Monday, February 21, 2011
Tips from the Top - Narrative Medicine
I thought today - before I go off to work - I would dip into Lewis Mehl-Madrona's book 'Narrative Medicine'. Lewis is an aboriginal psychiatrist who has written many books - one of the most well-known is Coyote Medicine. I met him at a Transactional Analysis conference last summer and was blown away by his intelligence and fresh approach. He is a narrative therapist which means he uses story to heal. That has to appeal to a writer, no?
The chapter I want to explore is Transcending Limitations. That sounded like what I needed, wanted - right now. One of the main tools that Lewis proposes for going beyond what we understand are our limits whether they be physical, mental or emotional, is the use of ceremony.
Yesterday I changed my shrine. I had bought new shrine bowls and I realized I wasn't happy with my shrine. So I recreated it with the trunk my dollies had been sitting on. I moved things and cleaned surfaces and put out what was important. We are to do this as we approach the Tibetan new year and I am just a bit ahead. This morning I was truly inspired to sit. It was good.
This afternoon when I come back I am going to clean my desk - take off what is not important - leave what is. I'm bringing up another table for my paperwork that isn't to do with writing and I will organize it as well as possible. I don't want one of those worlds touching the other. And this is a ceremony. A purification of my sacred writing space.
I want to deliver True to the fine-tooth comb editor in two weeks So I will create a space to do that in and I will focus my intention. I know that I've done this before but in the words of Lewis:
Tip: Ceremony is a process in which a collection of alternative realities is poised on the brink of coming into being...in ceremony, repetititon leads to success.Through the healer's repetition of prayer and songs and the continued recurrence and repetition of ceremony and ritual, we slip through the cracks between universes to change the outcome to which we are currently headed. We shuffle the cosmic card deck in our favor.
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