Quick note: THANKS for all the Venus Retrograde/Direct Comments – Learning SO much! But I digress….
I am a Llewellyn Annuals Author, and Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd. has just published the 2013 Witches’ Companion. On pages 16-28, my article, “Who Heals the Healers?” makes a plea at the end which asks for participation of readers, so this is the blog post that will welcome your comments, ideas, observations, and possible solutions toward this end – and I can hardly wait to see what is said! (Special THANKS to Elysia of Llewellyn who made her own blog post about this article as well!)
While I cannot reproduce the article here due to copyright issues, I can provide a brief summary. First, I talk about my deep personal journey of my realization that there is a clear connection between spiritual belief that reflects nature and balance, and of health and healing philosophy and practices.
I talk about how courageous we need to be in our world today to actually pursue health measures and protocols that in fact match the belief system we embrace; and how it is so easy, due to deliberate mis-education and structure, to get sidetracked from making these choices – not just from society but even our own friends and family who lovingly believe that following this false system, thinking it is also best for us. The risk of pursuing the right thing can often inadvertently cause feelings of alienation, and without knowing better, the apparent conclusion can be paraphrased as, “You’re crazy!”
I then explore some of this unhealthy structure, as well as the benefit to those who would create such a structure (and how they got away with it long before many of us were even born). I explain the aftermath of this, which is that even the leaders of our nature-based spiritual groups out of this conditioning will choose by habit to go outside of their belief system, due to fear.
The question I then pose is:
“If our leaders cannot fully embrace natural healing, how can we have any hope for the seekers looking to embrace natural healing?”
I then ask a more important question: “How did we get here?”
The laws for the last 150 years in the USA prohibit very important aspects of true healing practices (i.e. the only health care provider allowed to diagnose and to treat disease must be trained and have graduated from the establishment, i.e. an “M.D.” or similar titles from orthodox institutions). While we can try to change the law, attempts have been unsuccessful due to the “backup systems” of the establishment being in place to ensure their continuity and survival in the current paradigm.
Please understand that I am NOT against the existence of orthodox medicine. I completely believe that their services are invaluable toward emergency care and trauma, as well as providing temporary relief toward conditions until deeper care can be provided for chronic conditions. I know that in severe cases, antibiotics can save a life. However, the system is not set up for recovery AFTER these services are rendered. This system of medicine is disease management rather than cure, and is non-natural chemical suppression of disease on nearly all counts. While this may work for the short term, it is not a sustainable method of creating wellness. The failure of this system is not for acute conditions – the failure is for chronic conditions. The fact we are told by doctors as well as textbooks in school, mainstream media, and other sources that we have no other options can make us feel powerless, especially when you consider the fact that laws are in place that support them while thwarting any other way.
While it is important to find out how we would arrive at a certain place, I also felt it is just as important (perhaps moreso) to implement solutions to this issue.
So, how can we empower ourselves and pursue the type of health care that matches our belief system, is affordable and accessible, and still work within the confines of the current law of the land?
The solution I mention in the article is based on (for the moment) our right to free speech. That means we pursue knowledge through a process of learning – and that means those who know are also teaching. This may seem an expensive proposition, and time consuming. However, over time, most programs will pay for themselves well within the first year, and each year following can create amazing value to our families, and eventually to our community.
If you are a member of an established spiritual group, this is even better. Since healing is often important to many, perhaps exploring healing arts that will complement what others will learn can create a wonderful support system that can create a space where going the orthodox route is a last resort, rather than the first (and only). Some of us love growing or wildcrafting edible and medicinal herbs, others are drawn to study massage, others may be drawn to study Yoga, Reiki and Ayurveda, or perhaps Traditional Chinese Medicine, which includes acupuncture with herbs. Still, some may explore shamanic healing, massage, tribal dance, and even naturopathic or chiropractic medicine. Some healing tools could have a psychological component (like Astrology), or an emotional healing component (like Flower Essences). Healing arts to learn can range from Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Body Talk, to Cranio-Sacral Therapy (CST). And let’s not forget those who are attracted to cooking excellent and healthy organic foods and can help us create good systems of implementing these benefits into our daily lives affordably.
There is so much territory to explore here! The idea is to pursue what you are attracted toward, then pair up with others that can trade with you in a way that is fair to all – and with this, we can make a firm foundation for healing that is accessible to all with similar belief systems. Yes, we can use our healing talents as “currency” toward other things we need. Time-for-time is usually a fair and beneficial arrangement, and if materials are involved, additional means can be discussed to bring balance to the healing transaction (for example, to add more time, or to pay cost or trade other material of similar value).
This also means that the responsibility of healing is clearly on the recipient and that the provider of services is merely a “hose” or facilitator. We all need different services from different people so it is difficult to evaluate healers by “credentials” alone – get testimonials, especially from those close to you that you trust, and go with your gut feeling. The process may be long, especially if things have been suppressed for some time – but you will know deep inside if things are moving and processing, or whether you need to seek a different healing experience. We also need to WANT to heal of course (an entirely different topic)!
What other ideas do those in the nature-based spiritual community have for accessing and achieving health and vitality affordably? How can these ideas be realistically implemented? What are potential problems to things I have suggested, and what can be done instead?
Please comment below (and sign up for free updates too)! And, I wish to thank all of you in advance for your insight and participation!