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More Healers, Fewer Leaders

Updated: May 31, 2023

We need more healers and fewer “leaders” in our racial equity, justice and belonging work.

We need more people willing to heal the disease of “standard operating procedures” that continues to plague and oppress us; who are willing to suspend business as usual to allow for creative reimagining, for humanizing and for time to heal and care for ourselves and each other.

We need healers coming from a place of love and inclusion.

It is time to get fixated on humanity, not efficiency or org charts, outcomes or strategic plans. It's time we get preoccupied with how your hearts show up, how we embody the work of justice and liberation and less preoccupied with the busy work.

Coming in as a healer into this work means we allow space to show our full selves: vulnerabilities, hurt and brilliance. It means we facilitate our shared space together.We cultivate courageous and healing spaces for wildly inclusive spaces in which our healing and liberation is mutually and collectively bound.

Showing up as a healer means we are intentional about taking actions that humanize and create more belonging.

This does not mean we do not practice discernment; using our voices to speak truth to power. It does not mean we allow bad behavior of others to go unmarked. Showing up as a healer is closely related to speaking the truth in honor of those who are hurt by the lies.

We must consider the various roles we all play and how we can show up for each other as fellow travelers in this work as healers to one another and ourselves.


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