Culture, Self Development

Digging and healing

I watched the movie “Digging for fire” about a month ago. The film is about a discovery of a bone and a gun in the backyard, which sends a husband and wife in a journey to self-discovery. On the surface, the movie seems light and fun with a bit of suspense. Initially, you think the story is about two banal, main characters dealing with typical gender role issues. However, you soon discover the complexity of each character and their valid doubts about their present and future. Soon, the light comedy turns into a complex psychological reflection on life, marriage and the uncertain road to self-discovery.

The movie reflects on several pending questions: How far should you dig into your past? How far should you dig into your hidden desires? When is it safe to stop digging without compromising your desires? When does knowledge become dangerous? Throughout the movie, the characters and the viewer are tempted to dig further for answers, but a constant feeling of guilt and wrongdoing plagues the quest.

As a mind and soul digger, I always thought that digging for answers was the only path towards self-healing. I always believed in not having skeletons in the closet and bringing everything to the surface to be analyzed and carefully dissected. However, four years into my healing process, my conclusion is slightly different and it resonates with the overall movie theme.

If you want to start healing, you have to begin digging into your past and present. However, if you ever want your healing process to end, you need to put an end to digging. Deciding consciously to stop digging is one of the final stages of healing. Speaking from my own experience, I believe that this the key and the final puzzle piece to natural healing.

We could spend a lifetime digging for answers, solutions and reasons to understand why we feel the way we do. However, there needs to come a day when we make peace with our past and present. Digging more than necessary can become harmful, delusional and emotionally exhausting. Many people often find themselves trapped in the healing process and lose sight of the light at the end of the self-dug tunnel.

I recommend seeing this movie and reflecting on the soul digging theme. “Digging for fire” is a wonderful opportunity to approach a serious topic in a lighthearted humorous way.

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