Charu Ramesh started out in the corporate sector with an MBA and eleven years later, became a practising homoeopath. Based in Singapore, she is also an I-Ching interpreter and a life guide. She speaks to Creative Sparq about how her work helps her grow as a person, what creativity means to her and how she helps her clients through health and wellness issues.
Why are you passionate about your work?
My work with others gives me the opportunity to grow as a human being. It helps me understand over and over again that everyone is always trying to do the best they can, to make their life happy. It keeps me non-judgmental and open to whatever I am being shown.
How do you approach your work?
I try to look at a person’s issues in the larger context of their circumstances, things they can and cannot change, as well as the choices they are making today. Given this understanding, I then work with them to help the issue they come to me with – through homoeopathy or guidance or both. I have built this through my study of homoeopathy, of Buddhist psychology as well as of various spiritual texts.
What does creativity mean to you?
Creativity is based on our ability to first recognize how we are always viewing people and events through our preconceptions. When we are able to see things clearly and truly, by setting these preconceptions aside, space is created for a new and different viewpoint to emerge. This new, fresh view is the start of the creative process.
How do you employ creative thinking in your work and with your clients?
It is a continuous process of what I described above – trying to be constantly aware of my conditioning and stepping out of it, over and over again. To a large extent, it involves listening to the other person without any agenda, knowing when I am distracted by my own stories and then coming back to the other person, just as they are. It is about getting away from any judgments and being comfortable with silence.
Please share some stories about how you have helped your clients.
With homoeopathy, the changes have mainly been an improvement in various health conditions like migraines, arthritis, eczema, gynaecological issues, fatty liver and so on. When people come with various health problems, the work is to try and understand the person behind the problem, by looking at their life, how they are working with their circumstances, relationships etc. The perspective this gives on their personality and susceptibilities points to the remedies that their system needs for healing.
With life guidance, I try to understand mostly the same things about the person. However, the work is often to provide different perspectives on the issues, to help the person discover new solutions. Sometimes exploring the person’s priorities can remind them of what is important and make them realize what they need to do.
Perhaps this feedback from a client may help elaborate further:
When I went for my initial session with Charu, I was in deep depression, being given a high dosage of antidepressants, anti-anxiety and sleep aiding medicines by a psychiatrist. Despite being in a non- talking stage, I was able to open up and consequently talk about intimate details of my life. Charu was able to ignite hope, accountability and responsibility in me by lending a patient ear, speaking the frank truths and giving practical suggestions. I was able to trust her and feel comfortable with her. More so, she was easily approachable as and when I needed her. What I liked about her was that she did not exhibit typical marketing aggressiveness and coaxed me to keep meeting her. I was given the freedom to contact her as and when I needed. She helped me come out of my depression by inspiring me to do exercise, yoga and many other suggestions.
Who or what inspires you in the wellness field and why?
The potential that becomes available when we align ourselves to the universe. This sense of belonging and being part of a greater picture can transform the way we view our lives, our relationships and the work that we do. It brings a greater respect for those we interact with, whether or not we agree with them; making us kinder, gentler and at the same time, firm and determined in our work.
What do you do to fuel your creative energy?
Yoga, meditation, spiritual study and sharing.
How has technology changed the way you work and what are the opportunities/challenges that it presents to wellness specialists in your specific field?
Technology has been a great help in making homoeopathic consultations accessible (through the internet), thus benefiting people who may not have access to a homoeopath nearby.
However, easy access to information may also encourage people to self-prescribe after searching for symptoms and remedies on the internet. Since homoeopathic remedies are matched to the whole person rather than individual symptoms, this is generally a sub-optimal path, making the homoeopath’s work more difficult.
If you had to suggest a government policy intervention involving the wellness” industries that could make a positive impact on society in your view, what might that be?
Providing assisted living for the elderly so that they can continue to live in their own homes, until feasible, rather than move to a nursing home. Introducing meditation in schools, to teach children how to have wise relationships with themselves and with others.
About The Interviewer
A brand storyteller, Ayesha Kohli is the founder of communications consultancy Sparq Communications and the Editor of Creative Sparq. She launched the site in 2017 to showcase different perspectives on creativity and creative thinking. Passionate about people, culture, education, leadership, technology and trends, she loves championing emerging talents and new businesses. Connect with her on LinkedIn.