Updated: Jan 19
Not because I don't want to, but, because I simply can't.
Many of us who work in the holistic health industry are often called “healers”. But, what does that really mean?
Contrary to common misconception, healers don’t actually heal anybody. Not because they don’t want to, but because they simply can’t.
I’ve had many grateful clients tell me that I healed them. I’m incredibly grateful for their gratitude. What I did was not heal them (they did that themselves), but facilitated the healing process.
No one can heal another person. But, we can certainly help create optimal conditions for healing to occur.
What happens when you break a bone? Typically, you would go to an emergency room or other medical facility, a doctor will take an x-ray, set the bone if it isn’t in the correct position, then put a cast on the limb to keep the injured bone safe while it heals.
Did the doctor heal the bone? Did the cast heal the bone? Well, no, of course not. The body healed the bone. The doctor and the cast created optimal conditions for the bone to heal properly. The doctor facilitated a healthy healing process.
That is exactly what I do. Whether I’m giving a massage, leading a guided meditation, or doing a Reiki session, I’m facilitating a healing process for the recipient - creating optimal conditions in which they can heal.
This is important. What happens if you break a bone, but the bone is not set back into the correct position? The body will still attempt to heal it, but it may end up healing very out of place, leaving the limb with limited function indefinitely. That limb can then create a domino effect of problems in other areas of the body that are forced to compensate for the dysfunctional limb.
This same concept applies to other physical, as well as energetic and emotional, injuries and trauma.
Without optimal healing conditions, injuries or trauma may heal improperly, and lead to further dysfunction.
Not every injury needs intervention to heal properly. Our bodies and minds are amazing healers.
But, for the injuries or issues that do need intervention - someone to step in and facilitate a healthy healing process - we have our healers. Doctors, massage therapists, master herbalists, Reiki practitioners, etc.. That’s what we’re here for. It’s what we do.