Jun 10, 2017
When I began the podcast in January of 2016, I had a list of homeopaths who I knew I wanted to reach out to. Today’s guest, Shilpa Bhouraskar, was one of the first on my list. I had been following Shilpa’s blog and trainings through Homeoquest for a couple of years, and was impressed with the range of trainings she offered from teachers around the world, as well as her own writing and video tutorials.
I reached out to Shilpa and she graciously made time in her busy schedule and we recorded this interview over a year ago, actually, in March of 2016. I didn’t have a specific episode plan for it, so set it aside, and then I actually thought that I lost it in the depths of my digital files.
But as things happen, I wanted to offer another interview for this months’ regular episode, and I remembered my conversation with Shilpa and thought it was more perfect for this years’ theme of failure, than if I had published it last year. I don’t think the word ‘failure’ ever comes up in our talk, but Shilpa embodies the spirit of beginning again.
If you follow her work, then perhaps you have read her biography and know about her many moves, but listening to her tell her story of starting multiple clinics after graduating from full-time homeopathy school in India, moving between countries, stepping into teaching, is inspiring.
Her journey with homeopathy thus far has been the epitome of dynamic-
7 years of traveling, growth, exposure…
Willing to examine her results, utilize approaches she never thought she would use..
Building a new practice, clinic and community again and again...
Shilpa shares how working under different conditions exposes your varying skill levels, strengths and weaknesses, understanding, depth, and expectations…
We know that homeopathy can treat serious illness, because we have the clinical evidence. but many us never have the chance to see serious pathology shift with exclusive homeopathic treatment. Shilpa had the experience of facing serious pathology in her rural clinic and shifting it using homeopathy.
After moving to Australia and stepping into teaching, she created a system she calls ‘The Stages Template’ that encompasses the level of the practitioner, the case, the approach, and also the application of a remedy. It’s a dynamic vision, born from looking at what is not working, and what is needed to work.
I often talk about learning ‘homeopathically’- that is, matching our study to our unique needs as practitioners. Shilpa’s Stages Template is perfect for this, and she is explicit in saying so- identifying where her teachers and courses are, at which Stage, so that her students can decide whether that particular approach or teacher is in alignment with their own needs and level of understanding.
Shilpa’s online offerings fill a space- not for the new student, but practical for the homeopath working today, the challenges that come up in practice, offering specific trainings and teachings to meet the issues that come up.
How do we grow and have different experiences, without being world travelers, or the option to create multiple clinics? is that kind of exposure and opportunity possible?
Shilpa recognized that her situation, the moving and recreating something new and connecting and drawing on her own strengths, is an integral part to not only her ability to thrive as a homeopath, but to who she is. I love this because I think that THIS is what is true for all of us-not that we all need to go through the kind of location dynamic multi-faceted career that Shilpa has had, but that we all need to find where our unique strengths and talents intersect with our practice of homeopathy- and make space within our lives and our practice where those strengths and talents can grow and shine.
It may be teaching, it may be research, it may be creating gardens of plants in homeopathic use, or cartoon videos of remedy pictures or proving… I could go on and on. We each bring our own uniqueness to our practice of homeopathy and living homeopathically, and I loved interviewing Shilpa because she gave voice and experience to that idea so clearly and beautifully…she’s an inspiring example.
I loved re-listening to this interview and learning again from her story and the points we discussed about being open, and how our real training and learning begins when we *leave* our basic school programs and start to put those tools into action and see the results… and what we need to do in response to those results.
Be sure to check out Shilpa’s various webpages and her *free* online software.
Just a quick reminder that sign-ups for A Homeopath’s Book Club for Kent’s Lectures on Philosophy continue for another two weeks, with the Facebook group opening up June 23. If you haven’t checked out the details or are on the fence- visit my webpage concentrichealing.com/1mbookclub for all the essential information and links to sign up. I hope to meet you there!