Alia’s Comments: My two most recent posts about emotional and mental pain elicited such a response for readers that I almost put up a third post featuring more of your responses. Thank you again everyone who contributed to this valuable conversation. I sensed that there was something more to say regarding our journey toward wholeness but I didn’t know exactly what form that would take.
About a week ago, my friends Justin and Julian of “Stillness in the Storm,” posted a very personal account of Justin’s six-month face-off with extreme, unbearable, physical pain — the kind that could be described as “a living hell or nightmare” that had taken over his waking reality just as he and Julian made their decision to come to Morocco back in mid-January.
Tomas and I live in the same apartment building as Justin and have interacted with him several times a week for the past four months and WE HAD NO IDEA that this was going on for him until we read it on his blog.
Justin told us he was “good at hiding his condition.” Yeah! Really good at it, unless, of course, I was so involved in my own inner process that I failed to notice HIS! These patterns have a way of isolating us and thereby denying us the support of others during our times of greatest need.
Again, this post may not be for everyone. However, I will cite two great reasons to take a look at this post. 1) Justin has been able to write a detailed accounting of his entire process — from hell to equanimity (and physical healing.) For anyone experiencing this kind of intense, unremitting physical pain, Justin’s journey offers a step by step “guide to the territory” that might yield insights into your own circumstance. 2) Julian Robles has illustrated this post with more of his amazing artwork and photographs, some of which reveal more of the extraordinary beauty of the Rif Mountains near Chefchaouen (the Blue City.) Thank you Julian; they are magnificent!
Justin — I honor and respect you for finding an honorable and integrous path through your pain, working your own alchemical transmutations, until you shifted your perception of the situation, which brought you to a more whole and balanced place within yourself and your world. Thank you for doing this vital work.
As “A Course in Miracles” tells us: “When I am healed, I am not healed alone.”