The summit last June has created quite a bit of ripples and has been noticed not just in New Zealand, but also overseas. The following post is by a survivor who would have loved to be able to attend. She offered her 'Hole in the Soul' story as a way of supporting our aim to empower and inspire survivors.
"Once upon a time there was a little boy. He had a terrible headache. He knew why he had a headache. There were people in his life who were very wounded. These people spread their pain wherever they went.
The little boy needed help, but no one seemed to understand. He was just a little boy. He didn’t know what to do. Fear, rage, pain, sorrow… it was too much for a little boy. He pushed it all deep inside. The deeper he pushed it, the more his head ached.
It would not stop.
One day he came upon a wise man. He told the man about the bad things that had happened to him. He told him about his terrible headache. He asked the wise man if he knew how to make the headache go away.
The wise man looked into the boy’s eyes. He said, If you stand in the sun with your eyes closed, you will be able to see inside your soul.” He took the boy by the hand and led him outside. “Try it,” he coaxed. ….