In the Wounded Healer Facebook group, I was inspired by a member's posts, to make a new hashtag. Then I realized, I'd already been using hashtags for a few different things in the group, so I thought I'd organize them for you, as sort of an 'Index' to The Wounded Healer.
Ready? Here goes....
Hashtags for the Wounded Healer Facebook Group & What They’re For:
An informal Vision Board training class by group founder (moi), Kai Elliot. Includes videos, homework assignments, and my signature step by step 3 week process for making your Vision Board kick ass & making your Goals and #BIGDREAMS come true. Taking the time to do the needed #InnerWork is vital to supercharging your Vision Board for ultimate success and manifestation. Special attention is paid to Illness as our Teacher and acceptance of what is, along with vital Innerwork. Time of the year does not matter, our intention and InnerWork is what makes the difference.
Those dreams that everyone has deep inside, that make no logical sense, but are constantly drawing us closer to them. The Universe will conspire with you to make your #BIGdreams come true, but first, you must decide to take the leap of faith into your unknown. It's vital to put at least ONE #BIGdream on every Vision Board. Your job is saying your #BIGdream outloud (to yourself, to your vision board, to your journal, or to the world). It's the Universe's job to figure out HOW your #BIGdream will happen.
The important process of going within, confronting our 'shadow' side. This is a process of going into our inner darkness and finding out WHY it's so dark in there. What is triggering me? Why am I having this experience? Am I resisting this? Is there a lesson here that I can gain? Has this happened to me before? If so, is there a reocurring pattern in my life where this issue is coming up? Why is that?
These are some examples of what it means to confront ones' Shadow, & to do 'Shadowwork.' I call Shadowwork, InnerWork. InnerWork is the foundation of being a conscious spiritual person. Being conscious is the foundation of New Age spirituality, so it's important the we dive deep into our InnerWork to become the type of people we ultimately want to be in life and that we are leading others to be as well (as coaches and healers).
Disclaimer: I am not a counselor, and at times InnerWork can be intense. It's important to practice self care & discernment when undertaking any InnerWork or ShadowWork and to get adequate support such as from a therapist when necessary.
A hashtag and term that I coined (New Age Illness Shaming), used in the Wounded Healer group for any article posted that is shaming people for having an Illness, especially in the New Age healing and/or metaphysical community. Calling out #NewAgeIllnessShaming is the first step to healing it. When we name and define a thing, we begin to change it.
The ultimate goal of sharing articles that use #NewAgeIllnessShaming is to heal these beliefs within ourselves (the parts of us that do feel shame and bad when we are triggered by #NewAgeIllnessShaming articles or people), and to make us stronger so we can educate others about #NewAgeIllnessShaming in our daily lives and our own healing communities, and most importantly, to feel better & understand the dynamics of #NewAgeIllnessShaming. Also, to educate other healers and coaches online and/or in this group, about proper guidelines to using the Law of Atrraction, Mindset, and other New Age concepts about healing (without Illness Shaming others).
In this group, we are constantly asking ourselves the question: How can I apply New Age spirituality/metaphysical/Mindset/Universal Law/Science of Mind/etc concepts in my & others daily life (without Illness Shaming)?
By sharing these articles with the #NewAgeIllnessShaming hashtag, we can discuss them (safely & privately) in the group, and have meaningful discussion about the topic of #NewAgeIllnessShaming , in all it’s forms.
[To see the 16 different kinds of Illness Shaming (another term that I coined), please see this blog HERE)]
Specifically, when a #NewAgeIllnessShaming article is shared, we can discuss in the group:
- HOW the article affects us
- Our FEELINGS the article is bringing up
- Where or if this article has TRIGGERED us & why that is (or isn't)
- WHY/WHAT the article's unconscious & faulty beliefs are
- WHICH TYPE of #NewAgeIllnessShaming is present in the article
- HOW we can combat this type of #NewAgeIllnessShaming in our daily lives & communities?
[To see the 16 different kinds of Illness Shaming, please see this blog HERE)]
If you have a chronic illness, you definitely know your Netflix account intimately. Using this hashtag, we can make the movie recommendations easily searchable for other Spoonies that need something to watch.
We all know how it is to feel terrible and to just want to watch some good TV. Of course our lives are not dominated by TV, but much can be learned by watching spiritual movies, and we all know having a movie to distract us from the pain is incredibly useful if you are a #WooWooSpoonie
- Include the NAME of the movie or show
- WHERE you watched the movie: ie: Netflix, Hulu, Gaia, Amazon, YouTube, etc.
- Then include what GENRE it is, like is it comedy, about Mindfulness, does it discuss New Age spirituality or Woo Woo, is it purely a blockbuster, entertainment type of movie, is it a documentary, is it about juicing or certain foods, etc.
- Include the hashtag #WoundedHealerMOVIES
Woo Woo Spoonie is actually two terms put together; Woo Woo, and Spoonie. Woo Woo Spoonies are what we call our group members. Let’s look at each word, one at a time.
Woo Woo - is simply a term from the 60s-70s (from what I understand) that used to be a derogatory word for people who had fringe beliefs, such as energy healing, natural food and natural medicine such as naturopathy, acupuncture, and alternative spiritual beliefs and values.
Things like astrology, Tarot, some of the metaphysics beliefs, etc, these things are all considered Woo Woo, a term that the community has now taken back, and we lovingly call ourselves by these days.
Being Woo Woo is no longer considered negative, it is considered a description of someone into mindfulness, meditation, healing, metaphysics, and New Age spirituality. If you are Woo Woo, chances are, you love self development, yoga, and spirituality, & you are in the right place.
Spoonies - is a term for people with Chronic Illness.
A chronic illness is one that will not go away with rest, treatment, medication, therapy, or time. If you have a chronic illness, chances are you will have that illness for life.
The word Spoonie came from The Spoon Theory, a theory that came about when Christine Miserandino, a blogger with a chronic illness, was with her friend one day at a diner and was trying to explain what it is like to have a chronic Illness. Living with chronic illness, it is necessary to conserve your energy to meet daily tasks. Each task you complete each day, takes a certain number of spoons. People with chronic illness have a limited number of spoons, while someone with good health will have unlimited spoons per day.
The Spoon Theory goes on to say & explain, that when you have a chronic illness, you have to ration your Spoons daily. Need a shower? That costs you two spoons. Want to go to the concert with your friends? That is FIVE spoons. Want to cook a nutritious meal for your family? That is two spoons. If you only have 7 spoons every day, you will be forced to make tough decisions about what (&who) you can and can’t spend your energy on. This means that unfortunately, when you have a chronic illness, no matter how much you WANT to do things with your friends, that sometimes, or most times, we cannot. We’ve already used our spoons.
So Spoonie is also a term that is applied lovingly and proudly to the Chronic Illness community & Invisible Illness community. The original Spoon Theory story can be read here: https://butyoudontlooksick.com/articles/written-by-christine/the-spoon-theory/ .
Put 'Woo Woo' & 'Spoonie' together, and you get a #WooWooSpoonie .
Well, that's about it for this edition. Got any hashtags that you would like to see in The Wounded Healer? Let me know in the group
Big Big Love,
That's me, Kai Elliot. Hope you are having super big Woo Woo happiness over there.