As a psychiatric nurse I’ve worked with many “sociopathic” types of people who seem to have no conscience, have no remorse for their horrible behaviors (laugh at what they’ve done even), people who hate themselves and the world, with behavior which is often violent (such as the young man who put pipe bombs in mailboxes), people seemingly no longer “human”, who are completely untouched by honest attempts at communication with them. Any ideas at all where to start with such people?

June 13, 2002

It is challenging to work with clients who are severely disturbed in their souls. As practitioners we have to honestly assess our abilities as well as limitations and boundaries when deciding whether to take on complex and difficult cases. It is not possible to accept every case, and we have to be humble enough to know when that is true. At the same time, those who are the most fallen in their humanity are also in the greatest need of help. If all we provide such persons is institutional warehousing in asylums or prisons, or state sanctioned death, then we all suffer in our humanity, and our problems as a civilization will continue to escalate.

The most important consideration to keep in mind when we take on a difficult case, such as a sociopathic disorder with criminal behavior, is that the person who stands before us is in their essence, a soul/spiritual being, no matter how disturbed. We may need to work in a very slow, progressive way to retrieve the core part of the human soul, and we may very likely need the help of other professionals with specialized expertise. Our efforts will need to include not only what we can accomplish in a given professional session, but ongoing prayer and meditation that holds such a person in the light of understanding and summons their submerged aspects of compassionate feeling and morality. For the practitioner some of the flower essences that can facilitate the necessary insight, compassion and commitment to sustain the healing process are Holly, Yellow Star Tulip, Star Tulip, Calendula, Cosmos, Angelica and Impatiens.

Many different flower essences can potentially be indicated, but one of the most fundamentally important for sociopathic behavior is Yellow Star Tulip, helping the individual to begin—however gradually—to feel the consequences of one’s action and behavior on others. Holly, Oregon Grape and Willow also work at basic levels to help such an individual begin to cleanse toxic emotions and to open the heart.

A key part of the therapy involves the ability to access the shadow part of the soul in such a way that it can be witnessed and owned by the Higher Self, rather than projected as violence or hatred onto others. Of course the reasons for this sociopathic behavior can stem from many cultural factors and childhood circumstances. It is also probable that the encrustation and hardening of the soul involves a series of lifetimes marked by privation, violence and abuse. To access these areas of soul consciousness, Star of Bethlehem, Arnica, Dogwood, Pink Monkeyflower, Golden Ear Drops, Black Cohosh, Black-Eyed Susan, Forget-Me-Not and Alpine Aster can be very important. The ability to become vulnerable and for the soul to feel its own pain is the doorway, to being able to feel the suffering of others.

Additionally, we have to realize that extremely poor nutrition, especially while in utero and in the formative stages of early childhood, can have devastating consequences on the health of both body and soul, with the body becoming increasingly hardened and less receptive to higher soul impulses. Mariposa Lily, Evening Primrose, Self-Heal, Arnica, Star of Bethlehem and Dogwood are important for these conditions, along with expert nutritional remediation. It is deeply troubling and unfortunate that those who are placed within institutions are typically given the lowest quality of food high in starches and additives, along with intrusive psychiatric drugs. Such a program is the diametric opposite of what is needed. It is urgent that progressive therapists acquaint themselves with a new form of psychiatry based on nutrition rather than drugs. Major scientific advances are being made in this field of knowledge, and unless you have such training, collaboration with another colleague in is vital.
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In many situations, therapists need to have permission or the ability to work outside the box of the “institutional norms”. The therapist must create a context in which to break down the resistance, and defensive shell of the sociopathic personality. When the flower essences can work in tandem with other therapies that are also nurturing and opening the soul, a synergy between psyche and substance is created wherein both approaches are more efficacious. Possible additional therapies to facilitate the larger soul process are nature walks, massage therapy, art therapy, and journal writing. Flower essences are not likely to be successful on a long term basis for extreme cases of psychological imbalance and psychiatric disease without a tailored program involving appropriate adjunct therapies.

Patricia Kaminski

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