A grieving look at Hara and the feminine

I spoke with my mother today about her poetry. She’s been thinking of releasing a volume of her poems from various ages that have gone unpublished because she did not pursue a career in it. So she wanted me to take a look, see what I think. She also told me that my grandmother, her…

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What does it mean for a practice to be cultural-somatic?

Transparently, this article started off with a cascade of titles. “Cultural somatics is dead” “Who killed cultural somatics?” “A farewell to cultural somatics” You can probably sense my grief, disdain, and resolve. I think the way I have been writing over the last few years, under the anguished moniker of ‘Selfish Activist’, these would be…

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Fear of the Dionysian in Energetic Justice’s call-out of me

It is an odd thing for the person who is the object of a call-out (that’s me) to offer a breakdown of it but this is the weird world I am in where I’m a ‘leading expert’ in the field of speaking about call-out culture and its relationship to collective neuropsychological phenomenon and also a…

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Statement on accusations of harm made against me by Kelly Germaine / Energetic Justice

Hello,As some of you may know, recently, Kelly Germaine, a former client (2 sessions in 2018) and sometimes collaborator (she later hired me to offer a class for her Energetic Justice cohort) has written a statement makings allegations of harmful behavior and character against me. I understand that you will ultimately come to your own…

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My experience of ‘accountability abuse’

While I have made numerous public statements on many of the incidents that I describe below, I realize that something I haven’t really done yet is to truly let myself take up the role of a survivor of accountability abuse (the manipulation of social justice discourse on accountability to propagate harm) and write on my…

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Somatic pathways for animist connection to place and body

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about my ancestral traditions of Japanese folk animism. For those who may be new to Japanese spiritual traditions, Shintoism, the official animist ‘religion’ of Japan, that declares it a nation of “Yaoyorozu-no-Kami (八百万の神)” or 8 million spirits, has multiple strains that reflect Japan’s history of class and racial-cultural struggle.…

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Undoing traumatic bonding: responding to claims of harm in the post-#metoo era

A note on scope: The purpose of this article is to simply introduce a few new ideas and get us to think more critically about how we respond to claims of harm in our communities overall. It isn’t necessarily to try to give all the answers. A short article like this can hardly cover all…

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On somatics being an Asian practice

I want to share something with you in this article that I, as an Asian person and somatics practitioner, believes is critical for us students of modern/Western somatics understand the work we do. I often refrain from speaking from my specific racial-cultural position as I understand how often that can mean usurping the power of…

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The cycle of ‘Orientation-Differentiation-Integration’ in animist-somatic healing

Over the last few years of working on the development of an animist-somatic practice, often alongside my frequent collaborator Dare Sohei, I’ve observed that we may see there are three pivotal points of the trauma resolution cycle. These are orientation, differentiation, and integration. In this piece, I would like to share a model for trauma…

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Three essential lenses for developing a cultural somatic practice: neurology, attachment, and animism

This article is written as a guide for people who are newly interested in a practice sometimes referred to as cultural somatics and want to know how to set their bearings for their journey. While it is perilous for any one person to claim to have nailed down the foundations for an emergent work such…

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