Over the years I’ve felt the need to do something of a healing nature. There have also been times I’ve needed some healing support myself. Most of the time what I have done has been as an individual. I’ve prayed; dedicated and lit candles; developed and carried out healing spells; chanted and sung; sent out distance healing using Reiki; visited people in hospital and given healing in the form of Reiki and similar types of spiritual healing; and I’ve asked for some of these for myself from people I know that also do forms of spiritual healing.
I have a whiteboard hung on the wall by my shrine to those deities I have special relationships with and on it are the names of people I know of that have asked for healing either directly or via a trusted loved one.
I’m not medically trained. I’m not trained in one of the many and varied healing and associated professions and I’ve never been called to do that sort of vital work. What I can offer, what I do, can not replace good medical care and expertise. What I offer is something that can support the heart and soul, something that helps with feeling loved, feeling cared for and supported all of which aids physical healing.
Recently though, I have felt the need to do more.
One aspect of doing more is to take on the role of healthcare chaplaincy coordinator with the Scottish Pagan Federation. The basics of this role is to ensure NHS trusts in Scotland know where to come to if they wish for Pagan information and support. Another is to provide a visiting service to any Pagan who is in hospital and would like a Pagan visitor. I can’t do all of this myself by any means but there are volunteers across the country who will do what they can to support Pagans who find themselves in hospital.
The reality of our current society is that much of the longer term healthcare takes place in the home and community. Now many Pagans will have some form of Pagan community they can turn to for support at these times, that might be an online community or a moot they attend when well enough but there are many that for all sorts of reasons will not have that support. Part of the role I have with the Scottish Pagan Federation is to try and provide some support for Pagans in Scotland that find themselves isolated and in need due to their health, physical or mental. Being able to support people though does rely on someone letting the Scottish Pagan Federation (via their contact form) or myself know that there is someone in need support and that’s not always easy in itself as often we don’t like to ask for support for ourselves even when we need it.
But I felt I needed to do something more. I felt pushed, prodded, urged to set up some form of virtual healing group. I bounced my ideas of a few others, some of whom are, or have been, involved in other healing groups. I wanted something which was open to those of any type of Pagan and Heathen path to join. I wanted something that didn’t restrict how healing was done or sent, other than it would be virtual. I wanted something that had a central hub that requests to join and requests for healing went through. And I wanted something that had the potential to grow.
I think in the Pagan Healing Circle that I have set up, I have planted the seeds. It’s young yet but already I have close to a dozen individuals who have joined me in this circle. Healing is being sent out for a couple of individuals already and I hope that as word spreads others will ask for healing too.
Healing requests come to me on a dedicated email address. I then send them out to the rest of the circle and make a note of what date they are sent round. The plan is that requests stay active for a month unless we get follow-up requests or feedback of some kind asking us to keep sending. A minimum of a first name and what the healing is for is asked for, I don’t circulate the whole email I receive, just the request itself. This is to preserve as much privacy as possible while still providing support and healing.
Oh and we’ll happily accept healing requests for beloved animal companions too.
Image thanks to Awen Photos