“The true journey of discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
One of the most amazing aspects of homeopathy is its ability to help us to see with “new eyes.” I’ve seen so many of my patients develop a new outlook around some problematic area of their lives during the course of homeopathic treatment. This includes people of all ages, children to adults. They may have been stuck in a vicious cycle around some issue for years but now they have a new perspective. Seeing the situation in a different way allows them to change their behavior and end their suffering. What had been difficult now resolves easily and seemingly almost effortlessly.
Joey, an eight year old boy was missing many days of school. His parents sought help mostly because of his frequent stomachaches and constant belching. On talking with Joey it was evident that he felt that the other children singled him out and tormented him. In fact, there was a history of his being bullied at school. As time went on, the more he was bullied, the stronger was his belief that he was being abused. Under homeopathic treatment, Joey began to look at himself differently. He no longer saw himself as a victim but saw that he had a choice about whether to let the teasing upset him. His response to the teasing changed. He no longer reacted to the taunts. Interestingly, the taunts decreased as did his abdominal pain and belching. His grades improved as well and his new-found self confidence was evident.
A teenager, Sam, had a long history of difficult behaviors at school. Something would happen to make him angry and Sam would react by throwing things, pushing furniture, even striking out at other kids at times. Afterwards, he regretted what he had done and also began to feel bad about himself because of his lack of self-control. Homeopathic treatment gave him the ability to make a choice. He became more aware of the triggers that sat off incidents. He learned to turn and walk away when something started to trigger his emotions.
For adults who have been working with a mindfulness technique, homeopathic treatment can be a real aid. Lynn, a successful career woman and mother in her 30’s, had recurrent headaches as well as a problem with binge eating. She was well aware of the circumstances that triggered the binges and of the history leading up to this problem, however the binges persisted. After beginning homeopathic treatment she began to be aware, in the moment, that she had a choice. It became easier to resist the temptations when they arose instead of sinking into a vicious cycle of self-pity, self-deprecation and binging. Her headaches meanwhile gradually decreased in frequency and intensity until they ceased to be an issue.
In all 3 examples, the person was able to be more aware of what was happening in their current moment. They were able to respond from a place of choice rather than react with an immediate instinctual reflex. The end result for all three was more freedom to choose and freedom to be the creator of their own life rather than a victim of it. In this way homeopathic treatment helps many people to become more mindful and to move beyond those conditions that are limiting them from living a full and satisfying life.
As is evident from the above case descriptions, homeopathic medicine is truly a holistic form of treatment. While many people seek homeopathic care for a specific physical symptom or disease such as asthma, recurrent ear infections or ADD, many are surprised to see other seemingly unrelated problems resolve. Our body, mind and spirit really do function as an integrated whole and homeopathy addresses all of these simultaneously.