John O’Donohue: Beauty that emerges from woundedness

“The beauty that emerges from woundedness is a beauty infused with feeling; a beauty different from the beauty of landscape and the cold perfect form. This is a beauty that has suffered its way through the ache of desolation until the words or music emerged to equal the hunger and desperation at its heart. It must also be said that not all woundedness succeeds in finding its way through to beauty of form. Most woundedness remains hidden, lost inside forgotten silence. Indeed, in every life there is some wound that continues to weep secretly, even after years of attempted healing. Where woundedness can be refined into beauty a wonderful transfiguration takes place.”

John O’Donohue

Therapy is one path into ‘the beauty that emerges from woundedness’. There are many others. What matters is that we each find our unique path. We are all wounded. We all have the potential to find our ways through into beauty.

We believe the effective healer – whether therapist or another kind – has met their own woundedness, and ‘suffered…through the ache of desolation’. The beauty emerging through this is characterized by compassion, insight and an ethic of service. Such a healer brings an understanding that we are all in this together, and offers relationship characterized by equality, empathy, openness and loving warmth.

Palace Gate Counselling Service

Quote | This entry was posted in actualizing tendency, beauty, congruence, core conditions, empathy, healing, human condition, interconnection & belonging, John O'Donohue, kindness & compassion, love, Palace Gate Counselling Service, person centred, relationship, therapeutic relationship, transformation and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.