Dutch society has sharp divisions between socioeconomic groups. One group lives in poverty, one in relative comfort (the middle class) and then there is a small group of extremely wealthy people. The poorer class has the theme of feeling that things could indeed be worse (the enduring psoric class), the middle class has the feeling that things could be better (the complaining sycotic class) and the rich have the impression that they must continue to acquire wealth at any cost, in spite of having all they could ever need (the syphilitic group). Syphilitic energy will stop at nothing to get more, no matter who or what is harmed in the process. It has a destructive polarity; a syphilitic individual may trample over anyone to get to the top, but then benevolently give to charity to give the appearance of being a kind and giving soul. There is a strong ego element that tends to accompany the pursuit of acquiring extreme wealth in this syphilitic state.
These three divisions are stark, with no financial overlap between the classes. However, in practice a person can simultaneously be expressing all three miasms. A homeless person may be psoric from lack of money, sycotic from the stimulant drugs they use on a daily basis, and syphilitic if hard drugs or destructive diseases come into the picture. In another example, wealthy people, whilst having syphilitic traits, can be extremely psoric, retaining a strong feeling of poorness in spite of their financial success. This ‘thinking in poorness’ is often hard-wired during childhood, and can be hard to shift.
Case Example: A billionaire came for a consultation. At the end he asked me to split the invoice, in order to claim back a higher amount from his insurance. My face must have betrayed my surprise at his request. He asked me why I was looking at him in this way. I said ‘do you really want to know?’ and he replied that he would indeed like me to share what I was thinking. I told him that he acts like a very poor person in spite of his extreme wealth. He was insulted by my answer and left without making an appointment for the follow up. Two months later he returned and thanked me for my observations. Nobody had ever had the courage to say this to him, and it had been an eye-opener, causing much self-reflection. It is important to be truthful with your patients, whilst remaining compassionate and non-judgemental.
We are currently living in a very syphilitic world, which emerged out of the psoric and sycotic layers beneath it. Syphilitic thinking was a progression from the ‘lack’ (psora), followed by ‘I can have more, it can be better’, (abundance); finally we have destruction.
We have to understand the syphilitic way of thinking; it is to knowingly harm the world and oneself by one’s actions. Syphilitic thinking isn’t born out of emotion or feelings, but out of a sense of being utterly alone in the world. In this state an individual has lost touch with their ‘I am’, the deepest level of their being. It can often seem an unstoppable force.
The energy surrounding powerful multinational industries is very syphilitic. At the top level individuals must surely be aware that the actions of the company are harmful to people or the environment, but they continue to do them for the profit of the company. It is almost as if these corporations have taken on a destructive life of their own, with no one individual really having responsibility for the actions of the company as a whole.
Balancing an individual’s miasmatic energy allows them to use the strength of their own unique individuality, without harming other people, themselves, or the world around them.
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