INSPIRATIONAL: Ara Harathunian (IWC), former Bundaberg Regional Council community recovery officer Lee Hammond, Cheri Yavu-Kama-Harathunian (IWC) and Bundaberg Councillor Judy Peters at the closing ceremony.
INSPIRATIONAL: Ara Harathunian (IWC), former Bundaberg Regional Council community recovery officer Lee Hammond, Cheri Yavu-Kama-Harathunian (IWC) and Bundaberg Councillor Judy Peters at the closing ceremony. Simon Young

Healing circle comes to a close

A HEALING Circle which has been delivered by the IWC over the past months has come to a close.

On Monday July 6, the Closing Ceremony was held at The Waves in Bundaberg.

The eight weekly, 5-hour sessions involved participants affected by the disastrous floods of 2010-11 and 2013.

The Healing Circle has been a joint initiative between the IWC and Bundaberg Regional Council, with the sessions delivered free of charge to the participants.

"The Healing Circle members have been learning: I am not a victim. I am not a survivor. I just am," said IWC Chaplain and Theta Healing Practitioner Cheri Yavu-Kama-Harathunian, who facilitated the sessions.

The Healing Circle was not a therapeutic program, but therapeutic outcomes are experienced, she explained.

"It is about learning to live in the moment; recognising and understanding their own spirituality, and giving people the ability to reaffirm themselves.

"It is about learning to appreciate, and be accountable for a participant's 'highest good' for themselves and others."

She said the results of the Healing Circle had been outstanding, and that the participants from all walks of life were taking their learnings back into the community to share.

"I have never experienced such transformation," she said.

"Seeing ordinary people embrace their own intuitive awareness, be empowered to integrate their sense of spirituality, was very humbling."

A commemorative medallion as presented to each of the participants, who spoke of their personal journey.

Bundaberg Councillor Judy Peters, who attended the ceremony, said the initiative had been "inspirational" because it had enabled the participants to reach into themselves for strength and healing.

Cheri Yavu-Kama-Harathunian thanked Councillor Peters and the Bundaberg Regional Council for working with the IWC to deliver the initiative.

One participant, who did not wish to be named, had been isolated on her farm by raging torrents during the 2013 flood event.

She said the disaster had been extremely stressful but that after attending the Healing Circle, "I am a new person."

To find out more about the IWC visit their website http://www.iwc.org.au or find them on Facebook.



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