Through my work every day with clients I see the global effects of what really happens when people heal the layers of pain, fear, and trauma that keep us separated from our bodies; preventing us from moving through the world intact and embodied. When we operate from a place of fear and discomfort we create ripples throughout our families, communities and society. Even if we aren’t doing harm to anyone but ourselves, the pain of life disconnected from our root has an echoing effect. Whether that pain is physical, emotional, spiritual, or (usually) a combination of all three, the truth is that the society we live in is a very difficult one for humans to thrive in. Whatever one’s experience of relative adversity or ease- our world doesn’t necessarily make space for humanity, empathy, and connection. We don’t always have the systems in place to release trauma and relate to our spiritual and emotional bodies.
I have a strongly intuitive sense that as we heal our pain and connect with our spiritual centers through healing practices we fill ourselves with the vitality of life, we fill our families with love and humanity, we fill our society with cultures of grace and healing. All of society’s ills such as sexual violence, white supremacy, police brutality, relational and family violence, cultural genocide, ecological destruction, etc. have roots in the fear and pain of generations of trauma, emotional and spiritual neglect, separation from our humanity and empathy, destruction of our communities, and displacement from our homes. Our world is in a state of severe and chronic trauma going back many hundreds of years. Unless this trauma is unpacked, examined, and truly healed it continues to move from one body to another, from one family to another, from one culture to another; creating a civilization of violence, destruction, and abuse.
I see the current focus on healing the roots of trauma within medicine, science, addiction studies, and the arts as a powerful and important realization in the path back to our common humanity. While we cannot remain focused only on ourselves we must begin by taking responsibility for own physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. As we begin to bring our spirits home to our bodies-creating a safe place for our deepest selves to inhabit, reclaim our physical and sexual selves from those that may have done us harm, learn to breathe and move from our centers, learn to acknowledge and discharge intense emotion without causing pain, and most importantly learn to truly love and protect what is sacred and beautiful in our lives and in our world: this is when we are able to truly cultivate a world that is sacred and safe.
Roxanne has been a massage therapist and herbalist for more than 16 years. She practices profound and subtle healing work with the intention of welcoming people back into their bodies and making space for individuals to live in strength, alignment, and integrity.