Thoughts on the world, homeopathy, mindfulness and food...
A collection of blog posts - feel free to respond with your thoughts and comments - I love to have feedback - thank you!
Maybe I should quantify wrong perhaps first. As I get older and learn more about less, or less about more, I realise wrong is a concept I'm not sure I've as much belief in as before. So here I think I'm using it as a conventionally seen word more than my word.
Well if that's not put you off... It strikes me tonight, well several times tonight perhaps, how it is to swim against the tide. From my daughter's chat about not fitting in at school to my realisations that I didn't particularly either, most definitely at primary school, and still am nowhere near a mainstream way of conventional life, and possibly moving further away from it all the time, to my scrolling down twitter tonight on a homeopathy search. Obviously crazy, delusioned bastards that we homeopaths are - if you decided to listen to twitter this evening and take things personally anyway.
But how is it to love for all the wrong reasons? To really deeply, unable to turn away from it even if you wanted to kind of love. As that's what I do here. I am so totally, utterly in love with it. There is nothing quite like being told that 'I was so impressed with that remedy, I slept so well at last' or (somewhat of a sleep theme this week), 'she's just not into homeopathy at all but after that remedy she told me she had the best night sleep for months', or 'my joints are so much better now'. I love it. I am blessed and that is all there is to it.
Can we choose what we love, who we love, what really makes our heart sing on a deeper level? I'm not so sure that it doesn't always choose us. And here I would say that's definitely my truth. For me to live my truth there is only this. Right here, right now. And what I see in front of me. The amazing stories I get to play a teeny part in.
So if that's weird, if it's odd, I say bring it on.
With love x
With a flurry of excitement around homeopathy this week - yup we even had it trending on twitter at one point, at least in the London area. There homeopathy was the 3rd most discussed topic. Not, in my personal opinion, for the right reasons to be honest.
The Mail (that paper that barely anyone I know actually reads), ran with a headline of 'Homeopathy CAN cure Ebola'. Since it was a newspaper and attempting to sensationalise the situation I'd say it succeeded. Homeopathy CAN deal with many things, has been historically very effective with dealing with various serious epidemics and I think we as homeopaths all see many uncurable cases get better. But until we've done it, got the clinical cases then it's theory.
That isn't my main point, but brings me to it. The response on twitter was a resounding 'The Mail is wrong' message. For a start, my feeling was The Mail was being sarcastic but maybe I'm misreading it all. The virtual shouting, the rage, the passion against us as homeopaths, well that was strong.
Working with tools such as twitter, but also living in real life where everyone has their own opinions and they're not always the same as mine (I know!! Who'd have thought it?!) is an interesting place to be. What I've realised though is it's so rare anyone really listens. It's like we're all shouting out our version and we can't hear anyone else's. I keep drawing this card from my lovely shiny new Fifth Agreement cards:
And think there's perhaps a message there. Even if we disagree, to listen and truly hear is to respect. It may not change your views at all, may simply enhance and strengthen them, I'm not thinking we need to change our minds about anything.
I invite you, for this day, to listen to others without judgement and to open your heart to hearing opinions that differ from your own without the need to fight. Byron Katie talks of how defence is the first act of war and I'm inclined to agree. That intake of breath, that tension, high alert feeling when you're poised to fight back - for today how about we drop that? You don't need to but even for a few moments, I invite you to experiment with letting that go.
With love and light,
Twitter for 10, an online introductory course for twitter, talks you through getting set up on twitter, tweeting, how to send messages, block users, use hashtags, search topics, follow people and much more. It’s a supported 10 day course with tasks of around 10 minutes each day to do.
Information is presented with step by step instructions and support from experienced tweeters means you’re able to ask questions if you don’t understand something, and learn at your own pace.
The next sessions begin on Monday 1st December. It’s currently free to take part in (although if you feel you’ve got value from it and would like to pay it forward at the end of the course I’d love that too)!
If you’d like to book (or if you’ve questions), please email me – firstname.lastname@example.org and do add a line or two about where you’re at with twitter and what you’re hoping to get from the course too if you’d like.
Feedback from the first Twitter for 10 course:
‘It is bubbly, lovely to read and inviting to try the steps out. Keeping up with new technology can be rather a challenge and demotivating, so I think it is really great to have these lessons. People can then decide whether they want to pursue it further or not, rather than feel inadequate and not even give it a try.’
‘Just to put in email form how immensely helpful the twitter for 10 has been. Thank you so much for doing it, I don’t think that I would have ever made the leap on to twitter otherwise! I have found that receiving another lesson every day has been great for keeping the process going and embedding it in that way. It’s made me feel like you are holding my hand as I always believed that Twitter was a huge, scary world full of sceptics and you have helped me to see how I can be in that world and be empowered to build it and monitor it to work for me! I still feel as though I have a way to go, especially with accessing/generating content which I want to share but I definitely feel as though that world has opened up for me and that it’s there for me! I feel that receiving a new lesson every day and you being so available has been key to the success and the content of the course has been perfectly pitched. Looking forward to #homeopathyhour tonight!’
'I thought that your daily emails were absolutely fantastic, right level of detail & very helpful. Pitched at the right level & good for beginners to get to grips with Twitter.’
Dr Gary J Smyth (active twitter user and kindly supported participants on the course)
'Thank you so much for Twitterfor10, although I have been on twitter for 6 years years I never really got it - now I know how to upload images, set up lists, what a # means -pretty crucial really. I really appreciated your availability and answering of questions. All the lessons were easy to follow, although things do work differently on different devices I found. Great to have bite sized lessons and you replying to tweets rather than reading a pdf document to learn about how to use twitter.' Mike Andrews DSH RSHom
Twitter for 10 was born from a realisation that despite best efforts to promote #homeopathyhour we had a fraction of homeopaths out there participating on it. Aware that not everyone wants to be a part of it, or spend time glued to their PC/phone between 8-9pm, that's all OK, but also aware how positive it's been for people who have taken part (and I also really love the collective consciousness effect of a group of people all working towards the same goals around the world at the same time). We do have people from around the world, with tweeters joining in from the UK, Ireland, Germany, Canada and America for a start. We have homeopaths who've been working since the 1980s, who run pharmacies, who work in pharmacies, GP homeopaths, those working in raising awareness of homeopathy, nurse homeopaths, homeopaths who've studied with so many different teachers, homeopaths who run homeopathy schools. If you're a homeopath and you'd like to make some great connections, it's not a bad place to be!
But where was everyone else? Well it turned out plenty of people wanted to participate but felt they didn't know where to start. So all the promoting in the world is great but where to go for the step before that? My feeling was to create a 10 day course with a 10 minute task a day for each of those days, so that you slowly built up confidence and awareness of how to get signed up, get going and have a practice at it before you really stepped into the arena.
My plan is that it'll run again shortly but first I wanted to share some feedback:
Just to put in email form how immensely helpful the twitter for 10 has been ;) Thank you so much for doing it, I don’t think that I would have ever made the leap on to twitter otherwise! I have found that receiving another lesson every day has been great for keeping the process going and embedding it in that way. It’s made me feel like you are holding my hand as I always believed that Twitter was a huge, scary world full of sceptics and you have helped me to see how I can be in that world and be empowered to build it and monitor it to work for me! I still feel as though I have a way to go, especially with accessing/generating content which I want to share but I definitely feel as though that world has opened up for me and that it’s there for me! I feel that receiving a new lesson every day and you being so available has been key to the success and the content of the course has been perfectly pitched ~ you really are amazing Em and such a generous and visionary human being ;) I love you very much! Loooking forward to #homeopathy hour tonight! ;)
Lots of Love and thanks, Sophie XX'
Thank you very much for setting Twitter for Ten up! It is bubbly, lovely to read and inviting to try the steps out. Having the Joey and Monica account works well, very clever!
Two things I thought I’ll feed back to you:
1. Maybe it is worth pointing out at the start that the course is meant for twitter on the computer rather than on the phone. It took me a few days to realise that… I know, slow grey cells…
2. Also I prefer to follow the lessons/tips/course on working days rather than through the weekend. No problem of course if you want to send it through the w/e but there may be less reactions and interactions which may be a bit disappointing for you. I still need to catch up on the last few lessons now!
It is interesting that there are now a few more of such regular lessons for free: the weekly Materia Marketer lessons started on Saturday and today I received the first of a series of Radar Opus lessons. I think we owe Colin Hart of Isis a big thank you because it was through his lessons by email some years ago that I mentioned the concept to you and Phil Edmonds.
Keeping up with new technology can be rather a challenge and demotivating, so I think it is really great to have these lessons. People can then decide whether they want to pursue it further or not, rather than feel inadequate and not even give it a try. It would be fantastic if the homeopathic bodies would support and promote these initiatives as it would empower their members in a very practical way.
It is great of you all to generously share your knowledge as I am sure it will benefit the homeopathic profession as a whole with hopefully an enormous ripple effect.
Lots of love,
'I thought that your daily emails were absolutely fantastic, right level of detail & very helpful
Pitched at the right level & good for beginners to get to grips with Twitter. Think it should be run again sometime.'
Dr Gary J Smyth (helped to support the course participants in twitter conversations)
Food can be considered raw if it’s not been heated over a temperature of around 42 degrees. If you’re making chocolate and want to be super accurate then you can use a thermometer but you can also simply do the ‘finger test’ and check out whether it feels OK – if it’s too hot then it’s too hot!
Cacao is considered a superfood by many. A superfood is one which is considered to have a complete or close to complete nutritional profile. Superfoods are nature’s most nutritionally rich foods and can form and important part of a healthy eating plan.
Cacao has high levels of:
Chocolate, raw or otherwise, is a treat and not a staple for me. As I’ve gone ‘more raw’, I notice the effects of cacao more than I used to and am aware of it being not dissimilar to the effects someone may experience from caffeine. As such, it’s not something that I’d have daily. That said, I think raw chocolate can have positives – and it’s way better than a bar of dairy milk. A small amount can be satisfying, tasty and enough to ensure pleasure without overwhelm.
BASIC RAW CHOCOLATE RECIPE
Place the raw cacao butter in a bowl over a pan of water on a low heat and melt gently.
Once melted add dry powders - mix well.
Ensure the heat is low, add the sweetener and mix well.
Taste the mix once melted and add more sweetener if you prefer a sweeter taste.
Once completely melted and blended remove from heat. Your mixture should be runny and easy to pour* and can be poured or spooned into ice cube trays, silicone moulds or even plastic tubs to make fabulous raw chocolate bars.
Place in the freezer and leave to set for 20 mins to half an hour on in the fridge for around 2 hours.
The mix tastes delicious plain but there is always room for some creativity, so feel free to add some chilli powder for Chilli Chocolates or peppermint essence or vanilla extract, orange peel, coffee or orange liquors are all things that can be added. One great combination according to CHOC Chick is sprinkling in some crushed cardamom seeds and sea salt (which they say is absolutely amazing!!).
*If your mix is not runny and easy to pour, this may be because too much raw cacao powder has been added, so try adding a little more raw cacao butter and keep mixing and tasting until you have the right blend.
CAROB DATE SAUCE RECIPE
· 1 cup medjool dates
· 1 cup coconut water
· ½ cup carob powder
Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. If you want a runnier sauce add more coconut water and a thicker sauce add slightly less.
You can add in some vanilla, cinnamon or it’s great just as it is too.
Use as dipping sauce for fruit, ice cream topping or just a chocolate sauce where desired.
Yesterday I had another chat about the implausibility of homeopathy, and whilst similar interactions have frustrated, indeed sometimes offended me, today I'm left feeling amused by it all.
Not amused at the other people, not anything there, merely amused that I could have been upset by these others' opinions. I've seen too much, witnessed such change - there is no going back. It is what it is and whilst the model may be difficult to understand - and I'll agree it is, now 11 years in I'm getting there, getting a clearer understanding. I've seen too many babies improve, helped people by prescribing via their wife/husband at times if they were unable to talk at that point, watched animals recover from desperate situations and seen 'impossible' cures.
My pill? I'm going with the medicated sugar one please.
With love and gratitude to those who stretch my understanding, increase my compassion and challenge my self awareness. I couldn't do this without you too xx
It struck me most about this after a discussion with a friend recently. The details are irrelevant but on reflection I thought about what we as homeopaths do is so many times astounding. Yes, we don't always get it 'right' immediately, we don't always change paths and routes for people much as we may wish to. And I wish damn hard at times.
But why do we keep going? Not because of huge pay, easy working conditions or the glamour of it all. More because most of the time, so often, we can make a real difference. A difference to someone who's had all their adult life til now, at 60 years old, debilitating headaches; someone with IBS for the last 30 years, a child who has anxiety and stomach aches, or a case of eczema that nothing else has made an impact on.
It's ok being able to make a difference. And whilst I don't need outside recognition for what I do, I certainly think it's time we hold our heads up with pride and recognise it ourselves.
There's much out there about mindfulness at the moment. And rightfully so, it feels like an age old idea who's time has come. In this part of the world. So many places have already got it entrenched as a part of their spiritual practice but we're catching up. Thankfully, because in this crazy, fast paced, no time for anybody lifestyle I think something may need to change. To shift and adapt before something breaks.
Like any idea there are many facets to it and I practice a form of mindfulness called Focussed mindfulness. It works best on a one to one session and really is very effective in helping us confront old fears that keep us trapped, helping us open our hearts again to life, love and potential again.
Here though, I wanted to share a few ideas around how we can all incorporate more mindful moments into our day. I'm really bad at formal meditating. And I plan to challenge myself on that one and to sit with Isla and do one of my kids meditations each day. But these I find different, meditative in their own way and easy to incorporate into our lives. Here goes with a few ideas:
Keep a gratitude journal. Or write 3 things daily you're grateful for. Do a morning mind dump where you just write unconsciously for 10-15 minutes and get all the stuff that's going round n round out. Discover mindful breathing, body scan meditations, practice mindful eating. Say a prayer of thanks for your food and consider all the work that's gone into getting it to your plate. Take part in the #100happydays challenge on twitter, Facebook or just by yourself. Write a list of things you're good at. Write a list of things you'd like to be good at, pick one and master it. Go out in nature. Stand and hug a tree (this is one of my favourites and always has a gorgeously grounding effect on me). Run, even if only a short way. Stand on the top of a hill, arms outstretched and turn your face to the sun. Hug someone and don't let go for 30 seconds. Laugh. Watch the sun set. Watch the sun rise. Have a breakfast picnic. Be. Just be.
With so much love, Em xxx
I'm a Homeopath working in the Skipton (North Yorkshire) area. I am also able to offer food intolerance testing using Kinesiology and advice around diet and lifestyle.
Em Colley MARH, Practitioner of Classical Homeopathy
BSc(Hons) Psychology and Neuroscience
Laughter Yoga Leader
Focussed Mindfulness Practitioner
Dip (SNHS) Kinesiology
Dip (SNHS) Holistic Nutrition
Certificate in Whole Food, Plant Based Nutrition