Jost Schulte, my companion for the next days,met me in the Hahnemann House in Köthen. To be precise, we met in the Master’s office! Could there be a better place to see each other for the first time, after mailing and Skype conversations?
It was a relief to start walking again, leaving cities behind. The temperature was around 3 degrees, the sky still grey with a sharp northern wind biting our cheeks in the open fields. The first trajectory turned out to be 28 km instead of 24 but it proved that my condition has benefited from the walks of last months and so it went easily. At least for me; my poor friend stumbled the last part with a painful knee, and had to lean on my walking stick. We stayed overnight in Calbe, a nice little town along the Saale, where we went out for dinner.
Usually when I ‘m alone in the evening I don’t go to a restaurant. One reason for that is that I ‘m not that hungry, the other is that I use the opportunity to work. Honestly: one has no idea what a Walk for Homeopathy involves. Nobody has ever done it before as far as I know! The only thing comparable is a pilgrimage but this is merely for one’s own sake while this project is aimed at a larger field or dimension. Being aware of that all of the time -yet wondering what and how- necessitates reports for all those who walk we me in mind and heart.
Jost was asking me a thousand questions (to which I gladly answered) during the walks, at the dinner table and while we were seeing the 12 patients he scheduled the next three days. He and his wife Guru San and his parents who live upstairs, hosted me, cooked for me wonderful fresh vegan food and made me feel so welcome and cared for it almost felt like home.
I have to admit though that after having Skyped with Paul, and having seen him and heard his voice, a sudden wave of homesickness came over me.
Those three days of consultations almost all the remedies that the patients needed were rare or extremely rare. Many times homeopaths sitting in during case taking are enthusiastic as a primary reaction. Also Jost. Discussing the differences with the sensation method he was trying to master lately, he found the main difference with the Vital Approach is that the latter brings common sense back in it.
Well, didn’t Hahnemann already say:
- § 83: This individualizing examination of a case of disease… demands of the physician nothing but freedom from prejudice and sound senses, attention in observing and fidelity in tracing the picture of the disease.
Hence: The Vital Appraoch is as classical as can be!
The secondary reaction of sitting in with me during the consultation seems to bring the participating homeopath a feeling of being overwhelmed and incapacity to ever find those remedies. It is a side effect of the gift and I anticipate the state it provokes in others. But I also know it is transient and the homeopath will regain his self-confidence as happened with so many colleagues last years. They know they can be helped with their difficult cases and then it works like a safety net.
Meanwhile, I am trying my best to ‘bridge the gap’ (next gathering of the Bridge the Gap-workshop takes place the 26th of March. Probably the evolution of homeopathy will come about by an extension of knowledge (roots in the ground) combined with the development of intuition (head in the air). And in doing so: connecting heaven and earth.