Trauma Gains Interest: Painting a Board

As the pace of the Evolution of Creation picks up speed with the approach the end of the 2nd Day of the Universal level of the Mayan Calendar on May 1st, it seems like more and more is being heaped upon us as we try to just get through from one day to the next.  We’ve been hearing from people who are feeling despondent and wanting to hide.  All of the new stuff like rising gas prices, turbulent weather, and people acting out their anger is just the tip of our icebergs.  Under the water line is the accumulated trauma of our lives.

 The problem is that trauma gains interest (“…compounded daily!”) if we don’t find ways to forgive ourselves and others, heal the damage, and let it go.  Every time we consciously or unconsciously relive the unresolved hurts, mistakes, misfortune, and missed opportunities of the past we add a layer of energy onto toxic psychic structures of staggering emotional weight.  This build-up process reminds us of a story that appeared on some long forgotten TV show years ago.  It was a “human interest story” about a man with an unusual “hobby”.

 The man’s hobby wasn’t all that far from his work.  He was a house painter by trade, and his claim to fame was that every day he gave a set number of coats of paint to the same wooden board.  In so-many years he had put so-many thousand coats of paint on it.  The board started out quite small, but over the years had grown greatly in size and weight from the myriad coats of paint, applied one thin layer at a time.

 Imagine carrying a board like that around under your arm every day of your life.  With only the first few shellackings it wouldn’t have weighed very much, but after a couple of zillion coats of remorse or resentment “paint”, it would be much bulkier and heavier.  Wouldn’t it wear you down to tote that around day after day?  So too with our emotional baggage.  Creation is urging us now to put our boards down and stop carrying the weight of the past.  We are finding many surprisingly simple and creative ways to help our inner selves let go and forgive.  With a little work, it’s a gift we can give ourselves every day.

About Brad Silberberg

Brad Silberberg, director of The Mesa Creative Arts Center in Burgettstown, PA (Pittsburgh area) is an artist, holistic healer, spiritual leader, and change agent.
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