CREATIVE HUMAN INTENTION

PART TWO: CREATIVE COMMUNITY

"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

by Katarzyna Vedah.  August 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 judgement. 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.
 

RESOURCES:

 

VIDEO: (YouTube)

Art of Embracing Damage (Nerdwriter)

Psychological Disorders (Crash Course)

VIDEO: (YouTube) – The School of Life

How Psychotherapy Works

Art as Therapy – Alain de Botton

 

VIDEO: (YouTube) – TED Talk

Holding Hard Stories -

Paris Goodyear-Brown

Art can Heal PTSD's Wounds -

Melissa Walker

Journey from Marine to Actor -

Adam Driver

 

DOCUMENTARY:  Trailer

Stress: Portrait of a Killer

(National Geographic)

Kusama – Infinity

(Heather Lenz)

Moving from Emptiness

(Hartleben & Richards)

RIPPLE EFFECT

PASSION PROJECTS FROM THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY

 

SOUND RECOVERY

FILM / VIDEO:  Trailer

The Fall (Tarsem Singh)

Love & Mercy (Bill Pohlad)

Peaceful Warrior (Victor Salva)

 

MUSIC / VIDEO: (YouTube)

Push + Pull – July Talk (July Talk VEVO)

Everybody Hurts – R.E.M.  (REM hq)

I Hold You – Clann (House of Youth)

Re –  Nils Frahm (Erased Tapes)

Beyond this Moment (Patrick O’Hearn)

 

MUSICIAN / WEBSITE:  Patrick O’Hearn

HEALTHY M.O.

PSYCHO-EMOTIONAL BALANCE

ON

THE

EDGE

ADDICTION

AND

RECOVERY

VIDEO: (YouTube)

Emotional Pain (Life Artists)

Building Walls to Keep Pain In (Teal Swan)

Trauma & Addiction (Crash Course)

Science & Compassion (Fraser Health)

 

VIDEO: (YouTube) – Dr. Patrick Carnes

Addiction Is an Epidemic

Chemical vs. Behavioral Addiction

Internet's Role in Spread of Sex Addiction

How Does the Recovery Process Work?

 

VIDEO: (YouTube) - Video Advice

3:30am – Sadhguru

VIDEO: (YouTube) – Robert Augustus Masters

Cause of Porn Addiction (Gold Jacket Luke)

Overcoming Porn, Finding Purpose (Man Talks)

WEB / ARTICLE: By Matt Morrissey

“How Early Porn Exposure Traumatizes Boys and Fuels Toxic Masculinity.”

DOCU-SERIES: Brain, Heart, World

WEBSITE: Fight the New Drug

WEBSITE: Fortify – Quit Porn for Good 

FREE PDF / Chapter 1: “Addiction Cycle” from:

Out of the Shadows. By Patrick Carnes

PROCESS

PRACTICAL REINFORCEMENT FOR DAY-TO-DAY LIVING

EXPRESSIVE THERAPY

VIDEO: (YouTube)

Pain & Art – R. Gattis (TED)

Art as Empowerment – A. Lawton (TED)

Art Therapy Heal the Soul? (Soul Pancake)

How Art Heals – London Art Therapy (Vimeo) 

Arts in HealthCare (UK HealthCare)

Can Art be Medicine? (FdtnforArtandHealing)

Power of Music on the Brain  (ABC Science)

MUSIC THERAPY / BOOK & AUDIO:

Music to Ease Chronic Pain.

By Howard Richman & Judy Nelson

SHIFT GEARS

CHANGING THE TEMPLATE

SCAPEGOATS &

SOCIAL CONTAGION

VIDEO: (YouTube)

Beyond Scapegoating – A. Colman (TED)

Jonathan Fast on NBC New York (Ben Fast)

Scapegoat & Golden Child (Little Shaman)

Stop Carrying The Load (Little Shaman)

 

VIDEO: (YouTube) - Surviving Narcissism

To Keep You in Your Place  

What a Narcissist Can't Accept

 

WEB / ARTICLE: The Guardian

‘It’s Like You Go to Abuse School’ Jess Hill.

WEBSITE: Cheshire Without Abuse (CWA)

Biderman's Chart of Coercion

VIDEO: (YouTube)

Social Networks – N. Christakis (TED)

Group Affect  (Annual Reviews)

 

VIDEO: (YouTube) - Pop Culture Detective

Predatory Romance in Harrison Ford Movies

Last Jedi Defies Expectations - Male Heroes

Sexual Assault of Men Played for Laughs

RAINN ARTICLE: "Sexual Assault of Men & Boys"

VIDEO: (YouTube) – Dr. Michael Ungar

What is Resilience? (Keynote Speakers)

Resilience Resources (Roots of Empathy)

Relevant Interventions (Roots of Empathy)

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