Author: Lisa Miles,  (Lisa Miles)
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The adage "give and you shall receive" is true for professionals in the healing arts as well as for average folk.  

That may seem a given.  The counselor, the coach, the massage therapist all know the gratification of giving comfort and practical help to individuals as well as the "good karma" given to "the global consciousness," as Liquic so aptly puts it.  After all, such professionals are in the line of work they are because they know how much the world needs their work, no?

Sure.  But are they fully in touch with just how much they receive from their interactions with those they are giving to?  Better yet, in the moment?

To know, one might consider the creative arts.  There's something incredibly healing in painting, playing music, dance, theatre and film work, even writing... the artist definitely feels the "give-back," is in touch with how much he or she is receiving during the very process of creation (despite whatever struggles are involved).

Do those in the healing arts know the same?  Surely at one time, yes, perhaps before burn-out and daily grind make inroads and the spark of giving is dimmed.

Because in communicating, teaching, counseling, mentoring, and therapeutically helping others, the process should indeed feel almost as good to the giver as the receiver.  And not unlike the magic of any creative process.  

What is essentially the experience of guiding and shedding light so that others can see and find their way should likely comfort and heal the giver in the moment.  In helping another person move away from pain and learn how to negotiate their life, figure out a career choice based on the self, or demystify relationship challenges, the Healer should feel a similar spark to that of the creative artist.  

It is in fact creative process-work that can help healing arts professionals get back in touch with their reason for giving, and in tune with the inherent divinity and beauty in that age-old maxim stated at this article's onset.  Rather than only considering a vacation, retreat or their own therapist visit (all worthy means of renewal), healing professionals can heal themselves by connecting with their innate creativity by planning for and facilitating new ways of exploration in their very sessions as Healer.

Utilizing new tools and assessments that speak to the Healer will enliven deadened process, and diving into readings on what currently fascinates the Healer can allow for renewed communication.  Use of color and texture and sound and smell can revive a space--not just environmentally but tactically, (even if indirectly) incorporated into the communicating taking place between giver and receiver.  

Artists are in touch with this, looking for the significant and meaningful, the metaphorical, in objects and circumstances that inform their daily living.  They collect and use and are inspired by things and ideas and readings and they pull this into all that they do.  Healing professionals could do the same, as well as get back in touch with what they felt as an imaginative child, taking in the world before jaded cynicism and heartache and sheer struggle and challenge clouded their vision.  

If they do so, exploring getting their messages out and therapies given with creativity infused in the process, guided by what currently excites and fascinates them, they will always love what they do and will receive anew.  Their professional sessions will engage and speak to another's soul and body, and in the process they will be blessed with finding themselves continually healed.

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