I have been trying to write the editorial for this issue since last two days, but I seem to be suffering from a writer’s block! The mind is not producing something coherent so I’ll let my heart speak today. And my heart is that of a poet so I’ll start by sharing some beautiful lines that David Warkentin sent to me a few weeks ago:
Close your eyes and you will see clearly
Cease to listen and you will hear the truth
Be silent and your heart will sing 🙂
Seek no contacts and you will find union
Be still and you will move forward
Be gentle and you will need no strength
Be patient and you will achieve all things
Be humble and you will remain entire
Read these lines again …slowly …one line at a time. Ponder over its meaning and the wisdom that hides within. If you are able to reflect on these words, you will find ways to improve your life in many ways – even as a homeopath!
The practice of homeopathy needs patience, a stillness within, humility and gentleness. If you have all these virtues, homeopathy has much to offer you. Patience has helped even in the growth of Hpathy. Sometimes we seek little, yet we end up gaining a lot. When we started building this issue, we started working without any expectations and little content in hand. But gradually the content started pouring in, many times unexpectedly, and we ended up producing the biggest ever single publication on homeopathic repertories! The issue became so big that Alan, my associate editor, joked that we should start offering a speed-reading course to our subscribers.
The joy is not that it is a massive publication but in seeing how it came about. We sent many requests and nobody turned us down. Many people sent their contributions voluntarily. There was a convergence effect at work – individually the contributions, though excellent, might not produce the impact that the collective effort will. And what a collective effort this has been, with people like Roger van
Zandvoort, Fredrick Schroyens, Robin Murphy, J. A. Mirilli, Ian Watson, Todd Rowe, Jeremy Sherr, George Loukas, Sumit Goel, D P Rastogi, Rudi Verspoor, Vladimir Polony, David Warkentin etc. coming together in one publication! All of them have shared their knowledge freely. They have come together and discussed repertories ranging from Kent, Boennighausen and Card repertories to many modern repertories like Complete, Synthesis, Thematic Repertory, Organon 2001 Repertory, Repertory of Mental Qualities, and Clinical Repertory. Lex Rutten and Rob Willemse go even further and have discussed ways of improving our repertories in the future.
The editorial team also chipped in with their own excellent contributions. Katja Schuett wrote a very comprehensive and useful comparison of different repertorization methods, Alan Schmukler traced the language of the patient to the rubrics of mind in Kent and Edward de Beukelaer discusses the degree and specificity of symptoms in the repertory.
Many articles are filled with clinical cases and there are many other interesting articles, including a new feature – repertory quiz. So what you get in the end stands true to the holistic philosophy of homeopathy:
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts!
I just wish that this coming together of thoughts and people will continue – not just at Hpathy – but at every point in our homeopathic community. Life is too beautiful to fight and fritter away and it is too short to love enough. So use every moment of it to spread love and happiness in everybody’s life. Don’t waste your moments in hatred and animosity. See how Hpathy has grown with the collective effort and contribution of the community and use this model to make homeopathy grow throughout the world!
Once we start helping each other enough, we will receive help from people outside our community too. One example lies within this issue – a human geneticist from Germany, Dr. Gabriele Hickmann, has proposed a dialogue to explore the relationship of epigenetics with the homeopathic concepts of miasms and vital force. So if you are interested, do write to her.
There is much more for you to explore. Go, submerge yourself in this rich pool of knowledge and wisdom and once you are done, do send your comments and feedback to [email protected]
Yours in Homeopathy,
— Chief Editor —
Homeopathy for Everyone