|Falco Peregrinus Disciplinatus Introduction
The Second Coming
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in the sands of the desert
A shape with a lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches toward Bethlehem to be born?
William Butler Yeats
The proving of Falco would not have taken place had it not been for Huisha. Her story is told in the introduction and case example to the AIDS proving. What follows here is a continuation of that story. During the period that Huisha was director of Homoeopathy for a Change (a charity that provided homoeopaths for projects working with disempowered people, both in Britain and in developing countries) she felt increasingly claustrophobic: trapped in the office, while others were being funded by her efforts to set up and experience homoeopathic health projects. During this time her father also reappeared. Menaced by fear, wanting to escape, yet bound by obligation, she consulted me once again.
Receiving her Case I could find nothing new, yet found an intensification of her state which a previously prescribed AIDS 200c had not alleviated. Therefore I set to ruminating: what is there in nature which mirrors Huisha's state? I could only think of a human situation, for there is nothing in the world that I know of which could behave in a manner such as Huisha's parents had, other than humans!
I set to thinking about a situation which is even more extreme than that of the chained dog (Lac Caninum had been a remedy which had helped in the past), more frightening and alienating than an AIDS situation. And I came up with the trained Peregrine Falcon. I remembered Huisha's love of running and climbing the rugged rock face (ledges on sheer rock-faces are used by Peregrines as nesting sites). But most of all I brought before my mind's eye the picture of the training of the falcon, involving starvation, being tied by the ankles and kept prisoner in a dark place. I thought of the perverted bond of persecutor and victim - the 'no escape' situation of the bird until, once trained, it is allowed its flight, yet returns when summoned by conditioned reflex to sound of whistle and sight of lure.
Mentioning my ruminations to Huisha led to the interesting revelation that she knew a vet who ministered to an aviary of hunting birds! Thus a wing feather clip and blood spot were procured, sent to The Helios Homoeopathic Pharmacy to be run up to the 30th centesimal potency. The pharmacist who did this provided us with a report of her experiences - the first proving, while Huisha subsequently benefited from the dose: she lost her fear, her sense of disempowerment, quit Homoeopathy for a Change and is currently living in her beloved Scotland where she can roam free, making her peregrinations.
The proving was conducted with students at the School in 1997 using a unit dose of the 30th centesimal potency and following the protocol given on this web-site. We recorded our experiences some minutes after beginning the proving. During the course of the School weekend (Friday through to Sunday) we took stock of thoughts, dreams, sensations, feelings and outer world happenings, using transcripts of tape recordings to insure accuracy. Supervisors and daily proving diaries filled in from month to month.
As usual, some members of the class did not take the dose, yet of these two were affected. The psychic field effect of group proving is such that it is not possible for susceptible persons to absent themselves. (We have enclosed an article on this web site, published in the 99 January issue of 'The Homoeopath', on the subject of provings.) Recording spanned a period of three months.
During this proving I wrote the following poem as witness to my involvement in the spirit of Falcon.
Falcon and Falconer
By lakeside, amidst violets white and blue,
amongst boulders sculpted into forms of sleepers
in love's embrace, hunted we two,
knowing that our past held a hidden clue
yet to bear fruit or be harvested by autumn reapers.
As seed is cast into fertile earth by careless breezes
or by sowers' hands, so shall our compound of love
raise flowers, lake, boulder, swan and dove
and make a nature which embraces what pleases,
for as seeds root below they blossom above.
We sanctify the soil and soul which dwells within
by our actions. So let us take care
to be full of heart and not to act upon whim,
or profanely speak when we intend to hymn,
or set a poisoned trap or baited snare.
We may be tormented by our hunger, by sin
Which burns, desire which turns in falcon's gyre
upon up-draft above the raging fire
which we have lit. Our terror is that conflagration
consume the world and become our funeral pyre!
Then falcon would have no returning
unless transformed to phoenix it aspire out of ashes
its nest to make! We must take heed of motives
if we are not to cinder in the burning
when flashing storms crash upon the lake.
To the ancient Egyptians the falcon headed God Horus was a major deity One eye represented the sun, while the other represented the moon. Thus this God, among other functions, was the psychopompus, the one who led the living into death and the dead into their new life upon the wheel of cyclical return. The themes which emerged in the Falco proving 'fell out' upon an axis of brightness, clear sightedness, laughter (with a major 12 noon modality) and the coldness of unfeeling anger, especially towards their own children, and indeed anything perceived as posing a restraint. The sense for these provers was of being humiliated, scorned, undervalued, even menaced. There is an unfeeling aspect to the remedy, compounded by a sense of being above it all, detached. From this perspective human life may seem cheap, impoverished and dirty. One prover reported that she had become 'The Ice Queen', while some others expressed that sex and sensuality were 'off the map'. From this detached perspective it is natural to seek a purely analytical solution to any emotionally charged situation. The disciplined Falcon's primal situation of fear and deprivation translates in terms of unfeeling numbness, as is the case in many of our fear remedies This response is the natural one, once flight and fight have been tested and found wanting. Perhaps arising out of this primal experience there was a marked empathetic response from a number of provers, especially with endangered environments and disempowered people or perhaps this response is as natural as is flight for the free bird. Certainly most of the provers felt elevated in the initial stages of the proving: clear sighted, focussed, close to nature, not to mention the spiralling and gyring preoccupations of most provers. The proving dose was taken over the weekend - on Sunday morning seven of the group/ two of them men, came to class with painted finger nails - emblematic of the falcon's death delivering talons. They had been to a birthday party, all had got confused while driving, several had a terrible time getting off roundabouts (traffic circles)! - emblematic of the falcon's ascending spiral flight prior to its stoop upon its prey.
The map below charts a few of the features of the proving.