Classical homeopathy, also called unicist homeopathy, refers to addressing the whole of an individual, the totality of symptoms, with a single homeopathic remedy at any one time. The single remedy most suitable to the case is the one that most closely resembles what is unique in the individual’s experience. This remedy is called the similimum.
Experienced homeopaths recognize very quickly that every individual has a unique way of expressing their experience and even people requiring the same remedy will express their experiences quite differently. For the individual, it is extremely helpful to be able to explore, with the help of an unbiased facilitator, their own unique experience, bringing light to areas that were not previously seen or known even by themselves.
If something is unique to an individual, it is by definition, something that no one else has experienced. The homeopathic conversation involves listening, perceiving, and following the client’s unique point of view, their unique perspective. The homeopath must be able to perceive something in someone else that they have never heard, considered, or experienced, listening for something outside the realm of what is already known. This allows the client the space to see and know aspects of themselves that they have not recognized before, and to make their own connections, leading to a deeper understanding of their own suffering or disease.
When listening to another individual in this way we must be aware of when we do not comprehend something. This state of non-comprehension can be threatening and uncomfortable; our brain and nervous system are programmed to do anything to avoid being in that state. This automatic response is what gets most in the way of most communication, and the ability to listen to another individual. Changing this automatic response involves changing the way the mind works, and the way the thinking process operates. This important aspect of learning and growth comes from practice and the ability to stay present in the discomfort of being in the unknown.
For true listening to occur it is also extremely important to be aware of our own perspective and world view, so we are able to listen to another openly, without reaction, interpretation or projection. This involves developing a transpersonal perspective through fully listening and considering opinions and world views that may be diametrically opposed to our own, or recognizing where interpretation may occur in another’s expression that may sound or appear similar to our own point of view, so that we don’t interpret it as being the same as ours.
In the words of Dr. David Bohm (Nobel Prize winning quantum physicist): “When we come together to talk, or otherwise to act in common, can each one of us be aware of the subtle fear and pleasure sensations that ‘block’ the ability to listen freely?”
Or, in the words of the Master and Founder of Homeopathy Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, as he provides guidelines for taking a case in Aphorisms 83 and 84 of the Organon: “This individualizing examination… demands nothing of the medical art practitioner except freedom from bias and healthy senses, attention while observing, and fidelity in recording the image of the disease… The physician sees, hears and notices through the remaining senses what is altered or unusual about the patient”.
This open and unbiased way of listening is not only useful to the homeopath but to all human beings as we relate to those in the world around us. Learning to listen to others in this way can greatly affect how we understand and relate to others in our personal and professional lives, bringing about a richer and more meaningful way of living and being.
MICH is offering a unique opportunity, through our Living with Soul workshop, to embark on this journey towards greater awareness and understanding of the self and others. Join us on our journey of self discovery and exploration of the subtle energy that makes us each unique.
To learn more about homeopathic listening as practiced by MICH homeopaths, read ‘The Art and Science of Homeopathic Casetaking at MICH‘ by Judyann McNamara.
Kate Hudson – BA, E-Ryt, ND
Kate is deeply passionate about the practice of homeopathy and its ability to bring awareness and clarity to her clients. She feels privileged to be invited into their inner experiences and enters into their worlds, with them, from a space of curiosity and exploration. Visit her profile page in our professional directory to learn more.