Homoeopathy for the 21st Century
An individual who focuses solely on the philosophy and methodology of homoeopathy without considering both personal and professional development will not make an effective homoeopath. One of my students once said "I have come here to study homoeopathy. I don't want to have to think about human growth or finding myself." However, I believe that this is vital to becoming a homoeopath.
A major theme of homoeopathy is that of being natural. I think that the role of the homoeopath is to help peoples' lives to return to the originality of nature and that in the study of homoeopathy, it is also important to focus on this aspect of one's own life.
On the path to becoming a person of integrity, one must focus on the goodness of nature without being bound by conceptions of right and wrong, respect nature without a sense of superiority and strive to be honest. Believe in yourself. Even if you are in the minority; have the courage to say what is right and life a pure and proper life. We should all strive to gain a deeper insight into all things and nurture our own ability to discern what is necessary and what is unnecessary. Trust in the greatness that lies within you and do not needlessly self depreciate yourself. We should not fall into the role of the victim and understand that there are no victims or assailants in this world. Know your weaknesses and bad habits. Understand yourself and have the courage to change for the better.
The study of homoeopathy is the beginning of a conflict between the real you and the pat of yourself that is not real. I believe that it is difficult to practice as a homoeopath without overcoming this difficulty. It appears as though healing related professions are becoming increasingly popular, but pursuing homoeopathy for this reason alone would make the journey extremely difficult. Dedication one‘s true calling is undertaken not for money or simply because one feels like it, but out of the drive that one cannot help but do it.
People say that it is not becoming of an adult to be too emotional. However, it is only a false sense of pride that leads to the suppression of emotions that are trying to surface. Instead, these emotions should be released even if they could be perceived as negative. Even without using words, it is possible for others to know exactly how you feel. It is only during such times when one is able to connect with the real self. Numerous thoughts will come to mind such as "Why was I so offended by what that person said? Oh, yeah. My mum always used to say that to me." This process will lead to self discovery and provide clues on how to escape quickly.
We can all grow as we live our everyday lives. You must find your true calling in life and pursue it with all your heart. It is not an exaggeration to say that the true study of homoeopathy is in looking within oneself. The reason for this is that it is the difficulties in life that lead to illness.
The degree of pain and hardship felt varies from person to person. The same is true of life. There are young girls who will fret over a single spot and refuse to go to school and there are also old ladies who are grateful to be alive when facing death from the cancer that has developed within their bodies. Our outlook is dictated by our way of thinking. Even when facing harsh difficulties or illness, one should maintain a positive attitude and look toward the future.
The reason that I decided to study homoeopathy was because it was homoeopathy that dramatically cured the ulcerative colitis from which I had been suffering for many years. Not only was I physically cured, but the overwhelming feelings of happiness and zest for life that had been forgotten since my childhood had returned. When I began my studies, I did not think that I was the only Japanese student studying at the homoeopathic college. Although it was difficult, I found it enjoyable. I struggled with anatomy, physiology and pathology and the seemingly endless medical terms derived from Greek, Latin and classical English. Doing all this while studying texts such as the Materia Medica, Repertory and Organon was challenging but also extremely fulfilling.
The study of such a specialist field is difficult enough without having to also overcome a language barrier. This almost led me to give on more than one occasion. My frustration must been obvious as Robert; the head of the College of Practical Homeopathy (CPH) could not help but being concerned. One day he provided me with great encouragement by saying "Torako, I know how difficult it must be for you to study homoeopathy with the additional language issues but I feel that you have a mission to spread homoeopathy to Japan but the seeds that you sow there must be good. I will give you as much support as I can so please do your best to become a fully qualified homoeopath as soon as possible”. It was then when I resolved to make it possible to study homoeopathy in Japanese.
I am so happy that this dream has been realised. I am prepared to fully devote myself to this vision. We are now able to provide lectures given by a number of notable homoeopaths including my teacher Robert Davidson and CPHM (College of Practical Homeopathy – Midlands) head David Howell.
There are those who claim that they would be able to study homoeopathy in the UK even with little knowledge of English but the truth is that studying homoeopathy in English is extremely difficult. For this reason, in 2006 we established a 2 year full time course at the UK school of the RAH to make it possible to learn homoeopathy in English by interpreting into Japanese and providing an English course. We have created an environment that allows our students to learn English while also studying homoeopathy in the UK. I highly recommend this course to those who wish to experience living in the UK and attend live lectures given by British and European lecturers.
I attended both a classical and practical (neoclassical) college devised the RAH curriculum based on the best elements from both schools of thought. This is why our overseas lecturers consist of classical, practical and super classical homoeopaths. If the head of a college adheres only to a particular dogma, how are the students to be educated about approaches? The teaching that one method is correct serves only to narrow the possibilities of homoeopathy and the homoeopaths who practice it. This is not the way to provide an education in homoeopathy.
Human beings change as their environment changes. If methods do not also change as people change, then homoeopathy cannot be used effectively in modern people. It is vital to develop homoeopathy based on the teachings of Hahnemann into a practice that can be used in the modern day.
Homoeopathy must move with the times. The proportion of the Japanese population that has been vaccinated stands at 95% and Japan was responsible for 50% of all oral influenza pharmaceuticals consumed worldwide in 2003 (80% in 2005). In Japan it is possible to purchase cortisone over the counter without a prescription. This is the type of person that you will encounter. Rather than emphasizing the practice of pure homoeopathic principle, patients will only by cured by analysing at actual conditions and utilising a number of approaches and prescribing remedies that match the requirements of clients with complex vital forces. The ability to put into practice approaches and prescriptions in the actual treatment of a client is the main goal. The RAH curriculum incorporates a large up-to-date information from clinical cases which aim to turn students into professional homoeopaths who are able to treat clients under actual conditions. It may even be correct to say that RAH is the most advanced homoeopathic college in the world. We provide a living education in which students have the opportunity to attend as I and other homoeopaths take real cases and seek advice regarding their own cases.
The homoeopathic education provided in each country has various benefits. However, it is also true that there are deficiencies. In India, where the most widely used form of medical treatment is homoeopathy, the 4 year full time course run at the Nehru Homoeopathic Medical Collage and Hospital is very strong in the teaching of basic principals and misasms. Any innovative approaches are created around the basic principles of homoeopathy and without knowledge of these principles, it would be impossible to become an effective homoeopath no matter how much practical applications one learned. In Mexico, the education in homoeopathic principles, anatomy, physiology and pathology are based on the teachings of the late Proceso Sánchez Ortega. The reasons why people become sick are not limited to pathogens or psychological problems. Spiritual susceptibility; in which Martin Miles, Colin Griffith and Didier Grandgeorge are specialists, is also an important factor. At RAH, we teach traditional homoeopathy integrated with basic homoeopathic principles, misasms, anatomy, physiology, pathology and spiritual aspects. We also cover aspects of modern homoeopathy such as iatrogenic diseases and environmental problems. It is the aim of RAH to establish and providing an education in the field known as whole homoeopathy.