The Heroine’s Journey: Understanding Women’s Depression and Anxiety

To My Dearest Divine Gods and Goddesses,

I am delighted to be sharing this update with you on my last day in Copenhagen, Denmark! Fortuitously, my hotel room has wifi and I wanted to share this moment with you.

This picture is the view from my room…

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First Hotel Kong Frederikson

The theme for this month,The Heroine’s Journey, has been on my mind, as I explored this new country and culture.

Fun fact about Denmark: it is reported to be the happiest country in the world. This is presumably due to several contributing factors:

  1. Denmark supports maternity leave for both mothers and fathers.
  2. Health care is a civil right — and a source of social support.
  3. Gender equality is prioritized.
  4. Danes feel a responsibility to each other and have high rates of volunteerism.

Given that levels of happiness are so high in Denmark, it is reasonable to assume that Danes also enjoy good mental health. But a study published in 2014 by the American Medical Association tells a different story.

When it comes to so-called “internalizing” conditions, rates for Danish women are higher than for Danish men: for anxiety disorders 19% of women will receive treatment compared with 13% of men; for depression the figures are 16% and 9% respectively.

Men, on the other hand, are more vulnerable to “externalizing” disorders: in Denmark 8% of men will receive treatment for alcohol or drug problems, twice the figure for women.

For both sexes and for most conditions, it usually manifests during adolescence and early adulthood.

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The Grand Central of Copenhagen, Denmark

What does this have to do with The Heroine’s Journey?

There are ten stages to The Heroine’s Journey, which is a psycho-spiritual stage model of female identity development, created by Maureen Murdock.

The Heroine’s Journey is perhaps most uniquely characterized by the “Descent into the Dark Goddess,” which is a stage that looks exactly like anxiety and depression.

For this month’s live-online events, we are going to focus on three essential aspects, in a two-part presentation:

  1. The idea that all women experience a split or division within themselves that is the result of a societal disregard and devaluing of femininity.
  2. Women must confront this feminine wound on both a personal and archetypal level, in order to recover their feminine parts.
  3. This recovery leads to an integration of self that allows for a healthy and harmonious balance of feminine and masculine energies.
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The Heroine who traveled with me and visited the famous Little Mermaid statue, in Copenhagen. 

A few disturbing statistics…

Raised on psychologies that examine a woman’s femininity as a reaction to a male paradigm (as opposed to her own inherent trajectory), women have become lost and unable to find our way back to center, leading to the highest rates of depression and anxiety ever recorded, in the United States.

  • Approximately 12 million women in the United States experience clinical depression each year (nearly twice the rate of men).
  • About one in every eight women can expect to develop clinical depression during their lifetime.
  • Depression occurs most frequently in women aged 25 to 44, and girls ages 14-18 have a consistently higher rate of depression than boys at this age.

With numbers like these, chances are you have experienced depression or anxiety yourself, or treated a woman struggling with it.

Please join me, live and online, to learn more about The Heroine’s Journey, and how this framework may be used in combination with mindfulness-based creative arts therapies interventions to help women in need. 


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The Heroine’s Journey Part I: Theory (1.5 CE’s)

This presentation includes:

  • Review of Psychodynamic Theory as it Applies to The Heroine’s Journey
  • Important Aspects of Female Adolescent Development
  • An introduction to an 8-week treatment protocol, Embracing the Feminine.
  • A Sample Experiential

Register for FREE!

For CE contact hours, LCATs will need to pay a $35 fee.

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The Heroine’s Journey Part II: Applications (1.5 CE’s)

This presentation includes:

  • A case study examined through the framework of The Heroine’s Journey
  • 3 creative arts therapies techniques that may be applied in treatment
  • An introduction to an 8-week treatment protocol, Embracing the Feminine.
  • A Guided Meditation Experiential

Register for FREE!

For CE contact hours, LCATs will need to pay a $35 fee.


This course is right for you, if you are…

  • A creative arts therapist
  • A mental health professional
  • Seeking self-help
  • Seeking creative inspiration

The framework of The Heroine’s Journey is primarily focused on the experiences of cisgendered women. However, I do believe that the work we cultivate around the “womb space,” which is also the sacrum or sacral chakra, can apply to all who wish to cultivate their feminine aspects.

The sacral chakra is associated with receptivity, emotional intelligence, affect regulation, the embracing of dualities, sexuality, pleasure, play, and creativity. It is where we first explore and learn to organize our sensuality and felt experiences.

Exploring this part of the self as represented by the energetic or spiritual body is a benefit to all, even if the physical “parts” may be different than that of a cisgendered woman, or have been surgically altered, removed, or damaged.

Be sure to look out for more emails this month on the topic of feminine empowerment, and feel free to reply to this email with any questions, comments or concerns. I’d love to hear from you!

Warmest regards,

Briana MacWilliam ATR-BC, LCAT
CreativeArtsTherapiesOnline.com
BrianaMacWilliam.com


Please click here for Webinar FAQs.

If you have any problems or technical difficulties, please contact Briana MacWilliam at Briana@CreativeArtsTherapiesOnline.com.

CreativeArtsTherapiesOnline.com is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists. (#CAT-0014.)

[FREE, Live Webinar] Affects as Energy: Applying the Chakra System to Psychotherapy

My Dearest Day-Dreamers and Moon Masters,

There has been SOOOOOO much going on in such a short time, I don’t even know where to begin with today’s update!

So, I will start with the sun and the moon and the planets, and then bring it back down to earth 🙂

On Wednesday, 5/10, a magical Scorpio Full Moon will shine light on your inner spiritual self, inspiring some much-needed soul-searching. This exquisite time also welcomes a 10-10 Activation that’ll fill you with confidence and forward momentum. The combination of these events will pack a punch of instant manifestation, but only if you know how to tap into this energy. (To learn more about this, check out this video.)

And so, in a quick turn of events, I have postponed this month’s presentation of The Heroine’s Journey, and decided to share Affects as Energy: Applying the Chakra System to Psychotherapy, instead.

And you will have two opportunities to catch it:

Friday, May 12th @ 7pm
Saturday, May 13th @ 2pm

Just in time to make the most of your manifesting power!

I feel so strongly about this I even went so far as to make a video promo. I hope you like it!

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It is my belief that affect theories are perhaps the most compatible with using the Chakra System as a framework for working with energy in the body, mind, and spirit. And it is my intention to illuminate those connections for you, so that you may be seduced too!

In this presentation we will cover…

  • Theories of Affective Response
  • The Diagnostic Meaning of Affect
  • Affects as Energy and Applying the Chakra System to Psychotherapy
  • Overview of the 7 Main Chakras
  • 8 Mindful Tips for Working with Early Chakra Imbalances
  • A Guided Meditation and Art-Based Experiential to Explore your Root Chakra

Your learning Objectives Include…

  • The ability to identify at least two out of four diagnostic indicators for affect.
  • The ability to identify the difference between concordant and complementary affects.
  • The ability to identify at least two out of eight mindfulness-based tips on treating Root and Sacral Imbalances.

You will also receive…

For LCATs and/or art therapists who would like to purchase the learning assessment and course materials in order to obtain a certificate for continuing education contact hours with New York State, or for recertification with the ATCB, there will be a 35$ fee.

Enrollment will open after the webinar is completed.

For further instruction, please view this tutorial.


April’s webinar replays have also now been made available as self studies!

Catch up quick with our bundled offers. Save $20 with each bundle you purchase!

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Healing the Root and Sacral Chakras: Mindfulness and Creative Arts Therapies

(3.0 Self-Study CE’s)
$60 (save $20)

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Healing the Solar Plexus and Heart Chakras: Mindfulness and Creative Arts Therapies

(3.0 Self-Study CE’s)
$60 (save $20)


If you were super stoked about The Heroine’s Journey, don’t despair. I have a WILDLY generous offer for you, coming up next week.

All I will say, is that if you attend our FREE live webinar event on The Heroine’s Journey in June, you will be eligible for FREE enrollment to a self study course worth 12 CE’s…

Welp.

I guess I just gave away the big surprise!

But stay tuned for the catch  🙂

Briana MacWilliam ATR-BC, LCAT
CreativeArtsTherapiesOnline.com
BrianaMacWilliam.com


Please click here for Webinar FAQs.

If you have any problems or technical difficulties, please contact Briana MacWilliam at Briana@CreativeArtsTherapiesOnline.com.

CreativeArtsTherapiesOnline.com is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists. (#CAT-0014.)

[QUIZ] 4 Questions to Decipher Your Partner’s Brain Type, and How It Impacts Your Love Life!

To My Dearest Hearts-Open-to-the-Universe Community Members,

Have you ever wondered how your partner’s brain type might be affecting your love life?

Oh, maybe you never thought about it quite like that…

But I guarantee you’ve had more than one moment, in the heat of passion, when you begged God and anyone else who might be listening, “What the hell makes this person tick?!!”

In those moments, our compassion fails us and we are dumped in the rapid waters of confusion and anger; feelings we particularly dislike.

Trust me, I’ve been there!

But after spending four years of my professional life as a research outcomes coordinator for the executive team, at the Amen Clinics Inc., those moments don’t have the same power to knock me off my center.

Dr. Amen has pioneered a method of psychiatric practice that focuses on using brain scans and SPECT technology to provide accurate diagnosis and integrative treatment for mental health problems, poor nutrition, and other obscure conditions.

He has been a guest on CNN, PBS, Dr. Oz, Entertainment Television, Dr. Phil, The View, TedX, Rachel Ray, Larry King, and more. Currently, he has a show, Lying on the Psychiatrist’s Couch on PBS.

Also the author of The Brain in Love, Dr. Amen has found it useful to think about the brain in five different systems that relate to human behavior.

The brain is very complex and there are, of course, more than five systems. However, these systems appear to be the “Big Bosses.” Each of these systems interacts with other areas of the brain to produce the effective or ineffective human behavior.

What we do, how we perceive the world, interpret other people’s actions and perceptions, process our bodily and sensory experiences–especially in LOVE and attachment relationships— are ALL a reflection of our brain function…and our brain function is a reflection of all these influences!

This is the heart of Mindfulness–as is within, so is without. 

We must acknowledge the interrelationship between mind and body, which is the basis for understanding how one mind and body interacts with someone else’s!

It is the resiliency and plasticity of the brain and body that makes real therapeutic and life changing experiences possible.

To give you a taste of what we will explore in this months FREE WEBINAR on Brain Basics in Relationships… 

I put together a little quiz and assessment to help you discover your partner’s brain type, based on Dr. Amen’s “Big Bosses” system.

TAKE THE QUIZ!

In our webinar this month,  Creative Arts Therapies and Brain Basics in Relationships, we will:

  • Explore “The Five Big Bosses of the Brain” in the context of relationships.
  • Conduct a self assessment.
  • And create our own Brain Maps, to foster consciousness around our experiences of love.

We will also explore:

  • 4 Deep versus surface structure communications
  • 3 Dimensions of interdependency
  • 3 Creative Arts Therapies Techniques for Affect Regulation and Communication
  • And explore a “Heart-Soul” Mindfulness-based experiential and guided meditation, focusing on fostering empathy and compassion in relationships, through mirroring and entrainment.

We will be offering this LIVE Webinar twice this month, so pick the day that works best for you! Registration is FREE.*

*If you are an LCAT interested in CE contact hours: the course materials, learning assessment and certificate of completion will be made available for $35.


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Creative Arts Therapies and Brain Basics in Relationships

A LIVE Webinar

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 @ 8pm

Sunday, April 30th, 2017 @ 2pm

(1.5 Live event, continuing education contact hours available for LCATs in New York State and with the ATCB; $35 fee applies.)

REGISTER HERE FOR FREE!

 

We hope to see you there!

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Briana MacWilliam ATR-BC, LCAT

Licensed and Board Certified Creative Arts Therapist

Author, Educator and Reiki Practitioner

CreativeArtsTherapiesOnline.com

BrianaMacWilliam.com

YouTube Channel

If you have any problems or technical difficulties, please contact Briana MacWilliam at Briana@CreativeArtsTherapiesOnline.com.

CreativeArtsTherapiesOnline.com is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists. (#CAT-0014.)

[Webinar Tonight!] FREE Registration For Healing The Heart Chakra (1.5 CE’s Available)

To All My Messengers of Love and Spirit,

I’m so excited because tonight Kristen Boyer and I dive into our Healing the Heart Chakra Webinar.

And because the best things in life ARE FREE, like LOVE, Registration is FREE to the public.

In our Heart Chakra Webinar this Wednesday, April 19th at 8pm EST where we’ll be talking about attachment styles, psychological relationship patterning, and how to step into healthy partnerships.
Specifically, we will debunk three commonly held beliefs:

  1. “The perfect romantic partner will make me happy.”
  2. “Good relationships shouldn’t be hard.”
  3. “If I allow myself to experience my feelings, I will spin out of control.”

These myths and their concordant “truths” will be examined in the context of attachment theory, as well as shamanistic approaches to energy healing.

Participants of this event will be able to identify the following on a multiple choice quiz and learning assessment, which will be part of the course evaluation:

  • Identify the shadow aspect of the Heart Chakra.
  • Identify at least two observable behaviors of someone experiencing Heart Chakra imbalances.
  • Identify one guided meditation that may be used in working with Heart Chakra imbalances.

You will also receive…

  • A Guided meditation for opening the Heart Chakra
  • An outline of the presentation
  • Handouts to assist with working on Heart Chakra imbalances, in practice
  • A FREE,  introductory lecture on all 7 Chakras, which is part of our 7-week, LIVE, Online Master Class, Healing the Chakras: Mindfulness and Creative Arts Therapies
  • A FREE, Introductory, 30- minute Guided meditation to all 7 Chakras, which is part of our 7-week, LIVE, Online Master Class, Healing Through the Chakras: Mindfulness and Creative Arts Therapies
  • A FREE, introductory, 30-minute guided shamanic journey, which is part of our 7-week, LIVE, Online Master Class, Healing Through the Chakras: Mindfulness and Creative Arts Therapies

This is definitely a free event you won’t want to miss! So Sign up for Free HERE.

And to give you a head start on getting clearer about where you stand in your own way and block the development of healthy partnerships, I want to invite you to take this FREE QUIZ to identify your attachment style.

So make sure to join in this Wednesday at 8pm EST for our FREE Heart Chakra Webinar, and get your heart healing on with me and Briana so that when that special someone comes along you can fully embrace it and receive those juicy love vibes because nothing will be holding you back anymore!

If you are an LCAT interested in CE contact hours: the course materials, learning assessment and certificate of completion will be made available for $35.


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Healing the Heart Chakra
Mindfulness and Creative Arts Therapies

A LIVE Webinar

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 @ 8pm

Applicable for self help and mental health professionals.

(1.5 Live event, continuing education contact hours for LCATs in New York State, with a $35 fee.)

REGISTER HERE FOR FREE!

 

We hope to see you there!

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Briana MacWilliam ATR-BC, LCAT

Licensed and Board Certified Creative Arts Therapist

Author, Educator and Reiki Practitioner

CreativeArtsTherapiesOnline.com

BrianaMacWilliam.com

YouTube Channel

If you have any problems or technical difficulties, please contact Briana MacWilliam at Briana@CreativeArtsTherapiesOnline.com.

CreativeArtsTherapiesOnline.com is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists. (#CAT-0014.)

[Quiz & FREE Webinar] Healing the Heart Chakra: What Kind of Lover Are You?

To My Dearest Open-Hearted Romantics,

In the spirit of this month’s theme, which focuses on love and relationships, the Shamanatrix, Kristen Boyer, and I are hosting a FREE, LIVE Webinar on…


Healing the Heart Chakra 

Wednesday, April 19th, at 8pm

(1.5 CE’s are available for LCATs and with the ATCB, for a $35 purchase of the learning assessment and course materials).

This webinar will focus on how  your attachment style informs the balancing of your heart chakra energy, and vice versa.

To give you a taste and to get you excited, we have created a quiz for you to determine what kind of lover you are!

TAKE THE QUIZ!

If the results surprise you, intrigue you, or down right piss you off, I hope you will join us Wednesday, April 19th, at 8pm to ask the hard questions in the chat box, and learn more about attachment and heart chakra energy!


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Healing the Heart Chakra: Mindfulness and Creative Arts Therapies

A LIVE Webinar

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 @ 8pm

Applicable for self help and mental health professionals.

(1.5 Live event, continuing education contact hours for LCATs in New York State, and with the ATCB)

REGISTER HERE FOR FREE!


We hope to see you there!

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Briana MacWilliam ATR-BC, LCAT

Licensed and Board Certified Creative Arts Therapist

Author, Educator and Reiki Practitioner

CreativeArtsTherapiesOnline.com

BrianaMacWilliam.com

YouTube Channel

If you have any problems or technical difficulties, please contact Briana MacWilliam at Briana@CreativeArtsTherapiesOnline.com.

CreativeArtsTherapiesOnline.com is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists. (#CAT-0014.)


Please click here for Webinar FAQs.

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Creative Arts Therapies and Brain Basics in Relationships: Unlocking Your Brain’s Love Map

To My Dearest  See-the-Big-Picture Subscribers,

For four years of my professional life as an art therapist, I had the privilege of being a research outcomes coordinator for the executive team, at the Amen Clinics Inc.,

Dr. Amen has pioneered a method of psychiatric practice that focuses on using brain scans and SPECT technology to provide accurate diagnosis and integrative treatment for mental health problems, poor nutrition, and other obscure conditions.

Dr. Amen has been a guest on CNN, PBS, Dr. Oz, Entertainment Television, Dr. Phil, The View, TedX, Rachel Ray, Larry King, and more. Currently, he has a show, Lying on the Psychiatrist’s Couch on PBS.

Two LIFE CHANGING things happened to me while I was working for the Amen clinics.

First, I got divorced.

Second, I was diagnosed with ADD.

Now, when the doctor told me, I scoffed and my ignorant pride replied, “What are you talking about? I was an A student! In all the advanced placement classes. I was valedictorian of my undergraduate class. I even faked mono to get out of gym class my senior year!”

The doctor nodded and said, “Well, sure, but how hard did you have to work for all that?”

And then I started to think about all the notebooks I have kept since I was a little girl; how I can’t bring myself to throw them away because in order to keep up with my cohort, I would basically have rewrite my text books by hand.

I also remembered how my mother used to tease me for biting my nails and wringing my hands all the time. Whenever she’d catch me white-knuckling it, she would laugh and narrate my inner state as if I were Oliver Twist. “Please Sir, can I have some more?” She would mock.

And, of course, it only made me wring my hands harder. But how was she supposed to know what was going through my head? Kids are reticent, mysterious creatures. And I thought it was just a weird, eccentric quirk of mine.

Now, I realize, it was how I embodied my anxiety.

I was academically successful because I was motivated and very good at drawing connections. But it took me twice as long and I had to work twice as hard as my friends, just to keep up.

You might be wondering, how did they know I had this diagnosis when it had gone undetected for 30 years of my life?

Well, Dr. Amen is known for using SPECT scan technology to diagnose and treat conditions like ADHD and others. SPECT is not necessarily a new technology, but it is used infrequently because the images that the SPECT machine creates are only tiny, thin slices of the brain. Like this image below:

But Dr. Amen had the idea to put all those slices together to create a three dimensional image that would give us a clearer picture of how all the different systems of the brain were functioning simultaneously. Like this image below:

This technique assisted in the development of reframing the brain and human behaviors into “Five Big Bosses.” And THAT helped him come up with the 7 Types of ADD, depicted below:

But what does all this have to do with getting divorced?

EVERYTHING.

What we do, how we perceive the world, interpret other people’s actions and perceptions, process our bodily and sensory experiences–especially in LOVE and attachment relationships– are ALL a reflection of our brain function…and our brain function is a reflection of all these influences!

This is the heart of Mindfulness–as is within, so is without. 

We must acknowledge the interrelationship between mind and body, which is the basis for understanding how one mind and body interacts with someone else’s!

It is the resiliency and plasticity of the brain and body that makes real therapeutic and life changing experiences possible.

In our webinar this month,  Creative Arts Therapies and Brain Basics in Relationships, we will:

  • Explore “The Five Big Bosses of the Brain” in the context of relationships.
  • Conduct a self assessment.
  • And create our own Brain Maps, to foster consciousness around our experiences of love.

We will also explore:

  • 4 Deep versus surface structure communications
  • 3 Dimensions of interdependency
  • 3 Creative Arts Therapies Techniques for Affect Regulation and Communication
  • And explore a “Heart-Soul” Mindfulness-based experiential and guided meditation, focusing on fostering empathy and compassion in relationships, through mirroring and entrainment.

We will be offering this LIVE Webinar twice this month, so pick the day that works best for you! Registration is FREE.

If you are an LCAT interested in CE contact hours: the course materials, learning assessment and certificate of completion will be made available for $35.


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Creative Arts Therapies and Brain Basics in Relationships

A LIVE Webinar

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 @ 8pm

Sunday, April 30th, 2017 @ 2pm

Applicable for self help and mental health professionals.

(1.5 Live event, continuing education contact hours for LCATs in New York State.)

REGISTER HERE FOR FREE!


We hope to see you there!

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Briana MacWilliam ATR-BC, LCAT

Licensed and Board Certified Creative Arts Therapist

Author, Educator and Reiki Practitioner

CreativeArtsTherapiesOnline.com

BrianaMacWilliam.com

YouTube Channel

If you have any problems or technical difficulties, please contact Briana MacWilliam at Briana@CreativeArtsTherapiesOnline.com.

CreativeArtsTherapiesOnline.com is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists. (#CAT-0014.)

Healing the Solar Plexus: Restore Your Personal Power! [1 Day Left/ 1.5 LIVE CE’s]

My Dearest Lion-hearted Power-Houses,

Today is the day…and that’s one day away from our LIVE Webinar on Healing the Solar Plexus (1.5 LIVE CE’s); the seat of your personal power!

But before you enroll in this amazingly empowering course, I thought we’d give you a little taste of what’s in store.

At the inner core of each of us spin wheel-like energy centers or vortices. These energy centers are referred to as “chakras” and each one reflects an aspect of our inner and outer experience, as well as the degree of consciousness we have around those experiences.

When these chakras are in balance they are able to integrate mind, body, and spirit. They help us organize our life force energy, and provide a powerful tool for mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and physical growth.

But when they are out of balance, we may find ourselves continually stuck in old patterns, unable to evolve or break free.

If we cannot create spaciousness around our more physical experiences, we cannot reflect, change, grow or expand. Similarly, without the embodiment of intention, we remain scattered dreamers unable to make commitments or put our thoughts into action.

The Root chakra establishes our basic sense of security as well as body integrity. And this is associated with the element of earth.

From this ground we move into the second chakra (the Sacral)  and experience difference, change, and movement, like the fluidity of water. We learned about embrace polarities and dualities and discover the passion that emerges from desire.

We expand beyond survival mode and move towards pleasurable interactions.

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When matter and movement combine, they create a new kind of energy; if we rub two sticks together, they create a spark. And fire is the element of the Solar Plexus.

Now, fire moves upward, it facilitates chemical transformation and takes the energy of matter to a new dimension; that of heat and light.

The fire of our will propels us to transform, to take action. The Solar Plexus puts us in touch with our sense of competence and ego integrity. It allows us to set a goal and take action steps towards that goal. And the first step is breaking old patterns. Particularly those that keep you disempowered or victimized.

Thus, in discussing the shadow of the solar plexus, we might begin by asking yourself:

What is my relationship to power?

And by extension, we must ask ourselves the following questions as well:

  • What is power?
  • Where do we get it?
  • How do we use it?
  • Why do we need it?
  • Where do we find our own empowerment without diminishing that of others?
  • How do we avoid the duality of victimization and abuse, aggression and passivity, dominance and submission?
  • How do we reclaim, with full responsibility, enthusiasm, and pride, our innate right to act, (which is the basic right of the solar plexus), free from Shame?

And this is the shadow aspect of the Solar Plexus… Shame.

You may recall the shadow aspect of the Sacral, which is the chakra that develops before the Solar Plexus, is guilt. And while guilt and shame are close cousins, there are some notable differences that are worth taking note of, in understanding not only our own underlying dynamics, but also those that we may treat as healers.

Guilt involves an internal sense of malevolent power, a feeling of deep personal destructiveness and evil. When we feel guilty it is the experience of breaking an internal moral code.

Shame, by contrast, involves a sense of powerless vulnerability, the chronic risk of exposure to the criticisms in contempt of others. Shame is rather the concern of being looked down upon by others.

For the shame-driven person, The message is “I am an imposter; Someone else could do this better than me. One day, they’ll all find out, and they’ll be so disappointed. Nobody would ever accept me. I just don’t fit.”

For the guilt-driven person, The message is, “I am fundamentally bad. I don’t have a right to be here. If I had any balls at all I would just take myself out of the game. It’s not necessarily that I don’t fit; I don’t deserve to.”

And so, in the Solar Plexus, shame blocks the liberating, feminine energy and prevents it from rising up from the lower chakras to meet the masculine, manifesting current of consciousness, which brings impulse and motivation to heel through effective and consciously willed action.

As a result, you feel afraid of following your own gut instinct, or completely out of touch with it altogether. Feeling ashamed of our basic instincts hands disproportionate control over to the mind, often leading to limiting beliefs. Additionally, shameful personalities tend to feel stuck in patterns of compulsion and/or addiction.

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In Wednesday’s LIVE Webinar on Healing the Solar Plexus, my good friend and Shamanatrix, Kristen Boyer MPS, HC and myself, Briana MacWilliam ATR-BC, LCAT,  will discuss how shameful blockages manifest in three common and damaging myths.

“If I just had more_______, then I could…” Whatever you have isn’t good enough.

“I’m not the expert, I’ll let someone else take charge.” Someone else always knows better than you.

“If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” Being strong means you have to do everything on my own.

These myths and their concordant “truths” will be examined in the context of psychodynamic theory, as well as shamanistic approaches to energy healing.

I invite you to register today!

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Healing the Solar Plexus

Mindfulness and Creative Arts Therapies

(1.5 Live event, continuing education contact hours for LCATs in New York State.)

In this course, we will explore mindfulness-based practices in treatment, using the Solar Plexus as a frame for understanding the impact of energetic imbalances in the body.

Presenters: Briana MacWilliam ATR-BC, LCAT, and Kristen Boyer MPS, HC

Date/Time: April 5th, 2017 @ 8pm

Registration Link: http://creativeartstherapiesonline.com/p/healing-the-solar-plexus

Fee: $35 Due upon registration

If you are interested but want to catch up first…


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Click here to enroll in a FREE introductory course on the Chakras!

FREE Course Includes:

A Brief Audio Lecture and Introduction
30-Minute Lecture and Guided Meditation on all 7 Chakras
20- Guided Shamanic Journey
Handouts to help you process the experience

 


Additionally, if you you missed March’s webinars on the Root and Sacral Chakras, they are both now available as a low-cost, bundled package. 


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Click here to enroll in this bundled course. 

In this bundled course, we explore the Root and Sacral Chakras; the energetic vortices that are the most connected to our feelings of attachment, felt security, and emotional intelligence. From the development of these chakras we learn how to get our most basic needs met, maintain body integrity, and feel secure within ourselves. We learn how to name and organize our emotions, hold dualities, learn to play, and to be sensual and sexual.


 

We hope to see you there!

 

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Briana MacWilliam ATR-BC, LCAT

Licensed and Board Certified Creative Arts Therapist

Author, Educator and Reiki Practitioner

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If you have any problems or technical difficulties, please contact Briana MacWilliam at Briana@CreativeArtsTherapiesOnline.com.

CreativeArtsTherapiesOnline.com is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists. (#CAT-0014.)