I usually use the name as a foot in the door. I haven't gotten in yet, but the foot will help make sure the door is never closed.
A few years ago I was briefly interested in the topic discussed here - and i read a little bit about it, on the web if memory serves. One of the stories of someone claiming to have become a healer in some capacity or another told of multiple bouts of drug addiction, suicide attempts, car accidents, heavy things falling on them, etc. & went on to explain how these sorts of ordeals were common ways of getting a 'foot in the door'.
It would seem that a healers first patient is themselves. I can also remember reading somewhere, and I don't think I can verify this, that wounds are the portals through which spirit can make a home, if they find the decor pleasing.
I recollect thinking: as someone who wasn't wounded or afflicted I see zero reason to go out & seek those risky issues in order to change my lot in life - I wanted then, and by my estimation still do, to pursue useful endeavors as my gifts merit, and I wanted those to be sincere. Sincere in relation to all my relations.
That sincerity is what keeps that particular wanting to be
from becoming a wannabe
situation. I could even step it up and say I will be sincere, or I will foster heaps of sincerity, whatever the linguistic craze is round hree...
I think I, like tho others here, have some sense of where you're at right now. You see truth in the belief that we are at all times in the mix with intelligences, and you see the severity of the situation which is the interplay of modern human means with those intelligences. & that's great, that's cool, I love it and I love hearing that, but why does that realization and your chosen actions have to be called anything.?
IF a group of people decides to call me something, well, I'll shrug and do my thing all the same - be that label fool, laughingstock, hero, sage, whatever, lowliest disgusting worm, biggest deepest dude you've ever seen, whatever. Y'know whadImean, TJ? I already have one specific name [Hi everyone I'm Richard (:], I don't require another more general one.
To put this another way,, As a fisherman it wouldn't matter to me if I net a school of guppies, someone will be fed, or, like the story of The Old Man and the Sea, hook a catch which begins a dangerous, unpredictable and, dare I say, wild adventure.