The issue of “wounded” versus” broken” came up in a Facebook discussion today. The woman who started the thread had a very strong reaction to the concept of “broken” and wanted to invite the opinions of others she trusts.
My response was that wounded and broken are very different. My belief is that whatever is innately and eternally whole cannot be broken.
Wounded is another matter. As human beings, our hearts are vulnerable; this is the way we walk in the world. And there are so many ways for what I call our unique Sacred Sword to pierce into the vulnerability of our hearts. In piercing that vulnerability we are dislodging defenses.
Once the defenses are pierced then, love, compassion, and forgiveness can flow. Therein lies the healing.
Imagine if you will, that as the Sacred Sword pierces into the vulnerability of our heart, it gives access to the deepest realms of the magical kingdom known as the human heart.
Lying deep within the human heart, is the castle of love. Often abuse, trauma, abandonment, neglect, intentional or otherwise, have resulted in the building of walls and moats around this castle of love. The intention is to make it impenetrable, thus attempting to ensure that we will not be hurt again.
When the Sacred Sword succeeds in piercing through the defenses, the walls, and crossing the moat, the gift in this is that now there is an opening, not just for hurt to enter, but for all that is contained within that kingdom, and that castle to flow outward, cleansing, refreshing, healing and enlivening.
Just as with certain physical wounds, debridement is a necessary process to keep essential fluids moving in the healing process, the same is true for the human heart. What we don’t want is to keep the heart closed so completely, for so long, that a process similar to calcification occurs, making it extremely difficult for the Sacred Sword to pierce through.
Learning to love, accept and be comfortably trusting around the issue of our essential vulnerability can be the work of a lifetime, but without it, there can be no true freedom. There will be no freedom to truly love; there will be no freedom to truly allow love from another; there will be no freedom to be authentically who we are; and there will be no freedom to be an agent of love in the world, all of which is why we came here in the first place.
Now, admittedly, this is all a somewhat simple statement about a very deep process, but the truth is, it can be simple. As the cliché states: It may be simple but not easy. On the other hand, whatever one’s intention is for this process will make all the difference.
So, intending for this kind of healing, opening and flowing to be simple, easy, natural, effortless, and that one is truly ready for it now, will support a process that is exactly that way. Once the decision is made to acknowledge the value in vulnerability, then the journey is half over– at least half.
I have led countless clients on this journey, and am traveling on it myself. When I see the true freedom, and JOY, and liberation from fear that occurs in discovering and facing and healing the wounds from our Sacred Swords, I am left with awe, deep respect, and profound love for the courageous, noble beings that we are in the pursuit of our freedom and our JOY.
In a sense what I’m seeing, is that we do not give up until we have rescued and protected the vulnerable maiden or lad held prisoner inside the castle. His/her relief and gratitude at being acknowledged and ministered to always immense.
I would love to know your thoughts about this and your experiences with vulnerability and healing. Share your comments below.
As always, I hope you **::** SPARKLE**::**
Love you, Bless you,
Janice Masters, The Shaman Mama