When you do shadow work with your therapist, often you delve back into your earliest memories and the structure of your family. So, if we're doing the USA's Cultural Shadow work, then the obvious place to start is with the people who lived on this continent to begin with. Hint: They weren't European. I'm going to … Continue reading Colonists Slaughtered Native Americans
In my earlier post about unpacking privilege, I rattled off a list of the "default" settings for American culture without a lot of context or detail. Before I get started, here is a friendly reminder: We aren't being asked to feel bad about our privileges, simply to acknowledge the experiences of others with empathy. Today, I … Continue reading America’s Default Cultural Settings
For the cultural shadow, this is the method I've decided to use: Look at the unacknowledged history of the United States and follow that line into the present. How do we as a nation project our own history onto other countries? How do we show surprise when that aspect of our history comes back as "fate"?
Those in power will do anything they must in order to stay in power. From the cheap seats, it looks like the white male capitalist hegemony is losing power, and is resorting to the toolbox of doing anything to keep it.
My body has decided it has had enough stress. My brain is a swirling soup of images and ideas, but nothing is ready yet to share. I'm tired. I'm hurting. I'm afraid. I'm angry. I'm not giving up.
Brenna, too, is Sacrificing her silence
Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning…
Like many people, I’m worried. Scared, even. This feels like the beginning of a new age, and not the kind I’d hoped my children would inherit. Since the first of the year, I’ve been doing a project: #20resistance20hope. It’s been my way of stepping up as well as taking care of myself.
What I’ve learned through this process so far is that I have taken democracy for granted. I’ve voted, but otherwise I haven’t worked to help maintain it. I haven’t stepped up, haven’t taken on the burden of the responsibility that goes along with the power of having a voice.
I have a voice.
Often I feel I don’t, because it doesn’t reach as far as I’d like, spark the kind of change I’d like to help instigate. The people who read my words, who hear my voice, are a…
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If you feel like speaking in politically correct terms is dishonesty, let me give you a little nudge: Some of us speak that way out of empathy.
I've stopped and started several blog posts this week, and I've decided to just be honest about how I'm feeling right now. I don't feel up to this task. I want to write a series of posts about the cultural shadow. About how the American shadow is still rooted in really old, weird beliefs - … Continue reading I don’t feel up to this task
I made a thing. For me, the piece asks "How do you make decisions?"
When people suggest that someone who is privileged is speaking from a place they don't understand, they often say "check your privilege" when what they mean is "please have empathy."