Telling your story...
The process that I used in the writing and publication of my memoir (The Journey of a Wounded Healer: The Mystical Web of Spirituality and Mental Illness, 2019) was a life altering experience and created the desire to encourage others to explore their story. This is a process that I want to make available for anyone who wishes to take the opportunity to explore the interweaving of spirituality and the narrative of your life. You can become a storyteller of your own life and experience increased authenticity and
wholeness through a clearer understanding of your past which will create
more enthusiasm for the road ahead!
Our lives are complicated, meandering, and changing. The events and phases of our experiences, the integration of our spiritual and emotional pathways are always transcendent in nature and are waiting for us to follow our yearning for wholeness, coherence, and authenticity. As go-getters in the 21st Century we are often inclined to jump straight to the present-to what's next-when what might be helpful is for us to allow ourselves to re-explore the totality of our lives, seeing where one experience leads to another while all reside within a a spiraling and constantly changing psychological and spiritual context.
It allows us to bring clarity to our unique tree of life that holds our psychological, physical, and spiritual paths. Using a special approach to the storytelling of your life I invite you to engage in this mystical (and magical) path that offers many ways for you to find increased clarity and step into the wholeness that is yours in your special journey.
In the both the psycho-therapeutic and spiritual healing communities, the "past" is oftentimes viewed as a part of our lives to discover and leave behind once it is explored (or not). We may look at many aspects of our past as events from which we must be healed and that is indeed true. But there is more to be discovered when every aspect of our lives is integrated into a whole, as spiraling and weblike as that may be. True authenticity comes with full integration and loving acceptance of our lives, our spirituality and the areas where we are still growing.
Storytelling is an art; but, it is an art that is accessible to anyone who has a story to tell and we all have a story living inside us. When I began to write the story of my life (and although it turned into a book, I really wrote it for myself), I had to find a way to make sense of the over six decades that were my story. My spiritual journey had always been integral to my story, but I knew I had to get some sort of timeline of events that I could build upon. This is the nature of the pages You can access any of them by clicking on the steps on the dropdown menu. Welcome to your journey!
I hope that if you choose to use this process that it will serve aw resource as a roadmap through the wonderful fields and forests of your life. It is true that some of the fields may have brambles and some forests may appear to be dark and unwelcoming. But they are all part of this meaningful journey. As you explore your pathways through each page on this site, you will find suggestions for further thoughts, meditations, ideas for creative contemplation and ways to record your journey so that when you are finished you will have meandered through the wonderful web of interconnections that form your truest and most authentic story. I created this self-paced program for those who prefer a self-determined pathway through your story. If you are curious about what I bring to this shared journey, please click on the "About Me" tab on the Home dropdown menu. You can contact me at any time using the Contact Form on the Contact/Community tab.
WHY I USE THE WORDS DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, AND MENTAL ILLNESS IN TELLING MY STORY
There are some spiritual leaders from all backgrounds who believe that being "spiritual" or experiencing energy healing, doing shadow work, or whatever practice in which one is engaged is incompatible with living with mental illness, depression, anxiety, or whatever one experiences. I do not. My lifelong struggle with mental illness is part of the wounding I bring to this process and I am passionate about talking about it and encouraging others to talk about their own experiences as well. It is an example, though an important one, of ways our life experiences weave together as a whole. One more thing--there is still a great deal of stigma attached to all forms of mental and emotional struggles even in some spiritual communities. I hope that by embracing my wounding as a survivor of mental illness that I may contribute to the breaking down of that stigma.