Only we can dam­age or heal our souls and the planet

None of us had a per­fect fam­ily. We are hu­mans. Hu­mans, by def­i­ni­tion and de­sign, are im­per­fect.

Living Now - - Editorial - by Anne Wil­son Schaef

None of us had a per­fect fam­ily. We are hu­mans. Hu­mans, by def­i­ni­tion and de­sign, are im­per­fect..

We hu­mans are a con­fused and a con­fus­ing bunch.

On the one hand we have dif­fi­cul­ties to ad­mit and utilise our lim­i­ta­tions and on the other we have equal dif­fi­culty recog­nis­ing and re­al­is­ing the ex­tra­or­di­nary pos­si­bil­i­ties of our po­ten­tial.

As a young child, I knew that I was to work with heal­ing. I have spent my life­time work­ing with oth­ers and their heal­ing while at the same time work­ing with my own. I have come to know that all life and all heal­ing are pro­cesses, not events. At 83-years-old, I see that all life, all peo­ple, and all so­ci­eties are pro­cesses. Our re­spon­si­bil­ity as hu­mans is to heal, learn, and grow – and we do that by par­tic­i­pa­tion.

I have never met a per­son who does not need to heal from the cul­ture we have cre­ated and what she/he has ex­pe­ri­enced in this cul­ture.

None of us had a per­fect fam­ily (al­though many of us have been taught oth­er­wise). We are hu­mans. Our par­ents are hu­mans. Those who sur­round and teach us are hu­mans. Hu­mans, by def­i­ni­tion and de­sign, are im­per­fect. Many of us have had se­ri­ously trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ences grow­ing up and oth­ers more sub­tle dam­age. Yet, all of us have had ex­pe­ri­ences that have been hurt­ful and harm­ful. At some meta level, the is­sue is not what has hap­pened to us, the is­sue is that, what­ever it was, we need to heal, learn and grow from it. Oth­ers can do harm to us. And, it is up to us and only us, what we do with these ex­pe­ri­ences. When we use them to heal, learn, and grow, we take back our per­sonal power. We have all been vic­timised. Yet, those who be­lieve they are vic­tims will never heal. They just be­come per­pe­tra­tors.

For ex­am­ple, ev­ery woman and ev­ery na­tive per­son on this planet can choose to be a vic­tim. All have been vic­timised, and some carry vic­tim­i­sa­tion as a badge of hon­our. When we do that, we are giv­ing away our per­sonal power by the buck­et­ful and will never re­ally heal. Our job is to go deep in­side, feel the feel­ings, work through them and be­come who we can be. In do­ing our heal­ing work, we heal at a soul level.

When we do our heal­ing work, we not only take back our­selves, we take back our souls. When we re­unite with our souls (spir­its), we be­gin to know the whole­ness of the all. Think­ing or be­liev­ing in the one­ness of all cre­ation can­not ac­com­plish the know­ing of our one­ness. Ideas, con­cepts, un­der­stand­ing, knowl­edge and in­sights can­not heal us. Only the process of go­ing through our pain, anger, and feel­ings can truly heal us. Then our knowl­edge of our com­plete one­ness be­comes ‘known’ at a deep level, and heal­ing our re­la­tion­ships, our work, our cul­tures and our planet be­comes es­sen­tial for us to con­tinue to heal.

Ev­ery­thing is a process and in process. n

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