Everything is a story, so here's the connection between The Waterman Practice and Story Clinic. I thought hard about what I'd like the rest of my life to mean, and I took the things I've built: qualifications and experience in homeopathic medicine; qualifications, training and experience in energy medicine; a doctorate and a lifetime of dealing with stories, what they are, what they mean, how to listen to them and tell them and understand them; and qualification and practice in poetry therapy.
I've spent sixty-five years living and being both patient and impatient, and now, quite frankly, impatience wins.
For now, let's look at The Waterman Practice umbrella and Story Clinic. The Story Clinic is older.
Stories gripped my entire being before I could read or speak. I grew up in the Christian meta-story, and my soul recognised the currents of reality that the close people couldn't articulate. People need to believe stories to work out their practical ways through life. The vast majorities of these stories aren't true, just vague approximations of journeying.
The work of the Story Clinic is about the balance between respecting and challenging deeply held stories. From gender to ethnic to faith to scientistic stories, people hold to what they think they can tell themselves, because they feel they can't go further.
Of course they can. And one's health is more dependent on this than you realise.
The Waterman Practice is about approaching healing, health and wholeness through contact, connection, communication, clarity and comprehension.
These are more like feelings than concepts, and the feelings that your stories articulate reflect an underlying reality rather than the superficial chatter.
We seldom give ourselves the time and space to examine this.
There are many, many approaches and stories out there to grip your attention because you have a need for better health in one way or another. They all clamour for attention.
The Waterman Practice is different because it pays attention to your attention. That's challenging because that's the very thing that's baffling. You want attention because you don't feel well with your own attention?
But I don't want to get complicated.
The Story Clinic is about listening to your own language, telling your stories, realising your limits, chosen and unchosen.
If you want borders, you'll stop there. If you need passports, they can be obtained. And if you require new languages, that's possible.
Awareness of your evolving story is a magical thing.
So The Waterman Practice shows you how to move from being an unconscious author to a purposeful narrator. Your voice, biological and metaphoric at the same time, is able to say much and in many ways. This is just one of the basic tools of the Story Clinic.
There's a lot to put to good use in The Waterman Practice.