Healing In Different TerritoriesOne of my students this morning confided that he's falling apart, that he cries a lot and is always nervous and my Healer woke up in me. At the same time my boss was just out in the hall and my class clearly wasn't going as planned.
I often have people crying in my classes. The subjects we discuss get extremely personal and my official role as a Language teacher flies out the window. It doesn't make so much sense to correct someone's grammar when their wife is off her meds and has kidnapped the kids, or she's 12 and found out before class that her parents are splitting up.
I'm always amazed they still show up for class. I'm always amazed how they confide in me.
It seems more natural in my touch work to encounter these situations. The nudity alone allows for this intimacy, clothes seem to act as a sort of costume allowing for distance and self creation, manipulating our image. Nudity and touch break down those boundaries...if we're present and if we let them.
In my touch work, I expect to face these stories, I have more experience in this context, It feels more natural. And a part of me wants to invite my students to be my clients but I won't. They don't know about the other work I do anyways. They chose their context to open up. There must be a reason.
It feels like the work I do with my students has to be more subtle, in the dreaming, so it's learning for me.
It's nice to have somewhere I can write about it.