I've seen both. Today technicians are in abundance, and healers are sorely needed.
So what is the difference? A technician, in my definition, is someone who isn't really going beyond their training. They stick to the protocols they were shown, don't generally have an intuitive sense of the body (because they weren't taught to appreciate it's wisdom or ways), and may even buy into fear-based views like, 'The brain doesn't make new brain cells after a certain age'. They work from their intellect, which is useful, but isn't the full range of their abilities - because we all have intuition.
In contrast, healers have an intuitive sense of the body, how it works, and they may even do awareness practices, like meditation. Healers also *trust* their intuition and work to develop this with things like meditation, shamanic states or even plant medicines. Plus they don't fear the natural world, or things like death or child-birth. They have faith in life, and they know that they don't *know* anything. They realize that whatever learnings they have are just a mental map, and a map is never the territory.
While technicians usually have a degree or certification (which is great), healers have often been through a personal healing process/crisis, and through that have been humbled. They now recognize something beyond themselves and their ego, an organizing intelligence perhaps... call it God, call it Spirit... it's been called many things, but it is essentially what keeps the stars in the sky, builds your body, and it expresses as the myriad forms we call Life. There must be some kind of intelligent Mind at work, and healers recognize this. They have a feeling for it.
They often relate to mentors, and study the nature of self, and the natural world.... food, herbs, flowers, and animals. All the things we were given to heal. Which is a lot.
"I am an Angel, and everything is here for me to heal".
Are you starting to get a sense of the difference? Drugs and antibiotics, while wonderful and helpful and important, tend to go with training that makes technicians. And I would argue that Functional Medicine, herbs, flower essences and homeopathy tends to go with training that is more about nature and how we interface with nature in a healing way.
For healers, things have a Soul, and events have meaning, we learn lessons, and things move in cycles, spirals of change. While technicians keep more to the concrete and linear. Intellect and reason are more where they hang out, and form their defenses, to feel (maybe) a sense of control.... a big illusion.
What planted the idea for this blog was an experience I had a few years ago with my girlfriend at the time. She was learning Chinese medicine and I was experimenting with my diet. Her TCM training told her that since I was slim, and it was fall, I should be eating warming foods, nuts, squash, meat, and such things. But I was meditating a lot and really hearing my body and it clearly wanted to eat less, mostly greens, and to fast often. Definitely didn't seem to fit the dietary theories. Yet that REALLY worked for me. My depression went away, my anxiety became mild, and my energy level went way up while my sleep improved too. I felt amazing. I had sooo much energy! I even gained weight, while eating less. It was a big lesson for me that theories... are just theories.
A healer is the person saying to you, "Trust your body over anything I say", but a technician may not even have a relationship to their own body. They've never taken the opportunity, and were never forced to - which a chronic illness tends to do.
I mostly wrote this blog to share some thoughts I had, not to judge anyone as less or more. And my thoughts were that there is a vast difference between a proficient technician and a healer, and we really want to become healers. I'll even go further and say that we can all become healers. We can all learn to work with all the good "medicine" that is here: to work with food, herbs, water, our hands (massage), and so on. Even love-making can be healing!
Today we tend to look at the doctors as healers - and I would say that many of them are, in their hearts, healers. They care and do good work. And yet, they have a form of training which does not place much emphasis on the natural world, the self-healing abilities of the body, or intuition at all. In fact, their training may strengthen their ego: a sense of "I know it all", and a sense of superiority. To my mind, that fits more the technician definition, for the purposes of this blog at least.
But if you bring humility to your work, trust your gut, know that you don't know...and learn about and honour the wisdom of natural processes. - instead of trying to control them or shut them down - then you're a healer.
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Hi, I'm Donovan Giraud. I'm a health coach, meditator and visionary. I'm on a mission to help people heal themselves and evolve our world.