The Sensation Method: Modern Shamanism in Homeopathy

October 19, 2011 freedomhomeopathy The Sensation Method

Homeopathy was founded by Samuel Hahnemman (1745-1853), a medical doctor who was unsatisfied with the caustic treatments of his day. For two hundred years, homeopathy has been growing in popularity and use all over the world. But the science of Homeopathy, the field itself, has said to have advanced more in the last ten years than in the last 200. Much of this has to do with a method brought forward by Dr. Rajan Sankaran, a famous homeopath in India, where Homeopathy is popular in the mainstream.

Sankaran, in his practice and research, began to identify interesting patterns that could not be ignored. It started in the plant families. He noticed, for instance, that all of the homeopathic remedies made from plants of the composite family were indicated for injury. What’s more, he recognized that the theme ‘injury’ came up in all levels of each remedy, not just the physical symptoms. Each remedy pictures of the plant family also contained a theme of ‘feeling injured’ in the mental/emotional realm. As he started to uncover these ‘themes’ throughout the plant remedies, he started to see how they fit into categories according to plant family.

These themes fit the ‘doctrine of signatures’ or looking closely at a way a plant grows, allowing its characteristics to tell you what the plant might be indicated for. Not only did he see common themes within each plant family, he saw that these ‘themes’ would present themselves again and again in cases where these plants were indicated on every level of the human being. He started to call this theme the ‘sensation’ of the case or remedy. This word makes sense because often the theme, or central component of a case, presents itself in how the patient describes the sensation of pain. A patient needing a remedy from the lily family,(Liliflorae family), for instance, may have a feeling of being ‘pushed out’. This may manifest in feeling ‘pushed out’ by her community of friends, but she would also use the same words to describe the sensation or painful feeling of an umbilical hernia. Sankaran saw this theme, or ‘sensation’ as the center of the case, where all other symptoms come from.

But because we live in a compensated world, it may be difficult to assess the ‘sensation’ or center of the case with traditional homeopathic casetaking. Sankaran found that guiding patient’s descriptions deeper and deeper, through word association and other techniques, he could more easily access the ‘sensation’ or uncompensated part of the person’s case. This center or sensation could be called the hidden soul essence. Sometimes getting to this place in a casetaking looks a little bit like a psychological session, striving to go deeper into the subconscious. The distinct difference is that homeopaths are not looking to understand or analyze, they are simply trying to paint a picture. The picture will match the most similar substance in nature, very clearly fitting into either a plant, mineral or animal category.

Sankaran’s work created waves in the homeopathic community. Modern homeopaths seem to either embrace the method or see it as ‘crackpot’. The most controversial concept that has come out of Sankaran’s method is his belief that, if you can find it, a person may need only one remedy for their lifetime. Traditionally in homeopathy, treatment has been seen in layers. Homeopaths treat the symptom picture on the surface of the case, thereby removing a ‘layer’ of disease with the understanding that a new and different disease picture, as well as indicated remedy, would emerge when the next ‘layer’ presented itself.

But next to the sensation method, this traditional protocol is a ‘zig-zag’ to cure. The sensation method allows a homeopath to immediately go to the ‘center’ or ‘sensation’ of the case. It is a more direct line to cure. Really? One remedy? That may be all people need in their whole life? This concept is seen as challenging to many homeopaths. In Sankaran’s book, The Other Song, he explains his Sensation method in simple language for the lay person or interested patient. He talks about how we each have a ‘non-human’ part of our self. This is a dynamic energy that we have chosen to help us through this human experience. It is a plant, mineral, or animal substance.

This ‘non-human’ part of ourselves, as all plant, mineral and animal substances, can be seen to exist as a truth in an energetic form on the astral plane. This is the ‘plant spirit’ or ‘animal medicine’ that shamans, medicine men and healers have worked with over centuries. Homeopathy and the sensation method offer a modern systematic way to get there. Homeopathic medicines are diluted and succussed, or shaken with each dilution. Hahnemann explained that each time a remedy is diluted, it is brought more into the energy of the substance and further away from the physical form. As a remedy is diluted and succussed, it is moving closer and closer to the core essence, or truth of that substance, the same truth that is represented on the astral plane, that may present itself, for instance, as a vision of an old woman plant spirit to a Shaman in South America.

‘What is your ‘medicine’? Samuel Hahneman, founder of homeopathy, brought forward basic laws, laws of the universe, that dictate the science of homeopathy. He talked about striving to find the ‘similimum’ in homeopathy, or the most similar remedy in symptom picture. Thus homeopathy has become a research science. Homeopaths are always gathering, documenting and organizing symptoms of each remedy which help to identify the best remedy for a patient. The sensation method is a way to find the similimum for your soul. But the method still relies on the documentation and research, just like homeopaths using traditional methods. The sensation method also rests heavily and is completely congruent with the original laws and concepts brought forward by Samuel Hahnemann, the laws that define Classical Homeopathy.

When we are in ill-health or out of balance, the symptoms of the ‘non-human’ part of ourselves become stronger and more evident. They come from our center, our place of sensation, and so therefore can be seen on any level of symptoms, physical, emotional or mental. The remedy offers a ‘road map’ to the body of the best way to cure. And what better road map to offer than the patient’s true soul essence, a substance that resonates with the ‘non-human’ part of them?

An important part of the practice of the sensation method is to explain to the patient, in detail, why a remedy is indicated on every level of the case. The information is then available to the patient’s conscious mind. A well indicated homeopathic remedy turns the patient towards health. Continued improvement demonstrates the action of the remedy. But conscious understanding of the substance and how it resonates with their own symptom picture can be an important part of the healing.

As the healing continues, a person is also presented with the opportunity to turn their disease into their medicine. Gifted with a true understanding of the tools they have to work in the world, the individual can express the truth of themselves in creative freedom, which is true healing. Hahnemann described ‘health’ as a state where the vital or dynamic force, or healing force of the body is free to pursue the “lofty goals of human existence.” The remedy offers the opportunity to move beyond health to creative expression and service. When we are bogged down with hereditary disease, we are kept from expressing our truth and offering our gifts to the world. The non-human part of the self is the ‘medicine’ that both cures and provides an opportunity for creative expression.

People needing a homeopathic remedy of a butterfly, as with all insect remedies, may have a fear and/or fascination with death. It is something they think about all the time. Insects live and die quickly. Often their life is over in an instant from being swatted, being too close to a pool of water, or sudden cold. But butterfly has this aspect in even a stronger awareness, as they go through a death like transformation in their life cycle. In un-health, this may look like a obsession with death. But a butterfly patient in the process of healing also found his niche and a great ability in hospice work, helping the dying and families of the dying.

When you receive your remedy, more easily found through the sensation method, healing takes place over time. But ultimately the gift is that the non-human part of you can become your ‘medicine’. The remedy you need to bring you back to health is also a way you may like to work in the world. It can be a road map, not just for the body to return to health, but also the vehicle of your work and how you would like to express yourself in the world.

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