Camino Encounters Metal Book.
Camino Encounters Metal book, the first edition describes the time that I spent in a hospital in Porto, in the summer of 2017. The whole experience tested my ability to survive mentally and physically, as I feared for my life. I wish I had not had to pay such a high price for this knowledge. But, would I have listened? I believe I learnt the hard way because a soft approach does not belong in the metal environment. Metal does not bend naturally. It can be as hard as steel and how else to cut through this other than with a razor-sharp knife?
According to the Nine Star Ki, an ancient Oriental teaching, I am a metal person. There was a great need to break through the boundaries and achieve flexibility but also acceptance. Fortunately, I am blessed with an unexhausted endurance, I do not give up and I never give in! That’s my vows when it comes to living life. But, this has been put to the ultimate test in Porto. And that is not the first time in my life. Surviving has become my expertise over the past 17 years by caring for my terminally ill husband whilst raising our two daughters and keeping a roof above our heads.
The metal element stands on one hand for grief and on the other hand for courage. Perhaps you can imagine if you choose not to allow grief to surface but to pursue by bravely stepping forth, that this will create an imbalance. It is important that grief and courage alternate. Grief is a response to loss and missing somebody or something. We need to feel this in depth to allow us to go on. Somehow a metal person knows when to say goodbye and go on, it can make choices. I am metal, but I had to learn this lesson the hard way nevertheless, it gave me a very valuable insight. Loss of control was the biggest challenge for me, it took me way out of my comfort zone, but it also brought me home.