So I know I’m a little late to the party, but I’ve recently become hooked on Netflix series ‘Outlander’.
Set in 18th century Scotland, there is a lot happening: time travel, witches, hot men and kilts. But one storyline follows the main character, Claire Beachamp, befriending a local woman, Geillis Duncan. Geillis and Claire (a nurse in her former life) share an ability to use medicinal herbs to help with illness.
In the show, the gentry and village folk alike flock to Geilis and Claire to solve a variety of issues, both physical and spiritual; and are they are therefore referred to as ‘healers’.
That got me thinking.
This intersection between ‘health’ and ‘healing’ has fractured more and more in the centuries since the world of Claire, Geillis, and medieval Scotland. Organic methods of herbs, energy, and spirituality became the realm of alternative practitioners; whilst the traditional and scientific based ‘health’ practices became the stomping ground of qualified doctors.
And yet, in recent years, there has been a notable rise in the numbers of commercial ‘healers’.
So what IS the role of the modern healer?
There are many varying levels and abilities of modern-day healers.
Healers work in many, many different ways. Some use music, some use massage, some use crystals. They might work off information you’ve offered, whilst others might offer you their diagnosis. There are energy healers, chakra healers, acupuncture healers, pranic healers, shamanic healers, water healers, and singing healers. (And that’s the short list…)
What they all have in common, however, is the ability to transfer or communicate spiritual energy from a higher source, or otherworldly place, to the recipient.
One Sydney-based healer, Theme Rains, offers this explanation:
“At the heart of Spiritual healing is an understanding that we are much more than our physical body, and that our health, wellbeing, relationships and overall quality of life is affected by our spiritual dimension of being… regardless of whether or not we believe in it,” she says.
“Spiritual healing focuses on bringing more spiritual energy into the ‘being’ of the one receiving the healing. This is seen to help ‘lift’ the receiver into a higher state of awareness, supporting them to effortlessly release energy blocks and ‘denser’ vibrations (such as disease, distress, anxiety, grief etc) and align more fully with ‘spirit’.”
Right. So what does that mean they, er, ‘do’?
“Spiritual healing is not ‘done’ by the healer, but rather the healer ‘gets out of the way’ and allows themselves to be a conduit for the Light to flow through them to the receiver.”