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nosce te ipsum - know thyself

One of the most extraordinary things about life is its ability to be endlessly creative. We can see this all around us, including in how every human being that has ever lived is completely unique! You who are reading this are one of a kind and so, of course, is each of your friends, your family, and everyone you know. The complexity within life, and each one of us, that allows for such individuality is something truly incredible, it is unlimited.

We set about categorising each other, therefore, at the peril of losing sight of this everyday wonder. Just as soon as we divide each other by age, race, nationality etc. we can lose the awareness of what matters most; namely that the endless creativity of life is equally expressed in the indivduality of every single one of our lives, that no one person is better or worse than another, and that we are all the same in being different.

So, why bring constitutions into the picture? It is to better understand, and work with, the inherent nature that underlies that individuality. Throughout history, all cultures have come to a similar recognition that, despite the obvious evidence of our differences, there are still recurring themes that show how we tend to be relatively hotter or cooler and, at the same time, relatively dryer or damper than one another.

The value of this understanding is that it gives such useful insights, including into what kinds of foods, habits and, when needed, medicines can form the surest foundation for our most precious possession of all; our health...

The Eagle Personality

I begin by focusing on just a few personality traits that have been chosen to demonstrate some key themes that manifest in the Eagle constitution however, it must be understood that these are only a small part of the whole and that none of this is meant to take anything away from your own, unlimited individuality. So long as we understand each other on that crucial point, do read on...

Vitality

Eagles should have, and usually do have, plenty of natural vitality. They are not the kind of people who want to sit-down, slow-down and find the easiest way to get by in life. Just as no two people are the same, so are no two Eagles quite the same in how they express their vitality but, by way of example, they are usually people who are quick to fall in love, quick to join a cause, or quick to commit their considerable energy to a new project or path. In the great game of life, they should rather be players than spectators.

The quality of vitality could just as well be called 'energy' and, of course, in our culture, energy is thought of as something that, 'the more you have the better'. However, the truth is that vitality needs to be usefully channelled to serve a person well and too much of it can be just as bad as too little though I am aware, as I write that last comment, that it would probably only be a personal experience of what it is like to be in the discomfort of 'excess' that would convince someone of the truth of it...

Many Eagles come to understand that they have a higher than average level of vitality and that they must not make the mistake of holding others to the same expectations they give themselves. Eagles are often high-achieving people and may have no small amount of pride based on their strengths, which is no bad thing so long as they maintain some humility that comes from recognising their weaknesses too! You can usually sense or see a kind of dignity about Eagles which, if you have got to know them and then see signs of them losing, can be sure that things have come to a difficult pass indeed.

Eagles often receive the great gift of very good health for much of their lives. If they can maintain good sleep habits, avoid getting allergic or immune-based illness and not get injured in the name of having fun, then there is every chance that they will make it to a considerable age before they have to think or worry much at all about their health.

Vision

'Vision' is a very important quality for Eagles. They need to be able to clearly see what's going on around them and I do also mean this in literal terms, i.e. being able to clearly see their physical world, but equally it is meant that they need a clear vision of their life path and where they are and where they are going in the bigger scheme of things.

Let me put it this way, if an Eagle can't see the point of what they are doing, of where they are putting their vitality, then they can become very uncomfortable and out of sorts, even to the point of bringing things to a screeching halt if their vision is obscured enough! On the other hand if an Eagle has a clear vision of the goals ahead, they know where they are going, what they are doing, and why, there really can be no stopping them.

Another aspect of the importance of 'vision' for Eagles is how it relates to their sense of justice, of right and wrong. Many Eagles are drawn into life-paths where they can put the world to rights in some way. They can develop a powerful intution for the right order of things, and how to make things fair, that is matched by a deep aversion for injustice. What's more is that they may well be willing to do something about it too.

I would say that, with few exceptions, the Eagle is not the constitutional type that does well to retire, because what is the point of that? It is very important to maintain a sense of flexibility with this quality of wanting to see where you are going. No-one knows the future and the only certainty is that things will always change. As the saying goes 'man plans and God laughs' Eagles must be ready to adapt to their body and mind changing as they age, to set the bar lower on some things or else move the thing somewhere else entirely!

The Eagles need for vision, for clarity, means they usually need at least some time to themselves on a regular basis, time to think, time to process, time to get their bearings and get perspective on things. For most Eagles, at least some kind of real space is going to be required to get that time to see things clearly and this need is no small part of another abiding quality in the Eagle, i.e. their need for freedom.

Freedom

Freedom has always been one of the highest aspirations of all peoples but perhaps, like health itself, it is something that can only be truly appreciated by someone who has had it and then lost it.

Many Eagles experience a conflict between their need for freedom and their desire to have a 'nest' to return to after the day's flight. To not become a loner, or leave a trail of broken hearts, means they must find the way to have an open sky and a nest, rather than choosing one or the other.

There are times that nearly all Eagles will need to spread their proverbial wings and feel the freedom that is as vital to their soul as air is to their body. Anyone who is in love with an Eagle needs to know a critically important fact about them; you must be prepared to let them go, 'if you love someone, set them free, if they come back they're yours, if they don't, they never were'

It is not easy to find true freedom in a world full of obligations and expectations. If they are willing to look closely at their lives, many Eagles will share that a motivatingn force behind their decisions and directions was a need to go through a journey where they explored what different kinds of freedom meant for them. Eventually they might come to see that true freedom is an internal state more than anything else, an ability to be un-trapped by one's own conditioning and limitations, to feel free within.

Communication

More from the Eagle constitution than anyone else, there are many great orators, writers, talkers, performers, visionaries and revolutionaries. Whether it be a kitchen, a classroom, a board room, or a much larger forum, most Eagles know how to tell a tale and enchant an audience. They can be very adept at staying up and generously giving out from the warm thermal of any subject that excites them however, they may struggle with being on the receiving end, and this can create imbalance in relationship.

Any Eagle, or any person who is close to one, may benefit by practicing the art of reflective listening, especially talked about in relation to the hardest emotion to handle in relationship here. That link is not to suggest that frustration is going to be more of an issue for an Eagle for anyone else, it's not, it is a certainty however, that learning how to really listen to others will do more than anything to open the doorway to love; which is that which gives us the wings that do not tire.

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Eagle Nutrition

Food is incredibly important to the health of all kinds of people and Eagles are no exceptions to this. The kind of food that people prefer is another fascinating reflection of their constitution and it is noticeable that most Eagles typically much prefer foods that are lighter and faster to metabolise than heavier and denser alternatives.

There is nothing wrong with following your nature and, so long as the Eagle is in good health they should certainly follow their instincts and eat what they most enjoy. That said, it must be acknowledged that some Eagle constitutions grow to develop problems in their health that are directly related to their diet.

Feast or Famine

Many Eagles, especially when young, like to eat plenty of high-energy foods to fuel their high metabolisms. The phrase 'a good game is a fast game' was made for Eagles, they like to play hard/ work hard!
In adulthood, If they remain physically active in their work or life-style, they may continue to eat high-energy, high-carbohydrate foods without getting overweight, much to the envy or even disbelief of some of their friends.

Some Eagles, as they grow into adulthood, adopt the habit of having little to eat during the day other than tea, coffee, and maybe something sweet, until they finally get to the end of their working day and are then ready to feast, i.e. eat the large part of that day's calories. They instinctively know that, once they eat a certain amount, that they will have to come down to earth and rest, so they wait until they have got everything done before they are ready to feast!

If an Eagle becomes somewhat sedentary, but keeps this kind of feast or famine pattern, or they continue to eat a high carbohydrate diet without burning it off, then they must be wary of the significant risk of developing diabetes in later life. Eagles actually get diabetes a little less, on average, than other constitutions, but when they do get it, it comes on hard and fast. If there are such warning signs as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or getting quite thick around the middle, they may surely prevent a catastrophic outcome by taking care of things as soon as possible as described here

Allergies or intolerances

The other major food matter that can come up with Eagle constitutions is that some of them become rather prone to food allergies or intolerances, which in turn is possibly a by-product of having rather active immune systems from early on in life.

If, for example, the Eagle is getting problems with their skin, e.g. particularly eczema or hives but any kind of weird skin disturbance might qualify, or if they are getting problems with their respiratory system, such as hayfever or asthma, but again any sort of chronic cough or breathing problem might be present, then there is every reason to closely explore the possibility that they have an underlying intolerance to food that is causing their 'allergy-bucket' to become fill to the point of overflowing.

There is always more than one thing that goes to fill the allergy bucket, stress is usually there to at least some extent, the environment; its pollens, pollution, dust-mites etc. are also likely to be in there too, but food can be the best place to start looking because we get a lot more choice about what we eat than what we breathe! If this area needs to be explored further, start here

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Eagle Fitness

Eagles are nearly always people who naturally and instinctively like to keep fit and active and many become particularly good at working with their body in some kind of skilled task or sport. In practice therefore, the need to talk about getting physical fitness comes up less with Eagles than the other constitutions however, there may need to be especially careful to maintain their mental fitness as they get older.

For most people, their health and fitness are a gift for the first half of their lives however, eventually we have to start earning it! In this regard, mental fitness is no different, or less important, than physical fitness, and finding the best ways to keep our minds active and engaged clearly makes an enormous difference to our quality of life as we age.

For any constitution, depending on their case and individual challenges, I sometimes ask the question "what have you been studying or learning about lately?" If a person's mind becomes 'set' in its thinking and manner of experiencing the world, the result is no different than if they were to stop moving or stretching their body; there is a stiffness, a rigidity, a hardness that can develop.

People can keep vibrantly good mental health into great old age, but only if they maintain their mental fitness. There is no one right way to do this anymore than there is one right way to exercise the body. The only real danger is to be in denial of this being an issue if it really is a problem because, if there is a conscious choice to remain open to a journey that has no final destination, then the means to remaining young and alive in spirit are as many and varied as the unlimited creativity of life itself!

If I am working with an Eagle patient, usually an older one, who has significantly lost their mental or physical fitness due to injury or illness then, as soon as it is reasonably possible, we must set out on a journey of recovering the strength of the mind and/or body.

Eagles do not do well in the captivity of a life restricted by illness. Whatever their limitations, and however low they may have gone, whilst they live their must be an attempt to focus on the things that can be done and to take a one-step-at-a-time approach to regaining their fitness. You can't put that kind of medicine in a bottle, it can be hard work but it is always worth it. I have learned, many times, that no matter how bad things get, you should nerer underestimate the power of the human being to recover their strength and fitness, at any age.

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Eagle Rest & Relaxation

Eagles can, compared to all the other constitutions, be particularly bad sleepers! All that natural energy is great when out and about in the world but a lot less helpful when trying to get to sleep, especially when it morphs into mental overactivity.

Along with allergies, problems related to a lack of sleep are the main reason Eagles under 50 present in practice, fortunately there are some tried and tested strategies that have consistently been seen to help, that are written up in detail here

Difficulty with relaxing can be equally challenging for many Eagles. They are fine and feel great in when in action, i.e. in 'flight' but, after a certain age, they often start to find that as soon as they stop, i.e. 'land' and sit down for a rest, they quickly find themselves falling asleep in their chair! Many Eagles who are used to going all day without needing to stop, can feel quite upset, even offended, by this. They can take it as a personal failure, and that it means that there must be something wrong with them .

In practice, I often meet Eagles who have a fairly blemish-free health history, and little in the way of worrying symptoms now, but who are worried that there must be something badly wrong because they feel the wind has gone out of them, and that they need to rest during the day but are more than a little conflicted about that. It can be especially upsetting that, when by accident or by allowing themselves, they do get some extra rest, that if anyhting they feel even more tired for it, and so force themselves to keep going instead.

The experience of increased fatigue after starting to pay of sleep or rest 'debt' is so common that it might as well be called a rule. Sometimes, you just have to feel worse before you get better. When I meet an Eagle whose main concern is simply feeling too tired, and I see the charatersitic signs of strain in their immune systems, or hear it in their heart, then I know that we now have an opportunity for a vital healing process, but it is going to depend on me being able to convince the Eagle to land for a while and allow themselves to feel a lot more tired than they are used to, for a while. It's not an easy thing to convey, and some Eagles need to reach further to the end of their tether before they are ready for it. However, if the person is willing to do the 'work' as described next, and we use some essential herbs to help both relax and nouish the nerves along the way, then there is a transformative process of healing that soon follows, it always takes more than just days but it doesn't take months.

Their 'work' in such cases, is to simply let go for a while. Stop pushing, stop forcing, let the body and the mind have a holiday, a rest. No-one is good at doing nothing for very long, it's not a matter of making yourself stay in bed. For some it is simply getting out into nature that unwinds the spring the best, for others reading a book or listening to music is what works, some used to have a craft or other pastime, before they got too pressured, that would get them into a relaxed state. People already know what relaxes them the best, they just stop doing it when they get too stressed. If a person asks themself honestly, 'what do I know and trust that will get me properly unwinding and relaxing?' They will get the answers they need.

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Eagle Health & Medicine

Health really is our most valuable possession. However, hardly anyone gets the truth of that until they've lost it, at least for a while. Hopefully, what is lost can always be found and, unless a person is born with a problem, then there is every chance they can find a solution, which can definitely happen if they treat the cause of it.

This can be the great value of recognising the patterns of our differences via the constitutional approach, which in turn equally ties in with another way of seeing what can help, or obstruct, the self- healing process by understanding that each and every one of us has within us a 'healing cycle' that we move through in the course of our daily lives and that it is always when one part of that cycle is repeatedly blocked or out of balance that we become unable to self-correct what's gone wrong.

The above discussions on nutrition, fitness and rest/relaxation have already gone into material that affects 3 of the 4 stages of the healing cycle, the 4th is about 'cleansing', and it is this area that most often needs some initial attention in a person who has become chronically unwell. Eagles are no exception to this and, even though they may have maintained a clean diet and environment, many show the classic signs of 'encumbrance' when first met. However, with the aid of some sure remedies from Nature, they almost always begin to make rapid progress when this essential part of the healing cycle is given the attention it needs.

If you personally need to delve into this subject further, then the subject of internal cleansing is discussed in more detail here. Likewise, the fascinating and vital subject of the healing cycle is introduced and described further here

I don't want to describe the potential health problems that Eagles are particularly prone to, it would make for a most gloomy list and none of it may ever be personally relevant to you! However, if there is something you are troubled by now, or want to know more about, you can see the health problems I've had positive experience with treating in the A-Z of health conditions found here

On the other hand, I do want to highlight some of the tried and true remedies from Nature that can be of particular help to Eagles if used wisely and when needed.

For example, the herb St John's wort has been seen to be especially helpful to many Eagles. Far more than just the natural 'anti-depressant' it has been marketed to be, St John's gives a marvellous kind of 'food' to the nervous system that can sometimes be exactly what is needed to replenish and heal.

Another important Eagle herb is the evocatively named Skullcap which can have a remarkably calming action on an overactive mind, likewise Passionflower, a herb that works to relax the physical nervous system. For an imbalanced immune system, the mushroom-medicine Reishi, and the Native American remedy Echinacea have been seen to help many Eagles. Lastly, two great heart herbs that have been seen to be of much help when needed are Hawthorn and Motherwort.

Those are just a very few examples, so long as it is clearly understood that, at different times and with different problems, any herb may potentially be of help to any constitution, to see what else is particularly well-suited to Eagles, there are further patterns shown in the chart on constitutional medicines found here.

~ Tigers: Hotter & Damper

~ Eagles: Hotter & Dryer

~ Elephant/Butterfly: Cooler & Dryer

~ Bears: Cooler & Damper

~ Back to Constitutional Medicine Introduction

~ Working out your Constitution

~ Origins & Adaptations of Constitutional Medicine

Please understand that I cannot personally advise you without seeing you in my clinic.
This living 'book' is my labour of love so, wherever you are, I wish you peace & good health!

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