Question: Practitioner and patient roles
Thanks for the nice response I got to the "Submit a Question" feature on Friday—keep 'em coming! I think what I’ll do is bring them to the blog, titling as above with "Question:" at the beginning. And, they'll all be tagged "Conversations" at the bottom. So, let’s get started.
This question came in from John:
In healing work, what is the role of the practitioner and what is the role of the patient?
I would LOVE to hear from others on this question, both practitioners and patients. Here’s my initial take, but everyone’s experience would be helpful to hear about. Please answer in the comments.
I find the answer to that question depends on who has the transformation of thought that leads to healing. In some cases, the practitioner has the transformation of thought. In others, the practitioner provides the mental assist and encouragement for the patient to have the transformation of thought.
When the practitioner’s transformation of thought effects the healing, and for me this has generally happened with children, animals, people brand new to the ideas, and those who need to feel the simplicity of God’s love in a new way, I feel this is divine Love’s way of using a healing experience to open the patient’s thought to a deeper understanding of Him. I’ve had many healings like this myself, especially in my younger days, where the practitioner I called opened the way for me to experience God’s goodness without my especially having to work for it. Even in those cases, though, I gained an increased confidence in God’s presence and power, and this paved the way for spiritual growth later.
There came a point, however, when my own spiritual maturity led to my needing to take the ball more myself, so to speak. It was time for me to learn new spiritual lessons that would give me dominion, rather than always having to rely on someone else’s support to get there. My relationship with practitioners through that period shifted remarkably. They took on more of a coaching role. While they still treated me, I became more aware of the importance of my own treatments for myself.
Now, my first question when faced with something personally is, what do I need to do so I can experience the transformation? I know each eventuality contains a spiritual lesson I need to learn. Calling a practitioner doesn’t let me off the hook. I will need to do the spiritual spade work, because that’s where I am on the learning curve. There are definitely still times when what I’m experiencing is so extreme that I reach for the phone, yet that never is all I need to do. I’m part of a healing team, and I need to play my position.
Please give your thoughts and experiences in the comments as well!
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