This is a lovely 14 minute clip of Eleanor Longden describing her journey from a perceived madness to recovery. Besides any doubts we may have of her diagnosis of schizophrenia, her process of recovery sounds very much like recovery from DID. Take care, take faith, and take hope.
I have lately written a number of posts that reflected my understanding of the 3 Principles. I posted the trailer here for those who might be interested in getting an idea what this is all about. My understanding is still at a beginner’s level – yet as it deepens more and more, things make sense to me now that have been puzzling me as long as I can remember. For example:
How come I can look at clients and see the beautiful, good, and caring persons while they can see only ugliness, broken-ness, and fault when they look in the mirror?
We are both looking at the same person. The only difference is how we both think about him or her.
How come recovery leaps ahead when people realise abuse wasn’t their fault, that they are OK, that they are capable etc.?
The difference is the shift in thinking. Letting go of the habitual thinking from (early) childhood and looking with love and compassion at oneself through uncontaminated spectacles enables the shift.
I could come up with many more examples. What stays with me this morning as I am writing this is the importance of looking at oneself (and I mean all parts of oneself) with deep love and compassion, knowing that at any point in time people do the best they can with the resources they have and under the circumstances they are under. Knowing that deep inside every person is a part that is whole, resilient, and unbreakable. You may call is soul, or spirit, or something else altogether – it is there and it is magnificent!
Judith Sedgeman and Dr. Bill Pettit talk about PTSD. This is an amazing 36 minute interview in which Dr. Pettit sheds a totally new light on PTSD and the recovery from trauma. I am very interested in hearing what people think about it. It would be great to have a discussion about it!
I have posted the last few posts already in the spirit of the 3 Principle Understanding. I came across this video clip today, which is making a strong statement about the healing power of the human spirit.
Here is another relaxation / meditation exercise. This one is more focused on grounding yourself. Grounding is one of the concepts used in therapy quite a bit. In the widest sense it means 'getting both of your feet firmly on the ground'.
Do you feel shaky, spacey, or confused? A grounding exercise might be just what you need. Because all meditations/visualisations emphasise deep breathing, you will get the relaxing benefit of breathing regularly and deeply. This in itself brings you more fully into your body.
I found the meditation on YouTube
ENJOY! and let me know how you find it.
Have you ever wondered how you can relax? You will have heard about tapes that help you to get into a relaxed state – but usually you can't find it the moment you need it.
Here is some good advice. Relaxation is something that you need to practice. Ideally you practice it every day for maybe 5 min at a time. So when you are getting stessed and start 'losing it', you only have to remind yourself of 'relaxation' and you'll go immediately into the relaxed state, because your mind remembers it from your weeks of exercising.
Don't take my word for it – try it out for yourself. But remember, you have to practice at least for a month every day. Watch the following video I found on YouTube and let me know how that was for your.
April / May is usually the time Aucklanders enjoy the Comedy Festival. Warming up to a performance she wants me to go to with her, my daughter showed me the following video clip! Have Fun!
The New Zealand media is full at the moment with reports from a horrific child abuse case that cost the life of a little 3 year old girl. It has to stop! It has to stop!I love this song. It's a call to stand up and be counted!
I have been thinking of the many faces people have, or the many hats people wear. Being a multiple often means you struggle with these, because they may come into being at very inopportune times. That reminded me of a song I've heard some time ago and went to look it up on UTube. Enjoy listen to it – you might even want to dance to it! Celebrate Multiplicity … its more normal thank you think!
Continue reading for the lyrics
It's probably hard for a non-multiple to have a good understanding of how it is to hear voices. People may think that it's like thoughts but a bit louder. But it is nothing like that. If you want to know how it is, you'll need to watch the video clip I have found on Soul's blog. It gives a good impression of the experience of hearing voices.