We all have been wounded. Last week I blogged on the topic, “We All Have Wounds That Need To Be Healed.” We must face and deal with our wounds in order to be freed from the shame, embarrassment and dysfunction of them. Only then is it possible to become wounded healers as we use our journey of healing to help others.
Today I want to focus on the process of facing our woundedness, so we can experience the healing we need to become wounded healers.
Each of us is different in our emotional, mental and psychological make-up, and those differences make a difference in how we go about the healing process. Our wounds, even if similar, impact us in different ways.
That said, during the past 10 years while on my own journey of healing and exploration with others, I have discovered some things most of us must do if we are to experience healing of our woundedness.
Take responsibility for your healing. No one can ever do that for you. They may be a “voice” to raise awareness for you and others like you who have been wounded by others. But when it comes to your healing, you have to be your own voice and decide that you want to be healed of your wounds. Whatever the wound and however deeply it has affected you, until you decide to take responsibility for your healing, you will continue to live in the shame, embarrassment, imprisonment and dysfunction of your wounds.
Regularly associate with others who are also seeking healing of their wounds. Very few people have been able to experience genuine healing in isolation. You need to hear the stories of others who have been wounded like you and how they are experiencing healing from their wounds in order to believe it is possible for you to be healed as well. You need to be able to talk openly about your woundedness in safe environments without fear of judgment. And that is often what you will find when you gather with others who are on the journey of healing themselves.
Choose healing over justice or revenge against those who wounded you. Seeking justice may be appropriate. However, neither justice nor revenge is healing.
I have realized through my own and others’ healing journeys that we can experience healing without getting justice; I’ve also observed that justice did not always bring healing. Getting justice may aid in the healing process, but it cannot be the basis or the center of our healing. Many of us decided that seeking healing was of greater importance to our well-being than seeking justice against those who caused us great harm.
In reality we are better able to seek justice when we have experienced healing from our wounds, than to seek it while still suffering in the shame and embarrassment of those wounds.
No longer see yourself as a victim. Along with wanting justice for our woundedness, this is the most difficult hurdle to get over when seeking healing.
Yes, we were victims who were preyed upon by those who wounded us. At the time of the wounding, whether a one-time incident or over a period of time, we were indeed victims. But now we must take responsibility for our healing and refuse to be labeled as a victim.
If we continue to see ourselves as victim, and allow others to label us as such, over time we will develop a mentality of entitlement.
To be labeled a victim is to appear to be helpless; that was true when you were wounded. Now you have to see yourself as a person who has the power of choice to either seek healing or continue to be imprisoned by your wounds and the perpetrator(s) of those wounds.
Like many others, I too decided that I have the power of choice to seek healing for my wounds rather than to continue living as a victim.
Pursuing healing for your wounds is not easy, fast or painless. It is hard and painful work. But the reward is worth it. We no longer live as prisoners of our wounds, but in the freedom of healing which enables us to help others find healing as well.
When is the right time to start the healing process you may ask? According to Mary Lou Redding, “The right time is whenever we become aware that the pain from old wounds is leaking in to today, interfering with life.”
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