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Why is Susun so angry?
You may perceive anger or believe Susun is angry when she is "merely"
intense or loud. Susun is a "fierce teacher," trained by
a lineage of fierce teachers. Fierce teachers are, well, fierce. They
say things that are not polite, but they do not insult others. Listen
carefully to Susun: She gets upset about actions, not people. The
shamanic apprentices are trained to distinguish between their actions
and themselves. They understand that Susun loves them even when she
is upset at something they did. They are being trained to deal with
criticism without feeling "put down."
What can I do if Susun is loud while I am at the Wise Woman Center?
Susun is often loud. She spends most of her time outside, where you
have to be loud to be heard. And she spends much of her time with
the goats, who are loud and pushy. Remember, loud is not angry. You
can be loud, too. The Wise Woman Center is a safe place to yell and
scream. It is not the end of the world if Susun is annoyed, and she
rarely stays upset for long. Respect her space, all the plants, and
time guidelines (do not come early to class) and she won't be annoyed.
What can I do if Susun yells at me?
If Susun "yells" at you, remember, she still honors you
although she is upset with your actions. If you pay attention to instructions
and boundaries and do what you are asked to do, exactly as you are
instructed, you will not be yelled at except in the case of immediate
danger, when a loud voice can save you from disaster.
What can I do if Susun yells at someone else?
Stay out of it; it isn't really your business. Susun is a highly-experienced
teacher who has consciously embraced and sought therapy (both talk
therapy and affect therapy, plus Pathwork) for her entire adult life.
She does not "indulge" her anger; she uses her fierceness
to break down obstacles to growth. Susun's relationships with her
apprentices are intense and deep. She uses her carefully-honed fierceness
in nourishing and helpful ways, which is unusual to most people.
Recently a student, in tears, shared some horrifying childhood experiences.
Despite being in therapy for five years, she had not been able to
trust her therapist enough to tell her what had happened to her as
a child. She confided: "Susun's yelling reassured me. She is
honest and forthright. This allowed me to share what I have been too
ashamed to speak of anywhere else."
What if I get frightened and upset when I hear yelling?
Susun understands that some women are "allergic" to fierceness.
She invites you to take a correspondence course with her, or to try
one of her new, "easy" workshops. She discourages you from
coming to a work-exchange weekend, a work-learn day, the Green Witch
Intensive, or the Green Goddess Week, where there is likely to be
"All women need to be supported in setting limits, saying 'No!'
and defending themselves. As a fierce woman, I am a role model for
standing strong in a world where men such as Donald Trump get paid
to yell at employees and women such as Martha Stewart get put down
for doing the same thing. My persona is too intense for some to take,
but strongly needed by others. So, though I will continue to be intense
with my apprentices and at my intensive live-in workshops, I am trying
out some new 'easy' classes for those who prefer to avoid the emotional
aspects of health."
Read the ABC's of Anger by Susun Weed
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