“The progression of learning at MICH involves paradigm shifts, personal transformation and enquiry, as well as the basic foundations, principles, history, methodology, case-taking, and remedy study.”
“I’ve been a bean banker all my life, collecting beans of knowledge for over 60 years. I kept my beans in safety bean boxes all over my mind, my security in a world of overwhelming information. Then I became a student at MICH.
Throughout my 3 years of homeopathic training, I have consistently felt the guidance and support of Judyann McNamara, MICH founder and teacher, along with her dedicated team of administrators and group leaders, as I explored my treasured bean boxes one-by-one, opening them to scrutiny and enquiry, and thereby to the novelty and compassion that is true consciousness. If I say that I now see myself as just a bag of beans, I say it with a loving acceptance of who I am. That is my only security. Not knowledge. Not beans. Just me.
At MICH I have learned that homeopathy means leaving my beans of knowledge at the door during case-taking, bringing all of me, just me, to witness and to hold the therapeutic space: ‘to listen is to lean in, softly, with a willingness to be changed by what we hear’ (Mark Nepo). At MICH, we learn what it means to be critically subjective in our witnessing stage of case-taking, with an eye inward and an eye outward, self-monitoring as we pull ourselves in, until an effortless stage of ‘gyrating’ with the person occurs, and we are experiencing his/her world. We are forever changed by the experience, both client and homeopath.
I came to MICH because Judyann, a physicist as well as a homeopath, teaches the quantum matrix that underlies, and thus surely forms the most fitting context for a 21st century understanding of classical homeopathy. Although it sounds and feels a lot like science, what I really learned was perspective, i.e., a shift in perspective that enables a new quantum paradigm to emerge … and that’s really art. The art of shifting, born of enquiry, of reflection, of presence, that allows consciousness to enter in silent witness and pick up the trail of malaise, following it to the energetic source of the vital disturbance, to the core of the individual’s suffering: the art of sensing, rather than seeing. As Antoine de Saint-Exupery says in Le Petit Prince, ‘The important thing is to strive towards a goal which is not immediately visible. That goal is not the concern of the mind, but of the spirit’. At MICH, we are concerned with spirit, manifesting itself in the myriad of expressions that we call life, or, more specifically, in the homeopathic encounter, manifesting itself in the myriad of expressions that we call symptoms, when life (and the person) is suffering.
The progression of learning at MICH involves paradigm shifts, personal transformation and enquiry, as well as the basic foundations, principles, history, methodology, case-taking, and remedy study that constitute the study and practice of classical homeopathy, both as a science and as an art. The focus at MICH is most definitely on every one of these aspects throughout the three years, but the most important aspect to me, the one that I don’t think I could have learned elsewhere, is the concurrent emphasis on personal and group reflection and enquiry, absolutely necessary, I believe, to the formation and honing of the most essential instrument/tool of the homeopathic curative process, which is the unprejudiced presence and observation of the homeopath.”