Tikkun Winter 2019 (34.1) - Page 113

healing biotope is an attempt to heal our sense of alienation from life itself by a model of unity in diversity. The process of healing always asks us to engage in a wider frame of reference. Rather than focus merely on self-healing, to heal myself I need to work to create the condi- tions that both address and transform the sys- temic sickness in society. Why? Because most of our sicknesses come from living in a culture that isolates us from each other and teaches us to see ourselves as separate beings. To heal, we need to create a world in which we can all feel and experience a sense of home in the world. One of the biggest questions of our times is homelessness. We are aware of the physical and concrete ways homelessness manifests itself as millions of refugees, fleeing from their homelands, often due to war and other extreme conditions, try to start a new life in a safer place. But there is another form of home- lessness, namely, spiritual and psychological homelessness. It expresses itself in the upper class, in the richest privi- leged areas, where people can hardly find social em- bedment and a sense of be- longing. Capitalism thrives on this sense of loneliness, offering various substitutes to cover our sense of emp- tiness. Feelings of empti- ness and homelessness also stimulate our defense mechanisms, often driving us into the arms of a lover who, at least temporarily, fills this spiritual angst. This sense of safety is so rare that when we find a glimpse of it we try to protect and keep it to our- selves. If we want to heal the core of humanity we VOL. 34, NO. 1 need to heal this spiritual void. To do this we need to create communities where we can find the sense of home in a network of meaningful contacts. This is how we can free our love from fear and possessiveness. By creating a healing biotope we can collectively claim our right and our responsibility to steward a place in which we can heal our souls. In the last few months I had the honor of ac- companying a young Gazan woman who fled her home in a search of a new life. Her name is Haneen—which means longings in Arabic. I am in awe of her spirit and touched by the depth of our connection—sharing so intimately what we love, our dreams, our family stories, our friends, our fears and losses, our traumas, our sexual desires, and our spiritual experienc- es. When a Palestinian woman and an Israeli woman find this level of love and connection, the possibilities for personal and global heal- ing expand. Are we an Israeli and a Palestinian coming together or are we two women finding Photo by Cat Zavis © 2019 TIKKUN MAGAZINE 113