This is a very important question and, of course, there are many levels to the answer. Firstly it is important to be trained by those homeopaths who have a good deal of experience in the field of homeopathy and, who are able to draw on this vast clinical experience. It takes many, many years to be in this position to be able to turn around and share knowledge and both guide and mentor the upcoming student.
This is so important, as these experienced homeopaths have taken what they have learnt and not only tried and tested the teaching, but have been able to inform due to their extensive clinical practice. Clinical practice is what evolves homeopathy beyond the texts and teachings.
Researching which teaching institution resonates with you is a good first step. Like everything within our culture, homeopathy has “its own tribes”. This simply makes the colleges as individual as the patients who arrive for treatment. Homeopathy is based upon “individuality”. Similarities within the difference is a good thing. It provides a rainbow of colours which enable a good choice to be made.
Different people learn in different ways and it is always important to find the resonant interaction at that level. It goes without saying that you also need to have experienced homeopathic treatment and, to be undergoing homeopathic treatment whilst undertaking study.
The next vital piece of the jigsaw is to be prepared to do the “self work” which is a vital part of growing into “the homeopath” you are becoming. Any entry or segue into higher learning forms part of “life’s initiations”, whether it is to an accounting course or a homeopathic degree. In short, it brings about massive change as beliefs and old ways of thinking are challenged to stretch and grow.
A person cannot become a professional heart centred healer unless they are prepared to grow. Growth brings possibilities and an opening to learning and understanding at a far deeper level. As these old beliefs and behaviours are challenged and worked with then the “original material” of the person becoming a homeopath through study, lose their hold, and as with all growth, to use an alchemical term “the gold is found”. It goes without saying that “a healer” is also healed when assisting others with their own healing. The practice room is no place for an inflated ego, and it is only through personal development that one can honestly find a place of humility and openness wide enough to be able to assist others through their healing. In short, the healer needs healing!
At the Dhanvantari College of Homeopathy we are totally committed to facilitating both the teaching, based on wide clinical experience, and also, importantly, to the student’s personal growth. Not every person is suited to this career choice. At Dhanvantari College of Homeopathy we believe that the personal touch is far better than huge numbers which only allows for impersonal contact and this shows in the quality of all of our graduates and teaching staff. Like any initiation process in life, studying homeopathy is a huge initiation of the self and it needs to be stewarded by those who have tread the path before and achieved both the deep experience of homeopathy and of personal transformation. It is only then that there is “the gold which is the healer”.