Now that the summer is over some families who have been scattered have come back together. Others are now far flung because of work or educational opportunities. But family is still family no matter where we go. Even those members who are out of touch with us are still part of the family in some way.
Family, like the body, is an integrated unit. As such, it works best when all the parts are healthy and working well both individually and collectively. If any part of the family/body isn’t working well it affects the other parts. For example, if you sprain your ankle it will affect how well you walk. Limping puts a strain on other parts of the body and you may end up with a sore back too!
In the same way, when a member of your family isn’t well or is injured, the rest of the family is affected. This may be anything from a broken leg that requires a child to be taken to school by car, meaning a change of routine, to a parent with depression. My experience of healing one or more members of the same family is that all benefit. Healing allows broken or negative ways of relating to be transformed into positive, caring ways. Where there is resistance to this transformation from other family members, the best healing outcome for a client may be that they no longer allow themselves to be used or abused by other members.
On a positive note, I have seen wondrous and joyful transformations within a family that has been supportive of the healing process of one of their members. From healing comes health whether it’s in your body or your family.