Reprocessing Traumatic Memories
with Anna Nieuwenhuis
at Bulungula Backpackers, E-Cape, South Africa
Towards the end our stay, we met two lovely, friendly Dutch ladies who were touring South Africa, and during cooking time in the communal kitchen, we became friends and discussed recipes for adventure and healing. Jill was very talkative and musical, Anna was more quiet and I assumed that she didn’t speak much English, but when I discovered that she was a Psychologist, I persuaded her to talk a bit on camera, and I was surprised by how articulate and knowledgable she was about the subject nearest and dearest my own heart, how to heal from trauma. I love how she talks about reprocessing memories to remove the intense emotional charge from them, I love how she talks about everything to do with trauma; the effects, the symptoms, and the healing process and treatment!
With Anja van Kralingen
At the Centre for Applied Jungian Studies, Jhb, South Africa
I have always been intrigued with Carl Jung’s psychology but over the past few years I found myself drawn deeper into his work, as I found explanations for things that have always perplexed me, about myself and other people, and coming to the core or essence, I realised that I needed to get a grip on what Individuation is. I made this commitment to myself and literally the next day a friend posted on Facebook about this course called the “The 12-Step Individuation Program”.
I read through the ad and it was perfect! I loved the way they described Individuation. I could tell that these people really know Jung, and know what they are talking about, and most importantly, the name of their website and centre is “Applied Jung” with the emphasis and focus on applying what you learn about Individuation to your life, not to just talk about it, or read about it, but to learn skills and develop tools, to actually Individuate, to really expand your consciousness and your vision about who you really are!
One of the most fascinating things I discovered is that the Unconscious is alot more accessible than I thought, and that it is constantly communicating with us through dreams, imaginations, and the synchronicities and experiences of our lives, to tap into those aspects of ourselves that have been repressed, unlived, distorted and twisted, and to energise these dormant lost parts of ourselves to find out who am I apart from who everyone wants me to be, and what everyone expects of me?
What do I want? Where do I want to be? What is most important to me?