A couple people who saw my talk on Friday mentioned to me that those who take a deep-acting homeopathic remedy change on ALL levels. If we leave some allowance for time—some shift quickly; some take a lot more time—this is true. The two cases that spoke shifted in a profound way. One case talked about how her remedy had changed her life, lifting 35+ years of depression and enabling her to set boundaries around how much she was willing to give to people. It was only after telling about all this that she, almost as an afterthought, mentioned that her chronic shoulder pain from a skiing accident 12 years ago disappeared, her blood pressure was lower, and that she had lost 30 pounds.
One patient who remarked this to me is quite a bit better after taking a remedy. Nevertheless, he mentioned that in comparison to the people who spoke, his improvement is not so remarkable. I agree. I am not impressed that his deep conflict is resolving. We might think of this as a good 3rd level prescription, yet it misses the 4th level conflict. His remedy is not deep enough.
It is important for patients using alternative therapies to realize they can respond to treatments at different levels. In talking about this, I do not want to create false expectations. Nevertheless, if both the patient and the homeopath have their sights set on a deep change, the teamwork created can help bring it about. For me, it is important to always do the best I can. Some cases take an extra effort, and the right attitude of patience and openness coming from the patient makes it easier for me. Difficult cases can be psychologically tough on a homeopath. Impatience coming from the patient makes this all the more trying.
Sometimes the deep-acting prescription is but a step away from a remedy I have given that helps a patient a lot. Not infrequently, though, the deeper-acting prescription comes from an entirely different remedy. For example, the person may be helped by certain remedies from animal source, but when the deep conflict comes clear, it isn’t animal at all. It’s mineral or plant. This can be confusing, even for the homeopath. Practicing homeopathy takes a degree of flexibility and open-mindedness like few other disciplines.