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  • Writer's pictureLES HENSON

Dealing with Our Stuff - Wounded Healers

Les Henson


Life is full of ups and downs, and sometimes we get hurt along the way, whether it's physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. These wounds can be really painful and leave us feeling exposed and vulnerable. It's natural to want to hide our wounds from others, so we don't get judged or feel embarrassed.


But here's the thing: We can use our wounds to help others. When we take our experiences of pain and hurt and use them to help others, we become what Henri Nouwen called ‘wounded healers. These people have gone through their own stuff and used their experiences to help others heal.


To become a ‘wounded healer’, we need to go through a process. First, we must recognise our wounds and understand their origin. This can take some time, and we might need to talk to someone we trust to help us do this. Once we know where our wounds come from, we must accept that they're a part of us. This can be tough, but it's important because it helps us move on to the next step.


The final step is to share our experiences with others. When we tell our stories, we help others who might be going through similar things. Being vulnerable is not always easy, but it's worth it because it can help us and others heal.


Ultimately, becoming a wounded healer is a journey that takes time, but it's worth it. By using our pain to help others, we can find meaning and purpose in our suffering.

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