How to Become a Homeopath
The purpose of this report is to share with you the things you need to know when the idea has hit you that you want to become a homeopath but don’t know the first thing about how to get there. Homeopathy is a science. The practice of homeopathy is an art. How do you bring these two elements together? That’s the job of the homeopath. Homeopathy can be simple once it is understood, but difficult to master. This report will explain it all. The simple things you need to know and the difficult things you will encounter and how to get around it all. This report will explain why studying at Resonance School of Homeopathy is the fast track way to streamline your learning and cut your costs.
As this title refers this is not an article about homeopathy but an article that will help you on your path to becoming a homeopath. So what is a homeopath? The homeopath is a person who uses the principles of homeopathy to understand what needs to be healed in an individual, (one of the most difficult aspects), applies knowledge of the repertory (the book with all of the symptoms in it) and finds the remedy (with knowledge of homeopathic materia medica) and manages the progress of healing to determine if the remedy is working or not (follow up consultations).
This sounds like a lot; and it is. But don’t be frightened off. There is a way to learn to do this that is not that difficult. And the trick is learning by doing. EXPERIENCE. Nothing takes the place of experience. One might then think that in order to learn this science and art that you have to go to school, learn all of the basics, pass a test and get some letters behind your name. Then go out and start a practice. Well that might be one way but most assuredly is not the best.
The biggest hurdle in learning about homeopathy and how to do it is yourself. Your own prejudice. Learning about homeopathy, then having to convert to actually being a homeopath, is where the problems are. I have found that the best way to learn homeopathy is from case-taking right from day one. I think the better homeopaths are being trained by doing it from the start and not having to try to learn a bunch of knowledge (facts) and then trying to incorporate that into experience.
Like I mentioned earlier, one of the most difficult things about being a homeopath is understanding what needs to be healed (Case taking). When starting out it is a completely different experience to sit in front of someone as a homeopath with knowledge of Materia Medica but no knowledge of case taking. The remedies you have initially learned will jade your ability to see the case if you haven’t learned to be an unprejudiced observer first. You will want to give the remedies that you know and tend to see the case through those remedy eyes. This is one on the pitfalls and hurdles that can be avoided by learning remedies at the same time that case-taking is being learned.
Learning case-taking is seemingly more difficult at first because it is easy to be overwhelmed by the complete lack of knowledge. This is where a good teacher comes in and only a select few teach in this manner. As a teacher, what I witness repeatedly in the first three months is overwhelm in the budding homeopath. This is a good opportunity for the student/practitioner to start to face their own fixed ideas about themselves and others. Remember we are our own worst enemies.
The second three months are usually a lot more comfortable. Having seen 12-16 new cases during this time the student starts to get out of fear and the need to “do” anything and begins to relax. They eventually think, “I can do this”. This is when confidence is building and so are the basics of case taking, materia medica knowledge, and what to look for in the healing process.
Still the hardest aspect is being an unprejudiced observer so that we can see clearly what needs to be healed in the other individual and not our own “stuff”. If there is anything that is absolutely the most important aspect to being a master homeopath is to be an unprejudiced observer. Our prejudices run deep and they will be our worst enemy and get in the way of our ability to help others and see what is before us that is asking to be healed.
This is why learning by doing; ”EXPERIENCE” is the very best teacher. After the first year a student/practitioner has seen 52 new cases and their follow- ups. This is more experience in one year than most starting homeopaths will acquire in the first three years of their practice. Most students from other schools will not have had any case-taking support during this similar time frame and will not have gained any real experience. I feel sorry for the poor patients who come them and are subject to the inexperienced homeopaths learning curve.
In addition to the experienced gained in this type of teaching the student/practitioner is learning the remedies, how to use them, what to do in difficult situations and what’s working and what isn’t. After the first year of this type of schooling the student/practitioner usually knows enough that he now knows he doesn’t know very much.
This is the second hurdle to overcome and is when the rubber meets the road for most aspiring homeopaths. Frustration will definately be a part of life during this time. It is the time that the student/practitioner is growing most rapidly. It is not usually a comfortable time as new discoveries about ourselves become hard realities that need to heal. The beauty of learning in this type of clinical training environment is that the more experienced teacher shares the responsibility of the client. So as the student/practitioner is changing and growing the quality of care and learning is still being supported. No learning by trial and error.
Another very valuable aspect is, as the student/practitioner goes through their growth, the observant teacher is able to see where the student gets stuck and can help them overcome their hurdles. After four years in this training environment the student has seen approximately 250 new cases and close to 700 follow-ups. That is REAL EXPERIENCE. When ALL learning has been grounded in experience, the homeopathic way of SEEING will start to become second nature.
From a four year program at the more traditional schools, a student will spend two and a half to three years learning philosophy and materia medica (the remedies) and have many ideas of what a certain remedy would look like, but not have any experience to relate it to. Even when case-taking is introduced they see only a few patients before their final test and graduation. They do not get mentored.
Most traditional schools speak of remedies in an allopathic way, ie. their main physical or mental symptoms and miss the essence or energy of the remedy. And even more rare is the training in the ability to “see” that energy in the client and apply homeopathic principles of healing. It is not enough to memorize a bunch of information about homeopathy and not have the ability to really use it in its most elegant, highest and truest form.
Getting over preconceived ideas, allopathic thinking and the idea that there is something to do in case taking are the biggest hurdles. Because homeopathy is spiritual medicine (energy medicine without physicality) and has the ability to inspire a healing response (from the vital force – energy, spirit) it is subtle in nature. The role of the homeopath is subtle as well. Cases are taken with VERY FEW questions. The person will tell the homeopath all he needs to know if he is patient and allows the persons vital force to express. When the homeopath is an empty vessel, open and ready to hear, feel, see and ready for inspiration, only then can true case-taking happen.
Because case-taking is sacred I use the example of the trinity or triangle. At the top sits G-D. And at the bottom of the pyramid is the client in one corner and the homeopath in the other. When this model is held in mind by the homeopath, that intention will bring much to the case-taking process. He recognizes the same source (G-D) in himself as in the client and this helps to bring them both together energetically and helps in the quickest manner to get out of the Ego and into the flow of the divine. (All Oneness). The Ego will be the student/practitioners greatest nemesis.
When we think, it not possible to know. When knowing happens the entire case, story, and remedy fit together like a hand in a glove. This process is the hardest to learn and can happen only through experience. When it starts to happen for the student/practitioner they know exactly what I’m talking about. When you know, YOU KNOW. I’m sure everyone knows what that means and has experienced it before. It is not something that you think.
I often use the metaphor of a clear glass jar that is filled with muddy water and as the case-taking process nears completion the mud settles to the bottom and you can see clearly the case before you and the remedy to give.
This is learnable, but only through EXPERIENCE. You CANNOT learn this from a book. This is the reason to study homeopathy in the above-described manner. The longer that ideas about remedies are held in mind from book learning, before this process is in place, the harder it will be to give the right remedy and help the client. Our prejudice about remedies will keep us from finding the right remedy. Sounds like a contradiction but when you ponder this you will know it is true.
So taking the direct path to becoming a homeopath is the best way. Learn from an experienced teacher and learn case-taking from the start. This will help you so much in the end. You will not have to undo any part of your education in homeopathy this way. You will become a homeopath rather than having knowledge of homeopathy but no experience to go with it. This will save you money and you will be prepared to go out into the world and call yourself a homeopath with confidence.
This is what I teach.
Robert Field RSHom, APH, CCH, CTHom
Resonance School of Homeopathy