We all possess a unique constellation of traumas, enacted through your own unique kosmic address, and which can lead to your own unique wisdom. This is what we hope to help you uncover today.
ur traumas can be a paralytic that prevents us from moving forward in our life, or they can become a source of rocket fuel, pushing us farther toward our own deepest purpose than we ever thought possible. It all comes down to how we choose to relate to and manage our various traumas and wounds, and how much embodied awareness we can bring to them.
The problem, of course is that when we get stuck in our trauma, when we lose traction and begin spinning our wheels, we are no longer allowing ourselves to mature as genuine “wounded healers”. We lose the ability speak about our wounds with any real clarity — we can only speak from that place of injury, preventing us from discovering the unique wisdom that is waiting to be discovered inside the wound.
Which is why Ryan and I wanted to devote a full episode to all the wounded healers out there (which is pretty much all of us) so that we can grieve together, support each other, heal together, and uncover the two chambers of our timeless heart — one that can never ever be broken, and one that always already is.
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Previous Episodes of Inhabit
Dr. Keith Witt
This practice will help you cultivate the courage to face your trauma, discover an unbreakable source of resilience and empathy within yourself, and find deeper meaning in your suffering — so that you yourself can become a source of strength and healing for the rest of the world.
Dr. Keith Witt and Corey deVos
Every stage shares joy, sorrow, insight, grief, trauma, love, lust, rage, jealousy, clarity, delusion, etc. When we feel safe, we are usually comfortably social with ourselves and others. When we feel threatened, our nervous systems (our adaptive unconscious, our Shadow selves) can generate defensive states to protect us. These states amplify or numb emotions, distort perspectives, pump out destructive impulses, and diminish self-reflection and empathy.
Dr. Keith Witt, Jeff Salzman, and Corey deVos
Suicide has been in existence as long as self-aware consciousness has been in existence. The gift of self-aware consciousness included the capacity for humans to anticipate and understand the inevitability of their own deaths, and all gifts come with a price. In this series of videos, Dr. Keith Witt talks to Jeff Salzman and Corey deVos about bringing a more integral understanding and compassion to the topic of suicide.
The Coping to Transformation ILP module will help you develop a felt sense of connectedness to the bigger picture, seize the opportunities in challenges, and serve people, not as other-than-themselves, but as extensions of a Self without limits. Ginny’s teachings and practices will support you developing the courage, resilience and groundedness of hara (lower abdomen), find your voice, master energy, and reduce your fear.
Judith Blackstone and Ryan Oelke
Ryan Oelke speaks with Judith Blackstone, a teacher in the contemporary fields of nondual realization and spiritual, relational, and somatic psychotherapy, about her new book, “Trauma and the Unbound Body: The Healing Power of Fundamental Consciousness”. They chat about the connection between embodiment, nondual realization, and healing, and how all three help deepen one other.
Chris Grosso, Jeff Salzman, and Corey deVos
Today our dear friend Chris Grosso talks to Jeff and Corey about his provocative and profoundly moving journey out of the shadows of addiction and the endless empty parade of substitute gratifications, and into the light of spiritual awakening and healthy living.
Dr. Lynn Fuentes
Do you suffer from a long term chronic illness? Are you a caregiver to people with chronic illness in your family or friends? Do you work as a provider for people with chronic illness or design practices and systems that affect them? Chronic Illness expert Lynn Royster Fuentes looks at these questions as part of a koan, a puzzle you have been asked to solve, an all-encompassing and fundamental question that can be answered and re-answered as you investigate the approaches that will reduce your suffering, the ways in which you will reconstruct your life, and even the meaning of suffering itself.
Corey deVos and Dr. Lynn Fuentes
Corey deVos talks to Lynn Fuentes about his daughter’s Biliary Atresia diagnosis when she was just a few months old, her subsequent liver transplant a year later, and her ongoing recovery today. Corey also shares some of the little wisdoms that have ripened for him during his family’s journey. It was a fantastic and very touching interview, and we invite you all to check it out.
About Ryan Oelke
Ryan Oelke is a co-founder of Buddhist Geeks and founder of Awakening in Life. He has an MSEd in counseling psychology and is contemplative teacher of awakening, healing, and embodiment. He has 18+ years of experience in meditation, particularly in the Tibetan Buddhist and Dzogchen lineages, and is a certified teacher in Judith Blackstone’s Realization Process. Ryan teaches meditation and practices to reveal natural presence and to cultivate an engaged, responsive life. He lives in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, NC.
About Corey deVos
Corey W. deVos is the proverbial "man behind the curtain". He is Editor-in-Chief of Integral Life, as well as Managing Editor of KenWilber.com. He has worked for Integral Institute/Integal Life since Spring of 2003, and has been a student of integral theory and practice since 1996.