One of my patients wrote me an interesting comment after watching my presentation (see link on the left):
As far as their questions regarding dealing with people as they go further in their state, and the possible reaction, i.e. rage, I thought about the fact, that you do not offer an opinion or comment for example “ that must have been hard” etc. I think these people thought you were/are in essence “doing” therapy to get to these levels. Given my need for acceptance, I was acutely aware that you did not respond/react to the things I said. There is no judgment; there just is what was said.
I have mentioned before that classical homeopathy is like eavesdropping. You gently lead the patient through a series of levels to listen into the deep 4th level state. In this process, there often are strong emotions a patient expresses. This was the concern of a few therapists at my presentation. What they did not understand was that in the process of casetaking, I am always moving through these emotions. It is as if the homeopathic case is always found in the eye of the hurricane.
I like this line, “There is no judgment; there is just what was said.” In a sense, this is also the eye of the hurricane. It is true; I generally do not reflect back on things patients say with comments like “Oh, that must have been hard.” It would contribute to getting stuck on the emotional level, which conflicts with my casetaking intention. The other reason has to do with healing itself. Homeo – pathic means “same as the suffering.” To mirror the disease is to cure it. You start that process even at the level of casetaking. You, as casetaker, become a mirror.
The intention in taking a homeopathic case is different from the intention of a therapist, even profoundly different. Therapy generally has the intention of processing the emotions, i.e. it is the 2nd level, the level of the patient’s feelings. Thus, if a patient has a history of abuse, there are usually many emotions held around the events, and these commonly interfere with the patient’s life. Therapy brings up these emotions and helps process them, freeing psychic energy for living.
Strictly speaking, a homeopathic case has nothing to do with processing emotions, which is not to say that patients never do that while giving their case. The case simply never rests there. The intent is to reveal the underlying pattern of consciousness (4th level) in the patient. All of us have a certain conflict within our underlying pattern of consciousness, and this conflict often gets in the way of fully healing the 2nd level emotions. Therapy helps to process emotions and create cognitive structures to contain emotions (.e.g. instead of worrying all night, you write down all your worries on a piece of paper before you go to sleep); but if the underlying pattern of consciousness does not shift, the patient may get stuck in “endlessly processing” these emotions. That is, the person keeps going to therapy for years and nothing truly changes. The therapy is unable to reach the source of the problem.
If you watch my presentation, in particular, the 2nd patient who speaks gives insight into this process. This is a woman who suffered abuse and had years of therapy. Nevertheless, something in her didn’t shift until she received a deep-acting remedy. I address this in the talk.