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Listening To Yourself

Listening, observing, finding out how the person experiences what bothers them is what I do as a homeopath. I think I am a good listener, to others, but maybe not so good at listening to myself, hearing myself.

Are We Listening To Ourselves?

For me, sometimes, I am easily swayed or influenced by what other people say to me, or are doing. I need time afterwards to sift through, and process the information and energy of others. As a society, we are bombarded by all sorts of information, almost instantaneously. And from that we often think we need to be doing this or that, feeling this or that, comparing ourselves to others, and ultimately not being in tune with ourselves. We are not listening to our own needs and wants, and who we are as an individual person.

Listening is not just with our ears. It is how we feel, inside. Our gut feeling. Our bodies can tell us a lot: our physical reactions and our emotional responses. These reactions and responses are often autonomic; we go there immediately. Physically, we may get sick (really telling ourselves slow down and listen): our head hurts, our stomach grumbles, a rash breaks out, we breath shallowly, we come down with a cold. Emotionally, we may feel angry, fearful, shameful, irritated, annoyed, impatient, bored, or hurt.

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I sometimes think we may need to call ourselves on the phone, so we will actually listen to ourselves. “Hey, Pam, I wanted to tell you this….”

Listening To Ourselves

Listening:

  • this doesn’t feel right to do, or feels right to do – a relationship, a job, an opportunity, an event. This does feel right.
  • don’t know what to do further in this creative work, will wait. Now I know what to do!
  • this person is doing this activity or has this belief, should I do this or believe this too? Shall I go along with this person or not?
  • following a dream, a passion, a trip that you have always wanted to do.
  • should I? Shouldn’t I? (Shoulds are usually something to avoid.)
  • my body is not feeling right.
  • time to rest, even if others are continuing.
  • am I reacting?
  • what am I feeling?
  • the group is doing this, it doesn’t feel right to me.
  • even if this person is an expert, I will get another expert’s opinion.
  • I am going to be quiet for awhile, so I can hear my voice, listening to what I am saying.
  • am I speaking my voice with other people?
  • am I speaking and hearing my own voice?
  • what does my voice sound like?
  • what is my voice saying?

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To listen we need to be quiet, taking the time to be with ourselves. Going to a nurturing physical space, and a nurturing space within us. Honoring and respecting what we hear and what we feel. Being with it.

Listening is a muscle that we develop the more we use it. It is a practice. It is healing to listen to ourselves, and to be listened to by others, professionals and/or friends.

Are you listening to yourself?

I invite you to do so. And if I can be of any help regarding listening, and/or with homeopathy, I invite you to contact me here on this blog, or through my website www.homeopathytoheal.com.

 

 


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Stories We Tell

Stories.

The stories we tell.

Brene Brown’s RAISING STRONG

I have been reading Brene Brown’s latest book, RAISING STRONG. One of the things she writes about is the stories we tell to ourselves and to others, and how we experience the story in our lives. When telling the story, we usually have the same ending, feel the same responses, have the same reactions, say the same negative talk to ourselves, and more. We do not move on from this, once-upon-a-time-719174__340from the story. It is ingrained in us. It is like an automatic response.

Brene Brown continues to write that when we truly feel the emotions with a curiosity to know what the emotions are about, the person can change the story. Not changing what happened, but change how we look at the story. It is with curiosity that enables the person to see, recognize, feel, share, and show their emotions to themselves and to others. They are witnessing their story –  feeling the emotions and what this story was and is for them. It takes courage to do this. The story no longer has power over the person; the person has the power. In a way, they have rewritten the story, and they can move forward.

Stories We Tell

I notice with myself, that sometimes when there is a situation that bothers me or I don’t like, I will start saying something about the person who may be involved. I start telling a story. For example, I may comment that a friend went shopping instead of being with a family member. Then I stop myself, and say I am just making up a story about this person. Really I don’t know what or how this person is feeling.

The story I was making up was more of a reflection of me, not so much about the person I was making the story up about. It was about me and how I felt. I might be feeling hurt, angry, disappointed, wanting something to happen or not to happen.We really are always talking about ourselves, no matter who or what we are talking about. We are talking about what we are sensitive to, what bothers us.

Homeopathy To Heal

When a person comes for homeopathic care, there is always a story. It is a story of their life, events, situations, relationships, reactions, responses, how and when their physical complaint started, how they experience it, and more.

As a homeopath, I listen through the story. (An earlier post I wrote about listening through.) I am witnessing the patient, the whole person. (Actually, the patient by-looking-271128_960_720and I are witnessing together.) How does the patient feel in the story? What are the sensations in the body? How does it feel in the body? What language is used consistently? What responses come up?  What gestures or movements are made? What keeps coming up?

I listen through the actual events of the story. So often we get caught up in a story, in the details, such as who did this and who did that. I listen to what this story is, as an expression of/for this person. This expression reflects the person’s sensitivity, which is at the core or source of what bothers the person, manifesting in physical, emotional, and/or mental symptoms.

A homeopathic remedy is given that is similar to the whole person, to their sensitivity, to what bothers them. This homeopathic remedy stimulates the person’s innate healing ability. As the person heals, what brought them in for homeopathic care is better, and their particular sensitivity quiets down.

What Is Your Story?

What is your story?

In addition to Brene Brown’s work, therapy/counseling, different healing modalities, homeopathy can be very helpful. I find that with a healing from homeopathy, the person uses other healing therapies in a more beneficial way. I invite you to witness your story and the core/source of it. You can contact me here through this blog or through my website www.homeopathytoheal.com.


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Using Skype For A Homeopathic Appointment

Last week I wrote about making a house call to see a patient. This week, I want to talk about using Skype for a homeopathic consultation appointment. In a way, it is like making a house call; you can see a little bit of the patient’s environment. I use Skype with skyp cartoonpatients who do not live locally to the San Diego area; patients who may not be able to come in for an appointment; or patients, who may live locally, but a house call is not feasible.

Using Skype

Mostly, I use Skype with patients that don’t live in the San Diego area. I have several patients with whom I work with this way. Skype is a free program, that one downloads from the internet. It is easy to use. You do need a camera that is either part of the computer, or you can purchase a separate camera that attaches to the computer. Skype has enabled people to communicate visually and audibly with each other from all over the world.

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As a homeopath, it is important to see the patient. I do quick check ins with a patient through emails, texts, and/or phone calls, but for the initial consultation, and for follow up appointments, seeing the patient is crucial.

 

When I meet with a patient, either in person or through Skype, I am listening and seeing what it is that bothers them. As the patient is talking, they will often use a hand gesture, move their body in a certain way, sit a certain way and/or be expressive with their face. These movements may come when certain words or descriptions are spoken or when they are sensing something within. All of this, their gestures and movements and their language is expressive of how they experience what bothers them.

As I have said in other posts, it is like getting into their world, hearing and seeing the perceptions and sensations of the person, and understanding their language. This is so whether they have a physical, an emotional, a mental, or a spiritual complaint/issue/symptom that brought them initially in for homeopathic care. It is finding out about the whole person. A homeopathic remedy is given that is similar to the wholeness of the person. This homeopathic remedy stimulates the person’s innate healing abilities.

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I write this post because some of you who read my blog may not live locally to San Diego, and are interested in homeopathy for yourself or for a loved one. Skype is a very good way to have an appointment when there is a distance.

I would be happy to talk further with you on how homeopathy can be of help for you. Please contact me here, or through my website www.homeopathytoheal.com.

 

 


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Being With Someone

Can we be so unbiased that we can just be with someone and hear? See  elephant-1046785_960_720who this person is? Can we quiet down our inner chatter? Not wondering what to do or what to say to this person, while we are listening?

Can we just be? Not letting our own feelings of discomfort come up, and then say things from that place, such as this is what I think you need, or this is what is bothering you, or I had that too, or this is how it was for me, or something something that we think may perk up the person, but it is really helping us. Can we just not blah blah? And instead, just be, even if we are uncomfortable?

I wrote about “listening through” in one of my blog posts. Click here to read this blog. Some of what listening through is being in an unbiased, open place as a listener. Doing this listening with a patient, with a friend, with the person who is in front of us. And to be just with them. Knowing, on some level, that we are separate from each them, and also not separate. Letting the person be, just be.

I had shared this video on my Facebook page of Oprah Winfrey and Thich Hnat Hanh talking in one of her Super Soul Sunday programs. I want to include it here on this blog for you to view. Oprah Winfrey and Thich Hnat Hanh talk about deep listening – to help relieve suffering from the person who is talking. It is compassionate listening. Through this kind of listening, Thich Hnat Hanh says that we learn about the other person’s perceptions and learn about our own perceptions. It is helpful in all kinds of relationships – personal, family, work, friends, between countries, and between those who have different beliefs.

 

 

This video made an impression on me. I would like to say that a similar compassionate listening is done in a homeopathic consultation, or at least that is the intention. To be a blank slate. To be an unbiased and open listener. It is hearing and witnessing the person’s suffering – physically, emotionally, mentally, and/or spiritually. Giving space. And being with this person.

The word homeopathy means “similar suffering”. The homeopath listens to the person’s suffering, to what is bothering them, and how they experience their suffering. Then the similar to the suffering is given in the form of a homeopathic remedy. This homeopathic remedy stimulates the person’s innate healing abilities. And they start to feel better and well.

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I would be happy to talk to you further. Let me know if I can be of help to you. Contact me either here on this blog, or through my website http://www.homeopathytoheal.com.

 


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People Showing An Interest in Homeopathy, And Wanting To Know More

A lot of people I talk to have used the homeopathic remedy Arnica montana. Actually, I think Arnica montana is what  150 - boiron arnicaintroduces a lot of people to homeopathy.

What I Hear From People Who Have Used Arnica Montana

People tell me that they use Arnica montana for all different kinds of situations. One woman has used it when she had sprained her ankle. Another woman mentioned that her friend used Arnica montana when they had knee surgery. A mom has said they she uses Arnica montana when her child falls down at the playground. And a man has said that his dentist very often suggests that he use Arnica montana after he has had dental work, such as a filling or an extraction. In all of these situations, Arnica montana has helped. (Click here to read a blog about Arnica montana.)

When I am talking with someone who has a sprained or strained their arm. leg, ankle or wrist, and they have used Arnica montana, I may mention the homeopathic remedy Ruta grav. Often, this remedy is new to the person. They have not heard of it before. And I may mention that it is better to use homeopathy orally, in pellet form, than to use it topically as a cream or ointment, such as ArnicaGel. Generally, homeopathy is used orally, which promotes a deep healing.

And then I say, there are over 4000 homeopathic remedies.

Over 4000 Homeopathic Remedies

People don’t know that there are over 4000 homeopathic remedies. And it isn’t important that they do know. They know of Arnica montana, and maybe they know of a few other homeopathic remedies, and have used them for a stomach ache, indigestion, pain, a cold, or a fever. They have seen 50 homeopathic remedies at their local health food store. People purchase them, self treat, going by what is printed on the label.

Why I mention that there are over 4000 homeopathic remedies is that there is so much more to homeopathy than helping with bruising, traumas, falls, surgeries, which Arnica montana is so helpful for. Homeopathy does help in first aid and acute care, like colds, flus, stomach aches, AND, homeopathy is so helpful for chronic conditions, where other forms of healing, including western conventional medicine has not helped.

So when I say there are over 4000 homeopathic remedies, what I am saying is – you, who have used homeopathy and it has helped, and you who have shown an interest in homeopathy, why not see how homeopathy can be helpful for other health concerns that you or your loved ones may experience. Such as:

  • chronic ear infections, sore throats, stomach aches, colds.
  • on going nightmares and/or fears.
  • a child who is having difficulty at school in terms of behavior, focusing, or paying attention.
  • bedwetting.
  • menstrual difficulties.
  • migraines and other types of headaches.
  • depression, anxiety, fearfulness, difficulty getting out of the house.
  • skin eruptions – eczema, psoriasis, warts, moles, rashes.
  • digestive issues.
  • fatigue, no energy, tires easily.
  • respiratory difficulties – asthma.
  • allergies – seasonal, foods.
  • muscular aches and pains.
  • not well since.
  • just not feeling well.

Healing With Homeopathy

Homeopathy treats the individual person. To me this one of the wonderful aspects of homeopathy. Homeopathy is truly a spiral of colorsmedicine of the individual. The homeopathic practitioner (the homeopath), through observation, listening, questioning, is finding out how each person experiences their particular health concern. Two people can come in for homeopathic treatment, each having the similar complaint, let say headaches, but underneath, deep down to the root cause, each of these two people experience their headache uniquely to them, and differently from each other. The homeopath is hearing, listening and observing each person.

A homeopathic remedy is given, that is similar to what the person is experiencing. The homeopathic remedy is for the individual. This remedy, one out of 4000, stimulates the person’s own wonderful healing ability. The person is feeling better, their immune system is stronger, and what brought the person in is getting better, such as the headaches, from the example I gave.

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I write this blog to educate, to deepen, and to broaden people’s knowledge of homeopathy. I invite those who already have an interest in homeopathy; those who have used homeopathy, finding it helpful; and those who are new to homeopathy and have an interest in holistic medicine, to see how homeopathy can be of help in yours and your loved ones healing. Contact me here through my blog or through my website www.homeopathytoheal.com.  I would be happy to talk with you, I offer a complimentary Get Acquainted Call.


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Your Voice

I am a homeopath. I help people heal and feel better through a natural, non-invasive, form of medicine (homeopathy) that stimulates a person’s own natural healing process. It is a deep healing. For me, it is important to show and to tell people that they have options for their health care. When someone is in a more healthy state, they are more of who they are as a person. They are involved in relationships, in work, and in activities that are nurturing to them. And they express who they are. They express their voice.

I am also an artist. Art really is my first love. I say it is the core of me. Homeopathy has at times come very close. I haven’t always done art wood paintedwork, and over the last few years I have started doing art work again, using a different medium than I had in the past. I am painting now, where before I had been weaving tapestries. Art fills me in a way that nothing else does. It is wow! It is look at that, that color next to that color! It is a feeling deep, deep inside of joy, wonder, excitement and wow!

Why am I writing this?

Perhaps, homeopathy and art to me are connected in some way. Or are similar. I would like them to be connected/similar, or have a connection. I would like to bring to my homeopathic practice, what I bring and experience in my art work. It is a feeling of presence, a state of wow, being who I am, an openness, and a listening. Listening to the art to know what to do next, and in the case of homeopathy it is listening to the patient, being open to them. It is not being in my head.

Being Who You Are

Be who you are, and allowing that to come out, freely. And to do it all the time. Allowing your voice to be expressed, freely. Whether you are –

  • A boy who is very sensitive to his surroundings.
  • A woman who has a deep concern for other people’s well-being and health.
  • A man who wants to be recognized for his work, and to be sure his family is well taken care.

– all three expressing their voice.

Being who you are and expressing your voice. Not being stopped by a health symptom or condition, a behavior, nor a thought. Being in a healthy place. A healing with homeopathy helps with this. And art helps with this, too.

I wish for all of you – health, passion for what you do, love, and your voice.

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I am always happy to talk to people on how homeopathy can be of help to them. I encourage you to contact me on this blog or my website www.homeopathytoheal.com  and set up a complimentary Get Acquainted Call. .


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“Listening Through” To Really Hear What Bothers The Person

People come to homeopathy for all sorts of reasons. For physical complaints, like asthma, arthritis, digestive issues, headaches, menstrual issues, and allergies. For emotional issues, like fears, anxiety, depression, anger, and grief. For mental issues, like difficulty focusing and memory loss.  And for other concerns. Whatever the reason is that brings someone to homeopathy, it is always where the person is listened to, heard, and seen for who he is, and for what bothers him. Lately, I have been calling this “listening through”.

Not Being Bogged Down In The Story

Listening through. It is not getting bogged down into the literalness of what the person is saying, Not getting involved in the story, the specficness of the story, or the characters the person is talking about. Not getting involved in the emotionality of the story. It is rather, what is the story expressing? What is the sensitivity that this person experiences, that is expressed in this story? Someone may be talking about their brother-in-law, or their boss in the story. The person is really talking about himself. What is the sensitivity here, that is being expressed through the brother-in-law or the boss?

Hand Gestures

Listening through. It is also watching, observing and seeing where the emphasis of what bothers the person is being expressed. This is done often by hand gestures, recurring hand gestures. The hand gestures are showing that what the person is saying is important, that it is expressive of their state of what is bothering them. For example, a patient of mine, was talking about the pain she experiences in her hands, and as she was talking about it, she was making a hand gesture of tightly closing her hands together and then opening them up. I asked, what is that that you are doing? Tell me more. It is squeezing, she said, a sensation of tightening, tightening really tight, squeezing.

The gestures could also be facial expressions, or bigger movements, such as continually moving around in their seat or moving around the room. Another patient of mine, a young girl, crawled and crept around my consultation room, going behind the chairs, under the desk, and into the corners of the room.

All of these kinds of movements – hand gestures, facial expressions, larger movements – are expressive of the person.

Learning The Person’s Language

scrabble-243192__180Listening through. It is also learning the person’s language, Deciphering their code. Getting to know their language, their use of words and their movements. What do they mean by the words and expressions they use? It is not interpreting. It is learning what the person means by the words or expressions spoken. That is why I often ask, tell me more about what this (word) means to you, or what is the experience or sensation of this “word” for you. I know what the word means for me, but I don’t know what it means for the person.

And some of what someone is saying will not make sense in terms of our every day use of language. The person is speaking their language, which is expressive of what is bothering them.

Listening Through

Listening through. Listening to. Listening openly. Listening without prejudice. Listening without judgement. It is listening to the person to understand them as an individual, and from that to give a homeopathic remedy that is similar to all of it. The homeopathic remedy stimulates their healing.

Healing With Homeopathy

Is there a place where you feel you are being listened through? That what is bothering you in your health is really understood and seen?  That is what homeopathy does. Please contact me here through my blog or through my website www.homeopathytoheal.com to talk further. I have a complimentary 15 minute Get Acquainted Call.