StarLight Hands

The First Key: All Healing is Self-Healing


All healing is self-healing. What does it mean to heal? To heal. Origin: O.E. healan “make whole, sound and well,” from P.Gmc. *khailaz (cf. O.S. helian, O.N. heila, O.Fris. hela, Du. heelen, Ger. heilen), lit. “to make whole,” which is also the source of O.E. hal (see health).2

For much of my life the term “healer” has made me uneasy. “We don’t heal people. People heal themselves,” I’ve growled. “It is the guest that does the real work.” The “healer” facilitates this process within whichever modality she works (holistic or allopathic, herbal or energetic, with scalpel or stones). While I still firmly accept the patient’s capacity for self-healing as primary, the experiments highlighted by Lynne McTaggert,3 the work of Dr. Elizabeth Targ, and Dr. Larry Dossey (among many others) all point to the healer’s intention and focus as integral to the success of therapy. Beyond skill and encyclopedic knowledge is a mysterious “something else” that differentiates a mere technician from an authentic healer.

To heal is to make something or someone whole. But what does this mean? People come to healers with physical, mental, or emotional pains. We often provide relief with the proper use of herbs, oils, massage, and nutrition. But is relief from, and even prevention of, pain enough to create wholeness?

In theories of energetic healing pain is directly related to wounds in the vibrational or subtle or etheric body. Without addressing the spiritual wounding manifest in physical, emotional, and mental pain it is impossible to achieve authentic healing (wholeness). But in western culture priests address wounds of spirit, doctors address wounds of body, and psychiatrists address wounds of mind. This reinforces the fragmentation of the human being and a self-perpetuating ego-conscious isolation that can only be broken with a major shift to connectivity, one that paradoxically each individual must ultimately make alone.

What is a healer? A healer is one who reweaves the threads of body, mind, and spirit towards wholeness. We cannot lead others to wholeness until we address our own wounds, in whatever forms they exist. So we must reweave those threads in ourselves. By so doing we learn the rhythms and vibrations of health and can recognize dissonance in ourselves and others. By so doing we become healers.

A healer is one who, having recognized her own wounds, pursues a state of wholeness and then, with intention, offers his entirety – hands, heart, and mind – to providing tools for others as they weave body, mind, and spirit together into a healthy, vibrant whole.

From StarLight Hands by Heather Eggleston