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Childhood Memories and a Naturopath

March 28, 2012

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Old childhood memories have begun to resurface lately and they look different to me. I’ve always understood, at least in my head, that who we were as children is who we are at the core and how we were treated has a powerful influence on who we have become. I find that I am slipping into a deeper understanding of this dynamic.

About a year ago I began to make regular visits to Naturopath.  I met her for the first time about five years ago.  The daughter-in-law of my dentist, she had set up shop in his office. You could feel her impact from the minute you walked in the door! Lavender spread its calming power and soft music relaxed every muscle in my body before I even sat down! I wouldn’t have known I was in the dentist’s office if I hadn’t been there before. (I learned later that this was her intent!) I was not only calmed but incredibly intrigued. Knee deep in layers of mid-life stress I needed calm!

Crystal is a young, slight woman who glides when she walks. A wisp. A breeze. A breath of fresh air. Always warm and welcoming she has no pretense, no obvious agenda, no guile. She is there. Present. Naturally I didn’t trust her! At first. Until I begin to see that she is real and she is very good at what she does. She has been trained by the best and even at her young age she knows of life’s pain and difficulties. I spent some time with her when my mother died and then she moved away. But she returned last year exactly when I needed her in my life again!

Since then she has taken me on several meditative journeys that have changed my entire perception of myself. So much for years of therapy! Therapy is valuable, but there’s another place worth visiting.  It’s a soul place. It’s where our child, or our unvarnished selves lives, waiting to be discovered, acknowledged, embraced. It’s a safe place. A strong place. An ever available friend-place. Guided imagery meditation has allowed me to find and explore a place within myself that I had not accessed before. A truer place.

It has helped me to begin to see my childhood with a new perspective. We are still getting acquainted and every visit is a new adventure. Both of my parents are gone now and some distance has been placed between us. I feel freer in some sense to allow myself to be me. My voice becomes stronger and now it is easier to choose what I value of the things of I was taught. Some are good. Some need to be tossed.

We learn something new about ourselves every day if we pay attention. Life hands us little opportunities for discovery ~ like Chrystal ~ like guided imagery. Sometimes we have to risk doing something new and different and seeing where it leads. No matter how it turns out, chances are it will be worth it in one way or another.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 28, 2012 2:10 pm

    Dorothy ~
    Thank you for sharing your experiences with guided imagery! I’ve tried it a few times but wasn’t able to get the hang of it. I’m open to finding a different counselor and give it another go. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful experience!

  2. March 28, 2012 9:23 pm

    what a beautiful post Dorothy. I too have seen my childhood differently at different times in my life. I have never been to a naturopath, but think it is a good alternative. I’m inspired to check one out myself. Thanks

  3. March 30, 2012 1:02 pm

    I’ve never even heard of one, but since I guard gates in the Texas desert, no wonder. So many things I’ve never heard. One thing I know is that I’m still the same person inside that was swinging off the branches of the green apple trees in the chicken yard! So true. I’ve found that memories are returning with a clarity I never expected as I slow down. Worth waiting for…

    Good topic.

    • March 30, 2012 1:11 pm

      Heidi, there are so many different kinds of natural healers these days, I’m not sure I know one from another either. Even if they have the same name, they do not necessarily have the same training! It’s pretty much still a mystery to me too. Suffice it so say that Crystal has a college degree and tons of additional training in holistic health/medicine, Chinese medicine, etc. I’m going to invite her to post some info here or on the AA main website to help people understand the option. I just find that a holistic approach is often more helpful for some things than a traditional doctor or in conjunction with one. Thanks for your thoughts!

  4. March 31, 2012 11:49 am

    What a lovely post, Dorothy. Thank you for sharing your experience with a Naturopath. Underneath all of us is a child wanting to be discovered and loved. Reconnecting with that child within can be such a powerful adventure as you have shown.

  5. April 1, 2012 11:25 pm

    Love your blog, so much to inspire.

  6. July 31, 2012 9:18 pm

    I tap into my inner child many times a day, she’s rarely alone. I reach her through my art and through my blogging, and also through appreciating nature. Most particularly the latter.

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