The Wounded Healer is an archetype that many healers and spiritual teachers carry. Many of us started out on the path of healing in order to heal ourselves. I know I did.
We took on the challenges of disease and abuse this lifetime as lessons in personal healing, As we learned to heal our wounds, we reached out to others to help them do the same. Our experiential knowledge of pain and dis-ease make us well-equiped with a deep inner knowing of what our clients and love ones need in order to heal the pain and dis-ease in their lives.
I find over and over again in my practice that the majority of my clients and students struggle with issues that I have healed in myself. At a subconscious level they are drawn to me as a teacher and practitioner because they recognize that I carry the healing they most need. Many times it is something they have not heard me speak or write about but their soul knows that I can help them and so they are guided to work with me.
I know this at a soul level and yet I sometimes forget. For many of us the old brokenness we experienced in our lives is a distant memory. As we focus on the present, we lose sight of how far we actually have come. We forget that the power of the healing that we offer now is directly proportional to the amount of self-healing we have done in our lives.
My mentor had to remind me of this just the other day. All I could see was what I still want to heal in my life. It stood before me like a big, ugly pimple in the middle of my face. "Why would anyone want to work with me when I have this flaw?" I asked. She had to remind me in that moment of how far I had come and how much healing I carry as a result of my journey. It was the glass half empty/half full thing. Which did I want to focus on?
I invite you to spend some time this week taking a personal inventory of the healing victories in your own life. What have you healed? Is your new way of being so much a part of you that you take it for granted and forget to celebrate how far you have come?
The Light Language Shape above supports your celebration process. Focus on this shape for new-found gratitude about how much you have grown and changed this lifetime and how this growth serves as healing for others. Imagine this shape right on the tip of your finger as you trace the spiral of the broken shell above. trace from the shell's edge to its heart as you reflect on the healing wisdom you embody as a result of your life experiences. Then trace from the spiral heart back to the outer edge as you re-commit to sharing this wisdom with others. As you do this, take a deep breath and celebrate the precious gift that you are.