Reposted from Tikkun. In this piece, Metzger captures the grief and pain we all experience living at a time of global extinction and offers the only solution — to stop extinction. Constitution ESRA. But a first step is to read the ESRA and circulate it widely.
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Deena Metzger - Wikipedia
I have been concerned with the nature of healing for my entire life, but everything I thought I knew was melted down and then reconstituted in the crucible of the experience of cancer, the rigor and ordeal of the healing path which is on-going, and the privilege and challenge of spending the same 20 years as a lay analyst working with so many individuals suffering life-threatening illness. These diseases which afflict us out of season are sociological, political, psychological, and spiritual events. But disease is also something else, very mysterious and powerful; disease is an image of the world in which we live, and disease is often the means that calls us forth as healers. Understanding cancer, for example, as imperialistic has helped me see the relationship between the personal and the political. So, illness, as it afflicts us and breaks us down, also enlightens us and presents the means to heal far more than it has undermined. Illness offers us the ability to heal our bodies, our lives, and the world as well. I have spent my entire life thinking about disease, cancer, and totalitarianism.
Spreading the Light: A Job Description for Life with Deena Metzger
A poet, novelist, essayist, storyteller, teacher, healer and medicine woman who has taught and counseled for over fifty years, in the process of which she has developed therapies Healing Stories which creatively address life threatening diseases, spiritual and emotional crises, as well as community, political and environmental disintegration. Deena has spent a lifetime investigating Story as a form of knowing and healing. As a writer, she asks: Who do we have to become to find the forms and sacred language with which to meet these times? She conducts training groups on the spiritual, creative, political and ethical aspects of healing and peacemaking, individual, community and global, drawing deeply on alliance with spirit, indigenous teachings and the many wisdom traditions. One focus is on uniting Western medical ways with indigenous medicine traditions.
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