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HEALING OLD WOUNDS
the late spring of 1988, I arrived at the Findhorn
Community (photo on right) in northeastern Scotland to teach a healing
workshop. At that point in my career, the people who came to my workshops tended
to be searching for a personal healing. They expected me, as a medical intuitive,
to facilitate their healing directly by giving them an individual reading and
setting up a treatment regimen for them. (These days my workshops are largely
filled with self-reliant people who want to learn how to heal themselves and their
lives, or professionals looking to learn how to help others heal.)
Though I myself
am not a healer, I was happy to help them, of course, to the best of my abilities.
Often in my readings I was simply validating the suspicions, insights, or intuitions
that they already had about themselves and the changes they needed to make in
their lives. Sometimes these readings ignited an inner physical and spiritual
healing process. Even so, at that time, my workshop participants and I all felt
that we were on the right track. After all, healing and health had become the
main focus of the holistic or consciousness culture as well as the center of my
life. Almost everyone I met, professionally and personally, spoke about either
wanting to become a healer or needing a healer, being on their way to visit a
new healer, or believing that they were meant to be a healer as soon as they had
completed their own healing.
enjoyed traveling around the world and meeting spiritually committed people who
needed me as much as I needed them, and I had especially come to love Findhorn,
a community of about three hundred people sharing an organic, cooperative life
and a respect for all spiritual paths. Some of the community members reside in
an enchanting, converted turn-of-the-century hotel; others have made their home
quarters in a beautiful park area alongside the Findhorn Bay. The rugged beauty
of the Scottish Highlands, combined with the spiritual focus of the community,
make Findhorn a most attractive place to be. Whenever I go there, I seem to receive
a special energetic charge that results in some important insight, and this visit
in 1988 was no exception. This time, however, the insight came in a rather unlikely
to beginning the weeklong workshop, I had arranged to have lunch with my dear
friend Mary. Having arrived early in the dining room, I joined two gentlemen for
tea. Mary entered a while later, and when she walked over to our table, I introduced
her to my companions. She had just extended her hand to greet them when another
member of the Findhorn community, Wayne, came up to her and asked, "Mary,
are you busy on June eighth? Were looking for someone to escort a guest coming
to Findhorn for the day."
tone of Mary's response was as revealing as its length. She snapped, "June
eighth? Did you say June eighth?" Suffused with anger and resentment,
she continued, "Absolutely not! June eighth is my incest support group
meeting, and I would never, ever miss that meeting! We count on each other, after
all. We incest victims have to be there for one another. I mean, who else do we
have?" Mary went on for a while longer, but this is as much as I can
accurately remember. I was captivated by the instantaneous dramatics triggered
by a simple question about her schedule. Wayne hardly took notice of her response,
thanked her, and left, but I was astonished. Later, as Mary and I were having
lunch, I asked her about her behavior:
why, when you were answering Wayne's question about your schedule, did you have
to let all three men know that you had suffered incest as a young girl, that you
were still angry about it, that you were angry with men in general, and that you
intended to control the atmosphere of the conversation with your anger? All Wayne
asked you was, 'Are you busy June eighth?' and in response you gave these three
men a miniature therapy class. A simple yes or no would have done fine."
looked at me as if I had betrayed her. Her body stiffened, and she emphasized
her words in an ice-cold, defensive tone: I answered that way because I am a victim
of incest. She drew back from the table, stopped eating, and threw her napkin
over her plate, indicating that our lunch together had come to a close. Although
I didn't realize it at that moment, so had our friendship.
honey, I replied, softening my own tone somewhat, I know you're a victim of incest,
but what I'm trying to figure out is why you found it necessary to tell two strangers
and Wayne your history when all he wanted to know was whether you could help out
on June eighth. Did you want these men to treat you a certain way or talk to you
in a certain way? What made you lay your wounds out on the table within seven
seconds of meeting two new people?"
told me that I simply did not understand because I had not endured what she and
numerous other incest victims had gone through, but that she had expected me as
a friend to be more compassionate. I replied that lack of compassion had nothing
to do with what I was asking her. I could feel the separation of energy between
us as I realized that in order for our friendship to continue, I needed to speak
wounds to Mary, to follow some very specific rules of how a supportive friend
was to behave, and to bear always in mind that she defined herself by a negative
experience. In addition to her painful childhood history, Mary also had a history
of chronic ailments. She was always in pain some days emotional, some days
she was kind and always ready to support her friends, she much preferred the company
of people who had also had abusive childhoods. That day at our lunch, I realized
that Mary needed to be with people who spoke the same language and shared the
same mindset and behaviors.
I immediately began to think of this attitude as woundology.
have since become convinced that when we define ourselves by our wounds, we burden
and lose our physical and spiritual energy and open ourselves to the risk of illness.
day I felt as if I had been catapulted out of the surrounding healing culture
of Findhorn and the general consciousness movement and was viewing it as an outsider.
Although I had not previously noticed this pattern of thought and behavior in
Mary or in anyone else, the very next day, curiously, a miniature version of the
Mary incident took place in my workshop. I had arrived twenty minutes early to
get ready for my presentation and noticed a woman sitting alone. I sat down next
to her and asked, What's your name? That's all I asked. Yet without even
looking at me, she responded: "I'm a victim of incest, but I'm fifty-six
years old now and I'm over that trauma. I have a wonderful support group, and
several of us get together at least once a week, which I believe is essential
still had not told me her name, so I asked again, And what's your name?
But she still didn't answer me directly. She seemed to be in a daze. It felt to
me as if she had been preparing for a long time to say something publicly, and
now, given the opportunity, she couldn't hear any questions that didn't relate
to her agenda. Instead of telling me her name, she said how much she enjoyed coming
to workshops like mine because a person was free to speak openly about his or
her past, and she hoped that I would allow time for people to share their personal
histories. I thanked her and left the room, needing a few moments to gather my
thoughts. Meeting this woman the day after the incident with Mary was not a coincidence.
I was being directed to pay attention to the ways we expect to heal our lives
through therapy and support groups.
many people in the midst of a process of healing are at the same time feeling
stuck. They are striving to confront their wounds, valiantly working to bring
meaning to terrible past experiences and traumas, and exercising compassionate
understanding of others who share their wounds. But
they are not healing. They have redefined their lives around their wounds and
the process of accepting them. They are not working to get beyond their wounds.
In fact, they are stuck in their wounds.
primed to hear people speak woundology, I believe I was meant to challenge
the assumptions that I and many others then held dear especially the assumption
that everyone who is wounded or ill wants the full recovery of their health.
Myss, Ph.D. (Bio & Blog HERE), excerpted from her book
People Don't Heal and How They Can (Find
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FABULOUS FREEZE-FRAMING ...
Yes You Can!
FIND YOUR INNER POWER TO TRAVEL ON THROUGH FEAR
dripped from soaked branches and thick mist hung like a veil over the face of
the forest. It had an eerie feel, even for a nature-lover that had hiked this
mountain over 100 times. I walked the familiar path until something strange caught
my eye - a new trail of some sort. Intrigued, I followed it and within minutes
stood underneath a deer hunting tree-blind. With that question answered, I decided
to continue walking through the forest without a path rather than retracing my
footsteps. I am good with directions and knew the general bearing in which to
head. The further I walked, the stronger the feelings grew - unrest, discomfort,
anxiety, fear. What a curious thing to notice.
I stopped and did a quick assessment. I know where I am and where I need to go,
I don't know exactly where I will come out but I am not lost, I know I won't become
lost, I am just as safe here as on the trail, yet I am uncharacteristically afraid.
Knowing that I was perfectly fine, I did not panic and kept going. I also kept
noticing, the environment, myself, and my feelings. I saw this as a powerful awareness
exercise and used this occasion as an opportunity to learn.
further I walked into the unknown the more clear it became that this was a metaphor
for life and the human experience. We know where we are and where we need to go,
we don't know exactly where we will come out but we know we won't become lost
when we trust ourselves, we are safe, yet we are afraid. We are so afraid that
we will cling to any path, especially the well-worn path, just for the sense of
security it brings us, albeit a false sense of security. Sometimes the path that
we stick to is not even a path that is headed in the right direction. Paths like
addiction, dependency, and shallow spirituality are not fulfilling or healthy
paths, yet we desperately cling to them because their familiarity gives us a sense
is a trap that we must recognize and free ourselves from. To do so we need only
stop, look at our lives, and notice where we habitually act. If we are entrenched
in a deeply grooved trail we do not need to remain there. We will not get lost
if we wander the forests of our heart and soul. We are just as safe, or unsafe,
bushwhacking through new territory as we are on the well-known trail.
different to go off-trail. Different is scary, different is also freeing and expanding.
When was the last time you took a different way home, or went off-road down the
two-track that you've always wondered where it goes? Didn't it feel exciting and
just a bit scary to do so? Why don't we do this more often? We are busy, sure,
but we are also programmed to follow the trail. We have herd mentality. We are
like cattle following the leader to the barn, or to the slaughter house as the
case may be. This is the trap of our society - conformity without awareness. Through
things such as wanderings, ponderings, and questionings we can free our souls
and expand our minds.
mountain journey revealed many treasures. A beautiful stream and meandering deer
trails, areas that looked ripe for spring dryad saddle and morel mushrooms and
autumn hens-in-the-woods. I found inner power to travel on through fear, trust
in myself and my senses, adventure, and I didn't get lost. Eventually, I wandered
onto a trail that led to a hidden intersection with the main trail. I marveled
at what I had missed, and what I had found.
I realized that things are not always as they seem and that we are quick to label,
categorize, and dismiss things. We place it in a mental box with our past experiences
and then move on without really experiencing this new thing. I thought I knew
that mountain, but in fact, I knew very little of that mountain. Amazing things
await our discovery when we go wondering and pondering through new territories.
Cool stuff is missed when we merely plod along the path. It's the "missing
of this cool stuff" that steals the life force energy out of our soul and
our life, leaving us feeling unfulfilled, searching, empty, lost, tired, and bored.
you know, and you can choose. Keep doing things the same way hoping for a different
outcome, or get off the path and look around. Free yourself, free your mind, and
free your soul! Just think what might be out there, and "in" there,
just beyond the edges of the known path.
Deatsman is the author of Seeing in the Dark (below), Energy
for Life: Connect with the Source (Next Step)
Inner Power: Six Techniques for Increased Energy
She holds a Masters Degree and is a
Licensed Professional Counselor, Energy
Movement Healer, Reiki Master, Certified Hypnotherapist,
and Certified Alternative
Healing Consultant. Colleen is also an expert by personal experience.
has healed herself from chronic fatigue immune deficiency syndrome (CFIDS),
fibromyalgia, hypoglycemia, hypothyroidism and asthma.
IN THE DARK:
Your Own Shamanic Power Now and in the Coming Age
word shaman means one who sees in the dark. Shamans consciously
choose to live in two different worlds at the same time. They have one foot here
in the everyday world and one foot in the world of the spirits. The fact is, we
all live in these two different worlds, but are commonly not aware of the other,
less visible one. This world does not exist in some other place, but is right
beside us, just outside of our usual perceptions. Seeing in the Dark is a definitive
source for personal shamanism and not only provides the tools and techniques of
the shaman, but presents the wisdom tradition, awareness paradigm, and shamanic
way of life.
Colleen Deatsman and Paul Bowersox
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