The Role of a Holistic Healer

Many years ago as a young, physically fit vegetarian, I faced cancer. I healed myself holistically, without medical treatment, a process that required much effort and focus over two years. This personal journey illuminated a great deal about the nature of healing and eventually led me to a new path — working as a healer.

When a person is out of balance physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually, there are many paths that can be taken to wellness. These include using conventional medicine, altering one’s diet, exercising, adopting new thought patterns, integrating alternative medicine treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic, hypnotherapy or various spiritual practices into one’s life. Some will choose to visit a person who is commonly referred to as a healer. Who goes to see a healer and what role can a healer play in a person’s life?

Years ago when I received inner guidance that I was a healer, I rejected the message because I mistakenly perceived it to be a fabrication of ego. I had been under the impression that healing power came from the practitioner and to be a good healer I would have to transcend the typical struggles of being human. In reality this isn’t the case because healing power doesn’t come from the practitioner, but from the divine. So a healer isn’t “one who heals,” but rather one who facilitates healing, utilizing energy and frequencies that are both inside and outside of the body.

Healing can be physical, emotional, mental and/or spiritual. It can mean eliminating an illness, becoming more energetic, letting go of emotional problems, releasing addictions, healing relationships, becoming more connected to one’s higher purpose, easing one’s passing or feeling more in touch with the divine. The ways that healing can manifest are quite varied, but there is one common thread: an improvement in quality of life.

In its highest form, a healing session initiates a dialogue between a person’s higher self and universal wisdom, often with the person neither observing the discourse nor controlling the direction of the healing. Through this dialogue, the person’s higher self and the divine choose the appropriate healing for this particular situation and the person’s vibration shifts to attract that healing. I think it is unwise for a healer to try to direct or decide what the appropriate healing should be, because no matter how intuitive, the healer cannot understand all of the aspects of that person’s health challenge and life path.

Although there is no formal research supporting the benefits of letting go of attachment during healing, there is analogous research done using prayer that may support this approach. Research documented at has evaluated the effect of prayer on the health of plants. Researchers compared the health of plants divided into three groups: (1) a group that received no prayer, (2) a group that received prayer specifying the intent that the plants be taller with more leaves, and (3) a group that received prayer that was non-directed by asking that the universe choose whatever was best for the plants. The statistical evidence demonstrated that prayer was indeed effective at creating taller, bushier plants, but by far the healthiest group of plants was that group in which no intention was specified. In other words, when someone offered prayerful focus without intent, the plants tended to be healthier than when someone held a specific intent.

The most effective natural healing occurs when the healer lets go of intention and comes from a place of accepting whatever plan the universe may choose. When the healing is left to the divine, people can receive gifts that go far beyond intention and expectation.

Christine Upchurch is a Reconnective Healing instructor who empowers people to come into their healing mastery. To learn more about her visit