a better remedy

1974 Honda Scrambler 350

You could take a pill, but Honda has a better remedy—the new Scrambler 350. When the pressures close in, you just hop on it and burst out. Out where there’s fresh clean air, wide open roads and no headaches. Then you ride hard. The wind slaps your face. The steady rhythm of the famous Honda four-stroke beats confidently beneath you. And your nerves really unwind.

Honda, 1974.


Marion Woodman

“The real masculine? Discrimination, discernment, looking at a goal, having the action that will move towards that goal, honoring the feminine—cherishing, working in harmony with it, creative, immense creative energy… You have to have both energies as we have to have day and night. It’s essential that both sides are working together for new life.”

“Marion Woodman.” Allan Gregg in Conversation with…. TVO, Ontario. May 1997.


the means to perseverance

4p45s: “It is the part of a wise man to refresh and restore himself, in moderation, with good food and drink, with perfumes, with the beauty of lush plants, with decoration, with music, with sports, with the theater, and with other things of this kind, which one can enjoy without harm to another.”

If one seeks to persevere, drink and food are part of the means to that end. So, if one interacts with them in the right way, they will bring laetitia and will do so in a way that does not harm other prospects for it. For a person overwhelmed by alcoholism or gluttony, however, drink and food, as a means to different ends in different circumstances, may also do harm (3p56s, II/185 21-28):

“Among these species of affects, which (3p56) must be very numerous, gluttony, drunkenness, lust, greed, and ambition are prominent, all of which are nothing other than notions of love or desire that explain the nature of the affect through the object to which it relates. For by gluttony, drunkenness, lust, greed and ambition we understand nothing other than an immoderate desire for or love of eating, drinking, sex, wealth, or glory.”

LeBuffe, Michael. From Bondage to Freedom: Spinoza on Human Excellence. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. 184. Print.


Star of Bethlehem

“For those in great distress under conditions which for a time produce great unhappiness. The shock of serious news, the loss of someone dear, the fright following an accident, and such like. For those who for a time refuse to be consoled, this remedy brings comfort.”

—Dr. Edward Bach, British physician and homeopath

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“The nervous system often becomes deadened, and the mental facilities are lacking in vibrancy and coherency. In some essential way, the personality is out of alignment with its higher components, and is stymied form full and vibrant functioning. This flower essence helps bring about this much needed psychic and spiritual adjustment…”

Flower Essence Repertory, by Patricia Kaminski and Richard Katz

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characterological armor

When some natural activity in a child is inhibited without some other adequate outlet for the energy involved, the inhibition will at first provoke rage. If the rage does not overcome the obstacle or inhibition, it will turn into anxiety, which will make the child subdue its rage as well as its original impulse.

This subduing is brought about by muscular or vascular contractions or both, and such contractions, when intense or prolonged or repeated, become chronic holdings or tensions. Since these tensions can, at least in some cases, be loosened or even removed by the DOR [deadly orgone]-buster, I think I am justified in believing that the free flow of the orgone energy has been inhibited by the tensions or spasms and that the orgone has been transformed into DOR. . . .

Still others, less fortunate, will in the end, after a longer or shorter struggle, give in to the inhibiting forces and establish a system of stases and tensions, that is, muscular and characterological armor, thus shutting themselves off from ‘dangerous’ impulses and reducing the orgone metabolism of the organism.

Such an armor is always very difficult, is some cases perhaps impossible, to dissolve. Armored persons will always be more or less crippled in their natural functioning, in their work, their social intercourse, their sex lives, and their general health, mental as well as physical.

Raknes, Ola. Wilhelm Reich and Orgonomy : the great psychologist and his controversial theory of life energy. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1970. 80. Print.