We Are ALL Alchemists!
I am not a big fan of the word ‘healer’.
If you cut yourself, no one can heal except you! When someone looks outside themselves for healing they give up autonomy, empowerment and responsibility.
The relationship between ‘healer’ and ‘healee’ is a no-win situation. The ‘healer’ has the untenable position of being responsible for another’s progress or regress and creates an atmosphere rife with vulnerability.
Through my travels and life experiences I have witnessed miraculous events and never once did anyone claim to be a healer.
I’ve watched and listened to these mentors, purely and without agenda or ego, interact with their ‘client’ pre-framing, future pacing, and using transformational dialogue to access the client’s concept of healing and achieve wellness while therapeutically working with the body.
There are 3 people who transformed my life: One is Mark Lamm. In the 30 plus years that I’ve worked in the field of peak performance, I’ve had the privilege of working with many master teachers. In the area of creating immediate and dramatic improvements in one’s physical body, there are none who can rival the impact of Mark Lamm’s work. Mark is my friend, mentor and model of wellness and longevity.
Certainly, the ability to collaborate with each unique client as a partner in fitness, flexibility, vitality, health and wellness, etc. is the most beneficial and potent of ‘healing’ interactions and therein lies the power of transformational change. Only the CLIENT has the power to HEAL: anyone or anything else is positively influencing and facilitating an internal process.
In this sense, we are all alchemists! What then is the difference between temporary and permanent change?
To create a permanent change an individual must claim a desire (stand for a core need) and develop a compelling vision. Most people attempt to bring about change through pleasure or pain, carrot or stick or making a deal (a new years resolution for example). These tactics only bring about temporary change.
Whenever we make a conscious decision to lose 5 lbs or 50 lbs, to stop smoking, to eat nurturing foods, or to show kindness we have the opportunity of stepping into our power of choice. We only become the architect (alchemist) of the change we want to be when we claim responsibility, empowerment and healing as our core needs. Of course, by spelling out a wish list we create a compelling vision that motivates us from the inside. We then become the creator and alchemist of permanent change.
If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.
Goethe’s quote conveys an essential understanding of my personal philosophy with regard to ‘healing’. Surely, there are skills beyond simply touching the body that encourage greater and faster progress. I do consider client and practitioner as “partners” on an evolutionary path and transformational changes available in a client are directly related to the philosophy, consciousness, personal experience and tools of the practitioner.