Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: To quickly return to the issue’s Table of Contents from an article…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

You can go back to to the issue’s Table of Contents in one click by clicking on the article title in the article view. What’s more, it will take you to the specific place in the TOC where the article appears.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Pietroni, P. (1996). Whitmont, Edward C. The Alchemy of Healing: Psyche and Soma. Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books for Homeopathic Educational Services, 1993. Pp. ix + 240. $14.95.. J. Anal. Psychol., 41(1):145-147.

(1996). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 41(1):145-147

Whitmont, Edward C. The Alchemy of Healing: Psyche and Soma. Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books for Homeopathic Educational Services, 1993. Pp. ix + 240. $14.95.

Review by:
Patrick Pietroni

Whitmont belongs to that band of authors he liberally quotes from, Capra, Bohm, Sheldrake, Rossi, Shah, Lovelock, Wilber Talbot, who have in the last twenty years attempted to redefine a post-quantum world view of health: a view that draws links with Paracelsus, the I Ching and Jung's workings on alchemy, synchronicity and the collective unconscious. Whitmont writes:

According to this viewpoint reality is contacted not only through the physical senses but more essentially through deep practice of meditation and instruction. Consciousness is to be considered the original cause rather than the end-product of material evolution.

The argument, which is well-known to those versed in new-age thinking, includes the holographic view of materiality, the re-emergence of the Aristotelian notion of formal causation, Teilhard de Chardin's ‘entelechy’ and Bohm's ‘implicate order’. These arguments lead Whitmont to conclude:

the existence of a world organism of potential archetypal order and information which moulds the shape and functioning of visible bodies through a symbiotic interplay of all levels of existence including our emotions, mind and consciousness.

To this cosmic soup, Whitmont adds the ‘science’ of homoeopathy. He describes its two major principles, ‘law of similar’ and the ‘microdose potentized remedies’, in language that in his view clearly links it to his post-quantum understanding of the universe. The dilutions used in homoeopathy which result in no molecules being present in the final substance are, according to Whitmont, ‘not a dilution in the ordinary sense, but another, as yet unknown dispersion of the substance which while “dema-terializing” on the molecular level preserves its specific dynamic characteristics and intensifies its energetic change’.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2019, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.