Anyone who has had a serious physical injury knows that physical therapy can be very painful. In fact it needs to be because to heal we must break scar tissue and work through inflammation and doing so, well…is painful. However we must trust the process and when we do we reap the benefits.
We experience the same when we heal and recover from emotional wounds.
Carl Jung said there is no coming into consciousness without pain because we cannot become enlightened without making the darkness conscious.
This excellent article by Melanie Tonia Evans eloquently explains this as it pertains to narcissistic abuse recovery.