Along with any of the other ways we can describe healing and awakening, it also has a sobering quality.
When a part of us is caught up in a painful belief (AKA identification with the viewpoint of a story, an emotional issue, a hangup, trauma), it’s caught up in its own frightening fantasies about the world. Seeing through this is sobering.
We examine the painful stories and find what’s more true for us. We welcome, allow, and get to know this part of us. We see its innocence and that it’s here to protect us. We find genuine love for it. We recognize that its nature is the same as everything else in our world.
All of this is, along with any other way we want to describe it, sobering. This part of us wakes up from its scary dream.
This process is the same for psychological healing as a human self and noticing what we more fundamentally are. In both cases, we heal out of a painful fantasy.
And it is really just about healing parts of us. When there is an identification with these parts, it feels like we are healing as a whole.
And the healing involves recognizing that it is a part of us, not even close to the whole of who and what we are.