Patricia B. Nottawa, Ontario
Upon graduating from High School in the mid 1980’s, I participated in the field of environmental education through public engagement with children and adults. While an undergraduate at the University of Guelph, I regularly worked with organizations such as the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG-Guelph) and the Guelph Humane Society in local schools hosting environmental and humane education workshops for elementary and secondary school teachers and students while attempting to coalesce the concepts of animal advocacy with the prevailing notions of environmentalism. I organized public rallies across the province in support of a more humane lifestyle specifically with regards to the impacts of industrial agriculture on ecosystems and animals and I worked to have OPIRG-Guelph mandate a position on animal issues and their relationship to the broader environmental contingent. The public’s varied responses to these activities provided me with important insights into their mindset. My overall conclusion was that there was a disconnect between the public’s stated convictions and their understanding of the links between their personal consumption patterns and environmental degradation; in this case, with respect to animals used for food production, but equally applicable to their own impact on their environment and subsequently their own bodies.
It was during this same period that it became evident to me that the same disconnect that prevailed in society, was also entrenched in people’s understanding of their own bodies and the inherent connection among our mental-emotional, physical and spiritual selves. The same culture of isolation and disconnection that created a culture of apathy and despair also created a population wrought with mental illness and fear.
Upon graduating with a BSc in Resource Management, it became very clear to me that the machine that offered me that “education” was the same one that kept people disengaged and disconnected. It was time to consider a more holistic approach to life; one that would support my understanding of why people accept their lives the way they are and tolerate a system that supports undeniable cruelty and demolition of our environment. I needed to understand, or at least work towards understanding, why apathy was so prevalent. I wanted an explanation of why we were okay with handing over the sole responsibility of our wellbeing and that of our environment to a broken system that treated symptoms rather than looking behind the scenes to tackle the underlying problem. A culture that makes very little, if any, attempt to understand root causes in lieu of quick fixes is one that preserves a state of denial that leads nowhere. Sadly, we are becoming by-products of a broken system rather than partners with the love and light that is our birthright.
Moving forward it became very clear to me that so long as we continue to fail to live in balance with ourselves and the natural world that the distresses of our time would continue unabated. My interest in the theories of Quantum Physics and Max Planck and Albert Einstein supported my foray into Homeopathy in the early 1990’s. I enrolled in the British Institute of Homeopathy programme in Toronto and was awarded a diploma, which, at the time, allowed me to start a private practice where I was successful at treating many clients.
In 2000, my son was born with Congenital Heart Disease and subsequently had to undergo a series of Open Heart Surgeries and various other interventions over the years. I chose to close my practice and focus on his well-being. The last 2 decades have seen me raise 3 children to young adults, while working in the Security field with their Father.
Since becoming a Mother of three, I have had the opportunity to engage in a standard of health care within a diverse range of philosophies including Midwifery, traditional allopathic medicine with my son, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Nutrition and Homeopathy. I have engaged in many different workshops and class-room learning environments over the years, exposing myself to a wide range of healing modalities and systems. Through these interactions, I have experienced, first-hand, inconsistencies in healing literacy between various systems of healing. However, I have come to appreciate, on a different level, the active, engaged techniques used in Homeopathy over some of the more standardized techniques used in a variety of alternative systems.
In researching a variety of healing therapies and their adjuncts, I am motivated by the strong belief that it is through the energetic systems of homeopathy and the like that we will be able to promote a more inclusive approach to healing that will transform our society with a cascading positive effect on our social, political and economic systems. I would like to see a comprehensive health care system that measures success by producing graduates with the tools, knowledge and motivation to be conscientious health care providers who are able to clearly articulate, share and respond to not just the physical needs of their clients but their mental, emotional and spiritual needs as well.
I believe that the Diploma in Homeopathy and Health Sciences programme offered by the Canadian College of Homeopathy exemplifies the importance of an integrated approach to learning that places the whole person at the forefront of an interdisciplinary programme of study that is tailor made to reflect each student’s learning objectives. I would like the opportunity to bring my experience and personal convictions to this academic setting where I can advance my knowledge through focused study alongside similarly empowered students and teachers. A Diploma in Homeopathy and Health Sciences would provide me with a sound basis on which to contribute to the development of what I believe to be a cohesive system of healing in support of ourselves and our planet.