By Joel Kreisberg, DC, PCC, CCH
If you have been following my blogs on Universal Healing, you know it’s been a while since I’ve written much, mostly because I’ve been refining my understanding of what Smits was exploring. I now recognize that we can understand homeopathic remedies in terms of the state of consciousness of the practitioner. Just what do I mean by state of consciousness? I mean the practitioner’s consciousness and awareness of the gross, subtle and causal. Remedies look and act differently from the gross, subtle and causal states, respectively. Let me explain.
Have you had the experience of homeopathic remedies seeming to do different things for different people, at different times, on different symptoms? If you grew up in the late 20th-century you were taught about polychrest remedies, with many different indications and actions. Remedies like Sulphur, Lycopodium, or Calcarea could cure a variety of symptoms, in different people. Polychrest remedies vary in action—physical, emotional, acute or chronic.
Tinus Smits (1946-2009) in Inspiring Homeopathy, felt the “choice of the remedy is of vital importance for the successful treatment of the patient, but cannot be considered as isolated from the interaction between the homeopath and the patient during the consultation” (Smits, 2011). My colleague Tim Owens and I have been looking to better understand how the “state” of the practitioner influences the choice and the action of the remedy. We’ve been unpacking this for several years as we bring clinicians through the “Journey of Inspiring Homeopathy,” our hands-on healing journey through nine universal homeopathic remedies.
To help understand this idea, let’s introduce three states of consciousness – gross, subtle and causal – descriptors of states common in daily life. It seems that a homeopathic remedy is different depending upon the state of the practitioner – the remedies are used differently, depending on state. Since people spend most of their time attending to the gross state of consciousness, the acute understanding and use of a remedy is effective here. Homeopathy is well represented in the gross realm by the success of remedies such as Arnica for injury, Rhus toxicodendron for sprained ankles and Hylands Teething tabs for difficult dentition (the most successful homeopathic to date before it was pulled from the market!).
The gross or physical state, refers to the purely material realm, the physical realm, sensorimotor experiences. Scientific “materialism” focuses its attention here. Medicine addresses the gross realm with its drugs for cholesterol, hypertension, gastric reflux, etc. Medical research is firmly grounded and a bit biased toward the gross realm. Homeopathic remedies’ actions in the gross realm are common but are not the beginning or the end of each remedy’s action.
Likely, if you are reading this, you’ve had a successful homeopathic remedy transform a “gross” physical issue right before your eyes. Homeopathy has done well in the gross realm, meaning, that often when you meet someone supportive of homeopathy, they’ve had an experience of healing with homeopathy in the gross realm. As mentioned, this is the acute use of homeopathy. The homeopathic remedies in the natural food store, with indications, are there for the physical or gross aspects of the illness.
The subtle state or realm includes thoughts, feelings, dreams, and the animating life energy. Different traditions have names for this animating life energies such as chi or prana. More simply put, the animating energy that brings living things to life is subtle. It’s not hard to recognize or experience. When was the last time you welled up in tears while watching a movie? The tears themselves are a gross physical expression, but the feelings are a subtle expression. One might say your subtle body is reacting with strong feelings. When we have a feeling of awe for a sunset, or a masterful painting, that’s a subtle state experience. The emotional euphoria felt during love-making is also the subtle.
Homeopathically, subtle states have been approached all the way back to James Tyler Kent. One could argue that Hahnemann was working with the subtle. I grew up with homeopathy in the 1980s, when George Vithoulkas was teaching the essence of each remedy. These subtle expressions are the essence of each remedy. This is best utilized in constitutional prescribing. Rather than a remedy that best matches the physical/gross symptoms of the illness, the constitutional remedy takes into consideration the subtle energetic center of gravity of the illness. You can find symptoms that express this on your own, but it is helpful to have a teacher point out the subtle essence of a remedy. This is why homeopaths like to go to conferences with brilliant teachers such as Scholten, Sankaran, Morrison and Mangialavori, who perceive the subtle essence of remedies and teach it to those who listen. It’s fair to say that constitutional prescribing is the bread and butter of homeopathic practice.
Tinus Smits seemed to be tuning into something different, beyond the subtle constitutional essence of certain remedies when he began working with Inspiring Homeopathy. People often ask which remedies he used, and they are surprised to find remedies like Rhus toxicodendron, Anacardium orientalis and Hydrogenium, all constitutional remedies. To me, Smits developed a method for accessing the causal realm.
The causal realm requires working with causal states. For better or worse, the causal realm is not easy to define. We can say that the causal is the most subtle state, one that is the first state in finite manifestation (Wilber, 2017). Out of the causal, comes the primordial forms, the archetypes that initiate form. Sometimes this may include the witnessing state, but for our purposes, the causal is universal, where form moves beyond the gross physical and energetic subtle. When we sit quietly with Rhus tox and allow our attention to open up to its universal essence, this remedy heals trauma and the hurt from injuries on all levels.
Basically, Smits’ technology of working with homeopathic remedies requires the practitioner to bring attention to the causal, which is done through regular meditation. The challenge is to learn to be present with the causal, going beyond the individual ego. This allows the practitioner to “tap” into the larger field of healing that the homeopathic remedy makes accessible. Our method is to practice this attending in small groups, so that this awareness can emerge in the group. For a good taste of the universal remedies, see my several blogs on the experience.
Basically, when the practitioner devotes him or herself to focused awareness and meditation, he or she can perceive this universal field of healing. As this state stabilizes, the healer can access this healing without intellectual effort, rather, trusting the intuitive causal experiences that arise. When this state is shared with the client, profound healing occurs without effort. After the full journey with the nine remedies of Inspiring Homeopathy, most everyone is able to recognize these patterns without thought. Healing flows naturally, profoundly impacting our clients.
Tim and I have begun to investigate other remedies besides Smits’ original 9. This is how the Enneagram and Homeopathy process emerged. Working with the Enneagram for many years now, I always wondered if there were remedies for the 9 ennea-types or styles. Interestingly, the Enneagram styles offer the reflective practitioner a powerful tool for growth. What would happen if we gave each of the nine Enneagram styles the meditative room to inhabit a homeopathic remedy?
This fall, we will be guiding a handful of healers as we sit in a sacred circle exploring universal healing through the use of homeopathic remedies in the causal realm. We will explore the details of each Enneagram style. We will reflect upon how these energies appear and influence our lives. Then, we will sit in a meditative circle and bring the universal healing for one homeopathic remedy for each of the nine Enneagram types.
To be certain, as the guides, we are in charge of pointing out and leading the way. Yet, each remedy offers its own wisdom. “To prescribe according to the insights of Inspiring Homeopathy, it is absolutely necessary that the homeopath has done personal work in the emotional and spiritual field and has himself gone through the different universal layers” (Smits, 2006). I have no doubt that anyone interested in pushing the edge of consciousness and healing will be able to sit inside these remedies, finding a whole cast of universal healers to share with those in need of deep and powerful healing.