Lately I have been engaged in a parallel process where I have been evaluating my clients’ healing journeys as they mirror my own in turn. As I get close to wrapping up my old job to step fully into the new one, I have been thinking deeply about how to prepare my clients who are leaving me for their continued growth. While doing so, I am examining my preparedness for a new work culture, a new supervisor, and how I can best step into my next chapter with confidence and grace.
I sometimes long for the days when my life was immersed in peak experiences, where my soul was expanded and my heart felt so much love internally and outwardly. At this point, there is more confusion , less energy, and more need to go within whether my ego wants to or not. Sometimes I rather just escape and retreat. Hell, I could play games and watch Youtube for days if there were no bills or responsibilities!
The otherworldly experiences that I process most often now are the collision between my inner world and what is “out there. ” It feels less magickal and more jarring to me until it recedes into the familiar. Here is an incident that occurred tonight: I am watching a podcast with Bill Maher and Chevy Chase on YouTube. While doing so I am moving my laptop on the coffee table. I am figuring out how to make room for the laptop and am looking at an emery board ( nail file) , deciding where to place it. Just a few seconds later, Chevy Chase asks Bill Maher ” Hey do you have an emery board? ” At first I was stunned and then my inner parent reminded my inner child that I am safe and it is okay. This is just a new version of synchronicity screaming to get your attention by showing up in a jarring way. What was so jarring is that I don’t really use the term emery board anymore. It is a word I first heard from my mother decades ago. So it also evoked my past in a surprising way. Also the way it was communicated as if Chevy was communicating with me through the TV. ( I prefer YouTube on TV. ) I have not figured out what this means for me and my current spiritual trajectory is quite slow in my view. Yet I am being shown on a regular basis that the separation between internal and external is an illusion.
I am excited to share a new video from Dr. Daniel Foor, founder of Ancestral Medicine. This one is entitled Healing and Beyond Healing. Daniel is so compelling to me as a teacher. He is a psychologist, former therapist and a ritualist whose manner is both gentle and provocative. I am often amazed by his ability to break down concepts in a new way and move me in directions I did not know existed. I would expect he was an exceptional therapist and sometimes imagine what it would be like to work with him as a client. I see him as a hybrid therapist/spiritual teacher. If I am honest with myself, I am also a combination of the two. The lines have blurred for me in my work as I see little difference between psychological and spiritual, regardless of the client’s orientation. Healing is about self discovery, feeling your pain, making peace with your shadow, and leaning into the possible, for starters. Do you see any credible distinction here?
This talk covers a lot of ground but ultimately captures the inquiries and tools needed to begin and sustain healing. I loved it so much I may share it with a few clients. I think it would also be helpful for beginning therapists, seekers of all stripes, and those considering how to approach inner healing.
A word of caution: He is recovering from illness and there will be coughing. It is worth it to just go with the coughing or perhaps use it to punctuate the point he is making at that moment. Click on the title below to access the video.