Our Spiritual Genius is a Reflection of Our Own Deepest Wound

Are our wounds sources of greater healing for ourselves and others? 

One Origenal idea that I LOVE—maybe my favorite—is the notion of the “health bestowing wound”. This notion, quite simply, is that we are each wounded in life, but for some of us, our greatest wound ends up becoming the very means of our salvation, that which brings out the best in us. Have you experienced that? 

As a deeply wounded person myself, I read this in a very particular way, which is very dear to me. More to the point Origen suggests that for each of us, our own unique wounding in life shapes our particular individual spiritual genius. Likewise our spiritual genius is a reflection of our own deepest wound: 

It beseems God to strike such souls with such a wound as this . . . and smite them with such health bestowing wounds . . . And the soul who is aflame with longing for God’s wisdom… can say ‘I have been wounded by wisdom.’ And another soul beholding the beauty of his might and marveling at the power of the Word of God, can say: “I have been wounded by Might’… And yet another soul . . . contemplating the justice of the dispensations of his providence, says surely “I have been wounded by Justice. And another beholding the vastness of His goodness and loving-kindness speaks in the same manner. (Song 199) 

 All of us have different entry points to the divine, different ways of understanding, and a unique insight to offer the world… because all of us have been wounded in different ways. 

What do you think of this notion? What is your primary wound in life? What is your primary insight? Can you see how they are related? Whether God wounds us or God uses our wounds, in Origen’s vision every wound is transformed into genius, and ultimately they ALL lead to the great “wound of love.” How does this help you think about the wounds you are carrying now?


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2 thoughts on “Our Spiritual Genius is a Reflection of Our Own Deepest Wound

  1. Brilliant insight!!! My religious background was quite legalistic perceiving only right/wrong and worse yet good/bad etc. What a limiting dead end lose/lose strategy. I feel more expanse with this! No limits! Love can be wonderful🐣🐤🐥🐥

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  2. The many wounds of my life have been the times of my greatest spiritual growth. Sometimes the wounds have healed properly and sometimes they’ve needed to be ‘re-broken’ in order to completely be healed. Not unlike bones that don’t heal in the correct way the first time. God works thru all of it. What if the end game is about growing spiritually/ learning to love (each other and God)-not necessarily an easy/idealistic life? It’s interesting that we want our freedom (free will) but also want God to control the world like a puppeteer.

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