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Be a hero. Be a heroine. In your healing and wellness.
Joan was a heroine of her healing journey.
After a painful separation from her family due to alcoholism, that’s when her journey began. And it proved to be for real this time given many past misses.
“With the help of therapy and counseling, I’m able to break free of my inner prison. What has transformed are my awareness, actions, and behaviors,” she testified in a thank you email.
From the psychotherapeutic vantage point, it’s a journey breaking away from a victim “/martyr cycle to a hero/heroine journey.
Dr. Charles L. Whitfield, author of “Healing the Child Within,” describes components of the two ends of the spectrum of this heroic transformation:
From FALSE SELF to TRUE SELF.
From SELF-CONTRACTION to SELF-EXPANSION.
From THERE and THEN to HERE and NOW.
From UNFINISHED BUSINESS to FINISHED and FINISHING BUSINESS.
From STAGNATION and REGRESSION to GROWTH.
From SHARING LITTLE to SHARING AS APPROPRIATE.
From SAME STORY to GROWING STORY.
From REPETITION COMPULSION to TELLING OUR STORY.
From IMPULSIVE and COMPULSIVE to SPONTANEOUS and FLOWING.
From MOSTLY UNCONSCOUS to MUCH CONSCIOUS.
From UNFOCUSED to FOCUSED.
From LESS OPEN TO INPUT FROM OTHERS to OPEN TO INPUT FROM SAFE OTHERS.
From VARYING DEGREES OF “DRY DRUNK” to WORKING THROUGH PAIN AND APPRECIATING JOY.
From DOING IT ON MY OWN to CO-CREATORSHIP.
From OFTEN GRANDIOSE to HUMBLE YET CONFIDENT.
From FEWER POSSIBILITIES AND CHOICES to MORE POSSIBILITIES AND CHOICES.
From UNHAPPY DREAM to HAPPY DREAM.
From EXCLUDES HIGHER POWER to INCLUDES HIGHER POWER.
From ILLNESS to HEALTH
From CURSE to GIFT.