COURAGE MONTH: DAY 2: “A healer’s power stems not from any special ability, but from maintaining the courage and awareness to embody and express the universal healing power that every human being naturally possesses.”― Eric Michael Leventhal
When I work with people who have the kinds of trauma that I most often encounter, I am led by the many traditions in which I have been trained and healed myself.
The courage comes in from my own healing, which has taken so many years to come to me. It comes as the trauma has, over a lifetime of layers. There was so little courage involved in surviving the trauma. A great deal is required to do the true healing work required. Most folks just won’t do it.
We are all here on a continuum, as I see it. A cycle of growth and learning that goes on for (I believe) many lifetimes, so what is not healed in this one continues on into the next.
Abstinence gives me the ability to face and recover those things that drugs and alcohol helped me to survive. They truly were my tools of coping until I met this process of 12 steps and the healing that began when I worked (and still work) the steps in every area of my life.
As I began to grow, I became a fierce healer myself. The battles waged with some of my clients and mentees and sponsees are fierce. In Gaelic, my name means Warrior Woman, which fits for me. Not because I fight in the world, gave that up many years ago. But because I will fight battles of Ego for dominance of Spirit and Soul in healing and living. Forever.