The following is a list of ‘resources’, alternative and traditional therapies used on my healing journey. A special thanks to all those therapists, doctors, counselors, peers and people in general who contributed to a wonderful, wonderful experience of life. Please forgive me if I miss someone – I am only human and mean no disrespect. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!
Mr. Tom Hanks and his generous donation to the Dr. Peter Center Foundation. It was money well spent!
Spirit Walk Meditation: Petra, Soul*ar Excursions Thank you for years of dedicated spiritual service.
Reiki: Theresa, Chris, Helen, John et al
Accutone Therapy: Jane
Reflexology: Brian, et al
West Coast College of Massage Therapy
Acupuncture: Peter, Craig, Melissa, Angela, Anatoli, and others
Reconnective Healing: Paolo
Naturopathic Clinic: Dr Ho
Counselors: Bea, Al, Bob, Tony, Colette, Kevin, Sabine, Alejandro, Sarah, Bill, et al
Music Therapy: Carolyn, Catriona, Taya, Terry.
Rec Therapy: Diane
Mentors: Elvis, Johnny, The Sex Pistols, PIL, U2, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel, Eminem, Kelly Clarkson et al
Tai Chi: Michel, Richard, Dana and the Taoist Tai Chi Society
Qi Gong: Haim
Cranial Sacral Therapy: Sue and others
Yoga: Rebekka, Janet, Sven
Art Therapy: Caroline, Mike, Scott, Meigan
Doctors: Trevor, Dr. French
Organizations: Dr Peter Center, Health Initiative for Men, BC Living Positive Society, AIDS Vancouver, Friends For Life Society, Aboriginal Awareness Program, 3 Bridges, St. Pauls, CDC,
Addiction Services: Kinghaven, Vancouver Addictions Matrix Program, Prism Drug and Alcohol Services, Cordova Detox, VCC Addictions Certificate Program, Peer Support Training Program
Mental Health Resources: Vancouver Coastal Mental Health, Coast Foundation, West End Mental Health, Grandview Woodlands Mental Health Team.
An extra special thank you to the First Nations people from who I learned about harmony, family and the love and respect of Mother Earth and Father Sky by which all beings make their existence.
And to those friends and family without who I wouldn’t have made it this far, your kindness is most graciously appreciated: Mom, Dad, Martin, John, Cathy, Frank, Maria, Al, Robby, Clare, Daniel, Peanut, Angel, Lawrence, Kelly, Dion, Geoff, Marie, Stacy, Greg, Karen, Wally, David, Nestor, Michel, Joseph, Robert, Doug, Patrick, Chris, Mike, Glen, Randy, Konstantin, Jeremias and Jakob to name but a few….
And, last but not least, a special thank you to my addiction without which I would not have met such wonderful people, had so many valuable experiences and learned so many valuable lessons about life, living, loving and the nature of human existence in all its profundity.
Let all final judgments about good and bad be placed in the hands of their Creator, for He/She/It knows far more about their true design and purpose than any human will ever know.
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