It starts in my fingertips
an energy that shoots up into my forearms, retracting muscles and drawing my fingers up into fists
it flies up to my shoulders
and they jerk up toward my earlobes as if magnetized;
the effort leaves me trembling.
The sinew in my neck bulges
as too-big energy passes through
First, it squeezes through Not Right Now
and more easily bypasses Not Here.
It jumps the hurdles of Not Ladylike and What Will People Think
and before I know it
my Primal Scream
rattles my teeth
and my ears, the faces of the people around me, the pillow I’ve used to dampen the sound
reveal their shock at my outpouring.
I hosted a gathering of women on the Spring Equinox, not long ago, and the conversation quickly turned to Anger.
We nodded thoughtfully as we each considered how we might
deal with it
avoid impacting others with it
And then one woman said
I’ve started screaming.
I sighed with relief, and recounted the many, many times my frustration, anger, confusion or desperation has erupted from me in ways I often admonished myself for.
As women, we are comfortable with our tears
and even these salty rivulets are still too-often labelled
Out of Control
What of our rage?
What of this end of the spectrum of our emotions?
What it we weren’t to judge it as
and just allowed ourselves to feel it?
What if we, in doing so, taught ourselves and others how to be with our most difficult,
least socially acceptable,
and yet fully human feelings?
Is there a primal scream inside you that’s aching to be released?
What would happen if you would allow it?
The Becoming Podcast has been on a short hiatus while I focus on writing my book, but oh what a comeback episode I have for you!
This month, I spoke to Toko-pa Turner, who many of you may know as the unofficial patron saint of many of my circles and gatherings because of the sheer number of times I’ve quoted from the wisdom of her book, Belonging.
Toko-pa is a Canadian author, teacher, and dreamworker. Blending the mystical teachings of Sufism in which she was raised with a Jungian approach to dreams, she founded The Dream School in 2001, from which thousands of students have graduated. She is the author of the award-winning book, Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home, which explores the themes of exile and belonging through the lens of dreams, mythology, and nature. This book has resonated for readers worldwide, and has been translated into 10 different languages so far. Her work focuses on the relationship between psyche and nature, and how to follow our inner wisdom to meet with the social, psychological, and ecological challenges of our time.
Here’s some of what Toko-pa and I talk about in this episode:
> The dream that changed Toko-pa’s life, causing her to question her career and, ultimately, her identity
> How we can court our dreams to support us during times of radical transformation – and the reasons so many of us have a hard time remembering and working with what shows up in our dreamscape
> Toko-pa’s perspective on the message of Belonging after the divisiveness our society has experienced in the years since it was published
> What happened for both Toko-pa and I when we fell out of belonging from the ideologies of the “wellness world”
> How to build community when you’re under-resourced
> “The Big Lie” when it comes to belonging, and how we can reclaim a sense of belonging to the greater family of things, as Mary Oliver so famously wrote
Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home, Toko-pa’s book
The David Abram video about animism mentioned in the interview
Toko-pa’s self-guided program, Dream Drops
Companion, the program that accompanies Belonging
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