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A word to the Trauma warriors…

You are about to embark on a noble journey.  A journey to depths you may not have ventured, engaging in righteous battles where you must win, a journey in which you are no longer alone.  You are ready to free yourself and unearth the rooted limiting beliefs that have held you captive intertwined in their vines in the prison of your mind.  You no longer need those beliefs to hold you in the security of their familiarity.  You have a journey filled with thousands of life experiences.  Some have brought you closer to yourself, some further away.  You have learned how to live.  You have at times sought comfort and other times, the trenches, diving into your inner self and confronting all the darkness.  You have no choice but to win.  You will struggle.  You will falter, at times, you will surrender, but you will engage again.  Your faint voice inside will keep pulling you back, away from comfort of familiarity.  You’ve already answered the voice, there is no ignoring it now.  You have rested and you are ready to do battle again.  You are among the willing, brave, and noble.  

The first trek… 

The first venture is reaching out to find your partner in the journey.  Once you secure your therapeutic alliance, you will further develop safety, wisdom, security, love, control, and a healthy sense of responsibility, all elixirs for our upcoming battle.  You may venture into uncharted territories and learn and practice new skills that will help you navigate your journey.  You may face doubt, but you made up your mind to set down the burden of doubt from your back, lighten the load, and pursue the path forward.  This is the foundation act of becoming.  You may falter, but the exercise here will provide a reservoir of energy and potions so potent in times of adversity. 

You will also learn that discipline, structure, consistent effort and process are prerequisites for freedom.  Practicing your skills, using your elixirs, and partnering with your therapist serve as balms and guideposts along the way.  Each time you feel weary, lost, and alone, you will find comfort in theses things.  It won’t always be unknown and grueling.  No one can sustain constant strain.  You will need some respite from the trials you face.  

The battle…  

On the way to the first battle you will unearth the rooted limiting beliefs that have held you captive intertwined in their vines in the prison of your mind.  They might have been helpful in the past, but now only limit you.  Engaging in the first battle, you will confront all your demons, the memories that reside in your body and mind.  These demons restrain you and keep you from experiencing life in the full- they strip your true vocation from you.  These creatures take hostage of you in the past and keep you from fully experiencing the present moment as it is.  They are unconscious creatures, confused and unknowing, non-existing, mirages of realty.  They prefer your interior as empty, arid dessert so they can continue to make it their home.  You’ll take down these demons using your potent potions, elixirs, and skills.  You are being refined in battle with each clashing with a demon, you are forged into a purer version of yourself, taking shape of the greatness that was lurking inside you all along.

The second trek… 

You will begin to ascend a summit where new ideas, ideals, and beliefs are revealed.  You review your life from this summit, seeing where you have journeyed, experiences along the way and in this new vantage point, you have new perspective.  You will see your experiences separate from self.  New ideas and ideals are revealed.  New beliefs are gained.  You connect to the source of abundance, a river on this mountain.  You drink from this distilled essence in its most concentrated form.  You gain the strength and stability that rises up from the mountain.  You’ll develop your own path as you have survived this journey and have a story to tell.

The return…  

You will descend the summit and return to speak of tales of this great journey.  Now that you’ve overcome your past, you become a voice of change in this world.  You are experienced to do so.  Emerging from this journey like a shining like a dancing star, galvanizing them with possibilities.  You will bestow the utmost gift of truth: that they do have hope, they do have a choice.

The choice…  

The fire burning inside you right now might weaken at any time.  It might fade away.  The choice is yours and a firm stance needs to be taken:  Will you choose to embark on this noblest of journeys or will you stay in familiar terrain?

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” – Rumi