The wounded healer

“Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion” ~ Buddha

“The doctor is effective only when he himself is affected. Only the wounded physician heals.” ~ Carl Jung

“When I stand before thee at the day’s end, thou shalt see my scars and know that I had my wounds and also my healing.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore


In Greek myths, Chiron was the wisest of the Centaurs and the archetype of the Wounded Healer

He was accidentally wounded by an arrow that had been dipped in the blood of the Hydra

In his search for his own cure, he discovered how to heal others

In teaching others the healing arts, he found a measure of solace from his own pain

The Wounded Healer understands what the patient feels because he has gone through the same pain

The suffering patient can be cared for by the Healer and be instrumental in the Healers own healing

Each encounter between Healer and patient can be transforming for both

The lesson of Chiron teaches us is that we can overcome pain and transcend into knowledge

That each of us can become a Wounded Healer

see more: The Wounded Healer

Books on the subject:

●  Shaman : The Wounded Healer

●  Carl Jung: Wounded Healer of the Soul: An Illustrated Biography

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