Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth. ~ Rumi
You’re here . . .
Maybe you met me at a conference, or heard an interview, or read an article I wrote… or maybe someone sent you.
Whatever the case, you are most welcome.
If you have made it this far, you are probably seeking a new paradigm, something different from the standard of care and the protocols of therapy or the diagnosis of disease. If you are a member of a marginalized category or community, you are beginning to witness the world awakening to the fact that the problem isn’t with you, the marginalized, but with the dominant system and those who are complicit in it. You are looking for a remembrance, a sacred healing practice, a collaboration, a release and a deeper awakening.
tīciyōtl :: sacred healing medicine
Tīciyōtl is the Nahuatl word for the Indigenous medicine of the Mexica people and their descendants. Here, the word medicine does not come from the Latin and does not refer to the diagnosis and treatment of disease based on the scientific medical model. Rather it is closely related to the realms of soothsaying and divination. It lives in the context of Indigenous ways of knowing and being that are connected to all things (even those considered to be non-living by the western paradigm). Tīciyōtl is non-hierarchical, non-linear, non-binary, relational, poetic, emotional, personal and process-based. Tīciyōtl is an art. That means we work together with all things. I am your fellow traveler, not your superior. We will work in spirals toward internal (body, psyche, soul) and external (oppressive structures, cultural restoration, global recovery) transformation.
Trauma and tīciyōtl
Myth Mending is an ancient, innovative and efficient process of trauma resolution, curative story, ancestral lineage repair, and nervous system re-imprinting. It is a process for resolving trauma, recovering presence and finding your (and the worlds) deeper healing story of the past, but also for the future. The rupture that so often follows trauma in our current world is not a universal and necessary reality. Traumatic rupture is a result of our current dominant paradigm – its deconstruction and removal of the Indigenous and embodied ceremonial arts practiced by initiated individuals and communities as a whole. Our ancestral culture and ceremony were protective and must be restored . . .
Myth Mending is also, and primarily, rooted in Indigenous tīciyōtl, in the theory and practice of the traditional “return to ourselves” Earth-medicine. In particular, I work with the Temazcalli, Limpias, rebozo sobadas, dream work, and other curative arts as embodied in the present through my personal experience and calling. I have learned these arts in part from regular people as well as brief relationships with teachers. I honor, without claiming apprenticeship or lineage, Tela Star Hawk Lake (Yurok – moonblood), Cher Bear Lyons (sweat lodge / SunDance), David Forlines (Quileute – plant medicine, cultural restoration), Basil Brave Heart (Lakota – ceremony to open the path for me to find my Indigenous lineage), Michael Paul Hill (Apache – coming of age ceremony), Tonita Gonzales (Xicana – temazcalli), Rita Navarrete Perez (Mexican – temazcalli, sobadas y hierbas), Dayana Paz (Mexican – temazcalli), and Francesca Mason Boring (Shoshone – constellation ceremony).
How does it work?
Myth Mending takes place within a simple conversation carefully slowed, tracked, tenderly repaired and integrated. It is sometimes done in a group and sometimes one on one. It is also based in part on the work of Hippocrates, Plato, Carl Jung, Peter Levine, Gabor Maté, Rudolf Steiner, Bert Hellinger, James Hillman, David White, Pam England, Whapio Diane Bartlett. In learning from these teachers, I acknowledge both their contribution to the art and science of transformation and their debt to Indigenous people who supplied, often without specific community or individual recognition, much of the material upon which their work is built.
Within the western paradigm, I have trained as a Somatic Experiencing practitioner, Family Constellation facilitator, and Nutritional Therapist. I have also trained in Craniosacral Therapy as well as a Birth Keeping, Death Midwifery. I am a doctoral candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia. I work with Indigenous girls, women and mothers in restoring ceremonial practices of birth and mothering. I also have an MA in Depth Psychology with a concentration in Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology and Eco Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Instutute.
Myth mending is gentle, efficient and powerful. Myth Mending is a profoundly efficient and powerful way to get to the root of things and make a deep inner shift… one that echoes outward into your life and the world.
Wondering if this is right for you?
I invite you to set up a time to chat one on one about your needs and dreams. In about 15-20 minutes we can decide what’s next if working together seems like a good fit.