Healers Healing Healers Barter Network, Anyone?

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

i agree

i think a healer barter sounds like a good idea! i'm always so amazed at how much trade and barter goes on; it would be wonderful to have a space to facilitate that for each other.

Where are the barter networks?

Maybe we can start using the networks already in place to find fellow practitioners to swap and share? I don't know of the networks in place, but if you know of some, please list em out and maybe we can get something shaking. :)

Healers in need ....

Hi Stacie,

I am intrigued by one of your last comments, about "healers being notoriously in need of inner healing and balance themselves" in context with not pursuing this service from others. Assuming it's true, what do you think it will take for healers to go ahead and schedule appointments with other healers when needed?

From the desk of
Gayatri Erlandson, PhD
managing editor of this site
Asheville, North Carolina
USA

Swooping Around Again :)

Hi Gayatri,

You know what would be great? If there were some kind of email notification when someone responds to a message on here. I had no idea anyone was talking to me or I would have been here sooner. :)

Let me see if I can answer your question. It's a good question...

-Resource issues: Alternative Healers tend to have limited funds, so cannot always afford to hire out others. This was true before the economic blow out, but certainly is true now.

-Opportunity issues: I think a lot of folks ~would~ swap services if they knew it was possible. I know I would.

-Resistance to being "needy" of help: it's easy giving help, harder to request it.

-Lack of broader ideas/professional development/networking: we often "niche" out and then pour all of our enthusiasm into one modality. There is not always easy access to "professional development" or networking opportunities, so we remain somewhat ignorant of what other good work is being done locally. The last networking group I attended was one that you facilitated. They were great, but the topic was wide open and people were trying to "sell" not "share".

-Classic unresolved "Wounded Healer" issues: many people who end up as "healers" have come to the path by having significant trauma or pain in their own lives, which develops the deep compassion/clairvoyance/call to help, but also leaves "inner issues" to bring back into balance. It is easier for some to avoid self-work by hopping immediately to a focus on healing others.

-Ego/Competition Issues: some folks, especially if they haven't resolved inner issues, can come from the stance of their skills defining their worth. If they do that, then they are likely "measuring themselves" by social comparison to the closest matches--which ultimately leads to drama, drama, drama. Or, what I like to call, "Lightworker Pissing Contests". (not even as fun as it sounds)

-Lack of marketing skills: I think a lot of healers are good at what they do, but may lack the business/marketing skills to articulate their services, and so... don't create a buzz enough about it for anyone to give a hoot, even if it is amazing, wonderful, extremely beneficial stuff. If you can't excite other healers, it will be hard to excite a client base.

I dunno, I think those are the main points.. though I'm sure I'm missing something.

It would be great if there was a "Share and Tell"... a meeting where people would show up agreeing that they would offer a free session to someone each meeting (or whatever), perhaps a true swap, or blind selection out of a hat-- and at the next meeting, people should be able to share how they enjoyed the work, add to references for each other, add to education from each other. It might be nice to turn it into a professional development networking group-- where marketing, business management, and all sorts of other sideline skills could be shared too by people who want to offer workshops for special cross modality skills-- things everyone could use.

Anyway... yeah, I'd love to see something like that manifest. *nods* Easy for me to say! I'd be happy to help it manifest-- just don't have the time to do it all myself.

Hope all is well! Enjoy crunching leaves.

LL&C,
Stacie

http://www.awakeinangelscape.com

barter network

Hey Stacie,
With a little imagination, I suppose I could be considered a healer of sorts. I'm a plumber, a healer of pipes? I found your site when I googled "barter network. Several years ago I was part of a barter group in Va. Having been in Asheville for three years now, and like you, (us all)realize that with things being a bit challenging now, it makes sense to reach out and help one another however possible. I am amazed and immensely grateful for the abundance of healers and healing energy available to us in this special place. Please let me know if this idea of "cross pollenation" interests you. I'm a skilled networker and enjoy bringing people together. I feel that many of my friends and customers would like the idea of trading services.

Thank you PBL, Steve

Plumber-Healer of Pipes!

Hi Steve,

That's great, I love it. You should have cards that say "Pipe Healer" on it. :)

Yes, it sounds good. I'd be happy to join a Barter Network that had a wide open exchange possibility. Why not?

Is there a barter group already going, do you know? I think I looked, but didn't find anything of note. Web surfed though, not an actual nose in a coffee shop asking questions. You may have better luck if you actually see people.

Drop me a line, Steve or anyone, about this to see if we can do anything about it to drum up support. I'll be doing workshops soon, so I'll have groups of people that I can share this information with over the next year or so. Maybe we can get something going.

Take Good Care :)

Stacie
http://www.awakeinangelscape.com
stacie@awakeinangelscape.com

Healers Healing Healers & Collaboralchemy

Just a couple of months ago we started an exchange and collaboration community for artists/healers of all modalities.
It's about nurturing each other and creating our new economy by combining our resources.
We have a temporary Google Docs page where you can read what each of us is offering and seeking. If you want more information and are interested in a free networking/brainstorming meeting on February 27, 1-3 in West Asheville, contact saramuse@verizon.net

putting personal time in to

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.

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Great webpage! I dont imagine Ive seen every one of the angles of this theme the way in which youve pointed them out. Youre a accurate star, a rock star guy. Youve got a great deal to say and know so much about the subject that i think you ought to just teach a class about it

it would be really wonderful

it would be really wonderful to have a space to facilitate that for each other.

When we get enough people

When we get enough people together, we can talk about organizing a little club, or set up a brainstorming meeting or whatever works. Thanks for sharing.
Regards,

This site is perfect for the

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. Thanks a lot for sharing the information in this article.

Healers Healing Healers

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. Thanks.