Restoring Balance by Healing Injuries
We have all been injured by the very act of living. Physical injuries will have emotional, mental and sometimes energetic manifestations, and emotional or mental wounds may have physical manifestations. Some of the injuries we sustain may consist of childhood abuse expressed in either or both neglect or bullying by adults or other children, physical or sexualized trauma, or possibly hospitalization or long separation from primary caregivers.
Some physical injuries (such as those caused by a car accident) will heal yet the fear held in the body and the mind may not. When the result of injuries keep us from fully living our lives by creating obstacles in our daily functioning, they can cause us to feel weighed down, shut down, flat, joyless, and apathetic. We may find that we are living with immense fears, big anger and resentment, shame, and feelings of worthlessness. These feelings can be present no matter how well we do in the outside world. These feelings are signs of imbalance created by the power we give to the injuries, some historical. Yet they can have a positive impact by getting our attention. And then we can take action.
What to do then?
The intention to heal is a very powerful place to start. You may come to this thought, “I need to heal my injuries because the price I pay is too heavy to bear, and (I am coming to understand) unnecessary as well.”
As this intention gets clearer and stronger, the next step may become more obvious: how can I heal from this? Well, I may need to talk with someone and share my injury in confidence. Talking with a professional may provide the arena to do so . Finding the right one may be worth the effort it takes.This may well start to release some of the heaviness/burden and the isolation that injuries create both in our internal and external world. And we may also need to go beyond words, especially if the injuries happened very early in life, or if the body is affected. I found this avenue of treatment to be worthwhile for me many times. I talked with friends or my partner; I saw different professionals such as counsellors, Chinese traditional medicine practitioners, naturopaths, physiotherapists, massage therapists. I have developed a yoga and meditation practice, learning from various teachers over a period of twenty-five years. And I write in my journal when I feel that the impact of my injuries is threatening to take over again. This allows me to get my feelings out as well as to keep a record if I need to consult a professional.
We eventually find what works for us. And often when we have had enough of carrying the results of our trauma around, sometimes when challenges in our life force us to wake up and realize we have not lived as well as we could, when we start having compassion for our injuries and therefore more compassion for other people injuries, including the ones who inflicted theirs on us, we can know we are taking a proactive, positive role in our own healing.
Blessings for health and wellbeing,