As healers, we stand at the forefront of guiding others through their emotional and spiritual journeys. Yet, it’s crucial to confront an often-overshadowed truth: many of us are entrenched in a cycle of self-imposed isolation, a byproduct of our deep-seated inability to receive.
In the pursuit of helping others, we healers often find ourselves in a paradoxical state of solitude. We advocate for connection and healing, yet personally, we retreat into our shells, convincing ourselves that our solitude is merely a reflection of our introverted nature. I like to call this empathic burnout, where we refuse to put in energetic boundaries and enforce the boundaries we set with self. So it really introversion? or is it a barrier we’ve built due to our difficulties in receiving—maybe the underlying limiting belief that receiving is unsafe, or receiving comes with strings?
The Mental Fortress: Guarded by Fear and Doubt
Mentally, we build fortresses around ourselves. We’re accustomed to being the listeners, the absorbers of others’ pains and fears. Yet, when it comes to our own vulnerabilities, we’re often the most guarded. We are always “FINE” or we are hyper-focused on helping others to avoid our own problems. This mental isolation is a self-protective mechanism, rooted in our fears of being seen as less than capable, or worse, unworthy of the healing we provide to others.
I have also heard hundreds of healers tell me they wish they could express who they really are. Talking about different interests they have and their fear as being seen as a fraud, or written off as a quack. We have isolated ourselves passing our own judgements and projecting them on the rest of their world; especially their patients and colleagues.
The Emotional Facade: Hiding Behind a Smile
How often have we masked our true feelings, presenting a brave face to the world while struggling internally? Healers, tasked with being the emotional anchors for others, are no strangers to this act. They master the art of concealing their struggles, only seeking help when they’re on the brink of a crisis. This emotional disguise is a form of isolation that many of us can relate to, albeit in different contexts.
In our spiritual practices, we sometimes find ourselves using these as a hideaway from the harsher realities of life. While these practices are meant to ground us and connect us more deeply with the world, they can inadvertently become a bubble, isolating us from the very human experiences we aim to heal in others.
Breaking the Cycle: Embracing Vulnerability and Connection
The journey to break this cycle of isolation begins with acknowledging our vulnerability. It’s about recognizing that our strength as healers doesn’t diminish when we seek help or express our struggles. In fact, it’s in these moments of openness that we truly embody the principles of healing. It doesn’t matter in which realm either (emotionally, mentally, spiritually, financially, etc)
A Collective Path Forward
As healers, our individual struggles with isolation are a reflection of a broader challenge within our community. I have trained and worked with thousands of healers, and this is programmed in the to healer’s collective unconscious. By sharing our experiences and supporting one another in our journeys towards greater openness and connection, we can collectively enhance our ability to heal others and ourselves. Every healer that steps forward and does their own healing journey means the collective unconscious programming shifts towards embracing health. It’s a path that requires continuous self-reflection, vulnerability, and a willingness to embrace both the giving and receiving aspects of healing.
In this shared struggle lies our shared strength – the realization that as healers, we are not alone in our challenges, and that by coming together, we can overcome the barriers we’ve unconsciously set for ourselves.
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