From Phyllis L., RN, Wheaton, Illinois
I started homeopathic care in about 2001 for very strange and unusual symptoms. Among other things I had slowly become unable to speak and had made an appointment with a conventional MD with a sub-specialty in eye-ear-nose-throat conditions. I also had been treating myself with Bach Flower Essences for some time. (I had completed some training in Bach Essences from a teacher from England who was with her husband who was at the University of Illinois on sabbatical from Oxford.) I bought the Essences at a Homeopathic Pharmacy (but didn’t realize this until the Homeopathic Pharmacist had noticed me repeatedly buying Bach Essences and spoke to me about my needs.) He did a really good job of looking through what I now know was a pharmacist’s repertory of some kind. He explained a few things which I found incredible and offered me the business card of an MD doing Classical Homeopathy.
I called for an appointment, but the doctor was attempting to retire (at 80 years of age) and was not taking patients anymore and planed on completing his current cases. Since I was Severely stressed by this and could barely speak (only in a whisper and with great pain) I started crying on the phone. The receptionist silently got up from her seat and went to ask the doctor if he would see me. He accepted me as a patient and needless to say he is now well over 90 years old.
If I had not refused the conventional MDs plan of care (which was brutal) my life would have ended. I have felt that my homeopathic doctor has been like a father to me, though of course, always a professional homeopath. I became interested in Aromatherapy eventually and he encouraged me in that. But ultimately I have come to want to practice Homeopathy. He encouraged me to do this since he noticed I have immense compassion and keen ability to communicate on serious and personal topics.
When I went for my initial evaluation appointment he used questions that were fun to answer. I could very easily tell him the answers. (He attended Homeopathy college in India. I have not found a homeopathy program that uses this initial method --- which I was looking forward to doing.) Over time I realized what types of things he asked of me and became really good at providing modalities (I did not know that at the time.) without his having to ask me. All of this, plus much more, is very much a precious memory for me.
I like Homeopathy because it is gentle, heals at the deepest levels, is a giant puzzle to be solved (remedy identification, etc.), is life changing, shows the person receiving care a lot about themselves, it even changes the personality to what it was made to be, it is an energetic way to heal, it has endless possibilities for healing (an endless list of potential remedies, and, many potential ways to heal), largely comes straight from nature (plant, animal, mineral), makes sense metaphysically, heals the whole person ---body, mind, emotions, and I believe, spirit (exactly what the best of nursing care can provide to people), is inexpensive for the person under care, can be enhanced by other modalities such as nutritional education, (my doctor does Iridology, cranial sacral therapy, yoga if a case could benefit from these…… I do yoga and started with his yogic prescription); and the practitioner can learn homeopathy her entire life, can travel to places people need help and with very simple, low-tech methodology can help the people and teach the people. I could continue with this list and also I could say more about the depth of healing of emotions in particular.
I would like to do many things with Homeopathy. (I chose to be a registered nurse because I could do many different things with it and travel the world with it---- I just now made this connection!!)
I absolutely want to be a Classical Homeopathy practitioner. The mystery of the human person is incredible. In homeopathy basic laws of the universe are exposed to view. When working with someone in this way, classical homeopathy, the practitioner is “standing on holy ground” --- the inner world of a human being. This is a sacred trust and a great honor.
I also am interested in helping people at an acute homeopathy level. I am wondering about this because in most cases the symptoms are leading to something much deeper that needs classical homeopathy. The exceptions fall in the range of physical ailments needing something like first aid, or, for example, care while waiting for the ambulance to arrive following an accident, and so on.
I am especially interested in learning and doing care for epidemic diseases. This area seems to be ripe for research --- simply keeping track of cases and their remedies would be helpful in advancing homeopathy in the world. I also like the teamwork I’ve heard about with regard to epidemic illness.
I am also highly interested in emotional healing, helping people with extreme trauma backgrounds, and preventive care. (I’ve heard that preventive care is not homeopathy, but also, that preventive care is possible with homeopathy.) I’ve seen a website that uses homeopathy instead of vaccinations. This is highly interesting to me.
And, of course, I would love to travel to Haiti or elsewhere, to aid people in an immediate way for disasters or epidemics --- requiring low-tech only is fabulous! I’ve heard of a homeopath who runs clinics in Africa and has found amazing healing with remedies for HIV/Aids (he thinks that part of the reason the people heal well is because they have not been unduly exposed to pharmaceuticals/suppression). I’d love to learn about new methods (advancements from the work of Hahnemann, to work with homeopathic healing of people with multiple types of suppression as in conventional medicine. I think some practicing/teaching homeopaths are very much onto something with the development of theories of miasms and their uses.To summarize some reasons why I am interested in being a Homeopath: My prime interest is Classical Homeopathy practice. Natural ability to use the skills a homeopath uses Incredible experience as a person being cared for by homeopathy Desire to do Classical Homeopathy and to take part in research at some level Teach Homeopathy in Homeopathy school as well as self-care to the public Write books and articles Serve the world