What comes to mind for you when you hear the word “healer”? For many, the word conjures up images of a drum-beating Shaman, dancing around a fire while chanting in tongues. Or maybe you envision the new age Mystic; a middle aged, bare-footed lady, with long grey hair, and flowing skirt, reeking of granola. However, in recent times, the definition of what constitutes a healer has broadened. Once considered a new-age concept, “healing”, or more specifically healing on an energetic level, is slowly becoming main-stream and normalized.
So what exactly is a healer? Basically, by my personal definition, a healer is anyone who can make you feel better, whether that be on a physical, mental or emotional level. In fact, I fancy myself a bit of a healer. In my Psychology practice, I often ask my clients to rate their level of emotional distress on a scale of 1 to 10 at the start of a session. At the end of the session, I again ask them to rate their mood, and without exception, they experience a dramatic shift in their emotional well-being. Hey, I am not claiming to be a miracle worker, but I do believe that being fully present with someone for even an hour, in a caring and non-judgemental way will make them feel better. Isn’t that what healing is all about?
Then there are the healers who are truly miracle workers. Perhaps the most well-known healer in the world today is John of God. This simple, and unassuming Brazilian man, who has very little education, has been performing miraculous healings for more than 50 years! He charges no fees, and takes no credit for the work he does, saying that it is God who is actually doing the work. Yet millions from around the world (including Oprah) flock to him to experience his amazing healings, which continue to defy science and baffle the medical community.
I recently experienced a pretty miraculous healing myself. No, I am not talking about my recovery from cancer. I am referring to a very rough patch that I hit last weekend, when I was feeling so depressed and desolate that my only thought was, “Feck, chemo was easy compared to this.” I won’t get in to the details of what had me feeling so down, well, hey, it’s really none of your business anyway! But suffice it to say that I was feeling lower than a snake’s belly.
Then the phone rang. It was my sister, Celeste calling from Calgary. She has been doing healing work for years, often performing distance healings over the phone. I had heard that she was “good”, but ya know, she is my little sister, so I didn’t really think of her in that way. I just figured she was always a bit weird. Take for example that big puffy yellow jacket she insisted on wearing in high school, when all the cool kids were wearing sleek bomber jackets…..but I digress….
So back to my story, I was actually lying in bed, staring off into space, feeling too sad to move my eyeballs when she called. She asked, “Waz up?” and I broke in to tears. That immediately catapulted her into healing mode. I won’t get in to the details of all the strange stuff that happened, but after about an hour, I felt as light as a feather! All of my sadness, worry and anxiety just left my body and my entire world shifted. The circumstances that had me feeling depressed in the first place had not changed at all. But I had changed. And suddenly the world around me changed too. I don’t just mean I felt better, but literally the problem that I was experiencing just instantly resolved itself. I had never felt such a sudden and miraculous healing in my entire life. Thanks, Celeste.
(To learn more about Celeste and her services, you can visit www.celestialhealing.ca)