Touching, Hearing, Writing and Releasing the Energy of Pain:
A Program Timeline
Beginning with the Body:
1988. As a body worker, I focused on finding and unraveling patterns of pain at their origins. At my wellness center in St. Louis, Missouri, holistic physicians referred patients for chronic pain relief. One client said that I’d touched the “core” of her pain. Another joyously reported that for once in a decade, she stopped taking regular pain medication.
Akoma ntoso – “Linked Hearts”
Listening to the Stories:
1992. The majority of women in my practice, now free of their body pain, began spontaneously sharing their stories with me. Theirs were stories of violence. I was stunned by and unprepared for what I was hearing, but honored to be a trusted listener. I consulted with colleagues about this and was told to pay attention. I was also told to see this as a personal wake-up call. Was I, too, carrying an untold story of trauma?
Nyame Nti – “By God’s Grace”
Healing the Whole Person:
1994. I had begun my own healing process, and learned to identify as a survivor of family violence. I developed and launched an empowering, holistic women’s healing program in Atlanta, Georgia. The local church and media community supported our work with donated space and radio and television interviews. In healing circles, women shared as much or as little of their story as desired. I witnessed changes in participants’ affects from bitter and hostile to more open and hopeful. I wrote and produced our interactive text (manual and workbook), Landscapes of Abuse (2001) and offered this service for the next ten years in various formats.
Gye Nyame – “Go back and fetch ones essence”