heal (verb) : Old English hælan “cure; save; make whole, sound and well,” from Proto-Germanic hailjan, literally “to make whole”
In 2005 I had an odd experience which crystallised my reasons for doing the work that I do.
It’s taken me several years to unpack that experience and I’m still figuring out the implications.
I attended a Spirituality and Therapy workshop with Bill O’Hanlon, three days’ exploration of how we might understand and use spirituality in therapeutic work.
On the last afternoon he invited members of the group to stand up and say a few words about what was important to us about what we had learned and what we would do with the understandings we’d gained.
One by one participants stood up and answered telling the rest of us what they had learned and what they wanted to do next.
In a brief pause between speakers and without any conscious thought, I found myself standing up (a large part of my mind was wondering why I was standing up and what I was going to say) and saying “I don’t really know what this means but I want to heal and be healed for the common good”. I had no idea where that thought came from and was as surprised as anyone else that I’d said it.