The ancient symbol of the serpent eating its own tail captures the paradox of wounding-healing as a never-ending circular and self-reflecting process. In this sense, the wound has to devour itself with love and consciousness, and thus come to know itself as it is. We learn, through seminars like "Wound and Healing, Consciousness and Love," that the wounding-healing process is set in motion by life itself at the moment of birth. Without the "trauma" of imperfect life, consciousness could not come into being, soul could not work on itself and make itself real.
We are wounded by life, and if, through love, we are given the gift of working at our wounds, a process of self-reflection begins and deepens. We never solve our wounds, but we can establish a floor under them and live from their truth. In a sense, the wound is not meant
to be "healed," but to be known, yet in the knowing is the "healing." When we practice bringing love to the wound, the wound will release its own love to us, and we learn that at a deeper level the wound does love us, as the wound is the germ of the soul’s own making of itself.
Our wound has its own voice, its own song, its own dance, its own images and words. In letting it speak for itself, we must move into the background, give up our judgments and fears, and listen to the voice of the wound just as it is, now. Every time we listen, its voice will change, deepen, becoming conscious in some new and enlightening way. At this summer’s seminar at Four Springs in June, we practiced listening to soul’s wound-story, listening to what it has to tell us in its own ongoing and developing patterns.
Our group of thirteen at this past June’s seminar, "Wound and Healing, Consciousness and Love," inaugurated the new lodge, barely completed in time for our seminar. We had plenty of work to do to help Four Springs prepare the lodge and the grounds for this first long seminar since the 2011 fire that destroyed the old lodge. The "Lodge" itself has gone through a kind of uroboric process, devouring itself in the fire and then giving birth to itself in the new form of lodge that has emerged. We felt our seminar, exploring soul’s process of wounding-healing, belonged right here and now at Four Springs. We celebrated the wound’s self-reflecting and self-creating new meaning at the heart of our being. We joined with soul in creating life and allowed soul to work on us. We are the richer for it.