“When we practice autonomy as solidarity, solidarity as autonomy follows.”
Hi I’m Tada.
I’m a somatic coach and consultant whose practice for the last four years specifically revolved around the subjects of whiteness, trauma, and allyship.
Through my time of studying white supremacy through the lenses of neurobiology and energy medicine, I’ve observed a profound dilemma in racial justice work: because whiteness itself originates from a dysregulation pattern coming from a lack of Hara (the Japanese word for the spiritual center in the abdomen-pelvis), the natural tendency is for us to show up to so-called anti-racist work, without having developed a center of self that is needed to navigate the psychoemotional stimuli that come with building cross-racial-cultural relationships.
The roots of gut trauma in white culture are deep, originating from unspoken cultural traumas, such as ethnic genocides and plagues, in the white ancestral past, that continue to affect the neurological patterning of white people centuries after. These traumas have become so deeply codified in whiteness as cultural norms, such as reliance on sugar and other stimulants, sitting posture that forms a rigid sacrum and spine, shallow breathing that reduces circulation to the lower limbs, and the prevalence of antibiotics that diminishes gut flora diversity, that they have become an invisible part of our modern culture. Indeed, you can say that the entire colonial project has been a ‘globally exported’ war on the abdomen-pelvis.
As white/Western medicine has only begun to recognize recently, this belly-lessness of whiteness is highly significant to our overall health. Hara, or rather, our gut-brain, has been found to be the seat of our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being, whose function it is to anchor our autonomic nervous systems capacity to effectively self-soothe.
In what is commonly called anti-racism work, the belly-less legacy of colonialism shows up as racialized codependency: a relational dynamic in which we, caught in a web of childhood and ancestral shame entangled in our Hara, reflexively take on a collapsed submissive position through which we fixate on fixing the problem of whiteness for others. This dynamic may be hard to recognize at first but it may have the following dysregulating impacts:
- Burn-out from the covert injection of childhood and ancestral trauma responses into anti-racist activism
- Inability to discern how to take in anti-racism education because of loss of self and consequent trauma-bonding with powerful figures
I believe that, while it is normal and essentially ‘part-of-the-process’ for there to be some level of racialized codependency in allyship work, it is vital for it to be seen clearly for what it is and worked through – not upheld as liberatory behavior.
Understandably, stepping into such a form of (self) centered allyship takes a huge amount of courage, as it is at first glance opposed to what racial justice work is supposed to look like. Yet, when you begin to work on Hara and see the relational impact it has on individual and cultural individuals, you start to see the deep paradox within our bodies, that liberation is only possibly by revealing our mysterious nature to ourselves.
If you feel ready to step into allyship in a way that is more enlivening, self-responsible, and sustainable, this mini-course is open to you.
Looking forward to connecting!
Time and dates
All pre-scheduled sessions will happen live on Saturday mornings 10 am – 12:30 pm PST / 1 pm – 3:30 pm EST, March through May on the following dates: July 15th, August 1st, August 15th
All classes will take place on the free Zoom.us platform and recorded for replay for those who cannot make all calls.
Module one: Whiteness, ancestral trauma, and gut dysfunction
In this session, we will be going over how white culture has come to embody gut dysfunction from ancestral trauma and exploring some pragmatic tools to start to shift this issue.
Class two: Practice
In this session, we will be practicing the tools we learnt.
Class three: Alchemizing allyship
In this session, we will be looking at how we may approach allyship through a more whole nervous system, particularly focusing on sovereignty and emotional self-responsibility.
Code of Relational Conduct
By enrolling in this course it will be understood that you have agreed to uphold this Code of Relational Conduct, developed by the Ritual as Justice School
$200USD early bird (first 30 registrations up to July 8th).
If you reside in Canada please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an alternate pricing.