Healer or Curer?

I found myself pondering the differences between being a Healer and being a Curer.

A great deal of Western Allopathic Medicine is based around reaching a cure. Discover a problem, give a drug or do surgery to remove it. Problem cured. The focus is very much on treating symptoms and parts of the body.

On the other hand, healing focuses on treating whole people, whole bodies. Symptoms may be looked at, but only as part of the entire picture being presented.


Practitioners at either end of this spectrum, healer to curer, confuse their usefulness and their purpose. Both claiming the other is worthless and of no benefit.

Now, I am not saying that one is better than the other. There is a place for both those who heal and those who cure. If I have a broken leg, I am going to go see a medical doctor to get the bone set before I go see a Reiki healer.

A few years ago I had a client I did some work with. He was elderly and it was obvious that he was nearing the end of his life. Healing work would not restore this man to the body he had once had. It would not “cure” him. Curing work would not bring him the comfort he needed and could not help him through his fears as he made that final imminent transition. It could not “heal” him.

The Healer who didn’t understand this may have focused their work on getting the man up and moving again in an effort to restore him to the health he’d had as a younger man. The Curer who didn’t understand this might have focused their work on fixing an illness called “old age”.  Both would end up frustrated and perhaps ultimately blame the client. “He wasn’t ready for healing, some past issue must be blocking him from accepting it.” “He isn’t being compliant with the treatment I have prescribed.”

Together, both Healer and Curer could have helped to ensure this man was able live his final weeks or days in comfort. If only both had been willing to release their own expectations of what was needed or desired in that specific situation.

As a healer, are you putting your focus too much on curing your clients? Or are you helping them to heal?














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