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  • Writer's picturePaty Cholewczynski

The Intricacies of Healing: Navigating the Terrain of the Nervous System and Love

Updated: Apr 11

In our quest for healing, we often find ourselves immersed in the depths of our thoughts and emotions, believing that if we just think positively enough or love deeply enough, we will find solace and restoration. Yet, the journey of healing is far more complex than mere cognitive or emotional exercises. It is intricately woven into the very fabric of our nervous system, dictating the pace at which we can traverse the path towards wholeness.

"We cannot think or even love our way into healing, the nervous system dictates the pace." These words encapsulate a profound truth about the nature of healing. Our nervous system, comprising the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches, governs our responses to stress, trauma, and restoration. It holds within it the memories of our experiences, shaping our perceptions, behaviors, and capacity for resilience.

Cultivating safety within ourselves or with another is the foundational step towards embarking on the journey of healing. Safety provides the fertile ground upon which healing can take root and flourish. When we feel safe, our nervous system shifts from a state of hypervigilance to one of relaxation, enabling us to explore the depths of our inner landscape without fear.

The process of healing is not a solitary endeavor; it is a collaborative dance between the self and the other. Whether it be a trusted therapist, friend, or loved one, the presence of a compassionate witness can profoundly impact our healing journey. Through attuned connection and empathic resonance, we find refuge in the embrace of another, anchoring ourselves in the assurance that we are not alone.

"To love that which is seeking to return to its source - love." These words illuminate the essence of healing as an act of love – both towards ourselves and towards that which yearns for restoration. Love, in its purest form, is the catalyst for transformation, dissolving the barriers that separate us from our innate wholeness.

In essence, healing is a holistic journey that encompasses the mind, body, and soul. It requires us to honor the wisdom of our nervous system, to cultivate safety within and without, and to embrace love as the guiding force towards our return to wholeness.

As we traverse the winding paths of healing, may we remember that the destination is not a place but a state of being – a homecoming to ourselves, infused with the tender embrace of love.

Paty C

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