Wounding and healing are not opposites

maxWounding and healing are not opposites. They’re part of the same thing. It is our wounds that enable us to be compassionate with the wounds of others. It is our limitations that make us kind to the limitations of other people. It is our loneliness that helps us to to find other people or to even know they’re alone with an illness. I think I have served people perfectly with parts of myself I used to be ashamed of.Rachel Naomi Remen

Another wonderful quote with Rachel Naomi Remen on Beyond Meds here: Words for all in the “helping” professions (and for any human who wants to benefit others)

Here are a few other quotes that speak to what Rachel Naomi Remen says above and also to the archetype of 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

More thoughts on healing on Beyond Meds: 

●  Healing must come from all corners of experience. No quick fixes

●  The foundation of healing mental distress and of becoming a mature human adult

●  What does it mean to heal?

●  To me, a true cure is complete, is human, and has dignity. And it never ends.

●  healing/wholeness as opposed to cure (again)

By Rachel Naomi Remen:

●  Kitchen Table Wisdom

About Monica Cassani

Author/Editor Beyond Meds: Everything Matters