Wherever we do our training, we all study and learn from the legacy of great homeopaths in history. If we are lucky, we might even get to meet some of the great homeopaths of our time.
The list is so long, and there are so many teachers to inspire us.
When we are faced with our revered homeopathy teachers and leaders, with such a body of knowledge and experience to learn from, we feel humble. It takes vision and deep work to research or develop new ideas within a complex subject like homeopathy.
Do you ever wonder how they do it?
We don’t imagine that Paul Herscu plays email tag with his clients when they want to rearrange their appointment. Maybe he doesn’t need an online booking system as he already has a receptionist for telephone bookings. He also states his cancellation policy clearly on his website.
Rajan Sankaran could not have developed his method or written his books without a robust approach to business. His payment terms are clearly stated on his website and he also has a weekly newsletter.
Systems and structures are in place to allow them to do their best work. They have their vision and their life work to share! They are busy working with clients and writing up cases, publishing papers and books, teaching seminars and speaking at conferences.
Something else they have in common is that they each have a definitive style. We know what we can expect from each of them.
Learning from the masters
Think of any leading homeopath that you admire.
Who comes to mind?
What are they known for?
What have you learned from them?
How do you think they developed their expertise or style of practice?
Clearly they learned from other leading homeopaths just as we do, but do you think they just waited to see how their work developed or did they make some decisions?
We don’t know for sure, but we think it is likely that they made some decisions as they developed their own style and we would argue that we should all be doing that too.
When we have clarity about who we are as a homeopath, that shines through and resonates with others.
Map your journey
It’s spring, and almost Easter and Passover weekend, traditionally a time of rebirth. We’d like to encourage you to take some time to reflect on your own development and growth in your homeopathy journey.
A journal exercise for you: create a timeline for yourself and map out your homeopathy journey. Consider each step on your path. Does it still inform your work, or is it something you want to leave behind? How do you want to develop in your work? What are you drawn to now? What about in the future?
Where did you start?
Tracy’s experience: She came to homeopathy as a young teacher after a life time of recurring respiratory infections and thrush. Recurring infections has always been a mainstay of her practice, and once she understood that, and recognised that she really enjoys it, she made it a focus on her website. This regularly draws in women (and teachers) with immunity issues or women’s health issues such as thrush.
What was the first book you read?
Tracy’s experience: She learned all her acute prescribing from Miranda Castro’s Mother and Baby book, which continues to stand her in good stead. However, last year she decided to change the wording on her website so that she was no longer positioning herself as a homeopath for families. She realised that while this was something she enjoyed, she preferred working with women to resolve issues with immunity, hormones and skin.
Think back through your time at college. What stands out for you?
Tracy remembers being taught by Robert Bridge on her first weekend at CHE. He said this:
‘You don’t need to know much to be a great homeopath but you need to know it well.’
He also said;
‘You could run your practice using a Helios kit, plus nosodes and maybe tissue salts.’
These remarks have stayed with her and influenced her practice. While her fellow students chose to buy remedy machines, she decided to stay with medicating potencies which she buys from Helios, Ainsworths or Nimisha Parekh at Narayani Remedies. She adds to her collection whenever she needs to. She has a wide range of Lac remedies, for example. She doesn’t want to limit herself to a Helios kit but she doesn’t mind having some constraints. Over time she’s found that she works with 20% of her remedies, 80% of the time. In the last few years she refined this further and in the last 18 months has been working almost exclusively with the Triad method.
10 Questions for reflection
- What about you?
- Who has influenced you?
- How have things changed for you over time?
- What inspires you now?
- If you could just see 10 of your current client list for the rest of your life, who would they be? (Study this list well because that is the start of understanding your ideal client, and when you get clear about that, everything changes.)
- If there were no constraints at all and you had 100% compliance how would you choose to prescribe?
- What do you love about your practice now?
- What do you not love about your practice?
- Is there something you can change or let go of?
- What do you need to do to make that happen?
Decision and action
Make a note of your decisions, especially the slightly daunting ones.
Which is the most important?
What is the first step you can take towards that one?
That’s where you need to start.
Who can you tell about your decision? (Write to us, if you like, we’d love to know!)
Tracy’s experience: Tracy’s practice has always drawn families with children with autism, perhaps because she used to be a school teacher. She was happy to see these families and considered taking the CEASE training so that she could help them better. Through discussion with her supervisor she realised that treating children with autism felt too similar to her previous work as a teacher and she recognised that while this was something that she could do effectively, it wasn’t something that she was drawn to. She realised that she needed to be able to refer those families to other practitioners. She used a Facebook forum for homeopathy professionals to ask which of her colleagues in east London had done CEASE training and would welcome referrals from her.
Become the best ‘you’ that you can be
One of the wonderful things about homeopathy is that there is a lot of freedom to practice as we wish.
Whether you want to change to a new clinic environment, or a different prescribing style, or a change to your materials, you will become more you.
Tracy’s experience: Last year she read Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson. That made her decide to switch from using plastic dispensing bags to paper. She shared that decision with her clients through her newsletter and more recently wrote about it on her blog. Several clients have told her how much they prefer the paper envelopes. She has also increased her income slightly by charging for bottles of remedies.
When you leave behind the things that you are not fully aligned with and adopt a new way of thinking, it becomes part of who and what you are.
One word for this is authenticity. Another is congruence.
Do the work of being you
It’s all down to you.
You make the decisions therefore you are the one who must do the work.
You need to do the doing, and over time, refine.
As you try to live by what you have learned you make it your own.
That’s the way you become the best ‘you’ that you can be.
The more clarity you have, the more that others are drawn to you.
Be you. Everyone else is taken.
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.