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social dislocation. Therefore, whenever a nation suffers the devastating effects of violence, it becomes crucial to establish a systematic approach to healing of the entire population, if the cycle of violence is to be broken and significant advances towards reconciliation and peace are to be achieved (Danesh et al 2005:276). Taking post-war healing and reconciliation as the focal point of this chapter, the following sets of questions are examined and addressed: ѧ What is the concept of healing? ѧ What does the process of healing involve? ѧ What is the relationship between individual healing and collective healing in the wake of profound psychological trauma? ѧ What are the linkages between healing and reconciliation in post-conflict society? ѧ How can the inner wounds caused by divisions and conflicts be healed? ѧ Is psychological, social, as well as spiritual healing even necessary for reconciliation and peace? 5 ABN – EPU – 2009 1.2 Conceptualization of Healing “In working with trauma for over three decades, I have come to the conclusion that human beings are born with an innate capacity to triumph over trauma. I believe not only that trauma is curable, but that the healing process can be a catalyst for profound awakening – a portal opening to emotional and genuine spiritual transformation. I have no doubt that as individuals, communities, and even nations, we have the capacity to learn how to heal and prevent much of the damage done by trauma. In doing so, we will significantly increase our ability to achieve both our individual and collective dreams” (Peter A. Levine 2005:10). The term “healing” commonly used in the discourse of peace-building and post- conflict reconciliation, undoubtedly remains controversial. So what does the term “healing” mean? The Mosby's Dictionary of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2005) defines healing as a “process of recovery, repair, and restoration;” or a
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