I share my expertise and theories for navigating sensitivity and mental health demands in a time of evolutionary change and extreme demands. My thoughts are especially concerned for youth and young adults as they navigate unprecedented initiations or what I think are Soul Emergencies. See the note below this video
Stephen Porgas writes in The Polyvagal Theory that “to connect and co-regulate with others is our biological imperative. We experience this imperative as an inherent quest for safety that can be reached only through successful social relationships. In which we co-regulate our behavior and physiology.”
African wisdom teacher Malidome Patrice Some wrote in The Healing Wisdom of Africa: Finding Life Purpose Through Nature, Ritual and Community, “without a ritual structure, people undergoing a natural emergence of spirit within often feel as if they are going crazy or are imagining things…community provides a safety net in which a person can rest until he or she has become reintegrated.”
REST UNTIL SHE OR HE HAS BECOME REINTEGRATED>. Yes, more rest is needed for us all.
The Sacred Dance Guild initiated me into my life’s work. I’m forever grateful and happy to lead one of their upcoming Guild Sacred Sundays on zoom.
The Sacred Dance Guild serves as a “spiritually diverse, international, non-profit organization with a commitment to advocate for dance as a sacred art and to promote dance as a means of spiritual growth and integration of mind, body and spirit.” They describe sacred dance as “any type of dance that is done with an intention to connect with or communicate something about the sacred, however that may be understood by the dancer or the choreographer.”
February 13, 2022- 4:30 pm pacific/7:30 pm EST – check local times!!
In their free, weekly SACRED SUNDAY online gatherings, dancers can be “Socially Present” while “Physically Distant“! The live-from-our-living room-sessions are free, informal, intimate and interactive sharings.
I will introduce Dance: The Sacred Art of Ensoulment” under the theme of Attunement.
Join a journey of discovery as we honor body and soul and tap into four artful wisdoms that align humans to the sacred in all things, no matter what! In the dance we’ll welcome our spiritual support, creative birthrights, divine purpose, and a way to bow to suffering by dancing on behalf of one another.
To register email email@example.com with “Sacred Sunday – Ensoulment” in the subject line.
The InterPlay-based practices are found in Dance: The Sacred Art: The Joy of Movement as Spiritual Practice.
After much consideration, I decided to come out. It’s hard to confess how horrible 2021 was for me. The world, too, seemed to shine with a particular horror as I coached highly sensitive, creative, soulful leaders. Even for those with great healing gifts, play, and love, it’s just been hard. Maybe that’s why at the end of the year I called in the pink fairies, elves, and god-us-ess. Horror warrants its winsome opposite. How else can I make it?
What I am about to share is held alongside a multitude of graces! For instance, I successfully left my Executive Director job as the cofounder of InterPlay with supreme gratitude and satisfaction. My creativity, joy, and family remain intact. Christmas morning brought blessed serenity. My daughter and son-in-law decided to legalize their marriage.
Still—-Six months ago my daughter nearly died from heroin. Her opioid use started with a prescription in her teens for a back injury. Addiction runs in her birth family and my family tree, too. People with the genetic predisposition need forms of pain management other than addictive substances!
Sadly, our journey is not unusual, especially for the one-in-five humans who are highly sensitive. Neuro-sensitivity leads us to feel more, sense more, notice more, and care more. In the face of danger, we move toward mastery and when that doesn’t work to deaden or lift our spirits, we may transform into healers and activists who raise the flags in times of trouble. Too often, we overdo, over-adapt, and overextend. We isolate. We fight too hard. That’s why we’re the ones who also teach and find solace in meditation, contemplation, art, and play.
Sensitivity is a blessing and curse….(Continue to full letter here.)
An early Christian saying insistently echoes in my mind. “Grant Love, that I might give thee choice gifts, three lit and dazzling torches- my mind, my body, and my spirit.”
Are you a gifted, sensitive body? One in five people statistically feels more, notice more, and need more than average care. Our experience is a gift, not a curse. Sensitives bear gifts of healing, wisdom, beauty, and prophetic voice. According to Dr. Thomas Boyce, emeritus professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisc sensitive kids require steadfast love, routines, celebrations of human difference, imaginative play, recognition, expression of our true self, and opportunities to balance fear with mastery.
In difficult times I propose that sensitives also need
- To tap a sustaining power greater than ourselves
- To reframe challenges as initiations rather than problems
- To move in order to clear unhealthy sensations
- To credential the unique purpose and gifts of sensitives
- To find a like-minded, affirming community
This workshop will support you to claim and nourish sensitivity on your behalf and behalf of others.
Also consider an upcoming workshop that strengthens Courage to Love.
Dancing with Hard Stuff WorkshopHumans are at a crossroads. Leaders are tired. Grief swells insurmountably high. Injustice presses down. Decades of training in self-help, inner work, and self-care might not be enough. In this workshop, I offer body wisdom to navigate our worst nightmares and grow in sacred Hope.Rage and despair are initiations. Our task is to make them holy by being in right relation with powerful emotional truth, grounded in sacred relationships.Yes, it helps to dance! But, dance with what? Come find out.
Initiated by Holy Rage, Despair, Fear and Hope