- Becoming Yourself
Homeopathy is based on the Greek law of similars i.e. like cures like. So, whatever the medicine produces in a healthy person, it will cure in a sick person.
An analogy I use to describe how Homeopathy works is that of the sculptor or wood carver removing the outer layers to reveal the pure image at the centre. The image is allowed to emerge. The true spirit of the patient is allowed to emerge, is encouraged to evolve by the remedy interacting with the vital force. As the Sculptor knows that a piece of stone contains an image waiting to be released, so too does the Homeopath know that at the centre of each patient is a true, clear self, longing to emerge safely.
With correct and careful prescribing, followed by continuous support, the homeopath can enable this process. It is vital for the patient to feel secure and to trust the practitioner, as well as the process. Because of the nature of the work, it is crucial that the practitioner/patient relationship be based on openness and trust. Although the journey is enormously beneficial and worthwhile, it can be quite painful at times and obviously requires careful handling. As a practising Homeopath, I encourage my patients to be true to themselves as much as possible, to claim their own space in this world and to find their own personal rhythm so that they will join the dance of life.
Each of us is unique and each of us has a purpose to fulfil. Each of us has a right to be here. We must not allow anyone to take that away from us. Remember no one can hurt you unless you allow them to do so. We are each responsible for ourselves and our own lives. No matter what we have inhereted genetically, or what sort of environment, culture or conditioning we have experienced, we must take responsibilities for ourselves. It makes life much clearer, much simpler, once we realise that. Such acceptance leads to a more 'grounded' feeling within ourselves. We can "come home" to ourselves and feel at home in our own skins. Consequently, we look at life from the inside out, instead of from the outside in i.e. through our own eyes rather than someone else's eyes.
Coming to terms with who you are is probably the most challenging thing you will ever do. There's no need to be afraid of your dark side. We all have a dark side (shadow). Fear only serves to magnify the problem. That which is feared gains power from that fear. Take away its power, examine it, talk to it, integrate it. Accept yourself, warts and all. Homeopathy will help you to do this. the medicine brings you back in touch with your inner self-your true self. Then you can express all of that self, acknowledge it and love it. Don't wait around for someone else to do this for you. They never will. Mother yourself, Father yourself, become your own best friend. This may seem really selfish. However you cannot truly love anyone else until you love yourself. Being at ease with who you are brings confidence and releases blocked energies. This, in turn, helps you to be more open, accepting and loving towards others.
When Homeopathy is properly used and when the Homeopath is sufficiently tuned into the patient, this process becomes a time of great joy and great learning for both. I learn a tremendous amount from my patients and am constantly astonished at peoples' resilience. The most important thing in homeopathy is to have an unprejudiced mind. The practitioner must listen and observe very carefully. The patient is the most important person in the room. It is the job of the Homeopath to facilitate the patient's development and healing. However it is the patient who does the healing. We all have an innate ability to heal ourselves and we know what we need. This knowledge, unfortunately has been suppressed over the generations and requires suitable, gentle facilitation to enable it to emerge and return to consciousness. Tremendous patience and objectivity is needed by the Homeopath, who must never allow his/her own ego to interfere.
Being compassionate is all very well, in that it makes us feel good that we care, therefore we must be good people. We want to give money to charity etc., in order to relieve our conscience. How many of us ever put money into specific projects to relieve stress and suffering? Wouldn't it be more merciful to help people to help themselves? Isn't it better to learn something about what it is that causes suffering, famine and deprivation of any kind? Doesn't it make more sense to support education programmes which teach people to take care of themselves?
Let's stop mothering or fathering these individuals and instead have enough respect to allow them to develop their own skills, to claim their own dignity and space in this world. Otherwise we are perpetuating the agony, colluding in stunting their growth into whole, rounded, confident human beings. If we continue to look after others, they will never learn to look after themselves. This doesn't mean that we shirk all responsibility for others. We still have a moral responsibility to those less fortunate than ourselves, but lets think about what kind of help we can provide. What would be best for them in the longterm? Accepting ourselves, knowing who we are and what we are becoming will open the door on what it is we need to do for others.
None of this is easy, particularly with such emphasis on competition and material wealth in our society. However each of us can begin to make changes on a small scale in our own lives. The more positive energy we create around us the greater the results will be in the universe. Each individual can put positive, healing energy into the cosmos and the whole world will benefit. as each action has a reaction, it follows that positive, loving actions should have similar reactions. That would be too easy, a bit Utopian surely? Remember light always follows dark and vice versa. We will always have both, but we can learn to keep a balance, by acknowledging both, integrating both and living our lives in a trusting and loving way, without fear and negativity. Fear cripples. Let it go.
Homeopathy is one of the best ways of helping someone to do this. It contains ancient wisdom and is one of the most dynamic and powerful medicines available to us. Anyone that believes in the interconnectedness of everything and everyone in the universe will enjoy and value Homeopathy.