What Is Intuitive Homeopathy?
What Is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a complete system of medicine utilizing infinitesimal (highly diluted) doses of natural substances to holistically treat patterns of chronic and acute disease that manifest on the physical, mental, and emotional levels. Homeopathic prescriptions are fundamentally based on the ‘law of similars’, whereby a substance capable of causing a certain set of symptoms in a healthy group of volunteers (called a proving) can cure that same pattern of symptoms in one who is ill when given at the right potency (dilution).
Homeopathic treatment seeks to strengthen the body’s innate balance and immunity through the prescription of remedies that match the broad constellation of symptoms belonging to each unique individual. As such, it is a powerful yet safe and gentle modality capable of addressing diverse patterns of imbalance. All the core contributors to this site have healed themselves, their families, or their clients of conditions ranging from Autism, PANDAS, and Lyme Disease to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and anxiety with homeopathic treatment.
While all homeopathy has its basis in the “Law of Similars” and the infinitesimal dose, many styles of homeopathic prescribing and practice exist, including Classical Homeopathy, Sequential Homeopathy, CEASE therapy, Heilkunst, Homotoxicology, Drainage, and more. As well, there are many techniques within case taking including the Sensation process, family analysis, miasmatic prescribing, and many others.
The intuitive techniques and tools we are presenting and discussing on this site do not replace, supersede, or exclude any of these other methodologies – rather they are techniques that can harmoniously integrate with many styles of homeopathic practice. If anything, the essence of the intuitive approach to homeopathy is retaining an openness and receptivity to all the knowledge and methods out there, and relying on one’s intuition to steer decisions resulting from this exploration.
What Is Intuition?
A simple definition of intuition is an “immediate cognition without the use of conscious rational processes” (Wikitionary.org). Webster’s defines it as, “a natural ability or power that makes it possible to know something without any proof or evidence: a feeling that guides a person to act a certain way without fully understanding why.”
The 20th century philosopher Henri Bergson said that there are two ways in which any object can be known: absolutely and relatively. Relative knowledge is obtained through a rational, analytical process, while absolute knowledge is obtained through intuition. Intuition, Bergson says, is “the simple, indivisible experience of sympathy through which one is moved into the inner being of an object to grasp what is unique and ineffable within it. The absolute that is grasped is always perfect in the sense that it is perfectly what it is, and infinite in the sense that it can be grasped as a whole through a simple, indivisible act of intuition…
Rudolf Steiner believed that intuition was a state of higher knowledge, above and beyond the stages of imagination and inspiration. For Steiner, intuition was characterized by the immediate and complete experience of an object of knowledge, or even the achievement of a oneness or unity with the object, though without the loss of one’s own sense of self or ego.
In other words, intuition is a sort of deep empathy, where we know the object wholly and completely, as if we ARE the object. Intuition does not require generalized concepts or language – whereas analysis and relative knowing always consist of fragmenting an object into symbols, which can only ever approximate its true, holistic nature.
Of course, there are a myriad of forms of intuition, and precisely because the processes behind intuition remain unknown or indiscernible it is not easily analyzed or sub-categorized. Nor is it static – it often seems that the reliability of one’s intuition depends greatly on past knowledge and experience. Intuition can even seamlessly integrate with rational, analytical methods; as practitioners, we often draw on some level of hybridization or synergy between intuition and analysis. Often, intuition can lead to new pathways of rational exploration and analysis, and when these dead-end or reach hurdles, intuition may be called for yet again. A certain fluidity that respects and makes use of both intuition and our analytical faculties may help maximize our potential as healers. Indeed the most gifted healers tend to be the ones who combine technical excellence with a high degree of reliance on intuition; these healers, “perceive with the inner eye, listen with the inner ear and feel with the spiritual heart” (Hugh Milne). Unfortunately the explicit teaching of intuition is rarely touched on, in most schools of medicine, including homeopathy.
What Is Intuitive Homeopathy?
Simply put, intuitive homeopathy is the inclusion and integration of intuition in homeopathic prescribing and case management. Mirroring the definitions of intuition given above, Ian Watson defines it as “Prescribing from an immediate recognition or ‘felt sense’ of what is needed, without the intervention of the analytical mind.” This certainly captures the essence of intuitive homeopathy, but there are such myriad ways to access this ‘felt sense’ of intuition that no simple definition will suffice to convey the depth and diversity of this approach.
In reality, most homeopaths use some level of intuition in their prescribing whether they are aware of it or not. During the consultation, homeopaths are constantly using intuitive perception to pay close attention to the client, picking up cues from their non-verbal behavior. Often this is done subconsciously, and allows the homeopath to ask certain questions and explore certain topics all in search of finding the information needed to prescribe the best-suited remedy. Intuitive homeopathy uplifts these intuitive processes to primary modes of gaining knowledge, and also integrates the use of explicitly intuitive tools such as muscle testing, pendulum testing, and other forms.
It could be said that an experienced homeopath, after a few decades of seeing hundreds of clients, selects remedies intuitively based on cumulative experience and a heightened ability to recognize often-seen patterns. This is certainly one form of intuition that relies on the building up of an internal warehouse of knowledge, and a rationalist will likely support this idea – saying that you can only have intuition about a remedy if you already know about it.
However, there seems to be another form of accessing information whereby a homeopath senses that they are accessing information from something greater, such as the ‘higher self’ of themselves or their clients, a spirit guide, or a connection to universal knowledge or the collective consciousness. When this happens, a homeopath may be directed to a remedy they know little or nothing about, but nonetheless have great faith in, perhaps supported by positive feedback with a tool like muscle testing. An intuitive homeopath is open to this possibility and when this inner voice speaks, it is regarded with respect, acted on, and not automatically dismissed by the analytical mind.
Historically, homeopathic methodology has focused on a fairly rationalistic process of case taking (gathering a list of symptoms) and repertorizing (matching a patient’s symptoms to those listed for remedies in the materia medica) in order to prescribe a remedy. Intuitive homeopathy does not negate this approach, but it rejects that this method need be the sole means of choosing a remedy. An intuitive homeopath, while still employing the rational methods of classical homeopathy, remains very open to other channels of knowing, and this tends to both hasten and refine the homeopathic treatment process. Intuitive homeopathy upholds creativity and out of the box thinking, and it encourages and allows for practitioners to fully trust their inner voice without fear of failing to abide by strict rules of homeopathic intake and prescribing. This freedom allows the homeopath to embrace the wisdom of his or her own mind, body, and spirit to make treatment decisions.
Beyond this simple introduction, intuitive homeopathy is an evolving, dynamic, and personal approach. The purpose of this website is to explore and expand upon the possibilities, while making no effort to codify or espouse one single approach over others. In this sense, we invite an eclectic diversity of viewpoints and methodologies, with the underlying belief that much as homeopathic remedies are not one size fits all, neither is the ideal method for their prescription.
On another level, intuitive homeopathy is also about the evolution of a practitioner towards more inspiration, creativity and mysticism on their journey as a healer. Homeopathic medicine becomes more soulful when it recognizes the spiritual journey of the homeopath and their clients, paying heed to ‘lessons’ that arise which are conducive to the evolution of each unique soul. Intuition is not a static process – it can evolve and be refined. As such, it is important for the intuitive homeopath to be conscientious of this dynamic process via their own active exploration of themselves and their universe. This personal evolution becomes a wellspring of inspiration and intuitive guidance for their homeopathic practice.
Intuitive Homeopathy In Practice
Intuitive homeopathy can integrate with and improve many aspects of homeopathic practice, here are a few important ones:
Prioritizing treatment decisions in complex chronic disease
In many complex diseases, such as ASD, it seems that the patient has many serious, parallel issues, such as chronic yeast or bacterial infections alongside debilitating OCD and fears. Intuitive tools can help to identify what is stressing the patient’s system the most in the present moment, guiding treatment decisions.
Treating the deepest patterns within an individual
With homeopathic medicines, patterns such as suppressed grief that persist throughout generations, or old and seemingly forgotten traumas, can often be successfully healed. However, these are not always obvious or easily accessible in simple case taking. The presence of these deep patterns can often be detected via intuitive methods even when the client does not verbalize them.
Refining dosing and identifying sensitivities
Many people these days are highly sensitive to many things in their environment from foods, to chemicals, to body products to supplements, and intuitive testing can help to identify these. Also, some people are very sensitive to low potencies of remedies, and some are sensitive to high – intuitive testing helps to refine the dosing more uniquely to the patient. Intuitive testing can be an effective way to avoid aggravations from the wrong potencies!
Streamlining treatment plans
For many chronic diseases, there are a plethora of treatment options to choose from. Those with chronic disease might commonly have 25-100 different supplements in their cabinet, and be seeing a multitude of practitioners at once. Sorting out the effects, both positive and negative, of all the approaches is difficult if not impossible. Intuitive decision tools help you streamline a treatment plan to focus on the most important therapies at a given time.