In practicing alternative healing, which is a career path I no longer follow, I learned the concept of being an empty vessel. Far from being hollow or without offering, being the empty vessel as an ideal means–for the practitioner–coming to each patient open and unburdened by past experiences (or the last patient, or the list of things to do, or . . . ). Being present is a piece of this concept, but being present without judgement or fear, without preconceived notion, without agenda, with nothing–empty–that is the key. It is no easy task.