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Austin TX is my home now, but I grew up in the snowy silence and wild-berry summers of Canada. I grew up with my heart in nature. One spring I adopted a tiny featherless crow. Sam taught me that crows are crooners, earrings are for pecking, tools are to hide on rooftops and always the unexpected is with you.
In my youth were experiences of non-ordinary consciousness, one was trauma; another was an opening, like touching a Mystery. This happens with many, though these things aren't talked about. An impression remained. I went to work in the field of Environmental Science & settled into a long-term relationship. It wasn't healthy, but I found it difficult to leave. I delved into self-inquiry. How to transform beliefs that are part of the very mind searching for them?
Through the seasons of a marriage, children and divorce, I placed myself under influences that included yoga and trauma training, Jungian depth work, Thomas Keating's psycho-spiritual material, nonduality, consciousness explorations at the Monroe Institute, mediumship and psychic development.
My hidden beliefs were body-memory, many pre-verbal in origin. I discovered that we absorb and re-radiate a parent's anxiety (for example) and unknowingly weave it into our own life. I diligently observed body sensation, thought and emotions. My 'sensitivity' took on a new light as my perceptions were purified of painful associative memories. Carl Jung also considered himself 'sensitive,' perceiving and processing external stimuli differently from the majority.
I was certified as a parts facilitator - you know how we refer to parts, "the artistic part of me longed for..." This coincided with deepening intuition and peace. In mentorship with a nondual therapist, I saw how intellectual understanding is a stage of awakening. That understanding must be embodied; our psychology is in the body.
Somewhere in my unfolding, I began to dance. Literally and metaphorically. In grassy fields at night, with others and alone. What began as confusion and pain became a living relationship, where life twirls me in dance. Now my environmental work is, to paraphrase Jung, withdrawing the projection of shadow from the world - the best political, social, and spiritual work we can do.
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it." ~ Helen Keller