EDITION: February - April '09


Ruth Osborn
The Power of Positivity
If you were to look up the meaning of “positivity” you would find it defined as: to display certainty, accept-ance or affirmation; to move forward and progress; the admitting of no doubt; irrefutable; confident. These words could equally be used in describing Maureen.

In April 2007 Maureen was diagnosed with lupus disease, an autoimmune disease that turns the body’s defences against the body itself. The sparkle in Maureen’s eye is not of one perceived to be ill. It is common when we are sick to act the victim, hiding away, feeling lethargic and hard done-by and sorry for ourselves. This was not the path Maureen chose and it was indeed a choice. We all have options and we can choose how we feel and react to our circumstances. Her philosophy is that, to a greater or lesser extent, we are the architects of our own reality: we -choose how we react to a situation and we choose how we react to illness or dis-ease. Changing the way one thinks, the power of positive thought, has certainly worked for Maureen.

After the diagnosis Maureen remembers crying a lot, adopt-i-ng that victim role and refusing to accept that this was her life. The month following her diagnosis she opted against medical treatment and decided to self-heal. She remembers that while walking around her house she had a thought to try an alternative treatment route, to self-treat and self-heal and to not pursue the conventional medical treatment on offer. She remembers feeling immedi-ately better, something had changed already and she instinctively knew that it was the right decision to make. Taking her life into her own hands, she trusted her intuition, her inner voice, and took a leap of faith. One cannot help but wonder whether in the same situation one would also have been so brave.

Maureen is a musician and she now uses her musical talent to help heal, running sound healing workshops. She explains that through her experience of having lupus she is more in tune with others’ suffering, she understands people who are in the dark, finding that through music they can be reached and opened up. She struggles to find the words to adequately describe this: ‘really there are no words for it – having experienced something oneself only then can you really understand. We all have the same ultimate destiny; we are all fallible”. The realisation of that, and confronting the fear of illness and death, have brought Maureen closer to spirituality.

She has become more conscious, more sensitive and more aware of every word and sound. Whereas before music had been fun, she had always loved touching people through music, now having lupus and the experiences she has gone through have brought a depth to her musicality. The future for Maureen is work-ing with her experience and helping others. She created an association of healing music called SAMA which is financed by donations. She and her musical partners are playing at old people’s homes and for disabled people in Ibiza and on the mainland.

Maureen performs concerts and sound journeys, inviting people to go inside to discover the depths of their souls.

Text: Ruth Osborn