When we graduate from college, we all dream of working in a thriving, sustainable homeopathic practice. Why does it only work out for some of us while others struggle or give up practising altogether? It is generally not a lack of homeopathic knowledge which gets in the way of becoming a successful practitioner but a lack of confidence and focus, and a resulting lack of enthusiasm for our work. Our thinking affects the way we feel about ourselves and our future prospects. Once we realise that we are able to change the way we think about things we can adopt a positive frame of mind, overcome doubt, renew confidence in ourselves and regain a passion for our work.
This issue explores some of the many tools available to us which allow us to set up and enhance our practice.
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News from the Chair
A loaded consultation – Karin Mont – page 4
News in general – page 6
ARH Conference 2017 – Dorothy Watt – page 14
As Dorothy Watt illustrates in her report of this year’s event, the ARH conference certainly brought us together, with four very different presentations – each one an inspiration to continue believing in ourselves and our ability to heal. As a profession, we may face adversity which can sometimes make us feel like giving up homeopathy. However, if we can stay focused, banish negative thoughts, and be confident in what we are doing – we can then practise the art of healing successfully.
A letter from America – Sally Tamplin – page 20
Sally Tamplin reports on the efforts being made in America for homeopathy to remain a vital part of the national health care conversation, in which patients have access to the practitioners they choose. She attended the Joint American Homeopathic Conference, and reveals highlights of the conference and the remarkable role homeopathy can play in dealing with autoimmune diseases, autism and ADHD. Conferences bring the profession together!
Learning to dispel fear in homeopathic practice – Jenny Watson – page 26
Don’t let fear hold you back from practising – embrace it, says Jenny Watson. The way we think about ourselves has a huge impact on how we treat our clients. We bolster our self-belief as prescriber when we get rid of negative thoughts, and we lose the fear of not being able to deal with any given situation. Communicate with your clients and explain to them what’s behind the expression of symptoms or what a return of old symptoms means; this makes them feel less anxious about their health. We don’t have to ‘fix’ things for our clients – they can fix them for themselves once they know where to look.
Message to homeopaths: Business matters – Richard Eaton – page 34
Richard Eaton is a firm believer in choosing a focused business approach to our practice. Effectively organising our practice involves business planning, good rapport with clients, actively promoting ourselves by joining networking events and trade fairs, giving presentations, writing articles, producing good publicity material and making use of social media which many of us hesitate to get involved with (social media is the subject which Em Colley, in her presentation at the ARH conference, successfully demystified for us).
There’s something about Mary – Jo Ketteman – page 37
‘Cowering in the corner’ is not an option, says Mary Ellis, who was interviewed for HiP by Jo Ketteman. We have to work to achieve our own goals, and not listen to the negativity and regular attacks on homeopathy in the media. She is a shining example of how determination, willpower and passion can lead to success. Not only did she begin practising homeopathy full-time straight after college, she has also set up her own college with two more to come this year and perhaps even more in the future.
Homeopathy and holistic pathology – Trevor Gunn – page 43
We need to understand the intelligence of the disease process, asserts Trevor Gunn. Symptoms are beneficial. Orthodox pathology is not an objective science because it doesn’t explain what causes disease, and it doesn’t take susceptibility into account. Holistic pathology addresses possible obstacles to cure and suggests measures for staying healthy. We need to convince our patients to embark on a journey to health rather than expect a ‘quick fix’. Allopathic pathology – although tempting as a way to ‘legitimise’ our profession – would create a framework for ineffective homeopathy.
Remedies From The Past For Toxicity Today by Martine Mercy – page 55
Volta Voices by Sheila Ryan & Samuel Komla Tsamenyi – page 55
The No Nonsense Vaccine Handbook by Liz Bevan-Jones & Yvonne Stone – page 56
Essence Of Homeopathic Snake Remedies by Konstantinos Pisios – page 56
Fighting Fire With Fire by Ton Jansen – page 57
Listings – page 58