Home Go to Homeopathy
Finding the Common Ground in Healing
by Susan Drury
Recently the Canadian broadcasting company’s Marketplace TV program aired an hour-long “investigation” entitled “Homeopathy – Cure or Con?” At the same time, the homeopathic community is being warned that internationally, various anti-homeopathy groups are mobilizing organized events and media propaganda with the goal of discrediting homeopathy and ultimately making remedies unavailable to the public. Homeopaths and their supporters are urged to take action and fight these attacks in order to protect our profession as well as the public’s ability to access homeopathy.
Feeling in danger or under attack are complaints that many individuals experience and homeopaths hear about from their clients. Looking from a more global perspective, we can compare this type of aggressive action against homeopathy to an uncomfortable symptom of the body – not pleasant, but there as an outlet of a deeper disturbance.
Homeopathy, like everything, came into the world with ancestral influence behind it. Its founder Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, although a genius, was hardly a diplomat! From his position as scientist, homeopath, teacher and writer, he loudly attacked the conventional medical system and those who practised it. But contending causes contention and the energy surrounding homeopathy’s birth has continued to influence its course throughout its 200+ year history.
As long as we see ourselves as separate and vulnerable to an evil “other,” we are prone to suspicion and fear. This belief has been one of the driving forces of human civilization, with attack, defense or all-out war being the methods used to protect, compete and vanquish. However the greater reality is that our world is one system and whenever one special interest grows too strong, the resulting imbalance will need to be addressed and encompassed in order to reach a new and greater harmony. Moving beyond “I” and “you” to “we” creates the opportunity for new understanding, reconciliation and growth.
In practice, homeopathy moves beyond the idea of attack and defense and instead views disease as something present within the totality whose motivation is simple – to stimulate growth and evolution. With each new patient, the homeopath must ask “What needs to be healed here?” Is this a superficial pathology or does it have roots in a deeper conflict that when resolved, will not only eliminate the physical symptom but also move the person to a higher level of freedom, function and expression?
Without challenges, we do not develop. The old expression “What won’t kill you makes you stronger” can be applied to all facets of life, from the global to the personal. We can see disease or an aggressive neighbour as enemies we must battle - or we can see them as forces for evolution, furthering our shared totality. If we approach disease and conflict as challenges to stimulate growth, the path to resolution will open and enemies become partners.
Just as homeopathy takes this approach in personal health, so we can apply it to these global challenges. What is seeking to be cured here? How is this situation a force working to promote greater growth and evolution for all? Healing doesn’t come by opposing the symptom; it comes from addressing the underlying dis-ease. But as a culture, even homeopathy has operated too often under the delusion of attack and defense.
How do “we” look at the “them” – whether it be a different religion, skin color, or health care modality? Instead of experiencing our commonality, many live inside the isolating mindset of smug superiority – or conversely that of being a handicapped victim constantly bullied out of the play yard. But if we look at these challenges as opportunities for our own delusions of “otherness” to be explored, we can step outside these divisive dynamics and work to heal the divide. Because at the end of the day, it isn’t about homeopathy or conventional medicine or governments or multi-national corporations; it’s about addressing what needs to be healed, and taking action from there.
Editor's Note from Mary Ellen Coulter: This article is republished with the permission of NASH and the American Homeopath.
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About the Author
Susan Drury, RSHom (NA), CCH, RSCHom is a registered member of the North American Society of Homeopaths, the Canadian Society of Homeopaths and the Council for Homeopathic Certification. She regularly publishes homeopathic articles and newsletters and through her private practice and educational outreach, is dedicated to supporting people in their journey to improved health and well-being. Susan provides homeopathic services to North Vancouver, West Vancouver, and the rest of the Lower Mainland, BC. She can be reached at 604-671-7863 or firstname.lastname@example.org.