By Mary English DSH Sept 2007

Key words: Wall,Barrier,Fence,Partition,Types of Enclosure,Fortify

I would like to thank the provers that took part in this proving. This was NOT an easy journey and I respect your feelings that were beautifully expressed by you as the proving took place.I would also like to thank the supervisors Mabel Smith RSHom and Usha Pearce RSHom.This was not the easiest of provings and you coped so well, THANK YOU.

P= partner
C= child
F= friend

The Great Wall of China is renowned as one of the most impressive and intriguing man-made structures on earth. It is also the subject of an awesome mythology, embedded in both learned and popular imaginations, which has grown up and now obscured the historical record. Even the maps which chart the Wall’s position offer erroneous accounts of a phenomenon which has never been accurately surveyed.
The notion of an ancient and continuously existing Great Wall, one of modern China’s national symbols and a legend in the eyes of the West, is in fact a myth. The decision to build walls as fortified defences was political and strategic and had profound implications for the nomadic and agricultural life under the Ming dynasty.1.

Prover number 3 "....didn't feel supported....conflict....angry, invaded, my boundaries are weak....when people muscle their way into my space-I feel threatened-fear-not wanting to share-boundaries-need boundaries. My boundaries need strengthening inside so I can be less spikey on the outside to protect myself.Lack of respect for people's space...."

The (anonymous) person who collected the sample said:
"I collected the samples from the eastern end of the wall, in the foothills near Beijing. It was a totally unrestored section, about 30 mins by bus from the more famous site of Simatai. This section is part of the Ming dynasty rebuild, sometime in the 15th or 16th century ACE. In a nineteenth century travelogue I came across a reference that the mortar was ground up with oil, then applied externally to cuts, burns, bruises or made into pills, the size of a lotus seed, and taken internally for stomach upsets."

boundary n line marking limit of land etc.

wall n continuous narrow upright structure of stone or brick etc. enclosing or protecting or separating a building or room or field or town etc.

THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA isn't quite a great wall, or even one wall. Each dynasty tried to negotiate borders with the mongols in the North, then fell out with them, then built a wall when the negotiating stopped, then the dynasty would fall. There have been some horrible accounts of the building of the wall/s, the soldiers sent to police them....the whole thing didn't make the people feel better, only the emperors themselves.It made it look as if they were 'doing' something.....when all they were really doing was falling-out with their neighbours, left, right and centre. China's history is full of an enormous amount of conflict and what we 'see' today is the remnants of how they resorted to control it.
By building walls.........

Short History
Ming dynasty 1368-1644
Qing dynasty 1644-1911

Wan Sitong a late-17th-century historian and poet (who was 6 years old when the Ming dynasty 'fell') was an author hired by the Qing government to compile the standard History of the Ming in the early decades of the new dynasty. He spoke for everyone-and particularly for anyone who had given up part or all of their lives building frontier walls- in expressing the sense of absurdity and futility that clothed the raising of walls by all the dynasties since the Qin, but especially the Ming:

"The men of Qin built the Long Wall as a defence against the barbarians.
Up went the Long Wall and down came the empire.
People are still laughing about it today.
Who would have imagined, then, that the Ming, to protect themselves from northern enemies
Would also decide building walls was the answer to all their problems.
They called theirs the border wall, instead of the Long Wall. Endlessly they built walls, without ever pausing for breath. As soon as it was announced the walls were built in the east
It would be reported that hordes of barbarians had raided in the west.
They rampaged through collapsed walls, as if over flat ground, Plundering whatever and whenever they liked.
When the barbarians retreated, up went the walls again.
The builders worked from dawn till dusk, and what was the use?
The gentry and ministers all squandered government funds
Wasting money needed for farming. ......
Why did we build walls for 10,000 li?
Dynasty after dynasty has done the same thing.
So why do we laugh at the First Emperor of Qin?"

I would like to thank the provers who took part in this proving. This was my 6th proving and for the first time I had provers who almost from the beginning of the proving were unsure, afraid, worried and concerned. I aimed to get together 10 provers, which I normally find easy but the energies of this remedy started to come through even before I had commenced the proving and I was literally, met with a brick wall.
One previous prover contacted me and asked if I was doing anymore provings as he and his lodger were interested. I emailed back and told him the situation and he volunteered. Days before the proving was to start, he phoned and emailed and said he wouldn’t be able to continue as he had just commenced a detox. I wasn’t prepared to talk someone into something they didn’t want to do and for once I hadn’t had a dose of the remedy myself, so I let him go and his lodger continued without him. The path with this remedy was a rather lonely one and as it progressed I realised quite quickly that there was more to this than I had thought.
The sample of the remedy was given to me by someone who had travelled there on holiday and was at pains to ensure their involvement was not to be revealed. China is a country of rather strict laws so I was worried that removing a part of the wall, no matter how small, might result in offence to the natives, or worse a diplomatic incident.
I have already been cautioned by English Heritage for ‘removing’ samples (which I later returned) from Stanton Drew Stone Circle and Old Wardour Castle for previous provings, and am still in debate with myself whether to inform the Chinese Embassy about this proving.

The Proving commenced on Monday 19th March 2007 with the provers commencing their journals.
At 9am on Tuesday 27th March the provers were asked to take one dose of the remedy. They were all given a numbered bottle, to match their prover number with small, sucrose tablets potentised to 6c with the remedy made from a sample from The Great Wall of China. Only 1 member of staff at Helios knew which bottle was the placebo.
Prover number 10 never wrote her diary/journal as she was too cross and bothered so her ‘words’ are from her supervised interviews. The supervisors were also affected by the remedy and felt that the provers weren’t interested in commnicating with them, so they in turn felt they couldn’t be bothered to chase them and found ‘other’ things to do when they should have been chasing the provers.

Prover number 10 felt her supervisor wasn’t interested in her and not ‘really listening’ to her. She found her ‘hard to communicate with’. She then made a strange comment. ‘It’s easier not to care’, as if the issue was about how much people cared, and she didn’t feel anyone cared about her feelings. So there was a tremenderous amount of mixed messages and people getting the ‘wrong end of the stick’ and I felt powerless to ‘do’ anything about the situation that had arisen. All I knew was I had to keep in touch with ALL the provers and check they felt heard, at least by me……

Both Usha and Mabel are wonderful, caring people but this remedy brought out a side of them I had never seen before and I knew it was the ‘remedy talking’ not them.
When the proving commenced we received a letter from the council to say that the derelict/un-used old railway track near to our property was going to be converted into a cycle-way. When I checked the plans at the council offices, I discovered to my dismay, that they would be building an ‘access road’ right behind our house and next-doors, running behind most of the houses further down our road.
My partner immediately got ‘on the case’ and drew-up a letter/petition and we in a short space of time found out how to object to a council planning proposal and how to communicate with our local councillors. Then my partner went away on a training course and I was left to finish the petition, get as many signatures from my neighbours and present the petition to the council. The whole episode felt surreal. I also felt that the council were ‘invading’ our lovely quiet little space and had visions of cyclists disturbing our peace and causing no amount of disruption. Plus the plans included re-opening a railway tunnel that had been filled-in for 30 odd years and using it as an accessway to get in and out of town.
The idea of the tunnel being opened and all the digging involved and the birds and badgers that had made their homes there set me onto another path of being ‘Ms Angry from Bath’ and I wizzed-off umpteen emails to animal charities and the council and generally got myself into an awful tizz about it all. Writing about it months later makes it seem almost farcical but at the time it seemed the end of the peaceful existance we had made here in the Hensley Healing Practice, Hensley Road……….

I then met and spoke to almost all my neighbours and heard their views about it all and they were angry and cross and fearful and upset……..the proving had barely started and I was surrounded by emotional people and a sense of the futility of ‘complaining’. I refused to take the whole issue lying down and I’m please to report the council dropped the idea of the access-way. I’ve yet to hear what will happen to the cycle-way and the tunnel idea……

1. Male age 24
2. Male declined 32
3. Female age 34
4. Male age 26
5. Female age 49
6. Male age 34
7. Female age 62 declined. This number turned-out afterwards to be the placebo number.
8. Female age 21
9. Male age 20
10. Female age 39

References 1. The Great Wall of China from History to Myth by Arthur Waldron, published by Cambridge University Press, 1990,Cambridge.
Please also see The Great Wall, China against the World, Julia Lovell, published 2006, Atlantic Books,Great Britain.

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