Lethargy, the adrenal glands and disenfranchisement

The Crystalline Space by Paula Pelligrino, 2013 Pastel on Fabriano Paper 36" x 24"

The Crystalline Space by Paula Pelligrino, 2013 Pastel on Fabriano Paper 36″ x 24″

My clients reflect parts of me. lethargy. Parts, I do not want to admit. disenfrancisement. For every Bodyscapes session, a client arrives with three words.  The first word lists her/his physical or emotional diagnosis. The second word lists where this illness/ feeling resides in her body.  The third word describes how he/she feels about living with the first two words. In session, working the Bodyscapes Process, I read the definitions to the first word out loud.

I read the definition to the word, lethargy.  I groaned, thinking, “The story of my life.”  My client asked me to read the definition for a new word.  Apathy lead to impassiveness, spiritless, stoic and destitute of emotion. I had to hide my uncomfortabilityI read more definitions. I groaned more.  All the words, torrid, slow to respond, and slow to heal, had personal meaning to both my client and me.

My client’s  second word, adrenal glands was a relief.  (The liver is still my organ of choice. ) But, the next word made me curious.  I was not sure I even knew the exact meaning.  My client chose the word,  disenfranchisement, to describe her feelings of  living with lethargy in her adrenal glands.   Disenfrancisment produced a flurry of other words and definitions, tumbling out of the dictionary onto my client’s list.  She  passed into a deeper ability to do this work when her paper filled with words. She could not write down all the definitions fast enough. Everyone had meaning. Disenfrancised  brought deprived of a legal right or privilege. Deprived = to remove, to take something away, to withhold.   Privilege =  a right granted as a particular benefit attached to a specific position. Daughter = a specific belonging to a group greif=deep and poignant distress.

The Crystalline Space by Paula Pelligrino 2013
Hopeful flowing motion
Away from restlessness and trance
Dry eyes no more
Now forever encircled with clarity
Feeble remorse, tedium, and constraint
Can no longer clip the wings of the bird
God meant to soar
To number among the beloved
Drives the wolf from the door
To languish impoverished in confinement
Will forever be replaced by the essentiality
That resides in my crystalline space

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