Northern California was devastated by recent fires that consumed thousands of homes as well as schools, vineyards, and businesses, and taking the lives of loved ones. I took the picture above from a suburban neighborhood in Santa Rosa. The cars are charred to their frames. And you can see that only the brick chimney stacks of homes remain. There were endless streets that looked just like this one.
I spent two incredible long days there, offering six group Tension & Trauma Release workshops with osteopathic treatments scheduled in-between. There were so many profound shifts in the people that attended. One little girl had been having up to 5 nightmares a night since getting caught between exploding cars and homes. After her treatment, she slept soundly for the first time in a month.
It wasn’t uncommon to hear people say that coming in for the TRE workshop and/or osteopathic treatment “saved them.” I saw people come in shock, weeping, with difficulty focusing, to then leave shortly after feeling more lighter, more relaxed, and more alive. I have tremendous respect for the people that came. It took courage to be able to come and help themselves. It’s difficult for me to say how I would react in the same situation. Could I keep my heart open? Would I close down? Being able to help them inspires me. I am moved how the human spirit can literally come out of the ashes and shine.
The love and compassion in the community is apparent. People helping strangers. Those without homes still giving out free meals. Everyone asking each other, “Are you OK? Do you have a place to stay?” Thank you Stacy Duval (www.stacyduval.com) for your amazing ability to connect with people and their stories and for being such an awesome organizer. Thank you Deborah Craydon (www.floracorona.com) for helping bring the beauty of flower essences to our space and group. Thank you to Church of the Incarnation for lending us a peaceful place to gather. And thank you to all of you that spread the word, sent positive intentions, and graciously donated. You all were an integral part of helping heal this community.
Like a Phoenix rising — Sonoma Strong.
Arlene Dijamco, MD