A Quick Guide To Consent For Healing Professionals and Spiritual Teachers

As a healer or teacher, you are being given the great honor of trust. Your client/students entrust you with their energy, their bodies, their minds and well-being. Whether you like it or not, as a healer or teacher you are in a position of power.

Because you have power, you have a responsibility to honor this trust and uphold the integrity of your position — not just for your clients and students but for other healers and teachers as well. Violating the boundaries (spoken or unspoken) is a violation of consent and destroys trust. The impacts of this aren’t just about the trauma caused to your client or student, but it also degrades the credibility of your profession. Truth always comes out and abuse of power always has repercussions.

What is Consent?

Is Sexual Healing Ever Consensual?

When Can Consent be Given?

Where is Consent in Medicine Work?

When a client is under the influence of medicine, they are not able to give consent. However, they are able to revoke consent while under the influence of medicine. Assume that sexual touch is a “no” unless agreed upon in clear terms before the session, or if they change their mind say “no” during the session (even if they said “yes” beforehand). Clients are going into this work for healing, maintaining good boundaries and listening for their “no” is key in ensuring that they have a healing experience.

The problem is that due to the legal status of these drugs, much of the healing work happens in the dark, hidden from society and the law — leaving clients without a way to report abuses. There is a movement toward licensing, which will help differentiate professionals from those who aren’t appropriately trained. While licensing won’t stop 100% of abuses, it creates a system of accountability and protects any clients that my come forward with complaints.

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