Becoming Healers



We do not live in isolation.

“How do you heal yourself and help others?” I asked. The answers poured in:


“by building my mind, body, and community every single day.”

“trusting my self to stand tall and reach out instead of within.”

“by speaking my truth as lovingly as possible.”

“Quiet meditation & working on things like afghans for veterans stuck in the hospital

and small beanies & blankets for babies stuck in Children's Hospital to help me heal.”

When we work toward our own healing, everything changes. Things ebb and flow – there will be times when we retreat from our interactions with the world in order to do some deep re-assessment or healing work that can’t be done during too much engagement. But then we cycle back out: we bring our healing selves into the world of change, into the world of joy, into the world of pain.

You will see from the few answers I selected – and I simply chose the first that came in – that this looks and feels different for each of us. In helping others, we heal ourselves. In working toward our own healing, we increase our capacity to help others. We also simply bring more healing into the world. That matters.

I won’t list everything that feels like it is going wrong in the world: all you have to do is check out the BBC, or Al Jazeera, or your Twitter feed to see it. I just want to remind us all that everything we do to counter injustice, dis-ease, hatred, or isolation, is a victory for the impetus of healing. 

The personal is political. The political is personal. We are interwoven. Re-member.

In the trailer for the movie Starhawk is trying to make of the Fifth Sacred Thing, Maya Greenwood asks: "How do we become stronger healers than they are, killers?"

How indeed?

We show up every day. We start with ourselves, we continue in community.  We start in community, and continue with ourselves.



6 Responses to “Becoming Healers”

  1. Syrbal/Labrys

    Indeed…every motion moves the web of life. I cannot correct every ill I see, I can help just a bit here and there. I walk the Walk of the Fallen, I bead the memories and names, I feed the birds, I sow seeds, I speak the truth aloud, I love and I fight the hate.

  2. Valentina

    I shared this blog post as a tweet today. Your words really helped me because I was having a lot of self doubt about how I help others while I am perceived as “unhealthy” by some because I suffer from a disorder. Yet it doesn’t stop me from giving others hope via volunteering and counseling other people. The misunderstanding and criticisms from people who don’t know me well is cowardly and drains the empowerment I feel/give. At times we all need to find our bravery, fish out the words, chant our mantra like water flowing off a duck’s back and continue to bring healing to others as a way to “be healed as we become healers” — I really believe in that.
    Thank you for the encouragement.
    It healed me today and sent ripples through my soul. Thank you.

    • Thorn

      Thank you for sharing this. It is important to remember that we all contribute to the great process of life.


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