Sunday, October 14, 2012

Healing and Being a Healer

I was taught early on that being a healer does not put a person in a position of power, nor does it put one in a position of elevated status in the community.  Being a healer means you must remain humble.  Being a healer is understanding that you are not the one doing the healing, but that you are merely a vessel for the Creator, Allah, Wankan Tanka, or whatever name you call the higher being you pray to.  Being a healer means you have the deepest understanding and respect that only the Creator can heal.

In the Native American culture, I was taught that you do not charge money for healing.  The respectful practice is the person who wants healing gives the healer tobacco (for prayers) and a gift from their heart.  The reason I say a gift from the heart is because the gift is a sign of respect for the healing work that is about to be performed on the person with the illness.  The gift from the heart is an offering of what the person with the illness can give and not something forced upon them or they are unable to do.

I have done healing work for a chocolate bar, a t-shirt, a blanket, a gas card in small denomination (because I had to drive to the person who was ill and they wanted to reimburse me for my gas) for a grocery card in small denomination, it has always depended on what someone wanted to give from their heart, even a headband that someone bought because they thought I would like it.  With each gift I have received, I have felt the heartfelt appreciation.

Being a healer in the Native American culture and tradition means that you are always humble and of service to the people.

In all of the years I have been working with people, a lot of the items (while very much appreciated from my heart) have been given to charities as it is important to continue the circle of giving.

Peace and Love to the Universe!

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