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CLASSICAL HOMEOPATHY:

A Scientific Perspective

By Deborah Morrison

Published in Alive Magazine, May 2000

Interest in Classical Homeopathy has grown. What’s grown along with it is the recognition that Classical Homeopathic theories are explained and supported by science.

It is increasingly acknowledged that diseases are the result of diverse causal factors. Therefore, various lines of therapy may be appropriate to help with healing. Homeopathy can often be the main therapy to assist healing; in other situations it may be a useful additional “string” to the therapeutic “bow.”

We know that all material objects, including our own bodies, are actually energy fields behaving as if they are solid. Science reminds us that the atoms that compose seemingly solid objects are whirling zones of energy. With this idea in mind, it is much easier to think of the human body as comprised of many cells, or small energy patterns, linked together in the overall complex. The implications are vast! Changes in one’s personal energy field can affect thought processes, emotional reactions or physical performance.

With this in mind, Classical Homeopathy also considers the mind-body connection. It recognizes that ideas and feelings can determine one’s physical condition. There is an immense potential for healing when working with the composite body energies of thoughts and feelings, along with the physical.

Energy flow changes are associated with disease, even though gross cellular changes cannot always be defined to account for them. Therefore, Homeopathy treats changes in the totality of body energy patterns and not merely the reactions of particular cells. Such an understanding of the body composition opens the way for more dynamic assessments of disease.

The Classical Homeopathic approach implies that any disease is a disturbance of the composite body energies, and is a change that influences the whole system to some degree (even though at times it may appear to focus on a particular part).

The word “homeopathy” can be understood by taking it back to its Greek roots. It incorporates two Greek words: ‘homios’ (like or similar) and ‘pathos’ (suffering). When these two roots are put together we have a single term which implies “like suffering.” The idea fundamental to Classical Homeopathic prescribing is to treat ‘like with like.’

An appropriate remedy presents another stimulus similar to that causing the disease. The remedy is in a form to which the body can respond more effectively and so provokes a self-healing reaction against the pathological condition. This contrary action or “counter-revolution” then over-comes the disease process.

This method works by treating an illness with high dilution levels of extracts that would cause the symptoms of the illness in a healthy person. What’s left is the energetic essence of the remedy, which changes the personal energy field, thereby re-creating a healthy balance within the individual.

Most Classical Homeopathic medicines come from naturally occurring (rather than synthetic) products. There is so much more to research and discover in this field. For example, there are one half of a million plant species on Earth. Only five per cent of these plants have been examined for their healing properties.

Consider, for example, the treating of some types of common cold infections by a Homeopathic preparation of ‘Allium Cepa.’ The cold infection provokes a disturbance to which the body does not immediately respond with an adequate opposition. The ‘Allium Cepa’ prescribed for the cold then provokes a stronger response which corrects the prior disease state.

Most importantly, if the will is set toward recovery, there is a unified movement of body energies and therapies used; these together orient toward health.

Reference:

Glove, Dr. A. Thorson’s Introductory Guide to Homeopathy, HarperCollins Publishers, 1991

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The serenity prayer is one the most beautiful prayers from the Christian tradition. It offers much solace and wisdom. Most people are familiar with the first part, though only a few know the entire prayer, which was an untitled prayer written by the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr in the 1930s.

God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time,
enjoying one moment at a time,
accepting hardship as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
and supremely happy with Him forever
in the next.

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“The Secret” reinforces an important message of taking inventory of our thoughts and focusing them in a positive direction to create life changes that we desire. This is a wonderful message, yet without critical examination and thoughtful application, the ideas can prove unskillful in our interactions with individuals who suffer.

The idea that we attract everything through our thoughts is on the one hand a powerful message. However, it can also be a dangerous message when taken to an extreme perspective. We can end up blaming victims for their plight, such as: Individuals in poverty, survivors of disasters, the disabled or the abused.

I believe that at critical moments such as with Hurricane Katrina or with the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004, our desire to alleviate suffering is most important. The extreme perspective can also assign wrongful thinking for causing diseases or illnesses. I feel uncomfortable when positive thinking is taken this far because it can allow us to become distant from another person’s need or suffering, since we can at some level just say, “Well, they must have brought this upon themselves.”

If taken to an extreme this perspective of our thoughts alone ultimately influencing the universe can approach arrogance. Certainly our thoughts, intentions and our ability to select our reaction to events are powerful tools for personal transformation, yet this message needs to be balanced with humility and compassion. Thoughts play an important role, yet at times our response needs to come from the heart not the head..

At a human level, we need to balance our positive thinking attitudes with compassion for ourselves and others. When individuals are in need, our hearts need to respond to them with empathy, care and understanding. If our positive thoughts disconnect us from compassion, then even if we succeed at an individual level, we may fail at a social level – we may achieve material success but lose our “soul” in the process.

When we approach positive thinking or “the law of attraction” with a mechanical attitude, then we risk limiting our growth to self-interest rather than growing in our compassion. From a higher perspective, we know that spiritual growth starts within our hearts and is not limited to our thoughts alone. The mind and heart work in harmony in order to create a life that is fulfilling at all levels.

In “NEXUS: A Neo Novel” our focus has been on personal transformation of people who in one way or another are stuck. Through the journey of people in our book, we discover many insights to expand both our mind and our heart – to develop a positive mind along with a compassionate heart.

Peace & blessings,
Arvind Singh
Co-author of Nexus

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