“The spirits are everywhere, all around us,
they are right here between you and me”
For a post-grad paper in 2014 I needed to research the Maori perspective of spirituality and health for an assignment (for those of you reading who are not from New Zealand, the Maori are the people native to New Zealand).
After several fruitless days of reading I decided to go to the source and meet with my organisation’s Kaumatua (a respected Maori Elder) and ask my questions about Maori culture.
Our Kaumatua is a kind gentleman for who there are no dumb questions, where questions of ‘but why?’ are welcomed as an opportunity to build therapists knowledge.
I had been struggling to understand the concept of the spirit world that I had been reading about, and our Kaumatua explained it in the way described above. I love his explanation and it gave me an ‘Ah ha’ moment and helped me to understand more fully what I have been reading.
I think we should take advantage of our access to cultural support workers to build our insight and understanding of the cultures of the people that we work with.