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Locked in Fear

Perhaps once a year, Dr. W. has mentioned "Take Charge", an organization that teaches full force self defense. He had attended a graduation and was so impressed that he later took part in a weekend workshop for therapists. He wished to know more in case he decided to recommend the experience to a client. It had always sounded like a great idea for someone else to do but now it spoke to me. I asked my child self how she felt about her defense capabilities. This painting was her reply. So I called them. They have one opening left for the class beginning in two weeks. There are five sessions of six hours each, all within a two-week period of time. It will be a challenging way to celebrate my 54th birthday.
 
 

Turning the Tables

I don't feel threatened in my world today. The decision to "Take Charge" is a gift I am giving to my child self. I want her to feel safe and powerful. She exhibits confidence and good form in this image painted towards the end of the course. There were fourteen women in the class. All of us knew what it was to be assaulted and have no means of defense. Some were totally panicked to be touched by a man. We had two courageous and compassionate men, highly athletic instructors, who played the part of assailants. They were well padded. We learned to deliver full force blows, placed in such a way as to put them out of action. We had a marvelous female instructor right beside us, coaching and encouraging every step of the way. When panic stopped us, she helped turn that terror into action-full force self defense. Three past graduates filled out the instructional team. They gave support and kept us moving. With their skills and each woman's commitment, the class bonded as a group in the first session. I was the oldest by fifteen years and not in the best of shape. Although we each had handicaps to overcome or work within, there was never any doubt that we would all emerge triumphant.
 
     
Chapters: Intro | 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 08