I am sure I’m going to get a lot of flack from my “healer” tribe for this, but it needs to be said: I am a health care practitioner, but I am not your guru.
Most holistic practitioners entered this field because they were sick of the Western healthcare system…the system where patients were not fully heard, and were seen through a narrow lens. “Holistic” is all about embracing the whole person, not just treating in pieces. Or at least, that’s the ideal.
Unfortunately, there are bad apples in every field. For every caring, nurturing holistic practitioner who genuinely sees you and wants to see you thrive, there is someone else who is exalting in their power trip, doling out judgment and poor advice in equal measure.
I can impart guidance, wisdom and encouragement. You can take it or leave it. I have years of experience, but you know what? I make mistakes. I’ve likely given out inaccurate advice throughout the years, out of sheer ignorance. Like everyone else, I am constantly learning. Most importantly, I AM NOT YOU. YOU are the most powerful force in your own healing. YOU are the expert of your own body. And YOU have the ability to create any changes you want to make, with or without me…or anyone else.
If anyone claims to have all the wisdom, look out. If they claim that they know more about you than you know yourself, beware. And if they claim that their way is the only way? Run.
If you are seeking help in your journey to better health, look for guidance, not judgment. If you leave someone’s office feeling worthless, lazy, less than who you were when you walked in? This is not the person for you.
The word “healer” denotes a certain level of power and superiority doesn’t it? It indicates a person who knows more, does more, IS more than we lowly civilians. They’ve got the inside scoop on what makes you tick; this alone warrants a degree of respect. Respect, yes…but not worship. Whether you are seeing a Western doctor, an herbalist, a reiki practitioner, or anything in between…you need to advocate for yourself. You’re seeing a Western doctor for strep throat, and you feel worse after your round of antibiotics? Speak up. It’s your body, you know when something isn’t right. Your herbalist’s prescription is stirring up some funky side effects? Say something. And if your practitioners scoffs or fumes at your questions, they are not right for you. Find someone who listens, who respects the wisdom you hold around your own health and body.