Dr Bobby Moore led an "Awakening the Soul" retreat in our friary in Rossnowlagh last August. It was a great grace for all who took part. On his website he speaks of the journey to freedom and peace we are all on.
What struck me was his emphasis on the power of listening and conversation to heal.
"Most of the people and groups I work with paint vivid pictures of profound loneliness and crippling isolation as their core dilemma. Attempted solutions have often resulted in ultimately damaging and destructive relationships and behaviours.
However, at some point desire from within awakens the realisation that there is another more productive way. They initiate a conversation with me because there is something right with them rather than something wrong.
Generative conversations and empathic listening have the capacity to heal and restore. Words weave webs of connection that form bridges for meaning and emotional relationship. They offer an opportunity to re-connect with our Source, to remember who we are and to restore our lives to their highest level.
‘They can be a great help – words.
They can become the Spirit’s hands and lift and caress you.’ (Meister Eckhart)
Conversations heal by replacing the internal destructive voices of judgement, cynicism and fear with the resourceful voices of acceptance, hope and compassion."