In “Falling off the Edge of the Known World” at Odyssey Storytelling last week (watch at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9Ek9RJ8TCo ), I talked about creating a culture of healing. I contrasted it with a shame-based punishment model from the Puritans, and described its roots in several spiritual traditions:
Christianity also encompasses redemption.
In my own Jewish tradition, tikkun olam, healing the world, is always intertwined with tikkun hanefesh, the healing of each individual.
The worldview shared by various Native American peoples is not punishment-based, and instead applies restorative justice, and illness is seen as a signal to take action to create harmony not only in the individual, but also in the larger cultural group.
Please share your experiences with shifting perspectives to support healing.