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The Reality of Suicide (From a Healer’s Perspective)

As a psychotherapist, one of the last things that I want to hear is that one of my clients has killed himself or herself (or someone else). It is not because of a personal feeling of failure, but more so because of a sense that somewhere in the process, my client has lost hope. As therapists, one of our most powerful intentions is to at least instill hope. It is not a starry wish, but a sense of purpose and encouragement.

When I was in graduate school, I was drawn to the more intense subjects such as traumatology, addiction, and crisis stabilization work. I loved them! I remember sitting in a crisis intervention class and hearing my professor clearly state, “In all your years as a therapist, all of you will lose at least one client to suicide. Be prepared for it. It will happen. Oh, and those of you who are working with trauma and addiction, you can definitely expect it to happen.” He spoke those words with a matter-of-factness that revealed long years of personal experience. I did not want to believe him, but I also knew that there was some underlying realness to what he said.
Even with this warning, I pressed on and continued down the path to become a licensed therapist. I did not and could not lose hope in the long-lasting positive impact of the work we do. I believed that following my passion and helping others to see their inner light was worth much more than living in fear of those who might not see it.

And here I am… 6 years and 2 client deaths later.
I will not get into too much detail about the 2 client deaths; however I will say that both were due to overdoses. They were very sobering experiences for me. I re-learned that suicide shows up in many forms. It can be a drug overdose, hanging, gunshot wound, stabbing, train, car, traffic, etc.

For a little while, I even worked for a crisis hotline. Some of the callers were blatantly at the point where they had chosen to end their lives. I encouraged some to rethink their situations and to see that life might actually be worth living. However for some, I do not know if they did or did not take their lives…the calls simply just ended.
Ironically enough, I didn’t feel disappointment, but gratitude. How might one be grateful for such a thing? I fully understood that the conversations that I had with the callers may have been their last conversations ever. I was at least thankful to talk to them in the present moment and be some type of positive, loving voice before they departed (or decided to live).

A spiritual reality about suicide came to me as well:

A person’s exit from this world is not an accident. The way we transition may serve a greater purpose, just like the way we live. It is true that sometimes a person’s life purpose may not be easily understood or clear. But be aware that every life, no matter how short, undoubtedly leaves a precious legacy on this planet.

Every day that I choose to continue working as a psychotherapist, the possibility of losing a client to suicide/overdose/something exists. Yet, if a little piece of hope surfaces, then I believe there is a chance that the person will see tomorrow. I Know the power of hope. It starts as a glimmer, and then it becomes a belief. Belief is when the person sees more light and direction. Then a belief transforms into Knowing. Knowing (in this context) is when the person is aware that Life Is.
If you or someone you love is struggling with depression, suicidal thoughts, or self-harm, please Know that There is Hope.
For nationwide support in the United States you can contact: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Your life Is valuable. Be blessed today.


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Be Silly Sometimes…Let the Child Within Shine.

When was the last time that you laughed until your face hurt, your eyes welled up with tears, and your stomach cramped?
If you cannot remember, then it is time for you to laugh hard again.

Yes, this blog is still about metaphysics, spirituality, consciousness, intuitive awareness, etc. You may be wondering how laughter and silliness tie in. I will explain.

When we spend so much time frowning and being “mature serious adults” that we lose sight of the bigger picture of Life. For example, in the Bible, it says to “Be childlike” and that this is “the way to the Kingdom” (Matthew 18:3). Later it is also mentioned that the “Kingdom of Heaven is Within” (Luke 17:21). Let’s put these two declarations together and it can say something similar to…

“Remember the child within, for this is the Center of Heaven in you”.

In other words, our Childlike Essence is the core of our Divine Nature.

Many cultures celebrate one’s transition from childhood into adulthood. It is believed to be a time of more responsibility, maturity, and concreteness instead of abstraction. Life becomes heavy and complex. People focus on the future and sustainability instead of whimsical moments filled with sparks and flurries of wonder. It appears as if adulthood means losing touch with the innate joy that is ever-present within us.

When we laugh and play, we are taking on the energy of our purest essence–Being Childlike. Children are one of the most powerful conduits for spiritual connection. They are humble beings, appreciating the simplest of things in life. They are pure and unfiltered. They are born loving everyone. They perceive their worlds from a mindset of infinite potential– as limitless. Children are even sensitive to energies and are some of the most natural and powerful healers on the planet.  (Check out this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=trueview-instream&v=2yjuWPJZtag)

Think carefully about this: Your world is a reflection of the essence you choose to embody.  So why not allow yourself to embody unconditional love, vast possibilities, and sheer laughter?

We were all children once.  At the Core, we still are.

We were all children once.
At the Core, we still are.

 

Remember what it is like to be childlike: Everywhere you go holds an adventure. Everything you see is new in that moment. Everyone you meet is a friend.

How will you let the child within you express itself today?

In joy,
IntuitiveDana
http://www.metaphysicalfreedom.com