A year ago, I attended a wonderful conference about publishing. I was contemplating some next steps for my business, and writing a book was on the table for consideration.
While at the conference, the participants were given the opportunity to ‘pitch’ their book idea to the conference professionals and to fellow participants. Pitchers were offered feedback about the book idea, the presentation, the language, etc.
So pitch I did. I talked about healers and hygiene (not just energy healers, but professionals in service to people seeking healing). These healers can be doctors, nurses, therapists, yoga instructors, social workers, energy healers, Reiki Masters – whatever. And I talked about writing a book about the importance of energy hygiene for healing professionals.
The idea was roundly validated, much to my delight. The term ‘hygiene’ was trounced.
One of the professionals, a book editor for more than 30 years made a statement about how creepy it is to think about a doctor not washing his hands between patient examinations. That simply wouldn’t happen in this day and age, would it? And yet, hygiene is still a word I find myself using, over and over again. Not because of hand washing issues, but because of the potentiality for ‘infection’ – healers taking on the pain, illness or thought processes of the patient/client.
In fact, EHI’s classroom is filled with healing professionals who are there to learn about hygiene – not the soap and water kind, but about energy hygiene. They show up because they understand that there are ways in which their ability to work cleanly and clearly in their practice is undermined by the energetics that pass between the healing professional and his/her patients.
Recently I spoke at the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology in Coronado Beach, California. I spoke with EHI Ambassador Rick Leskowitz. We talked about countertransference as an energy phenomenon. For those of you who aren’t working in a psychologically-based practice, counter-transference is what happens when a healing therapist gets enmeshed and wired into his or her patient’s issues. Counter-transference is an energy problem as much as it’s also a psychological construct.
I taught the participants at the conference five or six different skills for managing the patient/client relationship using hygienic and energetically clean practices. Simple skills and practices that keep the work clean. And trust me, the crowd went wild! They got the message and they found the skills useful, practical and easy to apply.
Healers need to pay attention to energy hygiene. There are so many ways in which the healing professional’s energy can enroll in the patient’s story, experience or illness – and the healer is then at risk personally and is potentially compromising the patient/client healing experience through the ‘infected’ energy that now lives between them.
There are lots of ways to clear energy, and many of them actually work! What’s tricky is understanding the intention behind a lot of the clearing approaches that exist so that clearing takes place effectively.
At the risk of making myself unpopular, I’m going to say something terrible about ‘the highest possible good’ approach to healing. So many healers and spiritually-based practitioners use this term as their catch-all for doing work that they believe is hygienic.
The concept is that they’ll ask for the highest possible good to take place in the session – for both the client and the practitioner. That’s all well and good, but can someone please tell me who has the insight to what exactly is ‘the highest possible good?’ Can you honestly tell me that a healer who has money, relationship or other personal issues is also capable of having a really elevated understanding of the highest possible good? If he or she did, wouldn’t his or her life run a little more smoothly?
The problem with these new-age type phrases is that people are not able to hold the vibration of ‘the highest possible good.’ They can only hold the vibration of what they IMAGINE is the highest possible good. And what they can imagine may not be high enough or good enough to keep a session clean and clear for both the healer and his/her patient.
And what I’m really saying here is: healers have problems, too. They’re simply people. Like the rest of us. And they have days of incredible insight and spiritual acuity and they have days of incredible lowness and mundane, trivial stuckness. They’re simply people. And they see patient/clients on both the up and the down days.
So rather than relying on catch-all phrases or a sage wand (which has an energy and a vitality of its own that needs to be carefully studied and understood to be an effective clearer of energy and space), I would rather see healing professionals trained with proactive, skill-based approaches to energetic self-care and hygiene.
So, while the book is shelved for the time-being, and the word hygiene created seen and unseen paroxysms of heebie-jeebies amongst the talented editors and book marketing professionals, I’m sticking with the idea of energy hygiene for the foreseeable future.
Because in reality, it wasn’t all that long ago that doctors saw no need to sterilize surgical equipment between operations. And it didn’t make them right! It just made them unwitting saboteurs of a patient’s ready ability to heal.
And healers without energy hygiene are unwitting saboteurs of their patient’s ready ability to heal.
If you’re a healing professional and have not studied and applied practices for energetic hygiene and appropriate self-care, consider what I’ve said here. Whether you attend EHI’s training programs or find another program that offers energy hygiene, it’s a critical process for self-care and for the care and feeding of your patient/client practice.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and engage in a conversation about this piece. Conscious Conversations is designed to open up the doors of Energy Healing Institute and its Founder, Jill Leigh to interested professionals. Let me know what your thoughts are about energy hygiene and energetic self-care.