Healing is a Lifelong Journey

2017 has taught me more and more how healing is a lifelong journey. Healing is not a destination or a one-stop shop. It’s a process to experience and endure with grace, compassion, self-love, and humility. As one layer is uncovered, addressed and healed, another is soon to appear, begging for the attention of its owner – self. Life is always happening. It’s an inevitable cycle of circumstances, interactions, disappointments, achievements, and more. Despite experiencing many levels of healing, particularly childhood and adolescent wounds, I realized as life continues to unfold itself in its mysterious ways, so do the internal layers within which need healing.

After completing my first book and publishing it earlier this year, I experienced a sense of accomplishment that deceived me into believing “the healing was done.” Granted, I knew there was work to be done in terms of self-development work, transformation, and growth. However, I had somehow convinced myself that the healing work was complete. I had even become haughty in some ways, thinking I had the world’s best advice when it came to healing one’s soul, because I did in fact experience a tremendous amount of healing. Yet, as life humbly reminded me I still had some livin’ to do, I found myself in spaces needing to heal and recover from more recent occurrences.

This year has brought about many answered prayers, blessings, miracles, and all the sorts. It has also brought disappointments, rejections, betrayal, and attacks. When I was slapped in the face with life’s ways of teaching me a lesson, I found myself once again embarking upon a healing journey. This time, I had to heal the relationship I had with myself and also heal from the most recent incidences which had occurred. I journeyed my way through not taking things personally, addressed my inner critic, faced my fears, and stopped ignoring the limiting beliefs I had. I distanced myself from toxic people and also recognized my own toxic behaviors; all of which played vital roles in my very own self-sabotage. They confronted me in such a way I could no longer ignore it. Yes, I had experienced forgiveness and healing from my past and the people in it. Yet my present reality and the people in it were creating new experiences; some of which were painful. I needed to heal - again.

 This realization quickly humbled my “I am healed” attitude and graciously allowed me to adopt a new mindset: “I am allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress at the same time.” This is called balance. Now I am learning to embrace more of the ongoing healing parts of my journey. As I heal from today’s wounds, I bring the wisdom gained into tomorrow’s experiences. Healing doesn’t have to have a negative connotation to it. I once thought of it as such. I thought if I’m in a constant state of healing, that must mean “something is always wrong with me.” Oh, how naively wrong I was. Healing is an art. It’s a journey and a process to be embraced by the soul brave enough to embark upon it. Healing is necessary. Healing is ongoing. Healing doesn’t necessarily mean something is wrong; it could mean something is right and it has yet to be discovered.

 

Love and Light,

Casandra

 

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