15 Ways to Use Your Natural Gifts to Help Others.
Maybe you’ve been told you’re meant to be a healer and you think, what does that even mean?
Do I need to train? How do I find the right teacher? Which modality should I choose (out of hundreds that exist)?
Where does this gift come from — inside me or does it flow through me? How would I find clients or are they supposed to find me? Should I be charging?
I define healing as the process of bringing that which has been out of alignment, back into congruence.
Being a healer calls you and yet, feels kind of weighty too. It may bring up fears about being responsible for another person’s well-being. How do you know if you can even do it, or what if you make a mistake and accidentally hurt someone?
When I first started out as an entrepreneur (and emotional/energetic/intuitive/collective healer), I made the naïve assumption that I needed to be fully healed before I could help others. Now I understand that healing is a life-long journey. They say we are always peeling our onions. Sometimes the next layer makes us cry, but the goal is to appreciate the beauty of the unfolding.
I’ve learned it’s important to only be a few steps ahead of someone you’re working with, because the greater the distance you’ve traveled, the harder it can be to relate to clients’ struggles.
Let’s explore possible areas in which you may feel called to apply your healing gifts. Which of these, or what combination, lights you up the most?
I consider healing a profession, whether you formally do it for a living or not. Because being a ‘professional’ takes continuous study and developing a level of expertise, which requires an investment of your time, attention and money.
I believe it’s both ethical and practical to ask people to pay you in exchange for all the hours you studied, time spent honing your gifts and the money you invested for training and certification, as anyone else does when they bring a certain skill-set to a corporation or small business.
If you’re charging fairly for your level of expertise and making honest claims about the results you help clients achieve, you should never feel guilty about being a paid healer.
I’m encouraging you to let go of the old emotional shame and baggage so many of us (including me) internalized about poverty being holy or that money is the root of all evil. Or, if you make a sustainable living in service, you’ll suddenly turn into a selfish, greedy elitist.
It’s time for healers to value the incredible contribution we make and invite our communities and clients to value us as well.