Earlier this month I hosted an event with Frank Ansell, an Aboriginal medicine man (nungkari) from the Central Desert and Sue Gregory, a leadership coach. Both of them have been exploring how Aboriginal healing approaches and coaching for professional and personal development can be complementary in their respective contexts. In a new blog post, Indigenous Wisdom: Healing Leaders, Healing Organizations, Sue reflects on what transpired over the course of the day. See what she has to say!
For me what stands at the foreground of the day is the vibrational impact of the songs and the bush medicine that Frank shared with us. Through his guiding words and tacit way of sharing his expanded inner state he was able to shift ours. We all relaxed into a gentler and more joyful place. Singing aboriginal songs, he demonstrated how the quality of a song can shift our sensitivities and awareness and can put us in touch with different capacities within us. For example, a song can makes us feel gentler, more powerful, connected to different energy centers (like chakras) in our bodies or increase our perceptive ability. A song can connect us to the earth or the sky, plants or animals. He taught us how to use his ointment for self-healing and self-protection. Daily, as I apply his ointment, I hear his song in my mind and I focus my attention on what needs cleansing, what needs healing or what needs protecting. These practices are not only intended to bring healing to ourselves. Within us lies the potential to open and fine tune these sensitivities and the ability to direct these healing energies to others.