We are so accustomed to looking to the disease of our clients that we often miss one of the most important aspects of them; their health. It is easy to be swayed by seeing the healthy aspects of a patient and confuse it with the disease. We must know what is health to know disease. The true magic of homeopathy can be revealed when we can accurately prescribe for the disease and hold the picture of health for the person. This is what makes homeopathy a medicine to help a person heal their life as well as the acutes and chronic.
So the question arises, “what is health and what is disease?” Hahnemann wrote in the Organon, Aphorism 9; “In the healthy condition of man the spiritual vital force (autocracy), the dynamis that animates this material being (organism), rules with unbounded sway, and retains all the parts of the organism in an admirable, harmonious, vital operation, as regards to both sensations and functions, so that our indwelling reason-gifted Spirit can freely employ this living, healthy instrument for the higher purposes of our existence.”
The challenge of the homeopath is to be able to distinguish health from disease. As Hahnemann describes we have a reason gifted mind with the ability to serve our higher purpose. Life can bring us many challenges. It is our ability to respond in the healthiest way possible that leads to the choice between health and disease. When we are very young this comes out of survival. As we get older, the ego has a larger and more important role, but the issue is still survival of our belief or ego . Every person on this planet does his/her very best to ensure their survival. It is the inherent life force that cleaves to this body that always wants to survive. The choices we make will always be the very best option that can be had. A person will never make a mistake concerning its’ survival. Often these choices do not serve us well in the long run but the original choice could not have been better. If there were a better choice we would have made it.
In health the choices we make serve us well. Even in disease often the choice we have can serve us well for some time. Eventually though we will come to a crossroads where a similar choice will need to be made and the conditions for healing will be ripe. This will give the vital force another opportunity to heal, another fresh choice. In health the choice we make will be better than the previous choice and we will lessen our suffering as a result; this is the healing process.
In the healthy state of man he has freedom to choose and his choice will always be the best for him. The healthy state of man can be learned by following spiritual law. The road map for our spiritual evolution has been written in many ways from Kabbalah to Buddhism to Christianity and most other religions. All offer a blueprint for what are the best choices we could make for our higher purpose. But none of them can make the choice for us. Ultimately it is our own free will that gives us the opportunity to choose. Spiritually, this life existence is the most fertile ground for our evolution.
No person is all health or all disease. Disease is made known by something not being OK. We must modify or change some aspect of our experience to try to change our state of being. In acute and chronic states of disease we know this through sensation. Pain is usually the best indicator.
Health on the other hand has no conditions for OK-ness; there is nothing that we need to do to modify our situation because all is well. We are free to use our reason gifted mind for the higher purposes of our existence. We are able to be in the moment and react appropriately to the situation that is before us. Health signifies freedom, and the ability to be in the present. In a disease state we can only be OK if the conditions of our OK-ness are met. Therefore in health we have no preferences or compulsions and things can be accepted as they are. We are free to be and experience all of life’s offerings and respond accordingly.
We must not forget how a person has degrees of health. They can often become blurred by the disease. Our job as the homeopath require us to know both. The healthier we are, the less prejudice we have and the better we will be able to differentiate this in our client. Always look to a persons health when treating them. It is much better to steer them toward their health than toward their disease. In the end, the disease is simply an untruth the person has adopted to survive.