Brene Brown – “In order to empathize with someone’s experience you must be willing to believe them as they see it and not how you imagine their experience to be. “
This quote resonated with me. My intention when I meet with a patient is to see, hear, observe, witness, understand (not intellectually), and listen to how “they see it, (their experience)”. “To believe them” is to see them. Maybe this is empathy. I don’t know. Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, wrote in THE ORGANON, that when being with the patient the practitioner is “the unprejudiced observer”.
As a homeopathic practitioner, I am seeing the patient’s world, their reality. I want to know how it is for them. This guides me to the selection of the homeopathic remedy that is needed.
I often say: tell me more; what was that, (if they made a gesture); what does that feel like in your body; how does that feel or felt; why; what is the experience or sensation of that. I am wanting to know more.
My job is to witness where the person is living. To see them.
People express themselves using words, gestures, movements of their body, sounds they make, dislikes and likes, interests, dreams, fear and more.
I work with people who are verbal and non verbal, such as babies, children or adults. (Animals too.) These patients are telling me about themselves, not through words necessarily, but through their actions and their behaviors. It observe. It is part of their totality.
- How a child moves around my consultation room. Going under my desk. Being behind a chair. Moving all over the room. Going into the closet and closing the door. Standing behind their mother when first entering the room.
- Movement of head or part of the body.
- Needing support to hold up their head.
- Covering their eyes, ears or both, with hands or with clothes or muffs.
- Making a sound.
I receive calls from people asking for help for many different health issues. They feel frustrated, stuck and tired of not feeling well. They are wanting to know how homeopathy can help them.
I invite you to contact me either through this blog or through my website www.homeopathytoheal.com. I offer a complimentary 15 + minute Get Acquainted Call to see if this is fit for you. I work with people virtually and in person in and out of the San Diego area.