Aboriginal Healing, Historical Trauma
Miriam Rose Ungunmerr Baumann has been collaborating with Pip Gordon with support from DLAB in Sydney and Djilpin Arts in Katherine, in producing a feature film about Dadirri - the spiritual practise of Deep Inner Listening.
"Healing for Aboriginal people is not just healing of the physical body. It is healing in a holistic way: the physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, social and environmental. It includes healing oneself and relationships with others, such as family and community members."
What is Sharing Culture?
Sharing Culture is a unique initiative to help Indigenous peoples heal from historical trauma and its consequences (e.g. emotional distress, addiction, suicide), and other adversities, e.g. social and economic disadvantage, paternalism.
Sharing Culture is being developed by David Clark, an Emeritus Professor of Psychology, in close collaboration with filmmaker Michael Liu. They are supported by an international network of over 30 Advisors/Healers, the vast majority of whom are world-leading experts in their respective fields.
Sharing Culture is based on the core values of authenticity, connection, courage, creativity, empathy and forgiveness. We use a strengths-based, solution-focused approach that celebrates success and cultivates positivity, acceptance and cultural pride. Stories are a key element of our approach - they create hope and facilitate understanding.
This website uses Indigenous voices to help educate us about historical trauma and how it impacts on Indigenous people. You can also learn about Indigenous healing and culture, as well as read or watch Healing Stories. David regularly blogs on the website.
The Foundation of Our Approach
Sharing Culture recognises that healing from trauma (and its consequences) requires empowerment and connection, and a culturally safe environment. Indigenous people must connect to their culture, land, spirituality, family, community and history to facilitate healing.
Self-determinism is the central foundation of healing. Indigenous communities, families and individuals must own and control their healing process.
An holistic approach to health and wellbeing is key, one which incorporates the physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, social and environmental.
Personal and Community Healing Stories empower people by providing hope, understanding and a sense of belonging.
Stories of healing initiatives help communities learn from each other, whilst Cultural Stories engender pride and facilitate cultural connectedness.
Indigenous and non-Indigenous people must come together to facilitate the healing of Indigenous people.
Indigenous knowledge and understanding is key to helping create a society where people have an improved wellness, are more environmentally aware, and are more respectful, caring and empathic towards their fellow man, no matter what his or her culture.
Please check About Us and our Testimonials. And our sister website Recovery Stories, which focuses on recovery from addiction, mental health problems and trauma.
David gets Australia-wide coverage about Sharing Culture on NITV news in May 2014.
Recent From David’s Blog
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What is Healing and How Does it Occur?
"... trauma healing requires a supportive environment with people who care. Supportive families are vital in healthy healing, and, if not a supportive family, at least people who have been through or understand what the person is going through." Judy Atkinson
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The Pope has spoken. But was Tony Abbott listening? Liz Conor delivers her own encyclical on life, the universe and everything... in particular our trashing of Indigenous lands and rights.
Recovery Stories: 'sister' website
Finding Hope: The Second Step to Recovery
Hope is a door to the future, to potential, to possibilities, to a better life. Hope is also the belief that one is inherently connected to, and therefore valuable to, others. One’s actions don’t affect just oneself; they affect friends, family, and the community.
"How many times have you heard, 'What is WRONG with that person'. There is nothing wrong with that person, things are HAPPENING or have HAPPENED to that person. Let's stop trying to pathologise people. Let us all begin by empathetically engaging with our fellow human beings by 'truly' listening and building relatedness as we become more fully human." Carlie Atkinson