What if our suffering holds the key to our personal and collective healing?
In Trauma as Medicine, Sarah Salter Kelly shares her experience of her mother’s kidnapping and brutal homicide as an inspiring example of how to distill trauma into medicine. Chapter by chapter, she invites the reader to take their own journey of healing.
Sarah’s story takes us beyond the realm of personal healing and into the collective
, as she seeks to understand her mother’s murderer. This leads her to the First Nations reserve of his ancestors and real-life immersion in the history of colonization in Canada, systemic racism, and white privilege.
Offering ceremonies, journaling, and exercises, Sarah leads you into the discomfort of your own suffering. Her work invites you to be with your pain, determine for yourself what you need, and discover the tools to proceed towards wholeness.
Areas of focus include:
Connecting with your own helping spirits, guides, and ancestors
Altered states, including Ayahuasca
Setting healthy boundaries
Tending to the victim self
Tuning in to feelings
Facing fear and building a strong intuition
Metabolising trauma: digesting and composting the waste, assimilating the gifts
Ceremonies to face a perpetrator and contemplate forgiveness
Years of training in spiritual healing and personal growth, as well as a focus on animistic and shamanic traditions, enable Sarah to present a guide to freedom, compassion, and authentic forgiveness. She provides a path into the very life lessons which lie before us: those found at the heart of our trauma.