"Pause“ and its significance in CWP

Pause taken by patients often come as very essential turning point in a case interview. At times, the taken Pause are obvious, like, for instance, in middle of a revelation, they stop speaking, fixing their eyes somewhere, and go silent…as if lost in their own thoughts. While at times, a patient speaks something and then says: “Doc, that’s all. There is nothing more I can say, fixing their eye/ hiding their expression [as if avoiding to reveal something]. These are the demanding moments for a homeopath as he needs to be very cautious in tackling these –because if these moment, if tackled with skill, can become a major turning point in the case. Often, we have seen such moments of PAUSE coming up spontaneously when a patient is given uninterrupted space, more so during the first stage - Passive case witnessing process.  Our focused attention on each gesture of their body, specially their EYES during the moments of taken Pause by patient reveals a lot. Eyes talks a lot of what is happening deep within the patients, specially that conversation that follows between the spoken words.

True to each words -  “Eyes are the windows to the soul”

Eyes can tell us a lot about a person just by gazing into them. They speak—and they speak louder than words—the language of the whole being. The way the patient moves his eyes communicates meaning. This is extensively explained by the science of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NPL). When you are talking with the patient, the direction of his eyes can give an indication of what is occurring inside of him. You can also reveal whether or not the patient is making up something or recalling something.

Many times, a patient speaks something and then says: “Doc, that’s all. There is nothing more I can say.” Straightaway, we take his words at face value, and we initiate an outpouring of questions. This is a mistake we all make. So now the next time that a patient says, “That’s it”, observe his eyes.

Sometimes, we can observe that they look directly in our eyes or at a fixed point. It’s not that they are merely staring, but they are focusing. They appear to be staring, but are actually somewhere else. This means, their eyes hint at something which is yet to be revealed as it is hidden. At such moments, we just have to remain passively alert. The patient himself will give us clues, either verbally or nonverbally, once the inner process comes to a halt. This is the stage where the physician gets the patient’s consent to actively enter within.

During the pause, some patients may look up to one side—either to the left or right—or keep focusing on a single point. It shows us that the cassette of the subconscious is now rewinding and soon will be ready to be played. Gradually, as the pause progresses, the patient’s conscious mind starts going blank. Our role is to respect this space and be passive—without interrupting his chain of (subconscious) thoughts. Once the patient is ready, he himself will give a hint as to when to start the active journey. On his own, the patient breaks the pause and paints his subconscious on that blank canvas.

Often, the subconscious wants to spring up, but is curbed or suppressed by the conscious self. This is especially evident when the patient is caught up in powerful life situations. For example, one time a lady came into my clinic and, no matter what question was asked, she kept describing one situation after another. I observed that each time her eyes looked upwards (PAUSED for a moment) before anything peculiar would come up. Believe me, there was nothing to be seen on the ceiling. As the case progressed, no clear focus came up. She only spilled a few beans—along with making the peculiar upward eye movement. It was then that I realised that she was an imaginative type. Without giving a second thought, I asked her to envisage herself entering into her world of imagination … to discover everything through the eyes of the mind. This question proved to be the case’s turning point, which unfolded her complete inner story.  

Upper eye movements indicate that the person is a visual type, i.e., he is in touch with his imaginations and perceptions. This represents those patients who vibrate at the delusion level of experience. In such cases, in the Active process certain questions can be directed at the patient to elicit the help of their imaginations / perceptions in exploring their innermost core.

Time and again, understanding the eye movements, of the patient specifically during moments of PAUSE, enhances our case witnessing.

At times during the passive process, we see some patients gradually starting to look down or close their eyes while talking. It represents that the person is in ‘touch with himself’. It is known as the kinaesthetic type. These eye movements help us understand that the patient is looking within to find his real self. Such patients are more aware of their subconscious and do not get lost in the endless circles of the conscious mind. This reveals to us that the patient is ready for the Active and Active-Active journey. Here, whatever description he gives comes directly from the experience within and emerges in the most unadulterated form. It is the music which the inner being plays.

The patient verbally expresses nothing, yet he speaks, for his eyes reveal everything. Such eye movements often during moments of PAUSE that follows, give us valuable hints which help us direct the Active and Active-Active case witnessing processes.

(To learn more and to have first-hand experience from demonstrative cases from Dr. Chauhan’s clinic, refer to the book : The Scientifically Intuitive Case Witnessing Process: A journey of three steps)

 

Child-centric case witnessing process

A unique competition was held between a hefty wrestler and a small child. In the competition the wrestler was supposed to completely imitate the child and do everything that his little competitor did. The wrestler should run if the child ran, play as the child did, make faces like him, say what he said, and do exactly what he did. And guess what? The wrestler dropped dead from exhaustion within five hours, but the child continued with his antics and mischief. This shows that the child is a storehouse of energy.

Case witnessing process in acute cases

In the Organon of medicine, Dr Samuel Hahnemann has defined acute diseases in the aphorism 72 in the following manner, “Acute diseases are rapid illness process of the abnormally mistuned life principle which are suited to complete their course more or less quickly, but always in moderate time.”

Case Witnessing Process: In rescue to break defenses thrown by patients to reach the vital core

 During case witnessing, as we move from lower to higher levels of experience, from the conscious to the subconscious, the patient increasingly erects defenses. They outwardly manifest themselves in simple ways, such as laughing, smiling / smirking, drinking water, coughing / clearing throat, scratching skin, aggravation of chief complaint, asking an out-of-subject question, abruptly asking why are we inquiring so much about him and what all this has to do with his chief complaints, sudden denial, avoidance, projection, and the desire to go home. (The desire to go home is most often seen in children's cases.). The patient may suddenly start saying, "I am hungry" (especially children). He may start weeping and replying to our questions by saying, "Nothing. I have finished. I have nothing more to say." (Especially children). A sudden aggravation of feelings, fears, delusions, and sensations may arise.

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