"People in the early stages of healing identify with and trust the experiences of someone who is further along in their journey. They are inspired by Healing Stories and use the ‘educational’ content they contain to help them deal with the problems and struggles they face in their day-to-day living. Who better to help us than someone who has ‘been there’?"
Many Ways To Facilitate Healing
Indigenous healing is facilitated by many different approaches involving connection to culture and land; Stories and education; Indigenous arts; kinship networks, spirituality… and more.
Elsewhere, I have written about Indigenous wellbeing, which provides insights into how we can facilitate healing. In this and following web pages, I briefly describe examples of how healing can be facilitated in diverse ways.
I’ve included video clips from the web (as well as some of our own film) to illustrate my points.
> Role Models & Healing Stories
> The Healing Ritual of Storytelling
> The Power of Stories
> Understanding Historical Trauma
> Pride in Surviving Colonisation
> Connecting to Culture
> Relationship to Land & Country
> Changing the Way We Educate
> Healing Carriers
Singer-songwriters Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody sing a version of their classic Indigenous rights song "From Little Things, Big Things Grow" at the memorial service for Gough Whitlam.
Role Models & Healing Stories
Role models and their personal narratives (Stories) are of considerable value, since they provide hope that healing is possible and help people understand the nature of their problem and how it can be overcome.
People in the early stages of healing identify with and trust the experiences of someone who is further along in their journey. They are inspired by Healing Stories and use the ‘educational’ content they contain to help them deal with the problems and struggles they face in their day-to-day living. Who better to help us than someone who has ‘been there’?
For many people, telling their Story plays an important part in the healing process. Their Story helps other people, providing the storyteller with an important feeling of 'giving back', which is of therapeutic value in its own right.
Marion Kickett shares the harrowing story of Ruby and describes how her early experiences impacted on her life. By forgiving people involved in these terrible events, Ruby started a healing process which led to her realising a dream. Ruby participated in Marion's research on resiliency in Aboriginal people.
You might like to read Nathan Oakley’s story, Giving Up Gunja. David has also written and edited a number of addiction recovery stories on his Recovery Stories website.
> Facilitating Healing, Part 2