There are many people who have a strong draw to a certain kind of work or have a clear sense of their “purpose” — a unique strength they have to offer to their loved ones, their larger communities, and the world. And there are others whose only experience is in doing the things that they believe they should. In either case, most of us often find that the state we’re in or the circumstances in which we find ourselves are very different from the where we wish we were, the what we’d like to be doing, or the “who” we have an inkling we’re meant to be.
This is where constitutional homeopathy comes in. Healing through homeopathy is like peeling back layer after layer of the stuff that we’ve held on to to protect ourselves, or to make sense of the world after an injury or an injustice; the stuff that covers over the very yummiest, brightest expression of who we are and what we have to offer.
How would you be living if you were truly unencumbered? How would you relate to people and engage with the world if you felt joyful, confident, and at ease?
I had the wonderful blessing of growing up with homeopathy as my main source of health care, and therefore have had a lot of experience with the change my own system can manifest when its galvanized in the right way. Lasting symptoms that I swear I’d never find relief from, feelings or patterns of thinking that were so entrenched that I couldn’t extricate myself from them despite my best efforts… simply dissolve after a good remedy. At times as if they were never their in the first place.
It is a freeing, a lightening, and I wish that sort of healing for everyone. All the time. Forever and ever.
The following is an interview with Kelly Callahan, a 2011 graduate of Baylight Homeopathy.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Kelly: I spent my childhood and school years in Maine. Spring semester of my junior year of high school I went to the Chewonki Semester program and that had a huge influence on me. The exposure to farming and ecological perspectives led me to WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities in Organic Farming) in New Zealand during my year off after high school, and then on to major in Agroecology and Natural History at UC Santa Cruz. I also worked as a wilderness guide at UCSC, which led into alternative education and a couple years as a middle school teacher after getting my credential.
My husband and I re-located to Maine when our daughter was 3 months old in 2003. We’ve been living in the midcoast ever since. We love it here. We’ve found a beautiful spot on a ridge in Appleton where we’re currently homeschooling our two kids. Gardening, getting outdoors, 5Rhythms dance, and most recently- spinning poi!- all vie for my time when I’m not engaged with the kids or practicing homeopathy.
How did you first become interested in homeopathy?
KC: I was always into natural health and alternative methods. I had two homebirths. I was one of those people who thought homeopathy was like herbalism until my boyfriend (now husband) set me straight. His dad had taken a homeopathy veterinary course. But it wasn’t until I had a baby and was looking to use natural treatments that I pursued homeopathy. It was like a deep knowing that homeopathy is what I had to use. Once we got started, I was hooked.
What is homeopathy to you?
KC:I took a Tai Chi class once, and I remember having this feeling of all aspects of my being: mental, physical, and spiritual all moving in synchronicity. Homeopathy is like that- a medicine that heals us toward oneness and synchronicity within ourselves. In turn, that healing resonates out into our families, communities, and the world.
What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned with Baylight Homeopathy?
KC:I honestly didn’t understand the deeper spiritual purpose of homeopathy when I started at Baylight. When I heard my first philosophy lecture, I was floored. It was so much more than I had thought, and I was thrilled and blindsided. Nancy continued to always hold that space- of what we’re here to do, how we can show up for better, and how homeopathy can be a part of that. There was no dogma, just pure respect and love for our potential to heal and how homeopathy can help get us there.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
KC:I definitely want to continue practicing. Helping patients is at the center for me. But I’m a bit of an idea factory- I get a lot of them. Most of them just fly away, never to manifest, but I’m always thinking about little side-projects with homeopathy. Currently I’m working on a podcast project that I’m super excited about. It’s enabling me to bring together a desire to study and synthesize information about remedies, interviewing homeopaths from all over- which is very cool because I realized that the idea of oral history has been a thread that has run through my life- and finally some dramatic reading of old literature which also hooks into an old passion of mine: theater.
It’s going to be called 1M: A Podcast for Homeopaths. So look out for it!
I also love teaching so I do hope someday to have a regular teaching gig in some capacity. But that feels a ways down the line; I want to keep finding my own niche in the homeopathic community of original work, as well as gaining experience and competence as a practitioner first and foremost.
Oh- and bringing homeopathy to places of need is also very important to me. I want to volunteer with Homeopaths Without Borders. I would LOVE to go to Tanzania and work with Homeopathy for Health in Africa. But I also think about starting a mobile clinic for migrant field workers who suffer a lot of acutes due to their work.
What does health mean to you?
KC:At one time, I was focused on food and exercise and more of tangible ‘inputs;- how you treat your illnesses, etc. And I think those things are important for sure. But today, in this moment, I think it’s really about love. How you *actively* love yourself. And that includes food, because if you love yourself you will nourish yourself well, physically. And you will be active in ways your body loves. And you will fill your own cup, which means you can love another. It’s possible to love yourself, feel loved by others, and love others and be physically ill. But if you are loving and are loved, maybe aren’t suffering as much. There are people who appear to be physically healthy, but are suffering emotionally and spiritually. So- to stay healthy, I say practice love toward yourself. Fill your cup.
Any advice for those new to homeopathy or those interested in pursuing a career in holistic medicine?
This article was a life line to me when I got out of Baylight and was trying to practice and felt kind of lost and like I couldn’t be in touch with that magic I felt at school. Print it out. I had the 12 bullet points posted above my desk for a couple years. I only took it down because we were moving things around. I recently re-printed and read it again and every word of it still rings true for me.
And then I would add, be in touch with your own love of homeopathy. If you just think about getting clients and building your practice, you might feel frustrated and resentful if it’s slow going, or clients don’t come back, or cases don’t go as well as you like. Figure out what kind of homeopath you are and integrate homeopathy with your own strengths. You can be inspired by other homeopaths, but you can’t be just like any other homeopath. You can only be yourself.
We’d like to welcome you to Baylight Center for Homeopathy. If you’re looking to pursue an education in homeopathic medicine this video will answer some commonly asked questions about how and why you should take the next step!
We’re excited to be starting up classes again this Fall, and encourage you to join us for the 2015-2016 school year. You’ll learn all about the growing field of homeopathy – a form holistic medicine that uses safe, effective, non-suppressive natural remedies for the treatment of acute and chronic illness. Whether you’re a first year student, on your way to becoming a certified practitioner, or a seasoned homeopath looking to enhance your practice, we have something for you.
We still have spaces available in our popular Homeopathic First Aid and Acute Care course. This course meets one Saturday per month from 9-5 for 9 sessions, and is engaging, informative, and fun. Great for parents looking for safe, effective treatment of common injuries and illness at home, as well as those looking to step into an exciting, rewarding professional field!
Interested to learn about a growing field of holistic medicine that uses safe, effective, non-suppressive natural remedies for the treatment of acute and chronic illness?
We still have spaces available in our popular Homeopathic First Aid and Acute Care course. This course meets one day per month for 9 sessions, and is engaging, informative, and fun. Great for parents looking for safe, effective treatment of common injuries and illness at home, as well as those looking to step into an exciting, rewarding professional field!
“The Baylight Center for Homeopathy gives an excellent foundation for a solid homeopathic practice. [It] has quickly become
one of the best schools of homeopathy in North America.”
The Saturday course sessions meet from 9am-5pm. We take a morning and afternoon break for tea, and a mid-day break for a potluck lunch. Classes take place at our lovely classroom in the historic Railroad Building on St. John Street in Portland. There are no specific prerequisites for this course. Register Here! Due to small class sizes, these courses fill up quickly.
We have just returned from a marvelous trip to Toronto, Ontario where we spent three days with Jeremy Sherr, head of the Dynamis School for Advanced Homeopathy. What a knowledgable, engaging teacher, and an admirable human being. He and his wife Camilla moved to Tanzania with their children 8 years ago to begin a project called Homeopathy for Health in Africa. For the duration of their time there, they have been treating patients with HIV and AIDS with incredible results, significantly improving health and quality of life for the vast majority. They now have 15 clinics running and and endless stream of patients (a total of about 6000 since the project began) visiting each.
On Saturday evening we had a fundraiser for HHA, and helped raise several thousand dollars for the cause. All donations go directly to the cost of running the clinics ($800-$1000 per week total), and can be given through the HHA website, here (cash donations) or here (specific monetary gifts, such as sponsoring a child’s education, the cost of supplies, travel expenses to remote clinics, etc).
[Outside the conference room @ Novotel North York, Toronto.]
We are excited to welcome Louis Klein, FSHom to snowy Portland, ME next month. Many local and national homeopaths, as well as a few brave international visitors attend this seminar each march. We are honored to have him and to be able to extend the opportunity for continued study for our students and other homeopathic practitioners. See below for more details.
“The Flow of Successful Homeopathic Prescribing” with Louis Klein, F.S.Hom March 6-8 Register Here
From the Luminos Website: Louis Klein founded Luminos Homeopathic Courses in 1995 with a vision to provide courses and seminars to Homeopaths that would be instrumental in evolving the profession. Awarded a Fellowship from the Society of Homeopaths in England, he has been a homeopath since 1975 with a practice that now spans the globe. The Homeopathic Master Clinician Course which he has been teaching since 1995 now has over 400 graduates who are leaders in the profession, many of whom now are teachers themselves. We are delighted to welcome Lou back to Portland each March, and learn a great deal from his insight and experience of case analysis.
Contact us anytime for questions about Homeopathy, Homeopathic Care, or further education in this burgeoning field. firstname.lastname@example.org 207.774.4244