Are Healers Invincible?
Beliefs shape who we are, the way we think, how we behave and how we respond to challenges. Beliefs are often the results of past experiences (including past lives), family and social conditioning, environments, relationships and so forth.
One of the beliefs that many Reiki practitioners, healers, energy workers have is the belief of invincibility. This is a quality that allegedly is earned by a healer after qualifying, often after a two day course.
Although improving our self-esteem can be really important in the process of trusting energy, understanding our own healing journey and that of the people we work with, the shadow side of this belief is that healers often fall into destructive and negative patterns, denial, laziness, losing their commons sense and getting lost in fairyland. All in the name of Reiki or any other form of energy that do all the work for us, there is nothing that we need to do apart from sitting down and waiting for abundance, money, healing, and great things come to us.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
The moment we sign up to a Reiki course we make a commitment to ourselves and to Spirit, we ignite that spark within us, we state that we want to honour our soul contract.
I see students full of excitement during the courses, they have great potential, they could do great things for themselves and for others. However, only a few weeks after a course they get lost, they cannot find the time for practice, they fall into an old pattern, gradually losing focus and trust in the energy. Reiki soon becomes just a piece of paper forgotten on a shelf.
Many Reiki practitioners ask me: ‘How much practice should I do?’ , ‘Is there some negative energy that is preventing me from doing the self-treatment?’, ‘What crystal do I use to protect myself?’, ‘Is Reiki dangerous?’, ‘Why am I getting ill even after taking part in a Reiki course?’, ‘Shouldn’t Healers be healthy and invincible’?
Healers often think that once they have completed a course, everything will be ok, nothing will hurt them, there will be no negativity or illness in their lives, and if things go wrong it must be somebody else’s fault, or perhaps a psychic vampire, or Mars in retrograde, or a past life that suddenly has resurfaced.
Although these things can sometimes be true, the answer is often much simpler than what we think: we are just too lazy to do the work. We do not want to set aside time for a proper and robust daily practice, filled with self-exploration, observation and a plan to change things that no longer resonate with our way of living.
We often think that because we are Reiki healers, we do not need help, and if we do, one healing session once in a while will fix whatever has created upset. This is the psychic paracetamol, that replaces the pill with a healer, but the patter is still the same: I want something else outside me to fix what I see that is wrong outside me.
Let’s reflect on one thing: if we decided to run a marathon, we think that we would need to train? how much time would be need to set aside for training? Would we need a personal coach? How much time and money would we need to invest? How would we face different personal challenges such as procrastination, bad weather, injuries?
The moment we decide to work as healers we sign up for a marathon. We need to raise the bar. The time, money and energy that we need to invest is proportionate to the goal we want to achieve.
The higher the goal, the higher the investment that we need to make. An investment requires commitment, it requires that we practice regularly, that we ask for help when we feel that we have reached our limits and we can no longer deal with challenges on our own, it requires that we keep ourselves open to improvement, self-discovery. It requires that we be humble and centered in our hearts.
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Giancarlo has over ten years of experience in practising and teaching Healing Arts. He is a Reiki Master Teacher of Usui/Tibetan, Holy Fire® and Karuna Reiki® systems of healing and works as a Consultant Spiritual Healer at the College of Psychic Studies in London.