The good thing about just being able to get your mess out there on the blank open page is that you get to see the convoluted workings of your own mind, emotions and insides. That is how I am feeling today on the back of an inner conflict which sparked a lot of old trauma imprints. I saw what it stirred up and then when that was out there I could look a little deeper to expectations that I see I have been carrying and are perhaps not at all realistic and the part others played in reaction to things I was doing and choices I was making and living out of unconsciously. I then got to feel a bit ashamed about some stuff I posted. But I am going to be an adult and just cop the feelings and keep it out there. Others can see quite clearly that by no means have I got it together in any significant way. That like everyone out there I really struggle on a daily basis with just being human, and keeping an open heart and mind.
I am still in many ways working my way out of the slimy sludge of my family of origin which was a family of great trauma too. Its taken me some years to understand this. In later years all of the female side of our family have struggled with physical, mental and emotional health issues due to faulty mothering. I had a very deep insight and vision the other day in therapy when I was sharing a poem about my body and longing with my therapist about the wounding replayed in my last relationships. As I was reading it I had a vision of a deep vortex spiralling down beneath my feet and swirling around inside the flow of the vortex were my mother and my ex partner’s mother and lower down their mothers and then their mother’s mothers and so on an on and on. I was sharing with my therapist how I believe this vision was about both the vortex of trauma that Peter Levine speaks of as well as the spiral cadeaucus of the DNA helix that we all carry.
I feel we have all been collectively for some time living out this deep mother wound. By some kind of coincidence yesterday I turned the television on to see a documentary about a woman aboriginal artist who was speaking about her sculptures of the Black Madonna which is a healing figure showing up in a lot of dreams collectively at the moment and is dealt with by Jungian analyst Marion Woodman in many of her books which centre around her work with those who have had deep mothering wounds..
Marion has worked with many people with addictions and eating disorders. Her work focuses on the w0unding of childhood abandonment and other mother issues that is manifesting globally. She speaks a lot about conscious femininity and also about the wounding of the patriachal age that we are coming out of and suffering the consequences of. It is very much evident in how our addictions run us, how woman are mistreated and how the soft feminine side in men also struggles to express and live. It is also reflected in the way we as the human race abuse the planet and fall out of relationship with our own inner cycles. Could we be collectively struggling with the outworking of a deep wound of collective PTSD which is asking us to heal and become more conscious of the forces of love and hate that manifest in and through our conflicts, bodies, cells and lives? This is Marion’s idea and it resonates with me.
I have just been reading a book called The Inner Voice of Love it is an interesting book which speaks of how wounds can run us and of how healing happens through our wounds being tended to lovingly and recognised. In one chapter the author, Paul Ferrini says its pointless to say positive affirmations, it is far more powerful to acknowledge where our negativity runs us and in fully feeling and consciously acknowledging it, release it. He speaks of how we can run everywhere with our wounds looking for love, stuck in victim consciousness and forgetting that only being love, feeling love for ourselves in all our dark and light brings us back to love. When I read this book which I have had for over 12 years I feel set straight and deeply refreshed in some way, sometimes I feel close to tears or tears well up in deep recognition which seem to wash my hurting soul clean.
Its funny that I named this blog at the outset Burn Clean and along the week of writing and rewriting I have come down to this idea of a soul being washed clean by deeper recognitions that come out of lovingly tending wounds. Burning and burning something only ends in a pile of ash. Maybe the water put on those ashes of spent anger turn the ash to clay and make them somehow workable. These are metaphors I have used in a poem a while back which I will link to in this blog a little later. I get anxious to post my posts often and later like to refine them.
Today I am feeling a little lonely and sad. My Mum was hospitalised today for the second time in emergency due to a problem with infections in her legs. Today it was my sister who stayed with her, the other day my Mum asked me to leave the hospital and get on with my own life. I cried a lot. “Please don’t push me away.” I said. It is coming up to the time of year I was pushed away over seas after my father died. She expressed pain that her wounds are affecting me. “But isn’t that love?’ I asked. I did end up going and it may have been for the best as I had therapy that afternoon. In the end Mum got a taxi home.
Today my sister stayed with my Mum. I need to remember my sister got more support from my mother than I ever did, from the earliest time I was pushed away and maybe that is my fate. Maybe I should stop fighting it. Being pushed away, left alone led me to addiction. I am now 23 years out of that. Painful mother wounds linger. My male female relationships have all ended, the last around this time of year too. But when I feel the impact and the loneliness, you know what? In some way the pain burns clean. When I cry I recognise the wound that goes back over many generation and did not just happen to me but to my ancestors too.
Maybe this fate is one I must carry and who knows if the future holds another love, another chance at connection for me and another chance to heal the wounds with someone where our defences against hurt don’t end up pushing us both away.
One thing I do know, though, as long as I connect to my own deep soul I am truly never alone. I am truly connected and I know I matter, to life, to love, to me and as much as I long to matter to someone else I know it is something I cannot demand but must flow naturally if it is meant to be.
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Writing can help a lot in churning through things. 🙂
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Faulty mothering leads to faulty mothering leads to faulty mothering…
True, until someone does the inner work.
Missing you. 🙂
Awwww thank you..ive had a lot of worldly commitments which have meant I didnt log on yesterday at all. Ill be back later today. Hugs 😙
Hugs Deborah! ❤
❤ right back at you. x