We live in a quick fix world, where we often expect that our dreams, desires and needs will be satisfied immediately! Unfortunately caring for our health doesn’t always work this way and we can often run round and round in circles trying to get a result by trying as many things as possible without success.
Because many of us have been brought up with conventional medicine, where we are told that a drug or surgery can be a magic bullet and take away all our woes, sometimes we have this expectation of other things, such as a homeopathic consultation. And while there are many cases where the first remedy brings dramatic improvement, this isn’t always the case because there is work we need to do for ourselves and insights we need to experience.
We are all unique individuals – and I think we like to be seen that way! Homeopathy is able to take this uniqueness and find a remedy to match it, which will bring improvement in a multitude of conditions, by bringing our system back into balance. We don’t have one medicine for Irritable Bowel Syndrome or depression, for instance, but many hundreds. Each of us manifests our symptoms of dis-ease in a unique way and understanding for ourselves what has brought us to this place is as important as knowing what symptoms we are experiencing.
As with life, homeopathy can be a bit of a journey. We are all multilayered beings. We experience things in life – good and bad – which make us who we are. These experiences can become layers which may respond to one remedy or may require several. I believe part of the journey with homeopathy is the insight we gain from looking at our experiences and understanding how they have moulded us. Of realising that our reactions can be the result of a pattern created through our lifetime, rather than what we’ve been eating or that we sat in the sun too long as teenagers! All dis-ease, whether it be mental, emotional, physical or spiritual has a trigger. So we can potter along quite happily feeling pretty well for many years. Then we are faced with a major life challenge – death, divorce, bullying, abuse or maybe something that seems far less significant – and our health begins to suffer.
Our ill health comes not from a bug or a gene but from ourselves, our lives, our choices; a compensation for events which have affected us, a weakened immune system from vaccinations, environmental toxicity or the disease patterns we have inherited. No one is born with a clean slate.
Often, until we acknowledge or recognize this, we may not find a solution to our health problem. We can’t just treat the symptom without treating the whole person. Symptoms of dis-ease are the body’s way of telling us something is wrong and that we need to make some change or seek some help.
As with a long planned holiday, the journey of life is as much the experience as reaching the destination and so it is with how we go about resolving an illness or a spiritual block. The journey to wholeness can be a journey of insight and personal growth.
If you are consciously working on your spiritual path, then the journey is a whole lot more complex. The destination is wholeness. To some of us it might be other things, but it really is about becoming whole, healed and conscious. Part of the process of that journey on the spiritual path is also considering the choices we have made for this lifetime. The soul contracts we have set up, the soul family we’ve chosen, the karma we bring through from previous lives and the themes we are going to work with.
I often hear people say “I thought I had dealt with that” when talking about major issues in their lives, but if we consider that we have usually chosen one particular theme to work with, then this is what we are going to work with. We may not work with it in exactly the same way throughout our life, because as our awareness and understanding grows, we let go of certain aspects and other aspects pop up to be worked on. It’s a bit like holding up a globe with the world map printed on it. Each way you turn it, you see something different and you can turn it many different ways, many different times and see different things. It’s still a 3D map of the world on the globe, but it can show us many different things about our world.
We don’t get to the destination without the journey and the journey may not be without bumps. The journey is the learning process – the getting of knowledge and the transitioning of this knowledge into the wisdom we attain as we grow and progress. If we are patient and focused, our journey can be like a game of snakes and ladders, although perhaps less controlled by a throw of the dice. We make the right moves, we skip some of the hard and slow stuff. We try only for the destination, without doing the journey, and we may think we are at the end, when we fall in a hole of our own making and slide down the snake to the bottom again.
The biggest attributes on the path of life for me are patience, surrender and the willingness to look critically, but kindly, at oneself. We don’t need to beat ourselves up because we didn’t get over that hurdle or because we’re still stuck or still sick. We need to congratulate ourselves on where we’ve come from and try not to look too far up the road to where we think we’re going. Enjoy the journey but don’t get stuck on the destination and never lose your sense of humour because there might be a synchronistic ladder just around the corner!