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!
So, I've said it. There is so much of talking about what we can do, proving that homeopathy works (and I'm excited to be going to Malta next week to the Homeopathy Research Institute Conference - where I know that will be demonstrated time and again that homeopathy works, in vitro, in labs, in plants, in people, with statistically significant results), and sharing of success stories. There is so much defence to both the well meaning doubters and the pharma funded vitriol that we feel we have to do. We may have to do. There are people would prefer we didn't do what we do. So maybe it's normal that we don't talk about the fact we might not be able to 'fix' everyone.
I see results in my clinic. Many people get better. Many people recommend their friends/family members/colleagues. When I ask clients where they heard about me, the biggest group are those from word of mouth. So I'm doing something OK. But there are people who I haven't been able to help as much as I would like.
My promise is never that I'll make anyone better. It's that I'll do my best to help deal with what's going on for them and to help move to a healthier place. I've often an image of where and what I'd like that to be, and many times we get there, sometimes we don't. But I work hard to do my best in each case.
Encouraging, as a practitioner, are the cases we see the 'masters' of homeopathy present in seminars, where they worked together with clients and 20 remedies later, months down the road, after they had made some small shifts but on finding 'that' remedy that really matched the individual, the changes were profound and long lasting. There is reassurance to be gained that I'm not alone at not knowing everything right away. And I'm aware it's a fairly high standard I hold myself accountable to, but to think that I can totally understand a person after a 2 hour time could be seen as quite arrogant. Sometimes I can get it, other times it takes me more time.
I was pondering this today on our drive to visit my daughter's homeopath. There were a few issues that I had wanted her to consult with someone for, and we went to a few well known, and a few well recommended people over the last 5 years. With mixed results. Then on seeing Annie, her current homeopath, she perceived well what was going on for her, gave a remedy and things really moved. Does this mean the others were no good? Definitely not. Some present internationally and are really excellent at what they do. But they weren't the right person for her.
I'm not suggesting a merry-go-around as people head from one person to the next in search of a 'magic bullet' remedy. But to bear in mind that not every one of us is right for every one out there. And all our knowledge differs. I've a wonderful case recently where I felt like I was working for ages on something with them, and coming up with nothing. Then on reading a 'new' remedy, a penny dropped, I gave it and great, great results within a short space of time. In a condition that modern conventional medicine has no answers for, so it was particularly lovely to be able to help.
It can also depend on our own state of health that we're in when we begin the process. Some people are in a very chronic, broken down place and there may be palliation possible but not reversal of dis-ease. Others, it's possible to reverse and see the 'rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of health' that was Hahnemann's aim. Case to case will differ on an individual basis. I think we have more idea after an initial session and two follow ups although things can take more time sometimes to see where they're going.
I'm also not suggesting everyone hangs in there forever, but sometimes it is not an instant process and takes work and a little bit of time and patience. No homeopath worth their salt (in my opinion) would tell you they got 100% results 100% of the time. So yes, it's possible that homeopathy might not work for you, but I can pretty much guarantee your homeopath will work hard to do their best for you.
That, I guess is one of the challenges of our role. This medicine is precise, is beautiful and life changing but as to one size fits all? That would certainly make our life easier. For example we have 1152+ homeopathic medicines listed for head pain. Easier to just pass the paracetamol? But long term... I'm very happy I didn't just stop there.
Happy to answer questions you may have around homeopathy or how it may or may not help what you're going through. I'm fully booked until 27th June at the moment, but always happy speak if that helps and we can arrange to properly consult later if needed.
With best wishes,
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
Focussed Mindfulness Practitioner
Dip (SNHS) Kinesiology
Dip (SNHS) Holistic Nutrition
Certificate in Whole Food, Plant Based Nutrition