Sepia - Looking Back to See Ahead

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By: Cyril H. Boynes, D.V.M.

One day, in late 1993, I received an alumni newsletter from Tuskegee University. Under a section for theatre it indicated the title of a play: "Sepia - Looking Back to See Ahead." I was familiar with the remedy Sepia, which I have used homeo­pathically, so I thought that I should investigate this title anthroposophically. It seemed filled with wisdom.

Sepia is the ink or secretion of the Cuttlefish, which is of the phylum Molluscs, sub-class Cephalopods or jelly-fish. All animals show by their differen­tiation of form the same constructive forces as those found in humans, but developed in a one-sided way. What in the human being is balanced and in full harmony appears in the animals in such a way that one organ overwhelms the oth­ers and gives the animal its whole charac­ter. The cuttlefish has large eyes and a large head (with highly developed sight and taste) and little else. It represents exaggerated parts of the human head, adapted to a free-swimming form of life.

In the water the vulnerable Cuttle­fish secretes sepia for protection, to hide or to blind the attacking predator. If the Cuttlefish is disturbed through fear, an­ger or depression, it retreats backwards while ejecting its ink forward and around itself. The ink, Sepia, is one of homeopathy's major remedies, known for female problems including depres­sion, moodiness and nervous irritability.

Dr. R. Steiner linked depression with the liver. In 1922, in a lecture to the workers at the Goetheanum, center of his spiritual science research in Switzerland. he described the liver as a very discrimi­nating sense organ - a seeing eye from inside - which perceives things and then secretes the bitter substance called bile, just as our eyes secrete tears. When we are sad, we start to cry. Similarly, the secretion of bile is connected with the perception of the liver as to whether some­thing is good or bad for the body, the extent depending on how harmful some­thing we have taken in is. In the liver, this is happening all the time. The liver is in constant state of sadness and, seeing the human body as it is during life on earth, one has good reason to be sad. For though it is endowed with the highest potential, our body simply does not look all that good from the inside.

In Dr. Steiner's words, "In a way the eyes are a kind of liver, and by the same token we can say that in ani­mals the eves are much more like the liver than in human beings"

To elabo­rate on the meaning of an hepatic pro­cess, let us consider a street cleaner. He becomes dirty while cleaning the street for us to pass through, going to our daily jobs, etc. He withstands all the scents, dealing with the impure and dirty environment. Isn't this also an hepatic process? If the clean­ing is not done, then we will get sick from the pile-up of dirt. If the workers refuse to do the job, then you have to remove the trash in some other way. The point is that there are many hepatic processes going on around us. Just as we are not aware of the liver's work with the impurities in the blood, so we are unconscious of, and not thoughtful or thankful to, the one who cleans the street, nor do we give much importance to the value of his job. The hepatic processes are all around us. In anthroposophical treatments the key must be to find the two processes: the larger one in the outside in the world, the smaller one in the microcosm in the body.

This gathering of facts and informa­tion beforehand helped me practice dy­namic thinking as Steiner taught it, rather than getting medical facts from a me­chanical diagnosis and treating with a traditional pre-ordained method. It helped me see the processes in the cosmos or environment, matching the same processes in a body transformed through illness, so that I would know how to bring the outer, healthy, process into the pet to show it the direction for regaining health.

On March 26, 1994 I examined "Skid". a fat three year old male cat who had been cas­trated and de-clawed. He weighed 17 lbs. He mostly got dry cat food, and ate fast. Skid had a low fever and was anorectic, listless and de­pressed. He was picky, his owner

said, but when he ate, he ate "like a pig." The owner had gone away for one day and that's when the illness had devel­oped, with a slight yellowness appearing after she had returned. When I saw the cat it was four days since the yellowish col­oration had begun. On examining the cat I palpated an enlarged liver. With no testing, my diagnosis was Feline Hepatic Lepidosis, or fatty liver syndrome, one of the most commonly recognized primary feline hepato-biliary diseases. Obesity appears to be a common underlying fac­tor. Some stressful event often will create anorexia, as seen in this case, where the owner had left the cat alone for a day. Consistent findings include jaundice, an enlarged liver, lethargy, sometimes dehy­dration and diarrhea, and depression. The condition occurs when the hepatic lipid composition is greater than 5% of the total hepatic weight. The prognosis always is guarded for this condition. Over­all the ability of the liver to metabolize and detoxify substances is impaired.

Skid was hospitalized for four days. Treatment was Sepia 12X, twice daily, for 3 days. Supportive treatment was with fluids, antioxidants and liver supplements. A decrease in color of the skin was ob­served after the second day, a further decrease on the third day. Sepia was stopped on the third day, as the cat was really doing well. On the fourth day Skid was discharged. (My experience is that Sepia twice daily is sufficient for acute conditions in cats. It is better to go slowly.)

Discussion: Let's first begin with the name "Skid". In ancient times there was great significance in a name, which often described a person's line of work or ap­pearance. Although this is no longer the custom, descriptive words given as names can work back on us through repetition. If we call a person "Skid" all his life, through conditioning, the meaning of the word may begin to be apparent in the person's behavior. The name of the pet may influence the owner's behavior to­ward the pet so that he shows the meaning of the word skid (to slide off) or it may prevent the owner from treating the pet in certain natural and good ways.)

In looking at the large body of the cat, and its name, I knew that its feeling body (astral body) was sliding or had slid away, leaving its metabolism to go its own way, increasing its size and losing its form. And as with the pile-up of dirt in the street, the cat had become sick from the blockage of his liver, which was no longer sensing properly or secreting bile. Skid's indications appeared to be matching the characteristics of the Cuttlefish before it releases its ink.

I had already prepared and isolated an hepatic process in the Cuttlefish, with its secretion of Sepia and knew that these processes could now be taken into Skid to show him the right way to heal himself.
We have seen here an hepatic or liver process both in the pet and outside. We can even say that the expression "looking back to see ahead" could be associated with this process. In summary: one with an understanding of anthroposophy can see this hepatic process in whatever field he or she is engaged.

Cyril Boynes, DVII, is an Afro-West Indian from Trinidad and Tobago. He holds a BS degree in chemistry front Howard University, receiving his DVM degree from Tuskegee University. He began his holistic career soon after graduating from veterinary school. Dr. Boynes has had a clinic in Clayton, NJ for the past 22 years, and has recently moved back to Trinidad and Tobago where he will be the first to practice wholistic veterinary therapy You can call him at: (809) 625 1887.

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