After teaching Writing the Energetic Body as a live workshop for the last three or so years, I am launching my first 21-day online version of the class this Tuesday, February 28th. Participants will have the chance sharpen their writing skills and to explore the chakras through movement, breath work, guided meditation, and writing (of course) – at their own pace.
To find out more information, or to register, click here or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
From the Energetic Body to the Page: Discovering the Self
We live in exciting times. With so much change happening — politically, economically, and ecologically — many of us need to reinvent the ways in which we view the world and live our lives. We are not alone in transition, it is happening all around us.
Now is the time to (re)discover who we are, a time to re-imagine our selves, our relationships, our communities, and our planet. Now is the time for deep healing. Now is the time for radical self-acceptance, for embracing our original selves and for taking joyful responsibility in our individual and collective evolution.
Being who you truly are may sound like a tall order, and for many of us it is. We have spent our lives bending to the will of institutions that are proving to no longer work for us. We are bombarded daily with images of how we are “supposed” to be, what we’re “supposed” to look like, “supposed” to wear, eat, drink and be attracted to. The news glorifies fear, violence, and chaos rather than love, peace, and creativity. Basically, the message is that we need to conform, and if we don’t, we’re doomed.
I am proposing you let that fear message go and realize that your unique existence is a gift!
So, who are you? Are your relationships life-affirming? What are your passions? Are you engaged with your community? Are you able to see yourself as a being on this planet who is here to learn and share and grow with other beings on the planet?
Once you are grounded in who you are, you may find that you have the flexibility to move with change, and may in fact, have a hand in guiding it. You may realize that change is actually a constant, and may even come to embrace it.
So how do we become grounded in our true selves when we are being pulled in a thousand directions? What if we explored coping with change, healing, and taking responsibility for our selves (and the planet), through creativity and the creative process?
I have found that writing is a great way to go deep with answers to these questions. Writing is a powerful act. When we write on a regular basis, we begin to observe our selves and our place in the world with non-attachment. It can be a form of unfolding—we may benefit from a deeper sense of self-awareness, relaxation and compassion. We begin to notice what is colorful in our lives. We may notice recurring themes or interests. We may uncover long-forgotten yearnings and talents. We may begin to formulate questions and find the answers on the page. “Are their changes I’d like to make? What ideas would I like to explore more thoroughly? What are my gifts and how can I share them? Who is supportive of my ideas and me?”
Writing is physical. If we can take our words beyond intellect, and tap into our bodies, we may go even deeper with understanding our life experience. Our bodies give us messages all the time — we may feel a stomach ache on the way to a job we dislike, or flushed and giddy when we anticipate seeing someone we love, or energized after seeing an inspiring movie or play — whatever the sensation, our bodies do not lie. We perceive the world through our bodies, our job is to open up and pay attention.
The chakra system directly links to our bodies—physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and spiritually. There are over 88,000 chakras, or energy systems, in the body. We can begin by focusing on the seven major chakras. By using the major chakra system as a “backbone” for self-exploration through writing, we have the ability to open ourselves to immense consciousness.
Sound good? Join me for three weeks of diving in . . .