It is amazing how many people are asking about the message of the corona epidemic. In forty years of practicing I never have experienced this question being asked so frequently and so sincerely. It feels like it is in the air, that this pandemic is special and that it really has to tell us something.
Let me try an answer from the point of view of healing.
When I deal with a patient with the intention of helping her/him heal, then I have to ask myself what is being expressed in the disease. Three aspects can give hints for an understanding:
- What needed healing in someone’s life before the illness began? What provided the soil on which a disease could grow? What got the patient out of balance and made him/her susceptible for the pathogen?
- What does the disease do with us, how does it affect us and what does it make us change in our lives? How do we react? Where does it guide us?
- What is the message of the main homeopathic remedies that are being used successfully?
Let us look into these three areas of the coronavirus pandemic.
1) What was the soil that the coronavirus grew in?
In the healing arts, we focus on the acute symptoms of a patient but we always include the time before the disease manifested itself. Often, the real problem shows itself there, and the disease can be understood as nature’s way to correct what went wrong before. On an individual level, we might for example get sick when we move out of alignment with our life’s purpose and the sickness brings us back on track. Epidemics and pandemics also have a message. In a pandemic we need to look at what was going on, indeed, going wrong on a global scale, before the outbreak. So, what might have been the problem before the onset of the spread of the coronavirus that required our attention?
In my understanding, the global problem before the outbreak of COVID-19 was climate change and species extinction. Well, this is not quite true as many solutions were available that would change the situation drastically. So the problem was not really climate change and species extinction, the real problem was a cumulative collective apathy, indifference and even denial of the global problems of climate change and species extinction. Billions of people seem to think, or act as if, these problems do not affect them, or that somebody else is supposed to do something about them. In the face of global warming and the ongoing loss of diversity of life, this is a completely inappropriate attitude. I would say it is a collective mental disease. As we were not willing to listen, as we were not getting the severity and urgency, Nature, Grandmother Earth, needed to say it louder. So she sent the coronavirus. Maybe it is a global wake-up call initiating us into the necessity to come together as a global community and to get active. All the suppressed fears needed to rise out of their subconscious prison in order to be held in our awareness, in order to make it clear what is at stake and in order to make us work together.
2) How do we react?
There are two different kind of reactions: an immediate reaction which is a symptom of the disease that needs healing, and a more gradual response which is a healing movement.
When its severity was clear, the immediate reaction to the pandemic was fear, a very appropriate reaction given what is at stake. Those of us who were overwhelmed by the fear reacted according to the individual structure of our psyche. Some of us went numb, others started racing and getting into all kinds of hurried activity, others simply denied it, the next one got angry and started blaming who or whatever. All these are very understandable but not helpful reactions. These reactions are part of the problem, they are part of what needs healing.
A little later we saw more grounded responses. People started to connect on the internet and by phone, started to communicate, to care for each other. Parallel to social distancing many people moved closer together, using all the methods modern technology can provide. We even came together to act unified globally, many nations cooperated, many politicians acted amazingly fast. In a short period of time things were possible that seemed impossible when we dealt with the global threat of climate change and environmental degradation.
We already can see two things: We can see what needed healing and we can see how the virus is guiding us to accomplish that.
– What needed healing is our apathy. The virus surely woke us up.
– What needed healing was our procrastination. The virus got us to act.
– What was needed was working together: In no time global cooperation was possible. Things got done even though there was so much that we did not know about the virus. This time there were no excuses like the call for more research before an action would be possible.
– What was needed was compassion, feeling with those who are suffering. The virus opened our hearts so we reached out to each other and are supporting each other.
3) What are the remedies effective in the present pandemic telling us?
I cannot go through each one of them here. However, daring to summarize I would say:
- The remedies teach us to integrate fear.
The strong fear reaction to the pandemic is not just caused by the virus; the virus also brings fear to the surface that was hiding in our subconscious. (If you have not, you may want to read my last newsletter as it deals exclusively with this topic: https://vancouverislandhomeopathy.com/being-seen/ ).
Fear comes from former painful experiences. When these traumatic experiences stay undigested, then we stay in a state of fear that something similar would come again.
- The remedies help us to deal with old traumatic experiences. As such they set a process of integration into motion in which fear can be held in our awareness and give way to grief which mostly is the final step of integration. In grief we can relax and then there is space for a future.
Compassion, feeling with and for each other, is a major quality needed if we are to tackle our global situation. We need to widen our hearts so that we resonate with the suffering of others, not only humans, but also with the tremendous suffering of the natural world. In this way the element Phosphorus and the homeopathic remedy made from it might be the answer to this viral, and vital, challenge. The remedy Phosphorus teaches us to feel, to feel our fears, but also to feel with each other. Phosphorus is the great teacher of compassion. For those of us who will have lived through the acute stages of this infection, Phosphorus might be the last step of integrating the experience and promoting the development of a mature compassion with all forms of life, including Grandmother Earth herself.
I believe that the message of the virus is an important one. Once we understand this, then we can work together with nature, together with the virus, and not against it. When we bow down to the wisdom that speaks to us through the virus and through the remedies that heal us, then we can move through life with less friction, and the pandemic will need less to hit us so forcefully on the outside.
Indeed, the real arena of our work is inside. Once, a bee told me: “It is only when you resist being touched on the inside, only when you close your ears towards the whisper of nature, that you have to be touched harder from the outside.”
Goethe, the greatest of the German poets, once wrote in a letter to his friend Eckermann: “What I love most is to communicate with nature because I know that she is always right and the error is always on my side.”
So beautiful, thank you Rolland
Thank you so much for your reflection on this world situation we are all facing.
I have been meditating with this question, trying to see what the greater message is for us all. I had asked, what has this situation brought out in us and what changes are coming about in order to respond to it. I so appreciate your knowledge to ask more questions to see more clearly what we are being called to do.
Everything you are saying makes so much sense. I was thinking also that we are being asked to be on our own more, in nature. This I find draws me even more deeply into relationship with nature. I am watching what I really need as my income is cut short and this brings me into what is most important and I am seeing my own strengths to respond to my challenges: not so reliant on others. I am thinking of what foods I can grow myself, and am loving my renewed connection with my plants as I have time to tend to them more. Yes, finding ways to reach out even more to family and those more vulnerable has been highlighted too. It has been so heartening to see communities, and the governments put compassion and LIFE first, especially if the vulnerable in our society often the most overlooked. Perhaps nature with be seen, as you say, in its vulnerability and need for help, and not ignored in its plea.
I started having uncomfortable dreams about my aging father, 91, who is not so well now, and who I am helping along with my mother many days a week. My dreams of the dying process of my Dad, repeated and extended each night for 4 nights in a row. I felt very frightened by the dreams. I wanted them to stop. I was exhausted every morning. By my last dream, came a spiritual connection with my Dad that extended to the spirit world, and on awaking the last morning, a release of grief finally came.
With what you have noted, I now get the dreams meaning better. I knew I was going through grief, for some time, but this brought me deeper into the fear, and then, a greater release. My fear was not as obvious to me before this. I feel calmer now. This is an example of what you are saying, that we must feel the fear to get to the grief, and the forward action.
There is so much more I could say, but for now, I just wanted to share this with you.
May I share your article? Many people I know will be open to your understanding.
Yes, Laura, please feel free to share my newsletter. Thank you so much for your beautiful and intimate sharing. I believe that quite a lot of the emotions we are going through individually, need a holding in community in order to ground and integrate them. Your tears are precious. They create space for life and for breathing.
Thank you Roland. I am so glad to call you friend.
I love you. You are such a very special human being and the world needs you now more than ever.
I am so grateful you wrote this!
Keep up your great and needed work!
Thank you for sharing your wisdom and insights.
Thank you Roland for your thoughtfulness in laying out this consideration about the pandemic’s timeliness and purpose! I can see a link between your ideas and Jeremy Sherr’s latest work. He shows how the common symptoms and pathology of this pandemic express the same state humanity is in – simply put: too full (i.e. of materialism and self-interest), where nothing more can come in and yet nothing can be absorbed or easily expelled, causing us to close off, contract, isolate, then explode within or very forcefully expel it all.
As difficult and devastating as it is, we need to grapple with this virus.
That is very interesting. I did not read on Jeremy Sherr’s understanding before I had not get to paper my own. I will now. None of our understanding is final. It will change as our grappling with the virus will unfold.
Beautifully expressed, Roland! Couldn’t have said it better myself…
Thank you so much, Roland, for these deep insights for this challenging time.
Such a common-sense and humble perspective. Wonderful. Wishing you the best!
As usual, your awareness and experience in the collective human and natural arenas is a much needed gift for me… for many of ‘us’..
even the clear methodology you share is an affirmative medicine that helps me move through the deeper questions we’re all facing…
Your perceptions and speculations provide a field where mine (ours) can resonate and those deeper issues you have pointed to, become more readily visible and accessible…
I thank you once again, for your help and your work…
and your inspiration..
Thank you, dear friend. I send you a socially distant but heartfelt hug.
Thank you for your explanation Roland – you have wonderfully captured our state.
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu dieser tiefen Analyse und herzlichen Dank dafür. Möge die Menschheitsfamilie durch das Virus lernen und sich verändern.
Vielen Dank. Ich freue mich, dass mein Beitrag auch in Deutschland gelesen wird.
Roland, you always integrate the wisdom in such away that opens the heart to truth. Thank you kindly for your presence on the Earth.
Personally, I am not afraid of the COVID-19 virus. If you do not already have a pre-existing medical condition, getting dangerously sick is rare. According to WHO, 80% of people who do get the COVID-19 will get mild flu symptoms and recover. So, if you have been keeping yourself healthy, with the right knowledge on how to do so, you will make it through. I am more afraid of the virus called government, and losing my civil rights and right to practice my spiritual beliefs in the future.
My thoughts & Sharing:
Taken from CBC Monday March 23, 2020:
Jack Lindsay is a professor in the department of applied disaster and emergency studies at Brandon University in Manitoba and an expert in the country’s emergency measures legislation.
Lindsay said he doesn’t see the point of invoking federal legislation at a time when the provinces already have their own measures in place to essentially shut down social and economic life in this country.
“The act doesn’t really give the federal government a lot of extra new powers that aren’t already being exercised by the provinces. All of the provinces already have the ability to commandeer essential resources and supplies,” he told CBC News. “None of the provinces are looking for an authoritarian central government right now.
“If I was Justin Trudeau I’d be saying, ‘I want to help the provinces coordinate. I don’t want to impose a national set of powers on them.’ I’m curious to see what they’ll do. I just don’t see the advantage of that right now.”
If an emergency declaration is made, Parliament must be summoned to “sit within seven days after the declaration is issued,” a measure added to the act to avoid abuse by the government of the day.
“There’s a constitution in place that’s going to limit how much provincial, federal or municipal government does to control people and limit civil liberties,” Bryant said.
My prayer request:
For those in leadership positions who are challenging the Prime Ministers aggressive and irrational decision making, to keep power distributed from province to province, and not have an authoritarian central government decision making, as I believe in my heart this will lead to devastating results for us down the road, in regards to choice and civil liberties. That those who have power to challenge the government, God blesses them with an open door right now.
There are doctors, lawyers, and professionals that share their intelligence and are now being shutdown by corporate google, youtube, facebook, etc. (I think going back to regular email is the best communication because our government released in CBC News that to “fight the virus” it will have all our digital information to track where will be, so the government can enforce lockdown or in my opinion a communist state again).
I studied with a Vancouver based lawyer, Michael Vonn, in a freedom of information rights library course, and she says as we move into the digital age we are giving up our civil rights, and most are ignorant as to how they are participating in it. We will not have choices, but instead be told what we will do. [I have done a whole research project, from a medical point of view, on the effects of technology on the physical brain, and how it has physiologically changed the brain. But that’s another whole big conversation]. A doctor just recently posted that her concern is that in the future we be forced to vaccinate and that it will be linked to our passports. These are highly educated doctors, lawyers, and professors that are being shutdown on Facebook when they start to share their intelligience on the whole virus thing. I even got a pop up from google on my phone saying its changing its policy on March 31, and if they deem “unlawful” content or information that can hurt people they have the right to take it down. So, as our government swiftly is in the process of creating new laws and trying to centralize control, the media is also connected to those new laws to enforce what they want you to see. This is going to turn into government cohesion, where we will have no rights. Even in the Bible its talks about getting a chip put into us. That recent clip I showed of Dr. Cowan talking about 5G just got publicly debunked:
I have studied science and traditional healing in different cultural contexts. According to science, in one year the trillions of cells in your body turn over and regenerate themselves. Why a cell does not regenerate itself is a vast knowledge base: from being environmentally polluted by the various toxins like poor nutrition in food, heavy metals, electromagnetic frequencies, organ congestion, like gallstones, etc, to more culturally understood concepts of healing, like spiritual doctoring ceremonies.
Those of us that have been ascending spiritually and truthfully working on cleansing themselves, and also have their own minds to think for themselves are seeing what is happening on a 3D level.
On a spiritual level, if the government ends up force vaccinating us because we have no bloody civil rights left, it will change the biology of our physical bodies and DNA and our spirits will not be able to continue ascending the way it is for some of us right now who are sensitive to the energy shifting in the planet right now.
Our DNA has cellular spiritual intelligence. Every knowledge we want to know about “truth” is in our DNA and energy field. It is our right to protect that science and spiritual belief.
I believe in my heart that there are 2 major problems happening in the world right now: 1. People do not have the right medical knowledge about healing and their bodies; 2. The government is trying to reform society, so that we have no civil rights and will be told what to do.
This is a war of good and evil on a spiritual plane.
[As a joke, but not really, if Donald Trump lifts this bloody “lockdown” and allows society to move on, I’m moving to America!!! On a spiritual plane metaphor, I think Trump is a blonde haired angel, and Trudeau is the devil. Just think about it, who do they work for?]
A link (prediction made in 2014) that helps to sum up how we got to this current “crisis” and why:
These are valid concerns you are bringing that we need to consider. Thank you for bringing them up. The contradicting information we are getting about the pandemic can make things confusing. The good thing is that we all have a tool to discern truth from n0t-truth: it is our heart. No matter how logical and reasonable something seems to be, this does not say anything about if it is true or not. We cannot think truth, we only can feel truth. The practice is simple and at the same time not quite so easy: Whenever we are either emotionally charged (fearful or angry etc.) or emotionally blocked (not feeling), then we first have to deal with this emotion. Very likely is that this emotion is the echo of a much older wounding, that it is being triggered by the current situation but did not arise from here. Once we have integrated this emotion (see on my blog “Being Seen” as an example), then we will be in an open-hearted state of balance. Now we can ask our heart and it will tell us what is true and with that it becomes clear what role we have to play in this crisis.
So beautiful. Integration. Clearing the senses. And moving forward with an open-hearted purpose. 💗
Thank you very much for your intense message . It takes me to the heart of the problem and deep to me. Helps to understand, supports me in the current situation and shows way for change. So wonderful ——-