The Wound Makes the Medicine


Elemental Remediations for Transforming Heartache

by Pixie Lighthorse

A healing journey broken down into bite-sized pieces that readers will return to repeatedly finding new treasures each time.

In Pixie Lighthorse’s most personal work yet, The Wound Makes the Medicine, we are invited to embark on a journey of self-acceptance. This intricate tapestry of prose illuminates the paths we often avoid—the hidden corridors of suffering—and beckons us to walk them courageously, armed with a gentle understanding that we can withstand and learn from our pain.

Each page reveals a profound prescription for the soul, a remedy curated from the unique synthesis of Lighthorse’s wisdom as an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation and the transformative insights gained from a life courageously lived. The Wound Makes the Medicine isn’t a call for immediate transformation but a guide to embracing our wounds as teachers that reveal our strength, resilience, and capacity to heal. Lighthorse assures us that while wounds may create fractures, they also serve as openings for medicine.

Paperback | 208 pages | Row House Publishing | 2023

Cherie Dawn Carr is the author of seven books centered on healing through intimate relationships with the natural world and a tribal member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She writes as Lighthorse to honor the unheard voices of her ancestors, who were forcibly removed from our homelands via the first of many Trails of Tears. Lighthorse currently resides in the Pacific Northwest.

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