The Three ‘R’s of Heilkunst

Sacrifice is the primary mode of the “old school”, as Hahnemann termed it. Whether in Allopathic medicine, or other fields such as education, law, or economics, it implicitly forms one of the first principles. The obvious practical question, given that this is the dominant thought form throughout modern life, is ‘what does it look like to live under a new, healthier set of principles?’ There’s no better blueprint than what was both explicitly and implicitly laid down in Hahnemann’s writings, from which I’ll draw a few illustrations.

  1. Resonance — I’ve written many things about resonance in these blog posts, and in the context of disease (ie a negative resonance), the clear curative principle from Hahnemann is to treat it through the law of similar resonance. Rather than the Allopathic approach of “slash and burn” medicine, which seeks to remove or ‘sacrifice’ the offending part, the meaning of the (negative) resonance is expanded so that it can find its full resolution. What is sacrificed is not at all resolved.
  2. Redemption. The obvious counterpart to ‘sacrifice’ is ‘redemption’, however I don’t mean this in any religious sense, but more to the idea of activating or reclaiming a potential or capacity. What is redeemed, rather than sacrificed, grows in meaning, and becomes the source of more life, hence the book title “The Healing Power of Illness”.
  3. Refinement. I mean this is a very specific sense — where the model of sacrifice which nature lays down, and which allopathy imitates, is “crude but effective” according to Hahnemann. The opposite of ‘crude’ is ‘refined’, as in the potentized substances used as homeopathic remedies within Heilkunst. Rather than a child suffering the crude effects of measles or chicken pox, they can instead be given a homeopathic dose of the same, and claim all of the benefits without any of the potential harm. This is what is called ‘Homoprophylaxis’, or so-called ‘Homeopathic vaccination’. The same principle goes at any level of our experience in life, where we often have a choice to have a given experience at a more refined, and less crude level.

What example from your life would you use to illustrate these principles?

2 thoughts on “The Three ‘R’s of Heilkunst

  1. Janice

    Hi Jeff: I’m interested in hearing more about homoprophylaxis. Would it prevent chicken pox, for example, or would it help a child who does naturally contract chicken pox to have a “less severe” form of it? My son isn’t vaccinated for chicken pox, but we’re worried about him potentially getting it (even though he should get it when he is a child) because he already has a lot of rashes and is immuno-compromised (although getting stronger with Heilkunst treatment). Thanks!

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