A Day in the Life of a Homeopath with Jude Cockburn
What inspired you to become a homeopath?
My ‘ah ha’ moment? I was in my Homeopath’s office having a meltdown!!! She said to me ‘ Do you really not know what you want to do with your life or do you just think you don’t know?’Such a simple thing!! Once home I looked at my bookshelf and slapped myself. I had so many homeopathic books that I had collected over the years! It seemed so simple then to know that was what I wanted to do. In fact then I remembered for years I had been planning on this path but a number of life changing events meant that I had to wait.
What does your average day as a homeopath look like?
Every day is different. I like to start my day with reading a book that is inspiring or thought provoking while the house is quiet, and I confess - having a morning coffee. Then it’s time to get into my office and ‘see’ patients or admin or such. Late afternoon is time for a 5k - 7k run to blow out the cobwebs and to focus on training for my next marathon.
What do you most love about being a homeopath?
Such a good question! Obviously to help people to get better. It is rewarding when a patient comes for a follow up and they have forgotten various symptoms and they look so much brighter and lighter. But I also really enjoy creating a safe place for patients to explore thoughts/emotions/concepts that they have not put together before. When they say to me, ‘Wow, no one has ever asked me that before’ or ‘ I have never thought about it quite like that before’ and it sets their minds processing.
Also - I have to tell you - I love to get people laughing or crying because that way I know I have touched a nerve and helped them release a blockage.
What is your favourite homeopathic story?
Tell us a little about your life before you became a homeopath.
I have had a checkered career thus far! My working life started on a sheep farm in NZ and from there I worked in the corporate world in the UK. All well and good until my husband’s job took us to Germany before we landed here. So I was on the move a lot!!
How did you change your life through homeopathy?
It became more settled!
What role did CCHM play in supporting your transformation?
I remember clearly my first day in class where I felt I had arrived home and what a joy that was. Not to mention that initial conversation when I phoned CCHM and said ‘Hi, I’d like to be a homeopath’.
What are three key memories from your experience at CCHM?
What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to become a homeopath?
Other’s people's attitudes! Although my husband was supportive of my decision, it was intriguing the resistance from other family members and friends. But, not to blame them - I also had to work through the limiting belief that this (homeopathy) was too hard! That did keep me stuck for a while as I looked at the application process and thought I was not up to it. Yikes! That seemed so threatening until I just put my head down and got on with it. That’s the same as saying I made a decision then got out of my own way!!
How do you see your future in homeopathy?
I’m still working on this! Always developing and working on ideas and reaching out to people. This past year I have been focusing on finding my voice and talking to people and writing for my website.
What do you love about the homeopathic community?
Being with like minded people and hearing the challenges and success stories.
What advice can you offer to a person considering becoming a homeopath?
Take the plunge. Even if you decide this is not for you - you don’t know unless you try. Guaranteed you will learn and grow.
Can you recommend a couple of good books on homeopathy?
My go to is ‘Hering’s Guiding Symptoms’ - all 10 volumes! ‘Hahnemann Revisited’ by Luc De Schepper and not to forget Dr Dorothy Shephard - anything you can get your hands on.
Anything you'd like to add?
Join the DIN club - Do It Now.
Find me in Instagram: homeopathywithjude