When we talk about Chiron, we often focus on the wound. Here is the perpetual pain, the permanent vulnerability individual to each of us. We peer into our own souls and sometimes even wallow in our own sorrow, comparing our battle scars. What we focus less on is the aspect of the healer.
Chiron doesn’t wound us without purpose. There is no senselessness to this pain. There is, instead, a drive, urging us to heal in the world the pain we bear in ourselves. Chiron is not just a wound. Chiron is a command.
Chiron places in each of us a small, minute piece of the suffering of the world. Each of us gets to specialize in that one aspect. Our role, our duty, and indeed our privilege, is to use our individual expertise to help heal that part of the world. And, taken together, we can collectively heal humanity.
And this is not without individual benefit. There is a growing body of research that outlines what many of us already knew intuitively: When we practice compassion and empathy, when we volunteer, when we serve our fellow humans, we also heal ourselves. One of the more effective treatments for depression, anxiety, loneliness, and many other types of emotional malaise is to step outside ourselves and try to heal in others the suffering we hold in our own hearts.
And that’s the secret to Chiron. You do not have to be healed in order to heal others. Sometimes it’s even better if you’re not. Yes, we should try to understand our own wounds. Yes, we should try to find some semblance of healing. But this is best done for the purpose of then using that wisdom to serve. Did you figure out a way to place that pain aside in order to function better day-to-day? Did you find one of the root causes? Did you figure out a way to find peace in the chaos? Great. Share it. It is our responsibility, our sacred duty, to serve. It is our duty to heal humanity, to share in the great joy and beauty and tragedy that is the human experience. We are what we have. We have to work together. We have to heal each other. And in doing so, we have the greatest hope to heal ourselves.
How do you use your pain to serve?