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PostSubject: Healers' Workshop || Finished Assignments   Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:39 am

Week 1 - The Nature of Healing

Healing is the act of bettering and maintaining someone's physical and mental state, or restoring such to its best level. It differs from curing or fixing in that not all Healing involves completely freeing someone of an injury or mental condition; it can often involve treating and caring for the ailment over time, and providing consistent aid to those who require it. 
Healing also differs from Medicine, in that Medicine is a largely scientific practice involving the use of research, chemicals, and more practical aid. Healers, however, can also heal the mind, hearts and soul. There are overlaps between the two, but Medicine can be compared to Earth doctors and physicians, whereas Healers can be compared to witches and therapists.

There are many aspects of healing, the first and most obvious being physical.

Physical healing involves treating injuries and illness, whether through practical methods such as first aid and herbal remedies, or through spiritual methods. Spiritually I remember there were many ways to heal a body, but the method I remember the most vividly involved bonding with the injured or sick directly; practically sharing a body to search for and fix the damage using telepathy, empathy, and willpower. Each Chapter had their own way of doing this, however, and the method I describe is primarily Prydonian. Healers could also help with Regeneration, by helping them channel their energy. 

The second aspect of healing is mental. This involves healing the mind and soul, and can be done through therapy, spiritual help, and other mentally focused methods along those lines.

Each aspect of healing has many subcategories. There are dozens of different kinds of healing, from herbal and medicinal to magic and energy work. How a Healer chooses to perform their craft is their own personal choice and is usually based upon what they feel most comfortable with. For example, I prefer to use herbs and energy work in my healing. I create potions and tinctures to aid in mental recovery or strength, teas to bring calm and peace of mind, and energy work/healing hands to ease pain and immediate emotions such as panic. I also use more practical methods of Medicine, such as basic first aid, where it is needed. 
I also have a gift with words and I combine it with my passionate nature to encourage and comfort the people around me. This can be considered Healing in itself. 

The nature of Healing is primarily selfless and, as such, many Healers often find they have to put the lives and safety of others above their own. This can be good, as it allows us to heal and serve without being clouded by our own judgement, but can also lead to recklessness and a neglect of self-care. Thus, each Healer should be certain to also keep their own well being to a certain level in order to be at the peak of their ability to perform their job. In situations where this is too difficult for us, there is no shame in seeking another Healer's aid in the matter.

All in all, Healing is an occupation of care and compassion; to aid the people around us in any way we can and maintain a careful care and balance in our living or working environments. Healers are present throughout the Multiverse, as one of the most important and respected members of any society, and we must work to make sure that reputation is maintained.

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PostSubject: Re: Healers' Workshop || Finished Assignments   Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:41 am

Week 1 - The Ethics of Healing

The morality and ethics of Healing are a difficult subject. There are many aspects and elements of morality that come into the occupation, and it isn’t uncommon to find that opinions differ vastly on what can or can not be done. As such, my thoughts on the subject are just that – thoughts, rather than a strict code by which I believe all should abide.

In my eyes, the first and foremost aspect of Healing that must be considered is compassion. The care of others is one of the defining aspects of Healing and I believe that each and every life should be seen as important and every individual should be treated with respect and consideration. Within this is the value of equality. No individual should be treated as inherently less than another, especially because of something they cannot control, such as race or family. We are servants to the people and we should treat each and every life as important no matter their background.

That being said, there are situations where the line between compassion and stupidity is very thin. What to do, for example, when a potential patient is or will be responsible for the deaths of hundreds more? Thousands more? A certain amount of consideration should be taken for these risk factors. This is where the lines of morality blur considerably. In saving a person like this, we could be indirectly responsible for the deaths of many more besides. Where do we draw the line? I cannot say I know for certain. If a Dalek were injured and begging for its life, would I help it? I cannot say I wouldn’t be swayed by its pleas. I might choose to leave it to die, but would the guilt follow me? Would I regret? Most likely, yes, but between one life and the lives of hundreds more, I feel it would be the right decision.

What, then, if there were two people in need of my care, and I knew I could only save one? This is where the decisions become harder still. A Dalek, in comparison, is an easy choice. Two innocents are not. How would I weigh the priority? Would I choose based on the extent of the injury and hope the other person could hold out until I was done? It’s a possibility, but likely not the swaying factor for me. Would I judge based on their cast or creed or family background? Likely not. 
No, what I feel I would decide is the number of people I would directly benefit by saving them. How many people are relying on them? Friends? Family? An entire race or country? These are the contributing factors to my decision. A cold one, perhaps, but how else would I decide? To sit and ponder the worth of one life over the other would risk both of them, and as such a snap decision must be made, and I would make that snap decision based on the number of lives I would directly aid in saving the person, and whom those other lives are. For example, I would be more likely to save a poor mother with dependent children than I would a wealthy business man.

These decisions are all based upon personal morality. The choices we make will always, in the end, be swayed by our own perspectives and life experiences. As such, the morality and ethics of Healing are a fluid, changeable thing. Can we really say one way or another is right or wrong? Can we look another Healer in the eye and tell them they saved the wrong life? These are questions I have been pondering over multiple lifetimes and I cannot say I am any closer to a solid answer to that. Perhaps there is no true morality to any of this, and the real answers lie within our own experience.

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PostSubject: Re: Healers' Workshop || Finished Assignments   Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:26 pm

Week 2 - Ethics of Healing Quiz



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Scenario One: Battle.  A Patrician is badly injured to the point of death; injuries are at present too severe to permit Regeneration.  The only Healer present is of lower-Caste, and the Patrician has made it very clear that they do not wish to be administered to by one of lower rank and Caste.  As the lower-Caste Healer, what do you do and why?

I think I would still attempt to heal the Patrician in question. In the best case scenario, they would be grateful enough to put aside their prejudice. At worst, they would lash out, but a life would be saved. I would rather risk the worst to avoid losing a life to something so petty.

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Scenario Two: A House Cousin is in need of Healing. and prefers to (and by that I mean demands to) be Healed by a member of the House.  The member of the House does not possess the necessary skills to Heal the Cousin as they need to be Healed, for example, the Cousin is in need of MindHealing when the House Healer is not capable of that.


I would, in this scenario, not administer healing by force, unless the Cousin's life was directly in danger. I am not certain of my reasoning behind this -- it is mostly instinct telling me so. Perhaps in this case the patient's wishes outweigh the potential danger to them.


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Scenario Three: A more injured but less "valuable" member of society, for example, a Patrician being less injured than a simple solider.  Who is considered the priority?  The "more important" Patrician, or the more injured soldier?


The more injured soldier. My priorities lie on who needs my help more, not on their social status.

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Scenario Four: (Reference point Doctor Who episode "Into the Dalek".) The Doctor has the opportunity to fix a Dalek that is seemingly "good."  His motive is that "if he can turn one Dalek, he can turn them all, and save billions of lives."  Is this the correct reason to Heal someone, especially someone who would normally be considered our enemy, for our own personal benefit, especially when that benefit is framed as "the greater good"?

While I'm not certain Healing someone purely for personal benefit is a good thing, I understand where The Doctor was coming from. Being able to Heal something so destructive as a Dalek could save billions of lives and I don't feel the selfishness of that action outweighs the potential good it could do. However, I personally would most likely Heal an apparently 'good' Dalek in the hopes that it truly was good. Saving the life of a creature even such as a lone, 'good' Dalek is reward in itself, I feel.

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PostSubject: Re: Healers' Workshop || Finished Assignments   Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:24 am

Week 2 - The Preference of Curing over Healing

Once, in a past not so far from today, Healers were humanity’s primary carers. We turned to their herbs and magic for every ailment and trouble, and yet, as time passed these practices were seemingly replaced by new roles such as surgeons and psychiatrists -- Curing has overtaken Healing as the world's primary practice for health and wellness in the human race.

The reason for this, I believe, is as simple as time. With the rise of new technologies, new diseases and new weaponry to cause new and worse injury, Healers can no longer perform to the level that humanity requires of them. New sciences and studies mean that people can be Cured and taken care of on a far wider scale for far more severe ailments that it would take far too much energy or time for a Healer to deal with. Over time Healing has faded into obscurity and, as with many old ways, become the stuff of stories and legends.

Of course, with the obscurity of Healing came the disbelief in it -- people began to rely solely on science and technology and had no room left in their minds for magic and spirituality beyond what was accepted. Thus, we became not only obscure and legendary, but nonexistent in the eyes of the average person.

This isn't to say that Healers are not needed at all, of course. They still exist, walking in shadow amongst the smaller people; sharing their craft with those who still turn to them for aid. People will always need Healers to help them with issues science cannot touch. When a possession takes place, what science will help them? When someone's spiritual energy is muddled, what science will set it straight? Even minor pains and panic can still be aided by a Healer; and people still turn to us for such things. Just because we now work in secret, quiet and behind the scenes for the most part, does not mean we no longer exist or have become obsolete.

In fact, in my opinion and observations, Healers are still numerous in human cultures, if only in a more specialised way than we initially think of. No longer do we generally take on all responsibilities of a Healer at once (though some do prefer to still), but rather specialised subjects; sections of Healing which naturally suit or interest us the most. Someone who takes it upon themselves to console and reassure their friends whenever they can is just as much a Healer as those who mix potions and poultices to the same end. Someone who knows every variety of tea and which is best for every ailment is as much a Healer as someone who focuses their spiritual energy to that end. The roles of a Healer are far more subtle and spread throughout humanity, allowing almost everyone to have the potential of a Healer in their communities and homes. We will always be needed and we will always be there, even if we must work behind the scenes and under the cloak of shadow.

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PostSubject: Re: Healers' Workshop || Finished Assignments   Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:22 am

Week Three - Past Life Memories

As a Healer in my past life, my strengths mostly lay in energy work. The gifts I had were mostly inherited by my mother, I believe, and so my energy revealed itself as a great white light while I healed physical wounds and symptoms. As it stands,when I use energy work in this life I always visualise cleansing light as either the same white of that healing light, or the gold of father’s regeneration energy.
My talents also lay in emotion, as I was an empath and also held power to soothe the emotions of those around me. There were two methods I used for this: One was a simple ‘push’ of soothing energy towards a person, easier if I was holding their hand as the energy could be transferred directly. The other was to use my voice -- it held power, and therefore I could sing or hum to influence people’s emotions in any direction. I use this now, in a sense, in writing sigils into the music I create, but I would like to learn how to further increase my power in music.
Another method of Healing I remember was the ability to completely merge one’s soul with that of the injured; mentally ‘enter’ their body and manually seek out the damage to repair it. This was particularly helpful for removing poisons from the blood or repairing internal injury. There was also the option of connecting specific areas of the body -- if a person were struggling to breathe, I could breathe for them. I apply this somewhat in my current life, resting my hand on the chest of someone who panics and keeping my breathing as steady as possible while envisioning soothing energy entering their lungs and filling their body.

There were also practical methods, of course. My husband, Gods carry his soul, would use potions, herbs and salves combined with spellwork and his own personal energy to heal people in his own ways. He also used practical first aid techniques and could both patch up injuries and perform CPR, the latter of which being something I had less experience in. I would like to explore all of these areas of Healing also, to both keep a piece of him alive in my heart and expand my practical capabilities as a human being. I am already exploring herbal remedies in the form of tea (something which I, as Sapphire, was proficient in) and would much like to expand my knowledge base there.

My soul-sister, Liara, also has healing capabilities similar to mine, but far more powerful. Her ability extends to hands-on exorcisms where only physical force and the strength of her spirit are required to banish a malevolent spirit or demon from inhabiting a person. As useful as this is I would like to learn other methods of doing this, to take some of the pressure of it away from her.

While I realise each of these options may be a lot to focus on, even just learning one or two of these areas would be greatly helpful, I believe, to both myself and those around me.

Willingness and Capability

When it comes to taking care of people, my willingness far exceeds my capability. I am willing to stay up at all hours of the day and to deal with even the most difficult of cases; but often tend to neglect myself in the process. On top of this, having to juggle my everyday job and the amount of rest I need around that is difficult enough without taking care of other people. I think I need to work on finding that balance -- I am managing to do so to an extent, but finding the boundary where I have to take care of myself is something I am not yet adept at and would need more time and experience to figure out.

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PostSubject: Re: Healers' Workshop || Finished Assignments   Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:12 am

Week Four - The Importance of Death or Pain


To begin with, it may seem strange for a Healer to dedicate themself to Death, but as a Healer drawn to that Aspect myself I can say this is not true. When we are faced with the choice of keeping a patient alive and suffering or freeing them of their misery, is it not Death we are working under? When choosing whether to keep a patient alive or to let them die for the good of the Future, it is a decision of Death. And is it not Pain and Death together in play when a Healer must inform people of the death of a close friend or family member?

That is the role I chose to play, in my life as Sapphire. It was I who took it upon myself to make the toughest decisions; the Life and Death decisions. It was me who travelled to the far reaches of the Universe to tell those dearest to the dead that they would not be seeing their friend or relative again. I took these roles for one simple reason: to spare those around me the burden of doing so, and because I was the one with the greatest experience in it. I had seen, caused and dealt with enough death to last a dozen lifetimes, and as such I knew what to expect and had the the experience needed to keep a cool head and know what to do, for the most part.

Knowing death gave me the experience and empathy -- not emotional empathy as I always had, but cognitive -- to understand the plights and decisions I would have to deal with. I knew enough of war to make the choice between the usurper and the commoner. I knew enough of losing family that I could comfort the mourning child. I knew enough of fatality to know when it was time to spare suffering by ending a life. That is one reason why a Healer might choose to serve Death, and certainly the reason I did personally.

Likewise my husband took on many of the same responsibilities for similar reasons, but his work revolved around Life and preserving it. Expectant mothers and childbirth were particularly dear to him, having lost his own mother before he even knew her thanks to an illness caused by his birth. So while one may choose to work under Death for one's experience, one may also counter with Life.

Alternatively to experience, a Healer may wish to gain an understanding of Death that they did not already have,as is the case for many people. They may wish to learn and listen, to greater expand their reach in Healing and become an all-around better, more experienced Healer.

In conclusion there are many reasons why one may wish to serve Death in their craft, and I'm certain many more besides what I personally know to be true. I, personally, would still like to  work under Life and Death, to both gain a greater understanding of such and for all the reasons I listed from my past.

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PostSubject: Re: Healers' Workshop || Finished Assignments   Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:57 am

Week Four - A Healer's Responsibly to Themselves


Admittedly, while I took on so much responsibility as Sapphire, there were many times I overworked myself to the point of illness; determined to help those around me but never myself. I was prone to frequent meltdowns and fainting spells, and the more I pushed myself the more likely it became that I would fall to the regular illness I had experienced since birth – the illness which took my twin sister from me and often threatened to kill me too.

As previously mentioned, my husband took on many of the same responsibilities as me and here is where that became the most important. In having him as support, I could learn when to pass on the responsibility to him (and when to take it, as he also took too much upon himself at times) and, failing that, I had someone with me to take care of me in the times I pushed myself too far. Having a network of support within the Healing community is just as important as having Healers in general – for who will Heal the Healer but another of their own?

It is important for a Healer to pay attention to their own mental and physical state, and to act accordingly in taking care of themself before they can do the same for others. Recognising their own triggers and difficulties is a large step in doing this, for even if they then choose to administer Healing they can recognise the difficulty they had in doing this and be certain to treat themself kindly and take a break to rest and seek their own aid afterwards.

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