Being a homeopathic practitioner is much more than prescribing remedies. I have found that half of what I do with clients involves education as well. Part of this education is offering support to their healing process. One of the ways I see people suffer the most in their healing process is to have awareness of their problem but not have the tools to help themselves. This is especially true in dealing with psychological problems.
Sometimes good therapy or counseling is very beneficial during these times. But I have found that it can be very expensive and time consuming to return to the psychologist or psychiatrist every week to talk about our problems again. Often the psychiatrist will want to offer drugs as a therapy and this will interfere with the persons healing process and defeats the purpose of seeking psychological help. Psychologists and counselors have the art of talk therapy mastered and sometimes this is good for the client to have a place to share their problems. But I have found that a great deal of transference happens from the practitioner to the patient in these settings. Often the reason a person has become a psychological counselor is to help themselves heal their own problems. Feeling somewhat successful they often go on to try to help others but bring their successful story with them and many times a persons suffering becomes labeled through a lot of speculation.
Talk therapy encourages the repetition of the clients story. It can become like a broken record when repeated often. This creates thought forms that can be difficult to free oneself from. It can be actually detrimental to a persons healing if created.
What the suffering client really needs during the difficult time of self discovery are tools to help them manage their lives. Unfortunatly many times these are not offered in a professional setting. As homeopaths, when we are intimately aware of our clients suffering, we can offer them tools to help them take care of themselves. I believe that each of us holds the key to unlock our own suffering. We already have the answers. No other person knows our story better than ourselves. If we can offer our client tools to help themselves then we are helping them more than any therapy.
Some very useful tools I have discovered along the way are from some unlikely places. I will mention them briefly here. If you find that these could be useful for your client or yourself then investigate them further.
- The “Work” of Byron Katie. www.thework.com She has developed a very simple approach to discovering truth through inquiry. Her method is very simple and asks 4 questions. If answered honestly will often bring clarity and freedom to the issue. Her book “Loving What Is” explains this well.
- The work of Abraham-Hicks. In the book “Ask and it is Given” the last half is devoted to 20 ways to change your feelings about certain struggles common to everyone.
- EFT is a form of tapping. A technique to move energy by tapping on specific acupuncture meridian points to free up the energy associated with thought forms. It is very easy, quick and effective. Google ‘EFT Tapping’ and you will have many links to great free information about this technique.
- The Release Technique as originally taught by Lester Levenson. This is now taught through the Abundance Course.
- The Sedona Method for letting go of attachment and emotional freedom.
- The work of Dr Michael Ryce and the worksheets provided in his book “Why is this Happening to Me Again….and what you can do about it.” I have found that doing the worksheets can significantly change major issues we can become stuck on. I am not sure if the book is in print any longer, but if you search hard enough you can find it. His work is based on forgiveness.
- The book by Colin Tipping “Radical Forgiveness” and the worksheets associated with this. Very similar to Dr Ryce’s work.
- The Twelve Steps and any Twelve Step program.
Not all methods are for all people. Do research on these methods and learn more. What is common to all of these methods is that the person is never wrong and always is encouraged to move forward from where they are. If you know of any other tools or methods to help please share them with everyone below so we all may benefit. I welcome your comments
I believe that spiritual understanding is the context and forgiveness is the method for finally releasing all suffering. There are many ways to achieve this. Homeopathy, being spiritual medicine, is the most supportive and deepest healing modality. But when the suffering increases during the time of the aggravation, new levels of self discovery and consciousness are not always easy to face and grow through. Having a few tools to offer your client will help them tremedously. If you know of any other tools or methods to help, please share them with everyone below so that all may benefit. Your comments are very welcome.