signal boost: Healing the Healers in Marginalized Communities

Something that bears saying, over and over is:

Healing IS activism… Often we don’t understand the value of something vibrating at a different level in a community. We don’t necessarily see the immediate effects, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t make a difference. We are very mindful about getting out on the block and doing healing work.”

This is an old article, but it makes the point of community healers’ importance in communities of color, especially with the ongoing trauma being experienced right now.

“We need as many community healing celebrations as possible. When you are dealing with generational pain, we are not at a place where it can be too much. All the healers need to stand up.” -Elisha Hall

Healers of Color, at its core, is a monthly meeting group, potluck, skillshare and healing service exchange. Their mission is to nurture other healers of color, get the care they need themselves, cultivate new young healers of color and heal the community. A common issue not being addressed was that the healers really needed support themselves – they weren’t getting recognized or financially supported by their work and needed emotional support from peers. In order to build their core group and take care of the healers so they could take care of others, they went a whole year before providing any services to the community as a group.

Healers of Color, at its core, is a monthly meeting group, potluck, skillshare and healing service exchange. Their mission is to nurture other healers of color, get the care they need themselves, cultivate new young healers of color and heal the community. A common issue not being addressed was that the healers really needed support themselves – they weren’t getting recognized or financially supported by their work and needed emotional support from peers. In order to build their core group and take care of the healers so they could take care of others, they went a whole year before providing any services to the community as a group.

Since the inception, Healers of Color wanted to “raise their vibrations high enough to change their community.” The first step was to just raise their own vibrations. “Some people wanted to start a nonprofit, get funding, have an office and jump into the nonprofit industrial complex, but that wasn’t the vibration we were aiming for,” explains Elisha. Shannon Harris was integral in starting Monday meditations syched with the cycles of the moon. The intention was to send healing energy into Chicago.

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