Shaman Works 2 – When Normal is Called Insane
The shaman had been meeting with her new client for a few weeks now. Trying to get to know this person before her. Since they were here with her, they were obv frustrated with the western medical system as the client wasn’t of her tribe. The shaman had taken her on as a ‘good work’ project. Relating to the larger community and learning from each other.
But where was that frustration coming from? Was the client right that they were a misfit in that system? The system did have it’s flaws, but it worked for many people. Why not this client?
So the shaman was watching to see if human had been demonized or pathologized again:
- fear – terror
- sad – despair
- anger – rage
- hope – hopeless
- trying – self defeating
- living life – risk taking
- cautious – OCD
- self esteem, self protective – selfish – self aggrandizing
And seeing a person who was displaying as upset, but able to manage their own moods. And genuinely in pain too. They couldn’t sustain the level of pain display they showed, unless they felt it or were delusional. And the shaman had yet to see proof of that.
So today she sent home a ‘supplement’ that wouldn’t do any harm, but would only help those seeking something other than actual relief. Though it wasn’t a definitive test, since sometimes people are the type who want to feel like something is being done.
Something, anything, just something being done. And that is pretty common among people who are out of hope. This also ruled out some level of ‘trying to please the professional’ syndrome. And showing that they were worse or different than was thought.
The shaman also offered a few different options for pain relief to involve the client in the decision-making process of her care. So she felt in control. The shaman’s assistant was well versed in massage, stretches and acupressure points. The client didn’t feel any of them would help. But she chose acupressure since she hadn’t tried that before. Noted. But would she actually engage in it? Would she undermine it?
Time would tell.
The shaman also knew of a chronic pain group that met near the client. It was run by a close friend of the shaman. So she told her about the group. The client could meet at the centre or choose the online approach if getting to the meetings was too hard, at least at first. Time would tell if she attended. The shaman felt that support was much lacking in this client’s life. As it often is.
And the shaman asked the client if she had any hobbies, any creative outlets for her emotions. The client said yes and mentioned drawing and writing. It was something she could do while ‘resting’. Which was fine with the shaman.
Meet and work with people as they are when they come to you. Make small changes at first. That was the shaman’s way of dealing with clients.
So far the client was cooperating too. It had to be sustained though. Time would tell.
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