As promised, I am writing to talk more about the workshop I attended following an introductory evening presentation given by Guy Corneau to the Calgary Jungian Society. The workshop was limited to a smaller group because it was an active participation workshop that engaged each of the attendees at some very deep levels, moving all of us in unexpected ways.
Guy talked to us about how healing works. The idea that doctors, medicine and other strategies heal the body was dispelled and replaced with the truth that “healing comes from within.” What we think, feel, believe, and need are what allows the body to do its work. All the health care modalities are needed in order to create the conditions for the body to heal itself.
We get sick because of the toxins that arise through feelings, need, negative beliefs and feelings as these create dis-ease and dis-equilibrium within. Guy looked at the following as sources of dis-ease:
- imprints from the past, existential fears
- wounds of living and the protective measures we enact, dissociating from self and attending to others
- self-imposed wounds including a lack of space for self
- society, church, politics, community, culture, economics
- emerging situations such as floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, etc.
The idea was then brought forward that we can change our mood, to shift from negative (dis-ease) to positive (self-healing). Guy then had all engage in a Golden Meditation, an exercise in searching in the past for some particular positive (peace, joy, etc.) and allow that feeling to be centre of the meditation, to follow it and hold it. When the meditation was done, we were expected to continue holding that feeling and talk honestly about it with a partner – powerful!
Then there was a shift towards a second activity which looked at relationship in terms of reconciliation/pacification. In terms of others, especially those we hold very close to us, even intimately, Guy said, “you really don’t know the person objectively” one only knows one’s response to the person, one’s projections of self (both positive and negative) upon the person. This second meditation, that of learning to deflate emotion that hurts and gets in the way of healing. I will outline below the flow of this meditation:
- entering into guided meditation
- travel with the mind to the heart/soul within
- invite someone with whom there is a conflict to a circle in front of your soul
- build a bridge between your soul and this other
- bring the conflict to presence – what hurt you? – using “I” statements express feelings
- feel what the conflict has done to you
- explain to this other what you really felt from your “heart”
- choose your next step to this person, choose your attitude, your words, your behaviour
- repeat this as many times as needed until you are “clear” about what will actually happen when you take it from meditation to outer life in order to deflate the conflict and its emotional control that leaves you a victim of that emotion.
There was more, but this will have to wait for another post in a few days. Tomorrow, there is a guest editorial waiting for you. Be well and heal yourself.