The funny (not at first) thing I learned on the healing journey is that it’s not a straight line. There’s no magical moment when you say “Whew, I am healed! Glad that trauma thing is over.”

Yes, I can heal my body and my mind by processing memories and experiencing all of my emotions, but those events or experiences still happened. They still taught me lessons and contributed to my shadow self. I learned the key is integration of those experiences versus suppression. I now welcome the shadow, I sit with it and learn .

“How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also if I am to be whole.” — Carl G. Jung

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