The iceberg poster provides a visual tool to help people bring hidden feelings to the surface. Pieces of velcro make movement and attachment easy. A submarine with two periscopes for viewing above and below-the-waterline sights, invites self-disclosure (see image below).
Clara, a veteran with cancer, was telling me that her family didn’t want to hear anything except that things were getting better. She said her church community made her feel as if she had no faith when she voiced feelings of fear, anger, or pain. As she spoke, her voice was dull and lifeless. I showed her the iceberg poster. “Pick some words from the ice under the water and bring them up to the surface,” I said, gesturing to the iceberg.
Clara surveyed the assortment, bringing a few words to the tip above the water. As she told me about the words, more emotions kept surfacing. By the time she finished, more feelings were above the waterline than there were spots to hold them. “I need to come back here every week so I can see what I’m feeling,” she said with a laugh and lilt in her voice that reflected the vitality that had surfaced with her tears.
Clara reminded me that the vitality of expressing feelings can melt icebergs.
Education. Compelling workshops presented in unusual and engaging ways on intriguing topics: Soul Injury, Soul Restoration, Aging, Personal Healing, Veteran issues, Self-Care, Chronic Illness, End-of-Life care, Spiritual Growth, PTSD, Forgiveness, Good Grief.
Low-cost Retreats. 1, 2, or 3-day retreats in your city or ours (Tampa). Topics include: Soul Injury, Soul Restoration, Personal Growth and Healing, Forgiveness, Aging.
Soul Restoration Ceremonial Workshops. Caregiving, whether personal or professional, takes a toll! Understandably, we often disconnect from the pain. Disconnecting from the part of self carrying the pain contributes to loss of energy, emptiness, and compassion fatigue. This 4-8 hour ceremonial workshop will provide a restorative experience for your staff or your patients’ families.
Soul Injury Ceremonial Workshops. We will help your community organize, plan, and implement a ceremony for combat veterans which helps them lay down any burdens of unmourned grief or unforgiven guilt they may still be carrying. The gaping hole in our society from the aftermath of war can be healed!
Book Circles for Personal Growth.Utilizing the book, The Hero Within: Redeeming the Destiny We Were Born to Fulfill, we will help you grow small communities of people who want to cultivate pervasive personal peace.
Book Circles for Veterans. Utilizing the book, Peace at Last: Stories of Hope and Healing for Veterans and Their Families, you can become an agent of healing for our nation’s heroes by hosting a book circle for veterans and their families.
Free web-based Materials, Tools, Resources, and Blogs.
We offer these services with our Opus Peace prayer: Cultivate in me, oh God, the willingness to re-own and re-home scattered pieces of myself so that I might be restored to Your wholeness. Grow in me the honesty, humility, and courage to release my fears of who I am and who I am not. Fuel me with your Grace. Amen