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The Surprising Role Self-Forgiveness Plays in Healing

Last week I wrote about how Healing Touch has helped my client Anne look at her chronic illness through a new lens. Over our many sessions together, Anne experienced what she described as a shift from feeling victimized by her illness to surrendering to the healing process.

Her energetic shift brought up something that we might not associate with healing: the need for self-forgiveness.

Whether we’re aware of it or not, we often blame ourselves for getting sick. When Anne realized where and when she contracted Lyme disease, she blamed herself. Why didn’t I pay better attention? Why didn’t I realize? These kinds of thoughts surfaced during one of our sessions, along with a lot of unshed tears.

Once Anne allowed these feelings to move through her, she was able to find a deeper level of compassion for herself and even come to see that her illness has valuable lessons to offer.

I believe that Healing Touch works so powerfully because it gives clients like Anne the space they need to feel and process a wide range of emotions.

And to arrive at this very important insight:

Your illness is not your fault.

Next week I’ll continue to share Anne’s journey and take another look at the importance of expressing feelings as a way to heal.

Katie Oberlin

A Healing Touch Certified Practitioner, Katie received advanced training in shamanic healing at The Power Path School of Shamanism in 2014. Her travels have taken her to power spots in the southwestern United States, as well as Mexico and Peru, where she has worked with shamans from the Q’ero and Shipibo indigenous healing traditions.