Serious (Spiritual) questions about the Scope of the Similimum
Since these series of articles will largely be distributed to the Christian community, I wanted to address some of the points of contention some groups have brought up re: homeopathy. Each homeopath needs to be aware of the scope of our homeopathic remedies. What do we intend to treat with homeopathic remedies? What do we understand as ‘disease’ that needs to be treated? In Aphorism 3, Hahnemann mentions that one of the important qualifications of a homeopathic physician is the knowledge of disease. Unfortunately today, there have been various extrapolations of the homeopathic principles that stretch it into metaphysical and often absurd directions that have no link with ‘disease’. I find this absurdity arises from a lack of clear focus on what constitutes disease. Along with this, an associated lack of understanding of the laws and principles of the homeopathic system will result in “playing around” with homeopathic energies when we still haven’t understood their complete potential.
There is a lacuna in terms of regulatory criteria governing the uncontrollable, often dangerous phenomena in the metaphysical world. Unfortunately ‘Anything goes‘ has become a dangerous adage with many metaphysical seekers today, which could seriously affect the integrity of a person’s soul. How does a simple person understand these dangers? We don’t ‘play around’ with drugs like marijuana, opium, LSD, Ecstasy, etc which are considered dangerous and illegal. Neither do we play around with prescription drugs, steriods, viagra, etc. One of the ways homeopathy as an energy medicine can be abused, is to stretch its application in unregulated metaphysical ways, abandoning the foundational principles of cure of disease on easily comprehensible principles clearly explained in the Organon and Chronic Diseases.
Homeopathic treatment is essentially for the treatment of disease which affects the whole person – body, mind and soul. The scope of the homeopathic remedy is to relieve disease as expressed in the body and mind that can arise out of imbalances that may originate either in the mind and heart or originate through the body’s interaction with the environment that the unintelligent and deviated vital force is unable to correct on its own.
Here is the experience of a sincere Christian homeopath and friend of mine:
From a Christian perspective, homeopathic remedies do not affect one’s relationship with Jesus or with the world around and its consequences. These things are choices that one makes after the remedy has had an affect. For example with Calcareasulph, the remedy works with the vital force and one becomes less whiney. One can still choose to see oneself as a victim, and to perpetuate the whiney state. But with emotional maturity, assisted with the remedy, this doesn’t feel right, and one begins to see the benefits of not being whiney anymore. When the effect of remedy ‘wears off’, the whine will come back, unless one continues the maturing effort, and/or the remedy is repeated. So, the remedy is a brace, a crutch, to assist in the choice the person makes. Surgery is the physical analogy; conversion is the spiritual; Vital Force is the homeopathic. When I take my similimum from nature on earth, I worship God more purely than I could before. Not as purely as I will when I die, and my eternal choice is evident, but more “in tune” than I could before the similimum. The more partial the similimum, the more partial is the worship.
Some questions have been raised in Christian circles whether the similimum becomes a replacement for the Holy Spirit. The fear is that the CRUTCH granted through a homeopathic similimum would not encourage one’s spiritual growth. But I can think of a thousand other reasons why one’s spiritual growth may be hampered. Religious concern could better be directed in those situations. Seeking a relationship with the Holy Spirit and truly experiencing the Love of God could never be hampered by a taking a homeopathic similimum remedy.
Having said that I still CAUTION those choosing homeopathy, against the indiscriminate use of homeopathic remedies without following the principles already laid down, as well as stretching the use of homeopathic remedy energy with impunity, for purposes other than cure of disease as explained in Part I and Part II. One should also be careful of one’s source of homeopathic remedies. Use a reputed and reliable pharmacy that follows the pharmacopeia procedures laid down for the collection and preparation of well proved homeopathic remedies.
God wants us to be whole and healed in order that we may serve Him and His people better. My life as a Christian has been enhanced through my practice of homeopathy as well as taking homeopathic remedies. My professional life as a homeopath is inspired by my walk in the Spirit while I do each case analysis, make remedy choices or manage the case. To explain and authenticate this aspect, I have continued with cases of Spiritual Healing, for fellow Christians and all those interested.
The Spiritual Similimum (Jesus on the Cross)
The greatest paradox about Christianity that most people cannot understand is why Jesus had to die that humiliating death on the Cross. For a Christian to have a problem with the Law of Similars is strange. Similarly those who accept the Law of Similars would understand very well the Similimum of the Cross. Isaiah Chapter 53 is the prophesy of the promised messiah that Jesus fulfilled. Do read this beautiful chapter. It states,
God intended that Jesus die on the Cross for ALL MANKIND. Jesus fulfilled this in obedience to God inspite of the incomparable pain he would have to suffer. He bore the pain that we may be redeemed of our offenses, sins, infirmities, sufferings. This was done 2000 years ago in one magnificent act of unconditional love, followed by His Resurrection, the embodiment of true hope. All we have to do is believe it and be delivered from our sins, sufferings, infirmities! Experiencing this deliverance from my personal suffering recently was the single most transforming event in my entire life. It was an experience of true deep, internal joy and hope in the midst of my painful circumstances. This is the power of the Spiritual Similimum in ANYONE’S pain, suffering, sin or disease today. This is for ANYONE willing to experience the redeeming, unconditional love of Jesus that took place 2000 years ago.
During his life on earth, Jesus and his disciples healed the sick and those oppressed by demons. There is clear distinction in the New Testament that healing disease was separate from demonic possession and this distinction should be maintained in the Christian as well as the homeopathic perspective. It is clear that the homeopathic remedy is not expected to have any scope against evil spirits. These may be some of the “incurable” cases from the homeopathic standpoint unless there is complementary Spiritual Healing. Yet, in other circumstances, complementary spiritual and emotional development assists the working of the homeopathic remedy.
Here are some passages that highlight these differences in the compassionate healings by Jesus.
At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him. He laid his hands on each of them and cured them.
Jesus healed the sick AND raised dead people to life:
Saint Mark 5: 21-43.
When Jesus had crossed again (in the boat) to the other side, a large crowd gathered around him, and he stayed close to the sea. One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward. Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying, “My daughter is at the point of death. Please, come lay your hands on her that she may get well and live.” He went off with him, and a large crowd followed him and pressed upon him. There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years. She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors and had spent all that she had. Yet she was not helped but only grew worse. She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak. She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.” Immediately her flow of blood dried up. She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction. Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him, turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who has touched my clothes?” But his disciples said to him, “You see how the crowd is pressing upon you, and yet you ask, ‘Who touched me?'” And he looked around to see who had done it. The woman, realizing what had happened to her, approached in fear and trembling. She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”
While he was still speaking, people from the synagogue official’s house arrived and said, “Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?” Disregarding the message that was reported, Jesus said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid; just have faith.” He did not allow anyone to accompany him inside except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they arrived at the house of the synagogue official, he caught sight of a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. So he went in and said to them, “Why this commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but asleep.” And they ridiculed him. Then he put them all out. He took along the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and entered the room where the child was. He took the child by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!” The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around. (At that) they were utterly astounded. He gave strict orders that no one should know this and said that she should be given something to eat.
Jesus healed those with “unclean spirits”
Saint Mark 1: 21-28.Capernaum, and on the sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught. The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One of God!” Jesus rebuked him and said, “Quiet! Come out of him!” The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him. All were amazed and asked one another, “What is this? A new teaching with authority. He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.” His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.
Then they came to
Fr. Rufus Pereira: is from Mumbai. He is the President of the “International Association for Exorcists” and is the Vice President of the “International Association for Deliverance“. He is one of the most respected Catholic Priests in the Ministry of Healing in the Catholic Church worldwide. Yet he is a simple and humble priest who has served millions of people from all over the world through his prayers for their healing and deliverance.
Here is an insight from him on Spiritual Healing in the Catholic Church quoted from his article “Prayer for Healing“.
The Biblical Answer:
The Biblical response to this dismal worldwide situation is the proclamation of Jesus that he has been sent by the Father and has been anointed by the Holy Spirit to forgive sinners, to heal the sick and to deliver the oppressed (Lk 4:16-21, Acts 10:38). He therefore invites all who are burdened in any way to come to him to receive his healing rest and life to the full (Mt 1:28, Jn 10:10), and charges his followers to do the same: to heal the sick, to cast out demons and even to raise the dead (Mt 10:8). Inspired by his example and motivated by his pleas, the Church has continued the proclaiming and healing ministry of Christ in the Sacraments and through the charisms….
The Christian Healing:
Christian healing does not take place by the exclusive use of some medicinal substance or by sole reliance on some obscure impersonal energy but through a personal encounter with and experience of Jesus, our Saviour, Healer and Deliverer. It is not something we get hold of but Someone we hold on to. It does not result from some sort of emotional faith but from one’s unshakable trust in the Lord, in his love by dying for us and in the power of his resurrection (Phil 3:10). It is the full Gospel in action, proclaiming God’s love and bringing peace to man, giving glory to God and destroying the work of Satan.
The Healing Prayer:
The Prayer for Healing is therefore not a magical formula but a faith process of experiencing God’s forgiveness, inner healing and deliverance. It calls for preparing oneself through repentance, forgiveness and renunciation. It can be experienced at Mass or before the Blessed Sacrament, on hearing the Word of God or through receiving words of knowledge, by recourse to the Sacramentals or through the intercession of the Saints, through the laying on of hands or by resting in the Spirit. In any case healing takes place in an environment of faith in the Lord and of love for one another, – just as it is both the power and the love of Christ that heals. …”
I had attended between the years 1993-1995, two “Inner Healing Retreats” conducted by Fr. Rufus and his team. One was for Christian doctors and nurses of the Holy Family Hospital, Mumbai; the second was along with my husband. An interesting anecdote occurred during the second retreat, when I met a Christian woman from Europe. She was one of the speakers at the retreat. With a background in Pharmacology, she denounced homeopathy in no uncertain terms due to the “evil” effect it had on a friend of hers. She likened the effect on her friend, who was taking repeated doses of a homeopathic remedy for a few months, to a demonic possession of sorts! She said angrily, that he had become a completely changed person with no control over his emotions and all his physical symptoms were worse – “..can any reliable system of healing change a person so deeply from within? It is not to be trusted! I suggest you seriously consider whether you should be a homeopath or not.”
I tried to explain to her the “Doctrine of Drug-Proving“, but she refused to be convinced. I discussed her opinion with Fr. Rufus Pereira. But he said that they had a difference of opinion here and he couldn’t see why she was so antagonistic to homeopathy. Whenever he had taken a homeopathic remedy, he was relieved instantly, with no evil effects! I called him on the phone in Mumbai a week prior to writing this article and he confirmed that his difference of opinion with her on homeopathy remains. He sees nothing evil in it.
Spiritual Healing Case 1 (Healing of Demonic Possession)
Here is one of Fr. Rufus’ Healing Cases that appeared in the “Charisindia“ magazine: Vol. V, Issue 1, January 2006. Fr. Rufus Pereira is Editor of this wonderful Christian Magazine.
These are excerpts quoted from the article:
” A young lady looking more like a girl accompanied by her mother in law, carrying her baby, had come for the healing service…..Since there was a big crowd and a long queue of people waiting, I simply began to pray for her without asking any details. But no sooner I had touched her head ever so lightly, that she was hurled to the ground with a great force. The three strapping young men on the team and myself had to pin her down and hold her firmly as the “evil one?” manifested itself with unexpected ferocity and with incredible hatred in the eyes.that were not responding to treatment – L). She was invited to an “Inner Healing Retreat” where she could receive spiritual guidance in an atmosphere of contemplative prayer. At the beginning of the retreat, during the initial prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament itself (contemplation of the symbolic presence of the Body and Blood of Jesus – L), as she knelt in adoration in the presence of the love and power of Jesus, she felt something or some “entity” deep within her leaving her, almost jumping out of her. This was obviously the “evil spirit” leaving. Later when I laid my hands on her for prayer, she felt something entering into her – obviously the Holy Spirit. Right at the beginning of the retreat itself this young lady was delivered!….(When I laid hands over her at this point, there was no violent manifestation as there was the first time, and then she explained to me what had happened).
And then as I prayed for her … “it” began to disclose unwittingly, without being specifically asked, … a much needed information. “It” told me that the young woman while a student used to come to see “him” everyday during the lunch break in search of “peace” and “he” had entered her…. When the lady did come back into consciousness, she was totally unaware of what happened to her. I asked her a few pertinent questions which corroborated the braggings of the ‘evil one’. Her mother had died when she was 12 and she felt very lonely. Instead of being with friends in school, she used to visit a so-called ‘holy person’ and sit in his presence, look worshipfully at him right through the ‘darshan’, and he would give her something to eat or drink after talking to her, it was then that some “evil force” entered her….
We were thus able to ascertain the external cause (an evil influence) and the internal opening (the psychological trauma) of what seemed to be at first only a physical sickness –her recurrent headaches (
The rest of the retreat was to help her understand how she could avoid something like this happening again in her life, by helping her to discover the root cause of her emotional crisis and consequent demonic incursion. That root cause was the grief due to the death of her mother. One’s greatest psychological disturbance is often the loss of someone who has loved us very much and whom we have loved very much too. But it is often the circumstances surrounding the tragedy that make it more painful and agonizing that the even itself. First, her mother died in her teens, when a girl needs her mother the most. Secondly she did not die in a natural way. She was murdered violently. Thirdly, she was murdered by her own alcoholic father in a drunken rage. Fourthly, she was murdered right in front of the young girls eyes! Fifthly, he was now in jail and she was without even a father. Is that all? Not yet. Sixthly, she loved both her parents very much and needed them both, but the most painful thing was that she was forced to choose between them – a heart rending decision for a child to make – leading her into emotional chaos.
During the retreat, she was not only able discover all this, but she was able to deal with it by accepting these wounds with praise to God. She was able to forgive her parent and others for the hurts they caused her and then she renounced her opening herself to the evil one instead of to the Holy One. She left the retreat with a cheerful smile on her face reflecting the exuberant joy in her heart from the salvation and peace of the Lord. It is only then, can one say that her healing and deliverance was complete and total with the new and abundant life that was now hers in Jesus’ Name.”
Spiritual Healing Case 2 (Healing of Physical Disease)is an evangelical/ Pentecostal – but VERY down to earth! I find his understanding of Biblical Spiritual healing truly inspired. He helped further my understanding of spiritual healing, especially in light of my own experience detailed below. Here is an article on spiritual healing by Andrew based on his personal experience as an instrument of God’s grace for Spiritual healing.
Some excepts from this article :
“Failure (by the Church – L) to present this truth properly has caused many people to disbelieve it’s always God’s will to heal because according to their thinking, the sick person would have to be bad or evil in some way; yet they know there are many godly people who are sick and die.
Not all sickness is caused by something we do. Regardless of the reason, however, there is always something we can do about it. We can believe God, and He will heal ALL our diseases (Ex. 15:26, Ps. 103:3).5:15). Prayer doesn’t save the sick; the prayer of faith saves the sick….. …I went over to pray for Niki the following afternoon. I didn’t know how bad she was. I just knew she had been in pain for over four years and was really hurting. Niki’s faith and the faith of her parents had been redirected, and they were ready to believe for a healing NOW!
If it is God’s will to heal all our diseases, why isn’t everyone healed? That’s a simple question with a complex answer.
The bottom line is faith. The prayer of faith saves the sick (James
What happened then was an awesome thing. God instantly healed Niki in a very miraculous fashion. Her doctor later testified that he didn’t expect to see her again. She was that close to death.
We have some great news for you. My television crew spent more than 15 hours interviewing the Ochenski’s, and they have produced a 50-minute video documenting Niki’s healing. When I viewed it, I was moved to tears. I didn’t realize how miraculous the healing really was. The video impacted me more than actually being there. This is one tremendous video! …”
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“In this video, you will hear the story of Niki Ochenski’s strange illness. No matter what the doctors called it, the disease made an invalid out of an otherwise normal teenaged girl, wasting her body for 5 long years. Finally, it began pushing her to the very brink of death.November 15, 2000, Andrew, came to Niki’s home church, the Shepherd’s House, in Lewisville, TX. His teaching that night sparked a remarkable change in Niki, a change that resulted in a dramatic miracle of healing.
In this video, we invite you to enter Niki’s home and witness this miracle in the words of those who were there to see it. You will laugh and cry and give praise to God for the gift of His mighty healing power, available though Jesus Christ.
We pray that Niki’s story will inspire you to reach out by faith and take all that is yours through the grace of God.”
Spiritual Healing Case 3
I end with my own story of Spiritual healing. As a medical doctor, a homeopath and as a Christian, I thought it was important to explain to others how this experience impacted my life. I believe I have been called to a “mission to heal”, I believe it is God’s plan for my life, which is why I was led into the healing profession. My initial inhibition to share this was overcome by the need to explain my experience in a scientific perspective as well as spiritual perspective in order that this series of articles is authentic.
My Experience: I suffered from severe infertility in the early years of my marriage, the only way out seemed to be running around for fertility treatment. It can be the most demeaning, artificial and insensitive ways to conceive a child. I was totally amazed at how people allowed themselves to be subjected to such subhuman attitudes (from science, doctors, everybody) in one of the most precious of God’s gifts – participating in creating life. After a few of those artificial hormonal cycles, I soon realized I did not want to do this any more. Not only was it too expensive and bad for my long term health, it was emotionally and spiritually degrading as well.
The long story short, I was given up for almost impossible a few years later (1999) by my Catholic MD and Infertility Specialist. From a previous laparoscopic video and other investigations, he announced that my ovaries were like footballs, my tubes were blocked, swollen and patulous, my uterus was enlarged and bulky – in short my insides looked like I was a menopausal woman! (it wasn’t funny at all then, though I can laugh now.) That was when I began to pray. I realized that prayer was the only hope I had, and Jesus simply had to answer me, for my husband and his family’s sake (!). I asked a lot of faith-filled people to pray for me and they stood with me for complete healing. A laparoscopy was scheduled a few months later, and I went in for it fortified with prayer and completely at peace in my heart.
The Laparoscope was inserted; the MD walked in and took a look, and then had to ask the anesthetist to check behind the covers whether she had the right patient on the operating table. My insides were completely renewed!! The uterus was pink, normal sized and healthy, tubes were healthy and free (no blocks), and ovaries were not too bad, just requiring some minor drilling. He couldn’t believe it; he was almost dancing for joy! He couldn’t wait for me to wake up. I was hardly stirring out of my anesthesia when he announced, “Leela, I was waiting for you to wake up, my girl. It’s a miracle, it’s a miracle! It’s only your prayers nothing else, only your prayers! I came back to tell you that, I was just waiting to talk to you.” I have hardly seen him as excited before!
Today, I’m over-fertile! Glory to God!
I’ve thought over this healing that happened so easily many, many times, marveling at God’s love for me. I hadn’t realized God’s love so clearly before. The other important ingredient was FAITH: faith that God could do it, faith that God was willing to do it for me. I had expected Him to do it because I had no other choice, but if he did it for me, he can do it for ANYONE else who asked. How often instead we rely on the 30% success that science offers with all the degrading trappings, but fail to trust God’s 100% willingness and power!