My own search for healing of a chronic disease led me on a long path to Process Work and into the world of Gnawa – Healers in Morocco.
The Gnawa consider disease as the call of a spirit to be transformed into an allied power: healing becomes an initiatory process.
During a nightly healing ritual, seven different spirit entities are invited with music and rhythm to express themselves through the dance of the adepts present. So they are honoured in the body of the dancers and in the body of the community.
I will approach the rich world of the Gnawa through personal report, music, poetry, photography, film and essayistic reflections and show how they transform the difficulties of life into virtue and joy.
I will discuss some main-concepts of the Gnawa and relate them to Process Work and show how both are rooted in a common universal ground.
Key Words: Transformation, healing as initiation, ally, music and dance.