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Healing Isn’t a Smooth Journey

Article by Angie Webster

There are a few misconceptions about the healing path that don’t serve us very well. I would like to try and clear up the errors around these.

Being on a healing path doesn’t meant that you will never get sick. It doesn’t even mean that you will get well from whatever you have struggled with before you came to the healing journey. It often does mean that you recover as you begin to reveal the layers underneath the illness, but not always. Sometimes it simply means that you stop seeing yourself as a “sick person” or a victim and you develop a more functional way of living with what your body is like. That is healthier in and of itself. That feels better, even though the body still technically has an illness.

Mostly, being on a healing journey means that it is not a goal that you reach one day and then you are finished. There is no finish line on a true healing journey. You start to see that it is a process in which there are layers and the layers go deeper and deeper. That can sound frightening at the beginning, especially if you are in great physical and emotional pain. I understand. You want the pain to end—that is your goal. And that is OK.

Healing Isn’t a Smooth Journey

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But if you are to truly heal your pain, you must heal each of the layers that created it. That is a learning and growing process, a shedding of the things that do not work. As you do this, tools will present themselves to you which help you along the path. They help you to continue shedding layers and growing, doing the work of healing. As you work through the layers, revealing new insights about yourself, you will start to see that there is a wonderful jewel inside you. You will see that the process of healing has value as a journey, as a way of being, not as a goal. And at some point, you will begin to value yourself and wherever you are in your life, in each moment—even the unpleasant ones. That is pretty powerful.

The healing path is not an easy one to walk. This is another misconception I very often see, especially when people comment on one of my articles or speak to me in person. Even loved ones have mistaken this. I have often said that finding the healing path changed my life. That is very true. In fact, I don’t doubt that it saved my life. I have a very positive and appreciative way of viewing life and I am much healthier than I used to be. But that didn’t happen immediately. It was, and still is, a path. There are many course corrections; days where I have to repeatedly remind myself of the direction I want to be heading. And especially in those first months and years, it was very difficult as I worked through the density of the unhealed layers of myself. It took determination to get through it. The alternative of continuing to live unhealed and in pain was worse. Though I am happier and healthier, that doesn’t mean I never feel sad, angry or fearful and it doesn’t mean I never get sick or have pain. I am still human. The way I handle these things has changed.

The healing journey does not mean that everything comes easily or that each day is joyous and carefree. Life still goes on. Some days will be challenging. You will still feel emotions—even unpleasant ones. That’s normal. Some days you will see old patterns peek to the surface, especially in the beginning or when you expose yourself to situations that trigger those. As you learn, you will grow, but you will never be perfect. Perfection doesn’t exist. Even Jesus needed someone to help him as he carried his cross. This life is very challenging at times! It takes effort to continue learning your way through being a human! Remember to be gentle and supportive with yourself. Ask for help when you need it and allow yourself to be human, imperfect and loved.

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Angie Webster
Angie Webster

Angie Webster is a Reiki Master, Teacher, and Author. Angie’s primary focus is animal Reiki, which she adores. She teaches online classes on energy healing, flower essences, herbalism, and personal growth. Angie often works with nature healing and Earth healing, hoping to better understand our connection with Mother Earth. Angie is the author of Animal Reiki: How it Heals, Teaches & Reconnects Us with Nature and Reiki from A to Z. You can follow her at: angie-webster-healing.teachable.com and on Facebook (facebook.com/angiewebsterhealing).

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  • Kathi July 2, 2015, 4:00 pm

    We are ALL perfectly imperfect! Great article! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • marney July 2, 2015, 5:18 pm

    I really needed to hear this. It reasonates with me to the core. I’ve been working with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome and chronic pain for 38 yrs. I realized that I am searching for answers with the prize of being healed. I will work on the being and not the results. Thank you!

    • Angie Webster July 27, 2015, 4:37 am

      Marney, I have been coping with those issues for a long time as well. It gets better all the time, and the pain and fatigue trouble me far less than before most of the time, but it is mostly my perspective of myself and life that has changed. Yes! Work on the being! It makes a world of difference. Just enjoy every moment of being here, in this body, in this world. Make a daily point of seeing one thing to enjoy and appreciate about your body and your way of being in the world. It shifts things. Blessings to you.

  • Katie July 2, 2015, 8:28 pm

    I too needed this. Without getting into details, my world has been turned a bit upside down since my level 2 attunement. Please let me express my deepest gratitude for this wonderful article. Love, light and many blessings to you.

    • Angie Webster July 27, 2015, 4:39 am

      Blessings to you as well. Sometimes we get turned on our sides to be led where we need to be or to see the view from a different perspective. I hope things settle where they feel more peaceful for you soon.

  • Dale July 2, 2015, 8:52 pm

    Love to learn but sadly can’t afford the cost

    • fran Fb @ReikiNR12 August 5, 2020, 4:26 pm

      What’s the cost of self care ?

  • ANNE APFEL July 3, 2015, 4:22 pm


  • Neelam July 6, 2015, 1:07 am

    Thank you very much for the article…each and every word resonates with what I hv to tell people who r no reiki channels. .As people have an expectation that being a reiki channel one shud be out of world person..no pain ..no attachments. .nothing worldly things…but this is what actually happens our perception to see the life people and various situations change with reiki..we r more happy more positive day by day with the regular practice

    • Angie Webster July 27, 2015, 4:33 am

      Neelam, yes, it changes how we look at life, not life itself. And it only does that with regular practice!

  • Ojas September 25, 2015, 8:52 am

    Hello Angie…I have personally gone through this healing after completing my master level..I had this infection that was cured once and it occured exactly after an year..all medical reports were found to be normal and i had lost quite a lot of weight during that medical condition..but then i realised maybe it is the healing that i am going through and now i am glad to say that i am in a beautiful health now and have regained the lost weight and also a bit more…Thanks for writing this out… 🙂

  • Ruth Davidson March 22, 2016, 2:53 am

    THANK YOU for this. I really hate it when people sell Reiki and other energy work as quick fixes to things. Beautiful things happen but rarely in the way we think they will.

  • Stella June 17, 2016, 7:00 pm

    That was wonderfully put…. thank you… it reminds me not to be so hard on myself!

  • Cate Davies August 31, 2016, 5:37 pm

    Thanks for posting this. It’s so easy to second guess yourself, especially in the beginning. Love and light ?

  • Nicole August 17, 2017, 8:49 am

    Lovely article Angie, and so true! Wish I had read this before I started on my healing path, but perhaps I would have stalled joining it if that was the case! So all happened as it needed to 🙂

  • Fran Fb @ReikiNR12 August 5, 2020, 4:24 pm

    Awesome. Truth is a spiritual understanding.

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