The Helper Who Helps the Helpers

What are your roles now? Have your roles changed much throughout your life?

For some people, their roles are clear and set, such as a man who is a husband, father, and salesman for fifty years, and then he is still a husband and father when he becomes a retired salesman and grandfather.

For other people, their roles are unclear and ever changing. Take me for example! In this post I will share about my experiences with roles, and I invite you to share about yours in the comments below.

Beyond my steady roles in relationships, such as daughter, sister, sister-in-law, mother, former wife, aunt, and friend, my roles out in the working world have been unclear and ever changing. If you read my biography (on the About Page, or in the “About the Author” section of my new book, Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life), you will see that I have trained in many areas… And for many years I wanted to get a masters degree in social work or mental health therapy, but that didn’t happen. For a long time I felt drawn to working with prisoners, veterans, and other highly traumatized populations.

But then I experienced trauma myself.

I had learned all about PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) in theory, but to feel it in my own mind and body was earth-shattering and rocked my entire world. Now that the dust has settled, and I am 97-98% healed from the trauma, I am re-evaluating my roles once again.

I no longer feel drawn to work with traumatized groups. I feel that I need to protect the 2-3% of trauma still remaining in my system. The counselor who I worked with told me that typically 2% of trauma remains even after a person has healed, because the trauma will always be a part of the person.

Some people, who are probably not HSPs (Highly Sensitive Persons) like me, do their own healing and then are able to jump right in and help others who have been through similar traumas. But I don’t know if I will ever be able to work directly with traumatized people… So, I am beginning to think that perhaps one of my roles as a spiritual helper is to support other people who are willing and able to work directly with traumatized people. Maybe I will be the helper who helps the helpers!

Do you work with traumatized people? If so, I bow to you for doing that difficult and important work. Do you sometimes feel like you take in the trauma energies of those you work with? Do you ever feel overwhelmed and need a sanctuary in which to nourish yourself? If so, you are among some of the people who will benefit the most from reading my new book, Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life. (Please also see my post, “23 Possible Benefits You May Gain Through Reading Reaching for Orange.”)

My current roles beyond relationships are blogger, author, and hospice volunteer. Visiting with dying patients and their families is very rewarding. I enjoy offering spiritual support, and I am not afraid of helping others work with their difficult emotions. I especially love helping others to relax with guided imagery tools.

What are your current roles in life?

 

Orange flower photo by MabelAmber on Pixabay.

 

Double Coffee Days Ahead

Are you in need of some special sanctuary time? If yes, you will benefit from reading my upcoming book…

I have decided to continue blogging regularly while writing Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life, so it is going to be double coffee days ahead for me!

Do you drink coffee? Did you know it has many healing benefits? Packed with health-giving antioxidants, coffee also has a peculiar way of connecting us with positivity and with unity consciousness. Read more in my previous article, “Coffee is Good Medicine.”

My new book, Reaching for Orange, will begin with a letter from me to you. I am sharing that letter below to spark your interest and to ask for support. If the following letter resonates with you, please consider donating to my work, by simply clicking here: Donate. I will be so very grateful for the support.

 

Dear You,

My new book, Reaching for Orange, is for ~

~ people who work with traumatized populations such as teachers who work with traumatized children; social workers who work with trauma; advocates who work with abused women; therapists who work with wounded people; doctors; nurses; medical assistants; those who respond to emergencies, natural disasters, and crimes; and those who work with prisoners and veterans…

~ people who are agonizing over what is happening to this sacred planet Earth and to the animals and to the abused children, and so on…

~ people who are highly sensitive persons (HSPs) and are struggling to survive in the workplace that is not suited to their sensitivities, and people who are non-HSPs, who are stressed and burnt out in their jobs, and/or are experiencing disharmony with their co-workers…

~ people who are caring for the dying: as caregivers, family members, social workers, chaplains, nurses, aides, and doctors…

~ and anyone else who needs a special sanctuary where they can nourish themselves deeply… a place where they can connect with the Divine Source of healing energies.

This book, Reaching for Orange, is that sanctuary.

It is your special holy place… a place for you to learn, to reflect, and to go deep inside your own being. Letting go of the outside world for a while…

Bringing crayons, markers, colored pencils, jewel stickers… whatever you like to decorate with… Blank pages are included throughout this very special book… for your unique explorations… You are invited to write, draw, and have fun in this book. You could even glue photos or magazine images onto the blank pages…

This book is 100% for you… for your healing, for your replenishment, for your happiness.

After an explanation of Orange, this entire book is filled with practices, visualizations, and blessings to help you Happy Up your life.

May All Beings Be Free of Suffering.
May All Beings Be Happy.

With Much Love,
Teja

 

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Thank you so very much!