Faith is a knowledge within the heart, a passionate intuition, coming from the source of our true inner wisdom. To have faith in something means to have confidence in it and to act on our belief in it. As with all matters of the heart, we know when we have found it.
Samuel Hahnemann had the courage to follow his heart and intuition, based on his unshakable faith in God. His deep faith in a good, wise and benevolent God made him sure that there must be a cure for the diseases which he wasn’t able to alleviate so far with the knowledge gained from orthodox medicine:
“It is a good God. He is kindness and wisdom himself! Therefore there must be a way, provided by him, to view diseases from a correct standpoint and to cure them with certainty.“
His faith in God, his love for his fellow men and his deep desire to alleviate their suffering led him to search for and to find the curative homeopathic principle, upon which he developed and practiced the homeopathic healing art.
Believing in the superiority of homeopathy over any other therapeutic method Hahnemann opined: “My long and satisfying practice… proves that pure homeopathy, practiced by those who have thoroughly studied it and internalized it well, is sufficient for all requirements of suffering mankind… Pure homeopathy is the only correct, the only possible and direct way to cure, as sure as only one single line is possible to draw between two given points.“
Expressing his deep faith in God and seeing a deep connection between God and homeopathy due to their validity, Hahnemann often spoke of the “divine“ homeopathy. He argued: “A physician who dedicates himself to homeopathy also dedicates himself to truth and is therefore near to God and enjoys his approval.“  In the practice of the true healing art Hahnemann saw the most sacred of all human occupations.
Hahnemann could effectuate great changes in the medical field because he consciously and deliberately choose to do what he was passionate about and committed himself uncompromisingly to it. Practicing homeopathy he felt deeply satisfied, because he did what he loved to do. Homeopathy overtook every breath and moment of his existence and it was the meaning of his life.
Recognizing God as the Supreme One Hahnemann opined: “I have no other wish here below than to lay before the world in a worthy manner the good which the Supreme being permitted me to discover, I may say revealed to me, for the alleviation of the suffering of mankind. Then I am willing to depart this life.“  Having done what he was meant to do with all of his heart he could assuredly pronounce at the end of his life that he did not live in vain. Non inutilis vixi.
Deep in each soul and heart there is a longing to know one’s true meaning of life, not just to simply live and die. May Hahnemann’s path be an inspiration to us to have faith and to find our passion!
T.L.Bradford, Life and Letters of Hahnemann, New Delhi, 1992
J- Große-Onnebrink, Der Gottesbegriff bei Samuel Hahnemann, Verlag Peter Irl, 2004
J.M.Schmidt, Die philosophischen Vorstellungen Samuel Hahnemanns bei der Begründung der Homöopathie, Sonntag Verlag, 1990
 J.M.Schmidt, Die philosophischen Vorstellungen Samuel Hahnemanns bei der Begründung der Homöopathie, p.167
 J- Große-Onnebrink, Der Gottesbegriff bei Samuel Hahnemann, p.90
 J- Große-Onnebrink, Der Gottesbegriff bei Samuel Hahnemann, p.100
 T.L.Bradford, Life and Letters of Hahnemann, p.451
In this issue:
In this issue we have a special presentation about homeopathy in South Africa with a variety of interesting articles. My thanks go to Dr. Neil Gower for his support in organizing these articles.
Interview – Katja Schuett interviews the renowned Dr. David Lilley who was largely responsible for founding homeopathy in South Africa. He discusses everything from analytic psychology to incarnation.
The South Africa presentation includes articles and/or cases from Dr. Sandra Smit, Dr Yolande Olivier, Dr. Neil Gower, Dr. David Lilley, Dr. Elizabeth Solomon, Dr. Kristian Leisegang and Dr. Joanne Roohani.
You will also find articles and/or cases from Dr. Saptarshi Banerjea, Beverly Barkway, Iman Navab and Elaine Lewis. Mark Moodie reports on the Second International Conference on Homeopathy for Plants in Maringa, Brazil. We also have book reviews by Rochelle Marsden (Challenging Children – Success with Homeopathy – Linlee Jordan) and David Johnson ( Plain Doctoring – Dr. Richard Moskowitz).
Dr. Amarsinha Nikam offers the solution to his August case quiz and Elaine Lewis presents another of her quizzes and the answer to last month’s quiz.
Be sure to see the the new cartoon, crossword puzzle, Tips and Secrets, Tidbits and the Plant Doctor (send questions).
We present Snake Dance, by Vatsala Sperling, another of the winning stories from Hpathy’s International Fiction Contest.
Be sure to see: Elaine Lewis’s acute Quiz and her Tidbits, the Plant Doctor, Alan Schmukler’s new and fabulous Tips & Secrets, Crossword Puzzle and the Cartoon.
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