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The Legality of Practice

In the United States, the practice of medicine is regulated by legislation in each of the 50 states. The reality is there are 50 different sets of laws that relate to the practice of medicine so it becomes quite confusing. Most states do not address homeopathy in particular which makes it even more difficult to navigate.

You are bound by the laws of the state in which you reside and practice. It is a good idea to investigate and read the legislation in your state. I am not a lawyer and this is NOT legal advice. If you can not understand the legislation written by your state in regards to homeopathy or the practice of medicine then consult a lawyer or contact your Attorney General’s office. They can help you to find the pertinent legislation, interpret the meaning and share any info they have as to how the practice of homeopathy has been handled.

Only a few states have Homeopathic Medical Boards that specifically regulate homeopathy. These states require testing and fees and...

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Why Become a Homeopath?

Why become a Homeopath? Because you love people. If you do not have an innate love for people then maybe being a Homeopath is not the right job for you. When you spend all day listening to people's woes and sufferings, it can be exhausting if you did not have an innate love and compassion for others. Not everyone is suited for this type of work. This is fine. But for the serious person wanting to become a Homeopath, you better love people.
 
Become a Homeopath because you love to learn. There will never be a day without learning as a Homeopath. Every person is different and every case is different. There is a unique remedy for each person. This is not something like allopathic medicine where you figure out a diagnosis and then prescribe a set protocol of medicine. It is an art and science to translating a person's story into a unique repertory of symptoms and then selecting a remedy for that person. It is far more elegant than an allopathic approach and provides never-ending...
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Learning Homeopathy vs. Becoming a Homeopath

I get many questions about homeopathic study and find that there are distinct differences in learning homeopathy and becoming a homeopath. They are really two different things entirely. Let me explain.

Most schools of homeopathy offer courses on homeopathic history, philosophy, repertization, and materia medica. These courses will give the homeopathic student much information; mostly from books. The course usually is designed to give you as much information as possible about the more common remedies and the philosophy of Hahnemann and Kent. This is usually reinforced by taking exams that grade on multiple-choice questions and essays to determine if you have a correct understanding of the subject at hand.

This method of learning and evaluation is very lineal. It relies on memorization and deductive reason to pass the test. A good student may be able to excel in such an environment and get perfect grades. After successfully passing the first several years of the course, they may be...

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Why Homeopathy Can Be Confusing for People

I find homeopathy is one of the most misunderstood and confusing subjects for many people. Here’s why; it is not represented accurately. Aside from gross misrepresentation on behalf of those wishing to discredit this wonderful healing art, it is too often confused with the allopathic model of medicine.

Most often when I ask my clients what they know about homeopathy, the most common response is, ”It’s herbs and vitamins, right?” No, it is not. Homeopathy is a system of medicine. The remedies are energetic medicines and not homeopathy. Homeopathy is the reason to give the medicine and not the medicine itself. This is very confusing for most people.

When a person goes to the health food store and has a malady of some sort, they may come to the aisle for homeopathic remedies. There may even be a little booklet to help them find a remedy for their suffering. The whole time they are still thinking that the remedy is something like a drug or herb. It is to help...

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The Three Major Ideas of Homeopathy

Vibration, resonance, and susceptibility are the three major ideas that explain homeopathy. Without a clear understanding of these principles and how they relate to each other, it is very difficult to ever explain homeopathy effectively. As Homeopaths, we are always explaining the concepts of homeopathy, but I find that it is one of the more difficult tasks of any student. Even practicing Homeopaths find homeopathy difficult to explain. Here are the key ideas to keep in mind.

Vibration is present in all forms. At the quantum physics level of understanding, it is all about vibration and the non-physical glue that holds matter together. This weak force is a force that keeps all atomic structures in perfect relation to all of the particles making up their existence. This is something akin to spiritual glue from a layman’s perspective. This spiritual glue has a vibrational quality when matter is formed. It is what holds the particles, atoms, molecules, and organisms together so...

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How to Approach Your Homeopathic Education

I get many questions about the study of Homeopathy and what is the best approach. I think it could be an individual preference but after training homeopaths since 2001, I have found that there are a few things about homeopathic education that really work. I would like to share them with you.

I have found that if a person wants to be a professional homeopath, seeing clients on a daily basis, they must really love people and being around them. This may sound a bit absurd at first. After all, it isn't the job of the homeopath to be around people and help them. Yes, but you might be surprised at how many students I have talked with that have spent 3 years at some other homeopathic school and have never taken a case or spent time with clients. When they were finally introduced to a new client case they were surprised at their own reaction. I have heard everything from fear in front of the client because they did not have confidence in being a homeopath ( they have never done it before)...
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Licensing and Certification in the USA

The most common question I receive is about getting certified in homeopathy and being able to practice legally. Certification and licensing are completely different in Homeopathy. Certification is to certify. It amounts to attesting to something. Certification can come from any school or certifying organization as to certifying the completion of a course or educational requirements.
 
Along with certification, there is usually a title or credential that the applicant will have earned. There are many titles in circulation today that schools and organizations have created to attest to their applicant's successful completion of the requirements. These certified credentials are not recognized by any State or Federal Regulating Body and only serve to bring legitimacy to the Homeopath.
 
The title most recognized in the world is RSHom. It comes from the Registered Society of Homeopaths in the UK. This title is the oldest and most respected title and is used by more Classical...
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The Importance of a Mentor

Having a mentor is one of the best ways to accelerate your homeopathic learning. It is an integral part of our program at the Resonance School of Homeopathy. It is the best way to get the personal guidance necessary to avoid the bigger mistakes and errors made by the novice homeopath.
 
We all have to start somewhere. There has to be that first case we receive as a homeopath. Not having participated in this role before can be quite unnerving for the new homeopathic student or homeopath. If the program for learning has not included case receiving as a major part of the learning process, then the student will usually be lost in the process and this lack of confidence will be known by all.
 
Having confidence and knowing how to communicate with the client is key to a successful case. It is an art to be able to sit with someone and know how to get them to open up and reveal what is asking to be healed. Once this process is complete, then the task of case analysis and...
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The Most Common Mistakes Homeopaths Make

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When I am teaching Students, I emphasize demonstrating effective strategies for case taking.  Learning how to do Homeopathy correctly and avoiding common mistakes, will lead to your great success.  Here are a few common mistakes some Homeopaths make:

  • Forgetting to set your intention before beginning a case - This happens before the case even begins and in my opinion is one of the most detrimental mistakes there is. Everything that happens during the case must be witnessed and understood without prejudice. If your intention is not set to be a clear, unprejudiced observer, out of your own way and open to be an empathetic listener, you will likely be unsuccessful in hearing what is asking to be healed. Instead, you may be involved in your own story in your mind and miss vital details. The first thing to do as a Homeopath is setting your intention. Be clear and ready for the case to unfold before you.
  • Being inaccurate with rubric selections - The repertory is a very exact...
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Favorite Medicines

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It is easy to become complacent and prescribe favorite medicines when being a homeopath. If we are lulled into a stupor seeing many cases they may all seem to have similar themes and therefore similar remedies. Be very careful when prescribing to treat the person and not the disease. As well we should be very careful in selecting remedies that fit the case rather than remedies for similar cases we have seen before.

In Aphorism 257 of the Organon Hahnemann made it clear we should take great care not to develop favorite medicines; " The true physician will take care to avoid making favorite remedies of medicines, the employment of which he has, by chance, perhaps found often useful, and which he has had opportunities of using with good effect. If he do so, some remedies of rarer use, which would have been more suitable, consequently more serviceable, will often be neglected."

We must select very good rubrics for the case and understand what is really asking to be healed. In addition...

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