Posted by: Stephen Paul | December 13, 2007

The future of healing

A few days ago I mentioned that I feel like I’ve come to the end of the known world. I mean that, literally. I’ve been working on an article/talk about restoring the energy and parts of ourselves that we seemed to have lost when we experienced traumatic events (war, disaster, accident, loss, emotional/physical/sexual abuse, etc.). I found I was drawing on my old experience and techniques I used as a therapist. I know that’s not what I want to do: I want to approach this from an entirely new direction. The problem is that, while I can sense those new ideas taking shape inside, they still lie just beyond my reach. I haven’t been able to push this. I haven’t been able to make it happen. I’ve been waiting.

And yet…after a workshop I offered at the local branch of our public library last month, a couple bought my novel “Hollow Bones,” and later dropped me a gracious note. Last Friday they stopped by a get-together at our home and invited Jackie and me to join a weekly breakfast gathering of a group of friends who are travelling the shaman’s path.

At the meeting we all did a brief imagery after each person explained the goals he or she is currently working on. When it was my turn, I mentioned my writing project. After the group imagery, one of the members turned to me and suggested that I read “Soul Retrieval” by Sandra Ingerman. I went home and ordered her book from our library and then went to her website. While I am not drawn to shamanism, Sandra’s ideas about soul retrieval parallel my own unformed thoughts. When I read her most recent blog entry, she was discussing a new form of soul retrieval–not the old version that dwells on past traumas and emotions–that heals at the light or energetic level. She stated that this will be the future of healing.

I totally agree with Sandra. Now, I just need to understand how to do that light work–especially how to do it with large groups of people. Are you aware of any other leads I can follow? This is exciting. I can feel it coming. It’s like waiting for Christmas.


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