Today is not a rant. Today I want to talk about a subject that should be more prominent in the Pagan community than it seems to be. That subject is healing. This is a subject within the pagan community that many claim to be about, but it seems few do anything with it.
Before I continue with this post I want to bring up what has brought me to the point of writing a blog about it. I administer a Social Networking site called Trad Wicca, (http://tradwicca.ning.com) along with a few other really great Pagans. Don’t let the name of the site fool you, it is not just for traditional Wiccan’s, but for all Pagans. Anyway within the broader spectrum of the site you can create groups or little mini sites within the scope of the site overall. One of the groups that I created was the healers group. This group has the most members of any of the other groups on the site, which I found encouraging. However my encouragement faded over time as only the regulars on the site made any conversation within the group. This prompted me to move one of the better topics we had going within the group. I gave it a re-start it in the main site forums. My thinking on this was that perhaps folks forgot they had joined the healing group, would see this topic right on the main page of the site where it shows the most recent forum topics, and they would jump right in to the conversation. Did this happen you ask? Why no it did not, it was the same old regulars that replied to the forum post with there great insights and wit. So my dear reader the afore mentioned events have brought me to writing this blog post, which I hope will elicit some good thought and discussion, not only on the site I help administer, but through your reader comments as well.
So, why is it that so many people seem afraid of healing in our community? Is it because they come from a Church type background where on Sunday the put the sick, and ill, and misfortunate on a prayer request list, and the thought of healing or asking for it hits to close to that past? Is it because (and this is in my opinion) there seems to be a high number of people that come to a Pagan path that are “damaged” and in need of healing for themselves? Or perhaps they are doing a type of healing and are just too embarrassed to talk about it. These are some of the things that were brought about in that forum post and we had some really good discussion on it all.
So my dear readers I now ask you. What is your view on healing in the Pagan community? Do you see lots of it, or hardly any at all? Do you think it is a important part of our community, or something we can back away from. I am very interested to hear your thoughts.