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The Art of Healing

Anna Parkins, Reiki Master Teacher

Certain buzzwords circulate around the holistic community that surface periodically when healers are asked to define their techniques or prove their abilities or market their services.  This is the quandary the psychic and intuitive healer faces when they first hang out their shingle.  How do you advertise the art of healing?  If you are being called to be a healer, then your first responsibility is to heal yourself, the second responsibility is to honor your commitment.  Shirley Williams (founder of the School of Transformation and Healing) states, “There is a difference between healers who provide symptomatic treatment and those who provide transformative energy.  True healers, those whose energy has the capability to transform, have done their personal work.”

My first question to you is about the personal work.   How important is this aspect?  How can you tell whether a healer is authentic?

Another dilemma for healers is how to describe their work.  Healers may just lay their hands on another person and the pain is eliminated or the disease is healed.  Can this process be explained?  Or do you think each healer needs to use their own words?

There are many different healing techniques. The bottom-line is that energy patterns are changed, the cause and the effect are treated or addressed, a shift occurs and life expression and health are enhanced. Often healers have overcome health issues of their own and their experiences help others. Have you had any illness or sickness where you have used your own healing techniques?

Historically healers have had intuitive gifts where they receive messages or insights, can be clairaudient or clairsentient, etc.   How important is it for healers to have such gifts? Do you think gifts can be developed even in later years?

Another aspect for the healer is where they get in touch with the healee’s energy field and feel the symptoms, to either ascertain what is happening or as a way to take away the disease or pain, and sometimes they can transform that vibration so the symptom is cleared. At other times it takes a while for the healer’s energy field to go back to “normal.”  Sometimes the healer will just pick up the vibration and know something is going on. Do you have any thoughts about energy transference and how to handle this phenomenon?

Keith Sherwood talks about this energy merging as empathetic healing. He states the healer temporarily feels his patient’s feelings, experiences his patient’s bodily sensations and shares his patient’s thoughts. Does this happen in all healing?

Sometimes healers talk about receiving guidance from angels or nonphysical entities. Is this a necessary part of the healing process for you?

Sherwood also discusses the merging of the etheric, mental and spiritual bodies and leaving the physical body so that the flow of prana (life force) is greater. He also talks about the healer in the role of observer. What else do you think the healer needs to keep in mind during a healing session?

Other buzzwords such as consciousness raising, vibrational healing, frequency shifting, chakra healing, energy balancing, energy repatterning, etc. come and go in favor.   Keeping the aura strong is vital for healers. Being the best that we can be is the motto I have when doing healing work, so yes the personal work is very important.  Being fluent in the art of healing is an asset.  Picking up information psychically is not a necessary ingredient,  however,  the curious will want to test your abilities. Without a doubt there is a merging of energies, but with intention only the highest prevail.  Working with the angelic realm may or may not be a conscious relationship, however, when discussing healing it goes without saying that we are dealing with spiritual healing.

Lastly, when it comes to practicing the healing arts, when governed by rules and regulations, this means the practice of medicine, chiropractic, podiatry, naturopathy, optometry, etc.  Therefore, it is wise to be conversant with terms and conditions that can or cannot be used.  Credentials, training or experience when choosing a healer or pursuing a career in the healing arts field is another consideration.   Do your homework, and you will find that you will be successful in locating the “healer” hat that is right for you!


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