The power of denial

Denial literally means “saying no” to something, but we tend to think of it in a negative way. We say things like, “He’s in denial” when someone’s not accepting a truth. Here’s a concerning example of Reagan talking about Native Americans: We’ve done everything we can [stop residential schooling & child removals] to meet their … Continue reading The power of denial

Power, Force & Corruption

Blog by Valerie Building on some previous posts about power objects and healing unjust power dynamics, I realised it would be wise to define power and related terms. Energy is defined in physics as the ability to do work, and spiritually I have been taught that work is worship. The ways we work/worship result in beautifully … Continue reading Power, Force & Corruption

Altars, Shrines & Power Objects

Blog by Valerie I am delighted to hear from people having success working with ancestral altars and have been asked to write more generally about altar and shrine practices. I will also talk about power objects. Starting with etymology, “altar” is from a Latin word for “on high” (like altitude) and refers to honouring and worshipping … Continue reading Altars, Shrines & Power Objects

Healing Unjust Power Dynamics

Blog by Valerie Through a Shipibo elder of the Amazon I learned that about 90% of the thought-loops that circulate our minds are not based in ego, but in ancestral trauma. I learned through Dakota Earth Cloud Walker that ancestry is defined in three ways: blood lineage, ancestry of place, and personal karma. Personal karma … Continue reading Healing Unjust Power Dynamics

Lived Experience Knowledge

Blog by Valerie There is immense power in embodying healing through lived experience. As I work in facilitating & healing spaces, I feel it is important to be open about parts of my journey. If you want to learn more about my personal lived experience journey, please read on. My healings, awakenings and navigations of … Continue reading Lived Experience Knowledge

Synchronicity

Blog by Valerie Four years ago I wrote the following and saved it on my computer: Imagine synchronicity as a lifestyle. Inner & outer awareness/alignment Today I was reminded of that document and moved to write this piece. For me, this is the essence of being alive and embodying an earth ethos, for in Indigenous … Continue reading Synchronicity

Cry of the White fella

A poem by Lukas Our position of dominance hides our shame and pain. I see those white fellas who show up with their engrained sense of superiority manifesting as ignorance, hate and prejudice. I see saviour types who subjugate their own pain under the yoke of guilt, forever seeking to unburden themselves of their shoulds: … Continue reading Cry of the White fella

On Indigenous Science

Doing science with awe and humility is a powerful act of reciprocity with the more-than-human world. — Robin Wall Kimmerer, Potowatami scholar A blog by Valerie Most of us when asked what ‘science’ is will start to think of beakers and men in lab coats doing chemistry experiments. However, that is a limited Western perspective … Continue reading On Indigenous Science