Walk your talk. A smile really is contagious.
It is important for healers to progress in the journey of healing others by extending their learning to areas outside of their craft. They also must understand the holistic side of how their reservoir of knowledge affects them personally. A good practitioner does not only learn in order to relay information back to patients, but they also self-reflect and work to integrate old and new information with their own well-being. This is done in order to further heal themselves and lead by example for others, which ultimately provides greater service to the public. To substantially improve the quality of services, one must be working on oneself and giving something of oneself. For example, the giving of a true realization or revelation to someone, not only a fact. This is one reason why the ancient masters were called, masters. They were not simply teachers or practitioners, but they also embodied the very essence of what they studied and practiced. This embodiment does not imply that they were perfected beings, but it does show a level of higher consciousness.
Providing patients with knowledge is but a small factor in changing behavioral patterns and eliciting healing. Healing is a state of transformation and requires more than the mind to navigate it. When our own relationship with healing has at least been contemplated, not necessarily mastered, we create an opportunity to pass a level of self actualization on to our patients and the people around us. It is still up to the patient to have the capacity to observe this state of 'being' and transform. Sometimes it is simply in our own exuberance to learn more in general, that inspires the patients to search for healing within themselves. Or a thoughtful questioned asked, to open up avenues. All and all, there is a contagious attitude and a partnership of collaboration between the practitioner and the patient. In this way, practitioners are not teaching what to think, but how to think about health and how to embody it.
In treating people and witnessing the process of their healing, the art of embodiment can be a catalyst to healing for another. The embodiment of the practitioner, however, cannot supersede any mental limitation that someone is not ready to let go. For example, someone who thinks they have tried everything for their health or are assured nothing new will work for them, are less likely to receive the full benefit of a treatment. This is a mind over matter type of quantum physics concept here and there is a blockage in the way energy chooses to move through them. On the other hand, those who believe that all of the answers are outside of themselves, for example the answers are with their practitioner, are also less likely to heal sufficiently. People who give their knowledge away to another, take themselves out of the healing equation and leave nothing left to be transformed. In both cases, there is no partnership between the patient and practitioner.
There must be a balanced relationship to exactly what knowledge is and what it can do from both the practitioner and the patient. Knowledge is not an all encompassing truth nor a remedy for everything. It is a moment in time and can change. The art of embodiment, however, only grows stronger with time. For the patients we treat, it becomes important for us to help them understand their role in their own healing. We can pass along information, which is often needed, and we can energetically pass on the process of how the absorption of such information changed us, others, and expectantly, will change them. Through sharing this perspective and development, hopefully we can inspire curiosity and motivation toward a fuller relationship with healing.