Being a Wounded Healer

Having known pain,
I can enter into the dark, inner places without fear.

Having walked through pain,
I know the light of healing guides the way.

The Wounded Healer is an archetype which describes a person who is effective at bringing healing and empathy to others because they themselves have recognized and healed from their own wounding. This archetype has roots in ancient Greek mythology, but gained greater recognition as a psychological concept through the work of C.G. Jung.

The “wounded healer” has been coming up a lot lately in articles I’ve been reading and in the conversations I’ve been observing of others. It seems as though many people have been recognizing more and more how our past woundings and pain have led us each to the place where we are today.

In this recognition, I’m noticing that people are experiencing a newfound strength or sense of empowerment which seems to be manifesting itself as a global, collective empathy extending beyond human beings and national borders. There are many possible reasons one could speculate as to why this is happening, but that’s not what this post is about.

Instead I want to simply acknowledge the path you’ve been on and encourage you to honor your own “wounded healer.” Know that the light of healing guides the way.


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