Author: Jan Scholten
Homeopathy and the Elements
‘The crisis manager’
Osmium has long been known as a remedy, without a clear picture however. Shah (1995) has shown us a beautiful case recently.
The name Osmium is derived from the Greek word ‘osmos’, meaning ‘smell’, because of the nasty smell of osmium tetroxide. It was discovered in 1804 and its chemical formula is Os.
This metal is very hard and difficult to mould or shape. It is the heaviest metal in the periodic system and also the most resistant to pressure. Making use of its resistance to corrosion and its hardness it is often a component in fountain pens, clock bearings and in jewellry. Compass needles also contain Osmium because it is very magnetic. It is also used as a catalyst in the production of ammonia.
Stage 8 Gold series
Persevering Leadership Management
Carrying on Organisation Structure
Heavy pressure Serious Heavy
Opposing forces King
Calculating Insight Power Dictatorial
Planning Dignified Haughty
Concentration Alone Isolation
Ripe old age
Pushing the organisation ahead.
Forcing power: crisis management.
Establishing a large organisation.
Persevering as king.
Insight into power structures.
Leading the organisation through making plans: strategic.
A forceful leader.
Having to achieve as a director.
The pressure of responsibility.
Planning the foundation of the organisation: strategy.
Failure through dictatorial behaviour.
A king who is being opposed.
Picture of Osmium metallicum
Essence: persevering in exercising leadership
Persevering in leadership: steadfast
The feel they have to make a tremendous effort to exercise their power. The task is huge and the responsibility weighs heavily. They have to put their whole weight into this venture to make it work. It is as if they want to create a kingdom out of nothing. They know that it is no mean task they have taken on, but they also know they can do it, because they can handle an awful lot of pressure. They are relentless in pushing through their plans and they won’t hesitate to sack people if they need to.
Forceful power: crisis manager
They often look for work that involves the reorganisation of a business within a very short time. They are very good at ‘clearing up the rubble’. They know how to get the dispersed energy of an organisation that has grown too fast for its own good back together again. They cut through deadlocks that have been created through too much compromise. They solve the problems that the direction doesn’t know how to handle any more. They love acting as crisis manager in businesses that have come adrift.
Planning an organisation: strategic
They have a very sharp insight into the structure of an organisation. They often know long before anyone else where the potential problems are going to arise. They are very structured in their way of dealing with these problems. When there is a tough nut to crack they are there to deal with it, their long term vision knows that these actions are necessary for the future of the business.
Opposed as a king
But when they want to bring about necessary changes they are likely to run up against other people who hesitate and splutter because they can’t see the use of all these new measures and who consider these plans to be a personal attack on their own integrity.
So the other people will often oppose their plans out of jealousy or out of spite. As if the task isn’t difficult enough already! They have difficulty dealing with any outside circumstances that may slow them down. Their daily routine is seen more as an impediment than as a point of rest in a busy day. They would rather get on with the task in hand than be distracted by the day to day things. But although they don’t like opposition, they are not to be deterred by it, they carry on regardless.
Failure through dictatorial behaviour
Their pushy sort of power may eventually be their undoing. Either the pressure becomes too much for them to bear, because they can’t relax and take a break from being responsible all the time. Or they might attract too much opposition with their forceful behaviour. This can happen especially when they are dealing with older leaders who will get annoyed by their arrogant behaviour and their ‘know all’ attitude.
The Osmium theme is represented by the legend of Sisyphus. He condemned to push a huge boulder up a hill. He set about his task with all his power, it was an enormous struggle but eventually he managed to get the boulder in motion and to roll it slowly to the top of the hill. When he was nearly there and he already thought he had made it the treacherous rock escaped his grip and bounced down the hill again. So the poor conemned man had to start all over again. And when he had nearly reached the top once more he lost the rock again (Schwab).
Here we see the immenseness of the task and the sheer impossible strength that is needed to complete it. This is typical of Stage 8. We also see that Sisyphus is on his way to the top but cannot reach it. An interesting aspect of this story is that Sisyphus was the founder of Corinth, a typical city state [Gold series].
Fears: heights, falling, murder, being murdered, death, suicide, heart disease, stroke, insanity, people, crowds, religion, devil, God.
Dreams: heights, falling, failure, jewels, mountains, responsibility, blessed by a saint, saving people who are threatened by floods, being busy, painful and important events, fire.
Delusions: superior, special, specially chosen, mixing with important people, alone; mania.
Irritability: angry, obstinate, screaming < offended.
Mood: haughty, shy, relentless (2), impatient, restless, sober, crying.
Mental: intelligent, absent minded, confused, dull, making mistakes in words, rigid, obsessive thoughts of the past, exhaustion, insanity.
Professions: king, leader, director, manager, president, chairman, captain, mayor, bishop, top sportsman or woman.
Causes: disaster, hurt, humiliation.
Type: male, dark hair, overweight.
Weather: cold; > open air; < gloomy; < dry.
Time: < night, 6-9 pm.
Desires: alcohol, drugs, bread, sweet, meat, cold water.
Aversion: radish, coffee, meat, eating.
Food: wine > eating, < fasting.
Menses: < menses, < pregnancy, < giving birth.
Sleep: sleeplessness (3).
Physical: < rest, < sitting, walking, > motion, pressure, > rubbing, < touch.
Weakness, nervousness and restlessness.
Pains: boring, contracting.
Sensations: swollen, blown up, heavy, full.
Paralysis, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis.
Headache. Face swollen. Trembling < anger.
Eye complaints: inflammations, visual disturbances, glaucoma.
Heart complaints: high blood pressure, infarction, failure.
Congestion of blood. Cerebral haemorrhage. Anaemia.
Stomach problems: swelling, pain < touch, < pressure; rumbling, flatus smelling of slurry, rotten, sudden urging, but only passing wind.
Problems with testes and ovaries: inflammations, cancer, cryptorchism, sterility, amenorrhoea, metrorragia.
Affections of bones: necrosis, inflammation. Fungus round nails. Rim of nails stay attached and grow with the nails. Sinus pilonidalis (!).
DD: Gold series, Stage 8.
DD Rhenium: sits quietly on the managers chair, surveying the scene and trying to learn the business. He feels he has plenty of time to do this in. Whereas Osmium is under great pressure to establish a business within a very short period of time. He has not time for endless board meetings, there are decisions to be made and deadlocks to be broken, otherwise the organisation will never get there.