surviving and spirituality

 

 

 

Penny the Touchstone counsellor and I, led our first day retreat for people with DID. DID is a condition that some people experience when they have survived severe trauma. It is often expressed through 'alters', a gathering of inner people who speak out of the fragments of memory.

Working with finger paint, clay, the written and spoken word, we spent a day listening to the experiences of a remarkable group of people. We were interested to hear of positive connection between DID and Ignatian spirituality, it seems that imaginative prayer can help the various 'others' to find a place in God's story. And I was particularly intrigued by the experience many have of 'the wise one' or 'guardian' who is present with them and helps keep them safe