Trauma and Evil: Healing the Wounded Soul

Trauma and Evil: Healing the Wounded Soul

Trauma and Evil: Healing the Wounded Soul

Trauma and Evil: Healing the Wounded Soul

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As we begin this journey from trauma into the realm of evil, we want to share our respective stories of wrestling personally with the presence of evil as an active force in the world. This seems particularly fitting since the material we are presenting grows out of the life stories that patients and colleagues have shared with us. In talking with colleagues, we have been reminded repeatedly that our experiences are similar to those of others who have embarked willingly and unwillingly upon this journey into the realm of evil. Sharing our stories and respective journeys with one another also helps alleviate the isolation and lack of confidence that can develop within us when life experience of any kind is not shared.

With these thoughts in mind, we would like to share how each of us became interested in such a disturbing subject as evil. As with most things in life that change us significantly, the evolutionary process has been slow but constant. While conversion may seem spontaneous at times, there is often a long and tedious preparation process that has operated behind the scene.

It took a long time for the reality of evil to break through my denial. This is not because I lived a sheltered life growing up. On the contrary, in my early life I experienced a fire that threatened my home, the explosion of a building right before my eyes, the death of both a close friend and my father from cancer, as well as the systemic evils of a patriarchal church and sexism in society, the horror of the Vietnam War, racism . . .

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