Rubrics of the Mind for the 21st Century, Joy Lucas
– Review –
The book "Rubrics of the Mind for the 21st Century" by Joy Lucas is a kind of homeopathic textbook – Materia medica and guide through about thirty rubrics and a bit more than sixty remedies. It is divided into five parts-chapters: Damage, Endurance, Terror, Waste and Wilderness.
The very titles of the chapters are introducing the reader into the authors' idea to link the terms which we can clearly recognize in lifestyle of modern man with homeopathic typology of personality ie remedies. Joy Lucas, like all great teachers of homeopathy, has its own distinctive way of connecting homeopathic knowledge with natural phenomena and reality, and with mind and skill of insightful homeopath uses these connections to explain the deeper levels of homeopathic remedies, giving a great contribution to the homeopathic science in a way that allows understanding essence of the remedies, and thus improving precision of prescriptions of homeopathic practitioners.
In the way of thinking and knowledge transfer, Joy Lucas captivates with knowledge of Materia medica same as finding creative unambiguous links between phenomena in nature and a man as an inseparable part of this same nature – man as a being, as an individual with all the innate and acquired limitations, a man who, when sometimes is kicked out of balance that is inherent to him – becomes ill. But, a man never becomes ill purely by chance, randomly or in a way that can not be understood. Understanding of all aspects of becoming ill as a occasional inevitability is a necessary condition for healing. Homeopathic understanding of the remedies, types, of man and aspects of the sickness is much different from all other sciences that provide treatment, and therefore the study of these elements in this science is demanding work. But what kind otherwise can and should be the work of someone who choose this calling? Healing is not a job but the calling.
For that reason, anyone who in addition to their regular practice which in itself already involves continuously learning, is dedicated to sharing of knowledge and experience, deserves the highest accolades and gratitude of all of us to whom that knowledge is presented.
Joy Lucas cherishes the highest value system called Hahnemannian homeopathy and insists on the basic principles of science of which should not be deviate. Although are heard many voices that criticize such at first glance rigid attitude, every homeopath should be aware that we serve science which, of course, like everything else in nature – develops and progresses, but also science which results are achieved solely due to very exhaustive individual approach to each individual, and where access is individual, there are many variable elements. Deviation from the basic postulates additionally burdens, and leads to a potentially dangerous position, the science as well as a profession.
About how her attitude is not rigid, tells this book, dedicated to the rubrics of the mind – the mental aspects with which modern man is facing at the beginning of 21st century, foreseeing problems that the way in which humanity will evolve, will introduce into his life. Although the title of the book emphasizes the mind, emotional and physical aspects are not neglected.
Reading this book, you cannot not to perceive how much research was needed to reach the complex pictures of the remedies-personality types who are processed. In her approach Joy has succeeded to create an authentic and only her own style of thinking which is a combination of the teachings of the old masters of homeopathy and contemporaries such as Whitmont, Vithoulkas and Sankaran.
For the end of this review of the book "Rubrics of the Mind for the 21st Century", the first in Serbian and English language, as much to capture the imagination of future readers, translator will indicate an excerpt from the preface to the first chapter, "Damage":
"We have come to expect all phenomena to be damaged in some way. Everything is damaged – the physical body; the fragile emotional psyche; the intellectual mind; the cultures we live in and the environment we try to live with. We don’t expect perfection even though we crave the notion of excellence, but that craving in itself is often born out of something that has been damaged such as an intense and unbalanced need for the control of an activity. Control = order and order = perfection.
We need to throw that concept out of the window if we are to stay healthy in mind and body, so we opt for the polar opposite – that which is damaged, less than perfect, that which scuppers the whole idea of ever having to attain a higher goal. This irony has occurred to such a degree that we now yearn for something that is recognisably damaged so we can feel ‘normal’. The trouble is that notions of ‘perfection’ and ‘damage’ are both at different extremes of the delusional paradigm."