After beginning with 15 minutes of eurythmy, Dr. Sims-O’Neil spoke about the origins of the word immunity: being exempt from service or activity, freedom. Today immunity is understood to relate to metabolic activity. The basic concepts of three systems, the Nerve-Sense, Rhythmic, and Metabolic-Limb, were introduced. The materialistic way of viewing immunity in a tight little conceptual box “Let’s fight the enemy! Kill the illness!”, as contrasted with a different approach, which might include understanding the activity of the “helper cells.”
Dr. Sims-O'Neil suggested we try seeing illness and health as a constant, dynamic play to achieve a balance between the polarities of chaos and form. Too much warmth and inflammation bring about chaos and destruction. Too much form becomes rigid, lifeless, and sclerotic. The interplay between the two is never at a standstill.
She explained that in the body, stillness is needed in the head. The heart and lungs move rhythmically, reaching out into the periphery and flowing back into the center. Limbs need healthy, purposeful movement. Therapeutic Eurythmy offers this. How wonderful to have this possibility for movement on the earth at this time!
Dr. Sims-O'Neil described the need for a healthy balance of the three aspects of head, heart, and hands:
- The clarity in thinking;
- Feeling interested in the world and then coming back to oneself;
- Strength of will, being able to get things done.
The timely topic of vaccinations was raised with an approach to the issue to move it out of the “Fear Box.” Dr. Sims-O'Neil encouraged us to try expanding our view of the human being to something bigger than just the physical/material. Is fear really the way to approach anything? The spiritual world is ready, and there to help us. No change/challenge comes to us that we cannot meet.
She continued with the history of vaccinations. In China, smallpox scabs were processed, then ingested as an immunization. Louis Pasteur noted milder difficulties when immunizing chickens if they were exposed to oxygen.
If the goal is to promote health, she encouraged us to look at how that can be done. If vaccines are given, one might spread out the schedule to help decrease adverse reactions or have the shots given in the legs rather than the arms, to lessen the impact on the rhythmic system. Drinking warm fluids, getting plenty of rest, and fresh air can help the organism process things more readily following an immunization.
The morning concluded with a eurythmy group exercise to foster a sense of grounded calming.