I read this article about Community Therapists again last week: It resonated so much with our evolution, there was no doubt in my mind we should republish it in the week of our Lincolnshire Well Being Show. After all, this is what our events are focussed upon.
As the visitor walks through the show, there is an inclination to try or experience an alternative therapy session. Be it Reiki, aromatherapy, spiritual healing or massage; over thirty per cent of The Community is Alternative healers or therapists. The suggestion is offered: Someone who has travelled tens of mile to the show and ignores the possibility of finding solace in a half hour session may miss the most significant turnaround of their Well Being.
Two hundred years ago people went to barbers to be ‘Bled’ the legacy of today’s medical professionals are, leaches, ingestion or injection of mercury for disease or amputation of limbs without disinfectant. In fact, the surgeons of only 125 years ago dismissed the idea of infection as nonsense.
Our Healing Community would never degrade the immense potency of modern medicine. In certainty all of us have benefitted from the Health Service and its incredible healing ability, from stitch, broken limb, to cure for a nightmare, if it is denied, there is an illusion. Ok, mistakes are made, we all make mistakes, but why dwell on the truth or attempt to pass on blame? If you eat junk food, fail to exercise or neglect the body, sooner or later illness will demonstrate no-one escapes the truth of life.
So, the reality of a Holistic Healer is this: Those who wish to trust with conventional medicine will most often be cured. There is no cure for the terror of disease, and traditional and holistic medicine fails to provide answers to the inevitable – The inevitable is death. The Community Holistic Therapists accept this truth, how do I know? I asked: And their work is to enhance the lives of all people, whether ill or ailing, their work is unique, they give people, well or no, alternative and holistic options to their Well Being.
I have spoken to and argued with many ‘miracle’ healers over the years. Not a one: not a one: will give me an email, names or addresses of those they have cured of terminal diseases. Let me be clear, if I could find a healer who could cure the conduits of death, I would follow them and alight their names in every article I write. I would proclaim their ability and put their email, name and address at the bottom of every page published. To know one of these people would make all who were to be involved, millionaire. We could charge 10K, no 100k, no a million at the door of our shows and distribute the profit to The Community. What times, what accolades, what proof of miracle? The non-sense of those few have ruined the reputation of those who work with so much integrity, so much love, so much kindness, it is impossible to gauge the damage done.
Some time ago I wrote about the skilled and professional holistic healer and therapist who work at our shows (Our means the whole of Our Community), and I will refer back to the sentiment I wrote at this time from memory: I will reappraise my thoughts from memory because of ingrained reasoning within my belief system:
The skilled and professional therapist or holistic healer will have taken many years of their lives to qualify for their chosen therapy. Excellent training is expensive and takes many years to achieve. And if the choice were useless, it would fail to provide results and within time, the method would become dismissed. It is of significance the Holistic healer has not disappeared, in fact, they thrive and prosper, and by proper, there is no reference to money.
Do not ridicule our work. Amongst The Community is a physician and three full-time professional nursing staff. None claim to be a healer or miracle worker, if individual wishes to question or ridicule our work we accept your doubt, we embellish it, and we accept you human right to profess your opinion. I ask you to reread paragraph five and then ridicule my views. I am in the world of unprovable supposition, and every statement made by politicians is questionable, and many professionals and ‘qualified’ people make mistakes. Our minority accept diverse opinions; this is a democracy.
The skilled and qualified professional therapist and holistic healer will take many years of their time to qualify for their chosen therapy. Excellent training is likened to all in life: The best is expensive; not only this: The pupil will travel to the course, stay overnight and the course may be constructed of twenty or more modules. The class often takes a year or more and cost in excess of 2 thousand pounds + time and travel. If the course did not stand scrutiny and seemed to be verifiable, then it would fail. The certificates you see at the shows are evidence of incredible commitment and dedication.
The masseuse has to make an incredible commitment. Over the last ten years, the need to understand the body has become paramount. Indeed, many teaching establishments who train, massage and hands-on theories focus on this aspect in the early stages of the training. From India Head to full body massage the therapist has to be qualified or experienced in their chosen therapy.
No one can dispute this is an incredible journey: Excellent training is like everything of excellence, it is expensive. Once committed, the pupil will have to travel to their course. And the dedication becomes testing: The student will have committed to a class which is constructed or up to 20 individual modules. The course is conducted over a period of one or even two years. The total cost? Two or three thousand pounds! Add accommodation and transport; it is possible the certificate represents four thousand pounds. NO one would make this commitment unless there is a reality within their endeavour.
Holistic healing is NOT a read a book and knows all practice. It is not an individual idea or concept. It is a unification of ideas and skills. Take on board the fact, all of our therapy community have explicit knowledge of the depth and breadth of their fellow Community Members Therapies, there are subtle differences in the way they interpret their work, and they know all visitors will follow their intuition and enjoy the pleasure and benefit from their choice. Head massage from X, aromatherapy from K, Reiki from M. This is the way of holistic healing, blend it, ear candling from E and a sublime massage from P.
Allow me to expose my thoughts, and you can test my mind. After all, you have read I will guide you into material aspects of being a Holistic Therapist. It is as difficult a vocation as can be, to have qualified they have committed an immense amount of money and time. And now there is a choice. Full or part-time, can their work provide an income? The reality is until they build their customer base it is an arduous journey. The people you will meet and enjoy a therapy with at The Well Being Shows have made incredible commitments and followed their ingrained knowledge they can make a difference.
Many of The Community Holistic Healers commitment is so dedicated they work for the benefit of their clients and do not look for material gain. There is no indication of superior knowledge, majestic or miracle cures. They pass on the most subtle and incredible therapies which take a troubled soul into peace. A relaxing moment? A Reiki healing? A spiritual connection? These experiences are amazing and if the experience is a delusion, why do so many people return to the therapy?
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There are no miracle workers and that I do agree with, what I will offer though is that these healers and other people who are involved in the well being arena can and do offer some life changing perspectives by either words deeds or advice and in conjunction with the consumer can help get people going in the direction they should be, life is for living, how do you want yours to be lived. Much love and light Rick.
I agree with Ian. As a fully qualified remedial massage therapist, also Electro-Crystal therapist and a Spiritual Healer I personally know how hard and costly it is to train to high standards. But I will also add this:
My numerous decades of work as a channelling medium has reinforced what is also known in most therapies= no matter whether Complementary Medicine or ‘NHS medicine’, the patient’s mind set and deeply-seated emotions or traumas, are the core reasons triggering dis-eases. Whether the patient realises this or not!
Our thoughts and mind DEFINITELY always affect our flesh body.
Stress is a great imbalance & can kill if it is not dealt with-
The patient’s Inner Self is ‘rattled’ by their emotional experiences, thus creating rifts & troubles in the flesh.
So yes , do get wonderful help with various therapies! But also analyse & face your life style, as well as what happens or happened in your life, your attitude, your reactions, your dislikes or hatred, your ‘mind set’… and try & get help to re.balance your emotional side- so that you regain Peace of Mind.
Aim to heal the way you really think and feel, then you will see longer lasting results!
With my warmest wishes for wonderful results in becoming a Well Being again.
Many thanks for this contribution to this article Brigitte. And as always thank you for your continued sharing and support of The Communities endeavour. Much love – Ian
A thought -provoking piece.
I do not see alternative therapies as in place of anything, just, possibly, complimentary, to conventional medicine.
Self-evidently our bodies have remarkable healing capacity. If we cut ourselves, we clot, scab and heal. We do not need to do anything. Yet if we suffer a ruptured appendix, without surgery, we are likely to be poisoned and die.
Medical science continues its interest in the placebo, not as a trick in itself, but as a device to stimulate the mind to heal. The relationship between our mental,and physical, state is established, and complex. Having a positive, optimistic, demeanour has overt, subconscious, and associated benefits. Yet if someone succumbs to serious illness swiftly, does that mean that they did not try hard enough?
Some Alternative / complimentary therapies aim to do just that. If we think that a therapy is going to do us some good, and it feels good, and we feel “better” (howsoever you wish to define that), after, that therapy has value.
Touch is one of the most powerful healing tools. As a new born baby, we are vulnerable and defenceless. As soon as it is held it has a connection, that fear and vulnerability disappears. When a toddler falls, does not every parent immediately pick the child up, stroke and soothe. The adult does nothing medically, but psychologically the child is healed from its trauma. As an adult, when we are in pain, physical or psychological, that tactile response endures.
Some therapists also offer natural remedies. It is easy to forget how our relationship with drugs, natural and synthetic, has vacillated with time, and changing cultural mores. Cannabis use was legal up to 1928 in the Uk. The grandparents of todays pensioners could have enjoyed a spliff without hindrance, similarly cocaine and opium was made illegal only in 1920, apart from by doctors prescription. In the 19th Century Great Britain fought the Opium Wars to control distribution of the drug for itself, not stop it.
Quite demonstrably, natural, legal. herbs and remedies have their place. In a pre-technological world, they were the only recourse. That does not preclude modern medicines. Yet the reverse is also true, modern medicines do not preclude the use of natural remedies.
I would encourage all to explore the world of alternative and holistic therapies. You might surprise yourself with what you find.
Thank you for this objective reply Gary. Your observations complement the article very well indeed. Ian
Thank you for writing this article. It is very thought provoking and raise ideas that I haven’t quite considered before. Have a nice day!
Many Thanks for your kind and encouraging words RM – See You Soon