else out there. Music is the future of sound."
"I realised that I could go from being unmoulded clay, and over time and with the help of people, I could turn myself into something else. This tour is the reflection of that belief and it's as if saying to me 'Who are you girl?' Hence the name, its the new me."
"Why is it that people are willing to go and watch a movie about someone getting blown to bits for no reason at all, and nobody wants to see two girls kissing and two men snuggling?”
On playing “Evita“:
"This is the role I was born to play. I put everything of me into this because it was much more than a role in a movie. It was exhilarating and intimidating at the same time. And it was the farthest I've ever had to push myself creatively. At every level, I had a great education. And I am prouder of Evita than anything else I have done."
"The intensity of the scenes we have been shooting and the amount of emotional work and concentration needed to get through the day are so mentally and physically exhausting that I'm sure I will need to be institutionalized when its over."
“I had to be beaten up so many times by these little black girls before they would accept me and finally one day they whipped me with a rubber hose till I was like, lying on the ground crying. And then they just stopped doing it all of a sudden and let me be their friend, part of their group."
"I sing about shattering an image that you have of somebody, but I also sing about loving someone that wish you didn’t love. Because you know that you’re doomed, but you can’t stop yourself."
"We were all wounded in one way or another by [her mother’s death], and then we spent the rest of our lives reacting to it or dealing with it or trying to turn into something else. The anguish of losing my mom left me with a certain kind of loneliness and an incredible longing for something. If I hadn't had that emptiness, I wouldn't have been so driven. Her death had a lot to do with me saying—after I got over my heartache—I'm going to be really strong if I can't have my mother. I'm going to take care of myself."
She’s known to work through physical pain. Recently while suffering from a hamstring injury she went through a tight schedule of rehearsals for the Super Bowl half-time show, pressing on with a choreography of deep squats and cartwheels whilst singing a medley of some of her songs.
About being in charge:
"I may be dressing the typical bimbo, whatever, but I’m in charge. You know. I’m in charge of my fantasies. I put myself in these situations with men, you know, and people don’t think of me as a person who’s not in charge of my career or my life, okay. And isn’t that what feminism is all about, you know, equality for men and women? And aren’t I in charge of my life, doing the things I want to do? Making my own decisions?"
"I really saw myself as the quintessential Cinderella," Madonna comments on what was like living with her step-mother and her dad "I think that's when I really thought about how I wanted to do something else and get away from all that."
Madonna homeopathic remedy is Platina:
Platina is a precious metal, more valuable and rarer than gold. It was first discover in 1735 in South America by the Spanish. Initially deemed as worthless and used to make counterfeit coins, it soon became indispensable to modern technology as well as in the production of jewellery items.
It has a capacity to absorb and then realise both Oxygen and Hydrogen with explosive reactions. It can only be dissolved by Aqua-regia: a combination of Hydrochloric and Nitric Acids. It is used in exhaust pipe filters for ecologically friendly engines, in two radio-therapy compounds to combat cancer, and to produce two way mirrors: where it is possible for someone to observe others through a glass window that appears like a mirror.
What are the homeopathic characteristics of this remedy?
People who have a Platina emotional / psychological profile have an over-inflated ego. They are narcissists either with a high perception of themselves, believing they are more important than any one else, or through their sexual overdrive.
They have ailments from feeling neglected by others, and from sexual disappointment. They masturbate often several times a day, and they are in general sexually promiscuous in a way to pursue self-gratification and to try to release a sexual tension that they can never fully release: although they are able to multi-orgasm they don’t achieve the complete orgasm they crave for.
Their appearance is very important to them, they take great care on choosing their clothes, they tend to wear revealing and sexually appealing outfits.
Getting old is a very difficult experience for them, and Platina subjects tend to appear younger than they really are.
Their demeanour is haughty and arrogant - they are the type of people who consider themselves in a position of power - others should treat them as kings and queens, emperors and empresses. In order to maintain this status quo they become perfectionists, high achievers who feel at their best whilst under pressure. Their world revolves around them and no one else.
They can have the delusion that they are taller than anyone else, and that they are observing others from above - therefore they tend to look others down.
Female subjects can have the delusion that there is something crawling in their genitals.
It is possible that Madonna was pushed into the Platina psychological state due to having lost her mother at such an early age, but it is also possible that those were already characteristics of her personality.
She has an haughty queen like attitude, she is obsessed with perfection, she works better under pressure, and her imagine cannot be dissociated from the raunchy videos and her sexually explicit videos. She has used her sexual excesses to make herself a sex-symbol fully in control of her own life and her career whilst remaining aloof to the public.
While this kaleidoscopic display goes on, we learn that Madonna is also profoundly religious and even spiritual.
Initially a Roman Catholic she has used Christian iconography throughout her career. She has since the birth of her daughter Lourdes (a religious name) been dedicated to the Kabala in her attempts to understand the greater mysteries of life and creation, and she’s adopted the name Esther which means star.
Her manic sexual behaviour is only one side of the mirror - the side that Madge allows us to see in order to further her career; on the other side of the two way mirror there’s a teasing Madonna enjoying her own show and our reaction to her manipulative game of hide and seek.
By the Undercover Homeopath