M E T A P H O R A C L E
It's counselling but not.
Raised as a wildling, educated in the humanities, and trained as a counsellor, Melanie established Metaphoracle to formalise what comes naturally - encounters that honour and privilege actual experience. Taking a non-pathology approach makes her a logical choice for those looking to process rather than problem-solve, as well as the (mis)diagnosed, misinterpellated or medicalised.
Another reason she has become an appealing alternative to mainstream therapies is her decision not to pimp clientele for testimonials. Melanie considers each conversation a loving kindness rather than a target-market cash-cow enterprise and, as such, avoids the typical psychological-hook business-building formula in favour of a Great Eastern Sun vision of all-that-is.
M A I N I N T E R E S T S
Reframing Diagnosis Disorders
Seeking to Understand One Another
How to Take Care of Animals
Parents Raising Whomans
Great Eastern Sun Warriorship
Being, Un.Knowing & All-That-Is
M Y S T O R Y
Compassion. Curiosity. Complexity.
Living a largely unsocialised childhood has framed my existence an adventure of discovery rather than a pursuit of achievements.
Having such a freestyle beginning has enabled me to see the value of what-is outside the norms of growth and gains. A natural counsellor, it is my honour to carry on the tradition of therapaea-style listening which seeks to understand, following the speaker's meaning, and offering oracles that bubble up from un.knowing.
Process-driven. Open-ended. Non-pathology.
After completing my studies (a BA in Society, Life & Learning, and Diploma of Counselling), and building my business, I fell seriously ill. Chronic pain and multiple unrelated conditions began to crop up that no-one knew how to treat. Finally, I realised there was no point medicalising my situation; I needed to listen differently. I needed a language to interpret my life as sacred.
Allowing Attention. Writing Process. Rescue Refuge.
By following the path of least resistance, I now have a half-baked vision of writing for those who want to know how to take care of animals (including whomans), of listening to those who need a gentler interpretation of what's going on, and of running a rescue refuge. I'm not sure how all of this will come about but being completely open and honest is the only way I know how to live, and being "sick" has not changed that.
Meaning. Purpose. Metaphor and Messages.
If I am meant to write about what it's like to be in chronic pain or to be misdiagnosed and misinterpellated, then I will do so from the same space I have occupied my entire life - one of surrender, acceptance, allowing, curiosity, compassion and presence to the path of least resistance. With an ear for divined messages and an eye for undefined beauty, my only task is to simply be. The story I tell about that, about what's going on and why, is just that; a story.
Sense-making. Process and Dispossession.
It is unlikely, in the beginning of a tale, that one truly knows what is meant. And yet, the majority of writing has a title that clearly states its purpose. In my open-ended process (writing and therapy sessions) the story is allowed to break out into unknown territory, meander about, then come to its natural resting place which may be miles from where it began. That is the beauty and freedom of allowing what-is. That is the nature of therapaea.
How life first appears/feels, once properly allowed, can take us through experiences of great value. Pain included. How else would I know to reframe the victim/survivor story or the disordered and dispossessed story for a more than audience? How else would we have found our two rescue boys (see below) and set off on a completely new direction?
O U R R E S C U E B O Y S
At the end of 2019, we became rescue cat adoptive parents to not one but two beautiful boys - Hercules and Whiskers.
H E R C U L E S
We adopted him in December of 2019 as an eleven week old kitten who'd been found alone in a gym. Nobody knows how he got there or where he came from.
As a rescue he wasn't allowed outside. He'd never seen grass or smelt flowers or been in a rainstorm. That quickly changed. I wanted him to have as wild cat experience as I could muster in our backyard. Watching him explore is one of my greatest joys.
Pollen on his nose. Hunting crickets. Discovering raindrops. Climbing trees. Playing with the possums who come visit him, even bringing their babies to run around together. It is my privilege to provide a home and family for such a beautiful little boy and his brother.
Five minute video of Hercules bathing on our bed and hearing birds up close for the first time.
W H I S K E R S
We adopted him in January of 2020 as a four year old adolescent after taking care of him for about three months. His story is much the same as his little brother's. He turned up in someone's garage as a kitten, crying for food and nobody knows how he got there or where he came from.
The family decided not to keep him and wanted to put him down. Grandpa wouldn't have it and so Whiskers came to live with him in the bush. He mostly fended for himself until we moved next door and my husband fell in love with the pure white furred, lagoon-blue eyed beauty. Noticing the cat was hungry and a bit straw-yellow, we started feeding him as well as spending all our time together.
One day, not long after we'd adopted Hercules, I noticed the side of Whisker's face was swollen. He was having trouble eating and looked a bit out of sorts. Worried, I sent him to the vet who drained an abscess. This was our chance. Explaining he wasn't our cat but we'd love to adopt him, the vet called the owner who was overjoyed someone finally wanted the cat he wouldn't let be put down but had no time to look after.
That's the day Hercules officially got an older brother and the day our rescue family truly began.
This is a three minute video of the boys wrestling in their hammock.
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