A new chapter and a big change An exciting new time is beginning - a blank page filling with ideas and options. But to be gutsily creative I have decided to take a sabbatical from homeopathy. I have given a lot of thought this move. It has been a tough decision. My patients mean a lot to me and are a huge part of my life. Yet the time has come and I have new ways of working to offer the world.
Why the change?
After 20 years of homeopathic learning, working and teaching I am taking time to refresh my approach. I became a homeopath after experiencing its phenomenal healing capacity and my spiritual practice showed me that this was the way for me to work. I have loved my time so far! I have met amazing people. I have seen over and over the incredible power homeopathy has to help with physical and emotional symptoms. But now I need to experience a new way of working that fits with my other passions, my family and my life. A year may seem a long time, but it will fly by. And I have suggestions below to find a new homeopath or work with me in new ways until I return back to homeopathy. These are being both a 'Martha Beck Wayfinder Life Coach' and a shamanic practitioner.
My experience of being coached and the glowing feedback I have from my clients has astonished me - because the tools are deep, quick and easily learned. You may have heard of Martha Beck - she is famous for being Oprah Winfrey's life coach and is a prolific author. I have loved meeting her in person and working with her and her Master coaches weekly. This way of coaching is both hugely practical and deeply spiritual. 'Wayfinding' refers to helping people to find their way, to connect with what they are really here to do with their lives and to life fully with purpose. Please feel free to call, email or ask me more. I will be sending out more details in due course. I have yet to build my new website, but you can find more about the year long training I am finishing this month here.
Shamanic healing and teaching is something I have done for 20 years. Shamanism is the oldest known way of connecting to 'spirit', the world beyond the physical. In fact we have all evolved from shamanic communities. You can learn to connect to your own spirit guides or 'power animals' in group or personal sessions, or receive one to one healing. I have courses running in June, September and beyond and sessions to suit. Contact me or check out my Wild Bear shamanic website for more information.
What's next with homeopathy?
Some of you have not seen me for a while, so this interruption may go unnoticed. However, many of you will want to find a new homeopath, or maybe try something else like acupuncture, nutrition or herbalism for example. I am not qualified to advise on alternatives to homeopathy. But if you wish to find a new homeopath then the best place to look is the Society of Homeopaths website on the 'Find a Practitioner' page. There are some excellent homeopaths and I hesitate to name those I know as there are many I don't know who are excellent as well as wonderful rising stars coming from colleges every year. I recommend calling at least 2-3 and getting a feel for them. Ask questions, check websites, find out their availability and fees and trust your gut feeling. I am always happy to provide a list of remedies if the homeopath in question wishes, but this is not usually necessary.
Some of you may prefer to try some other form of treatment and wait for me to return. It is of course entirely up to you. I will remain on the Society of Homeopath's register as a non-practising homeopathy, saving my seat for my return next year!
Meanwhile, my homeopathy practice is still running until mid June. At this point I say goodbye to my students at Salisbury Homeopathy College, finish a few consultations with those who want one more before I pause, and then prepare for a year of doing things differently. This includes revising how I practise homeopathy to allow me to continue to work, offering help and healing, for many decades to come.
And last, but by no means least....
It has been a heartfelt joy working with you so far. I sincerely wish you many blessings with your health and happiness journey from now onward whether working with me or others. Keep in touch!
Joanna Shipley RSHom, Registered Homeopath. Loving homeopathy and natural health and passionate about sharing through practice and teaching. Lecturer and tutor at Salisbury Homeopathy College. Informal talks, courses, workshops and provide one to one consultations for all ages.