What is a healer?

This post is inspired by my personal journey these past few months, as well as the healers I have been privileged to meet when I was sick and since that time. This list makes no claims to completeness.

What is a healer?

A healer leaves their ego out of the equation and instead realizes that it is all about their positive intention.

A healer doesn’t set out to “fix someone”, but instead gives them the tools and courage to fix themselves.

A healer doesn’t think they have all the answers, nor that they are always right. They listen to their patient, offer suggestions and encourage them to trust their own intuition because if we listen hard enough our bodies will often tell us what they need.

A healer has the wisdom to realize that they can only help someone if they are willing and (mentally) ready to accept that help. They distance themselves from emotions such as anger or frustration if this is not (yet) the case.

A healer practices healing because it feels like their vocation, not just because of financial aspects. Their main priority is to assist and support.

A healer realizes that it is as important to heal themselves as it is to heal others. If you don’t look after yourself first and foremost, you won’t have the strength to heal others.

A healer protects and grounds themselves. Empathy is a key part of healing, but without the proper protection may become a liability due to the emotionally draining effects it can incur.

A healer is knowledgeable in their art, but also not afraid to trust their intuition and that innate sense of knowing.

A healer recognizes that those they heal are either physically or mentally in pain, sometimes both. Therefore, treatment of their patients should not only involve medical techniques, but techniques of non-judgmental kindness that enable the other person’s soul to blossom.

By Sarah Downing

My name is Sarah. I was born and grew up in England and currently live in Düsseldorf, Germany, with my fiancé Corey and my cuddly cat Biscuit. I work as a translator and writer for my own company Aardwolf Text Services (www.aardwolf.de) and I love vintage clothes and music, as well as singing karaoke.

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