Healers Healing Healers Barter Network, Anyone?
Submitted by Stacie on Thu, 05/29/2008 - 16:00.
Howdy Ya'll, Asheville, North Carolina, has been a haven for holistic and spiritually-minded people for quite a long time. I arrived in Asheville in September of 1997 and love it here. I haven't actually mixed a lot in the local goings-on in Asheville, preferring solitude and plenty of trees-- but that doesn't diminish the fact that I sincerely appreciate the large number of holistic and natural healing alternatives that Asheville has, which many other places do not. Anyone who is seeking a large selection of various holistic practitioners could easily jump on a plane to Asheville and find any particular method, modality, or flavor of healing. This area is busting at the seams with us. In fact, so many of us are here that we are simply waiting for the rest of the world to come and utilize all of these resources. Most of us are thinking, "Okay God, we're here. Now what?" (Which I think would make an excellent bumpersticker.) The "now what" part has still not been answered. But that is okay, it's beautiful enough here that we can just chill and work at the local organic markets until the "now what" unfolds. (Of course, a lot of "now what" is just NOW. Nothing wrong with just being.) In the meantime, before the world catches on that there is a huge untapped population of holistic service providing practitioners-- perhaps we can spend some time taking care of ourselves and each other. I would love to see something like a "Healers Healing Healers" barter network created in the local area for us all to meet, network, and mingle with each other. I think that if we spend some time nurturing and healing ourselves, helping each other by sharing our personal talents, that perhaps it will help us all be ready for whatever the larger picture happens to be here. I have no idea how to do this and I don't even think I have the time to organize it, but I think it would be fabulous to create, even a non-formal group of friendly holistic practitioners who are willing to swap support and services to one another for the purpose of our own nurturing. We don't do enough of that, but we should-- it's important if we ever hope to be of assistance to anyone else. Plus, we should be able to competently discuss all sorts of modalities to potential clients, not just our own. It's something akin to a waitress needing to sample everything on the menu so that she can give good recommendations to diners. So, this is a note to the local holistic healing community. Do you want to swap and share-- not just to network business, but to network the care and nurturing of ourselves? Please let me know you are interested, even if just in theory, and when we get enough people together, we can talk about organizing a little club, or set up a brainstorming meeting or whatever works. This site is perfect for the conversation because Spirit in the Smokies has always been a convergence point. I'm so glad it is back. (Yay!) So, it's really a brainstorm-- hatched while talking with a local lymph drainage specialist, Leigh Warlick, from Evergreen Rejuvination Center. We discussed how, even though I'm a fairly competent energy worker, I still need to admit that I could use help from other people, modalities and ways of thinking when necessary. It took me a year to make an appointment-- how silly of me, truly. My lymphatics were getting all sludgy and my breast was aching and I just hand-zapped, did spiritual healing team sessions, took herbs, changed diets... was stubborn and did everything I knew would be helpful but THE most helpful thing-- which was getting a practitioner to do drainage therapy. Okay, I'll love myself anyway, but really... it was silly and maybe a little arrogant. Ugh, live and learn. Ain't growth fun? Leigh and I mused that perhaps all the healers here are putting personal time in to heal ourselves, healers being notoriously in need of inner healing and balance themselves, before any large scale "unveiling" of Asheville happens. I dunno, it's a theory. :) Good to have a positive connective forum again, Thanks Gayatri! (And everyone else who makes this happen!) LL&C (Love, Light, and Chocolate) Stacie http://www.awakeinangelscape.com