Homeopathy Tips for 8/11/09 Treating Yourself

      One might think that being a homeopath one would be the best observer of oneself. This could very well be true if we are clear about our suffering and what is the most optimum state of health. In order to treat anyone the homeopath must know health from dis-ease. But sometimes this is more difficult to see in ourselves than it is to see in others.

      The more a homeopath has experience with others the more they will know themselves. This happens because we learn better as time passes what is health and what is dis-ease. Homeopaths can only successfully treat those individuals that are sicker than himself. This is because if a person who is the client is healthier than the homeopath, the homeopath will not be able to see beyond his own dis-ease to perceive the dis-ease of the healthier individual.

       When we suffer it feels normal to feel how we feel. It can be often that we suffer and do not even know it. We may be completely unaware of our own process that is keeping us from being a clear channel in our own self observation. Inherited conditions and attitudes create a prejudice that are hard to see in ourselves. We assume that how we were introduced to the world is accurate and true. It will be true for each of us because this is how we came to know our world. But this is sometimes akin to wearing colored glasses and not even knowing it. We may come to see the sky as blue and agree with everyone about that, but when the glasses are removed, only then do we realize what blue sky looks like. When we put the glasses back on we now realize that we have been seeing the sky as green all of the time before, but calling it blue.

        This example is so subtle that only when our own state of consciousness is clear enough could we see clearly dis-ease  in ourselves or another. Homeopathic treatment and healing is the very best way to inspire this type of healing. But to do this one must know what is asking to be healed. This is often the most difficult question for the homeopath and is the most essential to proper prescribing. So knowing what is asking to be healed in ourselves usually evades our consciousness. The ego mind has great ways of  convincing ourselves that we are right or justified in all of our thinking. It takes great freedom of consciousness to be able to step back from our own suffering long enough to be unprejudiced about ourselves. I often use the saying that it is impossible to see the back of our own heads. Even when we can, by looking into two mirrors, it is a very distorted picture compared to direct observation. There will always be things about ourselves that will not be clear enough for us to see what is asking to be healed.

       The mistake is often made by homeopaths to self prescribe. In acute conditions we can be moderately successful. When we are more constitutionally prescribing to help ourselves move forward in our own spiritual/life evolution, we usually do not have enough of a perspective to know where we are at. Often we cannot see the forest because of the trees. We will miss the bigger pattern in our life by being caught in the details of our suffering; thereby always searching for an acute remedy when a different remedy may very well be the one that inspires true cure.

      When this is the case we will be giving ourselves many remedies. This is not good homeopathy; we end up chasing the tail of our own dis-ease. Each episode of suffering becomes the next remedy prescription. It is difficult to tell where we are in the healing process even if we did give ourselves the right remedy. How do we know the difference between the remedy not working and an aggravation. It is much easier to see this in another than in ourselves.

      When a person gives their case to the homeopath the choice of their words and actions as they describe their suffering will be perfect. It will be the vital force’s expression that can be clearly observed by the homeopath.  When we try to receive our own case it is a little difficult to perceive ourselves giving and receiving at the same time. Our mental process does not allow that kind of clarity.  We become stuck in our own muddled thoughts. It is a rare individual who can see themselves clearly enough. 

       Because of this we must be very careful about self prescribing and taking too many remedies. I recommend having a qualified homeopath take your case. For practitioners it may be one of our teachers or respected associates. As homeopaths we can spend many years continuing our suffering by self prescribing, when we could be moving ahead with very good homeopathy by allowing a trusted homeopath to treat us.

10 comments so far

  1. Surya Narayan Sarangi on

    Hi Robert,
    I fully agree with you and finally I saw the man in you.
    The lif of a sincere & humane homeopath is always full of challenges and learning through that experiences is the real homeopathy.
    It is quite possible to direct such learning towards self-realization/god-realization & discovery of mystery of life, through vivid spiritual experiences of such involved-homeopathic practice.Therefore I regard Homeopathy as all-in-one,i.e.life spiritualism,God,deepest science, love and action of god through yourself and regard Hanemann as an incarnation of God and homeopathy as a gift of God through him.But suffering is a must and no homeopath can help except the Director Himself.
    I feel satisfied with this article.
    With thanks and regards,

    Hi Surya, Thanks for your inspiring vision of homeopathy,
    Best regards,

  2. Eliza Carson on

    I agree with this article, although I don’t want to, as I think of myself as my own best guinea pig! At least I’ve never even tried to find a chronic remedy for myself – but the axiom can be extended to those close to us. Sooner or later I will “crack” my husband’s case – but I have to admit, I don’t see him clearly. It’s an interesting exercise (and probably a relationship builder!) to try to see the person closest to you, without the blinders.

    Hi Eliza,
    Taking remedies with the intent to prove them or learn somethicg about them is much different than taking our own case and trying to prescribe for ourself. Family is very difficult because of the same closeness and our built-in prejudice. I am not suggesting you do not try to treat your husband. I hope you will “crack” his case soon as well. Keep trying. You will learn much in the process.
    Tahanks for the comment,

  3. K. Rajagopala Kurup. on

    Dear Robert,
    I think if you don’t cheat yourself, or rather be true to yourself, I think the remedy will come out as in any other case!
    But as you suggested, it is always good, to be treated by another to avoid other complications as well?

    Hi K. Rajagopala,
    Yes if only we could be true to ourself. I agree but the ego mind sure does want to make us right no matter what. With self talk we always win. This makes it very hard for any individual to be so unprejudiced about himself. I am not saying it is impossible, just not so likely, Thanks,

  4. dr naseer on

    dear robert

    homoeopathic system belived law of similar and prinicpals

    and individulaztion of remedy and patient emotional or

    mentally is totally different. the different between

    the allopathic system of medicine is belived on the diseases of patient. homoeopathic system belived the totally system of patient and individualzation of mind

    genertal phyical and particular. It is very difficult to

    find out the similar medicine. similar medicine require

    great experience great knowledge of practical expereience

    In this regard the homoeopathic practice is very difficult. your this topic i agreed .

    • Robert Field on

      Hi Dr Naseer,
      I agree with you. It is much easier to be an allopathic prescriber than a true homeopath.

  5. Sarah Cordish on

    In contrast to what you say, which is in essence correct, I started the study of homoeopathy precisely to find a remedy for myself. Twenty years earlier my first classical homoeopath gave me two remedies which changed my life to great betterment, then left the country. In the next 20 years I went to seven other classical homoeopaths with no results, even from repeating the first two good remedies. My last Rx from one of them made me incredibly sick with new symptoms and no amelioration of old ones; so I decided I could do no worse, myself.
    Indeed, after reading lots of MM I saw red line symptoms which applied to me which I would never think to tell to another person. I had chronic ear infection when I started studying in the year 2000; so I read just the ear chapter of remedy after remedy until I found two remedies which fit my ears and were compatible with my personality in the mind section.
    Those two remedies restored my hearing; so I didn’t need hearing aids anymore by 2002. I also felt improvement mentally and emotionally, as well.
    And so, I am always ready to try a dose or two of a remedy which has ‘strange and peculiars’ which apply to me; most often things I never considered strange and peculiar because they have always been that way.
    Oh, I did go to someone else two years ago because we’re not supposed to treat ourselves. It was the same result — no improvement. Ten months ago I was reading a case and said to myself, “OMG that’s me.” (The remedy was not all about sweetness and light). I have been taking that remedy since and feeling secure emotionally like never before in my life.
    Physician, heal thyself.

    • Robert Field on

      Hi Sarah,

      You are one of the more diligent self prescribers. It takes much letting go to come to the most perfect remedy. Obviously you had not shared some of the more necessary details to have the homeopath come to the perfect remedy. No doubt you have learned alot about finding the best remedy when you did the investigation yourself. Congratulations. You have become a better prescriber in the process.

      Warmest rgerads,
      Robert Field

      • Sarah Cordish on

        It wasn’t until I studied homoeopathy that I realized I never gave the homoeopaths I consulted any information which might help them. My first homoeopath somehow could ‘see’ where I was; he is considered a gifted homoeopath to this day, unfortunately far away from me.

        As a client, I have three ways to confound the homoeopath:
        1. I will be busy reacting to my practitioner’s personality like I do with almost everyone I meet. So, I just try to make interesting conversation.
        2. I hate to talk about myself and not at all forthcoming, even distrustful.
        3. There are plenty of maybe important things I do not even know about myself.

        Now, I get clients like that and see the other side. Maybe you have a ‘formula’ for dealing with recalcitrant clients?

  6. Surya Prakash C N on

    Dear Doctors,
    will the expert doctors do comment on the various stages of piles and fistula in ano.what are the best homeopathic treatment for a chronic patient. Is the deseace can be cured with homeopathy.

    thanks a lot for time being


    Surya Prakash

  7. Ronnie on


    I can relate to Sarah.
    I have also had treatment for app 6 years, at 4 different homeopaths. After few years beginning the treatment I also started studying homeopathy.
    I only studied for few years, never finished the school.
    The first treatment was the longest (3 years). Looking back years later, I realized that although some of my physical complaints went away, my “generalities”, mental/emotional problems actually got worse during that treatment (!). I also had hypothyroidism, my TSH value went higher every year, but the homeopath did not care.

    I went to a new homeopathy, who gave me remedies (but did not tell me the name of the remedies), and funnily my hypothyroidism was gone in a few months. But mental/emotianal and other physical complaints remained.

    Then, after a while I went to a third homeopath. I was not really lucky, since the homeopath traumatized and abused me emotionally. It was so bad, that I developed psychosomatic physical complaints which I never had before.
    To me it was obvious, that the trauma and abuse was due to a deeper emotional problem, and I wanted to have help to heal that trauma. And also the psychosomatic physical complaints were not only uncomfortable, but deteriorating for my physicical health as well.

    So I went to a fourth homeopath, who is very famous in my country, and everybody thinks of him is very emphatetic. Well, again I did not have luck. He treated me for 1,5 years. I left his treatment with exactly the same mental and emotional symptoms, and in the same traumatized state as a I went to him the first time.
    He used 5 cup method for dosage, and probably the repeating of the dosages was bad for me, because most of the time during his treatment I felt worse when taking the remedies prescribed by him. This always went by, when I was told to stop the remedy for 2 weeks.
    His method was “email follow up”, which actually meant that he only read the actual email, and without knowing the chronic complaints, based on 1-3 actual symptoms he prescribed a polychrest in mostly in c30 (sometimes c200) in 5 cup method.
    Several times, it was obvious from his prescription-emails that he had no clue who I am. Once I got a prescription when I only sent one sentence as feedback…
    In person consultation occured after 9 months of email follow up.
    And that was the big surprise. During the in person consultation turned out, that he did not re-read my emails, and off course he had no clue of the chronic symptoms I had been writing him in the feedback emails during the 9 month period.
    He asked me: “So, what remedies did I prescribe you during this 9 months? And in what potency? Was any of this remedies memorable?”
    So he did not even have a clue about the remedies he had prescribed during the tratement.
    After 1,5 year of such non-sense treatment, I came to the conclusion, that it does not matter, that this homeopath is very famous in my country and he teaches homeopathy, even a beginner homeopath can do better then that.
    Or even self-treatment is better then this.

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