Everything in our Universe is a co-creation.
There is almost nothing that we can create solely by ourselves.
If you’re coming from a place of fear or shame, this can easily read as “You are capable of creating nothing” or “You can’t be proud of anything you created as it’s not really yours”. But this is not at all what I mean. The creation of life itself is a good example: it can only happen when two separate parts integrate to bring forth something new. I can create art, but I have paint, canvas and paintbrushes to help me along; my eyes take in what I am creating to help me shift and adapt my work for the better. I sing a song, but it’s my soul and my voice combining; ears and hearts hear every beat and the spaces in-between. I write, but I type the words and the keys respond; only the seeing of your eyes mean its read, the beauty of your brain makes it understood. Our very meals are cooked by us, but the ingredients come from the Earth; our sense perceive it, and our body integrates it as nutrition.
We bring something, and something else is provided to us.
Shamans co-create healing using their entire environment as a toolkit: plant medicines, tobacco, crystals, rattles, icaros, assistance from their spirit guides, the Sun, the Moon and everything the Earth offers us. A strong Shaman knows there is an infinite wisdom in these tools that brings a special energy into client’s healings. Shamans also recognise that you have as much power in you as they do: it is their task to help uncover it and connect you to it. Shamans are not guru’s waiting for praise and adoration (at least, if they are a good Shaman!).
I recently read in Itzhak Beery’s book The Gift of Shamanism that the Shaman accounts for only about 15% of the healing: the rest is divided between the Earth itself and different energies and spirits that assist the process.
Co-creation is a huge theme for me right now as I’m starting to build my own healing practice. It’s so very easy to identify with the ‘healing’ moniker and get swept away in that.
I don’t even feel comfortable calling myself or anyone else a ‘healer’, as it tends to imply that people are ill and then all of a sudden they’re not: they’ve been ‘healed’.
That shifts way too much power into the guru’s hands, and out of the clients’. From my perspective, that’s not at all how proper healing works.
Firstly, to heal a deep wound takes time.
There’s just no way around it. Shamanic techniques are the deepest, quickest ways I have known to advance healing, but even then the dense energy is released in layers. The truth is you get the healing you need, and that you can handle: nothing more and nothing less. Healing my deep self-esteem issues took me the better part of 4 years. Quick fixes and shortcuts just don’t work: if you’ve been holding a pattern for 30 years, do not expect a transformational shift in 30 days.
Secondly, healing deep wounds may require many different types of techniques or practitioners.
On my healing journey, I’ve worked with Shamans, Teacher Plants, Reiki practitioners, psychics, astrologers, tarot readers, theta healers, NLP teachers, hypnotists…and so many more. Every teacher and technique I came across added something to the my awareness and helped strip something unneeded away. It’s a fallacy to think that one healing method or teacher is truly better than another, although it can often feel that way. You get the healer/teacher you need at every step of the journey. It’s that age-old proverb – when the student is ready the teacher appears.
Lastly, good healing creates empowered clients, not infatuation for the practitioner.
Co-creation to me is the only method to create deep and lasting change. How do you learn to be authentic, if you aren’t allowed to form your own thoughts? How do you learn power, if you are only shown the healer’s power? How do you learn to love yourself, if all you end up loving is your healer? Strong practitioners have worked on themselves enough so that praise should no longer a requirement. To me the real reward should be seeing people step out of dogma and into themselves. Co-creating healing with a client should foster their sense of power, and enable them to trust their intuition so they can step fully into their purpose.
And that is true healing – discovering that everything you needed was already within you.
Are you a healer too? How has your perception of your healing abilities or your teachers changed over time? Tell me and the rest of the crew below.