Together beyond the Trauma
Together beyond the trauma: Holland, Japan and Indonesia
From Holland I would like to share two voices from Holland.
Both stories written by those whose lives are profoundly marked by the second world war.
By talking openly, knowing the history and sharing the pain of others gives the chance to unite people again who were divided once, to create a new, bright future together, I believe in this.
We are as nation once faced as aggressor/victim or colonist/inlanders; but we can go beyond this dualism, history and cultural difference. We must go, to create a future without injustice and hurting each other. Where kindness and mutual understanding can reign, based on empathy and openness.
The first one is about the moving experience of a Dutch woman; how she overcame her war trauma in a Japanese concentration camp in Indonesia during the Japanese occupation.
Through a bodywork-meditation-therapy called focusing, she met Japanese people who shared her trauma and together with them overcame it. A precious witness my believe is possible!
If you are interested in this cross cultural aspect you can click the link to the whole article:
CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION: A MODEL FOR A NEW PATTERN OF RELATING
(By Doralee Grindler Katonah, Psy.D., M.Div. Edgardo Riveros, Ph.D. Lucy Bowers Josine van Noord)
Besides this story you can read two more stories: one written by a Chilean with her American host family, another by a Canadian, born in the Netherlands.
The second one is written by a woman from Ambon, Indonesia.
Although she was born in Holland her life was deeply influenced by the war, especially through wounds and pain of her parents. This consequence for the next generation, the dark side of war was hidden and paid no attention for long by Dutch government and society.
Because one know how it feels not being understood, his/her desire to understand others are strong. Because one have experienced pain and suffering, his/her wish for the peace and healing for the world is deep from the heart.
This story wants to be heard, this darkness wants to be seen, to go through to the light: to create a bright future.
By reading these notes I hope many people can create a occasion to talk and share the difficult stories in life with your neighbours.
This project is leaded by this creed:
(R. von Weizäcke 1985)>
NOT to blame each other
BUT to share the pain of others as mine
to pray for healing, release the soul from trauma
and to create peace and happiness in the future
for our planet
the only one place to be
Tao Sangha Netherland
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