A number of years ago, I read two fascinating books written by a Russian psychiatrist, Dr. Olga Kharitidi, who was born in Siberia and worked in a Soviet-era State mental hospital. She was moved to study ancient indigenous shamanic traditions. Kharitidi wrote about the “spirit of trauma,” and how it can overtake one’s self, and detailed things she learned from ancient tools that had been passed down to native healers.
It seems with the current COVID-19 pandemic, the world is immersed in a “spirit of trauma.” Many people have fallen ill and, once recovered, continue to cope with perplexing lingering symptoms. Countless people have lost loved ones as a result of complications caused by the virus; many have had to close their businesses and many have lost their livelihoods.