The Talking Stick – Volume One

My journey with Real Education began in March this year, I attended Real Woman 1 knowing very little about Real Education only that my sister has been involved with Real for many years and the changes in her have been profound.

While apprehensive I decided to keep an open mind going in and I was completely blown away by everything that happened over the weekend.

I have suffered from muscle and joint pain for almost my entire life. My childhood was full of trips to doctors and specialists, getting x-rays, bones scans, MRI’s, CT scans, blood work, everything to find out why I was suffering, to no avail.

For the last 6 years, it has been increasingly difficult to lead a normal life due to my pain levels. Simply vacuuming and mopping my floor on the same day would lead to a week of recovery time as my muscles would be so stiff and sore that moving was almost unbearable. Outings with my daughter had to be short trips where I didn’t have to walk for longer than 10-15 mins or I would wipe myself out. It was emotionally devastating being so limited and to have friends, strangers, doctors all saying things like since I looked fine I couldn’t be that bad. But a chronically ill person is extremely good at masking their pain, minimising it so as not to feel any more isolated and judged than they already do.

After a lifetime of being told there was nothing physically wrong with me, of being put on an insane amount of medication that produced horrible side effects and did nothing to help my pain, I felt like I need to do something drastic because dealing with the chronic pain (and the emotional fallout) had become unbearable.

I went to Real Woman 1 with the tiniest flicker of hope that something would happen there that would help me.

And I was completely and utterly blown away.

Through the in-depth processes and uncanny abilities of Murray and the crew, I finally discovered the source of my lifelong chronic pain. I was able to work through it and begin healing. By the end of the weekend, I could bend over and touch the ground with my hands flat, something I had not been able to do for at least 10 years.
The moment I discovered this will stay with me forever as one of my Real Sister’s whom I met that weekend hugged me and we danced with joy.

Since Real Woman 1 my pain levels have decreased dramatically and the pain that I still have feels different, more manageable. I am off all meds including painkillers. I am working for the first time in 6 years and I am able to enjoy more physical activities with my daughter.. and vacuum and mop on the same day! 😀
I went on to attend Real Relationships as a single person and learned an astonishing amount about myself and my shadow behaviours. So much more than I thought I would learn.
In terms of really looking at myself and my patterns and shadow behaviours, I got the kick up the bum that I have desperately needed for so long.
Having closed my heart off long ago I am now beginning to slowly open it and try being vulnerable. It’s terrifying and exhilarating all at once!

I’m looking forward to my next phase of growth! I used to think that it was too late for me to do anything with my life but now I know that my life is just beginning!


-Real Sister Ree

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