Let “Atlantis Writhing” Help You Heal Emotional Trauma
Inside every wound is a gift.
Whatever hurts us emotionally – no matter how raw or deep or festered – has something to give back to us, too. Something we need. Though perhaps not what we wanted or expected.
Maybe the pain we feel is a thing we’ve long resisted or run screaming from. Perhaps it’s even one of our deepest fears that’s now awake and staring us in the face.
And so what do we do when our dark night of the soul nudges us from slumber? Or more likely when it throws us rudely to the floor from where we were all nicely snuggled under the covers?
Say “thank you”.
Say what, you say??
You heard me.
Say “thank you”. Because finding a way to be grateful – really and truly and honestly appreciative – is what demonstrates we’ve reached a deeper level of trust and faith. A knowing that the Universe is, after all, a benevolent place. A space allowing for everyone’s highest good to unfold. Even when things appear otherwise, it’s this holding to the idea that Right Action eventually will prevail that takes us past the wounding. Past the pain and horror and fear. And to the gift that absolutely awaits.
I’m sure these words are bringing up sarcasm and skepticism. I get it. You may be wondering what hope or happily-ever-after could possibly exist again, beyond your current circumstances. Beyond whatever death or disease or debilitating trauma that’s left you either seared raw or shivering and numb.
It’s true there needs to be a time for grieving. For processing what’s happened. And that process is different for everyone. In fact, most sagely advice says to take whatever time is needed for healing to occur.
Although there’s a danger in that. Because all too often, we can get caught up in our processing. And get stuck in a wound.
That’s why, for centuries, Native American tribes would travel to Santa Fe, NM for ceremonial purposes only. They would come for the healing the transformational energies there offer, but not settle permanently. That’s why Caroline Myss has long reiterated Jesus’ teaching that healed the lame man – “get up, take your bedroll, and start walking”.
If we don’t get up from our grieving beds, then there’s a tendency to bond with others through our wounds, which keeps so many of us caught in a state of hurt. And that paralysis prevents us from ever reaching the rewards.
It may then seem like we can’t get there (to the gifts) from here (the wounding).
But we can.
It just takes some practice redirecting our attention. Some second glancing so we can begin to see that immense endowments of patience and compassion and acceptance and unconditional love are the bounties trauma bestows.
If we can just raise our gazes from these gaping, hurting holes. And open ourselves to receiving relief.
In Atlantis Writhing, I’ve done my very best to weave more than 20 years of holistic clinical expertise into an epic fantasy novel. With the pure intention of offering you not only a page-turning trilogy – but a guide for training yourself to see the opportunity in any struggle. The good in any bad. The happily-ever-after in any tragedy.
Just like in “Lord of the Rings”, we all need a Samwise Gamgee to our Frodo. We all need an encouraging voice whispering to us that we shouldn’t give up. That there’s some good in this world. That there are many gifts beyond all the wounding – and they’re worth fighting for.
Let Atlantis Writhing be that encouraging voice for you. Let my commitment to having made this work a healing tool help you. Beginning now. . . .