Challenge #1: Taking on too many clients. Energy work is rewarding but also demanding work. We need to respect our own limits and get to know how many client sessions we can handle. Being self-employed we have the gift of managing our own workload. One way to do this is to set a maximum number of client sessions per day and per week, this can also serve as the goal for your practice. Clients understand they may have to wait a bit for a session. Honoring yourself in this way will prevent overwork and possible burnout.
Challenge #2: Not being a good receiver. Healers are generally great at giving but are not always good at receiving. If you are doing a lot of work for free or charging less than you are worth maybe it's time to take a look at that. You have every right to earn a good living for the work you do. Some people believe that healing comes from God and should be done for free - do you? Unless you are independently wealthy or know the secret of turning lead into gold, you have material needs to be addressed. The value you give as a healer is worthy of fair payment [or exchange]. Accepting payment, gratitude and referrals from satisfied customers are all part of being a good receiver - you deserve this.
Challenge #3: Having a mediocre workspace. A pleasant workspace will go a long way to empower you and your practice. You and your clients will benefit from a workspace that reflects your energy. Do your best to have a dedicated private workspace and computer for your healing work. It is energizing to be surrounded by decorations, objects and colours which appeal to you. Applying feng shui principles will also help the energy flow. A professional look to your space will be appreciated by your walk-in clients. If you work via video link, arrange your backdrop to be appealing to clients as well.
Challenge #4: Not taking care of your personal energy field. As healers we are exposed to negative energy in our work and are trained to not let it affect us personally. If ever we feel that something has gotten through to us in a session, we need to take care of that right away. Healing is best done with clarity and focus for the highest good of the client, so to be the best channels for healing, we need to be clear ourselves. Regular session exchanges with other healers can help us in this way as well as grow our support network.
Challenge #5: Neglecting your body. Although we work in the field of energy, we are wise to look after our God-given physical body. Pain and illness do not support us maintaining a healing practice. We have the tools for healing, why leave ourselves out? It is good to get away from our work sometimes: connecting with nature is especially good for healers. Doing exercises you enjoy will help you relax and keep your body happy. Gentle exercise, walking, dancing, singing, breathing exercises and the occasional massage are excellent for healers.
Challenge #6: Neglecting your mind and spirit. We connect with spirit via our mind. Working in the ever-evolving field of energy healing, there are always new discoveries to study. Having a sharp active mind keeps us open to creativity and inspiration, the qualities which best support our work. Reading good books, conversations with other healers, meditation and prayer increase our intuition and connection to Source.
Challenge #7: Lack of social connection. Sometimes a healer can be isolated or unsupported by those around her. No doubt there are some amazing healers living in caves in the mountains but most of us here benefit from social connection. Let yourself be guided to find supportive friends and peers, whether in person or online; be visible so others may find you, too. Try not to see other healers as competitors but rather as peers, each new healer attracting their own clientele. Sharing successes and discoveries benefits everyone.
Challenge #8: Over-giving. "It is more blessed to give than to receive." If taken to the extreme, this saying can be the path to self-righteousness and self-neglect. Of course it is good to be generous but for every giver there must be a receiver; life is in balance when we both give and receive. Too much giving will not be sustainable in the long run. Healing requires the engagement of the client which may not be there when services are given for free.
Challenge #9: Not taking enough time off. Like everyone else, healers need time off to recharge or have a change of scene. Keeping the bow strung all the time wears out the string. As managers of our own schedules, we can take time off for breaks, days off and vacations. Time away lets us do the things that we enjoy, leaving thoughts of work behind. Let's care for ourselves as well as we care for others.
Challenge #10: Not acknowledging and celebrating your successes. We have the gift of healing which benefits our clients, our loved ones and ourselves. Let's acknowledge our successes, whether they be achieving goals, healing breakthroughs or the fulfillment we find in our work. The rewards you give yourself, large or small, will reinforce your successes and lead to more.
Challenge #11: Hiding your light. To be found, we must be seen. While word-of-mouth referrals are best, a healer does well to publicize her services, locally or online with a website and/or Facebook page. Shining your light will allow clients to know who you are and want to work with you: this is the law of attraction.
This blog is dedicated to energy healers of all modalities, with the intention to support you in your amazing work.
Chris Chimbers presents regular webinars and other resources for healers on Healers Online Workshop: www.healersonlineworkshop.com