Open to Change, Receptive to Healing


What if it’s true? What if, truly, “we are the ones we have been waiting for“?

I have always loved this phrase. First I heard it on the lips of women who inspired me. Then I found June Jordan who first strung those words together in her powerful, earth-shifting poem. Alice Walker gave us a book that borrowed the line for its title. And then of course there was Barack Obama who turned the phrase into a something more than a campaign slogan and made it mean something national and something real.

The election results are a month old now, but all that shiny hope cannot have worn away yet, right? The inauguration is still ages away, so I am sure that we are all just marinating in possibility. Aren’t we?

I ask that question because there is a sneaky little part of me worries that complacency will creep in. And perhaps it already has in some ways. The economy is still sliding downward. Cabinet picks are less sexy than frenzied chants of “Yes we can!” Christmas is coming and there are too many thing to get done in the next three weeks to even remember all that election night champagne

This was not intended to be a post about post-election let down, nor am I trying to let a big old cynical moon eclipse our gorgeous new sun. Our lightning-fast news cycle would have us believe that such musings are so three weeks ago anyway.

I am actually thinking about the changes that I am seeing take root in my own life and in the lives of the people around me. These changes have nothing to do with the political and have everything to do with the personal. Of course, we know that eventually, those two spheres almost always start to blend together

Though I have been practicing Reiki for eight years, I have begun to dedicate myself to the path of a healer in the last year since I have been enrolled in a Healing Arts School. The beautiful sense of wisdom that finally takes root when we find we’re closer to the middle of our lives than to the beginning, combined with what I have learned in my classes, has totally shifted my perspective on the world. I know its been a long process, but suddenly I realize I am able to articulate my interest in alternative health and offer what abilities I have in service to others.

This evolution in the way I can be honest about my belief in our power to heal ourselves and the possibility of finding true wellness outside the strict confines of typical Western medicine has been downright infectious. Trusting in the intuitive power of my hands and others’ desire to heal, I have been able to offer my warm touch to people who never would have been receptive to such “out there,” “new age” ideas. I think this is successful both because I take a quiet approach, casually introducing what I do and what I believe and then allowing people to open up to me in any way they can and because I have new confidence in what I do.

People’s new sense of receptivity has very little to do with me, however. I am just lucky enough to have had the chance to observe it. Something within the individual is shifting. There is the recognition that the road we have all been careening along together is doing us more harm than good and that we need to find a new way.

If we are the change that we have been waiting for, we have to realize that change is here, now. Despite all the chaos in this world, people are finding the ability to open themselves up to new experiences and new wisdom.

How can we access and live this change ourselves and how can be the midwives of change for others?


5 thoughts on “Open to Change, Receptive to Healing

  1. Claire December 4, 2008 / 4:20 am

    Stunning post – well done!

    I have also noticed how people are starting to shift – its amazing to watch.

    Love and Light


  2. brandi December 4, 2008 / 9:47 am

    “I am just lucky enough to have had the chance to observe it. Something within the individual is shifting. There is the recognition that the road we have all been careening along together is doing us more harm than good and that we need to find a new way.”

    My god. Yes. Yes!! You are so right!

    how I can be the change and be a midwife for others to that change?? I think I am realizing in some areas how small i am still playing because of other’s voices in my head. And I am looking at those voices square in the eyes (the voices have eyes…lol) and saying uh…NO. NO MORE PLAYING SMALL.

    In doing that, I hope I can be an inspiration to others to do the same.

  3. blisschick December 4, 2008 / 11:26 am

    This midwife concept keeps showing up…

    We have a new member in our writing group who worked for many years as a midwife, and last week, she was watching me intensely during an exchange I was having with one writer about his work, and she suddenly declared to him while pointing to me, “SHE is your MIDWIFE!”

    And, I don’t know, that made me feel really amazing. This idea that I was helping with his creative birth. It’s a beautiful image.

    And so, in that synchronicity way, you bring it up again, and I am thinking, wondering how else I am called to do this…

  4. blisschick December 4, 2008 / 11:28 am

    Oh, I totally forgot to say: good for you — working toward your dream and owning your healer self. I imagine amazing change for you in the years to come. I imagine in a few years you will look back and be amazed by yourself. 🙂

  5. girlwhocriedepiphany December 5, 2008 / 7:55 am

    Dear Claire,
    Thank you! I think we are all shifting so much, it is amazing to see that even as others change around us our perspective is always new as well.

    Dear Brandi,
    I am so loving “no more playing it small”! (I think I said the same on your blog, but it bears repeating.) The new trick with that will be a way to still move through the world with gentleness. I think I was caught up in trying to make everything big and make everything count and that ends up extending me beyond my place of comfort and wisdom. I guess I will increase the level of energy through my own life – the strong bits and the soft bits and things might work out just fine!

    Dear Bliss,
    I can so understand that sense of honor that you feel to be there to help someone birth their creative process – in some ways it is better than being the creator herself. And speaking of being a creative midwife – you have to add one more happy “mother” to your list because you have definitely been my blog midwife, giving me exactly the encouragement and advice I needed.
    As for the piece of me that is a healer – I am so excited to grow into that role as time passes onward. This desire for wisdom seems like a pretty good insurance about fears of aging – I know how much better of healer I am at 29 than I was at 21 and I am fascinated by who I may be at 40!

    Thank you, as always.

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