“The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind.” – Paracelsus
I had the good pleasure of spending most of the day yesterday with my friends and coworkers at the Spa on Green Street in Gainesville, Georgia. We had an employee development day with the team and gave thought to our “why” and looked at ways to refine our approach to delivering unique spa, fitness and wellness products and services.
Being naturally inclined and open-minded by nature, the spa, fitness and wellness services my team and I designed aim to bring about transformational experiences for our guests. We take a multi-modality approach, as our programs were inspired by more elaborate destination spa programs, and everything we do at the spa intends to restore the flow of life in the minds, bodies and hearts of the guests we serve.
What impressed me most about the time we spent was neither the remarkable camaraderie of the team under the leadership of Teryl Worster nor the delicious lunch provided by various members of the team, but the recognition that every person on the team saw themselves as playing an active role in creating an environment conducive to healing. It occurred to me while I was sitting there hearing these encouraging things that many people in the spa industry and in the medical profession in general would describe themselves as healers, but is that really the case?
To my mind, practitioners of the medical arts are not healers, but guides in the process of healing. As our naturopath said yesterday, healing is not an event, but a process. No matter what medicine you take or doctor you see, the healing comes from nature – from the unfettering of the life force within you. When you look at it this way you see that big egos in medicine are unnecessary, that disenfranchised and uneducated patients are a big part of the problem and that we should probably trust the body and its infinite wisdom much more than we do at the moment.
The art of healing is as important as the science of healing.