From My Heart #2
Originally emailed on 3.30.2011 It’s been a really interesting week with lots of learning. I’ve been interviewing people who suffer from PTSD (thanks to all who offered to be interviewed) and learning, and experiencing and feeling. For the first time in my professional experience, I’ve had a deep experience of what so many other people go through all the time: being impacted by energy of what someone else is going through, and a bit lost as to how to process and deal with it for myself. I asked for permission during the PTSD interviews to energetically “plug in” to open up an additional avenue of learning and information. Historically the only time I ever plug in is during a group or private session – when I’m able to work on and resolve the dissonance. For the first time, I felt and was exposed to the dissonance (the source of the person’s pain) and just sat with it. WOW – an amazing experience of empathy resulted and that was significant for me. As a byproduct of that process, that feeling of dissonance stayed with me as I came away from some of these interviews. I’m not used to that. Normally when I work with someone or a group – their dissonance is resolved – and I get to witness the resolution. After getting my wits about me I was able take myself beneath the sand to have the experience of being whole and restore the feeling of resonance within me. I have come away from this experience with a much deeper understanding and appreciation for what folks suffering from PTSD are dealing with – as well as what people who are highly sensitive deal with all the time. I’ve also been reminded of how transformative the tools that I teach are for people who are hurting. I’m grateful for the learning and the perspective. UPDATE: I’ve launched a website focused on Recovering From PTSD. If you have a hard time with processing or managing the energy of others in work or social settings – hit reply. I’ll share with you what worked for me. UPDATE: I did a class on managing your own energy and it’s available for download inside the membership community. Login here or join the community if you’re not currently a member.