Healing the Hero

by Agnieszka 15. July 2011 02:57

 

 In my mind, the act of facing the shadows within or boldly looking into our fears brings the vision of a courageous warrior. It is fantastic epic story of the unsung hero breaking away from the darkness and finding his/her real strength.

 I must admit, in the past I didn’t see it in the terms of the healing…. rather the birth of the “superhero”.  Obviously, the idea of working toward perfecting ourselves and overcoming obstacles resonated with my romantic idealism. I believed in a “polishing” and becoming our best versions through tough choices and strong will.

 Though, it did occur to me, there is another way to perceive it… and it would be as a healing process. When we were born, there was a perfect balance, state of oneness with no fears, shadows or battles to fight for. Along the road something happened, we got hurt, scared, and afraid of certain things.  Our underground world of shadows appeared…wounds were administered, scars formed and the balance was lost.

 I believe that in order to start healing, we have to face what caused the pain and have  a chance to answer with a very different emotional response. It doesn’t have to be exactly the same person or situation, just something which reminds our “emotional body” of that unpleasant, sad, painful moment. We get a “second take” on that, being able to erase parts we don’t like to revisit…

Yes… many times, it will not be easy but plainly painful or just overwhelmingly frightful… We will need our inner “superhero” to make a first step against all the “protecting” mechanism of running away… Once burned …it’s hard not to be afraid… but we can learn to distinguish what is safe to the touch and from what we need to walk away…not because we are afraid ...but because we are wiser… Life gives us many opportunities to repeat painful lessons…hiding and running away from them will not help to find the balance and happiness.

When certain things, situations or people make us feel unsecure, uneasy, lost, hurt, vulnerable …we need to ask ourselves a question “Why?” What does it remind us of; did we feel like that before…?  It will take some “detective “ work and honest, true look  at ourselves…but rewards of the healing process, exchanging shadow for the light and creating a peace within outweighs  any difficult moments. If we look at the times of heartaches and frustration, as another opportunity to learn we will not only heal but also appreciate life's  wisdom.

  Here it goes my idea of “polishing the diamond” … I guess, I can’t help not to finish with the bedtime stories …full of brave knights and happy endings…… but this time,  I will settle for “polishing our  hearts” and  letting the healing process begin.  

 

 

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The Little Prince

"People where you live," the little prince said, "grow five thousand roses in one garden... yet they don't find what they're looking for..."

"They don't find it," I answered.

"And yet what they're looking for could be found in a single rose, or a little water..."

"Of course," I answered.

And the little prince added, "But eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart."

 

 

 

 

 

 

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