Holistic and Complementary Therapy
Listening to the healing wisdom
Since 1998 I have studied various therapies, they all encompass working with energy. I use the word “energy” however there are many varied words and names with the same meaning, depending on the language of the therapy/practice. Just in the same way you can have local dialect and meaning.
Samuel Hahnemann was the founder of Homeopathy. He was translating a book by Dr William Cullen who wrote about Peruvian bark (Latin name-Cinchona) having the ability to cure malaria. Hahnemann experimented and wanted to know for himself if it was possible. He gave the bark to family members and noted the results. This became the first Homeopathic proving. The “proving” is a collection of symptoms. A number of healthy people (provers) take the substance and the data of their symptoms are collected. The common symptoms between the provers are the symptoms that the substance can heal. This is where the “like cures like” meaning comes from in Homeopathy. A homeopaths job is to find/match the remedy that will help the patience symptoms. This method of a group of people taking the substance/remedy is called a classical proving method. There are now many books called “Materia Medica” which list many remedies and there symptoms.
Some two hundred years later The Guild of Homeopaths brought us proving a remedy by meditating. Because the classical way of proving can be time consuming, and cause symptoms, generally people don’t have the time to take off work or make the commitment. A meditative proving doesn’t take as long and fits better with our way of living. Although a general meditative background and practice is beneficial for the best results. The Guild of Homeopaths meditated together bringing new remedies that were proved meditatively. They give an insight to the wider picture of the human energetics and purpose with emphasis on the flow of subtle energy, the auric field, chakras and the esoteric therapeutics.
In more recent years some Shamanic /Homeopathy provings have been made. Shamanism is the original knowledge, a journey or vision quest to ancient wisdom through the direct experience with spirit, an ancient spiritual tradition. This ancient method was not noted/written down as it was about the experience and understanding of being connected, an inner knowing experience and understanding. Unfortunately most of this traditional method was lost due to civilisation; some examples were handed down through generations and gave us herbal wisdom and folklore. A Shamanic/homeopathic method is where the shamanic journey is noted bringing the old traditional way together with the homeopathic noting of symptoms. The shamanic word for proving is called grokking.
Whichever style they each give experience of the substance to be proved. All have been inspiring to me.
The conclusion of the 3 methods of Proving/Groking
In January 2014 I brought together 3 groups to prove the remedy Coal from Haig pit in Whitehaven. I wanted to experiment with the different styles/methods. The classical was started first on the 2nd January, the meditative on the 18th and shamanic on the 19th. The findings were explored separately and together for analysis.
The classical proving. Each prover had a supervisor which they talked to daily about their symptoms. All the supervisors were Homeopaths, all but one prover were homeopaths. The supervisors took notes of the symptoms. The results were mainly about physical symptoms the parts of the body were more noted with the classical provers than the other groups. Dreams, delusions, desires, sensations “as if”, and mind symptoms were all noted more than in the other groups. This could be because the group as a whole had a homeopathic majority and that all supervisors taking the notes were homeopaths so might be more likely to note with homeopathic terms? However the therapeutic notes were put together by one co-ordinator which catalogued the overall notes for a therapeutic reference therefore all notes were equally viewed important. In general the classical proving gave a well balanced view of the remedy with prominent detail relating with the physical body symptoms. My perception and conclusion so far of the classical proving approach encompasses a physical, logical, left brain intelligence which is masculine applying the matter of details in text. The records by the supervisors have a medical authority form about them, a scientific doing approach.
The meditative proving. The group were mainly homeopaths with two provers who were not. Meditatively physical symptoms were noted sometimes with equality to the classical group and in some physical symptoms the meditative provers were very strong and more pronounced than the classical notes. This showed in the therapeutics of the body as a whole and with certain areas of the body. Meditative notes were equal in amount with shamanic notes with regards to some physical symptoms too. With reflection the meditative group resonated prominently with the energetics of the remedy, experiencing the felt sense of the remedy. A bigger picture of the remedy and its energetics became more apparent than at the time of the classical proving. This could be because of the meditative receptive nature of the proving? The meditative approach from my perception and conclusion so far encompasses feminine receptive right brain intelligence. This soft subtle method seems to energetically hold the remedy during the proving, corresponding with the gentle nature which is kinaesthetic. This meditative way obtains the etheric spirit of the remedy. The frequency of the meditative proving was more at ease with spiritual body than the earthy classical method which is more at ease with the physical body.
The Shamanic groking. The group were mainly of shamanic experience with three homeopaths as provers. The group’s findings have the least amount of physical symptoms compared to the classical and meditative findings. Some physical symptoms were equal to classical and meditative but overall out of the groups they were the least recorded. The difference in results with this group was that the symptoms with the most prominence were with the collective conscious picture. The group resonated more on a homeopathic miasmatic level than the others too. This was the last proving done so an even bigger perspective of the remedy could be made with a fuller picture of the psyche. Due to the oversoul connection of coal direct perspective of wisdom and source is given of the remedy. The shamanic approach from my perception and conclusion so far encompasses understanding of inner knowing at a primal soul level. This is spiritual communication with an authentic deep sense of wisdom with the natural and ancestral. A natural grounded level of perception with humanity. The frequency of the shamanic method brings together an acknowledgement of soul and truth. The harmony of the shamanic proving was at ease with the soul body this complimented the classical physical body and meditative spiritual body approach giving a full eclectic remedy picture.
Homeopathy is regarded as being Holistic to consider all parts of the whole. This was why I wanted to explore all the styles of provings. Each individual style was important and productive in its own way just as our own unique presence in the world. Each one connects to the vital force and the empowerment of healing. Hopefully by giving each individual style a collective it can bring a clearer picture for all to share, an understanding that all uniqueness is important. Most importantly that the collective balance and harmony of eclectic knowledge is brought forward. To engage, celebrate the equality of independent uniqueness of style and balance together a unity as one holistic adventure.
At this point I would like to add this impression of the three provings from one of the provers: “A few minutes after taking the traditional proving there was one moment in time in which it seemed as if the full spectrum of symptoms, from physical to spiritual, manifested themselves. It was a microcosm of the macrocosm, and if I had possessed the necessary awareness and the capability to record the experience in sufficient detail, in that single moment, the proving would have been complete.
Apart from that, the energy of the provings reminded me of some spiritual writings that I have been reading recently. These are from the works of Alice Bailey and the Tibetan, who speak of the lower concrete mind on the physical plane, the son of mind- or soul- which is the bridge between spirit and matter; and the higher abstract mind on the spiritual plane. It seemed to me that although the same symptoms ranging from physical through emotional and mental to spiritual manifested in varying degrees in each of the provings, that the emphasis of the traditional proving was on the physical, reminding me of the way in which the lower concrete mind works; while the focus of the meditative proving was on the feelings and emotions, corresponding to the son of mind, or soul; and the focus of the shamanic proving was on the wider implications and thus the interconnectedness of the whole, reminding me of the higher abstract mind.”
The following diagram shows the full circle of development of Homeopathic healing.