From Tyler G., Scotland, Ontario
During my mid-teen years in high school I remember facing several course options. Each of these were intended to guide me towards several educational options and finally, the subsequent, associated career. At that time I made my decisions, though unsure of which career to choose. Since my family practiced homeopathic medicine in our home for generations, homeopathy was a large part of my life even then. I was curious what it would be like to become a homeopath, so I emailed someone in the profession, but I did not receive a response. A combination of being timid, inexperienced, and unsure of a career path prevented me from pursuing this any further. I began learning a trade in construction with the thought of using my time working to gain experience, save money, and figure out what I wanted to do.
Since that time, becoming a homeopath has been lingering in the back of my mind. After a number of years in both construction and an attempt at a career in law, homeopathy finally fell into place. The life experience I have gained from high school until now has made me realize that becoming a homeopath is a perfect fit. In fact, in hindsight I am surprised that I did not realize the fit sooner, but I know that the experiences of the past years were necessary for me to appreciate this realization now. Since the time I could understand spoken language, I have been hearing homeopathic terms and remedies spoken about and used in my household. One of the earliest memories of my personal experience with homeopathy was as a young child. My teeth at that time were very cavity-prone which resulted in many visits to the family dentist; a dosage of Arnica was given each time to encourage healing. In my pre-teen years, I was a very anxious child, to the point that playing with other children scared me enough to keep me in my room while everyone else was outside enjoying themselves. I recall specifically how a homeopath used my descriptive language of dreams to cure my anxiety. I could go on, but in short, these experiences have allowed me to become familiar with the way homeopathy works in the body, and testify to the effectiveness of it as a field in medicine.
To say it simply, I am drawn to becoming a homeopath for one reason: to help others. I was drawn to postsecondary education to satisfy my desire to learn, but I wanted a specific type of learning that I could use to benefit others. I considered becoming a teacher, but decided on becoming a lawyer because I believed I could help people through their legal troubles. In short, I was not accepted to law school. My work in construction continued, and as useful as is to me still, it does not fulfill my craving to learn and to help others. I involve myself in hobbies in order to keep learning and be creative. Though these endeavours are enjoyable and teach me new skills, they are only temporary fulfilment. I had never wanted a career where my learning ended upon graduation. I want to grow and to learn and study and use the knowledge I gain to heal people affected by ailments. I would thrive in a career where I am challenged to learn each day to find methods and remedies to prevent, cure, and alleviate suffering. I know that the study of homeopathy does not end upon graduation from the program; to me, the program is the strong basis to set me on a path towards a lifetime of learning, healing and helping – an intensely gratifying career. I could choose to remain in construction each day, but I know I would feel mentally numbed from not pursuing a subject I am passionate about. I would be left regretful, unhappy and unfulfilled.
I must add that reaching the decision to become a homeopath is a journey. Mine involved times of uncertainty. I had committed myself to becoming a lawyer, but near the time when my law school rejections arrived in the mail, even a career in law started feeling lacklustre. I was encouraged to wait a year and re-apply. This, combined with the pressure of studying for and writing the Law School Admission Tests, and working full time while trying to complete a degree in psychology wore me down. I became ill suddenly for a number of months following these rejections because I lacked career direction and felt a sense of purposelessness. I went into work each day for a period of time lacking energy and spirit. My immune system was suppressed from stress (thank-you cortisol), I caught colds easily, and developed skin sores which eventually ended with an abscess developing in my back. Again, homeopathy came to my rescue. Re-applying to law school at that time was no longer a consideration for me. I left everything, I became self-employed, and hired myself out with my skills to an interior designer and a contractor. A period of time followed where I was mostly stress-free and allowed to express my creativity through construction projects. I can say this was, and still is, an enjoyable period of time. I didn’t give much thought to a long-term career, but within months I noticed a persisting lack of fulfillment from my job. Even my creative hobbies did not satisfy my desire to learn and to grow. I began thinking about education and direction, considered what I now know I enjoy (instead of doing what I thought I enjoyed), and acknowledged my downfalls and the things I am not good at. That persistent, lingering thought of becoming a homeopath resurfaced and immediately the puzzle pieces all seemed to fit into place. I can honestly say that I needed to experience the ups and downs of the past years in order to help me understand, again, how fitting and fulfilling a career in homeopathy feels to me.
I believe that growing up in the countryside also influenced my decision. As a family we grow a large garden of fresh produce each season. Healthy eating is a part of our lives. We rarely, if at all, eat processed or fast foods. In recent years, where chemicals, preservatives, hormones, GMO’s and processing have seemingly overtaken much of the food our Western world eats, our family strives to raise our own livestock and grow our own fruits and vegetables chemical-free. Owning land in the country makes this possible. Growing up, I was reminded by my parents of the importance of making healthy food choices, and as an adult, I recognize the long-term health benefits of knowing what is in the food we eat and the products we put on our skin. The study of homeopathy therefore is very appealing to me because of its ability to heal disease naturally.
Homeopathy is intriguing to me for a variety of reasons. The first is its ability to encourage the body to heal through natural, someone unknown processes. It also produces no negative side effects. While I have complete respect for the medical community, I recognize that many pharmaceutical drugs are either over-prescribed, or prescribed to manage, rather than cure a condition. With the increase of digitization – especially among children – and with the consumption of processed foods and chemicals in so many of the products we use, I feel as though there will be an increased need for homeopaths, and homeopathic knowledge. To be a part of this system of treating ailments and helping people would be such a privilege.
Furthermore, I have often been met with skepticism and disbelief due to my personal use with, and belief in homeopathy. It is my desire to face these challenges through education and experience. It would be an honor to be a part of furthering homeopathy as a medicine, and to demonstrate its ability to cure and prevent disease. I know I would enjoy the challenge that each patient presents; helping them through the healing process would provide a deep sense of gratification for me – I cannot imagine another occupation that would allow me to wake up each day feeling that satisfaction.
Each of the experiences and factors which I have discussed have shaped and influenced my decision to pursue homeopathy. Though less of a guide in directing me to a decision, I would also like to conclude by speaking to my disposition briefly. I believe I am a kind, empathetic, and caring person. I enjoy being industrious, and I have a craving to help others and use my learning positively. I enjoy logical thinking which I believe will help me to apply the appropriate remedies, and I have an empathy for others that homeopathy can help me fulfill. I have no desire to use my education simply for the increase of wealth, but instead I would love to have the opportunity to make a living using homeopathy to cure and prevent disease.