Silica is a mineral from which much of the Earth is made, the source in homeopathy being pure flint. Not only is it found throughout the Earth's crust, it is also found in many sea creatures and most plants. Indeed, it is the Silica in the stem of straw that makes it go rigid. Silica has a close relationship to Sulphur, Calc Carb and Lycopodium.
SLOW TO DEVELOP
The action of Silica is slow. In the proving it takes a long time to develop the symptoms. Therefore it is suited to symptoms that develop slowly. Silica is often used to treat symptoms of chronic diseases where there is a general weakness and a lack of either physical or emotional strength. The rocks that Silica comes from are hard and compact. Silica is used to strengthen many parts of the body and impart to them Silica's hard, dense and strong characteristics.
THE MIND, THE HAVEN
The world of the mind is the world of the Silica Type. It is his haven – safe and secure. Silica types become scientists, astro-phycisists, cosmologists, astronomers, paleo-anthropologists, archeologists and mathematicians. However, unlike Sulphur and Lycopodium they usually possess a wonderful balance between right and left cerebral activity and, like Isaac Newton, one of the last of the mystic scientists, they are able to perceive the majesty of creation, in all its scientific detail, and still retain a reverence for God and belief in the spiritual destiny of man.
INFINITESIMAL AND FINE CHISELLING
The Silica mind is fascinated by the infinitesimal, the distant past and the remote future. Silicas can spend hours, days and months fine chiselling and brushing a fragment of fossilised bone out of its encasing rock with infinite patience and loving care. One characteristic of Silica is devotion to the finest detail. They obsess about small details to the point of exhaustion because they fear failure and being hurt. They may compensate for their lack of physical prowess and stamina by developing their mental abilities and knowledge. They earn their laurels by intellectual feats. These people are often intellectually bright but lack confidence. Many "nerds" and "boffins" are Silicas. Though reserved and lacking self-confidence they are very determined and focused. They study and they over study. They are admired for their intellect and this gives them the confidence they lack.
TIMID AND WILFUL
These people are happy to sit and take no action. They tend to be shy and have good manners but they are also wilful to the point of resenting any other outside interference. Silicas are honest, sincere and open. Initially they are often timid, hesitant and indecisive and are easily influenced and persuaded by others. But as they develop and mature, constantly learning from experience and forming their own beliefs, morals, values and opinions, and gain strength and resolve. Once established their convictions are steadfast and they can be extremely obstinate and unyielding on matters of principle.
Lynda Loughman, final year student of College of Visionary Homeopathy and Doula