Holistic Healing, is an INCREDIBLY broad field and every person who works as a “Healer” or teaches Holistic Healing to others has different views and different personal philosophies.
I want to take a moment today to share you with what the term “Healer” means to me…
The word or title “Healer” is something that I am not a huge fan of (I don’t like it at all actually), but since it is the most widely known terms that describes Practitioners in my field of the Holistic Healing Arts, I’m kind of stuck with it…
The word “Healer”, in my view, suggests to others that you have the “gifts” or ability to heal them of their physical, emotional and/or spiritual discomforts. I have to say that this is something that I don’t agree with…
In my view, the only professionals who have the ability of “heal” others of their physical injuries and diseases are Licensed Medical Doctors, Surgeons, Psychotherapists, etc., and this is due to their intensive training and personalized skills in their science based field, (and even then, our bodies do the actually healing once the treatment has been administered and the procedures have been done). These are earned skills that have been developed through years of obtaining knowledge and putting forth hard work and practice in the Health Care Field. These health care professionals are people we need, and in my view the word “Healer” suits what they do much more accurately than someone who does what I do in the field of the Holistic Arts.
Here is why…
A Holistic Healer, in my view, is someone who specializes in bringing more peace, relaxation and balance to their clients through the use of their holistic tools and specialized holistic healing modalities, but also acts as a coach and/or spiritual counselor. We help people through emotional issues (that do not require medical treatment from a health care professionals due to a mental illness), as well as teach them daily practices of personal development, balance, self-awareness, self-care and spiritual growth, depending on the Holistic Healer’s specialty.
With this in mind, let’s think more about how true and long lasting self-improvement and emotional and spiritual healing occur…
These are all journeys in which a client turns inward. It occurs within your own mind and subconscious mind, breaking though your dysfunctional or limited thoughts and beliefs, improving your behavior, and strengthening the connection the client has with themselves, the earth, other people and creatures of the earth, their God(s), and the Universe.
All of these things require a client to do their own inner work, and they must become their own Healer. This is called Self-Healing, and is what I work to encourage within my clients and students.
For example, I may bring someone in for a crystal healing session, but I never view myself as their “Healer”, because I don’t belief that that is accurate. Yes, I may be an expert in the holistic healing tools that I use, the human energy system, and the human condition, but at no point do my skills and knowledge “heal” my client. My purpose is to be their coach, cheerleader, spiritual counselor, mentor, teacher and self-healing support system.
TOO many times does the word “Healer” get into people’s heads who work within the beautiful field of Holistic Healing. This title, “Healer” comes with great responsibility and requires the need to be grounded, humble and honest with ourselves and what we offer to others, because people who are new to this field and who are desperate for help and answers tend to BELIEVE what we, as “Holistic Healers” tell them! Building trust and rapport with our clients who are seeking guidance is so incredibly important and not a time for anyone to attempt to take advantage of anyone who is unsure of how to help themselves. We must be careful with our wording, as we of course don’t want to mislead our clients or dis-empower them, and there is always the legal side of things also, that responsible “Healers” will always be aware of and will respect.
Note- You will come across Holistic Healers who really do believe that they have healing “gifts”or “powers”, and that they can “heal others”, but that is an additional topic/issue, in and of itself, which I don’t plan on diving any further into… You can use your own beautiful judgement when choosing a Holistic Healer, and can decide for yourself if someones personal philosophies are a good match for you and your needs.
In my view, it is our job as “Holistic Healers, Holistic Coaches, Energy Healing Practitioners, and Spiritual Counselors, etc.” to empower and inspire our clients to take back their personal power, life and strength, in a way that is inline with their own goals, intentions, actions and very powerful ability to self-heal. Self -Healing is also something that most “Healers” have done for themselves at some point in their lives, and is probably why they fell in love with the Holistic Field in the first place! I know this was my case! Once self-healers learn the power of their human spirit, the holistic tools they use, and have walked through their own journey of personal discovery and self-healing, working as a Practitioner in that field as a way to pay it forward and help others do the same, is a natural next (and extremely fulfilling) step.
With that being said, we as Practitioners must never forget that WE were the source of our own healing, even if a Practitioner was there guiding us during our journey and through the process. It was our own self care, personal development and spiritual growth that allowed our hearts to heal and fill and our lives with new clarity and a strong sense of contentedness to our own inner strength and all there is! With that being said, our own successful self-healing, the experience of our own journey and enlightened knowledge of our tools and spirit does not grant us the power to “heal others”. If anything, it is our own human experience that we can now share with others, in order to encourage and guide them in the right direction, so they can find their own way to self-healing, and nothing more.
Our clients are their own electricity, and we as “Healers” are the switch that turns their power on.
Here is a not-so-fun fact…
SO many people have come to me and have said that they have visited healers for years, searching for someone to be able to heal them, but they have never considered themselves as their own, until they found my blog… As they soon began to realize that Healers don’t have magical powers and that they need to become their own source of self-healing, even when visiting a Practitioner, they soon began to understand why their efforts to find success with Healers were always a flop… This to me is a reason to raise an eye brow, or two. Stories like this tell me there are some serious wrong messages floating around and within the holistic healing communities, especially within the mind set of Healers, what they have been told by their teachers, what they believe, and what they are passing (or not passing) onto their clients and students…
So, with all of this in mind, I think it’s incredibly important to not see our skills and knowledge and personal experience as healing “gifts” that not everyone else possesses, like so many “Healers” say and believe… This, in my view, is evidence that this person is not humble, grounded, or they have been grossly misguided and misinformed by their holistic healing teachers in the past…
I am sorry if this deflates some people’s outlook on their work and what they provide to their clients, as deflating you it is not my mission with this post, however, I think that by becoming more grounded and practical, and by removing some of the “magic” from this type of work (while still keeping it spiritual and heart centered), our clients will be much more empowered, honestly informed, and able to have a long term success, with rich and honest non-codependent relationships with their Holistic Healing Practitioners in the future!
Just like professionals in the health care field, our self-healing experience, knowledge of the holistic tools we use, our training in transpersonal coaching and counseling, the skills that we have developed within our intuitive centers, and our unique life experience are not born “gifts”. These skills were each learned through hard work, positive intention and dedication to our own wellness, self-improvement, seeking our own truth, knowledge gained through study, learning from our personal self-healing, spiritual growth and life lessons, and our deep desire to help guide others to experience their own success.
A note to the public:
There is no “magic” that a Healer can offer you, in my view. Instead, this “Healer” has walked through their own suffering, has found their way to self-healing, and has become an expert in their holistic tools of choice and healing modality through their own inner journey, passions, practice and their own seeking of knowledge. They have turned their own life into a positive and hopeful example of what can be accomplished through self-healing and self-care.
With this in mind, not all “Healers” are the same, so be picky!
Look for someone who you connect with, and someone who you can relate to through both of your stories. Their purpose is to be a resource of holistic knowledge, and a strong support system for YOU as you work through your own path to self-discovery, emotional healing, and spiritual growth.
There are many valuable and honest Holistic Healers out there who see and nurture your own strengths and potential, and understand the value of you digging deep to find your own personal truth. These people will celebrate you taking the steps to walk your own path to finding your own healing! They will be your ultimate cheerleaders, teachers, and mentors, and they will be the people in your life who make YOU feel empowered and capable, which you absolutely are! Their unique skills, heart, mindset, knowledge, philosophies and life experience is what gives them true value to their clients and to the field of the Holistic Arts. The “magic” truly occurs WITHIN YOURSELF when you decide to seek out the right people for support, dedicate your time and effort to your own self-care and wellness, and put forth the appropriate attitude and effort to become your best self!
There is no “I” in “Healer”.
A Client/Practitioner relationship is a PARTNERSHIP dedicated to the self-healing of the client, aka YOU. 🙂
During a client’s personal journey, and their efforts and willingness to evolve, shift and heal, the Practitioner or “Healer” has no power at all over the outcome, and that my friends, is the beauty of Free Will!
There is no greater journey in the World than your own journey inward to self-healing. Seek out the people and professionals who will support you through this journey and who will not attempt to “do it for you”.
Please don’t let anyone take your power away from you, Pretty Blossom, and never let the term “Healer” make you feel that there is someone more capable of healing you than yourself! YOU are an amazing SELF-HEALER, and everything that you need can be found within your own wise and gorgeous Being! 🙂