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November 01, 2018

Why People Don’t Heal

Tags: Healing Journeys, Limited Beliefs, Timing

You have been to every healer on the block and still you find yourself in the same rut. It may get better for a while but you always land back where you feel you started. You have spent hundreds of dollars on healers and are starting to lose faith. Why can’t you heal? 

There are many reasons we do not heal. First of all, spiritual healing is a journey, not a miracle intervention. It usually takes the work of Spirit, the practitioner, and the client, although it can just be the client and Spirit. We go to a healer when we get stuck trying to do it ourselves. There are things in shadow that we cannot see when we are invested in our lives being a certain way, so sometimes, a healer is necessary to move past these blind spots and blocks.

What keeps us from healing? Much of it is based on limited beliefs. We do not believe we “deserve” to heal or are worthy of a healthy vibrant life. When these beliefs are running unnoticed in the background we will sabotage our wellness unconsciously. We may eat foods that are bad for us, or overindulge in self medications, of one sort or another. We may emotionally eat or run other kinds of addictions that run against the current of wellness. Until we get to the bottom of why we feel unworthy and get the healing we need to move out of it, we will stay stuck in that eddy at the edge of the river unable to show up and be a part of things.

We may have a fear of failure. If we are healthy we will have to show up and make an effort. Then our efforts will be seen and judged by many. Or perhaps we have a fear of success. If we heal we will be seen, and this makes us feel vulnerable in some way. Both of these are rooted in events that happened long ago that made us feel unsafe in the high performance world we all live in now.

Some of us live in victim stories that keep us unable to move on. We cannot forgive so we stew in our old grudges, or perhaps we just keep being victimized and can never get ahead. The victim usually has someone who will take care of them. This feels safe and comfortable. To heal would cut them off from this steady stream of love and concern they do not believe they could otherwise cultivate. They would rather blame, and take the nurturing than take responsibility and heal.

Some people have have physical problems that are not gong to be cured. Their healing work is in dealing with the stigma and limitations of that disease or handicap. While they can heal they won’t be cured. It’s up to them how they want to hold this limitation.

Healing is a journey within that addresses the very fiber of who you are and how you have defined yourself. If you have an inner badass that won’t let anyone in to see what the problem is, you cannot heal. If you have a belief that you can’t heal, you won’t. At the core of who you are lie the keys to your healing. It happens on your time, when you are ready. But you have to want to. You have to address all your fears about being out in the world if you want to be a part of it. You have to want to heal, to heal. A healer can’t “heal” anyone who doesn’t want to heal. The practitioner is only holding space for the client to realize their healed self, so they can step into it and heal. The healer simply holds open the door, it is up to the client to walk through it.


Christina Allen, Shamanic Healer, Teacher, and Founder and Director of the Austin Shamanic Center, combines a strong science (BA Physics, MS Neuroscience) background with decades of applied ancient spiritual wisdom (Master Yogi, Reiki Master, Shamanic Healer, based, in part, on Q’ero Indian traditions of Peru). ASC offers profound Shamanic Self Development Workshops, professional trainings, and personal healings. Learn more at

© Austin All Natural, November 2018

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