From Michaele DS, Toronto
During the last 10 years I have been at home raising my 3 children. My oldest son, James, is 23 and is a Mining Engineer, my daughter, Shannon, is 19 and studying Biochemistry at the University of Guelph and my youngest son, Alessandro, is entering Grade 12. This has been the focus of my life, and my priority. I feel very blessed to have been able to be at home during this time.
I graduated from high school in 1983 (The Bishop Strachan School, Toronto). I went to The University of Western Ontario for my first three years of University and graduated with a B.A in 1986. I got my Real Estate licence over one of those summers. I then went to the University of Ottawa for Law. I graduated in 1989 and was called to the Bar in March of 1991. I delivered my son two months later and have been happily home raising my children ever since!
I am now at that time of life in which I am ready for some changes. It is time to focus on self-improvement and learning. Although, I have always looked for opportunities to learn, especially in the complementary health field, which has always interested me.
It was during one of my ten years as a Beaver/Cub leader that I was introduced to Reiki: I became very ill the first day of a camp with flu symptoms and a Beaver mom used Reiki on me and after an hour I was fine! I did level one Reiki after that. During the last few years, I took a comprehensive NLP course; a Hypnotherapy course; the Access Consciousness, The Bars course; Parts 1 and 2 of the Litios Light Training course; as well as Eric Pearl’s Reconnection course. I have been treated by Homeopaths, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Bio-Feedback practitioners and many types of energy healers, to name a few! I love to experience different healing modalities, although my husband might go as far as to call it an obsession!
During the last couple of years I have been spending a lot of time on self-growth, learning about emotions and the subconscious and how they affect health, spirituality, as well as the power of our intention. I have been reading books by Louise Hay, Karol Truman (Feelings Buried Alive Never Die), Eckhardt Tolle, Lynn McTaggert, Deepak Chopra, as well as A Course in Miracles. You could probably summarize my philosophy of life, at this time, as understanding that we are all here to learn and to grow from all experiences in life, ‘good’ or ‘bad’, although I do not really believe that they can be termed as such. I feel that love is the one important emotion and that everything else falls under the category of fear, which is the opposite of love and is detrimental to our well-being. I believe that good health is life’s most precious gift and anything we can do to foster it is worth pursuing.
I must say that I am not sure that I want to become a Homeopath. I am not sure at this point if I want to spend the rest of my life treating other people, having just started weaning myself from doing just that with my own children.
I can say I have been interested in complementary medicine for quite some time. And this is as a result of having children. I did everything ‘by-the-book’ with my oldest child: hospital birth with an Obstetrician, most vaccines, introduced foods at six month and gave Tylenol for every new painful tooth. After he was born I developed hypothyroidism and was on Synthroid for a year but decided I did not want to be taking pills for the rest of my life. I went to the Naturopathic College and saw a student practitioner and was soon off the medication. My daughter was born in a hospital with a midwife and my youngest was born at home. After my daughter was born I did not introduce food to her until she wanted it at 8 months and I only gave her organic food. I used White Willow for teething pain and gave even fewer vaccines. I nursed my two youngest children until they were just over 2 years old. I also began seeing a naturopath/homeopath for when my children were ill. I soon discovered Dana Ullman’s ‘Guide to Homeopathy’ which I used often as my children were growing as well as for myself (I gave up on my husband a long time ago with homeopathy!).
I have always enjoyed using homeopathy, especially when I was lucky enough to see instant results. The first time I used it was with my eldest son when he was 6 and woke up in the middle of the night telling me he could not swallow and it felt like there was something stuck in his throat, I gave him a dose of Hepar Sulf and he lay down and went back to sleep, without another word out of him thereafter. Another time we came back from Europe and my daughter, hours after the flight, started crying that her ear was hurting badly. My husband was ready to rush her off to the hospital and I told him to wait. I pulled out my trusty Dana Ullman book and gave her either Chamomilla or Pulsatilla, I can’t recall, and literally after a couple of minutes she was fine! I looked at my husband and said, “Well, what do you think?” and he responded “Something worked”. I have since used it for bee stings, heat stroke, tooth aches, colds, croup and earaches.
As my children have matured and my time constraints have lessened, I have begun to look at areas of interest that I might like to pursue. Having investigated both naturopathy and homeopathy, I realized that my greater interest was in homeopathy; however, I also realized that I was not prepared to commit to a 4 year program, at this point. I decided to sit in on a few classes and I must say that I was excited. It actually reminded me of being in law school researching cases, but about homeopathic remedies!
So, when Joyce called and said that it would be possible for me to do one year with half of the course load (no sciences) and learn about acute homeopathy, I felt I had been offered a golden opportunity that would give me the option of exploring homeopathy in greater depth, and to discover how deep my commitment would be without committing to 3 years.
That is how, two days before the 2014 fall session, I have decided apply to the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine.
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