The 7 Stages of Healing
Follow "The Healer's Way" to recover from physical or emotional injury.
I have used this line for decades: "When talking of human well-being all there is is love and love denied." It seems to me that all the emphasis on work in the world, without the balance of genuine love, leaves us deformed as hell. Without love, a person can become a magnificent work machine but have no kind of a life. On the other hand, a person whose solid foundation has been built by love automatically works to contribute to the fabric of society.
This is what brings us to the Hoop, my friend. Our topic is healing. The need for healing is created from the wound of love denied.
Study the Hoop I'm about to describe. See if it makes sense to you. Test it out on your own experience, the ultimate yardstick. Once you begin to recognize this process, this Hoop, you will find that you can jump in at any point and still not be lost. Any slice of life, any experience you encounter or come to recognize in yourself, will fit along one of the strands of this Hoop. Sit with it reverently, and it will tell you its secret.
Excerpted from The Healer's Way by Earnie Larsen (Conari Press, September 2007)