We can help others heal and heal our health care system. But to be effective healers, we must heal ourselves first. What most people don’t realize is that many helping types were programmed in childhood to help others first, while neglecting their own precious needs, wants, and desires.
The childhood traumas that conditioned us in this way cause us to self abandon. This self-abandonment leads to illness, depression, anxiety, addictions, suicide, and boundaryless relationships plagued with the destructive pairing of narcissism/codependence.
Many healers do not know how to protect our psychic boundaries, and because we are around traumatizing situations all the time, we take it on and don’t know how to clear it, which can make us physically or mentally ill. While many health care providers and healers do not realize how much they are in need of healing, every single WHMI graduate agrees that the Heal The Healer facet of WHMI is one of the most radically transformational aspects of the program.
Because the health care system can be so wounding for those who don’t know how to protect themselves, many health care providers, especially physicians, suffer from undiagnosed PTSD and burnout, as well as health problems, addictions, depression, and anxiety, largely as a result of the self-sacrificing martyr patterns that lead health care providers to tolerate abusive or self-abusive behavior. Participating in this program involves self-examination, personal inquiry, the willingness to face your shadow, trauma healing, and the intention to alchemize your limiting beliefs, heal your self-sabotaging behaviors, shore up your boundaries, and cleanse yourself so you can be a vessel of real transformation for a world in need of your love.
You will be asked to dive into your own psycho-spiritual healing journey, because we can’t effectively heal others if we are operating from our own wounds. Healer, heal thyself. (But don’t worry. We’ll help you and love you up while you’re doing this badass work.) Experts in transformational growth work will help you heal yourself through tools you can not only use for your own healing, but share with your patients.