In my previous post, I discussed the non-linear nature of healing and its importance in the process. In this post, I want to emphasize the pendulum effect and how it impacts our healing journey.
Many clients often feel stuck in their healing because they want to be on the opposite side of the pendulum from where they started. For example, if someone struggles with having no boundaries at all, they may feel the need to establish rigid boundaries immediately. This desire to swing to the opposite extreme is a normal part of the healing process.
Finding the perfect fit for our healing journey requires trying on different sizes first. It’s essential to experiment with different approaches to find what works best for us. This experimentation allows us to learn what we need and how we can best apply it to our lives.
One of the most beautiful aspects of healing is that it’s not static. We can flow and flex as situations change, as we change, and as the people around us change. Our approach to healing must be adaptable to our ever-changing circumstances.
To illustrate the pendulum effect and the importance of experimentation in the healing journey, I want to share a client story.
Let’s say that Sarah has always had difficulty setting boundaries with her mother. For years, she has allowed her mother to overstep her boundaries, make critical comments, and dictate how she should live her life. After starting her own inner work, Sarah realizes that her lack of boundaries is causing her a great deal of stress and anxiety.
At first, Sarah swings towards the other extreme, becoming overly rigid and defensive with her mother. She sets strict boundaries and avoids any contact that could potentially trigger her. However, over time, Sarah realizes that this approach is not sustainable. She misses her mother and the positive aspects of their relationship, and she also realizes that her mother’s behavior is not likely to change.
So Sarah softens her approach, finding a middle ground between flimsy and rigid boundaries. She communicates her needs and limits clearly and assertively, but also remains open to her mother’s perspective and feelings. She accepts that her mother may not always respect her boundaries, but she is committed to upholding them for her own well-being.
Through this process, Sarah’s relationship to boundaries has changed. Initially, she saw boundaries as a way to protect herself from harm and distance herself from her mother. However, as she gained more insight and self-awareness, she realized that boundaries can also be a way to create a healthier and more authentic relationship with her mother. By setting boundaries, she is asserting her own needs and values, while also creating space for a more equal and respectful relationship.
Embracing the pendulum effect and experimenting with different approaches is crucial to our healing journey. It’s essential to be adaptable as we move through life’s ever-changing circumstances. Remember that healing is not a linear process, and it’s okay to swing back and forth as we find our way towards growth and transformation.
Does that make sense? How does the idea feel in your body? Do you sense you need support in navigating a new way? I have coaching spots available. Find out more by sending me a quick note here.