What do you mean with “interactive teaching?”
I participated in many wonderful seminars about the “Sankaran Method”! Beautiful video cases are shown, one can asks questions and learns a lot through the answers and discussions taking place.
But then, after a few years of experience in teaching this method I asked myself:
“Does this really prepare the homoeopath to practise the Sankaran Method in his own clinic?”
The answer is: no – in order to practise a few more things are needed, which are mostly not taught in seminars. A number of seminar participants commented my video cases with “My patients would never say things like that” or “You as a homoeopath keep very much in the background”.
Rajan Sankaran says:
“Case taking is a meditative process, both for the patient and for the physician. The observer is always blank. Being silent and empty is the seventh level.
You have to put the patient in the seventh level. Create that atmosphere, of silence. And you (the physician) have to put yourself in that silence. You have to disconnect from what is happening, if the physician is not in that state the case taking is very flawed.
Seventh level…lot of peace…
Silence …the only permanent thing.”
In recent years casetaking with the Sankaran Method has developed more and more into a kind of meditative introspection by the patient. In order to initiate and accompany these I offer carefully selected exercises with which the participants train their skills in casetaking, perception and concentration. (timewise about 20 % of the seminar)
A few of these exercises are emphasize basic therapeutic attitudes which are often not part of homoeopathic education. Others originate from practices like Vipassana meditation, Hathayoga and Pranayama with which I am very familiar. Some seminar participants integrate these with their own practise of meditation, bodywork, yoga, TaiChi, Aikido etc..
Also we try out the latest case taking techniques like the work with gestures and “the doodle” ourselves, for the participants to be confident with them and use them with success in their own clinics.
And…its a lot of fun for all of us to do these exercises together! The atmosphere gets very lively and much more intimate like this.
Feedback of a participant:
“I have my meditation practise, so I thought these exercises wont be anything special for me! But you conveyed to me a different perspective. During the case taking I now can detach myself instantaneously – which before didn’t work out at times. I had always perceived my meditation to achieve inner silence and centering.
Also in my daily life I am able now to find a healthy distance much faster – and this is good, as I get involved emotionally much too much otherwise.
Thank your for your homoeopathic holistic perspective.”