“Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good” C. Estes
Two days after the election, with profoundly disturbing changes sweeping our country, I found myself in a room full of homeopaths. Practitioners from around the world gathered to learn some of the latest clinical results and methodologies in our field. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to process our collective experience, than in the comfort of community - surrounded by people dedicated to healing.
The room was full of different languages, accents, ethnicities - all of us in the service of health, healing and change. I have always found inspiration, motivation and fortitude in community. Be it activists, community organizers, artists, filmmakers - it is the spirit of collaborative efforts to make the world a better place, in whatever form or medium, that lifts me up and helps me to remember the importance of our work. That humans have, for thousands of years, followed our impulses to serve, to create and come together to be change makers. The thinkers, innovators, educators, healers - this is where positive change happens. Those who share knowledge and experience for the sole sake of helping others.
That is what Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, did almost 300 years ago. He saw a broken system (the system of medicine being practiced at the time) and dedicated his life, not only to creating a better method of healing, but also to sharing that method by educating others.
And that is what I was doing at the conference that day, the day after the election, the day the world felt profoundly altered. I was learning from the hard work of other practitioners, standing on their shoulders as it were, to refine my skills as a practitioner. We gathered to hear twenty years of clinical results of a method used to target cases in our practice where toxic overload (exposure to pesticides, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals) sits at the heart of the onset of symptoms - a very timely method for our contemporary times. The overwhelming feeling amongst the practitioners was that we must keep working, keep helping others, keep moving forward, there is no time to waste, we have a lot of work to do.
Homeopathic medicine is a very evolved, and constantly evolving form of medicine. But that is the topic for another time. Today it feels right to simply open the door and share the light of this amazing science that is homeopathic medicine. Homeopathy is so multi-layered and multi-purposed, that it can be used as a system of medicine in the home, giving the lay-prescriber access to an amazing array of tools to heal loved ones - and, it can be used by skilled practitioners to bring about deeper healing in chronically ill people.
In the spirit of mending the world within our reach, I start at the beginning…
What is homeopathy?
According to the World Health Organization, homeopathy is the most widely practiced form of alternative medicine in the world. It is a form of natural medicine which stimulates the body’s immune system to overcome illness on its own. Using the Law of Similars, which was discovered by Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, long before homeopathy was developed, it uses an infinitesimal dose of a natural substance to match a similar symptom pattern being expressed in a human or animal. Modern science is catching up with homeopathy, and we are understanding more and more about how the mechanism works - it is beginning to be classified as a nanomedicine.
Homeopathy is commonly found in stores, pharmacies and doctor’s offices all over Europe, Australia, India, Canada and Latin America. Why it is not as well known in the United States is the topic for another blog - but, I will say, it is a story of court cases and intrigue!
Every action we take, be it the medicine we choose, the community we make, the work we embrace, is a choice to move towards mending our world.
So let's go - we have a lot of work to do.