Sue Washington has dedicated her life to helping people. From early days as a school teacher she trained psychotherapists to an exacting national standard. Her thrust in her later years has been to help people realise their power.
As we look at the world around us, we don’t have to have special powers of deduction to work out that ‘things’ are not going quite as well as they ought. Words such as “corruption”, “unemployment”, “homelessness”, “crime rate”, “war”, “social unrest”, “pollution”, “AIDS”, “cancer”, “allergies” and many more indicate our dis-eased social climate. People are turning this way and that for solutions, and spending vast sums of money on ‘wonder-cures’ to heal body, mind or bank balance.
Amid this hubbub of fear and negativity, a few small voices are reminding us that our lives are intertwined, and everything we do spreads out like ripples, affecting the world and other lives in ways we can hardly imagine. It has been spoken about for many years and the body of evidence linking our mental or emotional state and our physical well-being is so overwhelming that we finally begin to see that something in our lives other than ‘bad luck’ may be the cause of our eczema, depression, migraine headaches, stress at work and broken relationships. We are realising that paying for carrier bags and recycling may indeed have an effect, and some of us begin to ask what else can we do?
Looking around and not liking what we see – we begin to wonder about the truth in the old sales slogan: ‘if you always do what you always did, you always get what you always got’. If you are asking, ‘So what else can I do?’ and if you, like many people, have begun to realise that while it is true that our actions affect the world around us, it is our thoughts and our attitudes that produce these actions, then the words in the next few entries are for you. We need to heal the pain that lies beneath the attitudes that allow us to hurt one another and the world around us. Over the next few months these posts may help. Perhaps together we can discover that we all can contribute a lot and that by changing ourselves and our attitudes we can begin a ripple effect that will restore colour and meaning to our world for ourselves, families, colleagues and all humanity…
By Sue Washington