Ian Watson & Rachel Singleton
What is Healing? What does it require of us? How do we move with it and through it rather than fight against it?
Healing is not always what we think or indeed fear that it will be. When we undertake the journey of Healing - either because our body calls us to this or because our spirit does - the person we are at the start is not the same person we will be at the end. Healing takes us through a rite of passage. By the end of this we will mature, we will deepen, we will open, we will become more fully our Self. And we will drop the burden of all that is no longer relevant to us. Healing takes us on a journey into and through ourselves; by the time we reach the end, we have landed on a new shore.
Rachel and Ian see this journey of evolution and growth, this journey back to wellbeing, in our sessions with clients and in our work mentoring and training practitioners. In these Healing Conversations we explore this journey in-depth: what is health, what are signs of returning wellbeing, what blocks healing, how can the therapeutic space best facilitate this, how can the client empower themselves, and so much more. These are conversations rich with insight. We offer them to you here with wonder and gratitude: these insights form the core of the work we each do, and they refresh and revitalise our commitment daily. Sharing this with each other and with you feels a true gift. May these insights help make the journey of healing feel possible, even exciting for you, as you move forward.
Find out more about Rachel Singleton at: www.rachelsingleton.com
Healing Conversation 1 - What is Healing?
Here, Ian and Rachel discuss what healing is and begin to set the scene for the conversations to come.
Healing Conversation 2 - Personal Authority
This is a topic that touches us whether we are a client or a practitioner. It is concerned with how we can claim our right to our own healing journey, to our own personal empowerment and sovereignty regarding our healing choices and path. Together, Ian and Rachel explore what this means and take a look at three key areas where we can give ourselves greater permission: with our boundaries, with speaking our truth, and with practising self-care.
Healing Conversation 3 - The Inward Journey
At some point on the healing journey, we must go within to face, accept and transcend those areas of deepest resistance. It is only when we journey through such areas that we find the gold at the other side: what initially appeared to be frightening, overwhelming or negative to us, once embraced, becomes a source of potency. The other side of depression is joy. The other side of anger is kindness and tenderness. The other side of tension is softness. In this conversation, we begin to explore this in more detail, including within this Joseph Campbell's idea of 'the hero’s journey'. This is deeply empowering information that can transform how we view any illness and challenge in our lives.
Healing Conversation 4 - Getting a Diagnosis
Rachel and Ian discuss what exactly a diagnosis is. It can be incredibly useful - and reassuring - to have our symptoms understood, recognised and 'named'. However, a diagnosis from one system of medicine can be very different from that of another - as can the prognosis. How much choice do we have once we receive a diagnosis? Is this 'the end point'? And what are the deeper implications of any diagnosis?