Week 1 with The Wiz
Usually I like to write these reports right after the session, but I needed to sleep on it. My last session of the week was with a fellow that I will call "The Wiz". As with everyone in this study, The Wiz seems very familiar to me. The challenge for me was figuring out why he felt that way and why I needed to sleep on it. He is a Army Veteran and has had the diagnoses of anxiety, depression, adjustment disorder, and ADHD. Unlike the other participants, when I asked him of his current state he responded by telling me he was in a pretty good state. Although anxiety is a part of his life, he has it managed pretty well and he is currently not taking any medications. When he did take them 5 years ago, it was only for a 2 month span of time.
At a few points in our session, I wondered why he wanted to participate. He seemed like he pretty much had everything he needed to live a pretty good life. Sure he had a few challenges, but don't we all. The fear that causes breakdowns didn't seem present either, but there was something. There was something that made me look deeper. I found that through most of my session I was telling my personal stories. I even used the analysis of a dream I had the night before. I was using my life to relate to him. I use this technique when I am helping someone open up. I give a little story to open up some doors, windows, and closets within them. In most cases I will tell one story or two, but with him I was a Reader's digest.
Prior to his session, which I messed up the time for again, I felt a tightness in his stomach. I saw a deep red color narrowing into a reddish brown. I felt it had a lot to do with courage and I got the message that for him his stomach is like his heart. He really resonated with that message. He told me a great story about his childhood. We talked about him pursuing his passions, planning for the future, and possibly working for himself. His homework was to create a original composition. We also talked about facing fears to witness miracles. I felt like we covered so much territory. We were totally vibing and feeling good about ourselves. He even taught me about more about astrology after his session. High vibes, high fives, and unstoppable strides, we were doing it up. But still, in the background there was something that was nagging me. He wasn't trying to, but The Wiz was pulling the wool over my eyes.
I went to sleep and visited OZ. It was the kind of sleep when I wake up every few hours from an intense dream followed by a deep thought. On any other day I care little for astrology, but since it is important in his world, I understand it is real for him and since I am working with him, it is real for me. The second time I woke up last night, I started to remember all of the Aquarius men I have met. They all had stomach issues, buried their emotions, and had a very pronounced sense of spirituality. Their spiritual understandings were very important to them, but I found it did little to actually help them heal. This is because they have a way of floating around delightfully in the varied concepts. Because of this they are very pleasant to be around and for someone like me, it gives a false sense of security, meaning I think they are grounded in spirituality when it is actually quite the opposite. You see the issues, or past pains get pushed into an compartment and they float in the world of beautiful concepts that they have constructed for themselves. The Wiz floated with me last night and it was fun. Moving forward, I am realize I am going to have to get in his belly. Next week I am wearing red shoes...because I should at least look good while doing it!