“Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.” ~ Tori Amos

Healing is a process. It requires us to look at the areas of our lives we’ve neglected for years. Before we started on our spiritual/healing journeys, we learned to cover up our issues so we wouldn’t have to deal with them,. Unfortunately, they would come back around for us to deal with them again, so we bandage them up once more. Of course, that bandage was only temporary so the problem comes back yet again. This is a vicious cycle that many go through to solve problems in their lives.

It would be safe to say that most people around the world live in a symptomatic society. We like to look at the symptoms of problems and cure those. For example, you may see a number of commercials promoting the newest weight loss pill and their “success” stories. These companies know that people are desperate to lose weight and look good so they construct an ad that promotes that look and feeling. What people are buying is a temporary fix that will eventually fail and they’ll gain weight again. Instead of buying a quick fix pill, the ideal solution would be to evaluate what their body really needs, adjust their diet, exercise and have a total lifestyle change. This takes work which a lot of people don’t want to do. While the pill is more attractive, the lifestyle change would truly solve their problems and probably give them the optimal health they’re really looking for. This is a common problem for people when they go through healing. Even the best of us get caught up in this . You can not fix your problems by resolving surface issues in your life. The true transformation comes from healing the root cause of your issue(s).

Getting to the core of our issues liberates us from the pain and burden of our problem(s) and keeps them from coming back. It also opens the doors to solutions that lead us to become more of our authentic self, the one that works in our highest and best way. In order to do that, we must take a long look in the mirror and get real with ourselves. It’s not easy and can be painful, although, it doesn’t have to be. When I first started my journey, I was scared out of my mind to look at myself but either I did it or I didn’t heal. It’s been a long time since then and I’m still healing but it gets easier to do some days. If you really want to resolve any major issues in your life, you must start with finding the core cause of it. Once you clear that out, then you can move forward.

This process isn’t always easy and it can get very emotional, even painful but keep going. In the beginning it can be overwhelming and that’s ok. There are many different paths you can take through the healing process. While some paths get you there faster, the most important thing is that you get there. Then again, healing is not a destination, it is a journey.

Have you started on a spiritual/healing journey? What challenges have you encountered? Share your stories!