Healing; Feeling Worse Before We Feel Better

A theme that’s been arising in my work with clients and talking to other therapists and helpers; is the pattern of feeling worse before feeling better while we are healing.  I remember learning how to tell clients this in graduate school and during my internship. It was something that I was taught to say and remind clients at the beginning of our therapeutic relationship. Most paperwork for therapists and sometimes other healers mentions this in ….read on; illumination awaits….

Intention: the healing process of a wound

When I think of this time of year, inevitably I think about intention setting or resolution making. As the Western world moves into a new calendar year, most people are making New Year’s resolutions or intentions. I looked up the definitions for resolution and intention. Both words had two definitions:  Intention- A thing intended; an aim or plan.  The healing process of a wound. Resolution- A firm decision to do or not to do something.  ….read on; illumination awaits….

Movement & Pleasure

I just went on a walk outside my office during my lunch break. I noticed that there were lots of people running or jogging or biking.  A lot of the people running looked at their watches or seemed to be on some kind of mission. There were very few smiles and a whole lot of serious faces.  It reminds me of a yoga teacher that would instruct the class in advanced poses. She would give ….read on; illumination awaits….

Don’t Overlook the Dark In Search of the Light

In recent weeks the news and social media have been filled with the Supreme Court hearings and sexual assault news. I thought that I had “gotten past” my issues with sexual assault and that it wouldn’t upset me. I haven’t gotten overly stressed or upset to the point of not functioning, but it has brought up a couple of memories that I tried to forget.  This is a part of my life and includes information ….read on; illumination awaits….

Words as Medicine

Right now I’m in New Mexico for a Core Synchronism training. It’s raining outside today and so it’s a good time before training starts, to sit and record some thoughts and musings. Yesterday in class, the teacher, Robert Stevens, discussed Hand Medicine, as he calls it. Core Synchronism (Core), is designed for the practitioner to support the clients body to align with the spinal fluid. That’s the simplest way I can think to put it; ….read on; illumination awaits….

What my work as a crisis counselor & supervisor has taught me blog series: #2

The office I worked for has no limitations for ability to pay, so we often served individuals that were on the lower scale of economic income, homeless individuals and people who have experienced societal and systemic oppression. So what happens when psychotherapists or social workers meet with people who are suffering and in crisis? What happens when they do this day in and day out? When professionals are in the role of helper, often they experience ….read on; illumination awaits….