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Bringing Homeopathy to New Depths

Judyann McNamara, Founder of the Montreal Institute of Classical Homeopathy (MICH), discusses some of the advanced perspectives taught at MICH.

Introduction

Homeopathy is a growing concern; it is producing results in many areas of health and agriculture worldwide. Clinical experience demonstrates that a homeopathic session and remedy are not only able to relieve symptoms and to provoke a curative process, but that homeopathy actually assists in creating healthy relationships, feelings of usefulness, meaningfulness, and many other conventionally-proven key factors in healing, health and quality of life. Homeopathy opens the door to the spiritual dimension of the human being, now recognized as an essential part of the human experience, and the healing process (footnote).

In this article, I would like to share some of MICH’s most revolutionary insights and tools with you, the readers of Hpathy. Where we have had the most insight and where we feel MICH can make the greatest contribution to advance the science and art of Homeopathy is in the treatment of chronic disease in industrialized countries.

We have found innovative ways to understand and make full use of Homeopathy’s deep curative power when understood as an instrument of Quantum Biology, Holism, evolution, and the expansion of consciousness. Our explorations have brought us to include transpersonal dimensions, and what Carl Jung and Depth Psychology call the “noumenal experience” into what has developed and emerged as the MICH “Noumedynamic” Method. The root “noume” refers to an immaterial, non-physical dimension of underlying wholeness or soul, what Samuel Hahnemann termed the vital force, as it orchestrates, moves and maintains the life of the organism dynamically.

Moving beyond Prejudice

Perhaps the most challenging but also the most rewarding part of having operated a school of homeopathy for the last 10 years is learning how to create homeopaths. In that endeavour, we found that teaching others to adhere to Hahnemann’s requirement of being unprejudiced in case taking required much more facilitation and guidance than what we had estimated.

We all have prejudices. We all come from our point of view, we all interpret the world in a specific way. We came to realize that all we can do as human beings is to become aware of our own prejudices, opinions, and unseen assumptions, so that we can subtract ourselves from the equation when we attempt to understand another human being in wholeness. We have had to develop new methods, and to research and collaborate with a number of specialists in order to develop both a method of self observation and a method of case taking and group dialogue that would reveal these hidden areas of ourselves and our consciousness.

However, the rewards of this challenge have been life-changing and deeply meaningful both personally and professionally to everyone on the team, and everyone who attends MICH. It has added an essential element to our methodology.

The Full Spectrum of Human Conditions requires the Full Spectrum of Homeopathy

At MICH, we have the opportunity of experiencing the full spectrum of human conditions through our work at the HTSF[1] Homeopathic Mission in Honduras, our work with the homeless in Montreal[2] and the patients who pay to come to our Montreal clinic. Our goal is always the same: to understand the cause of disease in each individual case. The type of adaptation and stress, and resulting susceptibility in areas and situations where there is no hygiene, poor nutrition, and recurrent epidemics are very different than that which we encounter in our offices in North America or Europe.

Stretching ourselves over such a broad spectrum of situations has forced us to look at all the different ways, methods and approaches of practicing Homeopathy that reported successful cures, and to discern which methods provided the greatest benefits in each individual case and scenario. We have brought each of these ways into our curriculum. Our students learn Homeopathy from a very broad perspective enabling them to understand how to appropriately apply each method according to the situation at hand. As a community, rather than argue which way is “best”, we need to collaborate and discern which method is optimal for a given situation.

What MICH is able to offer is an unprejudiced, broad and deep container of understanding of how Homeopathy works (Download the article Homeopathy: THE Medicine of the Third Millennium). Within this greater context of understanding and application, we are able to teach our students how to appropriately apply each and every method that has proven itself to be successful, according to the situation at hand. Such as, we have found that expertise in applying the classical tools, such as the repertory and the traditional materia medica, is extremely effective in Honduras.

This was not what we experienced with our cases in the Montreal clinic. After 20 years of collaborative work reviewing our most successful cases, we concluded that they were the ones that were the most individualized and had gone to the greatest depth of understanding of the patient as a whole.

The MICH Noumedynamic Method

The development of the Noumedynamic method involved years of in-depth study of the wonderful contributions made by such masters of homeopathy as Dr. Rajan Sankaran and the Sensation Method in particular, as well as Dr. Divya Chhabra, Jan Scholten, Frans Vermeulen, the Joshis, Nancy Herrick, Jonathan Shore, Anne Vervarcke, and Roger Morrison just to name a few. A number of years were spent understanding the approach developed by the followers of Dr. Alfonso Masi Elizalde, such as Per Neesgarde and the members of the AFADH[3]. In particular, the brilliant proving interpretations by Dr. Marie-Luc Fayeton that have been succinctly captured by Dr. Guy Loutan in his Repertoire de Thèmes et de Matière Médicale Dynamique, which was translated into Spanish by Norbita Medina, a MICH graduate, have been inspiring and helpful in solving difficult chronic cases, and in developing a deeper understanding of the higher dimensions of human consciousness and the role of that dimension in pathogenesis and stress. The AFADH began with the provings of Hahnemann, Hering, Allan and the masters and has been diligently distilling the totality of the symptoms into a holistic, symbolic dynamic experienced through the provers.

In the spirit of upholding both the art and science of homeopathy, MICH is also always keeping close watch on the leading edge of scientific research, and comparing our observations to those reported by researchers.

Through a thorough study of our most successful cases, we have developed an exhaustive understanding of the relationship between stress and susceptibility and their combined role in the creation of chronic disease. The research that supports the importance of this relationship in the treatment of chronic disease is outlined in the article: Homeopathy: The Medicine of the Third Millennium.

That article describes how susceptibility is highly individualized, different in every case, and involves different combinations of internal and external factors, perceptions and physical conditions, as well as material and nonmaterial dimensions. Exaggerated susceptibility provides the best indication for the totality of symptoms.

We see excellent examples of material factors and external causes at the HTSF homeopathic clinic in Honduras. There, MICH homeopaths treat susceptibility that has been destabilized by physical factors such as exposure to the elements, poor living conditions, lack of sufficient food, epidemics and invasive parasites.

This is rarely the situation back home, however, where internal stress and immaterial causes are more prominent in the appearance of chronic disease. It has been determined that 95% of North American cases of chronic disease are stress-related[4].

Researchers have determined the importance of stress through the presence of stress biomarkers as precursors to chronic disease[5]. The mechanisms by which these biomarkers produce all the symptoms in chronic disease have been mapped out in detail. What is perhaps most important for homeopaths to glean from current research is that stress caused by an actual physical situation produces the same physiological response as perceived stress or imagined situations – initially. The difference is that after an actual physical stressor, the organism returns to a relaxed state and biomarkers return to normal. Whereas, in an imagined situation, the biomarkers stay high and the individual’s stress levels gradually continue to increase. Thus perceived stress has a greater tendency to lead to chronic disease.

Chronic Disease and Perceived Stress

The ultimate cause of disease is not the stressors per se, but the individual’s exaggerated susceptibility to specific internal and external stressors[6]. In the article: Homeopathy: The Medicine of the Third Millennium, internally generated stress is shown to be a key factor in creating exaggerated susceptibility and chronic disease. Thus, it is perceived stress that is the cause of most chronic disease.

Over the last ten years, the MICH community of homeopaths, (now numbering close to 100) has been addressing exaggerated susceptibility through the individual’s perceptions, subjective experience, and interpretations in relationship to stress.

Perceived Stress and Sense of Self

What we have found is that the most prevalent source of stress is related to the sense of self. We all have a self-image consisting of various personality traits and attributes that constitute our sense of self, a pattern of “me”. A pattern formed by neuronal synapses that span the entire brain. This pattern involves both the frontal lobe of the neo-cortex and the mid and limbic brain. An exhaustive exploration of the numerous areas of research contributing to this understanding can be found in the book by Bruce Hood: The Self Illusion: How the Social Brain Creates Identity.[7]

About the author

Judyann McNamara

Judyann McNamara

Judyann McNamara ND, DHom, CCH, originally a physicist and biomedical researcher, has had a clinical homeopathy practice for over 15 years. She has held conferences since 1984 and has been a teacher of courses in physics, health sciences, homeopathy, holism and spirituality since 1975. She founded the Montreal Institute of Classical Homeopathy in 2005. To learn more about Judyann, read her profile in our professional directory or click here to read more posts by Judyann. The Montreal Institute of Classical Homeopathy offers a full four year program with clinical supervision, accredited training in the homeopathic clinic in Honduras and advanced continuing education for Homeopaths.

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