The Four Fold Way and Homeopathy

Today I begin again to blog. I haven’t felt genuine in my blog, Twitter or Facebook communication. I was learning the tools and compelled to say something but it wasn’t the real and full story… yet. So now I begin again.

I live my life by four basic principles set forth by the cultural anthropologist, Angeles Arrien:

1. Show up, or choose to be present.

2. Pay attention to what has heart and meaning.

3. Tell the truth without blame or judgment.

4. Be open to outcome, not attached to outcome.

Why is this important to bring up? Because I am becoming the healer I desire to be. I am finding the people I wish to emulate and I am showing up, paying attention, telling the truth and detaching from outcome over and over.

I believe homeopathy should be practiced using The Four Fold Way as a guide. When a homeopath takes a case s/he must be fully present and pay attention to everything the client says, but most importantly s/he must pay attention to what the client intimates has heart and meaning to them. It is even more important to reserve judgment on what constitution the person is or what remedy they need. It is critical for the homeopath to hear the full story and write it down in the words of the client. Next the homeopath must try to see what is at the core of that story without judgment and then analyze all the data in the case without attachment to what the remedy might be. Often a homeopath thinks s/he knows the remedy and so very often they are wrong.  And often this is because they have made a “knee-jerk” prescription without fulling understanding the case.

Being a homeopath is an incredible spiritual journey when one allows it to be. It’s possible to consider homeopathy a lucrative business or to think oneself a do-gooder for selfless reasons. Both can be true. But I also think we teach what we need to learn in life. Practicing homeopathy offers an opportunity to show up for oneself in addition to one’s patients, to pay attention to what is really important in one’s life and speak the truth about it without judgment.  And what an intense spiritual lesson it is to detach from outcome. None of us ultimately controls anything in this life. Yes, the little things perhaps: where to buy our coffee, which socks to wear, etc.  But do we have any control over life and death? We like to think we can influence our kids’ choices and our spouse’s beliefs. But at the end of the day how successful are we really?

Regardless of the effectiveness of our efforts to assist our patients’ movement in the direction of cure as a homeopath, we disrespect the human body if we do it in a way that the does not include the Vital Force (“the spirit-like life force… that enlivens the material organism … and governs without restriction and keeps all parts of the organism in admirable, harmonious, vital operation, as regards to both feelings and functions…” per the founder of homeopathy Dr. Samuel Hahnemann). At the end of the day, the Vital Force is each patient’s own inner guide to health and we are not in charge of the outcome.

It is an honor to work with my patients and to hear their stories. I am committed to paying attention to what has heart and meaning for them. I so appreciate their truths and I strive to detach from the outcome while working tirelessly to assist them towards cure.

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