Training Your 800 Pound Gorilla.

Yesterday an influential person in my life requested that I write a blog about the recent integration of current mind-body healing modalities into my life. I told him that I was already pondering a blog about being with my family of origin and our 800 pound gorilla serving us our free lunch. There were always 800 pound gorillas and also little monkeys in our home when I was growing up. We all knew that the primates were there. Everyone knew that there were gorillas in our midst however mom and dad would not permit any discussion of them. Now that I have recovered from the PTSD of my adverse childhood experiences, I can see the monkeys in my mind and reprocess them. Becoming truly aware and integrated is like becoming a 800 pound gorilla trainer.

Gorillas in our Midst

Do you have any monkeys in your closet? We all do. The only difference between me and you is that I publish all my dirty little monkeys in these blogs. These posts are my therapeutic processing of my adverse childhood experiences.

800 lb. gorilla trainer
“I feel pretty, Oh so pretty, I feel pretty, and witty, and bright” I Feel Pretty, West Side Story

Rough & Ready Monkey Man

One of the many skills that I have learned in life is how to work effectively as an 800 pound gorilla trainer. When my brother Dead Ass was nineteen years old he fathered a baby gorilla in Crestline, California. Dead Ass denied that the baby monkey was his, even in the face of a paternity test proving otherwise.

Shock the Monkey

So Dead Ass moved up north to Rough and Ready, California and became a dead beat dad, that’s why we call him Dead Ass. Then one day his unwanted child appeared in my life as a still unwanted teen-age gorilla. The next time I saw the simian was twenty years latter when he was an 800 pound gorilla testifying at trial trying to steal my inheritance. Fortunately the court shocked the monkey by ruling that the testimony of the gorilla was “not credible.”

If you see something, say something

Sometimes you have to be a hero and just stand up and say, “Hey, there’s an 800 pound gorilla in the room.” Then you have to charge in and subdue the simian. And that is your first lesson in how to be an 800 lb. gorilla trainer: Develop your awareness and take action.

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By Dean McAdams

Born a poor peckerwood in a Tujunga holler, Dean practiced secrets of the ancient & modern masters to end up liberated in the coastal paradise of West L.A.