Eventually what’s not working anymore will come to an end. And certainly what was never working will end too. This is natural law. Time is a funny thing. It can be long and winding. And seem to take an eternity in human perception for the death process to complete itself.
This ending we’re living out has been centuries in the making. The body is the micro of the collective, eventually after too much trauma has built up in the system something will have to give. Usually in the form of a cracking open in order to make whole again. Rot can only rot so long before it has to turn over into something else.
How can we keep going as we are? We can’t. A wake up call beckons us home to our souls who have been too lost and too tired to know how to say yes.
Yes to letting go of: the build-up of ignored for too long collective pain simmering beneath the surface ready to blow. Already blown?
To say yes and choose the beauty of a death process. Choosing to change. To trust rebirth will always come after death. To heal. To do better. To see and tend to all the violence. To trust the descent will show us the way home.
Before I started my healing practice I was trained as a youth worker, teaching artist and community organizer. My healing practice is informed by and defined by these experiences.
We all have work to do to unravel the trauma of being silent about oppressive systemic forces. If there’s a chance for us to change this world (and there is!) then we must listen and continue to understand generational trauma in order to heal our ancestral lineages and build a new world.
I’ve compiled a list of resources from both recent research and from my experiences doing social justice work. If you’re looking to activate from an embodied place to understand the call for social change more deeply here’s my list!
Course on Racialized Trauma from Resmaa Menakem and the Cultural Somatics Institute
Maryam Hasnaa + the New Earth Mystery School
Girl Trek’s Black History Boot Camp
A cultural somatic reader on whiteness, trauma, and allyship (with free webinar!)
Here are some favorite resources for group facilitation
Games for Actors and Non Actors by Augusto Boal (really anything from Augusto Boal and Theatre of the Oppressed is a good resource!)
Theatre for community conflict and dialogue: The Hope Is Vital Training Manual by Michael Rohd
Mariame Kaba (Project Nia) – here is an incredible list from her of resources and curriculum
Short documentary ‘Geographies of Racial Capitalism’
A post on Performative Allyship (if you read this one please read her whole post into the comments)
White Awake: A resource with articles that recently came my way
A People’s History of the United States (of course) by Howard Zinn
Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter A. Levine
It Didn’t Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle by Mark Wolynn
My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem
Donate / Support / Get Active
The Love Land Foundation founded by Rachel Cargle – therapy for black women and girls
Chicago Freedom School they’ve been around for a very long time if you’re looking for somewhere to donate and want to support youth.
There is so much more where this came from, I hope you enjoy this a short list of what’s spoken to me throughout the years!
We must each keep doing our own healing work in this moment, as that is truly the single most useful tool to lay a foundation of understanding.
We are embarking on a period of massive momentum to make much needed change and organize within our communities to better understand: white supremacy, police brutality, and the trauma that stems from systems built by unhealed ancestral lineages. We each play a role in uprooting this.
If you’re listening from your body fully rooted into your nervous system and the ground you will know how to discern which participation in social change is right for you at any moment.