By Chris Goodchild

This fantastically illustrated, relocating and revelatory e-book will encourage readers to determine that it is usually that which provides us the private sorrow in lifestyles that may deliver us the best pleasure. 'Welcome to my global. i've got autism. 'But A Painful present isn't approximately my autism. it's concerning the fight to be actually ourselves on the planet. To be absolutely human, to the touch humans and to be touched by means of humans in go back. 'Autism is a blessing, a proficient means of seeing the realm. it's also deeply misunderstood. there's a lot speak of discovering a medication for autism, however it is barely our lack of ability to just accept distinction that cries out to be remedied. 'Although autism is a present, it may be a painful reward. i've got shared my woundedness in complete so you could be given the power to carry to gentle your woundedness. nice love and nice ache are a part of the religious trip. discomfort can't merely holiday us down, it could actually additionally holiday us open. This booklet is a pilgrimage of the brain to the guts and is a sworn statement to the truth that it's not the absence of disease that makes us who we're, yet our faithfulness in adversity that's the deeper degree. 'My inner most prayer is that every one who learn this ebook may be encouraged to determine that it is usually that which provides us the private sorrow in lifestyles which can deliver us the best joy.' Christopher Goodchild

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Concealing my difference makes me ill, and being my difference sets me free. This is the conclusion many of us in the autistic spectrum come to sooner or later. It’s taken me forty two years to understand this fully. My post-diagnosis counselling made this abundantly clear. Within weeks of my diagnosis I was introduced by a friend to a woman from New York called Franny who had worked for many years as a behavioural consultant to people with autism in America. She made me see how I had ‘severed’ my autistic hands for reasons of survival and that, as a result, I had suffered from depression for many years.

I felt broken-hearted to have€lost everything I had longed for, for so long, and experienced the strange calm that only comes when one has nothing left to lose. I remained living in the same area for a couple of years and I would see Daniel every week. This was a lonely time for me, but it must also have been so difficult for Sarah and her other two children as well. I continued offering the Alexander technique during this time, despite the enormous stress I was under. I started to reflect on the contemplative dimension of Alexander work, and how it offered me a way of being free and ‘being’ this freedom in the presence of another person, even if this freedom was still only to be found within the formalised structure of the Alexander lesson.

I see you surrounded by a determined procession of women. I, too, am surrounded here in this high-security military compound. Dogs with sabre-like teeth stare at me with their hungry eyes. High security fences with barbed wire reach to the sky. I ask you, how can I sustain my commitment to non-violence in a world that is so intent upon the use of force, condemnation and indifference to all that is of your way? As a child, living at home had been like living in a war zone. A field of battle is a field of battle, and the need to disassociate, to split off from the imminent reality of death, is of equal importance in conventional warfare as it is in families where there is significant neglect.

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