While preparing the lecture for our own workshop ‘Bridge the Gap’, I invited participants to have a look at the article in Homeopathy f4 Everyone which is in fact a chapter from my book “Homeopathy: Strange, Rare and Peculiar”.
In the article with the title “The Healing Setting” I explain that in order for healing to occur, some conditions need to be met: the healer must have the intention to heal, have the skill and the knowledge to master the method, and ideally have maximum coherence. The patient must have the intention to be healed and no obstacles to cure and the remedy should be suitable to the biggest totality and come at the right time in the right potency. There is much to discuss about all this but that is not my aim right now. Other parameters like: the entanglement between homeopath and patient, the placebo effect, the self-confidence projected by the homeopath, the trust of the patient, the effect of the long anamnesis all contribute to the healing process. But the question remains: is any of all those conditions absolutely crucial?
It seems it is. After receiving remedy names and prescribing a few years now for people I don’t know or I haven’t seen or spoken to (and getting lots of positive feedback) together with the fact that plants react promptly and visibly to homeopathic remedies, the conclusion can’t be anything else than that the suitable remedy is the determining factor. While obviously success is more likely to occur when all conditions are met (or at least positive reactions will brought about), deep transformation seems to be only possible with the similimum.
In a previous blog I felt obliged to talk about the role of the healer in the whole process. This is a central question in the ‘Bridge the Gap’ workshop as well: what is most needed to bridge the gap between the outcome of our analysis of a case and the actual remedy a patient requires (according to intuitive reception)? Is it even possible to bridge this gap and if so: how?
We came to a point last meeting where we supposed we can come halfway with expanding our knowledge on so far unknown or lesser known groups of remedies (like Rocks, stones ores and Gems, Sarcodes, Hormones, Medication, Imponderables) and the other half might be bridged by the healer him- or herself. After all, in the same way it takes an artist to draw, it takes a healer to heal!
Being a genuine healer probably can be compared to be born with a talent for arts or for mathematics. Despite the fact that even then techniques must be learned and skill acquired, talent seems to be an innate quality and doesn’t come as a result of lots of practicing. This will merely generate good technique. Luckily we are usually drawn towards the things we are good at, hence we tend to study or devote our lives to what we resonate with.
I asked myself what the qualities or talent of a true healer could be. The reason for this was that so far I can’t teach how to receive remedies. I wish I could. If I could only help people develop this, it would mean a tremendous advantage for homeopaths in making their work easier and more precise, for patients on their way to cure and for the homeopathic profession as a healing art. It would mean a real quantum leap in homeopathy, the actual next step.
So I looked back to see if I could trace in my own development helpful stepping stones I could share.
I could see there was a connection with nature at an early age, an interest in spirituality, meeting with enlightened people, thorough study of human psychology, psychotherapy, philosophy, art, linguistics, anthropology. I did a lot of travelling, worked in many different fields, wrote thousands of pages but I think none of all those activities guarantee an opening up to higher dimensions of knowledge. That is why I call it a gift. In the true sense of the word.
As I had during the Walk many opportunities to meet and talk to new people, I was amazed how much magic there is believed in and applied. In the periods at home in the summer I decided it was time to have a close look at the handbook of Magic by Franz Barton, given to me years ago by a Serbian friend. Since magic has its own rules, the logical step is to familiarize oneself with them. Reading through the voluminous standard work, it appeared to me that the requirements to become a true magician differ in no way from those to become a good homeopath: determination, dedication, daily practice, step by step progression, self-knowledge, modesty, purity, virtue, trust, only beneficial use and faith. We can put it another way: know yourself, control mind and body and then practice creation.
When an artist paints every day or a writer writes every day, they do so because they know that those are the conditions to allow art to happen through them. Then they become an instrument of art itself, something that transcends their being. Even when it happens only a few times in a life it was worth doing it. By committing ourselves in this way to the healing art (and you can call it magic if you want) we can create the conditions that invite the spirit to work through us and enlighten our thoughts.