Healing oneself is grounded in Shamanistic traditions and actions. Something that was helpful to me during my studies seems like an obvious concept but is sometimes overlooked. I was asked the question “Who is this self that believes it needs healing?” So before jumping into any healing process I first had to examine who needed healing. Much of the time the truthful answer was nobody. Nobody needed healing because nobody was broken.
It wasn’t that someone was broken, damaged, or needed help, it was the belief that I was broken that needed to be seen and experienced. And the funny thing was, once seen for what it was, a perspective built on a belief, the broken self faded, lost power, and finally disappeared. Sometimes we need a process that helps lead us out of a traumatic experience because the created belief is so deep and embedded. But many times we decide that our broken self is our new identity until we look deeply into who that is and realize it’s our clinging to illusion and delusional beliefs that makes our perspective seem real.
Later on in life when I studied to be a counselor I kept recognizing the false belief concept as a staple in the counselor business and had first hand experience seeing how realizing that self image is a belief and not a reality was a path to some freedom.
Who is this self? Who is it that wants or needs? It’s a handy question that I continue to find useful to this day.
Be kind to you,