Fotolia_90054765_M  Color splashesSome say there is no journey.  The healing path is actually something we create ourselves, as we place one metaphorical foot in front of the other in the direction of our growth and transformation.

I’m not sure how I feel about this.  It kind of takes the mystery and magic out of the transformational process.  At any rate, does it even matter?

What I do know is we need to feel supported and nurtured as we do this important life changing work.

Sometimes support can come from other people on a similar “path”, or perhaps from someone who knows where we’re at ’cause they’ve been there before, and are a few “steps” ahead of us.  And sometimes support can come through the written word.

There are times when words can feed and nourish our soul in a way that makes us feel understood, and as if we’re exactly where we need to be.

One such poem is The Journey by Mary Oliver.  It’s a beautiful and insightful statement about the only life in this world we can really save.

The Journey
by Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew

what you had to do, and began,

though the voices around you

kept shouting

their bad advice-

though the whole house

began to tremble

and you felt the old tug

at your ankles.

“Mend my life?”

each voice cried.

But you didn’t stop.

You knew what you had to do,

though the wind pried

with its stiff fingers

at the very foundations-

though their melancholy

was terrible.

It was already late

enough, and a wild night,

and the road full of fallen

branches and stones.

But little by little,

as you left their voices behind,

the stars began to burn

through the sheets of clouds,

and there was a new voice,

which you slowly

recognized as your own,

that kept you company

as you strode deeper and deeper

into the world,

determined to do

the only thing you could do-

determined to save

the only life you could save.

To have the awareness we can save ourselves is huge.  To have the determination to see the process through to its natural conclusion, feeling at home in our bodies and at peace with ourselves, is a gift of love.

It takes courage to create our own unique healing journey.  The courage lives inside us all.