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Healing: The Eighth Step on the Spiritual Journey

By Melody Larson

This is the ninth article of the Spiritual Journey to Awakening series. In this series, Melody is addressing each step of the journey, to help you discern where you are on the path to spiritual realization. To get an overview of what this journey is about read the first introductory article and then the previous steps at The 12 Steps of the Spiritual Journey: A Map for the Seeker Going in Circles.

LEVEL - Soul
KEYWORD - Wholeness, The Shadow
ACTIONS - Releasing the past
BELIEFS - "I am responsible."
CHAKRA - Karmic
SIGN - Scorpio

Healing and the soul
This is the last step at the soul level before we move into the spirit level and the final 4 steps of this journey. Let's recap briefly. In Step 5, Sovereignty, we learned to live authentically by allowing our ego to "shake hands" with our soul. We then received the soul's calling to move toward a deeper purpose. In order to propel us out of our comfort zone, we either experienced crises or underwent spiritual seeking (or both!) in the Searching phase, Step 6. Exhausted and overwhelmed, we gave up and reached Step 7, Surrender. Here the soul had its epiphany that it wasn't separate from The All. We began to ask for divine wisdom and receive answers to our prayers.

And that brings us to Step 8, Healing. As I mentioned before, Steps 6, 7 and 8 often come as a "package deal." You may very well have sought out healing as part of your searching for solutions. However, it may have taken surrender in order for you to feel strong enough to truly delve into healing at a deeper level. This level requires taking responsibility for your healing in every way.

What do I mean by healing? This step is about bringing the soul back into a state of wholeness so that you can get on with fulfilling your spiritual purpose. It's about healing from the past, integrating the Shadow, and releasing the soul from karmic patterns by taking responsibility as the creator of your own reality. In this step, you learn to forgive (at a much deeper level than Step 4), to accept, to release, to cultivate gratitude, and to develop the inner discipline needed to make lasting spiritual changes.

Healing may also involve learning to manage a situation that isn't going to change. Sometimes healing may have nothing to do with "getting better." We may not get out of the wheelchair, for example, but that doesn't mean we aren't capable of mastering the lesson presented by the accident. The wheelchair may be the key to fulfilling our spiritual mission. Healing isn't always about health, but it is always about wholeness.

You cannot separate mind/body/heart/soul/spirit. Your soul healing may come about through a physical recovery or through coping with a physical challenge. It may come about through an emotional release. It may come about through exchanging limiting beliefs for new ones. However we go about seeking healing, soul-level wholeness comes when we 1) accept that there are no victims 2) accept responsibility for our creations and 3) choose to become empowered as spiritual beings existing in physical form.

There is no wrong way to go about this healing journey. For many, therapy is undertaken. For others it may take the form of allopathic medicine. For many more, it often involves alternative practices—everything from energy healing to Rolfing. Others simply start to shift their beliefs about the past and find themselves compelled to let go. Still more may take on a serious physical or spiritual discipline that requires focus, commitment, and breaking through limits.

Whatever the entry path, we complete our healing at the soul level when we are able to claim spiritual responsibility and empowerment. In other words, we see ourselves as whole and capable of handling anything, without blame, with integrity and grace.

Healing and spiritual systems
Chakras: Step eight of Healing is associated with the eighth chakra, the Karmic chakra. This chakra is responsible for many functions, but core among them is our ability to access our karma. Please note that by karma I do not mean you are "paying for the sins of a past life." Karma is neutral and is merely the energy of our accumulated experience. There is no such thing as positive or negative karma. The challenge of each lifetime is to reach beyond the levels of achievement attained in other lifetimes. This chakra allows the soul to evolve to greater levels of awareness and wholeness by providing it with a record of what is has, and has not, yet accomplished.

In terms of healing, we can access our past in order to remake it by working with this chakra. Here is where the inner Shaman dwells, capable of moving through time and space. When we heal, we literally rewrite the past in order to change our present, thus selecting a new probable future. Our ability to make changes in order to empower our lives is what clearing karma is all about. This chakra operates at the soul level and assists us with our own spiritual evolution.

Archetypes: Archetypically, Step 8 of Healing relates to the energy of Jung's Destroyer. The Destroyer can manifest positively and negatively. On the positive side, the Destroyer asks us to find the gift hidden within our suffering. In other words, what is the lesson our soul is trying to learn? When we master the lesson's meaning, we evolve to a new level of empowerment. On the negative side, we may destroy ourselves rather than face the lesson. Rather than healing, we escape into addiction, unnecessary medication, or even literal destruction through suicide. This merely adds to our karma rather than overcoming it.

The goal of the Destroyer is always transformation. Something must end in order for something new to begin. This is what the Destroyer propels us to understand. Ultimately, this archetype prompts us to let go of anything that is limiting our evolutionary journey forward.

Astrology: Astrologically, step eight correlates to the sign of Scorpio, a Water sign and eighth on the wheel. In a mundane way Scorpio is usually associated with all things taboo. Spiritually, Scorpio is about making the unconscious conscious. It's about pushing through fear in order to bring whatever is in the dark to the light. In terms of healing, it is our inner Scorpio that gives us the courage to explore the Shadow side of our nature in order to move us into greater wholeness.

Scorpio teaches us to be totally unafraid of delving into our deepest hidden fears, angers, and hurts. It also helps us see that we are fully capable of carrying the responsibility that comes with owning these feelings. Scorpio asks us to get our priorities in order. It prizes Self-knowledge above all else and requires us to be piercingly introspective.

Scorpio is as capable of putting us into the present moment as Leo, but for very different purposes. Scorpio peels away everything in life that isn't essential to our transformation. It places our attention fully on one central question: are we going to be destroyed by this, or are we going to overcome it? Scorpio's intention is not to inflict pain. Neither does it want us to wallow around in our wounds. Instead, it longs for us to receive the realizations and healings that are needed in order for us to evolve our consciousness and live with much greater depth and significance.

To summarize, step eight of Healing is all about bringing our soul back into a state of wholeness. It is about removing the karmic blocks that show up physically, emotionally, or mentally in our lives so that we may become more empowered and responsible as creators. The result of Step 8 of Healing is that we become a clear channel for accessing the inner guidance and synchronicity needed to claim and fulfill our mission. We will explore Step 9 of Guidance next week.

Melody Larson is an intuitive teacher. She is dedicated to helping others discover their spiritual purpose, remember their multidimensional nature, and awaken into wholeness. She also offers private consultations, to help you navigate the spiritual journey and fulfill your true purpose for this lifetime.

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