"The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." attributed to Plato

"Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing." attributed to Edmund Burke

Let's between us make the world a better place.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Oprah Winfrey and the Wounded Healer

Chiron the centaur and the Wounded Healer of Greek mythology, Jesus Christ the suffering servant as described in Isaiah, Henri Nouwen the wounded Roman Catholic priest and author of that lovely book The Wounded Healer, the shaman, all these and many more are generally understood to reflect the archetypal Wounded Healer. But Oprah Winfrey a Wounded Healer? Yes, says Dr Toni Galardi, author of The LifeQuake Phenomenon. She draws direct comparisons between Oprah's wounding upbringing and the Chiron story - and suggests that Oprah could use this side of her persona, as wounded healer, rather more in her media appearances. I have been exploring the part that the Wounded Healer can play in our lives, and in particular in the context of healing our fractured earth, whilst tapping into the new earth consciousness that some of us are experiencing all around us. But I confess I had not thought of including Oprah in my ramblings. I shall look at her now in a different light.

And is it true? And is it true
This most tremendous tale of all,
Seen in a stained glass window's hue,
A baby in an ox's stall?
The maker of the stars and sea
Became a Child on earth for me?

John Betjeman

The photos were taken in our church this morning, showing the crib set up under the high altar, and a poster of Jesus as the Light of the World made by the children


Reya Mellicker said...

Good morning! Yes, I think all of us have sustained certain wounds and all of us are capable of recovering from whatever it was that knocked us down - including Oprah.

I had a long conversation with the Sufi acupuncturist about healing and healers yesterday. He thinks that healing is always God given, in every circumstance from a paper cut to cancer. He thinks that once a person realizes he/she is called to the healing tradition, the idea is to find the right method, the right technique which which to channel the healing.

That said, he admitted it's a complicated, mysterious and completely unknowable process. Good to think about, though!

Eleanor said...

Thanks for that Reya
- and of course healing is not the same as curing - I believe one can die in a healed state - and one can be cured but not healed. The trouble with the world is largely I think because many will not acknowledge their wounds which affect their behaviour.

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