THE GUIDE

13. HEALING

"Remembering and telling the truth about terrible events are prerequisites both for the restoration of the social order and for the healing of individual victims."

- Judith Herman, Trauma & Recovery.

The sanest among us can be driven mad in a world gone crazy ...

 

Imagine such a world as a family household. Some members of the family maintain control or dominance over the others to assert their status and authority; some create chaos while others work hard to compensate for day-to-day order; some are blamed or punished as the black sheep or scapegoats of the family, while others are ignored or locked up in the basement, their screams met with silence and denial.

 

Few members of this family clearly acknowledge the core imbalances and speak out against the dysfunctional patterns of abuse that they experience or witness every day - as single individuals, they are easily silenced by a collective voice that tells them that they are too sensitive, imagining things, or are outright crazy. Without the support of a larger whole, these few individuals may eventually be pressured or brainwashed into believing that perhaps they are wrong or even insane.

13. HEALING ~

Bearing Witness & Holding Space

Essay by Katarzyna Vedah.  Aug.1, 2019

When we are attuned to reality, we may at times perceive and experience things that we don't like. We may feel pain and suffer trauma. Denying the situation, suppressing our discomfort, or ignoring our wounds (or those of others) does not eliminate the reality.

 

It is in acknowledging, exposing, and expressing what needs to be healed (individually and collectively) that we can purge the shrapnel of our pain, clean out the wounds, and return to a state of health & well-being.

 

Ideally, healing starts with a safe space and the support of others. The process of recovery can be effective when a community bears witness to the suffering and provides a safe container for the person, group or culture to express and integrate their wounds without blame, shame or judgment.

 

In itself, the very experience of being seen and heard by someone who cares can be powerful and healing, especially for those whose very autonomy or sense of self has been repeatedly suppressed or silenced.

 

When a core part of our being or identity is cut off or denied natural expression (physically, emotionally, mentally, through language, ceremony, connection, etc.) pain can erupt from the imbalance. It can show itself through psycho-emotional instability, illness, addiction or dysfunctional interpersonal patterns that can spread like a social plague.

Collectively, we, as a society of wounded and isolated individuals, can perpetuate the cycle of trauma for generations to come, or we can acknowledge the voices calling out from our basements, give them the safe space to express themselves, and create a stronger identity based on wholeness, well-being and the creative potential of life.
 

VIDEO (YouTube): Nerdwriter1

Kintsugi: Art of Embracing Damage

VIDEO (YouTube):

Psychological Disorders (Crash Course)

Psychotherapy Works (School of Life)

Getting Help (Crash Course)
Biomedical Treatments (Crash Course)

PNTV: You Are the Placebo (Optimize)

VIDEO (YouTube): TED

Proof We Can Heal Ourselves?

Healing Illness with the Subconscious

Art can Heal PTSD's Wounds

DOCUMENTARY (YouTube): 

Caring Forward

(Roadtrip Nation)

Stress: Portrait of a Killer

(National Geographic)

The Connection: Mind Your Body

(Shannon Harvey)

Living Matrix: New Science of Healing

(Greg Becker)

Moving from Emptiness: Zen Dude

(Hartleben & Richards)

 

RIPPLE EFFECT

CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS TO ENGAGE THE CAPACITY TO FEEL
Northern Lights

 

SOUND RECOVERY

FILM / VIDEO:  Trailer

The Fall (Tarsem Singh)

Love & Mercy (Bill Pohlad)
Four Good Days (Rodrigo García)

Peaceful Warrior (Victor Salva)

TV-SERIES: This is Going to Hurt

MUSIC / VIDEO (YouTube):

The Perfect Drug - Nine Inch Nails

Live With Me - Massive Attack

Push + Pull – July Talk

Everybody Hurts – R.E.M. 

I Hold You – Clann (House of Youth)

Re –  Nils Frahm (Erased Tapes)

MUSIC / PERFORMANCE: BBC Radio 1

Comedy Lounge: Beardyman

INTERVIEW / MUSICIANS / VIDEO:

July Talk with Tom Power - q on CBC

MUSIC / MUSICIANS / VIDEO:

Prototype - Viktoria Modesta

The Making of: Prototype (Channel 4)

From the Sidelines: Buffy Sainte-Marie
Young  - Xiuhtezcatl

MUSIC / WEBSITE: A Tribe Called Red

 

PERFORMANCE (YouTube): StoryHive

Shumka Dancers: Ancestors & Elders

 

HEALTHY M.O.

HEALTHY MENTAL OUTLOOK & PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT
Saw

ON

THE

EDGE

ADDICTION

AND

RECOVERY

VIDEO (YouTube):

Trauma & Addiction (Crash Course)

Love is not Enough (Child Health BC)

Addiction: Gabor Maté (Fight Mediocrity)
Power of Addiction: Gabor Maté (TED)

Science & Compassion (Fraser Health)

WEBSITE: Gabor Maté

WEBSITE / PODCAST: NPR

When Playing Video Games Means Sitting On Life's Sidelines

WEBSITE: ReSTART Life

VIDEO (YouTube): The Recovery Village

Change the Way You See Addiction

WEBSITE: The Recovery Village

 

THE PROCESS

PRACTICAL REINFORCEMENT FOR SELF-CARE & DAY-TO-DAY LIVING
Restorer Using Scalpel

 THE ARTS AS MEDICINE

VIDEO (YouTube): TED Talk

Medicine Can Learn from Art – L. Wilk

From Marine to Actor - A. Driver

Art as Empowerment – A. Lawton

Pain & Art – R. Gattis

VIDEO:

Art as Therapy (School of Life)

Does Art Heal the Soul? (Soul Pancake)

How Art Heals (Art Therapy Centre)

Power of Music on Brain (ABC Science)

AUDIO / BOOK: H. Richman & J. Nelson

Sound Healing: Ease Chronic Pain