We had our latest meeting in The Studio in Bloomsbury on December 12th with 5 new people attending. The 2 hour meeting was very lively and featured 2 cases, music and homeopathy and great contribtions from new and existing group members.
There was a new picture from Terry Duffy for all to wonder at and gain inspiring ideas. This image is over 2 metres high!
We also had with us Maria Jevtec author of From cave to computer and a classical musician. Sue Young FSHom, who is our homeopathic historian came along and talked about her research on John James Garth Wilkinson,
Sue also introduced me later to a paper about Tarentism, as we were discussing the role of music in homeopathy in general and Tarentula, the remedy, in particular.
https://curiouscongress.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/chiara-ambrosio/ . This linked to an earlier post on Homeopathy 4everyone which had an article on Tarentula and showed a great video of a song from Diana Navarro about the spider which describes the materia medica!
We also had with us Angie Zajac, who did a proving of Millennium eclipse in 2000. This had us talking about provings of imponderables and we remembered Sankaran’s A Proving of Music in his book The Substance of Homeopathy. This had a CD of Raga, the healing music which can tune to the emotional state of a patient and act in a healing way. So already homeopathy can be art!
Our next meeting is in York at the end of January, which is for the members of the group and will be a whole weekend of art, homeopathy and music. Probably we will do a proving of an art work and we will do a proving using art as the medium of recording.
The idea of case taking in an artist’s studio is one of the exciting new ways of taking the case we are exploring at Art and Homeopathy.
There is a sense in modern life that immersion in a real or virtual world is common. Game playing is an example. Mindcraft and other games are where millions of people engage in and immerse themselves in a virtual world. But this immersion is not just in games. Art is moving into this way of being. The Tate is launching a way in which viewers of art can literally step into a painting. An item on BBC Radio’s Today programme (21/11/14) explored this:
go to 2:47 secs into the programme to hear on radio player
One way we can quickly open people out in case taking is have them engage with their feelings, delusions, sensations. We should encourage our patients to be in that place by giving an environment which does that. Modern life is much more about immersion than it was, people are comforable with it.
As homeopaths it helps to have as many ways into a case as possible – art is one of them and the Tate initiative is all about this.
The latest issue of Hpathy, the on line journal, has a fascinating interview with Peter Raba the German artist, homeopath, teacher and author on a view of how dreams and images are so important in homeopathy.
The images created by Peter are linked to many aspects of homeopathy. This one is from an idea called Panoptics and is from a book about signatures of remedies.
PAN-OPTIC: Tigerlady (© Peter Raba)
This one is about dreams and he has written a book on homeopathy and dreams.
On the conveyor of life (© Peter Raba)
Dr Brian Kaplan writes about the importance of art in helping with case taking in his blog.
The more we look into it the more we see the huge connections between art and homeopathy.
This issue of Homeopathy 4 Everyone has a good selection of articles about the connections between homeopathy and music at many levels.
this is the first posting on the new Art and Homeopathy website. We are having an open meeting in London on 12 December. Discussion will be about the work of the group and all are welcome but you must tell us if you want to come as space is limited.
with best wishes