I read somewhere the other day, that for many these are ‘pre-apocalyptic times’.
As several fellow practitioners shared at the Body-Centred Practitioners Network Gathering this November, I too am witnessing a lot more anxiety-ridden individuals coming to me. This is also true in my role as an acupuncturist at the Brighton Community Acupuncture Clinic, pay-as-you-can-afford practice, which attracts many who are vulnerable to financial hardship and consequently psychological distress.
Throughout my 30 years-plus career, till this year, I would say an 25% of clients were coming for anxiety and depression. Since about 9 months ago that has jumped to a phenomenal two-thirds of all my new clients. So a ‘pre-apocalyptic’ time is indeed what many are perceiving; and some would say with good reason too.
How that is impacting on me is that it confirms my version of reality, which says it is ‘all is not well’ and possibly ‘going to pot’. As a veteran of the 70s counter-culture I am definitely of the opinion that things are coming home to roost. Greed, exploitation and indifference inevitably also lead to the ‘dark side’.
I do though agree that the most radical and ‘revolutionary’ thing we can do right now is this thing called spiritual therapy and psychological healing. For me, it is an absolutely integral part of life, to have someone/s to go to for support, to lend an ear, be there for you, give you some insight and assistance to access your inner resources.
It is no coincidence I call what I do, this particular synthesis of humanistic, body-centered, and spiritual courses, trainings and apprenticeships, Integral Core Therapy.
What we do in our life, including what we term ‘work’, must be integral to the rest of our life, to what we love and to who we are. The older I get and the longer I work with people, the more connected and integrated my ‘work’ feels to the rest of my outer worldly and inner spiritual life. That is how I always intended it to be, so I’m gladdened this is the case.