Black = Robin Murphy
People are always saying nice things to me, like, “Your words seem to make things so much clearer,” or, “As always, you are the best teacher.” If any of that is true, it can only be because of MY teacher, Dr. Robin Murphy!
Robin Murphy’s Course: Open to Everyone!
The great thing about Robin Murphy, which I applaud him for, is the amazing thing he’s done in making his entire course available to ordinary people–no questions asked! Now, I know some of you are thinking, “Well, isn’t everyone’s course available to ordinary people?” No! Except for acute prescribing, most teachers ask that you have degrees or certificates in certain things, that you enroll in their course, their school, that you plunk down hundreds or thousands of dollars up front, and if you don’t like it or can’t finish the course, you might get some of your money back but certainly not all of it, and if all you wanted of a certain famous homeopath’s course was his materia medica lectures, sorry, but, you can’t have them– unless you’re enrolled in the school! And if you’re not a medical professional, no one will teach you any advanced prescribing ever–EXCEPT ROBIN MURPHY! If someone in your family has cancer, and all you want from Murphy’s course is his seminar on breast cancer, you can buy it without obligating yourself in any way! If someone in your family is mentally ill and all you want of Murphy’s course is his seminar on psychological problems, you can buy it! No one asks if you’re a medical professional or how many years of college you’ve had or how many anatomy and physiology courses you’ve taken…and it’s because of this “open-door policy” that I am a homeopath today! So, Robin, why you? Why are you the exception?
Well, I don’t know…that’s a pretty big question, but, I was a lay homeopath first when I went to naturopathic school and I always felt that homeopathy, if it’s so safe, so natural, it should be available to everybody! So when I practiced, for years, I always made available first aid kits, books and information to all my patients, so… my patients, instead of having just a “doctor-patient” relationship with me were having more of a “teacher-student” relationship. So, you give a first aid kit to people and then they start using it on their kids, their pets and their friends and then these people end up wanting to study homeopathy; so, I encouraged it; and, to this day, I still encourage that homeopathy should be available, like the air and the water, to everybody who wants to take the time to study and learn it.
You know, the name of our journal is “Homeopathy 4 Everyone”, so, I think we share the same philosophy! What I’ve seen is that practitioners will make their acute case lectures available to the public but not their chronic case lectures.
But it’s kind of strange to withhold your lectures on subjects when all people have to do is buy the books! I mean, there’s books out on all these subjects–cancer or whatever! So would you rather that people read and study on their own with no supervision? And let’s face it, there are people out there who are desperate! They’re looking for alternatives to standard medicine, there’s no homeopath in their city or state, they’re on their own…are we just supposed to forget these people?
Apparently! (And by the way, I should probably mention that Robin Murphy’s entire course, and more, is available at www.homeopathic.com. Start with the acute prescribing seminars and work your way up to chronic prescribing. There are 32+ seminars for you to buy, plus Robin’s Repertory, Materia Medica and other books as well.)
I don’t see the world that way, I don’t see some “intellectual class” as being the only ones deserving of knowing homeopathy. Sure, homeopathy does attract these super intellectuals; but, homeopathy is also a medicine from the heart and feelings, a mother’s intuition…I’ll say to a mother, “What remedy do YOU think it is?”
I do the same thing, really! I’m always relieved when my client knows something about homeopathy because I know the outcome of the case is going to be much better than if he or she knows nothing! But let me ask you about acute prescribing because I have noticed that people have a very hard time with acute cases because they’re not really sure at all what they’re supposed to pay attention to and not pay attention to. And some people, of course, are looking for the constitutional remedy in every case!
Constitutional vs. Practical Homeopathy
Yes, people are emphasizing constitutional homeopathy and I am the exact opposite. I emphasize clinical homeopathy which includes emergency prescribing, first aid, and acute prescribing…and that’s the way to spread homeopathy at the grass roots level–Arnica, Arsenicum, Allium cepa are really our calling cards, our way to spread the word.
Up to now, the emphasis has always been on the Kentian approach–one remedy to treat the whole person covering their whole life, it becomes very complex and very intellectual; so, I emphasize that every homeopath should have thorough training in emergency prescribing first and then acute prescribing and treating infections second, and then go on to epidemics and miasms and constitutional and chronic disease…it’s all homeopathy, but, as you learn any science, you learn at the front door. The front door is emergency homeopathy and how to use the first aid kit!
And I know there’s homeopaths, some of my friends, who don’t treat acutes, they don’t treat emergencies; and then a child has a chronic ear infection; well, if you had given Chamomilla in the beginning, they wouldn’t have chronic ear infections now! We shouldn’t have prejudices, we should treat whatever comes through our door. “Oh, this patient has cancer, he might die, I can’t treat him!” Our goals should be to help people where ever they’re at. Emergency, infection, epidemic, chronic disease, psychological problems…where ever they’re at we should use our remedies to help. One of the prejudices is that we have to cure everything. We’re not cure-chasers, we’re trying to be healers and healing includes palliation, relieving the pain and suffering, helping people when they’re dying to leave more consciously and so on; so, homeopathy, to me, needs to be more practical and more clinical.