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Rachel Naomi Remen on Relating to Sickness and Finding Healing

I think, often, we have edited ourselves. We have fixed ourselves to win the approval of others, and certain of our human dimensions, our birthright, we have repressed or disavowed or disconnected ourselves from. In our particular culture, of course, anything that’s intangible– the soul, the intuition, the heart, are repressed. And when a person becomes ill, often they need their wholeness in order to recover and they may need to reclaim for themselves the things that they have been taught are not valuable. These things may be the very things that are needed for the healing.