This weekend, I am taking the first level of training for Healing Touch Therapy. We have a few of these therapists who volunteer their time to work with, comfort and ease the pain of our patients in Hospice and to relax and restore their caregivers. I've been so thankful to have them aboard to help our patients and families through difficult times. I'm happy to be starting this. This is just the first level. There are more to follow over time, but a first step is always exciting. I've had this work done on me, and it is amazingly helpful. The biggest trouble is that when I am in the deep throes of fibromyalgia pain, I don't think clearly, and I often forget to call my therapist to have her work on me. Silly, I know. But unless you've dealt with FMS, you probably don't understand how debilitating it can be. I can go to work and accomplish things, but every task takes all my focus and attention, thus .... I don't think about calling my friend to have her help me. sigh. I recently discovered that I am able to use my own energies in helping myself. I have a shoulder that has hurt me most of the time for several years, and after a couple of self-treatments, it has completely quit hurting. Even so, I still forget to simply take care of ME, by myself or by calling her!
Several friends, including my HT therapist, have encouraged me to take this training, expressing that I seem to have the right energy to do this work. I didn't think much about it, to be honest, until I began to find my healing abilities on myself. And then .... I could hardly wait! She set up a class specifically so I could do this, and I was able to find several others to take it at the same time. She has to have at least two students to be able to work on one another during training. I'm really eager to get started, even though it means giving up my weekend. I'm not sure how my energy will hold out for twelve days in a row without a day off, but I'm about to find out!
But wait .... that's not all!
I am also back in school, or will be in a few days, when the materials arrive. I have enrolled in a program to achieve a Doctorate of Divinity. It is an internet course that has a good reputation, has been around for decades and online almost as long. I chose this because ....
I relinquished my Social Work license when I retired, yet since my oath as a Social Worker is for lifetime, I must be very careful when I am talking with clients in the professional setting. Every time I open my mouth with direction or advice (such as in the bereavement support groups I facilitate), I have to stop and think about the ramifications of it. If I didn't have the professional background I could advise to my heart's content as a friend, a Jane Doe, but that's not the case. To gain my license in NM (or anywhere, since I relinquished), I would have to complete the whole process again: application, testing, supervision, etc., all at my own cost and when I projected it out, it would be in the thousands. I can't afford that. And frankly I don't want to repeat steps.
Becoming certified as a Chaplain will not only allow me to be prepared to do what I do in a more reasonable financial scope, but it will allow me to study some new things that interest me greatly along they way. I’ve long been interested in comparative religion studies, but honestly not self-disciplined enough to follow through. Doing it this way, I have committed to the terms of the grant (which paid most of the costs), and that will provide me with incentive to complete the course. I can pay my part in very small installments.
I like the journey of a Chaplain. A chaplain needs to be knowledgeable of many spiritual paths, be able to respect views and practices other than their own personal ones, and be flexible to support people wherever they are in their spiritual walk. That’s already easy for me. My previous training and experience has already prepared me to accept others where they are; this is taking it a step farther. Much to learn, but acceptance is already in place.
I will progress at my own pace, and even though the course includes the bachelor and master level work to “fill in the blanks” before the doctoral stuff, as I figure it, it will still take me far less time that the re-licensing process. The licensing boards can be slow grinding machines and very un-user-friendly. It seems that most students complete this program in between one and two years. That works for me.
Sooooooo, my days will be incredibly full. And my nights, too!! But no, Di, it won't be with, how did you put that, "a male "friend" that's moving in" with me! Nope, my nights will be filled with studying and five pups! A friend asked me today if I would be able to scale down my FB time! LOL! Yep, I'm sure I will. And the blog posts will likely be fewer. I think it will be worth it, big time! I will still be around; I hope you don't forget me in the meanwhile!
I'm very excited about this. (Have I said that
before?) I love to study, and this will be a whole new and fun trek for
me. Wish me luck! Although I think it will be fun, it is also going to
be a challenge!
School? I'm nearly 68 years old! I must have lost my mind! Oh well!!!