Dr. Dinesh Chauhan is founder of Swasthya Homeopathic Healing and the developer of the Case Witnessing Process. He heads the non-profit ABJF foundation with his wife Dr. Urvi Chauhan where Indian Homoeopaths are taught for free. He is the author of A Journey into the Human Core: A Wander with a Little Wonder, Child centric Case witnessing, and The Scientifically Intuitive Case Witnessing Process – A Journey of Three Steps.
Dr. Dinesh Chauhan interviewed by Dr. Rina Dedhiya – Part I
Part I: Travelling to a state of order, from effort to effortlessness in seeking the individualistic expression
RD: Hello, Dr. Dinesh Sir. Thank you for taking time to share with us today and connecting with the Hpathy audience. It has been a long journey since Sept. 2012 when you were last interviewed for Hpathy. At that time we spoke in length about the 3 steps of the case witnessing technique. How has the journey been so far?
Dinesh: Hi, Rina, and a big hello and healing hugs to all of you reading this interview. It is my pleasure to reconnect with all of you today. Let me begin with a story, a story which I was reading today, a very ancient one, that just so aptly fits what I want to share today.
The story goes like this: “In a province no rain had fallen for a long time – everything was dried up. At last the citizens decided to fetch the rainmaker. A deputation was sent to see him in the distant town where he lived, with the urgent request to come as soon as possible and make rain for their parched fields. The rainmaker, a wise old man, promised to do so on one condition, that he was provided with a solitary little cottage in the open country where he could withdraw by himself for three days – no food or drink would be required. Then he would see what could be done. His requests were met.
On the evening of the third day abundant rain fell, and full of praise, a grateful crowd made a pilgrimage to his house and exclaimed, “How did you do it? Tell us.” “It was quite simple,” the rainmaker answered. “For three days all I did was to put myself in order. For, I know that once I am in order, then the world will be in order, and the drought must yield place to the rain.”
Beautiful isn’t it Rina? The whole story brings me down to this understanding of the 3 steps in more and more depth, the steps of the case witnessing technique that I designed from being passive, scientific to active intuition.
In these 4 years I have come to perceive the universality of these 3 steps in more and more depth. I have started applying these 3 steps in my daily life, in my practice, in all the phenomenon that come into my consciousness; everything boils down to a state of intense systematic effort to a state of effortlessness.
RD: How can one understand this, the state of effort to effortlessness, and put it into practice, especially in understanding a human being?
Dinesh: Yes, let me explain this clearly, about effort to effortlessness, with the help of Guerdigeff’s 3 steps as “the law of three”. This “law of three” is one of the fundamental laws of the universe as three forces- Active, Passive, and Neutral. It is the basis of all the structures and processes within the universe and man. Now applying this law to any phenomenon in nature we can see that discovery of every phenomenon in nature moves in these 3 steps.
- The 1st step: In the first step we commence with a open ended effort; it is a scientific logical effort. In this initial stage for any phenomenon in general the effort within a set pattern of a system, but all the elements seem to be non-coordinated, not connected. In the first step you are just putting out intense efforts and following the set steps in the system.
- Step 2: eventually as you are putting effort you see coordination and connection is initialized, as we continue to apply scientific logical effort. Gradually the different scattered but peculiar elements of the phenomenon start aligning, and this is the beginning of coordination and connection, and now your complete focus is in just that centre where everything has started to coordinate.
- And you gradually move to step 3: At this stage the initial effort turns into effortlessness and you know that you are now putting in effortless intuitive effort, and all the elements in the phenomenon start getting coordinated and connected into a meaningful whole.
While understanding a human being during your consultation, when you apply these 3 steps, what you do is, you first systematically go through every aspect of the patient’s life where everything seems non-coordinated and not connected, but slowly as you go deeper, you start seeing a peculiar expression wherein everything starts getting connected; then as you focus on this peculiar expression, everything from the centre to the periphery just falls in place and the entire centre of the patient is in front of us.
RD: During the last interview you spoke about the law of holism and individualistic expression at the holistic level in relation to the 3 steps of the case witnessing process. Is this what helps you to go from effort to effortlessness in a case?
Dinesh: yes true, since last time this concept of the individualistic expression at the holistic level has evolved further, and grown leaps and bounds. Last time I explained that in a patient you will observe peculiar expressions coming up at the local level, general level and holistic level, but there will be certain expressions which you would find are common to both mind and body, common at the local level, mental general or physical general level, or holistic level, and this is the individualistic expression at the holistic level, where the mind and body are connected. This individualistic holistic expression is where all the central and the peripheral expressions will connect to a single whole, and this individualistic holistic expression of the patient, must match with the individualistic holistic expression of the remed. This defines to us the similimum.
But taking this concept of the individualistic expression further, applying the universal law of holism “what is true for a part of the system, is also true for the whole system” if the individualistic expression at the holistic level is true in finding the center of the patient, in finding the similimum, then it also has to be true in all aspects of homeopathy. Hence I started applying that in understanding the old classical materia medica or the new materia medica, in understanding the provings, in the follow up criteria, in repetition of the dose. Hence the individualistic expression is a pivotal point where the entire science of homeopathy rests.
Whether we are talking about the core, genetic code, the sensation, the state, nucleus, synthesis, synthetic, the verb, from the Grand generalization till the Genius etc., etc,. when we go into the depth of it, we shall find that it is nothing but individualization at the holistic level. The observation of individualistic expressions at the holistic level is the long sought missing link between the classical Hahnemannian school of homoeopathy and the contemporary classical school of homoeopathy.
RD: The individualistic expression at the holistic level is true for all the systems and different methodologies that have come in homeopathy, the school that you belong to, the sensation system, speaks about synergy. What about that?
Dinesh: Again I would say that the concept of synergy is the one that is nothing but that which is based on the individualistic holistic expression. Let me explain it to you. Every journey begins with the symptom. We get a group of local symptoms and general symptoms which are not connected and coordinated initially, then as we go further we observe that certain groups of symptoms are those that are common at the level of mind and body. We therefore understand the individualistic holistic symptoms; it is the master key or the chief anchor of the case. As we explore this we come to the center of the patient, where eventually we understand the “Genius” of the patient.
Hence, after understanding the “genius of the patient” my search of the remedy will also be based on those PQRS symptoms, rubrics, keynotes, themes present in the case which have connected to the individualistic expression in the case. Depending on the case my search of the remedy will be either through materia medica, or repertory or thematic materia medicas. For example, if in a given case very peculiar keynotes of the remedy have come up which have connected to the individualistic holistic expression, then I would use the various materia medica books to search the remedy. But if in a given case there are peculiar rubrics that have come up in the case that have connected to the centre, then I would use the repertory tool to search the remedy. If a good thematic description of the remedy has come up, wherein the patient has connected his entire experience, or centre to a particular source, then my search of the remedy will be a thematic prescribing. In some cases there will be rubrics, prominent keynotes from materia medica and a good thematic understanding will also be available. Here I will search the materia medica and repertory to find out the genius of the remedy.
Depending upon how the whole system in a given case interview comes up, the entire system of the search of the remedy will evolve. The system itself will be individualistic varying from case to case. If in a case the prominent rubrics have come up, then the search of the remedy will be using the various sources from where rubric search can be done, the system of rubrics like the various repertories available. But if in a case prominent materia medica keynotes have come up, then the search of the remedy will be using the various materia medica sources. If the kingdom, subkingdom and miasm are prominent in a case, then the search for the similimum will be accordingly. Hence the whole system is individualistic.
Here we see a synergy in a true sense revolves around the individualistic expression at the holistic level, where the individual tools available to us, come together in the most appropriate way to give us the similimum.
RD: Beautifully connected sir. Indeed, we see synergy in a true sense from symptom to system to genius at the individual level to the synergy at the whole homeopathic level. With this let us now conclude the first part of the interview to see how the scientifically intuitive case witnessing process has evolved in the last 3-4 years.