“Say not, “I have found the truth,” but rather, “I have found a truth.”
Say not, “I have found the path of the soul.” Say rather, “I have met the soul walking upon my path.”
For the soul walks upon all paths.
The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed.
The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.”
¬ Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
I’ve been in a movement of growth, these last months, reassessing where I want to go in the last decades allotted to me, and getting a fix on the lessons that life and the Fates have gifted.
I live with chronic illness, an autoimmune disease that can be managed in a mediocre way well enough to sustain life, or along a radical paradigm that leads to remission, but that is difficult and unpopular. I’ve chosen the second path and have begun to see dramatic results. Recognising how challenging this journey can be for many, and how often people tolerate inadequate treatment within a flawed medical system because they lack advocates or an awareness of workable and effective alternatives, I have decided to step up to help fill that breach.
Over the next twelve months, I will be training as an integrative nutrition health coach, learning to support clients in positive, informed, health choices. Rather than abandoning my counselling practice, I will be expanding its scope into a holistic mind and body practice with my client’s total wellbeing as its focus, and encompassing preventative care and lifestyle strategies that address the back-story behind chronic illness, and encourage maintenance and healing in the present.
Although therapeutic talk therapy will continue to be the mainstay of my approach, I will re-introduce energy medicine into my practice for those who want to go down that route of healing (I am a Reiki Master), and be more proactive in teaching meditation, mindfulness and stress management techniques.
As a patient, I benefit from a flexible and encompassing approach to healing my bodymind; as a mental health practitioner, I can’t offer my clients any less. To treat anxiety or depression as purely a psychological malaise denies the reality of the person as an integrated being composed of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects. Healing will and can encompass a combination of all these parts.
Here’s to exploration, integrated answers, curious enquiry, thinking outside the box, and deep compassionate care for those of us not satisfied with mainstream solutions to our emotional and physical challenges!