How can you become a professional energy healer?
Lots of people want to be professional energy healers. Many will get trained, investing thousands of dollars and perhaps years of their life towards that goal. However, few will succeed at bridging the gap from student healer or hobbyist to becoming full-time professional energy healers that make a living doing the work they love.
What makes the difference? Most healers accept that they need training in business and marketing (usually after great resistance). But few healers know about the secret advantage know as supervision. It’s is one of the big things that separates the non-professional from the professional, and many don’t even know the term or why it’s so crucial.
For those who are not familiar with it, supervision could be considered a type of professional coaching for healers. It’s a practice that’s common in psychotherapy or social work. A more experienced therapist commonly oversees and mentors a less-experienced therapist, helping them to navigate the depth and complexities of the therapist-client relationship. It’s not a common practice among healers, coaches or spiritual teachers, but supervision is a powerful way to elevate your work with clients from so-so to outstanding.
If we break down the word supervision, ‘super’ means above or beyond. ‘Vision’ is obviously seeing. So supervision is about getting above and beyond our personal blind spots in order to see the practitioner-client relationship from a bigger perspective.
The energy dynamics and psychodynamics of a client-healer relationship are so complex they are almost impossible to understand with the linear mind. You have the entire history of the client interacting with the history of the practitioner. You have multi-dimensional energy fields of client and practitioner interacting with each other and the universal energy field. You have dynamics that are both conscious and unconscious. You have transference where the client projects their unconscious feelings onto the healer, and vice versa. It’s very easy to get lost in it all, or just miss important themes because there is just so much going on. Supervision helps you get the bigger picture on all of this and discover what you are most likely missing.
When practitioners don’t receive supervision, this opens the door to ethical lapses, but more importantly, it means that they are missing out on the true depth and power of practitioner-client relationship.
What kind of situations can supervision help with?
- You want clarity about boundaries, including time boundaries, money boundaries, emotional boundaries and energetic boundaries.
- You sometimes end sessions with your clients and feel vaguely unsatisfied about the interaction. Maybe you wish you could have helped the client more.
- You sometimes feel overwhelmed by certain clients, and would like to feel more grounded and empowered.
- You hear the client repeating the same story again, you might feel frustrated or bored.
- Either your client is attracted to you or you are attracted to your client. You want to know how to handle that energy responsibly without shutting down their life force or your own.
- Your work with clients is exhausting you, when it should be filling your up with pleasure and joy.
- You feel stuck working with a particular client and want to support that client in breaking through.
- You have a vision of what’s possible for your clients and wish you could better help them stop sabotaging themselves and step into the life they were meant to lead.
A lot of healers will try to muddle their way through all these issues without support, and the result will be a mediocre practice with mediocre results. Or worse, the practitioner may unconsciously end up hurting a client. If you aspire to be an outstanding professional healer, supervision is one of the steps that will help you work through the blind spots that can hold you back and set you on a track for professional success.
by Jonathan T. Bessone