Homeopathy Tips for 4/30/13 Using Judgement Without Prejudice

One of the bigger conundrums for being a homeopath is in using our judgement. Hahnemann specifically states to be an unprejudiced observer though. So how does one effectively use his judgement in determining what is asking to be healed or selecting a proper remedy without being prejudiced? Lets explore the ways.

Often when we receive a case we try to interpret what a person says in terms of the repertory and in terms of a useful metaphor. By doing this we can then find rubrics that can lead to a remedy. We also can interpret the persons story into a more condensed version that speaks to it’s essence. In this way we can find a proper remedy having a very similar essence used to help the person. In each of these scenarios we are forced to use our judgement in the interpretation of the person and the story. In this we are very vulnerable to using our prejudice instead of a clear judgement.

A clear judgement comes from having no preconceived ideas about the case or their story. When we hear a persons story we often compare it to our own story or a story we have heard before. This is very natural but is the beginnings of prejudice. No two cases are ever the same. This idea must be held to strictly. When we begin to think of a case as like another or like a remedy we have used or know something about we are doomed to fail.

In this process of translation of symptoms to rubrics one must be very diligent in selecting rubrics that are very accurate. When we loosely interpret our clients words we are either being sloppy or prejudiced. Exact rubric selection is imperative to  doing good homeopathy. We must use our clear judgement to understand the symptom. Often the persons symptom will not be repertizable. There are simply no exact words in the repertory to translate them to. This then needs to be held as a concept and part of the case but not used in the repertization. We can become vulnerable to using a prejudice at this time by reading more or less into the case. This is a tricky time in holding the idea of what is asking to be healed and not infusing something we know about a remedy into the case. Remember, the remedy is for the person and not the person to match the remedy.

The easiest way to stay in clear judgement is to always go with what is undeniable about the case. Undeniable means that if 10 people were to have viewed the case, all ten would agree about the case. There is no room for speculation. Then, only truth about the case can be used. This will eliminate the transcendental speculation that Hahnemann refers to.

When selecting the remedy for the case it is a prejudice to use any speculation about the case to justify the remedy. If the case did not expose an idea that is undeniable and true then the remedy is based in a prejudgement. This I find is the biggest downfall of most homeopaths. They have an idea about a remedy and want to give it because it is something they know, not because it was an idea that was undeniable about the case. This is where the speculation becomes easily justified by loosely interpreting what is asking to be healed in the case. Every homeopath should be very honest with himself and ask if they are doing this in cases they are working on. It is the easiest way to have prejudice in Homeopathy. All too often we want to give a remedy because we know something about it and not because it was undeniable in the case. I sincerely hope that all of my students never make this mistake.

So yes it is possible to be a homeopath and use our judgement without being prejudiced. If we are honest with ourselves and stay with what is undeniable and true, without leaping to speculation, theorizing or relying on what we know about a remedy instead of what is true about the case, we can be using good, clear judgement. Good, clear judgement is what is necessary to do good homeopathy without prejudice.

3 comments so far

  1. Sajid Iqbal Mallick on

    Very correct. This is very common among homoeopaths.

  2. Asghar Ali on

    Dear Dr. Robert – Good Morning. It would have been much more educative had this been exemplified through at least one reported case.

    Asghar Ali

  3. Dr.Archana Srivastava on

    This can happen with new comers only . By the time they gain experience & become unprejudiced. A use ful article

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