by Sinead Fine (MAHA)

Though we strive for a scientific understanding of the healing process we should never neglect our intuition. Natural Medicine above all emphasizes homeostasis. Therefore it would be wrong to only apply physical or intellectual skills in our practice. Intuition is knowing the “what” to do before the “why” to do it and it should be one of the cornerstones in how we interact with our clients.

In practice, there are some fundamental principles that we as therapists must understand.

First of all it’s vital that we know ‘Who we are’. If we don’t know who we are, how can we ever know what we really want? How can we ever hope to help someone else when we have no understanding of why we have a desire to help? Joseph Campbell once said, “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are”. Self development is ESSENTIAL as a therapist.

Secondly there is no point in being a top practitioner with a high IQ if we don’t know how to listen to people.  Empathy, Compassion and Understanding alone can heal a person and it’s a skill that sometimes needs to be learned as intensely as the Science behind healing. Empathy is the way in which we can intuitively and directly understand or “reach into” another person without using words.
We should use our own feelings as information. We should learn to be transparent and allow the person who comes to us for help to be truly heard.

Thirdly we must go inside and find what is unique about ourselves and present this to the world. If we combine our uniqueness with joy, passion and optimism, then we have the makings of a great therapist.

Fourthly - Be Humble. We will never know everything, but at least we have the skills to know where to go to get the knowledge if we need it. People will respect you more if you say ‘I don’t know, but I will find out and get back to you’. We won’t be able to help everyone with their health condition and this is where we must be humble enough to refer on at those times.

Finely - To be successful we MUST believe in ourselves. Against all odds and adversity we can triumph if we KNOW we can make it. It’s HOW we respond to life that will determine whether we succeed or fail. If we don’t believe in ourselves then its time to go back to the beginning and try to understand who we are. We have all that we need right now to be successful - it’s simply a matter of believing in ourselves.

If we have an understanding of whom we are, where we are going and the steps to achieve our goal we are halfway there. If we add to this empathy, belief in oneself and a passion in what we are doing, there is no doubt that we WILL be successful. We will have limitless chances to make a difference in the world around us.