A brilliant actress, a creative being, and a member of our Committed Impulse Community moved to the other dimension on Sunday night.
Claire Lucido had been dealing with cancer for years. She continued to come to class – and even in her weakest days – lit up the classroom with her spontaneity, insight, and pure joy for the creative act.
One day, Claire told me she wanted to teach Committed Impulse to people dealing with pain and illness. Inspired by her passion, I committed to work with her one on one to help shift her own relationship to physical pain.
I know she would want me to share some of what we discovered with you.
First off, and I know this is a bit intense…
Before she came to train in CI, so before we met, Claire had a major surgery to remove several cancerous ribs. The time leading up to and post surgery were understandably highly traumatic for her. Her recovery was long and arduous.
A few years ago she told me that she would now have to have the same surgery on other ribs. That’s when I offered to support her using the only real tools I know: CI.
She was very excited about exploring how to make her experience of the upcoming second surgery very different. Really – she was passionate about exploring how to make her second surgery an exercise in presence and rapid healing.
We explored using the 4 Access Points as a way to stay present with the experience and catch when her mind pulled her into panicky thinking. We focused on returning to the current moment by connecting to her immediate environment, breath, and ACTUAL body sensations.
She explored her experience of pain by feeling it without mental drama. Instead, she felt the pain as ‘an intense pressure and the emotion of fear’. And when she felt the purity of the emotion of fear as an energetic movement – it allowed her to stay present leading up to the second surgery. To be clear, she wasn’t trying to avoid the experience – she was actually experiencing it more fully – but without the added mental drama.
She came through the surgery with presence and without the emotional trauma.
And her recovery from this surgery was substantially faster than with the first identical surgery.
We were both incredibly inspired, and we began discussing how she could get this approach out to others dealing with these same kinds of situations.
I know she would want me to share that part of her journey with you. And, I hope, telling you this story is a way for her to have an impact on you too.
Recently, all seemed to be going in the right direction with her health, until last week she got an infection that the doctors couldn’t figure out. This brought her to the ICU where she had her last moments before moving on.
I know all those who had the honor to cross paths with Claire will miss her dearly.
For me this a reminder about the preciousness of every moment we have together.