My healing journey has taken me to the depths of my shadow self and the heights of truly connecting to my soul in a way that I never imagined was possible. Healing is never linear. It’s messy. It’s beautiful. It’s uncomfortable; and sometimes it feels like you’ve made a breakthrough, only to find out you’ve just reached another layer in a never-ending cycle.
Over the years, without even realizing it, I found myself taking healing a lot more seriously than it needed to be. Just because we’re dealing with lifelong and ancestral trauma that’s been stored in our body and minds for years doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun and laugh, right? Right.
Luckily, through many different teachers and healing methods, I’ve gained a different perspective on healing than my younger self once did.
Obviously, knowing when it’s appropriate to laugh and when it’s appropriate to just be with the pain is important — especially when working with others. However, I firmly believe that laughter often allows us to expand and allow growth and healing at a much faster pace. My favorite thing to do when I’m feeling melodramatic or when my emotions are feeling a little too intense is to laugh about it with people who are closest to me.
As I get older, I try not to take things too seriously because in the end, none of us are getting out alive. Why not have fun with the lessons, learning and healing that we are all here to experience? Fun and play are great antidotes to the seriousness of the survival response. I believe it also allows me to connect to my inner child, the one who often feels wounded.
One of my favorite healing teachers, David Elliott, does an amazing job of bringing laughter into his circles and healing sessions. He tells his students that he has an agreement with Spirit that he will continue doing this work as long as it’s fun. And he always makes it fun, even when it’s intense. I try to keep this in mind for my own healing journey. I think it’s a great way to live.
I hope to bring some of that childlike lightheartedness to this community space. We can come here to laugh, to cry, to connect — and always be respectful of each other.