Self-Healing is Essential for the Physician-Teacher

Physician, Heal Thyself

By Charley Cropley, N.D.

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For a doctor to understand how to heal his patients requires that he work on healing his own ignorance, indifference and lack of self control. Personal, first hand understanding grants a doctor the greatest healing power because it brings the Health problems of his clients intimately within his immediate sphere of influence.


Speaking for myself, when teaching a client the art of Self-Healing, my intention is not to diagnose and treat a foreign disease entity which supposedly exists on its’ own separate from my client. Nor am I trying to understand and treat my client as if she and her problems were completely separate from me and mine. My primary focus is growing understanding and compassion for my own self. By so doing I automatically develop understanding and compassion for my clients and the skill to guide them to do the same for themselves. This principle, “Physician, heal thyself.” was taught by Hippocrates himself.


Learning to Heal ourselves is the greatest, most rewarding of all challenges. Self-Healing can no more be learned from watching others do it than can basketball. A physician must step into the arena with her own demons; her own overeating, self-criticism and social anxieties; and her own ignorance and indifference towards her wellbeing. She must learn how to apply the universal “Medicine” of kindness to her own suffering and to her ways of behaving that are causing her illness.  

If this interests you it is because you are ready to become your own Physician. Healing yourself is the essential training for becoming a physician-teacher skilled in guiding your patients on their own journey of self-Healing.


Charleys Assistant