From Pain To Empowerment with Petrine McCrohan

The time we are in is challenging and unlike anything we have all ever experienced before.

The first of a series of thought provoking discussions, this podcast introduces Petrine McCrohan our founder Victoria Sinclair discussing the need for a language to begin the process of working with trauma and ancestral wounding – a reflection of our broken inner disconnected self.
Petrine has been working closely with aboriginal communities for many years and is currently working on modules for learning practical tools bringing together the wisdom and deep knowledge systems from early psychoanalytic theory, psychological astrology, buddhist radical psychology of the mind and aboriginal cosmological perspectives that derive from ancient wisdom and natural law that are embedded into social enterprise development and Petrine also shares some of her knowledge of Buddhism and how Dharma helped her to find balance in the midst of life challenges.
Petrine and Vicky both agree that the current times bring challenges but also an opportunity to go within and surrender our victim mentality and to ask the question “what does it look like to come out into the world empowered?”.  

How can we map trauma and feelings? How can we get beyond the victim mentality and begin to live healthy, happy and abundant lives?
Check out this insightful conversation in which Petrine and Victoria also talk about ways to unpack trauma especially at this opportune time of COVID-19:

Petrine sharing her wisdom as an elder and someone who has experienced difficulties in her life but has found a practice that has been supporting her journey.

Sitting under lockdowns, most are beginning to see cracks, sitting in a vulnerable place where we don’t have the answers. Some would call it going through what is known as the dark night of the soul, a time when our suffering has no deeper place to fall into. In this space however, we need to be really observing our process and surrendering for it is here, in this sacred silence where all is lost that it will be found as well.
The ability to surrender is fundamental whilst being conscious of not becoming stuck in suffering especially in times we find ourselves feeling isolated, traumatised and, sometimes, also going through an awakening process. 
This time is a total reset… Time to tune in as everything we ever knew is being reviewed, all we can do is attend to ourselves and practice loving kindness with others. 

About Petrine:
Petrine completed a Masters in Psychoanalysis, which provided the opportunity to work at Notre Dame University in Broome WA, coordinating the Bachelor of Counselling course. During her time with Notre Dame Petrine discovered a passion that remains with her today – adventure therapy – and following this, stepped directly into the field, as a tour guide to familiarise herself with the Kimberley. It was through this process, Petrine became acutely aware that the Aboriginal culture of the region was being interpreted and represented largely by non-Aboriginal tour operators.  It was this experience that lead to her position as a cultural tourism lecturer at the local Kimberley Training Institute in Broome, a role which afforded her an opportunity to work with traditional owners in developing cultural tourism initiatives; many of which continue to thrive today. 

One of Petrine’s particular areas of focus continues to be Aboriginal tourism business development; she feels passionately about working alongside traditional owners to develop the skills needed to build sustainable enterprise on country. She has only recently relocated to Melbourne, Victoria to be closer to an ageing parent after living in Broome in the Kimberley region of Western Australia for over 17 years. During this time, she has been working with remote Aboriginal communities and family groups, in a number of roles throughout the region. Petrine’s consultancy service – Bridging the Landscapes – is the product of her skills and experiences, and offers a medium by which she can work with to support traditional owners within the social enterprise and visitor management space. She will continue her work in the Kimberley on a contractual basis going into the future.

About Victoria:
Victoria Sinclair is the founder of Lotus Consciousness initiative. She is a change maker and quantum and energy medicine specialist from N. Ireland (curandera) with 20 years of experience working with numerous modalities. She is also a transpersonal (eco)psychologist, trauma and postcolonial specialist and plant medicine practitioner and has been journeying and working extensively in Central and South America and Australia since 2006.

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