by Susun Weed
Imbolc 2004, Vol 3-2
MatriFocus, a Cross-Quarterly Web Magazine for Goddess Women Near & Far
Three Traditions and Six Steps of Healing
When it comes to healing, there is more than a simple choice between modern Western medicine on the one hand and alternative medicine on the other. There are three traditions of healing.
The Wise Woman Tradition
The Heroic Tradition
The Scientific Tradition
The Scientific, Heroic, and Wise Woman traditions are ways of thinking, not ways of acting. Any practice, any technique, any substance can be used by a practitioner/helper in any of the three traditions. There are, for instance, herbalists and midwives and MDs in each tradition.
The practitioner and the practice are different. The same techniques, the same herbs are seen and used differently by a person thinking in Scientific, Heroic, or Wise Woman ways.
Thinking these ways does lead to a preference for certain cures. The Wise Woman helper frequently nourishes with herbs and words. The Heroic savior lays down the law to clean up your act fast. The Scientific technician is most at ease with laboratory tests and repeatable, predictable, reliable drugs. But still, the practices do not conclusively identify the practitioner as being in a particular tradition.
The intent, the thought behind the technique points to the tradition: scientific fixing, heroic elimination, or wise womanly digestion and integration.
The three traditions
are not limited to the realm of healing. The Scientific, Heroic, and Wise
Woman ways of thinking are found in politics, legal systems, religions,
psychologies, teaching styles, economics. As the Wise Woman way becomes
more clearly identified, it opens the way to an integrated, whole, sacred,
peaceful global village, interactive with Gaia, mother, earth. As each
discipline spins anew its wise woman thread, we reweave the web of interconnectedness
with all beings.
The Six Steps of Healing
Examples are in parentheses, with a few of the modalities available at each step.
Legal Disclaimer: This content is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made and all herbs listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal directions and use should be provided by a clinical herbalist or other qualified healthcare practitioner with a specific formula for you. All material contained herein is provided for general information purposes only and should not be considered medical advice or consultation. Contact a reputable healthcare practitioner if you are in need of medical care. Exercise self-empowerment by seeking a second opinion.