As natural health care practitioners, our clients look to us for guidance and support as they seek to heal themselves, whether in mind, body, soul, or spirit. Throughout the healing process, our clients also see us as role models; as people who are living examples and success stories of the work and techniques that we use and promote as we assist them in regaining their health.
It is therefore vitally important that we understand our roles, what we represent for those that we help, and how we can most effectively tap into our own innate power. In this way, we can truly heal ourselves, and all those we come in contact with.
When we are in school learning our trades, we are bombarded by textbook cases, protocols, and “directions” as to how to work with our clients. We gain instruction on how to work with certain conditions, certain types of people, and to use certain types of remedies. Once we are out of school, we are approached by salespeople offering catalogues, remedies, and more “systems” as to exactly how to work with people.
These resources are very valuable. They help us to get started and to create a growing practice. These experiences give us direction and help us to gain confidence as we gain our own wings in our practice.
The experiences that we have when we are first studying to be practitioners (and even in subsequent learning encounters), however, can also create unconscious fears or limiting belief patterns. Patterns that say that in order to be a “good”, “effective” and “successful” practitioner, we must follow protocol X, or use remedy Y.
Even if we have managed over time to create our own methods, techniques, and preferred way of working, there is often still a deeply held subconscious belief that were are not enough, and the we need to follow the lead of others in order to do our work and successfully help our clients.
For some new (or even not-so-new) practitioners, this also locks us in a pattern of fear that can create for us a situation where we just can’t seem to attract or keep clients, no matter how we advertise. We may feel struck, trapped, and inadequate.
When these situations happen, or when we start to notice that things aren’t flowing or feeling as comfortable or easy as they used to, it is likely time for us to examine our belief systems. One limiting belief that I have personally struggled with in the past, and have seen so many other practitioners struggle with, is the belief that it is the education, the high-tech tools, and the remedies that we use that helps our clients to get well.
This belief keeps us trapped in a never-ending (and often very expensive) cycle of taking more and more courses, buying more and more remedies, and trying more and more “systems”.
While these things are valuable and necessary elements in our practice, we must examine whether we are genuinely gaining valuable, relevant, and timely information, or whether our need to continue taking courses and buying new remedies is due to a fear of not being enough, or a fear of owning our own power, which, in truth, has never been lacking; we only believed it was so.
All of the additional training, testing equipment, natural remedies, and new systems we “collect” are simply tools that we use to support our clients.
These tools can’t and will never be able to replace the real power and driving force for success in our practice: US.
Think about it for a moment… can these tools work on their own? No! We are needed to operate them, direct them, interpret the results, and make the recommendations.
Are people attracted to our practice because of the tools we use or the remedies we carry? Sometimes, yes. But I assure you that the patients/clients come back again and again because of us – who we are, and what we offer them on a level that goes much deeper than simply the tools and techniques that we use.
At the heart of what makes us successful and what we so often forget is that, at the very basic level, our patients/clients come to see us. We are the channel/conduit/inspiration that they entrust with their health and wellbeing.
Regardless of what we may think, people are attracted to the work we do because of who we are, and how we put our own personal spin, touch, or outlook on the healing process. The tools we use are just an extension of how we use our own innate healing ability.
I encourage you to spend some time this week thinking about what gifts you bring to your clients. What truly sets you apart, and what do people value most about their time with you? And if you are finding that you have lost the joy and passion that you once had towards helping others, try to determine where you went off course. What limiting belief have you been holding that has prevented you from being the “real you”, the one that clients are longing to connect with?
And don’t forget to check back in next week for Part 2 of this article.