Clarification of my Hiatus Email
“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now. “ – Paulo Coelho
I want to start off by saying that I am deeply touched by the kind words hundreds of you have sent in your emails and letters. Your words mean more than I could possibly convey. At the same time, I do want to clear up various confusions a number of people have had in response to the recent email about my hiatus starting the end of July until early 2016.
I am not retiring. Aside from some burn out, I am physically healthy. I am going to be using the hiatus to finish my book on trans-generational trauma and it’s healing. I will be using the time to dream into “what next?” I will be scaling down and prioritizing how I use my time. I don’t know what the next chapter of my life will look like. We are all witness to extraordinary times and growing uncertainties about where our world is heading. Hunger, violence,desperation, pain, loneliness, these are all visible in the streets about us. Our world grows ever smaller and interconnected, it is impossible to ignore the suffering around us. And through it all, I have been blessed to witness amazing stories of creativity and love seeking to bring peace and healing to these challenges. All of us are asked in some way bring our creative best to these times. That is what I hope to do.
In the last three years, my private practice work had grown in size and demand beyond what I could do. Besides the direct work with clients, there were all the emails and phone calls requiring response. The practice had become a full time endeavor, impossible in conjunction with managing the demands of co-directing the Social Health Care Program for Syrian Refugees and other projects my heart has been engaged in. Additionally, I’ve been an active participant in consortiums promoting international humanitarian innovation and the healing of trans-generational trauma on the personal/communal level; given talks at universities and religious organizations throughout the U.S. on refugee trauma,; fundraising and writing grants; teaching workshops; consulting with UN agencies and other NGO’s on issues related to youth and trauma including the issue of treating child soldiers ; consulting on the creation of cancer support groups for Syrian refugees who have no other medical services available; and writing. It’s been a very full plate making it difficult to create space to dream in new ways to engage in this changing time. The hiatus is timely. I’m looking forward to having the gift of time, dreaming, and flexibility that hasn’t been there.
“What one man can do is dream. What one man can do is love. What one man do is change the world and make it young again. Here you see what one man can do”
– John Denver, “What One Man Can Do”
To answer questions that people have raised in your emails :
- The workshop on shamanic approaches to healing trans-generational trauma scheduled in Milwaukee for November 14-15, 2015 is still on and will reflect new material that is in the book I am writing. If interested in that workshop, contact Dan Huber, DHuber7989@aol.com . The workshop on shamanic work with cancer will be in the Madison area in late March/early April 2016. The training on work with cancer will be a one time only event to meet the increasing demand for this work. When the date has been set it will be posted in the website.
- Yes, I will continue to write the brief topical news letter as I was pleased to read that many of you look forward to reading them for inspiration.
- I will refer people to other healers in the area based on need and will communicate with folks to help assess best fit. So many of you have requested time for sessions before I shut things down and I’m not going to be able to meet many of those requests.
- I will be going to Jordan in October to continue our efforts to assist the refugees and to teach at the International Conference on Trans-Generational Trauma. There are now over 4 million Syrian refugees living outside of Syria (over 50% are twelve and younger). My colleagues and I are committed to do what we can to support efforts that this not be a lost generation.
- The Shamanic community day in September has been cancelled.