What Does It Mean To Heal?
Before we move any further forward, let me comment on what I think it means to heal and how I’ll talk about those who help facilitate the process. First, a note about the word “healer.” Please, don’t back away just because I’m using this word. I know it’s a loaded word, conjuring images of Baptist preachers laying on hands and bellowing, “You are HEALED, brother!” (No offense to Baptist preachers, of course.) Or perhaps you think of the ancient medicine woman gathering herbs to pound into a potion.
But hear me out. My intention is to expand the definition of what it means to be a healer, such that the term includes, not just the man who practices the wisdom of native medicine or the “woo woo” practices of a New Age woman in a muumuu, but also the Western medical doctor, the nurse, the Chinese medicine doctor, the OR tech, the yoga teacher, and YOU!
We healers are numerous. And we come with varied backgrounds, different belief systems, and unique tools in our healing toolbox, and yet, we are all still healers. But YOU are the most potent healer of all.
It’s Easy To Get Overwhelmed
The scope of what’s broken in our health care system may seem daunting – and it is. But my goal with The Pink Medicine blog post series is to help us work from the inside out. The US government is spinning their wheels, trying to work on changing the external aspects of what is broken in our health care industry. But that will only take us so far. We must reclaim the heart of healing, and it has to start with YOU. Changing the skeleton of our system, without focusing on the heart, defeats the whole purpose. When something lacks heart, the whole thing keels over and dies, which is what’s at risk of happening to our current system.
So instead of tackling the big behemoth of our entire health care industry, I’ll focus in this series on expanding what it means to be healthy and whole. I’ll remind you that you know your body way better than anyone and that the power you have to heal yourself will blow you away.
I’m not suggesting that you won’t still seek out the guidance of other healers. When you need an antibiotic for that strep throat, by all means, go to your doctor if that’s where your healing inner wisdom leads you! When you throw out your back, call your chiropractor if that’s who you believe can help! When your husband cheats on you, get thee to a therapist, if therapy resonates with your spirit. Go ahead and seek cure.
And don’t forget about preventative health. Get your Pap smear, mammogram, and colonoscopy. Get your blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose levels checked.
But unless you do the deeper work, these things are only Band-aids. Healing goes to the heart and changes everything, if you approach it the right way.
My vision of Pink Medicine is to create a huge healing round table at which you, as the patient, sit alongside those of us whose healing services you seek out. You are a vital, valued member of that healing round table and, in my opinion, your voice matters most. You get the seat of honor. The rest of us all have tools in our toolboxes, for sure. And when we gather our tools together from different disciplines in a loving, collaborate, integrative way, with you at the center of our efforts, magic can happen.