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Healing Past Wounds

Article by Angie Webster

We all have things in our past that have caused us pain or trauma. Some of these things can be quite severe and leave lingering effects or keep us living in the past, either reliving the wound or wishing for what we believe should have happened instead. This keeps us stuck, unable to move forward and enjoy our lives in the moment or create the future we would like to live. These painful memories and stuck traumas also tend to manifest in physical ways in our lives through repeating patterns we create without realizing it and through our bodies as physical illnesses.

We can make a big difference in our own lives and the lives of those around us by beginning to do conscious healing work on our past traumas. Each time you notice an emotion that repeatedly resurfaces around an old issue, you are wishing something could have turned out another way or feeling indignation or anger at the way something in the past went, you are likely stuck in an old painful memory. The same may be true if you find that something in the present makes you feel intense anxiety, fear or anger when there is no immediate threat of danger or loss to you.

Pay attention to your body signals when these things happen. Do you feel tight in your chest, throat or belly? Is your jaw clenched and your forehead bunched? Use all of these signs to notice that healing work needs to be done around the issue at hand. If it has gone on a long time, you will likely feel that the emotions are “justified” and you “have a right” to feel that way. You may use this to fan the flames of the emotion and make it stronger. Your feelings are your own and they are telling you that you need to be healed. They are not wrong or right. They are simply a signal.

Reflection of Autumn

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When you have pinpointed the painful memory you are feeling stuck in, write it down on a piece of paper. Go into as much detail as you feel you need to, or simply use a few keywords that symbolize the memory for you. If you are also finding yourself stuck on playing out what you feel “should” have happened, write that down, too, preferably on a separate piece of paper. Again, use great detail, if that feels right, or a few symbolic keywords. Once you have these accounts written down, hold the memory of what actually happened in your hands and send it healing energy, love and gratitude. Send any healing symbols that feel intuitively appropriate to you. Hold it to your heart chakra as you extend gratitude to the person you are today for helping the person you were then to heal. Send deep love to all versions of yourself, at all ages.

Next, hold the account of what you wish would have happened in your hands. Begin sending healing energy, love and gratitude to what actually is as you allow yourself to let go of this false past. Allow yourself to see that it is not a true past and to grieve it fully so you can release it. It is OK to feel whatever comes up. That is part of the release and the healing. It has been dear to you and it’s natural to grieve. Keep sending love to yourself and allowing what really is, knowing that what is now is OK. You can be in the present more fully without tending to a false past. Heal it completely and let it go.

Once you are done, either bury or burn (in a safe place where nothing will catch fire!) the pieces of paper, allowing healing energy to release the memories completely as you symbolically give them up to the elements. Again, use CKR, SHK and/or HSZSN or any other symbols that you feel are appropriate. Spend a few additional minutes simply being aware of your breath, your body sensations and your energy field. You will likely feel a sense of lightness and freedom; however, you may feel somewhat drained and tired as well. Rest if you need to and drink plenty of water to help flush toxins. Do this process as often as necessary and recommend it to your clients, as well.

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Angie Webster
Angie Webster

Angie Webster is a Reiki Master, Teacher, and Author. Angie’s primary focus is animal Reiki, which she adores. She teaches online classes on energy healing, flower essences, herbalism, and personal growth. Angie often works with nature healing and Earth healing, hoping to better understand our connection with Mother Earth. Angie is the author of Animal Reiki: How it Heals, Teaches & Reconnects Us with Nature and Reiki from A to Z. You can follow her at: angie-webster-healing.teachable.com and on Facebook (facebook.com/angiewebsterhealing).

{ 17 comments… add one }
  • kumar August 2, 2014, 3:32 pm

    Wonderfull mam i have pain in my left breast from around six months i took ecg it’s normal i am practicing reiki symbols 1,2&3 pls give me solution namasthe

    • Angie Webster August 5, 2014, 3:11 pm

      Kumar, you could try giving Reiki directly to the breast area, if you have not already done so. Try doing this every day for awhile. Allow any images of release to gone to mind,as you may have emotional pain stored in the area that needs to come up. Do not try to suppress it, but let it come up as it is ready.

  • muzna August 3, 2014, 2:09 pm

    Really easy Reiki ritual. One query… can we perform on others, if they could write their feelings and a practitioner could channel Reiki?
    Thanks for sharing , Namaste.

    • Angie Webster August 4, 2014, 7:41 pm

      I think you could do this for others as a form of Reiki treatment, however, I feel it would be so much more effective and beneficial for the person to do the ritual themselves or along with the practitioner. When they client knows they are shifting their energy and can see and feel the process, this helps to speed the healing along as well as to help them to feel empowered in their own healing process.

    • Paulette August 5, 2014, 12:20 pm

      Each time we have a client, they have to go the work, we are the conduit. So I think they need to do the work and we send the energy. Namaste.

  • Sarayu August 5, 2014, 3:57 am

    Dear Angie

    This is a beautiful article and I feel finally there is an action plan for what I really want to do.

    Trust me when I say I need this most as i often find myself having terrible negative experience thinking of various scenarios I faced in the past and because of my inability to deal with them.

    I need a little help though: I read through the following

    “Next, hold the account of what you wish would have happened in your hands. Begin sending healing energy, love and gratitude to what actually is as you allow yourself to let go of this false past. Allow yourself to see that it is not a true past and to grieve it fully so you can release it. It is OK to feel whatever comes up. ”

    Can you please provide me on how to do this with an example? I got the first bit.

    I Sincerely thank you for your help.

    – S

    • Angie Webster August 5, 2014, 3:07 pm

      When we hold on to a past wound we often get stuck in imagining how we think the situation should have gone. We run these scenarios around in our minds and feel sad or angry that things did not go that way and these scenarios in our minds often leave us feeling justified in hanging on to the past as well as to the wound. So, an example might be being wounded by being abandoned by your mother as a child. You might imagine that the way you wish it would have gone it that she was able to stay with you and that you had a happy childhood full of lovely memories with your mother, being cuddled in her arms, sung to at night by her as you fall asleep, tended to when you are ill or hurt. Allow yourself to mourn this and to recognize that it is not what actually happened. It is a false past, a fantasy. See that it keeps you stuck in the past and in what is not real. But allow yourself to grieve it fully. Then accept and embrace what actually happened as your true path with love for all the lessons it has had for you.

      • Sarayu August 8, 2014, 9:42 am

        Thanks Angie 🙂

  • Sharmila Sharma August 5, 2014, 7:29 am

    Mam very helpful n healing guidence.thanks a lot.please help us al with such beautiful guidences

  • shobha August 6, 2014, 4:57 am

    This is a beautiful article on reiki healing.
    I have learnt reiki 1st and 2nd level from a reiki master. But I am very irregular at the practice.
    Please guide me how to use the knowledge for infertility and irregular cycles, and for weight loss.
    Thank you.

    • Angie Webster September 15, 2014, 1:05 am

      You say that you are a level 2 Reiki practitioner, but are “very irregular at the practice”. The first thing I would suggest to help you with your issues is to correct that! Become very regular with your daily self Reiki practice. Do it every day, without fail, taking care of yourself with all the love and nurturing that you would give to a child. Inside of you is a small child that needs that love, so show her you are willing to give it to her and it will grow and flourish. Love her without any conditions or exceptions, exactly the way she is right now. Try telling her how much you love her and how lovely she is as you do your self Reiki each day. I think you will see many things shift in your life by making these changes, if you remain consistent. Be well and be blessed.

  • Madhuri September 26, 2014, 4:47 pm

    Thank you very much.

  • Carole October 7, 2014, 12:35 pm

    Thank you for writing such a lovely post. I enjoyed reading it and shall use as an example for my Reiki friends. Very inspiring

  • Anishnibi kwa November 19, 2014, 5:36 pm

    I have found it helpful to look at pictures of myself from age 3-12 I see the hurt in my eyes as I speak to that little one telling and sharing all the positive things that the soul was so deserving of has helped me heal mind body and spirit wounds…..
    Peace & L♡VE

  • Victoria Sommers November 20, 2014, 9:43 pm

    WOW..talk about timing…lol Thank you Angie for this article. Only 3 days ago I received a message during a meditation that I needed to heal my past. Up to that point I honestly didn’t think I had anything major that needed healing, but slowly things began to surface and I suddenly had to grab pen and paper and start writing them all down. I shared this with another Reiki Master and they told me that I could actually send Reiki to whole blocks of time to heal remembered as well as forgotten issues. I’m going to begin working on this tonight and see how it goes. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

    Love and Light xx

  • Sukku May 23, 2018, 5:28 pm

    The timing of this article is truly a sign from the divine for me. I really needed this right now because I am undergoing a very traumatic period of my life. Thank you. and may you be blessed always for your enormous contribution to the world. Namaste

  • Justine July 27, 2018, 7:56 pm


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