I posted the following on a now-defunct site so am re-posting it here on my home site.
Many times we hear people describe a particular person as a "great healer." But no one outside you actually heals you. They may point the way, or remove impediments, but ultimately it is you, with your behaviors and attitudes, who is the primary person in your healing process. Treatments, practitioners, medicines, diets, and herbs can only jump-start the process for you. Then you take over. You are the most essential element in your own healing. You are the most important healer for you that you will ever come across. Without your cooperation and commitment no external healing process will make you well. This means that you are not a passive recipient of whatever modalities you choose. Instead, you are a major, active and essential ingredient. Regardless of whatever disease you may have been diagnosed with, and whatever treatments you may be taking, you need to realize that your biggest battle has to do with your thinking about your own potential.
I often hear people say that they're looking for a healer. My response: look in the mirror. Look into your own eyes. No one knows your body and your mind like you do, with its attendant strengths, weaknesses, hopes, fears, and dreams. And if you don't know this vast territory that is you, why not? It's waiting here for you to discover; in fact, it's always been waiting and, hopefully, is not going anywhere soon. Along with your doctors, nurses, or other practitioners, remember that you are the single most important factor in your healing process. You are the center of your healing experience. This is a powerful place to be.