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We are bigger than our wounds.

-Steven Forrest


Incarnated here on Planet Earth, we are all members of the Walking Wounded Club. A core principle of evolutionary astrology is that we are here to right what went wrong – or never got done – in the karmic past. That includes dealing with and healing the wounds that we received during that past life experience and carried forward into this lifetime in our “karmic DNA.” Those wounds can lock us into repetitive, hard-to-break patterns of “bad” decisions and behavior that erode our ability to experience and deliver on this lifetime’s potentials and goals.

The challenge is huge because, like all of the karmic history, the wounds are buried deep in unconscious emotional memory, not accessible using conventional left-brained logical approaches. Not only are they deep, but they are bound to hurt when we encounter them, so it’s simply human nature to try to develop strong, bullet-proof defenses against letting “the monster out of the closet.”  We don’t do this intentionally or willfully.  It’s like temporary amnesia after a trauma:  we do it to protect ourselves until we are ready – mature enough, strong enough, brave enough, experienced enough – to open that door. But there’s this: if we don’t face the challenge, consciously take on the intention and responsibility to heal, the wound only

gets stronger and deeper, and situations that remind us of its existence get louder and more disruptive.   

It takes great quantities of effort and energy to keep it all under lock and key, energy that would be better used to address the wounding. But experiences that “rub at the scab” and draw attention to what hurts can be scary, evoking emotional responses that leave you feeling hopeless, exhausted, sad, and in pain. To once again quote Steven Forrest, “If you don’t open the door, you pay the storage fee until you do.” Something inside of each one of us knows that (1) we can’t escape what’s causing our pain, and (2) if we don’t face it, we’ll just be stuck in the same self-limiting, self-depleting and self-defeating patterns forever, not only in this lifetime, but into future ones, with the patterns and pain only more intense for having become more ingrained.

So welcome to the club, walking wounded, until we muster the readiness and courage to heal.      

“Healing the Karmic Wounds” will help you learn about the exact nature of your own wounding and recognize when the time is ripe for healing, and it provides lots of strategies – both general ones and specific ones geared to your own situation – so that you can get the job done.

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© 2023 by Alice Loffredo

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