The journey from teaching about love to allowing myself to be loved proved much longer than I realized.
– Henri Nouwen
We have been creating a healing field of humanitarian outreach for many years. We have taught veterans how to support one another and to support the community in times of distress. We have done Covide-19 outreach to help people calm the stress response when fear threatened to take out immune systems. Kristin stood with both her community and her sister community when they burnt to the ground a few years ago in the California wildfires. Both of us have served the schools, first responders, and the traumatized populations that have lived in toxic stress since birth. The list could go on and on.
In order to create a healing field, rather than a battlefield, one needs to know how to create a unified field of compassionate consciousness, where the soul can rest, and in such healing interventions the outreach must be balanced by the in reach to the inner self.
The night of Oct 1, 2017, my cell phone is ringing unceasingly. My friends and family from all over the county are asking, Are you Okay? Eight miles from my home, the largest mass shooting in US history is happening. I start reaching out and supporting people, [emergency] teams, groups and organizations. I see images that bring up the pain of losing my husband in Desert Storm. I work day upon day, helping others until I have nothing left. I go down for the count and fear I will never care about anything or anyone again.
Rest is the conversation between what we love to do and how we love to be.
– David Whyte