It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a sick person must be in want of healing. But what if you’re both the sick person and the healer? How does that work?
A continuously healthy person cannot understand the healing arts. They haven’t spent enough time holding an illness within their own body, integrated the sensations and feelings, then transmuted them out again.
Also, someone who has struggled with their own health will have spent quite a bit of time seeking out remedies and if you’re anything like me, you will have used yourself as a guinea pig to figure out what works and what doesn’t.
There’s an old saying; Physician, heal thyself. It’s supposed to be ironic in that a healer shouldn’t be sick in the first place, and also that a sick person cannot be their own healer. In our society we are taught not to trust someone who hasn’t already got it all figured out and only take advice from those who display the paramount example of physical perfection.
It’s a load of crap.
If you have been put here on this earth to be a healer, you’re not going to be given excellent health throughout your life. What would be the point of that? You would have no impetus to seek out and understand remedies.
Instead, if you have endured ill health from a young age and survived to become an adult, or have experienced a breakdown in health as a young adult, or possibly both, this isn’t the universe punishing you; this is your schooling. You’re in training to fully understand the body and integrate this into your healing practice.
Does that mean you should stay sick? No, of course not. You’re always supposed to be resolving lessons throughout life. If you have risen to the challenge of being a healer, then you should be able to gain small victories along the way.
Remember, an illness or a condition is not who you are. It’s just a challenge. When you let something define you, that’s when you have lost the battle. Even if the condition is permanent, it does not have the power to decide who you are and what you do with your life. Only you can exercise that power and choose to either give it away, or take control of it.
Overcoming adversity is how we learn best. It sucks, but it’s true. The reason why we learn better that way is because it forces us to care, and research has proven that our emotions tie closely to our memories. This means that the stronger an emotion, the stronger the memory.
We’re meant to care. One of the most crucial lessons we learn in this life is self-care, because it underpins any practice of helping others.
Wanna be a bad-ass witch healer? Figure out how to heal yourself and then you can teach others how to get there for themselves.