Join us for an immersive, transformational Processwork Intensive: January 16 – February 3, 2022
Online only – everyone welcome.
Online only – everyone welcome.
DREAMS DOJO with Ingrid Rose and Lynn Lobo
The Japanese word ‘dojo’ means a place to practice, traditionally the martial arts. In this Dreams Dojo we will practice together and explore the world of dreams and dreamwork.
Join Ingrid and Lynn for an 8-week dojo practicing dreamwork together and addressing questions such as:
Time: 4 – 5pm (16:00 – 17:00) PST
Dates: October: 20, 27, November: 3, 10, 17, 24 and December: 1, 8
Cost: $240, $160 or $80 (Sliding scale – pay what is fair for you)
In this 8-week dojo take the opportunity to enter the dreaming that dream figures, images and experiences conjure up for us. Not only will we be meeting dreamlike parts of ourselves and our world, but we will be learning how to familiarize ourselves with the tools and techniques available through process-oriented methods to unravel the deeper layers of dreams in order to benefit from their guidance and integrate that into our everyday lives.
Participants will be introduced to the course through videos detailing basic theory and methods. Each week, meeting online, we will go deeper into the practice of dreamwork focusing on various ways in which to work with dreams. We will be offering exercises, techniques to work with our own and others’ dreams, demonstrations, and practice. Each one hour will focus on a different dreamwork method providing an opportunity to practice various dreamwork skills and techniques.
Each class is one hour in duration. Classes will be recorded and available until December 31st.
Lynn Lobo Dipl.PW, MAPW
Lynn is a practicing visual artist, graphic novelist and visual thinker. They have had a long, parallel career as a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a psychotherapist. Lynn is now a member of faculty at PWI. Lynn’s area of teaching interest is in dreams, body symptoms and worldwork. They are particularly interested in how our dreambody is expressed through the arts, and can help humanity.
Ingrid Rose Ph.D Dipl.PW
Ingrid’s guiding inspiration for her life work stems from her history of growing up in South Africa, where as a child, perceiving the injustice around her, she decided early on to devote herself to individual and social change. Ingrid has been in private practice for more than 35 years working with a large range of presentations, as well as being a clinical supervisor and international group facilitator. She has taught at college level, and has had extensive experience teaching Processwork to many groups in Portland, Oregon and all over the world. Ingrid has a love of dreamwork appreciating the deep insights dreams bring for personal and collective development. She has a long history of yoga and meditation practice and a strong interest in shamanism, adding to the depth of her work.
Processwork is a cross-disciplinary approach that focuses on the potentially meaningful flow of inner and outer signals that can be observed in individuals, communities, and groups. Processwork facilitation techniques offer methods and skills to work with behaviors, feelings, interactions, expression and inner experiences in order to elicit meaning and unexpected solutions from difficulties and disturbance.
by Jon Biemer
The world needs our help. Glaciers and poles are melting. Hurricanes line up across the Atlantic to wreak havoc. Refugees are migrating. Species are going extinct. What can we do? Why don’t we do more?
I seek to apply Processwork skills and insights to the challenge of motivating people to take environmental action.
In particular, Processwork suggests we have arrived at an edge when we feel stuck. Something is going on, but we have trouble deciding what to do about it. The situation may be as seemingly unimportant as choosing a meaningful present for a child, or as threatening as the loss of your home. When we reflectively “hold ourselves to the edge”, we draw upon inner resources to find effective and creative ways forward.
Thus, both planned and unplanned events can be catalysts for environmental action.
All sorts of stressful decisions need to be made when we plan a special event. This often brings us to an edge, a sense of disquiet. Welcome this opportunity to serve a greater good.
Do you yearn for a vacation? Ecotourism provides a stream of money to people who might otherwise be driven to extraction as a livelihood. This is how we turned around the decimation of sea turtles in the Caribbean. Even going to a zoo or an aquarium helps the species preservation programs it sponsors.
Moving is an excellent catalyst to change habitually consumptive practices. When my friend Brian came to Portland to go to school, he not only traded his car for a bicycle, he started work for Beneficial State Bank, a non-profit corporation committed to ‘investing in people, planet and prosperity.’ When Peter Kalmus took a job to study clouds at Jet Propulsion Laboratories, he and his family gave up airline flying and its impact on Global Warming. Then he wrote a book and made a movie about the experience!
I did not know what to give my granddaughter for her tenth birthday. She lives a long way from me. What could she relate to? Can you feel the edge? How about something that reflects my environmental values? How about a book about Gretta Thunberg? She had a challenge (Asperger’s syndrome) that she turned into a “superpower”. Yes!
Annual events can gently hold us to our environmentally sensitive edges if we pay attention. How will I raise environmental consciousness on Earth Day which is acknowledged around April 20th each year? What picnic, cooperative games or conference shall we plan for Interdependence Day – variously celebrated on July 4th or September 12th? Maybe I’ll join a beach clean-up which is organized by the Ocean Conservancy and its partners one day every September.
The Global Footprint Network calculates and hosts Earth Overshoot Day when we as a species exceed the capacity for the earth to renew itself in a given year. This year, 2021, that date was July 29th. After that day we as a species are taking (not borrowing) resources from future generations. An edgy thought, which nags us to find ways to curtail consumption.
When “business as usual” is disrupted, we may not know how to respond. That brings us to an edge. The Processwork practice of relaxing into an altered state, even for a short while, helps us remember our values. The door to make a positive environmental change may already be open.
I was driving in the Mojave Desert of California when our van broke down. After a long tow, both auto shops in Blyth said it was not worth fixing. I rode the bus home. My wife and I loved that vehicle, and its demise served as a cue to live without a car – for thirteen years.
When a loved one dies, plant a tree in the loved one’s honor. Or invite mourners to donate to an environmental cause that will foster a lasting legacy with the aligned energy of thousands of other supporters. While you are at it, arrange a bequest for a park or other worthy cause in your will.
After a tornado destroyed the town of Greensburg Kansas, residents confronted a desperate reality. Mayor Bob Dixson rallied the community to rebuild sustainably – which attracted outside support. Some homes and apartments now have “insulated concrete forms and straw bales in the walls.” School children insisted that Greensburg’s new school meet LEED (Leadership in Energy Efficient Design) certification standards.
LeeAnn Walters, a mother in Flint, Michigan, saw weird rashes on her children’s skin. She contacted the Environmental Protection Agency. Miguel del Toral of the EPA chose to get others involved. Mona Hanna-Attisha, with the local hospital, documented very high levels of lead in young patients. Virginia Tech instructor Mark Edwards personally paid $150,000 to test for lead in the water system with the help of his students. The cause to replace lead-sealed water pipes was joined by the Natural Resources Defense Council – and by donors like us. At each step of the way, someone confronted an edge.
In 2008 the Keystone XL pipeline was proposed to export petroleum from the Tar Sands in Alberta through refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. Shodo Spring could not get impending environmental disaster out of her mind. So she organized the Compassionate Earth Walk which followed the pipeline’s 1300-mile route. In 2013, thirty of us walkers blessed the ground with our feet and shared the experience with hundreds of people along the way. In 2021, TC Energy canceled the pipeline project.
The COVID 19 pandemic brought millions of families to edges. For our part, my wife and I decided, instead of traveling to Spain to walk the Camino de Santiago, we would pilgrimage three to five miles every day from our front door. Much of the world has learned to Skype or Zoom. Going forward, do we really need to burn as much fossil fuel to stay in touch?
The list of planned and unplanned disrupters goes on – an unexpected message, an inheritance, loss of a job, even a health crisis. These are invitations to change reality, personally and globally. When we appreciate that the edges these situations create are useful, we find hope. We take action. We become a force of nature.
The world needs us to cross a few edges.
NEXT: “Be the Change: Processwork and Environmental Action, Part 2”
By Jon Biemer
Jon Biemer earned a Certificate in Process-oriented Psychology in 2014. He is the author of Our Environmental Handprints: Recover the Land, Reverse Global Warming, Reclaim the Future, published by Roman & Littlefield. It offers 178 Handprint opportunities to create a more sustainable world. For details check out Jon’s website at www.JonBiemer.com or contact him at email@example.com.
Photo credit: Harrison Haines
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Experience Processwork dynamic mindfulness practices in these free guided sessions with Process Work Institute faculty. Discover creative innerwork techniques to help you relax and rejuvenate. Deepen your meditation and self-awareness practice with body-based, movement, and creative elements. Expect to practice a guided experiential self-awareness exercise followed by time for questions and sharing.
June 23, 10-11am with Jai Tomlin; July 21, 5-6pm with Kas Robinson, Aug 25, 10-11am with Suzette Payne. All sessions online only, Pacific timezone.
In these 4 special sessions, an experienced Processworker will work one-on-one with a volunteer participant. This is called ‘work in the middle’ and provides a powerful transformational community-held experience for the person in the ‘open seat’, along with an intimate and real demonstration of processwork facilitation ideas, practices and techniques. (If you’d like to volunteer – Sign up to work in the middle). Expect to observe the work in the middle holding confidential community space for the intimate experience, followed by a chance to discuss and ask questions about the facilitation.
June 17, 5-6.30pm – Dawn Menken; July 15, 10am – 11.30am – Jan Dworkin; Aug 19, 5-6.30pm – Lane Arye; Sept 15, 9.30-11am – Stephen Schuitevoerder All sessions online only, Pacific timezone.
In these free monthly webinars, you will be introduced to some of the core concepts and themes within Processwork. Each month presents a Processwork approach to working with a variety of themes that emerge in our lives and in private practice. Click through to get more details on each webinar, and to find recordings of past events.
June 3, 10-11am – Ingrid Rose, July 1, 5-6pm – Lynn Lobo, Aug 5, 10-11am – Rhea, Sept 2, 5-6pm- Gary
By Agnieszka Olszewska–Kaczmarek
In everyday life, we often meet people who are in relationships that bring them more suffering than benefits. One of the parties, despite repeated injuries and a sense of unfulfillment and even unhappiness, remains in the relationship or walks away just to return in a moment.
On the other side is a partner who is addicted, notoriously fails to keep promises, and may even commit physical or psychological violence. This partner may also cheat, mentally humiliate, and rarely if ever appreciate the other partner.
Gender Norms can Contribute to Disfunction
Gender configurations are changing and the hurtful behaviors themselves can be further strengthened by cultural patterns defining what is okay, acceptable and even desirable in the behavior of a woman or a man and what is absolutely “not appropriate”.
Entanglement can also take the form of constantly waiting for someone who is unreachable or returning in memories to someone who passed away many years earlier. Looking at such an image from some distance, we wonder how this is possible.
The Relationship High Dream
Of course, there are many reasons for such pattern developments: the family home, economic dependence, low self-esteem, cultural messages, lack of contact with one’s own feelings and needs, guilt etc. One of the elements of this puzzle, to which Processwork draws attention, is the high dream (a term coined by the founder of the method, Dr Arnold Mindell).
Simply put, in the context of relationships, this is our deepest vision of the desired relationship. Each and every one of us has our own unique version of such a dream relationship. For one person, it will be a constant mutual motivation for development; many hours of intellectual discussions and trips to the mountains. For another, raising children together and mutual daily care.
Someone may dream of emotional quarrels followed by equally fiery sexual intercourse. There are as many relationship high dreams as there are people in the world, and each of these dreams is a complex mosaic of behaviors, features and moods that we deeply desire.
The High Dream Points to Our Deepest Needs
A high dream is connected with our deepest needs, which is why it is an integral part of ourselves, and it demands fulfillment. When we fall in love, we often attribute the object of our feelings with the characteristics of our dream.
Someone has a strong presence or personality or dream figure and we associate it with care and providing us with a sense of security. Someone else smiles impishly and we can already see through our imagination how we run together lightly in a meadow away from all the world’s problems. We get gifts or compliments and we are filled with a sense of importance and uniqueness.
In some relationships the bond deepens over time, in others the initial incentives disappear in the face of disproportionately more frequent injuries. The need for love, the desire to fulfill the deep dream that we carry in the middle of our soul can cause us to persistently stick to the person with whom our dream emerged.
Exaggerating the Positive
We focus excessive attention on a positive event, exaggerating its significance, while ignoring a whole series of negative experiences. We consciously or unconsciously choose to ignore, overlook or rationalize obvious red flags. A bouquet of flowers given in the morning cancels another multi-day drinking binge. A nice text message annuls weeks
of silence. It may also be that there is nothing good any more, but we believe that if we try harder, the dream will come true.
Therapy Using the High Dream
Therapy can help you explore relationship high dreams and get closer to their realization. In the process of building a satisfying life, it is often important to stand firmly and embrace our high dream. If we fully recognize that we deserve good experiences, it is easier for us to consciously assess whether what we desire really happens in reality.
On this path we will probably meet beliefs that stand in opposition to our high dream: “There are no such sensitive men.” “I’m too old.” “The role of a woman is to sacrifice,” etc.
Memories of negative experiences from our first relationships with caretakers may come back. The therapeutic process helps heal old wounds and build new, favorable mental, emotional and psychological patterns.
Embodying our own High Dream
At the same time, and sometimes surprisingly so, we discover many of these beautiful features that we attribute to others are parts of ourselves. These areas are ones that have long demanded to come to our awareness. In this way, we also become a fulfilled dream about ourselves.
By Agnieszka Olszewska–Kaczmarek, MA, MAPOF
Agnieszka Olszewska – Kaczmarek is a psychologist and psychotherapist. She completed her master’s in Processwork at the Process Work Institute in 2020. She lives in Poland and works in a psychiatric hospital for children and teenagers and at the Center For Women Rights and has a private practice. Agnieszka is also a singer-songwriter, performing under her stage name Back To The Ocean.
Learn more about Agnieszka’s therapy practice:
And hear some of her music:
This article first appeared in Polish at Psycheexpert.pl on 4/23/20. This English version was edited by MaryJo Radosevich, MBA.
Photo Credit: Maria Orlova https://www.pexels.com/photo/young-multiracial-women-leaning-to-each-other-4906336/
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As Black America stands up and refuses to take any more government licensed brutality, joined by other people of color and white allies, all of us are called to assess our values and what we contribute to immanent cultural change. Over the past four years, I have been pessimistic about the direction of that change. Now, the abundant energy of the Black Lives Matter protests, fueled by the financial deprivation and confinement of the Covid crisis (which disproportionately hits African and Native Americans) gives me real hope.
Racial oppression, beginning with colonialism, genocide and slavery, and continuing with mass incarceration of people of color today, is an integral part of US and global culture. It shares common roots with all the scourges of our world: misogyny and rape culture, homo-and-transphobia, capitalist greed and poverty, cultural genocide, ableism and environmental destruction. It is far broader than the horrific murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and so many others. Everyday racism, from physical violence to microaggressions that white people don’t notice on systemic and personal levels, is a constant pressure on people of color. It is a massive public health crisis.
Racism has been with us a long time. It is taking, and will continue to take, a lot of work to uproot and change. White people need to step up more, face our responsibility and work harder for that change.
C.G. Jung worked with individuals on lifelong patterns through the lens of a life-myth, symbolized in an early dream or memory. In Processwork, we also apply this to groups, organizations and whole cultures.
Our cultural myths appear in the stories we tell. Novels, movies and songs can be seen as our collective nighttime dreams, while the bigger tales; religious texts and origin stories are symbolic of our cultural trajectory.
In the oldest stories, humans are part of nature. Other species have equal importance, and spirit is present and inseparable from the material world. Native American nations of the southwest tell how Coyote creates the world. In the northwest it is Raven, who also brings light. In Indigenous Australian wisdom Dreamtime gives rise to our reality, co-created by animals, plants and rocks. Nature is sacred, and humans are dependent on her. Ancient Celtic stories, and old stories from African and Asian countries contain a similar profound reverence for all life.
The essence experience of wonder about existence, the awe and understanding that another being – whether flower or human – is as amazing as ourselves, is key. When we live from this place, debasement and impersonal violence are not possible.
Myths That Disconnect Us
In contrast, the Judeo-Christian-Islamic story of Genesis places humans above nature and separates out spirit and wonder. Many interpret Adam’s stewardship of other species as license or even a mandate to use, abuse and destroy. Too often white people extend this to humans they see as different from themselves.
The elevation of white European style culture over nature and other peoples can also be understood from the many stories where a Christian figure destroys a wild beast. These stories include Beowulf and Grendel, St George and the Dragon, and St Patrick expelling the snakes.
Until recently, science hasn’t given us a better alternative. Our current materialism tells a sterile story of the big bang and a meaningless, chemical origin of life. It’s a short step from this to nihilism and apathy. Senseless consumerism and numbing to disaster and harm to others are not a necessary consequence of scientific materialism, but without dedication to humanist ethics, it is where many of us live.
New Return to Old Wisdom
It’s time for a new cultural myth, or return to old and indigenous ones. There is room to reinterpret Genesis as God entrusting humans with responsibility to care for nature, not dominate her. Christians can refocus on Christ’s actual core message; equality and love for all.
Quantum science and many psychologies are re-centering consciousness in our understanding of life. Reflecting back wisdom present in Indian traditions for thousands of years, as well as indigenous knowledge the world over, new science tells us consciousness is the foundation of existence.
If we choose to live and relate from knowing all things are conscious, we will have a wondrous relationship to everything. It will be much harder to cut off our innate sense of empathy, the curiosity and sense of connection that all children show.
We need to adopt global cultural myths that guide us to actively care what other people experience.
On a more practical level, Processwork also gives us tools for understanding and working with the roles present in oppression. These roles are similar whether on a systemic level, in a specific situation, or even within an individual.
The roles of oppression are victim, perpetrator and witness. In systemic racism, those roles are inhabited by people of color, white supremacy groups including corrupt police and other agencies, and the public and political systems. It is not enough that only people of color and some white people bear witness and understand racial oppression. All white people need to shoulder our responsibility, be present and make change.
When the witness goes beyond observing and intervenes in the abuse, they change the whole story and shift us from the myth of disconnection into our essence of caring for all life. They connect us to our new and ancient myths and create sustainable cultural change.
As the witness tranforms into the intervener – and in the case of systemic oppression the public and political systems are by far the most powerful part – the oppression is halted. The victim role can begin to transform to the thriver, and the perpetrator also has the opportunity to change. If they decide to, the perpetrator can use their power for the common good instead of against it. St. George, instead of slaying the dragon can choose to be a noble protector.
These roles also live inside us as internalized oppression. In her excellent TED talk, Zed Xaba describes working on internalized racial oppression.
White people who work to be allies also have racist parts inside us, as well as our own internal oppression, which comes out unconsciously and harms people of color. We have to do our inner work too.
Inside the white supremacist, these roles also play themselves out. It is traumatic to teach a child to hate other humans. The adult that child becomes must continuously oppress their innate sensitivity to maintain that hate.
Change is Coming
In this moment, as I hear helicopters again over the protests in the city of Portland, our cultural witness role has stepped into the intervener against systemic racism.
Everyday people are flooding the streets of 430 US cities and many other cities worldwide in sustained response to the brutal murder of George Floyd. Many city and local governments are responding to this call. Our current federal government may not be able to hear, care or shift, but as described in the Chinese classic the I Ching, in times of change, what is too rigid will eventually break.
Join this online anti-racism training by Raggi Kotak, Challenging the Dynamics of Racism
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by Elva Redwood, MA, PW Dipl., Managing Editor
Elva Wolf Redwood is a Processwork Diplomate practicing with individuals, couples and organizations in Portland, Oregon, USA, and on-line. They are a writer and a lover of dogs, fermented foods and knitting. They repeatedly commit to intervening in oppression of all kinds, wherever they find it, and to work on climate justice. They are drawn particularly to work with artists, activists, culture changers and anyone addressing developmental trauma.
Deep in your heart, deep in the quietness of the night, your grandest visions include hope for the future of humanity and the planet earth. Formulate those grand visions now …
After thinking of these visions, consider how you can model them in all that you do. Imagine right now using your vision, and see yourself modeling it.
Amplify your vision with the following ‘addition’: n
ature moves us; our job is to make these movements conscious and useful. Dreams and emotions, love and anger happen.
Our job is to guide these feelings so that they enrich our own and everybody else’s life, the life of all sentient beings. This ‘addition’ to your vision implies that life itself is a sacred event, even though it sometimes seems impossible.
Life is not just a problem, but a kind of spiritual fighting ring, a temple requiring your utmost ability and wisdom. Nothing less than the grandest part of you is needed in an ultimate situation. The present moment is an opportunity, not only a threatening catastrophe.
Amy and Arnold Mindell. (2003). Short recipe for resolving conflict crises. Psychotherapy and Politics International, 1(1), 64–68.
By Jeanell Innerarity
If you’ve engaged in personal growth work in the last fifteen years, you’ve probably dabbled in “manifestation.” Manifestation hit the mainstream with the 2006 release of the documentary The Secret, which featured celebrities, philosophers, and even scientists talking about how they create their own reality by acting like it’s already real. The movie claims that some of society’s biggest names have used this “secret” to get to ahead, and the rest of us can do the same.
Life is more Complex
If tuning in to the vibration of our goals is the only thing between us and our ideal reality, then why aren’t we there yet? Did some of us stick the wrong images on our vision boards? How come manifestation sometimes works, and sometimes doesn’t? I believe the missing piece in this conversation is PROCESS!
Process, if you know how to track it, is no secret. The word “process” can be a noun or a verb and applies in many contexts, but it always implies that something is emerging naturally from what came before it. As a Processworker, I track process by noticing what is more obvious or consciously known (primary), and facilitating opportunities for the less known (secondary) aspects of awareness to emerge.
The Secondary Process
How do I apply this when a client comes to me and says they want to “manifest” something? The term manifestation gives me a clue: there’s a primary aspect of their awareness which has a goal, and a secondary aspect which has another plan entirely!
A client once came to me with enormous career goals. Already the leader of an international organization, they wanted to manifest more power, money, and status. However, they were exhausted. Their shoulders were tied up in knots. Their relationship and libido suffered. They had been betrayed in a business deal and felt unable to trust. Their primary process was success, but their secondary process was rest.
What they thought they wanted to manifest was one-sided and oversimplified; it did not honor the complexity of their life and character, and was impossible to maintain without serious consequence. When you marginalize significant aspects of your experience in order to manifest something, the secondary aspects of your process will eventually sabotage your efforts!
All the Isms
But what if what you’re honoring your full experience, yet you keep running into roadblocks? When clients describe this scenario, I often find that classism, racism, homophobia, or other institutionalized biases are at play. A person tries to manifest their dreams, and the world pushes back against them.
Does this mean they can’t get there? Absolutely not! With these clients (and within myself) I bring to light the process of internalized oppression—the way in which we repeat to ourselves the same critical and dangerous stories the world has fed us. In this case, we must first fight the inner oppressor and pick up its power for ourselves! The outside world may not immediately change, but when we stop agreeing with its insidious and abusive voices we can act with more confidence and at least avoid self-sabotage. After we’ve laid a foundation for a less hurtful inner dialogue, we can strategize about how to take action, build alliances, and even change systems in the wider world.
If you experience societal oppression and believe—as many do—that manifesting your dreams is based solely on your own ability to visualize, then you will feel like a personal failure every time your dreams don’t come true. In this case, the culture of manifestation becomes abusive; it tells people that the big isms—sexism, racism, homophobia, classism, etc.—are easy to overcome, thus erasing the pain, challenge, and grief of someone’s experience. Not fertile soil for manifestation!
You Can’t Go Against Your Needs
It’s also nearly impossible to manifest an intention which overrides a fundamental need. A classic example shows up in the field of weight loss. How many millions of people have spent billions of dollars trying to lose weight, only to fail at the outset or gain back more than they lost? If you eat to “be big” or take up space, to feel safe in your body, to feel free of the sexual gaze, or to experience comfort, then no amount of focusing on thinness will manifest your vision until you can feel these things on your own terms. Additionally, the cultural emphasis on weight loss is a type of social oppression all its own, so it’s important to explore why you might want to lose weight in the first place.
Your True Nature
And finally, there’s destiny. Processwork proposes that we each have a unique path in life: a certain type of trajectory, tendency, and dreaming process which shows up in our earliest childhood dream (or memory) and cycles back throughout our lives. A sort of personal myth. To harness the power of that myth is to live out your destiny!
In my earliest childhood dream, I disturb the status quo and wake up terrified of my own power. Predictably, when I try to conform to the mainstream in my waking life it comes back to bite me; it’s against my nature, which is to use my power to wake people up! I can’t manifest something lasting if it isn’t “me;” when I’m true to who I am, extraordinary things manifest themselves in my favor.
Because of the impact of the secondary process, societal oppression, unmet needs, and personal destiny, manifestation doesn’t always work, but sometimes it does! Sometimes, with astonishing quickness and accuracy, you wish for something and get what you wanted. Is that just dumb luck? Maybe occasionally! More often, I’d say it’s akin to “going with the flow.” When you learn to track and unfold your own process, when you align your choices with your true nature, and when you notice and act on synchronicities, you get out of your own way. When you honor your needs and take back the power of the internalized oppressor, you open up possibilities for the intelligent universe to shower you with blessings! It’s just that those blessings might look nothing like what you intended to manifest….
By Jeanell Innerarity, MAPOF, LMT (#22490)
Jeanell Innerarity facilitates personal healing with global impact. She specializes in integrative work to help clients better understand their personal power through the lenses of ancestry, Earth connection, and somatic awareness. She is the Founder and CEO of The EcoSpiritual Education Center LLC, where she provides group workshops, one-on-one counseling, and online education focused on personal development interwoven with ecological and social sustainability. She holds an MA in Process Oriented Facilitation, a BA in Environmental Studies, is certified in Permaculture and Ecovillage Design, and is a Licensed Massage Therapist. She recently completed her first novel.
Learn more about Jeanell’s work at Ecospiritual Education
Image credit: Jeanell Innerarity
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