The wound is the place where the Light enters you.― Rumi
Remember when you were little and you fell and scraped your knee? All you wanted was to put a Band-Aid on the cut and get back to playing, but instead your mom would insist on washing it and spraying Bactine on it—ouch! How that stung!
Then there are the muscle and ligament sprains and strains. I remember a doctor telling me once that it would have hurt less if I had broken the bone. While I healed, it took a long time. Worse yet, was the time my brother dislocated a shoulder and had to have it manipulated by the doctor back into place—it was painful just to watch.
Last year, I fell on the ice and put off going to the chiropractor. By the time I made the appointment, I had so over-compensated for the pain of the fall that it hurt to have my body put back into alignment.
Sometimes healing hurts!
Beyond physical healing…
Beyond physical healing, there is also the pain of healing emotional and spiritual wounds. Sometimes the wounds are buried so deep, we can’t even remember the source of the wound—it’s simply too painful. The challenge is that without remembering, the wounds continue to fester and get in the way of living.
Often, our wounds trigger reactive responses that are disproportionate to the circumstances. The challenge is that until we address our wounds, we will continue to experience strain in our relationships and brokenness in community. Therein, lies the paradox, our wounds are the place for the light to enter in!
What might happen if we reframed our understanding of wounds as the Light seeking to enter into us? Enter those we love (and those we don’t)… our country and across the world… even our environment and planet? What if we came to understand this present “dark night” as the wound that has the power to lead to oneness? How might that reshape our response to present times?
Sometimes healing hurts, Never forget “the wound is the place where the Light enters you”!
What might happen if we reframed our understanding of wounds as the Light seeking to enter into us? Enter those we love (and those we don’t)… our country and across the world… our environment and our planet?Tweet