Someone once told me, “There’s no such thing as a ‘healer’.” I believed them at the time, but now I don’t.
Healing is simply rebalancing. Physically, mentally, emotionally, even environmentally. There may be a wound, a debt, or simply conditioned patterns that no longer serve. The rebalancing of healing does not mean “make it like it never happened”, nor does it necessarily mean the body will not die – death may be the healing.
Healing is the making visible of grace. And grace is the knowing of our being.
Your family doctor might be a healer (or just someone with a medical degree). Your complementary therapist might be a healer (or just someone who wanted to work for themselves). Your coach might be a healer (or just someone who wants to win). The guy running the corner shop who always makes you smile, he might be a healer (or just someone trying to make a living, one can of beans at a time). Your friend might be a healer (or just someone who encourages you to stay stuck in misery and frustration). The person who needles you the most, they too might be a healer, because they bring your conditioning to the surface to be seen.
The role of the healer is that of changemaker, not comforter.
Of course, comfort is not inappropriate, in distress, if it does not encourage the idea of a self in need of protection or promotion.
And, if you are an activist, if you want to bring about change in the world? Is the reverse true, do you need to be a healer?
Well. If you want change for the highest possible good. If you want to move an understanding of the world forward, to bring your friends with you, and bring your enemies to you. If you want your words and actions to express peace, not war. If you want to live from grace and be inspired to act from love, joy and freedom.
Then, yes. As a change worker, first know yourself as a healer.
Again: Healing is the making visible of grace. And grace is the knowing of our being.
Now, go change the world.