I saw my first patients more than 10 years ago. In these years, I have evolved a lot as a homeopath. Today I am able to use the newer methods, be it of Sankaran, Scholten, Sherr, Bentley, Ramakrishnan or anyone else, with ease, because I feel confident about my ‘classical’ roots. I am able to use the method, which suits the case most. I may give a case five minutes for a consultation or two hours …but the remedy selection is much more clear and managing the case is far easier because I know that my feet are well-grounded in the basics.
There is a lot more to my homeopathic story, but that I will share at some other time. The reason I have shared so much about myself with you, is that I do not want other students to grope in the dark like me. I do not mind accepting my shortcomings and failures and you can learn from my mistakes. You do not need to go through the same uncertainties. Homeopathy is not as ‘complicated’ as it sometimes appears due to the different schools of thought. There is a definite way of learning and practicing homeopathy that guarantees good success. Here is what I believe will give you a good chance to succeed as a homeopath:
- Read every word of Hahnemann and the old masters, many times over. Nothing, absolutely NOTHING can replace the basics and the wisdom of the founders. Their methods still work with MOST cases. You do not need fancy ideas to do miracle cures.
- Get a good mentor. Find a person who DOES NOT see 100 cases per day. Find someone who gives time to his patients, who can teach you the importance of patience and observation, who can teach you the value of humility, who can help you evolve as a human being, who himself is a good human being, a gentle soul – A real guru!
- Get a good grounding in the basics of modern medicine. It will give you confidence to deal with complicated cases and differentiate common from uncommon.
- ‘Understand’ (not just ‘learn’) the common remedies well. They still cure a large majority of our patients. Plus you are a fool if you try to study the essence of Compositae family while you do not even remember the basics of Arnica and Bellis-p.
- Understand every rubric in our repertories. It is hard-work but it pays in the end. With more than 100,000 rubrics and 3000 remedies in our repertories, you won’t be able to cure many cases if you don’t know which are the right rubrics for a given case and where to find the right information in our repertories.
- Learn the art of case-taking and evaluation under guidance.
- Learn ‘What do you do after giving the remedy?’ – the case management. You will fail in the majority of your cases even if you give simillimum and do not manage the case properly.
- Keep it simple. When you start your practice, keep it simple. Remember that the methods of Hahnemann and our core group of remedies have cured millions of people in the last 200 years. Don’t go fancy right at the beginning.
- Once you are confident of your basics, only then explore the newer methods, systems and works. They are tools that add to your armour, they do not and can not replace the basics of homeopathy.
- Do not try to follow just one person or school of thought. Most modern works have their own place in our tool-kit. Be open. Adjust your method of case-taking, evaluation and remedy selection as per the needs of the case-in-hand. Learn to individualize!
- If you have to follow a new development, learn it well from the source or someone who has practiced it for long. Do not experiment with your patients after reading a new book or attending a weekend seminar. The newer methods work only if you are well-versed in them. Otherwise you are inviting frustration.
- Last but not the least – Keep learning from your failures. Don’t shut your eyes to them, don’t hesitate in accepting your failures, don’t feel shy in taking a second opinion on your difficult cases. Don’t bask in the glory of few accidental cures. Remain humble and healthy. A good homeopath has to be a ‘healthy’ human being first. A sick person can not impart health to others.
A homeopath’s journey never ends, not till he hangs his boots. Even after years of practice, you continue to get those ‘Aha!’ moments. I am still learning, but today I am much more confident of my work and my system. I hope you will learn from my mistakes and follow a path which will fill your life with satisfaction, happiness and peace.
I wish you lots of success in your journey towards becoming a better human being and a better homeopath. You can write to me at email@example.com.
SOME MORE NOTES
Dear Students, Hpathy is a huge resource of homeopathic literature. Homeopathy for Everyone, the e-journal published by Hpathy.com covers a variety of topics for people with different level of homeopathic skills and knowledge. As a journalist, we often cover many new ideas and even controversial developments – the truth, half-truths and blatant lies – are all covered at some point of time, to keep the community aware of what is going on within the larger homeopathic community. Due to this you may find information about different ‘schools of thoughts’ and contradictory views in many articles.
I request you to be here as a filter-feeder. Filter and absorb what is vital for you and ignore the rest. The question is what to filter and what to let pass. My advice to you would be to stick to the basics, the ABC of homeopathy – Read Organon & Philosophy, Repertory, Materia Medica, Homeopathic Pharmacology and Books from Master Homeopaths first. Then read general articles about various homeopathic issues as well as clinical cases – but choose wisely what you absorb. When in doubt, go back to the basics and ask yourself – does this article, author or case follow the basic fundamental principles of homeopathy? If the answer comes ‘No’, it’s probably wise to skip it for more advanced review and studies for later.
The new Hpathy has many other avenues for you to improve your homeopathic knowledge. You can listen to audio lectures and video lectures, participate in our monthly case quiz, solve the MCQ’s and crosswords online etc. There is much more for your to explore, investigate and learn, but remember – always keep the basics close to your heart!