An author unblocks her creativity and heals wounds from her past

An author unblocks her creativity and heals wounds from her past

Carrie came to me to clear her energy. She felt that she was experiencing lack of focus and some apathy.  She started by telling me about her being alone here in San Diego due to her husband being overseas with the Navy. Carrie stated that they had moved two years ago here from Florida where she grew up. And, while there were family issues, her biggest challenge was having writers block on a fiction story she was working on.
 
I thought it would be interesting to focus our work on her writer’s block and thought this would be taking a more creative approach to shamanic work. And, in a sense it did, but underneath these creative journey’s, I discovered-as did Carrie-was a deep healing in Carrie’s own personal life.
 
 I started by wanting to know more about the characters of her book and where she was getting stuck in her story. She shared about an adolescent girl and an encounter with a crocodile. She talked about a scene where the girl was on the banks of water picnicking. Then suddenly a crocodile arose from the water.  But she had nothing to share after that.
 
I thought this was interesting since she came from Florida. I couldn’t help but think this had to do with Carries own childhood, and, perhaps, she was struggling to sort out things from her past. But because Carrie offered the scene, I felt it would be interesting to help Carrie journey to the lower world to talk with the crocodile. This would remove Carrie and her own past from the story.
 
We spent several sessions exploring the crocodile, the girl and Carrie. In between two of our sessions, it came up that Carrie had experienced a conflict with another writer at a writer’s workshop that made Carrie question her own abilities. She wondered if she really did have good writing skills and confidence in herself to complete a book that would be taken on by a publisher.
 
But, the other issue was how Carrie needed to handle big ego’s to get the attention and acceptance in the writing world and not take on role of submission. In her own past, Carrie struggled feeling love and acceptance when her mother re-married a man who had several children of his own. Being a single child, she felt pushed aside from the family.
 
I have always found it interesting when doing shamanic or energy work how the most important issue of the moment arises to the surface in our everyday mundane lives. Carries writer’s block was coming from not feeling good enough in anything she did. I gave her time to share what had been upsetting her so that she can piece the experience together and get clear in her own mind the motivation of the other person and what she could have done differently-if anything.
 
We then turned the direction of our session to journeying again to the characters of her book.
 
At the end of our sessions, Carrie recognized that the crocodile had been a power animal that had been with her for quite some time. She felt that the crocodile had been calling for her to write this story and, ultimately, heal the loneliness she felt growing up in a broken family caused by her parents’ divorce and the challenges of integrating into a new family.
 
The crocodile served to take her into the unconscious realms of what she needed to heal. And, while the crocodile appears frightening presenting the healing a creative work form allowed Carrie to be open to the healing whereas she otherwise would have stayed stuck in old wounds from her childhood.

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