The Myth of Chiron
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The Greek myth of Chiron is a classic story of the wounded healer and it offers a mythological way to explore the nature of distress and how an individual (or community) can move beyond this to a place of healing. Chiron was born a centaur but as a cultured student he rejected and ignored his animal body until he was accidentally wounded in the knee by Hercules. Half horse and half human, half mortal and half immortal he embarked on a quest to find a cure for his pain. He was given a choice to relinquish his immortality to save Prometheus and so descended into the underworld, where his sacrifice was recognised by Zeus and he was able to return to the heavens where he remains as the constellation ‘Alpha Centauri’.