Healers Magazine is an online journal we created in order to fulfill our mission to render holistic healing options much more accessible to the masses. The theme of our first issue is Beyond Binaries: Healing without Borders, alluding to our objective: to add color to a black-and-white world, the one in which most patients reside.
We’re here to debunk dichotomies because the truth always lies somewhere between two poles, somewhere on a spectrum. Above and beyond Western medicine, there’s a rich range of traditions, old and new, that eclipses even so-called alternative therapies. Escaping the oppositions within this divided ecosystem of healing modalities, Healers Magazine is radically inclusive, fostering unity.
Let’s start with the divide between patients and practitioners. The truth is that healers also solicit healing practitioners for help. More importantly, every patient is actively engaged in their own healing. Our special edition by Laura Junge, “The Year I Vacationed in Hell,” demonstrates the importance of fending for oneself in regard to healing. As my mother taught me, you are your own doctor. Ultimately, it’s up to you to make sure that you get the care you require.
Moving to another myth, which was one of the first brain-twisters I studied as a philosophy major, there’s the concept of duality. Dualism is the ill-informed notion that the mind and body are separate from one another. Bernie Siegel’s article, “Deceiving People into Health,” describes how much power the mind has over the body. Observing the interconnectedness of the mind and body, we’re tapping into the ideology of “integrative” therapies like Emotional Freedom Techniques, which Lina Landess explains in “Living in a World of Possibility.” Spirituality is also tied tightly to mental and physical health, as Lesley Goth’s points out in “How Stress Can Break Down Our Mind, Body, and Spirit.” In “The Akashic Records,” Heather Prince explains that attending to one’s soul and the traumas it’s endured in this life (and others) can be a powerful tool in regard to healing.
My former mentor at Psychology Tomorrow Magazine had a tagline—“our problems are our solutions”—that has always stuck with me. For example, drug abuse can be seen as a superficial symptom that, helpfully, identifies deeper issues. In “What is Harm Reduction?” Jessica Katzman explains the value of this approach to addiction. Speaking of problems-turned-solutions, what if the issue isn’t you so much as the effect your surroundings have upon you? As Thomas Lonesome points out in “Relocation Therapy: India,” environmentally dependent problems should sometimes be solved by removing oneself from one’s current situation—problem solved.
Is there at least a difference between “sick” and “healthy” people? Maybe there is. Still, all of us experience symptoms sometimes. Also, if our problems really are our solutions, than the former is clearly an ally of the latter. In “The Gift of Anxiety,” David Hayden introduces this concept in regard to emotional intelligence, touching upon another iffy division: IQ vs. EQ.
Modernity has left us with a preponderance of half-baked binaries that are good for nothing except highlighting the limits of our understanding. Someone told me it is a Buddhist principle that if you are faced with an either/or situation, you’re already lost. Our hope is that if someone going through something like this, feeling trapped or indecisive, were to pick up a copy of Healers Magazine, they’d see the world a little differently. With the help of Healers, we want them to see a scarcity of options transform into an abundance of possibilities.