All aspects and effects of the Journey involve wellness and emotional healing, and in many cases people experience physical healing as well. Ordinary people - no matter their age, background, culture, or upbringing - experience the extraordinary results of true personal freedom and empowerment. People clear issues relating to fear, anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, stress, physical challenges, emotional and physical abuse, chronic anger, and addictions. Educational programs in suppressed communities can help turn an entire village around to a bright new future.
The Roots of what affects Human Wellness - Watch this Presesentation: The Bomb in the Brain
Supporting people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS has been a strong aspect of Journey Outreach work in Kenya since its humble beginnings in November 2008. Initial focus was placed on two groups in extremely underprivileged areas – Chaukweli HIV/AIDS Women’s Group in Dandora/Nairobi, and Raganga New Vision HIV/AIDS Group in Mosocho, Kisii District, Nyanza Province. In 2010 work has been extended to an HIV+ youth group under the umbrella of Catholic church run Oyugis Integrated Project (OIP) as well as to Imani Development Initiative in Oyugis, the latter in partnership with Holistic Community Kenya.
All groups reported huge improvements in physical and emotional well-being, physical strength of individuals, increased (self-)acceptance and high levels of de-stigmatization and re-integration in local society. At Raganga, membership numbers climbed steeply after The Journey was introduced as an activity for group members. On average around 40 people receive Journey group process work at every meeting with representatives present from the adult group, youth group, men’s awareness group and disabled group. During a visit in October 2010, accompanied by a joyous display of traditional dance and celebratory song and with Executive Director Journey North America Kevin Lockwood in attendance, most enthusiastic feedback was shared by members that T-cell counts – the medical indicator for immune weakness or strength – have completely stabilized and even gone up for some of the individuals worked with!
In summary: as a result of Journey Outreach work so far, there is a new consciousness emerging amongst those with HIV/AIDS - the most hopeless of the hopeless, the most neglected of the neglected, the most desperate of the desperate. It is a consciousness of hope, courage, even boldness, a sense of oneness, solidarity and mutual support. An understanding that living positively positive it is a huge opportunity to join hands and help others not only bear their "status" but be an expression of life while facing death.
When sharing the Journey tools of forgiveness, healing and personal transformation with those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS, the Kenya Journey Outreach Team has often been deeply touched by the joy, aliveness, and deep gratitude met with particularly in those groups. And more than once we were left in tears of love and gratitude when looking into those shining eyes as they opened after a Journey process.
Perhaps the most extraordinary experience of recovery and wellness has been witnessed within First Nations communities in Canada (also as known as Aboriginals or Native Americans). Since 2008 over 450 First Nations people have experienced The Journey in Saskatoon, SK and Natuashish, LB (Davis Inlet).
The history of social abuse inflicted by 'modern society' is similar to stories of Aboriginal people all over the world. Suicide rates and abuse of self and others are among the highest within these communities. The Canadian Federal Government has spent millions of dollars attempting to remedy the situation for First Nations people and still success has been marginal.
Over the time that First Nations people have experienced The Journey joy and laughter have become more commonplace in their hearts and in their communities. The amount of pain and suffering that has been cleared has set the stage for deeper freedom. These are a people that are ready to let go of their past emotional pain and heal, ready to be happy, and willing to to do what it takes and make a leap to get there. There are no pretenses here…they are willing to splay themselves wide open in vulnerability, exposure and emotions so raw that it is inspiring to witness the determination and commitment they have for wholeness.
Aboriginal Peoples' Television Network (APTN) synchronistically was in Natuashish at the same time as our last visit. They captured, on film, the beauty of the group’s tireless desire to clear any emotional traumas preventing them from feeling joyful. The filmmakers’ comments about their experience working with the Innu gave objective confirmation of the healing that has and continues to take place in Natuashish. Testimonials from some of the delegates brought the film crew to tears. It truly is humbling to be in the presence of such bravery while in the throes of fear and grief. This half hour film, called “Close to Home,” will hopefully be aired in the fall of 2010.
“I felt hatred and rage inside me. I could not let go of my ex-girlfriend. I kept imagining what I’d do or what I’d tell her if I ever met her. I had loved her so much, to the extent that life without her was unimaginable. So when she broke up with me the whole me stopped functioning. Right now, after the Journey, I see her like a friend. When I meet her I can talk to her the same way I talk to my buddies. My life will go on!”
Innu…meaning ‘human being’ are a group of approximately 2200 indigenous people, known as the Innu of Sheshatshiu and Natuashish (previously referred to as the Montagnais and Naskapi/Mushuau tribes respectively) of Labrador, NFLD, Canada. Sheshatshiu Innu reside predominately in Sheshatshiu while the Mushuau Innu inhabit the settlement now known as Natuashish (formerly located in Davis Inlet). Other pockets of Innu settlements can be found scattered throughout parts of Labrador, on the main island of Newfoundland and throughout areas of eastern Quebec. Living in such isolated areas of Canada has provided the Innu with both opportunities and hardships as these nomadic people have shifted from a more independent, traditional lifestyle to one of co-dependence.