There’s an amusing and true story about an event in the Falkland Islands, home to penguins and the RAF airbase Mount Pleasant. A paragraph from Diane Ackerman’s book, Alchemy of the Mind, invites readers to open themselves to look at things around us from a different perspective.
“Crews discovered that whenever they flew over a penguin colony, the resident penguins would all look up, turning their heads to keep the plane in sight. It was irresistible: the pilots soon began flying out to sea, making a tight turn, then flying above the penguins, whose bills pointed up more steeply as the jets flew overhead, until suddenly the penguins would topple in unison”.
“Wouldn’t it be nice if, as humans, we could be so absurdly curious that it would knock us off our feet from time to time?” This is how Jennifer Holzgang feels about her studies of homeopathy, which she completed at the Montreal Institute of Classical Homeopathy.
She is a practicing nutritional consultant, naturopath, herbalist, natural health consultant, a teacher at the Natural Health Institute in Montreal, and she gives talks and workshops in and around Montreal. She recently talked about her present studies in homeopathy to give a better idea of this little-understood subject.
“Homeopathy,” she explained, “is a safe and effective system of natural healing founded by Samuel Hahnemann 200 years ago, which has been verified experimentally and clinically in the everyday lives of millions around the world. It is based on the principle of like cures like. If a substance can cause symptoms in a healthy person, then that same substance used in a very minute and diluted dose can treat similar symptoms in a sick person.”
“The underlying philosophy is that the body has an innate capacity to maintain health and the ability to re-establish balance if disease occurs. The patient of homeopathy is counselled and encouraged to realize that a large part of good health has to do with taking responsibility and learning to understand what current habits and beliefs may be hindering that process. Ultimately, a homeopathic remedy is given which initiates and grounds the process of healing.”
Revealing the remedy
Most people are used to conventional perspectives of health and disease. Some find it strange that a diluted substance could have any effect on the body, or that our frame of mind, our perspective, has such an influence on our health. Jennifer explains further. “This is the part where being like a penguin is useful. Allowing one’s curiosity to follow the seemingly impossible, one ends up immersing oneself in quantum land.
Quantum healing happens at all levels of mind-body. This approach is now being plainly understood and verified (www.mbmi.org/home) and there is a clearer understanding of what humans have known innately all along – that we are not just a bunch of interacting organs and chemical reactions. We are more. Homeopathy interfaces this energetic level through the remedies.”
This further explanation might be somewhat boggling, if one hasn’t experienced the enchanted journey that Jennifer has taken through her studies.
The remedy needed by a person ultimately reveals itself through a unique case-taking process, one which has been elegantly unfolding over the last fifteen years. Case-taking in homeopathy has changed from a previously laborious question-based consultation to a more human interaction-based therapeutic process. Between the case-taking and the remedy lies the very potent healing capacity of Homeopathy.”
Jennifer says that it is not all about mind-body either. Paediatrics, obstetrics, geriatrics, and veterinary applications have shown their efficacy for decades. First-aid remedies such as Arnica are common now in many households. There are now about 6000 homeopathic remedies in existence, with new ones being discovered all the time.
“Homeopathy is a growing art, and scientists are only now discovering breakthroughs in quantum physics that help us develop a deeper understanding of the homeopathic principles as they were conceived 200 years ago. With continued curiosity and open-mindedness, the true potential of this amazing gift can be carried forward into this century,” she continued. “On a personal level, I would encourage anyone to explore the abundance of new, healing modalities. For me, the study of Homeopathy as it evolves, has all the components of the art and science of healing to be truly valuable and worth perusing.”
Combined with her nutrition and herbal consulting, Jennifer feels that her appreciation of homeopathic principles significantly adds to her understanding of health and disease. Consequently she feels that it allows her to be much more effective as a practitioner.
Montreal Institute of Classical Homeopathy
The curious who would like further information about homeopathy, may contact the Syndicat professionnel des homeopathes du Quebec www.sphq.org and the Montreal Institute of Classical Homeopathy (MICH) www.homeopathymontreal.com.
The above article was first published in the Gleaner, Huntington, Quebec.