"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
Psychological Disorders (Crash Course)
Psychotherapy Works (School of Life)
VIDEO (YouTube): TED
(Hartleben & Richards)
CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS TO ENGAGE THE CAPACITY TO FEEL
FILM / VIDEO: Trailer
The Fall (Tarsem Singh)
Peaceful Warrior (Victor Salva)
TV-SERIES: This is Going to Hurt
MUSIC / VIDEO (YouTube):
I Hold You – Clann (House of Youth)
Re – Nils Frahm (Erased Tapes)
MUSIC / PERFORMANCE: BBC Radio 1
INTERVIEW / MUSICIANS / VIDEO:
MUSIC / MUSICIANS / VIDEO:
The Making of: Prototype (Channel 4)
MUSIC / WEBSITE: A Tribe Called Red
PERFORMANCE (YouTube): StoryHive
HEALTHY MENTAL OUTLOOK & PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT
Trauma & Addiction (Crash Course)
Love is not Enough (Child Health BC)
Science & Compassion (Fraser Health)
WEBSITE: Gabor Maté
WEBSITE / PODCAST: NPR
WEBSITE: ReSTART Life
VIDEO (YouTube): The Recovery Village
WEBSITE: The Recovery Village
VIDEO (YouTube): Dr. Patrick Carnes
BOOK / WEBSITE: By Partick Carnes
ARTICLE: Evolving Beyond 12-Steps
WEBSITE: SMART Recovery
Addiction as Intimacy Disorder (SoulWords)
Building Walls to Keep Pain IN (Teal Swan)
Having a Relapse? (Teal Swan)
Meaning of Pain (Teal Swan)
What is Healing? (Teal Swan)
PRACTICAL REINFORCEMENT FOR SELF-CARE & DAY-TO-DAY LIVING
THE ARTS AS MEDICINE
VIDEO (YouTube): TED Talk
From Marine to Actor - A. Driver
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
Arts in HealthCare (UK HealthCare)
Art Medicine? (FdtnforArtandHealing)
WEB / BLOG: By Laura K. Kerr
GIM THERAPY / VIDEO:
WEBSITE: Health Journeys - Guided Imagery
EXPANDING PERSPECTIVES, AWARENESS & CONSCIOUSNESS
THE PAIN OF NUMBING:
Is Healing Hard? (Christina Lopes)
VIDEO (YouTube): Gigi Young
BOOK: Spiritual Bypassing. Robert Masters
VIDEO (YouTube): Science & Nonduality
VIDEO (YouTube): Shavasti