12 hours ago
I don't often post testimonials, but this one I am particularly stoked about!!
One person NOT committing suicide and choosing life after a couple of counselling sessions.
How good is THAT.
People are not broken. They sometimes just forget that they're whole.
"I’d been in and out of counselling for decades, including online organisations as time went on (all undertaken of my own volition) for depression and thoughts of death/suicide that I’d been suffering since I was a child. Back in the day, there was no name for it, nor was there any help. It was ‘toughen up’, ‘don’t be so sensitive’, and so on. I was raised to believe I was broken, and life was constantly difficult. I’d all but given up on counselling. I was raised to believe I was broken. And despite my accomplishments—and some were impressive—I believed it. In my mid-fifties, I became seriously suicidal. The thoughts of how, when, preparing for my death, consumed me, all day, every day. For some reason, maybe just some last lingering spark of hope, I don’t know, I told my sister I was suicidal. I was. Seriously. She mentioned a counsellor to me, knowing that I’d had no success in over thirty years going down this path. But for some reason, I said yes. But in my mind, I knew if this didn’t work, I’d be dead before the week was out. I was very calm, certain and pragmatic about ending my life. I had come to terms with it. It was going to happen. My sister booked me in to see Marc de Bruin. I agreed, but I knew, in my heart, my mind, that this was the last shot.
I was expecting nothing. But something happened. I’m not sure what, but even at that first session, I walked in preparing to take my life, and I walked out feeling that I wanted to take my life back. I was an academic myself, and familiar with a lot of healing modalities, especially linguistics and energy healing, but the way Marc combined these modalities, plus plenty of his own, I lost track of what I was looking to do, and became absorbed in the session. There was crying. Lots. But as each moment went on, I felt the heavy darkness lift, bit by bit. The longer the session, the more it lifted. I felt lighter, I smiled for the first time that I can honestly remember, and I felt I had direction, for the first time in more years I can remember. Each session just added to the previous one. I easily decided to just hand myself over to what Marc was doing, instead of analysing and overthinking it to death. I just gave myself in to the sessions. And each time, I felt better. I was also able to take away important messages, not so much a ‘to do’ list (oh my God! Not another one of those!), but simple things that resonated with me profoundly. Whenever I started to feel inadequate, call it what you will, I thought of Marc, and I could free myself again. From someone who’d been counselled so much that I began to know more than the counsellor, this was amazing. After all my years ‘being counselled’, I knew what I was talking about. This was something different. It was different because it was working, it was helping, it was changing me.
Marc was immediately likeable, and I liked that He listened, really listened, but never had that serious ‘boy are you broken and how am I going to fix you’ look on his face, which was so refreshing. He shared a bit about himself as appropriate, which made me feel like I wasn’t the only person in the world who wasn’t ‘human’, or the old ‘I’ll ask the questions here’ and you never know a thing about this other person who is supposedly going to ‘fix’ you. His sharing opened up a conversation, a dialogue, between us, and I trusted him immediately. He was a kind, empathetic, one-human-to-another type of person, and he really knew what he was doing. I could tell that Marc wasn’t only coming from his head, but from his heart as well. I could feel it in the room. I knew it was genuine.
I can honestly say that if you think you’ve run out of options, please try Marc. Life can be turned around." ... See MoreSee Less
6 days ago
RU OK? is an Australian national suicide prevention awareness initiative. The stats around suicide in Australia are harrowing.
Many, many people suffer in silence, and many feel there's no other way out than the ultimate way. In fact, over 3,100 people commit suicide every year. And there are 30 attempts at suicide every day!!
Check in on your friends, family, colleagues, and other fellow human beings. You just never know: you may save a life today.
#RUOK #SuicideAwareness #SuicidePreventionRU OK? is an Australian national suicide prevention awareness initiative. The stats around suicide in Australia are harrowing. Many, many people suffer in si... ... See MoreSee Less
I know, mate... We're working on changing that, but yes: there's a lot of hurt. Many interlacing factors...
Was just told of another suicide yesterday. I know personally of 5. We need more resources & help.
Those stats are horrendous, what’s going on in our society when this amount of people would rather not be around 😢
3 weeks ago
The bad news:
There is no key to happiness.
The good news:
The door isn't locked.
#NoKey #NotLocked ... See MoreSee Less
As I Began To Love Myself.
As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.
Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”.
As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody
As I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it “RESPECT”.
As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life,
and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow.
Today I call it “MATURITY”.
As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance,
I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens
at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm.
Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE”.
As I began to love myself I quit steeling my own time,
and I stopped designing huge projects for the future.
Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm. Today I call it “SIMPLICITY”.
As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.
As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is “MODESTY”.
As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worry about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where EVERYTHING is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT”.
As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But As I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this
connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART”.
We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know THAT IS “LIFE”!
Written either by Charlie Chaplin or Kim McMillen. Or even someone else. But who cares. The message is profound NOW. ... See MoreSee Less
In case you are having a rough day, here is a stress management technique recommended in all the latest psychological journals. The fascinating thing is that it really does work and will make you smile.
1. Picture yourself lying on your belly on a warm rock that hangs out over a crystal clear stream.
2. Picture yourself with both your hands dangling in the cool running water.
3. Birds are sweetly singing in the cool mountain air.
4. No one knows your secret place.
5. You are in total seclusion from that hectic place called the world.
6. The soothing sound of a gentle waterfall fills the air with a cascade of serenity.
7. The water is so crystal clear that you can easily make out the face of the person you are holding under water.
See? It really does work. You're smiling already.
Feel free to repost this if you know others who might benefit from this technique.
#CounsellorMarc #ItReallyWorks ... See MoreSee Less
lol excellent, I will have to try this