I need to have a soapbox moment here. I’m not upset, but there’s a wrong that I have to make right.
There’s a common misconception about the world of healing: that a person can only benefit from healing work if she’s “broken” in some way – sick, in pain, or depressed perhaps. I’ve seen this misconception doing a disservice not only to potential consumers of healing services but also to the potential providers of them.
The client’s misconception may be the more obvious one: No one wants the public or private stigma of being broken. Whether it’s spiritual healing, traditional counseling, or conventional and alternative forms of medicine, there’s still within our culture a stigma that says there must be something wrong with you if you see one of those practitioners.
Meanwhile I’ve met people who could’ve been really great healers, but they literally said to me, “I don’t want to be around sick and sad people all day.”
That’s not what healing is about. The word “heal” comes from the same root as the word “whole.” A healer’s role is to lead you back to being whole. Not just the journey from “broken” to “OK,” but from “OK” to “amazing,” “stupendous,” and 100% of the potential of all you can be. You get to see what you’ve been missing out on by settling for “OK.”
Certain types of healers can help you with the mindset changes you’ve been trying to make. You know how “thoughts are things”? And how you’ve been trying to change those thoughts, but some of them refuse to stay changed? Healers have tools that can un-stick your old thought patterns, making it easier for you to adopt new ones.
From a spiritual perspective, that goal of wholeness could also be called Oneness. Your full potential lies in the moment when you embrace your place in All That Is and stand in the power of being connected to all the resources of the Universe. That experience contains more joy, more magic, and more possibilities than you can currently imagine. A healer’s role is to help you have those moments in your life as often as possible by releasing the blocks in your consciousness that keep you from reaching those heights.
People who feel the calling to be a healer see their work in that way. They also see each client in that way, holding space for Who the Client Is Becoming rather than who she is right now. If you’ve ever resisted the call to become a healer because you don’t want to spend your days with “sick and sad people,” then you haven’t yet cultivated the ability to hold them in their highest light. But you can – and you will.
You also don’t need to be the kind of healer who works with sick and “broken” people. I’m an example of that – my clientele are people that you would probably say have their stuff pretty well together. But they want more. They see their potential for more, and they understand how releasing energy blocks and getting insights from a wise, objective observer can help them keep reaching for more.
Finally, if you’re a client or patient of a healer who tells you that you’ll always be stuck in your current condition – who treats you as if you’re permanently broken – then find someone else. I mean it. You are not broken – you have the same possibility as anyone else of embracing the full potential of Who You Are on all levels of your being. You deserve to have someone who sees that in you too, and helps you to achieve it.
You are so right! Plus, people don’t realize all the hurts, guilt, grudges, fears, lost dreams, and other harmful concepts that they are suppressing. I found that I had a lot of joy underneath these because my concepts of feeling good didn’t match other people’s ideals! It was wonderful to work with Chris and learn how to release the feelings I knew about then eliminate what I didn’t realize I was hiding deep down. I am now so much lighter that people keep asking if I have lost weight!
Hi Mary Anne!
Discovering hidden joy – what an awesome gift to give yourself! I’m honored to be a witness to your journey.