Greetings all on this rather salubrious day. It's rather wonderful to see the sun beaming down on us at this early hour with its nurturing warmth. Anyway, without further ado love and kudos to Anna, Dan, Vicky, Jo, Stephen, Mary and Shilpa for donating your time, thoughts and likes, loves, comments and shares. Tis much appreciated.
Last weekend, I ran a workshop in regards with runes. There are many out there and I go on my own tangent and it also gives me a chance to bring in my writing side as for each rune I've put together a little haiku and I'm slowly crafting a flash fiction tale for each one. It's a beautiful fusion but of course I'm not losing sight of the fact that it's very much about how we use the runes and they are very powerful and effective means of divination.
Whilst in the Viking mindset, there was a very useful method of protection they would use in battle called the Shield Wall. They would burst into the fray, form a barrier of shields and then when the time is right spring forth and cause mayhem to their enemies. You do find in life that sometimes we need to put up our protective barriers.
For anyone who offers therapies, readings and so forth we do need those professional barriers to keep ourselves safe and well. We love to help and when someone needs help it can very quickly be a case of suddenly becoming a bit too involved. I see a therapists role as a bit of a lighthouse. We help steer people away from those rocks, to show a way forward but not open up the door, invite the crew of a ship inside to make a home there. Nay, the settlements would lay ahead and in there would lay the way forward.
I know an outstanding reader who's had people ring her up at three in the morning more than once for a reading. This is a case of crossing those boundaries and needless to say she gave them very short shrift and I doubt they'd do it again. I've seen over the years how therapists and readers can struggle with their energy when they are investing their time and effort into these situations.
I remember back in the day when the social media phenomena first arrived how I would like posts in their droves, etc. It was fun, fresh but after a while I realised that actually this wasn't healthy. This could almost be seen as obsessive and wasn't quite right. It behoved me to be more mindful and I'm sure we can all keep an eye on that side of things.
To therapists and those who help I would say keep things purely professional and don't get personally involved and know when you've done all that you can. If someone wants to talk then arrange an appropriate professional session rather than spend hours in discussion that eat into your time. Indeed, the mere act of arranging an appointment (eg an hour) sets up time boundaries and a sense of etiquette too.
There are times when we refer people on to counsellors and medical practitioners when the time is right and it helps to recognise when this time comes. By all means do what you can but never ever take it back with you as it will cause issues with yourself. I've seen this happen in dramatic effect over the years, so do protect your energy and boundaries.
To those who need the help, by all means ask but just be aware when you're pushing just that little bit too much and never be offended when someone backs off. They're not being rude, just looking out for themselves. What we all look for is that person to get shining again, and ultimately the one who can do that is the one in question, nobody else. Our role is to show a potential path, but it's not our role to walk it.
Together, we can all walk a beautiful path and support each other. On that note, Skol and remember keep reading.
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