They Are Only Practicing, Why Do We Expect A Miracle
Once a Practitioner, Always a Practitioner
Practicing medicine, Practicing law, Practicing religion. These are all areas of practice, the licenses issued says the individuals are licensed to practice. No need to write a long description of what practice is, it's what we do when we want to learn more or become better at whatever it is we are practicing.
Practitioners use terms like an expert in their field of practice, An area of expertise does not remove the term practicing. Years of experience or how much practice an individual practitioner has still does not denote anything but still practicing. At no point in any of these arenas does the individual every stop practicing, their license never gets an upgrade to arrived. Once a practitioner, always a practitioner.
Practicing medicine comprises everything from what is termed "traditional" medicine to all forms of holistic, energy, and herbal practices.
There is much controversy over holistic and new or unfamiliar medicinal practices. Why a controversy? It is all a practice. New should be welcomed in an arena where we call it practicing. If we are only practicing we have already created a base for our practice that clearly states the answers are vague and still being researched.
As we all go in to see these medical practitioners however, we have an expectation of a miracle. We ask as if we believe they have all the answers and when they don't have them we sue them. This takes us to another practitioner who practices law.
Learning, Practicing, Weighing
Practicing law comprises everything from malpractice as already stated, to business law, family law and just plain general law. There is a very unusual paradigm in practicing law however, it is a battle between two parties and one of them wins while the other loses.There is seldom a win, win situation and when it is arrived at it is not through the practice of law it is usually by agreement of the parties involved. So someone who practices law is actually practicing winning.
Once again there are so called experts in their respective fields and those who have more years of practice than others. At the end of each day however, they will only be practicing, clearly indicating it is an ever growing, redefined arena where the answers are still vague and being researched or as in the case with the law, being won.
As we seek the assistance of a law practitioner we are looking for a miracle worker as if by the practice of law a loved one can be replaced, a loss can be overturned or a right can be wronged. A law practitioner however does not right wrongs they just win or lose the case they are practicing with. This takes us to another practitioner who practices religion.
Many Religions, Many Practices
Practicing religion is a practice even more diverse than practicing medicine. So many different practices, so many different names. Even more controversy enters into this arena because the practitioners aren't just those leading the practice but also anyone involved in the practice of religion. In some respect we are all practitioners in this field even if we are practicing atheists, we are all practicing something in the practice of religion.
There are once again those who lay claim to being experts, they have done more research, received more answers, they have practiced more. No matter how much knowledge is obtained, no matter the practices we have done, it is and will remain a practice.
Religiious practitioners are where we go to for answers to righting wrongs. Religious practitioners are the ones we blame when all other practitioners have let us down. Being as we are all practitioners on some level, blame can then shift to ourselves or to the ones involved to introducing us to this practice in the first place.
As we seek assistance from the practice of religion, we search once again for the miracle workers. The one with all of the answers, the one that is right, the one that is not practicing but really knows it all. Even as we seem to find the doctrine that supports our individual theory in practice of the right answers we walk in the doors and observe things that do not support what we thought the practice consisted of. So the search begins again for the right practice.
Expectations Of Clients and Participants With Practitioners
Time to re-evaluate our expectations it seems. Whether it is medicine, law or religion, realize that is a practice done by people, including ourselves. It is a work in progress, new things are being learned everyday, all of the answers are yet to be discovered, it is a practice. Miracles are in another place, within our hearts maybe, in a place we have yet to define, in the place where we are no longer practicing but have achieved. Miracles are not at the medical practitioners, law practitioners or religious practitioners place of business.
Advice To Practitioners
We are all practitioners of sorts, but this advice is more for the ones with the placard hanging on their doors or with the diplomas hanging on their wall. Remember you are licensed to practice, remember you are practicing, remind your clients you are practicing. Continue to seek new knowledge, remember to acknowledge any new information or practices as they become known or available.
On another note, maybe the word would be facilitator for the title rather than practitioner. As practitioners we are all really facilitating opportunities, for ourselves and others. Each opportunity facilitated has the possibility of turning out different than the one before no matter how similar they may seem. Start facilitating and take your practice to a whole new level of opportunities and experiences. When facilitating, we acknowledge the answers can be vague, that a myriad of possibilities always lies ahead and allow our practice to expand.
On A Final Note
We are all practitioners, we are all seeking practitioners. We all should consider the possibility of becoming facilitators in our practices. Facilitating opportunities for ourselves and others. When we facilitate we remember it is a practice. When we remember it is a practice, we explore more options and allow for more possibilities.
Seek more than one opinion, just because it worked for someone you know doesn't mean it is right for you and just because it works for you doesn't mean it will work for someone else. If it doesn't feel right, it isn't. Each of us are individual practitioners, we need to explore all of our options and facilitate opportunities to open the possibilities to the place where true miracles exist.