How often have you heard in the rooms of recovery, "what you resist, persists"? Or, "If you spot it, you got it!"
No surprise, here. We often fight against the very things that we need to embrace in ourselves. Or, we project wildly onto others those aspects of ourselves that we would rather not acknowledge.
Here is where the wisdom of the 12-steps and that of St. Francis converge, once again, for me. When we see these aspects of self as dark, or hold them separate from our HP, healing is hard to come by.
When we invite HP in, through step work and prayer, it is possible to begin to embrace these aspects of ourselves. Then healing can begin.