The foundation of homeopathy is built upon active listening. “Active listening is an important way to bring about changes in people. Despite the popular notion that listening is a passive approach, clinical and research evidence clearly shows that sensitive listening is a most effective agent for individual …change and group development”. (Rogers and Farson)
Humans are complex and keep creating an even more complex world in which to live. To live with the truth is difficult for many people and this is where homeopathy is superb. Based on the foundationstone of active listening a homeopath is able to “hear” through all his senses what is real for the patient. What is real for the patient, is the best description of their “health”. Homeopathy defines “the health” as comprising three major areas. Body, Mind and Spirit.
A good homeopath is able to mirror, as an active listener, a reflection back to the patient enabling the patient to hear/see himself or herself in a way they have not been able to until this moment. A mirror simply reflects what is before it, it does not add anything to the “image” in any way.
Most people just want to be “heard” in their lives and in fact, it is true to say that the majority of humans do not feel heard at all. Being completely present to what someone is saying is not a passive skill. It takes practice. Human beings communicate in so many ways, besides what they are “saying”. Holding the space for another human being in such a place is actually, a remedy in itself. The homeoapthic consultation is a therapeutic event, and a remedy. Clinical practice has revealed that to me repeatedly over the years and it is still as true today as it ever was.