Moving Beyond Trauma into Creativity and LIfe


You might have noticed I’m not blogging much. This is because I’m living instead, and having a lot of fun at it. It feels odd to say it, but I’m not so interested in trauma any more. I worked so hard for about 15 years in therapy, also writing my memoir of healing (The River of Forgetting: A Memoir of Healing from Sexual Abuse), and letting the world know about the book. I also wrote that little booklet, Caring for the Child Within—A Manual for Grownups.

I’ll always have a tender spot in my heart for people working on healing from abuse, and I do hear from a lot of you from time to time. I always answer those emails and I will continue to do so.

I sit with my Inner Child every day to find out how she is, and she lets me know when she’s feeling sad or vulnerable, as well as happy. I pay close attention to her needs.

But these days I’m putting my energy into poetry about spirit and nature and love. I’m gardening. I’m painting wild abstract paintings. My creativity has continued to unfold, and my spirituality, too.

I think many people find their creativity as they work to heal from trauma and abuse. Poetry, writing, art, music all are wonderful outlets and help us to be seen and heard and to express ourselves. Then for some people, the impulse passes and life simply takes over. For me, the creativity continues to grow and I feel extremely fortunate to have the time and resources to grow with it.

How are you doing in your journey, friend?