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Something is on my mind, and I’m soliciting your perspective and point of view. Someone reminded me that being a healer, authenticity means everything. Authenticity to what? I can’t come to terms how this comment applies and I have thought back and forth. I struggle to see the point and what it even means in regards to me. It almost feels like an attack, but this is not the point as to why I am writing about it now. I don’t need to be right or be defended, I just want to understand what that truly means.
The authentic healer???
What makes you an authentic healer? Authentic to what, or who? Does it mean you follow certain guidelines, old proven ways, a process, or how else could it apply? What makes something or someone authentic when it comes to energy healing? Is it a process or has it to do with your own personal character traits, giving in to the expectations of society or standing your ground?
When I look back to the beginning of last year, studying to become a Reiki Master, I recall my own experiences. During my study I was taught some of the traditional Reiki Symbols, the hands on and hands off approach, which was left up to your level of comfort, whether you felt ok with touching people or not. With my training I learned of healing sequences and methods. I remember my Reiki Master choosing and drawing a Reiki symbol with her hand during a session demonstration. She mentioned that you could also activate the symbol in your minds eye or by saying it. It was simply up to you to what intensity you wanted to learn the symbols. For myself I learned the name, how the symbol looks like in my minds eye and how to draw it with my hand, line by line. For me it was about a deeper connection and more love that would pour into a Reiki session as well as the activation of the symbol.
What I was taught was what you might expect when you go to a traditional Reiki session. What was even more amazing was that there was room to adjust Reiki to your own teaching and healing style, simply to what felt comfortable to you. The emphasis was that as long as you came from a place of love, there was no wrong that could be done.
Needless to say, I loved and adapted this concept as I was learning several energy healing modalities at the time. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if traditional, perhaps “authentic” was a sure fit for me. I was after a unique experience, something different, something very personal and geared towards my clients individual needs. I didn’t feel people were in need of the same old, what would bring them to me! What would I look for, and believe me when I say that I know what it feels like to be a number, when it’s business as usual and the human element such as compassion and caring is missing. I had my own ideas of what that meant and what I wanted to provide in my personal services. The end result for my healing sessions was authentic to myself, but perhaps not to what you expect at a typical Reiki session or even to someone else’s belief. But who are we to judge what works for someone that might not work for us?
So how does this comment fit in with me. Am I considered not being a authentic healer because of my personal healing style, because I don’t follow a step by step authentic processes? Authenticity to me means staying true to yourself and your beliefs. It means taking core learnings and the foundation, the structure, the outside walls, and making the insight fit to you and what you contribute to the overall outcome and the world. If authenticity means being a cookie cutter version and just another number in a process, then it is not for me. I have never followed the herds and it takes courage to blaze your own trail. However, I think it is exactly that what makes you truly authentic. Authentic to yourself, your identity, true self, and your higher calling. Empowering others to be themselves, unique and different has always been my motto. I know it can be a scary process and many feel the need to act a certain way for acceptance and approval. Believe me when I say that you don’t have to. Stay true and authentic to YOURSELF, because after all, everyone else is already taken anyways. 😉🙏🏼