Author: Jan Scholten
0.1.7 Introduction Use
The Plant theory is quite complex and one has to get accustomed to it to be able to use it correctly. I will try to explain the steps through the analysis of a patient’s case.
Step 1: Plant Kingdom
The first step is to recognise the plant kingdom, to ascertain that a plant remedy is needed. This is sometimes very easy but sometimes also often difficult to do. There are many characteristics of plant cases to distinguish them from mineral and animal cases. These characteristics are connected to each other and form an overall point of view, an overall perception of the case.
Vague, woolly, rounded
Plant cases give a wooly impression. Everything is a bit vague and rounded. This is in contrast to the mineral kingdom where things are straight and straightforward. In the Animal kingdom things are also generally more direct and obvious. One can say that the Plant kingdom is more feminine, whereas the Mineral and Animal kingdom are more masculine.
Plant cases have more than one side of view and take into account the viewpoints of others. This is the same in the Animal kingdom but it is in contrast to the Mineral kingdom, where patients have a one-sided view.
The many-sided viewpoint makes that Plant cases are more adapting and sensitive. They adapt their behaviour, taking into account the viewpoint of relatives and people in general. They are more considerate than the Mineral and Animal kingdom.
They are very sensitive and soft. Plant patients are concerned with fitting in with others. Mineral patients, in contrast, are concerned with their problem and even when they are sensitive they are sensitive in order to see what the emotions and drives of others mean to them and their problem.
Plant patients describe their state as an emotional state and often also in an emotional way. Their problem is an emotional problem. Mineral patients describe their problems and symptoms as facts and they give a long list of what has happened to them and who did what and when. Plant cases describe more how they felt with that happened. They describe more emotions than facts. Animal patients describe their problems more as a competition, which looks very much like the emotions of a plant patient. Animal patients are more concerned about their place in the hierarchy.
Plant cases are more complex than mineral cases. Their many-sided view makes them have more aspects and facets than mineral cases. In practice this means that it is difficult to force the analysis into the periodic table of the elements. There are too many elements covered to make it possible to fit that all in into one mineral compound. One can say that mineral cases are straight, square and simple whereas plant cases and also animal cases are complex and chaotic.
A practical tool to distinguish the kingdoms is the connections patients have with nature. Mineral cases in general have little connection with plants and animals, they are quite indifferent to them. Plant cases are mostly very connected to nature and plants and feel much better when they are in nature. They like gardening and have plants and flowers in their house. Sometimes, but only sometimes, they even can even name the plant remedy they need or have a strong connection with that plant. Plant cases usually do not have a very strong connection with animals. Animal cases are mostly connected to animals; they feel and understand them very well and can often handle them very easily. Very often they know the remedy they need; they have a strong connection with that animal.
Step 2: Theme
The second step in the case is to determine the themes of the problems. One has to see in which field of life the problem is. Is it a personal problem like disease, survival or poverty? Or is it a work or job problem? Does it have to do with autonomy?
The field or themes show where the problem is located, and that is connected to the Series of the Periodic table. The 7 Series represent the 7 fields of expression in life.
Series, Classes and Subclasses
The series in the case show which Classes and Subclasses are indicated in the plant kingdom according to the Plant theory.
Step 3: Phases
The next step is to determine how the patient stands in the problem, how far he is. The 7 Phases represent the position in respect to a problem, a theme. Phase 1 is still a newcomer, an outsider who is not yet participating. Phase 4, the central phase, is the situation of being in the right position, at the heart of the group and being a full member with full responsibility. Phase 7 is the one who has left or is thrown out. He is the outsider who is not wanted anymore.
The Phase shows which Order to select in the indicated Subclass.
Step 4: Subphases
The next step is to determine how the patient feels in the problem, how far he feels he is. The 7 Subphases are very similar to the Phase and basically they are the same. The difference is that the Phases represent the situation as it is, whereas the Subphase represents more the feeling about it, how one feels about the situation one is in.
The Subphase shows which Family to select in the indicated Order, the indicated Phase.
Step 5: Stage
The last step is to determine the Stage. The Stages are the same as the Stages in the element theory, the columns of the Periodic table. They represent the development of coming into being, further into full development and gradually going into decline.
The Stage is how the patient handles the problem. It shows his feeling of confidence in handling the situation. The Stages to the left, especially 2 to 5, feel a lack of confidence. The stages more to the right of them, 6 to 9, still feel doubtful but will go into action in order to reach their goal. The goal is Stage 10; in that stage they feel confident and without a problem. More to the right they have the feeling they have to maintain their position, which at first, Stage 11, is easy and then gradually becomes more difficult until at the end, Stage 15, one loses everything. In the last Stage 16 and 17 one is an outsider who has no influence anymore.
Step 1: Plant kingdom
In general she is a very sensitive woman, very emotional and passionate. This shows the plant kingdom. This is confirmed by her strong connection to plants and nature.
Do you mean that most people needing plant remedies are women?
Step 2: Themes and Series
The first example to show the process is the case of Crocosmia crocosmiiflora. (see page …) She has stomach pains and feels all her emotions in her stomach, as if is not flowing and blocked. It is connected with feeling misunderstood by her husband. The relationship theme indicates the Silicon series.
Another big theme is insecurity. She is insecure due to her health and cancer but she is also generally quite insecure, and needs her husband like a rock in the ocean. The insecurity theme about survival and health is the theme of the Carbon series. The combination of Carbon and Silicon series in the Pant Kingdom brings one to the Class Lilianae and the main Subclass in it, the Liliidae. This is confirmed by her ‘teenager’ look, looking like 16 while being 22.
Step 3: Phase
There is a strong passionate quality in the patient. She lived like a bohemian for a few years. This is a Nitrogen quality, indicating Phase 5. It is an expanding, enthusiastic characteristic. Phase 5 in the Liliidae is the Order Asparagales.
Step 4: Subphase
Another strong quality is that of Phase 1 and Lithium. It shows itself in her mania and having been hospitalised for it. It shows itself in her “naive” attitude, thinking she would not get pregnant. The aggravation from kiwi and pineapple fit with Phase 1, being Stage 1 remedies. Subphase 1 in the Apsaragales is the Family Iridaceae.
Step 5: Stage
Stage 6 is indicated as she wants to prove herself. Crocosmia crocosmiiflora is in Stage 6 in the Iridacaeae.
Step 1: Plant Kingdom
Example 2 is the case of a woman with vitiligo helped with Eccremocarpus scaber. Page…
She is a very vivacious and sensitive woman, which indicates the Plant kingdom. She had been considerate with her boyfriend and adapted to him by stopping her yoga. This confirms her plant state, having a many-sided view.
Step 2: Themes and Series
She is a painter who wants to make beautiful things; she is a beauty junkie. This indicates the Silver series. With beauty she wants to make people conscious and bring them into contact with the spiritual side of life. This is a theme of the Lanthanides.
The combination of Lanthanides and Silver series is only found in the Subclass of the Lamiidae in the Plant theory. But other series are present in the Lamiidae too. We see the Carbon series in the vitiligo, the father who is beautiful.
We see the Silicon series in the relationship problems.
Step 3: Phase
She feels inferior and ugly in relation to her boyfriend, who is very beautiful. This is Phase 6, which is the Order of Verbenales in the Lamiidae.
Step 4: Subphase
She is very vivacious and passionate. It shows the ‘expanding’ quality of Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Phase 5. It expresses itself in her feeling of having megalomanic ideas, in this case in bringing beauty to people and connecting them to God.
Bignonaceae is the family in Subphase 5 in the Order Verbenales.
Step 5: Stage
She is quite confident and successful but it is as if she never really reaches her goal. She creates beautiful paintings, but they never get fully recognised. This is the situation of Stage 9. The most prominent expression of Stage 9 is her cancellation of her marriage one week before the wedding.
The process described above in 5 steps is often not as exact as shown in the examples. For instance, one can sometimes first see the stage. It can be that the Plant kingdom becomes evident only at the end of the consultation.
Especially the Phase and Subphase can easily be confused. In example 1 we have Phase 1 and 5. So the question is if it is Phase 1 and Subphase 5 or Phase 5 and Subphase 1. If it had been Phase 1 and Subphase 5 she would have been single from the beginning, like a teenager in early puberty with a strong passionate desire. In this example we see a woman who has a relationship, but feels often quiet alone in it.
Phase Subphase Stage
In general there is a way to differentiate the Phase, Subphase and Stage. The Phase is how the situation is, the Subphase is how they feel about it and the Stage is how they handle the situation.
Phase: how the situation is.
Subphase: how they feel about the situation.
Stage: how they handle the situation.
Duality Phase and Subphase
Another way to look at the Phase and Subphase is to see them as a duality. They are the two poles between which the patient alternates.