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Trust the Therapy Process.Wellington Boots in Venice. We are all Venetians Now.

 Trust the therapy process. What on earth do wellington boots in Venice have to do with therapy or Process Psychology or counselling? And did you know that you can buy wellington boots from ice cream vendors in Venice?
venice wellingtons

An apartment for rent states, we always supply five pairs of wellington boots to help you deal with the Venetian high tide.’  It all started when someone told me when it was pouring with rain that in Venice, you could tell how many years people had lived there by the colour of their Wellington boots. If they had lived there a long time, they wore brown thigh high waders, often passed down through the generations. People who had resided there a while wore green ones that came up to their knee. Of course everyone knew who the tourists were by what they wore. Wow, I had never heard of a hierarchy of ‘belonging’ through what boots you wear!

I find myself insatiably curious that I am again writing about such a strange subject. In Process Psychology, we believe that the unknown or ‘secondary process’ is where the gold is. Jung said;
“making the unconscious accessible…brings the unconscious contents of the mind closer to the person’s understanding…and gives meaning that for the time being is unknown.”
Stepping from the known into the unknown through different ‘dream doors’ is the key  to awareness and more happiness in relationships and work etc.  So I am going to trust the process and unfold it here.


There was a synchronicity as the day before another friend had shown me her holiday photos of Venice. I have never been there but had always wanted to go. Maybe I got fascinated because I am originally English. Don’t the English love their galoshes, walking the dog on damp dark evenings in the gloomy twilight. The yellow street lamps reflect through the shadowy mist with the sycamore trees dripping moisture.
Then I saw an article that seemed to be about pizza and I realised it was actually about climate change and this comment jumped out at me. We are all Venetians now.
“Every painting in Venice is threatened by the bigger picture. Melting ice caps and warmer sea temperatures are raising the level of the coastal lagoon, the largest wetland in Italy. Only two inches above normal high tide, St Mark’s Square used to flood four times a year. By the end of the century it will flood maybe 250 times a year. What Napoleon called the drawing room of Europe may become its swimming pool. The BBC recently reported no one in Venice lives on the ground floor any more. When a high tide is expected, there is a very loud siren sounded throughout the city to warn the population and they all put on their wellington boots.    From INTELLIGENT LIFE Magazine, Autumn 2010


Venice is here now, in Sydney and London and Europe and the Phillipines and China and America etc.  Incredible storms, hurricanes, flooding and bush fires all over the world. Will we ever learn to take notice of the signals from Nature, rather than marginalising and ignoring what is indeed ‘a very inconvenient truth’. Soon the cost to the economy will become irrelevant by the unstoppable flood of human misery, inflicted by our refusal to take action now. Greed and short term blinkered thinking paid for by ‘vested interests’ will drown us all and there won’t be a viable economy to worry about.

Who knew that Wellington boots had such a potent message? Life is endlessly mysterious and fascinating if we allow ourselves to become detectives and track and trust our process. So respecting Nature and climate change turns out to be the essence of this blog, as well as having fun with the hierarchy of what gum boots you wear in Venice.

Trust your process, dear friends.

Photograph by Luigi Costantini

About the Author
Sherry (BSc. Sociology; MAA. Social Work, AMHSW; Masters Science Soc. Ecology; Diplomate, Process Psychology) is a faculty Director of ANZPOP.

She has offered expert psychological counselling in Australia and overseas since 1989. Sherry is currently based in both the Sydney CBD and on the Northern Beaches near Manly. She also offers national and international phone and Skype appointments.

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