Life for some has not been all roses. Some have been through experiences that have literally broken their spirits. This week’s quote will hopefully bring healing to those broken. In this week’s blog, I want to affirm that broken spirits can be healed!
When you have been through so much it can be hard to see an outcome that offers peace. Even so, peace exists. Injury can happen in many ways. If you have ever had a physical injury, you know it takes time to heal. When your spirit has been broken, it seems to be a different kind of pain. In this short blog, I want to offer the process of healing a broken spirit. Healing never seems to happen as fast as we want it to, in any case, that is because time is a big part of the process. I would like to use the wound healing phases to illustrate the healing process of the spirit.
Hemostasis is the first defense in healing a cut or flesh wound. Blood vessels constrict to cut off blood flow so that clotting can take place. When your spirit has been broken, the cause of the injury must be identified and access restricted. For healing to begin there must be a separation from what is causing the pain, forgiveness, or the realization of your brokenness. This phase may be different for each person. The focus is to take steps to initiate the clotting mechanism which is the help. Help can come in the form of someone you trust, your faith, or a counselor.
The inflammatory phase reminds you that the wound is there. It still hurts, but the process serves to prevent infection and control bleeding. So, it is for the broken spirit, the pain that is felt in the inflammation phase is a reminder of our injury, but it also prevents us from re-injuring ourselves. During this phase, healing is taking place while the spirit is still bruised. Allow healing through knowing what you want, detach yourself from the situation or person that caused your pain. Open your mind to accepting yourself as worthy to be whole. It is not the time for vengeance, it will only create more injury. Allow yourself to be ministered to with peace, love, joy, and truth through meditation, reading, or words of encouragement.
The proliferative phase is where the spirit is rebuilt. This is exciting because so many structures are in operation to build you up. The pain from the injury is less because it has been replaced with health interventions. You must be intentionally active in the process. It takes a will to see yourself through. Find ways to build that allow you to engage in positive affirmations, peace and loving yourself. What you feed your spirit is important. Monitor who or what you allow in your presence. Watch for self-pity, as you build don’t allow it to undo how far you have come.
During the maturation phase, the wound is closed. Though you have been healed, you are fragile in the place where you were injured. This may be that way for a while, yet you are healed. The challenge in this phase is to keep moving forward though you are haunted at times by the injury. Don’t allow yourself to be focused on the old as if it is still hurting you. Feel your control and see how far you have come. Own your healing and rejoice in the new you.
Time and the process of building yourself is the recipe for healing your spirit summed up in the wound healing phases. Life can be rough literally, but we don’t have to settle for living in that state continuously. I encourage you to seek the peace you need, and I can truly affirm there is healing for the broken spirit!