Mental and Emotional Renewal in Chronic Illness
A transformative, coach-facilitated program
This coach-facilitated program, based on the published book ‘This Strange Land’© a Reluctant Pilgrimage, has been created in response to some of the most desperate questions voiced by many people who live with a chronic health condition, pain and/or disability:
When, after many years of doctor’s visits, experiments with medications, therapies, lifestyle changes, domestic adjustments, functional and financial losses and emotional roller-coasters, it must finally be admitted that one's condition(s) will be permanent, a threshold is crossed:
The quest for doing differently becomes
a quest for being differently.
Each one of the 10 Modules consists of:
Carefully-designed tasks, such as Reflective Practice, Therapeutic Writing, and a range of creative exercises allow you to work with your challenges and questions.
In addition, this course includes coach-facilitation through email exchanges, supplemented by articles and other resources that might be appropriate for your particular needs.
This beautiful program guides you on your personal pilgrimage through a world you now inhabit. In truth, you are an unwanting traveller, but a traveller nonetheless, and your journey here will take you by the hand and lead you from a place of grief, despair and hopelessness to renewed hope and inspiration, culminating in the encounter with you own Wounded Healer dynamic. This course will be instrumental in you coming to peace with your fate.
This coaching focuses less on the medical aspects of living with a chronic condition and a disability. Rather, the deeper emotional and psychological ordeals are recognised and explored with compassion.
Total duration: 10 Weeks
Module 1: Arrival
Having been severed from your world, you feel as if you are in a place where you do not belong; a world entirely alien in just about all aspects. You are becoming a citizen of a strange land.
Module 2: At the Court of your Illness
This court is the first portal through which you enter this world. Here you are allowed to present your witnesses, such as ‘Anger’, ‘Depression’, ‘Defiance’ and any other witnesses of your choice.
Module 3: The Keeper of the Land
The second portal is guarded by the Keeper, who will prepare you for the world that lies ahead with his words of wisdom and compassion.
Module 4: The Islands of Identity
Your sense of who you are is irrevocably connected with your ability to express who you are. But when that ability is severely limited, what remains of your identity? In this, you will see that every limitation brings its equivalent depth of experience.
Module 5: The Mountains of Meaning
How can there still be a meaningful life, when so much of what constituted meaning and purpose has been taken away? Or is it possible that your very specific and unique life purpose is hidden within your illness?
Module 6: The Savannah of Suffering
How is suffering different from pain? Can there be meaning in suffering, or must it be avoided at all costs? Here it is proposed that suffering is maybe, at its very core, a creative force, like love and light.
Module 7: The Soul’s Waiting Room
Every journey has a turning point. At that turning point, things momentarily come to a standstill. In that pause a transformation takes place. If you allow for that still place, you will be guided into new light.
Module 8: The Trees of Tertium non Datur
The opposites between what appears to have no solution on the one hand and a pull from your future on the other hand, create a tension. In this tension, The Third is not Given – Tertium non Datur. Out of the descent experience an entirely new reality emerges that did not exist before.
Module 9: The Expanse of Expression
How can it be that what seems to only restrain you, carries within it the very expression of who you are? Every artist needs a medium to give shape to his inspiration. But that very same medium will restrict him. Without it, however, expression would be impossible altogether. Could your ailing body or your vulnerable mind be the medium that belongs to you, the artist?
Module 10: The Waters of the Wounded Healer
This Strange Land functions along very different lines of dynamic forces. And through it all, the being that imbues its energy is the archetype of the Wounded Healer. The Wounded Healer archetype represents a profound and deeply transforming hidden dynamic within human existence in general and within each of us in particular.
Some passages from the journey:
(from ‘This Strange Land’ © Arjan Bogaers 2019)
This deeply moving journey will leave a lasting impression and help you find new hope and purpose when you most need it.