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Wounded Healers

By on February 18, 2017 in Healing

Wounded Healers

By: Ginny Marston

The Wounded Healer is the idea that there are those who seek to heal others because, in doing so, it helps themselves heal. If you have a need or want to help others because of a difficult past you may be a Wounded Healer. It does not make a difference if you are in the medical field, a teacher, or financial officer, you can still be a Wounded Healer. Here are some traits:

  1. You are committed to self growth – always looking to better yourself by working on you.
  2. You are open to new ideas, seeing if they will make you more loving, at peace… a “better” person.
  3. You are good at giving advice to others, and know that the advice you give you would have given yourself, especially your younger self. This makes you happy knowing that you are helping others and in return healing yourself.
  4. All your life you knew that you wanted to help people. You may not have known what industry or how you were going to do it, but you knew helping others made you happy.
  5. Only through struggle will you know true happiness. You believe that without struggle we cannot know true peace.
  6. You have a desire, which sometimes turns into a fixation, on wanting to fix everything. It is hard to balance the “perfectionist” and the “near insanity” in you.
  7. You know your purpose in this life. No matter how big or small. Whether it is working on a worldwide cause or by one person at a time you know what you need to do.
  8. Despite the difficulties you experienced, you are grateful, as you know that they were needed to make you who you are now.
  9. It is difficult to no let your need to heal take over your life. It is who you are and what makes you feel best, so you are driven to those who need that from you.

As the Buddha once said, Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.”

The Wounded Healer feels empathy, not just sympathy, for another. They become connected on a spiritual plane helping each other and thus transforming both. The Wounded Healer is often the victim – he who must suffer the wounds of life to understand. In example, a survivor of cancer starting a support group, a victim of abuse speaking out to others, and being diagnosed with a disease and starting fundraisers for the cause.

Regardless of the size of the wound, the challenge emerges when one seeks support and feels that they are unable to heal with the degree of support that is available. The Wound Healer emerges in your psyche through suffering (physical, emotional or spiritual). One first becomes wounded and then over time learns to self heal their wounds, and in part, this is the act of healing others. So it eventually becomes a path of service, based in the empathy of shared pain and experience.

Are you a Wounded Healer?

Carl Jung: “The analyst must go on learning endlessly… it is his own hurt that gives the measure of his power to heal. This, and nothing else, is the meaning of the Greek myth of the wounded physician.”

More articles by Ginny Marston!

mommaAbout the Author: Hello, my name is Ginny. I am originally from Long Island, NY but now live in beautiful Florida. I am a Registered Nurse, a healer by nature. Having worked in trauma, I have been with those at the time of passing as well as given comfort to their families. As a child and teen I exhibited special gifts but they faded as my life journey went to raising a family and having a career. It wasn’t until my Grandmother, and then Father, passed that I yearned to be able to see and speak to them to ensure they were at peace and to tell them the things that I wished I had when they were here on Earth. On October 10, 2016, I tragically lost my youngest daughter, Christina. This led me to ‘go down the rabbit hole’ with my grief, pain, and the empty place in my heart only Christina could fill. The note that I laid with her was “You will never be alone as at the time of your death a piece of my heart died with you.” Many of my spiritual friends began to reach out to me, I began to look for signs she was still here with us, and channeled my energy to go back in time to renew my gifts so that I could not only speak with Christina, as I had with my other passed love ones, but to also learn more about her new journey. Christina’s and my journey are just beginning and I hope to share not only my journey with her but how you too can connect with your loved one. Follow us on Facebook!

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