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

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 diverse e-motion (energy … Continue reading Power, Force & Corruption

Altars, Shrines & Power Objects

  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 great gods … Continue reading Altars, Shrines & Power Objects

Healing Unjust Power Dynamics

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 refers to past, … Continue reading Healing Unjust Power Dynamics

The Sacred Feminine

  In 2016 I danced a healing ceremony on Tiwa country in view of their Place of Emergence (now the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado, U.S., image from here.) It was the height of summer when we arrived, easily 40C, and a few people were already hard at work building a sweat lodge. … Continue reading The Sacred Feminine

The Archetypes of Bullying

Blog by Lukas In her PhD Justice is Healing: An Indigenous Approach to Sexual Trauma, Valerie describes three main roles in violence: victim, offender, and bystander. In my view, it is vital for us to look at where we play these roles in various aspects of our life, with special attention given to looking at … Continue reading The Archetypes of Bullying

Facts in Right Relationship

Philosophising by Lukas Across the globe an increasingly dominant worldview sees reality as ultimately physical. There are various expressions of this worldview in Western philosophy, including:  logical positivism, empiricism, physicalism, scientism, naturalism and causal closure. I would sum them up as follows: the only true reality is physical and material, and direct observation using the scientific method arranged into cohesive logic … Continue reading Facts in Right Relationship

Toilet paper wars (from the Western worldview)

This is a blog looking at the great Corona virus toilet paper hoarding of 2020 by Lukas. The odds of any one individual getting the Corona virus are so far quite low, and the probability of severe symptoms or death even lower. Making individual decisions based on this low probability is therefore, on some level, … Continue reading Toilet paper wars (from the Western worldview)

Presentations

Valerie’s Research Infographics: Principles of Indigenous Science Aboriginal Science Space Research Cycle Aboriginal IP Checklist Aboriginal People’s Data Valerie’s Powerpoint Presentations: Child, State & Social Policy (NSW, Australia 2019) Justice is Healing: An Indigenous Approach to Sexual Trauma (Social Work Ph.D. public presentation, US 2017) An Indigenous Approach to Trauma & Healing (Social Work Practitioner … Continue reading Presentations