As it was at the beginning of the 20th Century, homeopathy is again at a cross roads. Students and practitioners of homeopathy are dealing with allopathically biased studies while at the same time their exposure to new homeopathic approaches that are not always based on homeopathy’s laws and principles is ever increasing. Divergent opinions can exist for the sake of progress. However, a truly objective person takes account of objections to his opinions and decides how he proposes to meet them; he discusses rival views and shows why he cannot accept them. Hahnemann was such man. Unfortunately such a person is then often viewed as egotistic, threatening and dogmatic. These days in homeopathic circles, to live and let live without criticism is much more comfortable. There are always new techniques in homeopathy, and neo gurus promising an easier way to the simillimum, although not only are most of their squiggles near the zero base (not adding anything), but they add up to noise that drowns out the music and insight and impedes the true progress of classical homeopathy. Too many homeopaths fall into the process of transference, a blend of love, admiration and attachment, as they hear what they want to hear and fail to have critical thinking. Such neo-gurus make deliberate and conscious use of the very real human tendency for transference in which he becomes the object of love and dependency and achieves great success by doing so.
Erudition is extensive knowledge acquired chiefly from books. Scholarship involves intellectual self-discipline, which consists of the scrupulous consideration of objections and alternatives. Both are needed in any scientific exploration. But dogmatism is always a threat to such exploration because it blocks the objections and alternatives to any new theory! A truth that has been merely learned adheres at most like transplanted skin, but a truth won by independent thinking can truly be owned. It is my goal through my books to make a scholar out of the reader as well as a critical thinker, one who constructs his opinion by collecting the opinions of others after in depth analysis while laboriously thinking for himself. To develop the skill to achieve the level needed to succeed in these challenging circumstances, the ideal practitioner should be courageous yet cautious; and they should be inquisitive–born adventurers and discoverers.
The Organon should be the most cherished book of homeopaths. Our first duty is not to the patient but to the truth, which when loyally served, best enables us to do the greatest good to the sick. Our need is not to prove anything to other people. Our job is to do the work and apply the principles so that the proof can be seen by all. The time has come that our schools must enforce a closer study of the Organon. I never saw a practitioner who had thoroughly acquainted himself with the Organon become lost as to what to do and how to move in an emergency, and whosoever denies this, knows not the length and breadth of this wonderful book. Many claim to know the Organon but when pushed for answers they are blind. The rules that are in the Organon will lead any man to a pure, successful homeopathic practice and such man will retain forever the enthusiasm of the true student.
Books can be divided into meteors, moving stars and fixed stars. The first kind, meteors, produce a momentary effect: you gaze up, cry: “Look!” and then it vanishes forever. The second kind, moving stars, endure somewhat longer, but soon they must vacate their place as they shine only on borrowed light, and their sphere of influence is limited to their own fellow travelers or contemporaries. But the third kind, fixed stars, to which the Organon belongs, is unchanging, and shines by their own light, influencing all ages equally, as they belong to the Universe and mankind. But it is precisely because they are so high that their light usually takes so many years to reach the eyes of man on earth. The Organon reached such height simply because it was written, not for gain, but for what Hahnemann in his wisdom had to say to provide humankind with a true natural healing method that united the body and mind.
the years I heard the proclamation: “I tried classical homeopathy, but it does not work. But now I try this “advanced” method, this esoteric approach and I have great success. Times have changed and so did diseases.” Since when? Does such homeopath forget that homeopathy is based on laws of nature and do these laws change over time? Would such person claim that because of the last fifty years of study research and practice, the law of gravity has changed and now an apple could be made to fall faster? We have studied more remedies than before and our verifications are more complete, but the law, has and never will change! Watered down and antipathic versions of Hahnemann’s instructions for case taking and management, as the homeopathic world over the last years has been bombarded with, do nothing but damage to our sacred homeopathic principles and to the patients depending on a more accurate application to regain their health. Since the 6th edition of the Organon, not one thing of value has been added that warrants a 7th edition and I challenge anyone in the homeopathic world to show me an aphorism that should be replaced.
What about the neo-gurus in homeopathy? They are always busy to introduce a “new” theory expressed by a single “new” (not invented by them though) word in order to step backwards towards the more Hahnemannian classical homeopathy, albeit without giving up the esoteric, based on the same squiggles, and then pronouncing this again as the “advanced and only method” to succeed in practice. After having misled the homeopathic community for a long time, leading to therapeutical failures and homeopaths abandoning the field in droves while still mesmerizing the simple souls, backpedaling is the only resource left and the new theory has to be wrapped in a new inflated packing in order to obtain a new impetus to maintain their name and to set themselves up on their little thrones. With the homeopathic science on firm footing thanks to Hahnemann, all esoteric teaching should be pushed aside and the secret power of gaining power through fancy words is only an expression of profound ignorance.
In order to help students and practicing physicians in gaining more knowledge to be successful in practice, there needs to be a tremendous change in how cases are presented in schools and seminars. Almost every time, cases that are presented, are reported to have an amazing result with just a single one dose prescription, making all the mental, emotional and physical symptoms disappear miraculously! To my amazement, I find myself in this 21st Century surrounded by practitioners who far succeed what Hahnemann himself could do. Has anyone of those “geniuses” read Hahnemann’s Paris case diaries and A246 of the Organon: “as long as there is marked improvement, no more medicine is needed…For one thing, this is rarely the case in chronic diseases (Emphasis by author)…and A247, “It is inadmissible to repeat, even once, exactly the same dose of medicine without modifying it, let alone many times…It would be even more useful if the same patient could be seen (in schools for instance) on a monthly basis to see what real progress was made, not the usual, “I gave this remedy and 6 months later the patient was cured!” This does not correspond to the real practice and only discourages students and honest practitioners thinking that they are not as smart as these pretenders! I and others want to hear “what happened during these 6 months!” All too often real knowledge and proper practice management are confused with fantasies, assumptions, fairy tales and projections with disastrous results! If homeopathy wants to survive (I always believe it will) and prove that it is the superior kind of medicine in the world, than it is time to stop undermining homeopathy with pure fantasies and follow Hahnemann’s teachings without making a diluted version of them.
Luc De Schepper – www.drluc.com