SPIRITUAL HEALER BRENDA DAVIES TALKS ABOUT CYPRUS TRUST BUILDING AND RECONCILIATION WORK
An interview with spiritual healer Brenda Davies is a healing session in itself.
Her knowledge as a surgeon, consultant psychiatrist, spiritual healer, founder of the Brenda Davies International Healing and Spiritual Development School and speaker at conferences worldwide lends her an undeniable ability to touch or speak to almost any wounded soul, as she supports “everyone has some kind of pain”.
Having done a lot of peace and reconciliation work in many countries such as Ireland, Cambodia and Zimbabwe (she now lives in Zambia) she was recently in Cyprus to provide healing and empowerment sessions as well as Civil Society Reconciliation workshops.
The workshops were held within the framework of peace building work she does around the world and especially in countries where there has been conflict because of war.
This was her first time on the island for work; she was invited by her Greek Cypriot student, a refugee who lives in Berlin.
“I love to do peace-building work, conflict resolution work and then a student of mine invited me to come to Cyprus as she told me that there’s so much pain here.”
The process of peace building, Brenda says starts from people.
“Peace is not the province of politicians, but lies in the hands and hearts of the people.”
She gives the example of the Berlin Wall: “The wall came down because people marched to the wall with candles. It was not guns, you don’t need violence. And so when people think that the problem will be solved through violent means or revenge, violence just creates another war. This war ended with love.”
On the fact that the Cyprus problem hasn’t been resolved for 39 years she asks the question “what kind of peace are we looking for?”
The 72-year-old says what’s needed is a not “a one-size fits all kind of peace”, but a peace that will resonate with the people.
“The war within, the conflict within people needs to be healed first in order for peace to come through the hearts of people who’ve been torn apart.”
Wound healing is important, says Brenda because otherwise, the war perpetuates, and “we all have responsibility for peace and for war”.
It is therefore important to realise that we are the peacemakers in this process of finding a solution, she added.
This is why her workshops encourage people to tell their stories and listen to others because narratives she supports, are the beginning of the process to facing the wounds that lie below the surface.
She admits that war traumas, because they involve man-made atrocities, are often some of the hardest wounds to heal.
Her workshops on civil society consolidation usually involve groups of mixed races whom she helps understand the differences and unite by the end, once they realise that we are all people.
She says the sessions can be life changing, and wherever she’s been around the world it’s always the same
“Once people get over the fact that for example, I don’t want to look at this Turkish-Cypriot person in the eye, all divisions are gone because they see themselves as people.”
Brenda advises that another key to resolution is to create a culture of peace, which just like happiness, is in fact contagious.
“If I’m not at peace then my immediate area in which I live don’t have a very peaceful vibration, the people in it won’t have a very peaceful vibration, so almost my pain and my depression or lack of peace leaks out and everybody gets infected by it. “Whole communities, whole towns, whole nations can get affected by that.”
“Where people are feeling hopeless and despairing that anything will ever be different, well the thing that can be different is me. But of course that’s quite a leap for people who are feeling lost or angry.”
And so how do people heal?
“If you had a wound in your arm it would be natural to bathe it, cleanse it and then put a bandage and then it would heal. If you did not do the bathing and the cleansing it would eventually heal but it would leave a scar and possibly result in some sort of loss of function.”
“I like people to look at the fact that we can heal ourselves and we can do all sorts of things to change our environment.”