The Healing Journey
Every person has a story. You never know what someone is going through
We all benefit by being kind, compassionate and caring with one another.
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The Healing Process
There are many sources of inspiration to draw from. We stand on the shoulders of so many who came before us. The 13th Century Persian poet, Rumi says "The wound is the place where the light enters you." There are those who prefer to say, "The wound is the place where your light shines out into the world."
In the midst of grief and loss, we may feel as though our heart is broken. The world as we knew it has changed. We are missing the tools we need for becoming healed and whole. People have given us harmful messages. We became afraid to let our feelings show. Our pain and sorrows accumulated. We have tried to operate in systems that didn't listen or fill our human needs.
In 1978, at the age of 27, I was forced into "psychiatric treatment" at Westborough State Hospital in Massachusetts. That excruciatingly painful experience years ago gave me something I could not have found any other way. It gave me insight and experience to do this work.
I saw clearly that the "mental health" system could not help me with my grief. It gave me a vision of a world in which we build an alternative. So, as we share our stories with loving care, we create bonds for healing our hearts. We are the alternative to the "mental health" system.