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  • Writer's pictureMaegan Kenney

Carl Jung's Greatest Contribution

"Only the wounded physician heals... and then only to the extent he has healed himself." - C.G. Jung

"Unless you learn to face your own shadows, you will continue to see them in others, because the world outside you is only a reflection of the world inside you." - C.G. Jung

Jung's contribution of The Wounded Healer archetype and his work on projections and the disembodied shadow archetype has by far been his most influential work speaking as a wounded healer myself.

The belief that the world mirrors our shadow through our projections gives us the opportunity to be at one with our darkness so we can eventually integrate and transmute it. When we are in the healing profession, the experience of countertransference soon becomes our own therapy if we access it through the portal of Jung's teachings. His theoretical framework offers a radically different way of understanding the role of the healer.

His certainty in walking the Chironic path of wounded wisdom has been a game changer for so many. Jung had a Chiron placement in Aries and he embodied that cosmic imprint through his "medicine walk." He was nothing short of a pioneer.

An addition, despite not being public about his use of astrology in his clinical work, his relationship with cosmological archetypes speaks so freely through many of his teachings if you look close enough.

To all the healers out there, lean on Jung's work about the wounded healer, the shadow, projections, and countertransference and you will soon find an ease and flow in your work plus relief from burnout.

I have personally experienced this process as one that guides me to actualizing my full potential as a healer: a stable and grounded force that can be in the presence of another's suffering and treat it as my own, but without responding with power and control drives to overpower, manage, or change it. Just be at one with the suffering with an open heart and unconditional love without the urge to rescue one needs saving anyhow.

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