This weekend changed my life. I attended Ka’nikonhriyohtshera – Fostering Emergence of the Good Mind – a weekend workshop at Six Nations Reserve. Lead by Diane Hill, a Mohawk consultant, educator, and social worker, this 3-day program utilizes research drawn from the quantum sciences and the study of cellular biology, epigenetics and neuroplasticity, to show how the human body heals itself.
The body uses its nervous system to process and integrate our many life experiences. Our bodies have trillions of cells designed to absorb the shock, pain, trauma, sadness, negativity that our experiences can cause – if we learn how to stay in the body and breathe. Breathing is what allows the body to process experiences. But what we most often do is get into our heads, into the ego and start thinking about what happened, analyzing it, trying to rationalize it, make sense of it up there. This is what schooling and society teaches us from the beginning. But what we are not taught is that understanding something from the intellect, doesn’t free you from it. Depending on the story you let the ego/mind tell yourself, you could feel better about it, or worse, but either way, it’s not gone. It’ll come back again, because the body hasn’t processed it on a cellular level.
The body is processing trillions of pieces of information every moment. The mind can only process 7-9 pieces of information at a time. The body is supremely wired for this purpose, and it doesn’t lie.
The body stores our experiences not only from our lifetime, but also the experiences of our ancestors, which are stored in our DNA. We have hundreds and thousands of people living in us. We carry their worldviews, even if we disagree with them, unless we do the work to really transform and release them. That’s what this program is all about.
Being in the body, and breathing. De-cloaking. Speaking our truth. This is the work of this program. And it changed me. I am a different person today, on a cellular level, than I was when I came in.
I learned so much about myself. About what has been holding me back from being my most authentic self. For me, my conditioned self – what I was told I should be, didn’t match up with who I am, and who I want to be. But still I was holding belief systems and attitudes of the system I was raised and conditioned in. Scarcity thinking, credentialism, what a “successful life” looks like, what ‘real’ work looks like, what ‘productivity’ looks like, not being enough as I am, needing to be in someone else’s shadow…and the list goes on. These belief systems no longer serve me, and in fact never did, so I let them go. And continue to let them go as they come up. By being in the body, and breathing…
And I embrace abundance – there is more than enough for everyone, including me, doesn’t have to be hard, I can make a living doing what I love, and the money will come, I can be seen, I am here, I am enough. And so are you.
For more information visit http://www.dianehill.net