The prison without is a projection of the prison within. Prisons aren't just built by cement and steel. There are far worse ones comprised of the ego.
Survivors witness and feel beneath the story... Fragmented, often locked away in an unconscious vault; we banish pain in order to survive it.
I don't know how to reconcile the reality that most people don't believe we've been doing these things for a long time, while my culture says I can't talk about it.
As I began to acknowledge my inner children, see them, hear them and love them, their unmet needs became easier to recognize and they began reaching out to me in healthier, less destructive ways.
Anansi and the Maroon and indigenous dwellers of the jungle had indirectly taught me that my 'primitive brain' and instinctual self, contrary to popular Western belief, were not ruled by fear and existential angst.