The 17 stages
We are all indebted to the wonderful work of the homeopath, medical doctor and scientist Dr Jan Scholten
who made the connection between
the stages of the life of Hercules
with the homeopathically potentised
Lanthanide elements in the Chemical Periodic table.
This gave us a handle on the theory to test if it worked.
If it works, the theory is valid. It works.
I noticed that there was a correspondence among the first, fourth, and 7th stages of this 17 stage system with the first three directions of the medicine wheel. That inferred there was an extra two stages between each of the four directions on the medicine wheel.
The last four stages of the 17 stages also corresponded with
the four chambers of the underworld
as described by the South American healers.
This gives us a great opportunity to unravel the greater complexity of the directions and their issues.
From the medicine wheel we have learned that
each direction has a trap.
Don Juan in Carlos Castaneda’s book said:
“There are four enemies to the person of knowledge”
Taking that further we can work with the
17 enemies that can trap us in our development.
These are emerging in the contracts that people have bound themselves with
in their sub-consciousness
in this manifestation of their lives.
From the diseases that the elements can cure,
Jan Scholten has even shown us what diseases
these misconceptions can cause.
What we now have to see clearly
Are the virtues that we are trying to teach ourselves
with these struggles.
Studying these traps have revealed most unexpected relationships. They are unexpected in terms of what we have been taught to expect in the western world.
Trap 15 is blame. Nothing particularly exciting. The consequence is surprising.
The consequence is that one is forever battling with what is owed us and what is owed others, and then we even think that by making this issue unconditional we will solve it, but all it does is bind us deeper into the morass of who owes who what. What I am talking about is what people call love. Surprising is it not, that what most people in the west call a virtue it actually the nature of the battle and does not resolve anything. In fact the more we try to hang on to it and justify it the more debilitated it makes us until we die from it in the form of the loneliness of TB.
The way to let go is gratitude. It sounds so simple but most people still do not know how to make the transition if they are in the trap.
They still want to blame someone else for the state they are in.
Here are my first experience of the stages, their traps, struggles, and virtues.
Stage Trap Struggle Virtue
1 Fear Senses Humility
2 Understanding Rationalisation Aware of darkness
3 Outside Authority Forgive Aware of multiplicity
4 Generalisation Let go assumptions Observe decisions
5 Activity Cautious Co-ordinate
6 Tough Danger, speed Greet
7 Power, Self interest Develop objectivity Channel of manifestation
8 Attack Keep focus Endurance
9 Dung Clever Wisdom
10 Old age Interest Hope in adversity
11 Maintain power Keep control Embracing
12 Respect Betrayal/ hearsay Accept self
13 Help/ Justice Sorry for themselves Complete work
Greed of others
14 Promise Weakness / service Honour self
15 Blame Love, care Gratitude
16 Prize Obedience Reconciliation
17 Glory Bear the pain Let go own