Ever since I wrote the articles, ‘My Healing Technique Is The Only One That Works!’ and ‘Every Healer Has issues!’, I have been reflecting on the kind of experiences I have had on the courses that I have done. There were times when I was in a desperate position and this meant that my thinking brain wasn’t online.
I was in a lot of pain and my life wasn’t very fulfilling, so I was happy to invest my time and money on this area of my life. This was a time when it was as if the lights weren’t on and I was trying to find something in the dark; the trouble was, I didn’t really know what I needed or what I was going to do.
However, if I came across something that went into how I could get just everything I wanted without much effort, I was happy to take the next step. I was one side of the spectrum and I wanted to go to the other, and certain products that were on offer seemed to be what would allow this to take place.
I ended up buying a few different things online, but I mainly spent money on books that I thought would assist me. After a while, I started to find out about different courses that I could do, and this seemed to be what I was looking for.
There was a course that would take place on a weekend that really interested me, and I thought that my life would really change if I did it. This was largely due to what was said in the write up.
I did a few of these courses and while I learned a lot and had fun, my life didn’t really change. If anything, doing these courses just pumped me up a bit and decorated the false-self that I had formed.
A little while after this, I heard about another course that would be taking place near to me, and the write up for this course went even further than the last one. Doing this course would allow me to heal trauma and to transform my life.
If I wasn’t in a desperate position (and my critical thinking skills were more developed), I may have believed it was too good to be true and moved on. I ended up taking the next step and, once it was over, I ended up feeling let down – it was as though I had been deceived.
A New Outlook
Since then, I haven’t been on another course; I have preferred to work with people on a one-to-one basis. When I did a course, I often ended up working with people who were in a similar position to me, and I thought that this was not what I paid money for.
But with this minor detail aside, the main issue I have with these kinds of courses is that so much is often promised and yet so little is actually delivered. It can be as though a weekend healing course (or a longer course) will change everything, and from my experience, I would say that this rarely takes place.
Healing trauma and working through pain is not something that takes place overnight; it takes patience and persistence. And even if someone does experience a big shift on a course, what they had been doing before they even got there is likely to have played a big part.
Now, this is not to say that all courses are equal or that some healers are not more capable than others; there is no doubt that there are courses that are far more effective than others when it come so healing trauma and that there are some incredibly gifted healers out there.
Writing a flashy write up is easier for some people than it is for others, and there are people who are better at marketing than others, but this is all immaterial at the end of the day. It doesn’t matter how flash someone appears to be on a website, for instance; what really matters is what they can actually offer.
As I looked back on my own experiences, I must say that I don’t regret doing any of the courses I have done. If I hadn’t done them, I wouldn’t have been able to write this article and I would have missed out on the chance to meet a number of great people.
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Oliver JR Cooper
Oliver JR Cooper
Author of 26 books, Transformational Writer, Teacher & Consultant.
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That which is contained within these articles is based on my own empirical understanding and is true for me at the time they were written. However, as I continue to grow, what I perceive as the truth will inevitably change and as a result of this - parts of these articles may not reflect my current outlook.