I recently read a post by a woman in the UK who blasted someone for charging what she considered exorbitant prices for Reiki classes. Since I teach Reiki and charge fees, I was curious to find out what her beef was. It turns out she is a psychic medium that believes only certain people are born with natural healing talent and can legitimately call themselves healers. She doesn’t believe that you can teach anyone to heal, not even to help themselves. She also thinks it’s terrible to charge for Reiki sessions or teaching classes, because she feels that since this talent is “natural, and you are born with it”, it is unethical to charge a fee for it. I, on the other hand, believe that what I am providing is a service, and believe that I should be compensated for my time and knowledge. Don’t get me wrong, I do volunteer my time and services and enjoy doing that. But, I have rent to pay, so there is a practical and necessary reason to charge for my services and time, not to mention that the exchange of money is also an exchange of energy.
I have to say I was rather surprised by the view. I know many people feel that way, and it certainly leads to some interesting discussions. I have no problem with others making the decision to not charge for their services, if that is what makes them comfortable. Anyway, the idea that only “gifted and special” people are healers left me intrigued and was completely opposite of everything I have been taught, and I wanted to get more answers. I googled “what is a healer”, and got some pretty interesting definitions. Here are just a few:
- therapist: a person skilled in a particular type of therapy
- The Healer Idealist is one of the 16 role variants of the Keirsey Temperament Sorter, a self-assessed personality questionnaire designed to help people better understand themselves. David Keirsey originally described the Healer role variant; however, a brief summary of the personality types described by Isabel Myers contributed to its development. Healers correlate with the Myers-Briggs type INFP. Healers are introspective, cooperative, informative, and attentive. Their tranquil and reserved exterior masks a passionate inner life. Healers care deeply about causes that interest them, and they often pursue those causes with selfless devotion. They are highly compassionate and empathetic to the needs of others, seeking to bring peace, health, and integrity to their companions and to society at large. They want to heal the problems that trouble individuals and correct the conflicts that divide social groups.
- healing – the natural process by which the body repairs itself
- “A healer is one who learns to attune to vital, curative forces, physical and spiritual-so as to be a conductor of healing energy”, Ted Andrews, The Healers Manual
- “A healer is someone who operates on multi-sensory perceptions” Carolyn, Mysse, Essential Guide for Healers.
Essential Guide for Healers is a very good book, and I purchased the audio version from i-tunes. I listened to the audio again, and it was a very good review for me, because it confirmed and said the very same things that I learned in my Gendai Reiki classes, and which are taught to my students. Carolyn Mysse says that “the healing art, as it manifest in you, is animated by your capacity to understand your role and what’s required of you beyond knowledge, beyond just the education”. There is a difference between the gift and skill, but the skill is just as important as the gift. Ted Andrews states that “the ability to conduct energy is a learned ability, and can be developed by anyone wishing to enhance their own well-being”
Carolyn Mysse has also found that many falsehoods and myths have been created to describe the Healer Archetype:
- A wound makes you a healer. No, it doesn’t.
- You have to be a practitioner to be a healer. No, you don’t. You don’t need to be a practitioner to be a healer. She gives the example of Eleanor Roosevelt and how her contributions are examples of healing . Anyone can be a healer. A coworker or friend who has a special knack for making you feel better just by being around them is a healer, regardless of their position or profession.
- Healers have access to some kind of special grace, something that makes them special, that is not available to other people. No, that is not true. Everyone has the ability to heal themselves because we all have a body, mind, and spirit and we are all connected to the Divine Source (creator, God, Universal energy).
- You have to know and be able to tell people what is wrong with them all the time. No, you don’t. It is important for “healers” to know what their limitations are and to be able to recommend specialists or to suggest to the client that they should go to their doctor, a chiropractor, acupuncturist, or counselor.
Faith, Strength, and Stamina are needed for those people who are engaged in the healing arts, whether they are practitioners or not. They must have the faith that what their inner guidance is telling them is true, no matter what anyone else is saying. They must be strong and have courage to develop and refine that inner dialogue and rely on that information. And they must respect and appreciate themselves and the services they provide.
Reference Books used for this Blog
The Healer’s Manual by Ted Andrews
Essential Guide for Healers by Caroline, Mysse