Reflections

Post-Colonial Ancestral Wounding, The Problem with ‘Not Seeing Race’ and Moving Forwards Collectively.

I’ve noticed that within the spiritual communities that I’m part of, there is often a lack of acknowledgement or understanding when it comes to the impact of colonisation & consequent ancestral wounding. So I’ve decided to share some of my thoughts, feelings and opinions on this based on my lived experience, learning & healing journey. Brave, I know but uncomfortable as this topic is I feel it is fundamental to mindfully explore this so that we can all move forwards.

Often within these groups, I’ve found some spiritual minded people will claim that ‘we are all one’ and that any talk of colonisation or race is purely divisive. Whilst I agree that we are all one race and that the notion of separating people by race is divisive, I also feel that it is a little too late for that following several centuries of colonisation by dominant cultures which was/is incredibly violent & cruel towards indigenous communities/cultures (in particular but not limited to poc) with long lasting damaging impact/trauma for generations.

This can’t just be forgotten or swept under the rug. If you’ve taken a peek by now you’ll see that our collective ‘shadow’ is actually overspilling with this and this is in some desperate need of healing. We are all affected by ancestral wounding by default of having been born at this time. It is everybody’s work to heal this, should you chose to.

 

 

The good news is that we can all heal this, collectively. Those with indigenous ancestry/heritage your role at this time is to heal, to be supported, to lead in this, use your voice to speak your truth, and to reclaim power. Remember your self love and self care are revolutionary acts.

Those without indigenous ancestry/heritage, your role in this is to be an ally as best you can. You have the power to listen, support and to stand by those who are healing from this with respect, understanding & love. Accept that you may not be included in some of these healing spaces and that is okay. You can chose to either uphold this system which is oppressive to so many or you can help dismantle it in this way or whichever way you choose. This will be healing for you too.

Here is a non-definitive list as a starting point for those ready to heal:-

  1. Acknowledge the atrocities & the impact of colonisation on yourself.
  2. Sit with the discomfort, it was/is horrific.
  3. Allow yourself to process grief, loss, anger. Utilise your own self-healing skills and/or reach out to practitioners who can support you in this.
  4. Gather with other likeminded folk, so you can heal together.
  5. Repeat affirmations that you find useful e.g. “I am worthy. I am loved. I belong” x3.
  6. Give yourself plenty of time & space. Rest. A lot.
  7. Be gentle with yourself.
  8. Do not judge another persons journey or healing process, just trust your own.
  9. There is no one way of doing this but the best way I feel, is led by love & compassion.
Please note: this work is best done supported by/with a practitioner you trust and within a supportive community.

 

So, this is by no means a one size fits all solution of a very complex topic, it is a healing process and this is just one way to begin. I have infused this message with Reiki and I truly hope it serves you well.

Did you find this useful? What works for you? Feel free to leave any questions, comments and share your thoughts & recommendations too!

Big Love,

Em Desouza, Creative Arts Practitioner

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Past Workshops & Events

A Celebration of Feminine Power

It has been a busy few weeks of sessions and events, which have both moved and inspired me beyond words. Despite this, I thought I would gather a few, to share the joy I have felt as a result of sharing these spaces.

Earlier in the year, I’d felt strongly that there needed to be more spaces which celebrated femininity, as an antidote to a culture which is presents itself as predominantly hyper masculine.

As part of this work, I have chosen to focus on creating spaces for women in order to reclaim feminine power and celebrate creativity, which is often repressed and undervalued.  So far, this has been manifested through Reclaiming Your Feminine Power session and more recently She Speaks, (which I proudly co-host with talented artists Aoife O’Conner & Jo Lewis).

Reclaiming Feminine Power

Following on from the ‘Reclaiming Your Feminine Power’ taster, I then launched the full version at the end of May. Calling together those that identify as women, who like myself, have felt drawn to sisterhood, to being creative, expressive for both personal & collective healing.

During this time we explored what feminine power means to each of us, unpacking the societal conditioning which often inhibits this, reclaiming the missing pieces of power that we have lost along the way. In addition, I led a guided mediation with clear quartz to release what no longer serves in reclaiming this power and invite in what does serve.

It was such an honour to hold this space and undoubtedly deeply felt (and still do!) that there was such a beautiful, subtle yet powerful energy within the group.

Thank you SO much to each woman who joined!

 

 

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She Speaks

Where do I begin?

…Perhaps with saying, that this night began as a simple exchanging of words, between 3- passionate about the arts, inclusivity and female representation- female artists (Myself, Jo & Aoife).

This is most fitting, because it demonstrates the power of words which can be so transformative. This was a vision we each shared and one that have also been able to share much wider, with all that came and that supported us with the night.

We launched with a poem we’d co-written only days before, to warm up the stage and call up our talented line-up. This included headliners Sophie Sparham & Milla Tebbs , Pippa Nayer, Shub Heywood and Rosa Straw, as well as open mic open to all.

This was a truly breath taking experience, and one that I am so grateful of. I felt that there was a strong sense of community in sharing our creativity, our vulnerabilities, our solidarity and our cause for celebration for using these powerful voices!

 

 

 

Upcoming Sessions

 

Feminine Rising: Sister Circle

Weds 21st June, 2017, 7.30pm – 9.30pm, £3/£5/£10

Feel free to join us this Summer Solstice for a nurturing, creative and supportive space to explore the last 6 months, releasing and looking at what we’d like to manifest in the next 6 months. Powerful stuff!

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Free to BE: Creative Meditation Session

Tuesday 27th , 2017, 1pm – 2pm, £5/Donation

This is a themed space to stop a min, relax and unwind. I’d like to invite whoever feels interested in supporting such a place, so feel free to join if you fancy it. Be good to see you there!

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She Speaks 

TBC

We are taking a break over the summer, ready to launch our next event in September – so please watch this space for more info!

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